• Comics - Favorite series? Writers? Artists?
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I've been getting more and more into reading comics as of late. I've read through Crossed, Crossed: Family Values, Crossed: Badlands, Preacher, and just finished Invincible. Just started on Alan Moore's Neonomicon. Anybody have some good recommendations along the lines of these? The crazy ones always get the best reactions out of me, and Ennis, Kirkman, and Moore seem to get the best reactions out of me (especially when there's an artist like Jacen Burrows on board). Also, let's just talk comics in general!
Hey, I've wondered from time to time why there wasn't a general comics thread. Seems like a sure thing to me. I'm not sure about recommendations relating to what you've been reading, but I've been reading a lot of Doom Patrol lately, and the Grant Morrison run in the 80's from Doom Patrol #18 is some pretty serious shit. One of the first modern comics to sell without the Comics Code Authority, I believe, and they actually take the adult rating seriously most of the time. Meanwhile, I just finished reading the original run of the Doom Patrol from the 60s. Strangely modern until they do something like mention the Vietnam war or suddenly become outrageously racist.
Read thru the Transmetropolitan series for the third time a week ago. It's probably my second favorite comic series after Sandman.
Really like Ulysse Malassagne's stuff:
Sandman for sure, some new content was just released for it as well.
I uh had a comic thread years ago. It kind of stopped for some reason and I wasn't finding anything good other than manga and the usual IDW TF feels trip and cartoon nostalgia Anyone in for the spirit of the month will like Creepshow. It's campy at times but the stories are interesting, the characters are either so loony tunes over the top or downright cruel, but it all works in the book's favor. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/818hXa7FYeL.jpg
Not a huge fan of comics, but I really loved I Killed Giants http://mudtimes.gr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/I-Kill-Giants.png Got adapted to a movie somewhat recently that went under everyone's radar. Sadly I haven't seen it yet.
I really love Sam Kieth's cartoonishly exaggerated and stupidly detailed artstyle. https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/3/33913/974573-1254236273.jpg https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j-5CsfXtkGI/W4lY7C1kE5I/AAAAAAAAJ8s/icJXCLviiCgutPMdimtsKHdbSGwAnGS-ACLcBGAs/s1600/zzz%2BBatman_Secrets%2Bcover%2Bcopy.jpg He's also a pretty good writer when he wants to be.
I didn't mind Sam Keith until Dark Horse got him to draw the third and final part of their original trilogy of Aliens comics. Aliens: Earth War had lot of other problems, but I was a teenager so the art looking like this was by far the worst part for me: https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/110302/b60dceda-db92-4351-a964-9f5defb9bddb/image.png
If that Joker is the Joker I'm thinking about the Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth book was the most fucked up Batman comic I ever read and I loved, though given the origin of how a copy wound up in my hands just added fuel to the fire.
Different artist, but he did work on a sequel
Sam Kieth was perfect for EC comics style monster stuff or Pulp scifi, but he was about as perfect for Aliens as the Strause Brothers.
Earth War had some seriously questionable art and it makes me think Kieth was either rushed or he didn’t have his heart in it. It improved a little bit by issue 3 but issue 4 looks worse than the previous ones.
The art for Monstress is fucking gorgeous. Every panel is a sight to behold. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91%2Ba90c7BWL.jpg https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/14077316_f520.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/Item/365882/Previews/8e42374b944dfa86fb084aea52628ce0._SX1280_QL80_TTD_.jpg https://imagecomics.com/uploads/releases/Monstress1_PreviewPage2.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/Item/307257/Previews/cbf4e032918b4d3a915a7b1ab5d1d59c._SX1280_QL80_TTD_.jpg I'm enjoying the story and characters as well, but the art is absolutely what drew me in. I took a university class on comics and manga and the teacher brought in the first volume to show the class right after it came out. I fell in love with the art literally instantly. It was a legit love-at-first-sight thing. In general the stuff coming out of Image is really interesting. I didn't like Saga for instance but I can absolutely understand why people would. And coincidentally with him quoted on the covers Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is also excellent. With some really great and fucked up imagery.
That does look amazing. I may have to look into that series. Unrelatedly, what's the general opinion on Grant Morrison? He used to be a dirty word among my friend group for what he did to the X-Men, since we grew up with Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, and yellow and blue spandex, but on first reading, I found his Doom Patrol run pretty amazing, if not a little pretentious. Now that's I'm re-reading, having worked my way through all of the earlier Doom Patrol's first, the shine is a little lesser. I've heard him described before as someone who comes onto a book, imaginatively recreates it in new ways that old fans of course hate, and which are immediately retconned away as soon as he leaves.
