Comic Blogs Should Be Good
Kirk Warren, over at The Weekly Crisis, is celebrating his one-year “blog-a-versary” by giving away a bunch of free stuff!
Check it out here and congrats to Kirk for the anniversary!
by Alex Cox (you can read about more awesome things on Alex’s blog, World of Awesome).
What is it about KAMANDI?
If there was ever an example of a comic that works in spite of itself, this is it. On first glance, it’s a ridiculous concept, with a half-naked blonde guy of indeterminate age as the central character. Of course, the artwork is dynamite, and every page jumps at you with signature Kirby explosiveness, but past the immediate appeal of the illustration, it looks a little childish and exceedingly violent. Not to mention the fact that he covers had the most bizarre taglines ever to grace a comic after 1960.
Usually, a Great Comic has a clear hook, or a great plot, or rich characters; concepts that you can wrap your head around and say, “This is what makes this comic exceptional”. KAMANDI, I am bewildered to say, has none of that, beyond simply being gorgeous to behold, art-wise. Aside from coming from the Pen of Kirby, it doesn’t seem to have much going for it.
Yet it’s still something of a masterpiece, and quite possibly the best comic of the Seventies. Against all odds, KAMANDI worked in a way that few comics do. It holds up, conceptually, even today. Despite major flaws, it remains infectious and joyous and a total kick in the ass.
What are these “major flaws”? Well, they’re pretty fundamental, and all in one basket together, they would sink any other book, by any other creator… Continue Reading »
A. David Lewis,Â wildly famous writer of stuff,Â sent me a link to a post he did a week ago, and I just haven’t gotten around to putting it up here, because I’m lazy.Â He looks at how long it will take for the Ultimate Universe to “catch up” to the Marvel Universe.Â It’s actually pretty interesting.Â Go check it out!
Good ol’ Don MacPherson passed along two takes on how JMS and Chris Weston’s The Twelve compares to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen.
Interesting to read both back to back.
I’ve been meaning to mention this for awhile, but I kept forgetting. In any event, Robby Reed and his fantabulous blog, Dial B For Blog, which appeared to have ended some time ago – is now BACK!
Check it out here.
So many amazing features.
It is a really good comic book blog.
I apologize for not linking to this great Don MacPherson piece sooner (the Countdown weeks were fairly hectic – as you can see by the lack of Judging Books By Their Covers, I’m still catching up), as it is a very interesting look at the effect of the rise in value of the Canadian dollar, which recently actually PASSED the American dollar, and what this means to comic professionals and Canadian comic buyers.
It’s a truly fascinating issue. As Don mentions in the comments, it was a follow-up to this earlier piece.
A. David Lewis, who wrote the nifty The Lone and Level Sands (see here, where I told you folks how good it was, and here where Greg B. also had nice things to say about it), is doing an interesting look at creating a comic with a production blog for his new comic book project (also with Sands’ artist, mpMann).
Check it out here.
Don has been doing Eye on Comics for a full year now!
Meanwhile, Don has an interesting piece up here about whether the All Star line of comics has been a financial success for DC Comics.
Steve Flanagan had a funny post up at his blog here where he talks about how scary the concept of “a Michael Turner drawing coming to life” would be.
I hate a comic book that you only have to read once.
No, wait, that isn’t true. To be honest, I love comics that you have to read more than once so much that it sometimes seems like I hate one-time use comics.
Let me back up. I’m David Brothers, and I blog at 4thletter with my buddy Gavin. I’ve got the distinct pleasure of living in San Francisco now, home to the best comic lounge in the world. My first comic was Amazing Spider-Man 316. I took a break from reading comics right around the time Onslaught and the Clone Saga hit, which also coincided quite nicely with my discovery of girls. I didn’t come back until 2002, when I picked up a Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller volume. I was an English major in school, which will explain everything or nothing about this essay, depending on your point of view. Brian asked me to do this back in May, I believe, I procrastinated and avoided it for months, since I really wanted to do CBSG justice.
My three favorite writers, in no particular order, are David Mack, Brian Azzarello, and Grant Morrison. These three writers couldn’t be more different. Mack writes cerebral comics, Azz writes comics that are dipped and coated in grime and crime, and Morrison excels in madcap action and new ideas. One thing that they’ve all got in common, though, is that each of their comics are even more rewarding on a reread. You can pick up things you missed on the first go-round, or even come up with an entirely new, and equally valid, reading. Continue Reading »
Because Cronin’s such a stand-up guy he allowed me to do a little guest spot here at Comics Should Be Good, where I can spread the gospel of Suicide Squad to the masses.
This week (and I use the term “week” loosely) on my blog Dave’s Long Box I am focusing on Suicide Squad, the legendary DC series about a covert crew of supervillains who work off their prison sentences by performing insanely dangerous missions for the government.
Created by John Ostrander, Suicide Squad is widely regarded in my house as the Greatest Comic Book Ever. Watchmen? Feh. Maus? Please. The Dark Knight Returns? You’re high. Suicide Squad reigns supreme over all lesser works.
One of the things that made Suicide Squad so transcendently awesome was Ostrander’s tough guy dialogue, so let’s run down Suicide Squad’s Ten Best Lines together, shall we? We’ll look at the first five best lines here at CSBG and you can check out the other five best lines at Dave’s Long Box. Fair enough?
Let us do this thing. Continue Reading »
Alan David Doane shot me over an interesting piece he recently did over at Comic Book Galaxy about the future of comics. Check it out here, and let me know what you think!
Edited to add – Here’s a follow up piece by ADD.
Tim Callahan (whose blog can be found here) just came out with a book about Grant Morrison. Here, then, is a guest piece by Tim. – BC
To promote the release of my new book, Grant Morrison: The Early Years, I am doing a bit of guest-blogging here at CSBG.
My book, in case you haven’t heard, explores Morrison’s early work from Zenith to Animal Man to Doom Patrol, and includes detailed analyses of those works as well as the much-maligned slice of genius known as Arkham Asylum and the generally overlooked “Gothic” storyline from Legends of the Dark Knight. But I didn’t want to write about any of that stuff here. I wanted to do something a bit different.
So I decided to look at an even earlier Morrison work: his very first story for 2000AD. Written over a year before he launched Zenith, Morrison’s first entry into the “Future Shocks”i series suggests the direction his career would take. In this early story, and the ones that follow, we see indications of the major themes and motifs which would dominate his work throughout the decades. These “Future Shocks” weren’t his very first comic book stories,ii but they were the beginning of the first major phase of his career, and his initial attempt, in particular, is worth looking at in detail. Continue Reading »