Ang Nawawala poster by AJ Dimarucot, EverywhereWeShoot!, and myself.
We made a movie. This is the poster. :)
Moving Out -
see you there!
Superman by Keron Grant
Just look at that awesome illustration! Comics (especially superheroes/action stuff) needs more of these extreme angles and hyper-distortion! I remember when Morrison’s JLA was new, people were ragging on Howard Porter’s art. So okay, maybe he wasn’t the best artist in the world, but I do remember him doing these crazy angles, wild page layouts/borders and extreme foreshortening, just to make the pages pop, make the action feel like it’s going for your face, and I appreciated them. Most superhero comics don’t have half the energy and wild go-for-broke antics those issues had.
Keron Grant’s come a long way from his work in the ’90s that I can remember. This here piece is my new wallpaper.
Batman by Rafael Grampa
Awesome comics writers/husband-wife Matt Fraction & Kelly Sue DeConnick
Ivan Brunetti, photo by Kurt Lauer
Here’s another one, of one of my cartooning heroes.
Ellen Forney, photo by Mike Urban
It’s rare to find good author photos of cartoonists.
Here’s a lovely page from Nico Nemiri, who’s got one of those breathtaking, graceful styles that look effortless. Sketchy lines shaping space, a minimum of clutter and just the right tones that limn surfaces. Notice how the panels move the reader’s eye. The colors tell the story just as much as the compositions do, with a dreamy, gauzy quality.
Best Comics Covers of 2010 (according to Robot 6) -
Sorry to be so busy, but here’s a link I couldn’t pass up sending your way: CBR blog Robot 6’s rundown of their favorite comics covers from last year. Some genuine loveliness in there. Mostly from Diamond’s Big 5 publishers.
Uptight # 4 by Jordan Crane
One of my favorite image-makers, Crane is the silkscreen master. I bought a poster of the cover of Uptight # 3. Three levels working on this one.
The Imp -
Daniel Raeburn has made all four issues of his zine about comics, The Imp, available for free download. This is a swell resource. Back in the day, this was the most information on Daniel Clowes & Chris Ware I could find. When the Chris Ware monograph came out, it was by Raeburn, and much of it was repurposed from his Ware issue of The Imp. He’s also a good, fun writer about comics, well-informed without seeming elitist, and that style of writing used to be in short supply. Now it’s a little more common, especially online, but I can’t help but wonder how much of a role The Imp played in influencing those writers. Add to that, Raeburn’s got a good eye for design, as well.
Incognito: Bad Influences # 1 (variant) by Sean Phillips
Made to look like the cover of one of the pulp paperbacks that are its main influence, this cover of Incognito is a beaut. Check out the distressed wear and tear and that type treatment. Scrumptious!
You’re all reading Incognito, right? From the excellent Criminal team of Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips?
The guys who gave you “Catching Up,” Ed Brisson & Simon Roy, are back with another sweet little blunt kick to the head of a crime tale. “Skimming The Till” can be found here. Take the time to read it; the twists and turns are worth it.
teaching comics -
Recording of a panel from the recently concluded San Diego Comic-Con called “Understanding, Making and Teaching Comics” with Scott McCloud & James Sturm. Definitely the two best people to talk about this topic. McCloud is the medium’s eminent theorist and literally wrote/drew the books on the topic, and Sturm founded the Center for Cartoon Studies.