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Sunday Brunch: 9/13/09

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Every comic you own is magically redrawn overnight by one particular artist. Who is it?

Links below.

ITEM! Neil “Scary Trousers” Gaiman talks to Entertainment Weekly about vampires. Does Gaiman sparkle in the sunlight? I wonder…

ITEM! Karen Green explains why medieval historians should be big fans of comics. Why? Because they both deal in sequential art.

I LOVE YOU, MAN: Chris Sims chronicles the eleven greatest man-crushes in comics. Unfortunately, the Brad Curran/Chris Sims man-crush is not on the list… probably because it’s unrequited.

ITEM! Cameron Stewart to draw third Batman & Robin arc. Internet rejoices:


ITEM! Ng Suat Tong writes a super-interesting article over at the Comics Reporter on writer/artist collaboration, using examples from Y the Last Man to Daredevil: Born Again to Bendis and his cohorts to From Hell and Seaguy. Definitely worth a read.

BONG! Chris Butcher rings the death knell of the direct comics market. Again. Look at the vine! It withers!:

What happens when Direct Market retailers can’t trust Diamond to keep them stocked?

For us, it means going elsewhere with surprising frequency. It means that the Direct Market has started to fade, losing relevancy, immediacy, its massive buying power and its ability to be heard. Instead of comic book retailers asking Diamond to bargain with pubs on their behalf for the common good, it becomes up to those same retailers to bargain for themselves with the great big publishers of material.

And he’s right, and stuff, but you all knew that already.

ITEM! Scott Harris sits down with Kurt Busiek for seven questions. They’re good ones. Also, Busiek’s upcoming American Gothic series sounds very good:

AMERICAN GOTHIC starts off with a number of single issue stories — it’s a series about magic all around us, in the modern-day real world, and we’ll see a wide range of things from a vampire in Alcoholics Anonymous, a long-haul trucker driving the ghost of his late wife to her eternal reward, a night in the life of a tooth fairy, the exorcism of a murdered business, and more. After the opening batch of stories, we have a longer arc planned, about a young girl in a fishing village in Rhode Island that’s fallen on hard times, and what happens when the Norse god Thor takes up residence on a nearby island. And again, plenty more.

ITEM! Also at the Vault, they’re counting down the real Top 70 Marvel covers, opposed to the lopsided list Marvel itself put out. The first ten are here, and you can find more on the site’s frontpage.

DEPPEY VS. LEVITZ: So you probably heard DC honcho Paul Levitz is stepping down, and many are mourning this loss. But not the purveyor of Journalista!:

The damage that Paul Levitz did to comics over the years wasn’t by any means restricted to one company or format: If Marvel’s mid-1990s decision to buy Heroes World was the first shot in the Distributor Wars that ultimately crippled the Direct Market, DC’s exclusivity deal with Diamond Comics Distributors — the first such deal signed, and the one that kicked said war into high gear — was the second. Had that deal not been made, it’s entirely likely that Diamond might not be the de-facto monopoly that it is today, to say nothing of the many people who might still be in business had it not been for the catastrophic orgy of fear and greed that followed Marvel and DC’s collective stupidity.

And then he gets mean.

HAWKAAAA! The good Dr. K introduces Blackhawk Wingsdays, and it is spectacular:

One of the common problems with Blackhawk adventures, as we see in the above panel, is that one person, usually Blackhawk, gets in on the action, while the others stand around and provide play-by-play or blurt out their ethno-specific expressions, like “Ach du lieber!” or “Py yiminy!” or “Sacre bleu!” or “Dagnabbit!” or “Dios mio!” or “Bozhemoi!” or “Frak!” or “Shiny!” or “Airwolf!” or whatever.

NOT COMICS DEPT: Chuck Klosterman takes a look at this big ol’ compilation of music by some old band called the Beetles or something. It is cheeky and fun:

Like most people, I was initially confused by EMI’s decision to release remastered versions of all 13 albums by the Liverpool pop group Beatles, a 1960s band so obscure that their music is not even available on iTunes. The entire proposition seems like a boondoggle. I mean, who is interested in old music? And who would want to listen to anything so inconveniently delivered on massive four-inch metal discs with sharp, dangerous edges? The answer: no one.

STILL NOT COMICS DEPT: This week saw me become completely obsessed with the game Spelunky, downloadable for free. It’s the coolest Super Nintendo game that never existed, and hard as hell. Finally beat it after 461 tries! Hurray!



“QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Every comic you own is magically redrawn overnight by one particular artist. Who is it?”

I can’t wait to read the Great Darkness Saga (by Art Adams).

I am intrigued to read my Dark Knight Returns (by Art Adams).

I am little nervous to read my Watchmen (by Art Adams).

Alternatively, everything I now own is drawn by the late Edvin Biukovic (in which case, yay to all the above by him).

“QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Every comic you own is magically redrawn overnight by one particular artist. Who is it?”

Easy. Ron Frenz.

Kirby. It has to be Kirby.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

September 13, 2009 at 9:26 am

J.H. Williams III

Is is just me, or do these periodic “death of the direct market” pieces feel like wishful thinking on the part of the writers? Like if they say it often enough, they think that will cause it to happen?

And it’s nice to know that The Comics Journal editorials are still taking the “Enemy of the People” approach to anyone who ever worked for Marvel or DC in any capacity. In this crazy, workaday world, a little consistency is worth its weight in gold.

What one artist could redraw everything from Conan to Nextwave to Ghost World?

Joe Kubert, that’s who.

Is there any comic I own that wouldn’t look better drawn by Alan Davis? The only one I can come up is ‘Persepolis’. Maybe ‘Maus’. Maybe ‘From Hell’.

J.H. Williams III

You’re just saying that because all your comics would look the same! Just… shinier.

Damn, tough call. Probably John Cassaday.

It would be interesting to see everything done by Allred, but I’d have to go the predictable route and say Quitely.

Neal Adams or George Perez.

Ramona Fradon.

QotW: either Chris Giarrusso or Sergio Aragones.

I agree with Omar. J.H. WIllians III is the only artist I would trust to do every comic in the world properly. His ability to draw in any conceivable style means that he can fit his art to the tone of any book.

QOTW: This is a nightmare scenario, but I guess if it had to happen… Kim Deitch.


That would actually work, wouldn’t it?

Kim Deitch’s Love and Rockets? Cerebus? Captain America? Lone Ranger? Kim Deitch’s Fourth World Omnibus? Planetary?

Yes, please.

Bill Sienkiewicz

Omar said:

J.H. Williams III

Bill said:

You’re just saying that because all your comics would look the same! Just… shinier.

Heh, I was thinking Stuart Immonen for the same reason.

Answer of the Week: Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Williams is almost too obvious. It’s like when people go straight for Akuma on the character select screen or when they send out Mewtwo as their first Pokemon. Williams has got to be nerfed big time.

That said, David Aja’s pretty awesome. I also dig anything drawn by Marcos Martin or Paolo Rivera. There’s a lot of really phenomenal artsts out there, but some though, I’m not too sure they’d work on everything (for example, I love Michael Lark, but I wouldn’t want to see him on Superman). Tim Sale would be AMAZING on every single comic ever. Darwyn Cooke, duh. Ryan Sook and Cam Stewart, duh (btw, thrilled to see a sensible choice for Batman and Robin’s third act).

On a completely different level, I’d like to see many of the “serious” comics I own drawn by Jason. Stuff like Identity Crisis would take on new layers of black humor with Jason’s deadpan style, the murder of Jack Drake with Jack Drake as a duck, whose alarm is indicated by a triplet of sweat beads flying out in different directions from his head.

Lastly, I think I’d sacrifice the rest of my collection to see all my Spideys drawn by Ditko.

“Every comic you own is magically redrawn overnight by one particular artist. Who is it?”

Rob Liefeld, easily.

(I’m really good at these “spot the culprit” tests, and frankly, Rob is probably the only artist who would even try a dirty trick like that).

Leave my comics alone, Rob!

All my comics redrawn? It has to be George Perez. If it hurts his wrists, I’ll settle for Gene Colan.

Chris Bachalo.

Greg Land, of course. He could easily trace them all in 8 hours.

Gary Frank

I want his take on EVERYTHING

“What one artist could redraw everything from Conan to Nextwave to Ghost World?”

Philip Bond

Frank Quietly

But when I think about, I think more than half of my comics are already drawn by him.

QOTW: Perez, definitely. He can draw ANYTHING. And make it look BETTER.

It is not easy to categorize the Beatles’ music; more than any other group, their sound can be described as “Beatlesque.”

