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Committed: Last Gasp’s Revolutionary Logo Designs

091714_lastgasp_rydenWhile this might be obvious to everyone, I only just realized that Last Gasp don’t have a logo. Or rather they do… they have hundreds of logos, practically one for each book, letter, and business cards… This was such an insane concept  in amongst our uniform, mass-produced world that I had to take a moment to look at a few of the logos by old and new authors, and find out the thinking behind such an adventurous approach to branding.

Last Gasp is the one of the largest and oldest underground publishers and the most well-established company not to have a consistent logo. Founded in 1970 by Ron Turner to publish underground comix, the job of adding a Last Gasp logo was given to each individual who published a book with them, from Robert Crumb, to Bill Griffith, to Frank Kozik (see below for examples, click to enlarge). Authors are asked only to make sure that they “incorporate a skull or a skeleton reading a book or with a book. Ideally the skull should have eyeballs and a tongue.”

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Review time! with Thanatos Diver #1

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I usually don’t review books that don’t come out for two months, but I’ll tell you why I’m doing it under the cut, if you dare read on!
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Year of the Artist, Day 259: Milo Manara, Part 3 – Viaggio a Tulun

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is Viaggio a Tulun* (Trip to Tulum), which was published in Corto Maltese magazine in 1989. These scans are from The Manara Library volume 3, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated August 2012. Enjoy! (And, in case you’re curious, there’s some Not Safe For Work nudity under the cut. Stay away, prudes!)
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Lookin’ to Connect: Spider-Man Edition! Amazing Spider-Man #642-647, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11-12 and Amazing Spider-Man #1/Superior Spider-Man #31/Spider-Man 2099 #1

This is the latest installment of a feature where I spotlight interconnecting covers. I will feature three selections each installment, with my current plan being to feature one diptych, one triptych and one tetraptych (or larger). Here is an archive of all of the covers listed so far. I am sure you have suggestions for future editions, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!

This edition is all Spider-Man covers!

Enjoy!

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Year of the Artist, Day 258: Milo Manara, Part 2 – Les Nouvelles Aventures de Giuseppe Bergman

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is Les Nouvelles Aventures de Giuseppe Bergman (published in English as The African Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman, Books 1 and 2), which were published in À Suivre magazine in 1980/1981. These scans are from The Manara Library volume 5, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated June 2013. Enjoy! (And yes, there’s nekkid stuff below the cut, so here’s your warning!!!!)
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #071

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We begin with an ADVANCE REVIEW for DC’s new Gotham Academy #1 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. This is spoiler free, so no worries about listening before you’ve had a chance to read. This releases on 10/1 so make sure to keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t already pre-ordered from your shop! Next up is a review of Copperhead #1 from Image by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski. Last up (but never least!) is a review of Greg Rucka , Michael Lark, and Santi Arcas’s Lazarus #11 also from Image. Our interview this week is with the incredible Becky Cloonan – co-writer of Gotham Academy, writer of the forthcoming Southern Cross from Image with artist Andy Belanger, writer/artist of the Eisner nominated Demeter and The Mire, and all around badass. After the interview we talk a bit about some of the recent TV/Comics news, Sue has my FAVORITE dramatic reading yet and, after the bumper, we argue about Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, which I maintain is totally stupid.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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Year of the Artist, Day 257: Milo Manara, Part 1 – Lo Scimmiotto

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is Lo Scimmiotto (“The Young Ape”), which was published in Alterlinus magazine in 1976-1977. These scans are from The Manara Library volume 3, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated August 2012. Enjoy! (And yes, there’s some nekkidness below the cut. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!)
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Meta-Messages – “Hey, It’s the Hulk With a Fin on his Head!”

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at some teasing from Peter David about Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon…
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You Decide – Who is Your Favorite Writer from Wolverine’s Ongoing Series?

As the death of Wolverine draws near, we thought it’d be interesting to learn who your favorite writer was among all of those who have had runs on Wolverine’s ongoing series (so you’re judging them here solely by how well they wrote Wolverine in his solo series – not in the X-Men). Read on for the choices!

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Year of the Artist, Day 256: Stuart Immonen, Part 5 – Fear Itself #7

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Fear Itself #7, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 2011. Enjoy!
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Inmates All Escape From Arkham Asylum

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This time around, based on a suggestion by Will B., we take a look at times that the inmates all escape from Arkham Asylum…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 103

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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Year of the Artist, Day 255: Stuart Immonen, Part 4 – Never As Bad As You Think and Moving Pictures

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the comics are Never As Bad As You Think and Moving Pictures, the first of which was published by Boom! and is cover dated December 2008 and the second of which was published by Top Shelf and is cover dated April 2010. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #488

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-seven. This week, who came up with Batman’s origin? Bill Finger or Gardner Fox? Which artist’s retirement opened the door for Frank Miller’s legendary Daredevil run? Plus, did the French decide to make William Buckley the Kingpin of Crime?

Let’s begin!

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