Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
More like Sunday Continental Breakfast. A light week, with a selection of webcomics, art, and criticism for your reading pleasure.
ITEM! Matt Seneca’s writing for ComicsAlliance now. Next thing you know, he’ll be taking my milk money. Until then, here he is, talkin’ ’bout X’ed Out:
The album format is an integral part of the comic, both in terms of length and size. Burns wrenches as much story as humanly possible out of his little cluster of pages, and it’s only after you’ve finished that you realize you still don’t know any more about what’s going on than you did in that opening dream sequence. The space between the two most common modes of American comics (22 pages or 128, door number one or door number two and we don’t offer much of a three, sorry pal) is perfect for what Burns does here, allowing him to ground you deep in the world he’s creating but let you go just before the explanations start. As a reading experience there isn’t too much else that’s designed like it in American comics. This is a rich, fully immersive book that goes well beyond the quick-hit disposability of even the best pamphlets. But like I said, I read the thing cover to cover in the time it took me to do a load of laundry.
ITEM! Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) discusses his writing process at that other comics site.
ABRUPT THOUGHT: So, Terriers is canceled. Dang.
ITEM! Christopher “Mightygodking” Bird and Davinder “Quotation Mark” Brar have just completed the first chapter in their webcomic Al’Rashad: City of Myths. It’s an exciting story of action, adventure, pirates, revenge, etc., and it has excellent art. For some reason, I’ve forgotten to link to it until now, but I implore you to read it! Or else.
I can’t wait for the sequel, Phylicia’Rashad! (I know, that one was painful.)
AXE COP MOMENT OF THE WEEK: This is the only way to dance to Johnny Cash:
PREVIOUSLY ON AWESOME HOSPITAL: Shit just got real:
WHO TWARTED? At ComicTwart, Francesco Francavilla and Chris Samnee, among others, draw Superman:
REMAKE/REMODEL this week at Whitechapel is Jenny Everywhere, the open source comics character who has been around for some time, the woman who can go anywhere and anywhen, fit into any genre, any story, who is always in continuity. Here are pieces by Tristan Davis, David Bednarsky, and Fred Greiner:
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