When I first read Klosterman’s article I thought he was just going to do that at the start. but he managed to do it the whole way through. Hilarious.

Dick Dillin

Dick Dillin? Really? I mean, he’s not bad, but I was just reading Justice League of America #87 and that group hug with Zatanna at the end of the issue is one of the creepiest looking panels I’ve ever seen:


But I guess that’s what happens when you let Hal loose with a bottle of Grappa.

I would probably pick George Perez myself, but it’s a tough call. Mike Allred or Jim Steranko would also be good choices, or maybe John Buscema.

QOTW: For me, I’d like to see Barry Windsor-Smith draw everything. Second choice might be Sienkiewicz. Then Jaime or Gilbert Hernandez. Then David Lapham.

I’d say Steranko, just because I’ve always wanted to see him do more comics.

I wouldn’t have a single artist draw everything. I believe that certain artists are better suited to certain types of stories. If you try to get them to do a tone that may not be their strongest, then the story may not be as good. And besides, who wants to look at the same thing over and over again.

Jackson Guice, in the style he had when he did Doctor Strange. But he couldn’t do it overnight– his art could be horrible when rushed.

Actually, now that I think about it, about the only artist who could redraw everything overnight would be Sal Buscema, or Sergio Aragones. Nobody else is fast enough.

"O" the Humanatee!

September 13, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Obviously, Ernie Bushmiller.

@Cass: Ever seen

Alex Toth

Or Kirby, because Kirby would have been up to it and he’s already done a whole hell a lot of the comics I have anyway.

Come to think of it, a Kirby “Airtight Garage” would have been awesome!

If I could reverse my decision later, I’d have Liefeld draw them all, just to see what the F would happen to Watchmen and From Hell.

@Humanatee: Oh wow, that actually looks pretty great. Thanks for sharing the link. I should probably retract what I said about Lark, who’s apparently just awesome all around. Feel free to redraw my collection anytime, Michael. I SAID, “Feel Free.” Well, what are you waiting for, huh?!

"O" the Humanatee!

September 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Every comic you own is magically rewritten [from plot to dialogue] overnight by one particular writer. Who is it?

Whatever became of the notion that in comics writing and art work together?

Obviously, if I had to choose one writer to rewrite all my comics from the already provided pages, I would choose Bob Haney.

Tom Grummett pencils, Karl Kesel inks.

Stephen Platt.

And that Klosterman piece was painfully unfunny. The massive comments thread was much more interesting.

I’d probably have to go with Kirby, but George Perez, Alan Davis and Art Adams are all tied for a very close second. They’re the only artists working right now that can get me to buy a book solely based on the artist.

Old-school — John Severin. Of course. I mean … duh.

Today’s crop — Amanda Conner. If she’s too busy, Cliff Chiang.

In part because I feel like he never got enough of these big works first time around I would love to see every comic I own redrawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.

Teen Titans? X-men? Even Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns? Yeah. Hell yeah!

(I’d go with Giordano or Nowlan as inker on the super-hero stuff and Garcia-Lopez himself on everything else)

Good choice Alonso! Garcia-Lopez is amazing.

Man, Ng Suat Tong is kind of a douche in that article isn’t he? Very dismissive of some great works.

Why are so many comics critics and commentators like that? Snotty and condescending about anything that isn’t Grant bloody Morrison. I suppose they feel acting in such a way makes them more like film critics and legitimises comics, but it doesn’t.

One artist? Every comic. Steve Dillon. Thousands of comics filled with characters that look like real people.

That´s the kind of question I could only answer if I was 12 years old. And when I was 12, the answer would be: John Byrne.

“Man, Ng Suat Tong is kind of a douche in that article isn’t he? Very dismissive of some great works.”

He pretty well lost me when he dissed Brubaker’s Captain America. I mean, I finished reading it, but I couldn’t really get over that to take in the rest of what he was saying effectively. That said, I can’t really throw some stones in the “being a douche about comics I don’t like” category, and his point was (I think) that mainstream comics are worse than Born Again, so I’m not surprised he denigrated the ones he dislikes.

“One artist? Every comic. Steve Dillon. Thousands of comics filled with characters that look like real people.”

Real UGLY people!


At least a little.

I do like Steve Dillon.

Still, his people; kind of ugly.

Steve Rude or David Mazzucchelli

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