Archive for April, 2010
Fun week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Amanda Conner for Power Girl #11 (DC). Fast Five picks include Ultimate Comics: Avengers #6 (Marvel), Brave And The Bold #33 (DC), NOVA #36 (Marvel), Green Lantern #53 (DC), and Guardians Of The Galaxy #25 (Marvel).
In this episode I’m joined by Sarah V (For Vendetta), as we talk about the first three episodes of the new Doctor Who starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Also, there’s some Peep Show talk sprinkled about the episode as well. SPOILER WARNING!
It’s more likely than you think! That’s right people; the lovely gents over at The Fourth Wall Podcast had me on this past week to talk nothing but comics for an hour. I was in heaven!
Check it out on iTunes, or listen here!
Quite the gigantic week of comics! The Pick Of The Week goes to Geoff Johns & Francis Manapul for The Flash #1 (DC). Fast Five picks include Siege: Loki #1 (Marvel), Fables #94 (Vertigo), Black Widow #1 (Marvel), Brightest Day #0 (DC), and PunisherMAX #6 (MAX).
I was pretty exhausted after all that reading!
Book Of The Month – April
Written & Drawn by David Mazzucchelli
As an aspiring graphic design major, I catch myself observing my surroundings; people, buildings, the always changing clouds, etc. Then when I sit down to read a comic, I keep a sharp eye to see what works and what doesn’t work for the art of the issue. We comic fans tend to like some artists more than others, whether it’s the incredibly detailed Juan Jose Ryp, or the loose-yet-fun Sergio Aragones, we’re able to recognize the style of the artist within seconds. I always wonder in the back of my mind when I see a gorgeous page of art, “how long did that take them to do?” For some artists, it could be days. Others, a few weeks. Everyone works by their own schedule and some have more free time than others. Then comes along David Mazzucchelli and completely blows everyone’s minds.
There isn’t a set style in the graphic novel Asterios Polyp, and that’s what I love about it. Every few pages the style changes-up, and you get immersed all over again. One page it’s stippling, another just geometric designs. And the best part of all, no black ink. If there’s need of borders or dark shades of some sort, it’s just purple. I feel that black sometimes feels more like filler, and draws your eye away from some details you might have missed before in a page. In Asterios Polyp, purple and the simple primary colors are the ones that reign supreme.
So what exactly is this book about you might ask? Well, it’s a simple story; this Professor of Architecture at Ithaca college, Asterios Polyp, has a sudden change in his environment as a bolt of lightning burns his apartment to the ground one stormy night. With just the money he has on his person, he buys a one way bus ticket to a small town out in the Midwest. Becoming an auto mechanic after a brief stop at the local library, we then see how he got to where he is today in flashbacks. His teaching years, the love of his life, the divorce of said love of his life, the downfall. Once an intellectual know-it-all and full time prick, now nothing more than a grease monkey working for room and board.
But the story hardly matters, because that’s not why you should be buying this book; it’s the art. Page after page of gorgeous art, that must have been planned out weeks before ink ever came close to touching paper. For all I know, this graphic novel took Mazzucchelli years to plan-out and create, and by golly it shows! The precise pictures and images he creates are stunning to look at, and are the stuff of legend. Any aspiring artists or graphic design majors sure can learn a thing or two about this masterpiece.
If it were up to me, this would be required reading in art colleges.
It’s currently nominated for a few Eisner Awards this year, and if it doesn’t take home the Eisner for Best Graphic Album, heads should / will roll, seen to it by yours truly. Hands-down book of the decade in my opinion.
In this Fast Five episode, I talk about Deadpool Corps #1 (Marvel), DEMO 2 #3 (Vertigo), Turf #1 (Image), Jonah Hex #54 (DC), and S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel).
Pretty tame week, but still enjoyable!
Join Cammy in this special episode as he interviews a plethora of creators from WonderCon in San Francisco! Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy B. (The creative team of Kill Shakespeare), Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Kat Rocha & Josh Finney (Titanium Rain), Chandra Free (The God Machine), and Patrick McEvoy (Starkweather: Immortal).
Hoots & hollers, winks & nudges, and so much more fun runs abundant in this episode!
WonderCon wrap-up! I’m joined again by Jeremy Awesome, and we chit-chat about who we interviewed, and why it’s so goddamn frustrating to be press sometimes.
In this premiere episode, I’m joined by Haley Manbat and Jeremy Awesome. We talk about the first day of WonderCon, D&D, and so much more!