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Year of the Artist, Day 29: Alan Davis, Part 4 – 2000AD #358

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Alan Davis, and the story is Part 4 of “D. R. & Quinch Get Drafted” from 2000AD #358, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated 3 March 1984. This scan is from The Complete D. R. & Quinch trade paperback, which was published by Rebellion in 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 28: Alan Davis, Part 3 – 2000AD #291

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Alan Davis, and the story is Part 5 of “Harry 20 on the High Rock” from 2000AD #291, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated 11 November 1982. This scan is from the Harry 20 on the High Rock trade paperback, which was published by Rebellion in 2010. Enjoy!
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Committed: Rian Hughes – Designs for the Future

091813_rianhughesNewRian Hughes is arguably one of the most multi-talented men currently working in communication design. His comic books are just the tip of the iceberg, with his current redesign of the Valiant logo making comic shop shelves a little sleeker, and his recent work organizing the Image Duplicator exhibition displaying his passion for original comic book art. When I was in London, I was lucky enough to a get a glimpse at the projects currently cluttering Rian Hughes’ desk and it proved an enlightening afternoon.

091813_rianhughesP1100603A lot of the time, people who work in comic books and design are self-employed, working alone in our offices and communicating with our teams via email, phone, chat, and skype. As a result of this, the camaraderie of colleagues and peers can become a distant, virtual experience. Outside of conventions once or twice a year, we rarely actually manage to see each other in meat space, making do instead with sending files back and forth. That’s why, when I went to London last month I had to make sure to meet up with comic book author and groundbreaking graphic designer; Rian Hughes. Hughes is one of the most interesting and engaging graphic designers working with comic books today and I am always inspired and excited by his take on things. When he invited me to visit him at his studio in Kew Gardens, I leapt at the chance to get a sneak peek at where the design magic happens. Hughes shares his bright and sunny studio with a group of freelance designers and a small graphic design company, which combines to create a quietly bustling creative atmosphere. Initially, my intention was to conduct some sort of interview, but instead we jumped right in to chatting about all of the interesting things lying about on his desk, and it proved to be quite the treasure trove… Continue Reading »

Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 352: 2000AD #317: “D.R. and Quinch Have Fun on Earth!”

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from 2000AD #317: “D.R. and Quinch Have Fun on Earth!, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated 21 May 1983. This scan is from The Complete D.R. and Quinch, which was published by Rebellion in June 2010. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 251: 2000AD #278: “Hot Item”

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from 2000AD #278: “Hot Item”, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated 21 August 1982. This scan is from The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks, which was published in 2006. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 92: 2000AD #477

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This week: Grant “Bow to the Bald Buddha!” Morrison. Today’s page is from 200AD Prog #477, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated 5 July 1986. Enjoy!
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Committed: Reading “Time Flies” (by Garth Ennis and Philip Bond)

Recently I had the very good luck to get my hands on a copy of the Garth Ennis and Phillip Bond 2000AD series; Time Flies. After years of searching for back issues, a friend who collects 2000AD gave me a “spare” copy of 2000AD Extreme Edition #19, which compiles the entire series. It isn’t that I’m any kind of fanatic for time travel stories (though I do like science fiction), but more that I adore Bond’s art and Ennis’s writing. For a long time I’ve been wanting to check out this early work of theirs, and I was very excited to see how the two would collaborate.

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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2011

Let’s check out this month’s Previews with the full knowledge that these are the last times we’ll see all these DC titles in their current incarnations!
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Committed: Oxfam is a Good Comic Shop (?)

It turns out that Oxfam is a very good comic shop. This statement won’t be as surprising to American comic book readers as it was to me, but imagine that I just said Goodwill is a very good comic shop” because that’s basically what it is, the English version of Goodwill. Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – September 2010

If I were a flunkie at DC, I’d propose publishing FIFTY Bat-titles a month … and nothing else! Come on, DC – you can’t lose! In the meantime, we’ll have to peruse this month’s Previews for other, non-Batman-and-thus-far-inferior titles!
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What I bought – 18 August 2010

“It never occurs to you that the beautiful princess and the wicked old witch believe exactly the same thing: Anything at all, including cunning and lies, will work for the beautiful; nothing helps the ugly.” (John Gardner, from Freddy’s Book)

She looks like she's Abraham, about to sacrifice Isaac! These have been dull but effective covers It's FRICKEN! Farewell, Ex Machina ...... you'll be missed Rose Red decides it's ass-kickin' time! Bisley's covers crack me up! Only the coolest own jungle cats as pets! I love this cover It's all iconic and shit! Don't do it, Steve! More Western fun! That's what you want to see just after a good meal! Early 80s Alan Davis?  Sold!
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Committed: Different Issues with Back Issues, Pt 2

030310_ephemeraContinuing the epic forage through my childhood comic book collection, moving into the realm of comix. Once I’d browsed and reminisced through my superhero comics to my hearts content, I moved on to the darker, more mysterious contents of the remaining boxes. Continue Reading »

Committed: Comics without Capes

012010_asterixIn talking to my American comic book reading friends, I’m beginning to see that my experience of comic books is pretty different from theirs. While they grew up watching superhero cartoons on TV and buying the superhero comics that went along with them, I didn’t have much access to either of those mediums so I took another route. Continue Reading »

Sunday Brunch: 8/30/09

I asked for things more worthy of linkage, and the comics internet responded! Truly, I am King of the Intertubes.

Also, I like this QUESTION OF THE WEEK business, so I’ll try to keep this up. This week’s: Which comic character do you find completely uninteresting, no matter who writes or draws him/her? And (a two-parter!) what would make you change your mind about them?

Links below!

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