"Batman's" Gotham Was... Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
The chemical box was a podcast between Joey Aulisio and myself. It took us four years to record 25 episodes.
With that track record, we can’t begin this column by promising anything, really. No set schedule. No overall mission. Joey and I just work in a way that’s momentary, grabbing what we can when we can. The spontaneity is energetic, but admittedly it makes for limited workflow. You may get more of the chemical box here, in this form, but who’s to say? You may never hear from us again.
For now, just take the time and read these notes on Frank Miller’s Elektra Lives Again, and see this as a singular piece of content produced because the time felt right. Continue Reading »
It’s not me this week. Instead, it’s Greg Hunter. Greg writes about comics for THE COMICS JOURNAL and THE RUMPUS, so please know you’re safely in the hands of someone who can do this. The best part? Greg’s one of those writers who brings a fresh explanation to well-worn topics. I read his stuff and come away newly interested in things I’d already buried. Like Scott Snyder’s BATMAN, even.
With the following piece, Greg provides this loose sentiment for Sam Alden’s drawing approach. Alden is a young cartoonist who’s already inspired much writing, but I like what Greg does here. He nails Alden’s soft pencils into a well-described package and tumbles with the intentions behind the work. It’s a quick piece, but it says what there is to say.
Where am I? Still here, driving trucks through the Twin Cities for money. I’ve read a pile of things I’m excited to write about. You’ll know what they are next week.
In the mean time, hang out with Greg, and tell your mother you forgive her.
P.S. Full disclosure: I intern with Uncivilized Books, but I asked Greg to write about whatever he wanted, and he chose this book. This is not intended as a sleazy plug to impress the boss. Sam Alden is just really fucking good.
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Just as there’s something romantic of the lone cartoonist hacking away, chasing a high, there’s something fruitful of the collaborative writer/artist pair achieving unison.
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