§ Zack Davisson, the late Shigeru Mizuki’s English language translator, has an obituary that gives the great man’s oeuvre more context: His influence on pop culture is so ubiquitous as to be invisible. His immensely popular Kitaro series introduced the world of entertainment to yokai and their realms of spirits, gods, and monsters. If you’ve […]
Frank Miller is the Donald Trump of comics, replacing Alan Moore who used to be the Donald Trump of comics in that every little utterance of his was fodder for headlines and web traffic. Miller’s been retired from public speaking for a while but the Dark Knight III promo process—and a series of appearances in foreign lands—has provided a fresh platform and ample ammo for SEO air strikes. But is this current comment any different from what Millar has said in the past?
People just can’t get enough of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston for those who lost count.) A five issue mini series from Titan was such a hit that he’s getting an ongoing series starting in April written by Cravan Scott (writer of the previous series) with art by Adriana Melo, for the first three issues.
Comixology’s annual tradition of 12 Days of Free Comicsis underway again, kicking off with free downloads of Marvel’s Secret Wars #1 Every day until Sunday 12/20, a new free comic goes live at Noon EST, with the download ending at 11:59 AM EST. You can even give these downloads as gifts, if you’re family likes […]
It’s no secret that Fargo Season 2 is better than Season 1, which was already great, and it’s one of the best shows on TV even in this Golden Age. A tragic yet endearing mix of Midwestern pluck, human frailty, greed and the mysterious, Noah Hawley’s exalted Coen Brothers fanfic has the properties that made the original movie so great and a magic all its own. And I predict all the amazing plot twists and characters – the inept yet driven Blumqists, Lou Solverson in his burgundy pants, Nick Offerman’s eloquent drunk lawyer, the vengeful Gerhardt family, led by the unforgettable woman named Floyd, Hanzee the unstoppable hit man, and of course, Mike Milligan and the Kitchen Brothers—will provide fodder for fan art and even cosplay for a while. And Nick Sumida (Snaackies, Harvey Beaks) has kicked things off on Instagram.
Fan favorite nerdlebrity Norman Reedus has become an icon as the zombie-stompin’ Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. But despite his amazing survival skills he was not able to repel a real bite attack by one of his greatest fans.
Canadian literary treasure Margaret Atwood has been toying with comics for a while, showing up at conventions and expressing her interest in the form. And now she’s taken the plunge! With a band new graphic novel, Angel Catbird, which will be illustrated bu Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered). The book is the first in a trio of all-ages (!) graphic novel that tell the story of “an unusual superhero. The first book comes out in fall of 2016, published in conjunction with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, a charity led by conservation group Nature Canada.
I’ve heard some pretty strong arguments against having any “canon” in comics, and I tend to agree. What canon there is is mostly defined by the strong tradition of comics strips to superheroes to undergrounds, as exemplified by the Masters of American Comics show of a decade ago. I think a few old farts still argue about the Comics Journal’s Top 100 Comics of the Twentieth Century, but we’ve come a long way in just 15 years. These canons just aren’t diverse enough to reflect where comics have gone in just a very short time.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION is a new 6-issue miniseries written by Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) with art by Ethan van Sciver. And here is a preview. Colorist Jason Wright also did a fine job on these. GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION #1 Written by TOM TAYLOR Art and cover […]
§ I forgot to mention that the Goodreads Readers Choices award winners have been announced and the comics winner was Saga Volume 4 with 18,578 votes. NImona was the runner-up with 17,471 votes, followed by Attack on Titan. § Speaking of Goodreads, I’ve often wondered why it doesn’t attract nmore comics people, but it Gina […]