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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 181

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Dave Gibbons’ the Originals…

Enjoy!

We all know that Dave Gibbons is one of comics’ greatest sequential artists, but it is works like the Originals which show off how impressive he is as a WRITER, as well.

The Originals is a story set in the future that is really just Gibbons telling stories about the mod movement, only setting it in the future (with hovers rather than mopeds, for instance).

The Originals tell the story of two friends who get caught up in a gang (the Originals) and how everything spirals out of control. Really, like many stories like this one (think West Side Story), the plot itself is fairly predictable – it’s how the story is told that is the key, and Gibbons tells stories as well as anyone in the business.

Just check out the impressively intriguing opening to the story…

The sense of cinema permeates the entire book – Gibbons delivers the story almost as if we’re watching a film. It’s like a more realistic version of the film adaptation of Quadrophenia. The effect is mostly derived through his panel usage.

Check this out. He opens a sequence with these two pages…

getting you used to the single panels – but expands at the end and then ta da…

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He does this frequently in the comic, which is why I say it reminds me of something cinematic – his page layouts are basically designed to give off the illusion of movement. It’s really brilliant design work by Gibbons.

There’s a lot more of these types of spreads in the comic – most a lot more dramatic than the one above, but they’re so cool I will let you find them yourself when you pick up this book.

Check out the action in this fight sequence…

I really love the cleverness of Gibbons in this sequence…

What a clever visual way of showing a “split” between the two friends.

Throughout the book, also, there are little clippings to give you flavor of the times…

The characters in the Originals are very familiar, but with a voice as experienced as Gibbons, even the familiar can be surprising and compelling – and the Originals is quite a compelling read. Go out and get it, people!

14 Comments

Decent book. Nothing special for me.

“It’s like Quadrophenia come to life.”
I’m just trying to wrap my head around this. A live-action film actually was made based on the Who’s album, so how does a comic book bring it even more to life?

As for the Originals, I’ve seen it at bookstores several times, and passed it over. Now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have…

Interesting style he’s using. I’m not sure what Japanese artist it reminds me of, but it definitely looks Japanese.

A live-action film actually was made based on the Who’s album, so how does a comic book bring it even more to life?

Sorry, I was actually thinking of the film – it was like he was making the film even more life-like (as obviously the film was somewhat fantastical with the musical format).

I’ll edit it to make that clearer! Thanks!

ok, this is a bad recommendation and ill tell you why…

Dave Gibbons…

he’s a hack…

he write’s and draws his own material about as much as William Shatner writes his own books…

there’s a reason the guy has the ceiling in his bedroom plastered with posters of Shatner…

you’re going to ask how i know all of this…well i have proof to back it all up…

see…im in Tijuana over the Memorial Day weekend..it’s like Saturday in the middle of the night and i walk into this seedy looking bar and pull up a stool and order a drink…

there’s this old man sitting at the end of the bar swilling cheap tequila and shouting for the next donkey show to begin…well to my surprise it turns out to be Gibbons!

Seems Gibbons isn’t even his real name and he’s going on about how he’s got all these bastards fooled…

he outsources all of his ideas to China and the Philippines…having these huge sweatshops full of young children do the story and art for him…seems he only has to pay them like .50 cents a week US money and make sure they have plenty of candy and he can get them to work tirelessly pumping this s**t out for him.

He’s going on about how the secret is their tiny hands and how they can get the insane detailing done much better…

he was saying how he got the idea from Warhol back in the 60’s and after Warhol died these places were in such need that he was able to just move in and make the deal and take over…

Now I’m sitting there compeltely shocked by this because I, like you, think this guys is supposed ot be a stand up guy, but I’m all of a sudden just feeling completely sickened by this revelation…and he’s laughing haveing a good ol’ time suckin own the worm…

But then the show starts, so…

but see…there is legitimate proof!

there’s a special place in hell for that bastard…

i have to admit tho those books are pretty good…god bless those kids…

This story was very disappointing. If looks pretty good, but the overall themes are weak and the story arch does not go anywhere. The story world have worked better if the sci-fi aspects were left behind and if took place in the 60s.

erm…….

Todd is my new favorite commenter.

Pete Woodhouse

July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

DanCJ & Bill Reed: Yeah, not much you can add to that! Hope you can back all that up Todd…
P.

Wow. Todd, you are amazing!

Though The Originals feels a little…familiar in spots, Gibbons definitely stages it all in a unique way, making the reader look at what could and should be cliche from a different angle. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what separates a great artist from a master story-teller…

Great read as always.

Nuv
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“(as obviously the film was somewhat fantastical with the musical format)”

Even though it was based on an album, and has lots of soundtrack stuff going on, the movie is not even remotely a musical.

Two things. First, seconding what Jack said: Quadrophenia had no fantasy or surreal elements in it whatsoever. The characters in The Originals fly around on hover-bikes. Q.E.D.

Second, will there ever be a description of The Originals that doesn’t mention Quadrophenia? I saw that movie the day it opened and I already knew the album inside out even then, so the similarities with Gibbons’ story certainly don’t elude me. But after everyone else has used Quadrophenia as their critical reference point, couldn’t we dig a little deeper and find something else?

Like, to what extent was Gibbons drawing on his boyhood memories? He was fifteen when the actual Brighton mods-vs.-rockers riot happened in May 1964. Did he want to be there and made up a romanticized version years later? These were real events before they were an album and a movie…

Um, I should add that I don’t mean for all that ire to be directed at Brian — I get that these are just quick capsule descriptions, and also that the similarity to Quadrophenia is a prominent aspect of the book and probably unavoidable in this kind of summary. I’m just saying that in general, discussion of this book has always defaulted to that one point, and I’d like to see people vary their approach a bit more.

I can’t tell if I like the art more than Watchmen because it’s better than Watchmen, or if the absence of color and insane costumes just makes it appear that way….

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