From what I know of him he has a lot of wild and interesting ideas but he is the type that if he touches something it has to be his alone. Doesn't play well with others creatively.
I personally haven't read much from Morrison, but I know two things about him. He's had a history of substance abuse and that he's engaged in a magic duel with Alan Moore since both of them are warlocks apparently.
Finished all of Locke & Key today. Loved it. https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/57930/7390ddee-74d2-4e2b-b0c4-a27392de391e/image.png Every time the head key was used, I couldn't wait to see all the shit Rodriguez could cram into one page... https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/57930/04bbd356-e595-451b-9c69-99845f7626e9/image.png
A. Cannot finish a storyline to save his life B. female apologist C. Cannot finish a storyline to save his life D. redhead fetish E. Cannot finish a storyline to save his life F. Three female characters whose defining trait was having bride of frankenstein hair and 90 teeth G.Cannot finish a storyline to save his life H. The exactly one page of deadliest of the species that doesn't contain war in peace in text boxes so large they cover the art contains this https://external-preview.redd.it/6pjXuakmG-re0Mxpcwf_UvsGXX3JxhUa1v2z81bKSW4.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=52303b7b7bd2154442951515158421e04e23c64d
Yep, nothing but fond memories there.
There's a great norwegian comic artist called Jason. His works are very stylistic and cinematic, and a great reading experience. Maybe a little bit depressing sometimes. And sometimes REALLY depressing. I never get too emotional while reading books/comics or watching a movie, but one of his books actually made me cry. I think that says something. You can find his bibliography here. https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/237256/a4aef1ed-7e30-440d-9769-df779e3d274c/IYSJasonpage3.jpg
Stephan Sejic, not sure how to say his name but he is my favorite. Death Vigil for Eldritch horror stuff, Sunstone for sexy BDSM stuff
Been at it since Day 1 and I'm not gonna stop now. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0882/5118/products/The-Walking-Dead-Vol-1-Days-Gone-By-Graphic-Novel-1805572_1024x1024.jpeg?v=1461690373
Funny, Robert Kirkman has the exact same stance on writing The Walking Dead
At least he has a plan to stop at 300. The comics are only getting better while the show became the perfect allegory for its title...
I think I tried to make a couple comic generals back when I was a dumb, uninformed teenager who believed the Big 2 were the most important things in the world and didn't really understand the scope of either company and the rest of the industry in general. Thank god they died. Currently I'm reading Copra. It's an indie comic by writer/artist Michelle Fiffe which is a big send up to 60s/70s/80s DC/Marvel, in particular John Ostrander and Kim Yales Suicide Squad(the one that made SS cool, not Harley Quinn), focusing on his not-Suicide Squad and various other not so subtle pastiches. His art is absolutely gorgeous, with a mixture of water colour and heavy ink work that emphasises action and motion that draws the eye but is still simple enough that it doesn't become cluttered, avoiding intricate backgrounds in place of mood setting water colour gradients that often play with the page and traditional panelling in the vein of artists like Frank Quitely. I'm even considering getting the top cover as a tat http://michelfiffe.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/COPRA.1.jpg https://13thdimension.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/copra.jpg http://images.sequart.org/images/tumblr_ncdyjiWa591rg2hh5o1_1280.jpg
The Goon. Written and drawn by Eric Powell. If you love the great depression, zombies, lovecraft, mad scientists, and cannibalistic hobo gods you'll love this comic. Have a few examples. http://comicsalliance.com/files/2011/06/goon-1309236533.jpg http://groundzerocomics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/the-goon-bd.jpg https://i0.wp.com/www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/goonvol340-2.png?w=1200 There were also plans for a movie after a successful Kickstarter, but nothing has been seen yet except for this old trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr_Ta6NS3-g
Not quite what the thread is about, but can anyone recommend any good webcomics, finished or otherwise?
Definitely give this thread a looksie. But to name a few of my favorites: Ava's demon Ophiuchus Vattu Kill Six Billion Demons Follow the leader (discontinued.)
I'm also gonna recommend Kill Six Billion Demons. It's actaully one of the best. I'd also recommend Unsounded, especially if you're into fantasy and worldbuilding. Power Nap's great, too, but has long waits between pages.
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