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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2014

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Drooling Superman! Everyone loves Drooling Superman! Luckily, he shows up in Previews #307, which also has comics in it!
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Committed: Gilbert Hernandez’ Maria M.

maria_m1Maria M. is a movie about a character as acted by her daughter Fritz, the movie is told in the form of a comic book, (and remember, in the world of these comic books Maria M is a real person). Once you’ve got your head around that, you can dive in and fall in love with Gilbert Hernandez’ wonderfully sleazy, exciting film noir about a good girl in a bad world. (And if you can’t get your head around it, it won’t matter in the least because it’s still a marvelous story, beautifully drawn and lovingly told.)

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Year of the Artist, Day 70: Gray Morrow, Part 1 – Blazing Combat #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “Water Hole!” from Blazing Combat #3, which was published by Warren and is cover dated April 1966. This scan is from Blazing Combat, a trade collecting all four issues, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2009 and is well worth your ducats. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2014

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Strap on the feedbag, people, ’cause we’ll be here all night!
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Year of the Artist, Day 8: Steve Ditko, Part 3 – Strange Suspense Stories #34

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “The Desert Spell” from Strange Suspense Stories #34, which was published by Charlton and has a cover date of November 1957. These scans are from Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 3, my copy of which was published in 2012 by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 7: Steve Ditko, Part 2 – Strange Suspense Stories #32

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “A World of His Own” from Strange Suspense Stories #32, which was published by Charlton and has a cover date of May 1957. These scans are from Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 2, my copy of which was published in 2010 by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 6: Steve Ditko, Part 1 – Daring Love #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Paper Romance!” from Daring Love #1, which was published by Gillmor Magazines (an imprint of Key Publications) and has a cover date of September 1953. These scans are from Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 1, my copy of which was published in 2009 by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 1: Jack Kirby, Part 1 – Blue Bolt Comics #10

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Yes, I took last year off after my post-a-day madness of 2012, but during that long year, I had another idea for a post-a-day for an entire year: a series on artists and their development. While I was posting the first pages of comics, I think I got better at writing about art, so I wanted to write about it more. I’ve always been interested at how artists evolve through their careers, and picking up some random older collected editions in 2013 made me curious to see this progression and write a bit about it. So for this year, I’m picking artists and seeing how they draw a particular comic. Each day will feature only one comic, but it might be a whole series of sequences or just one sequence or even one panel. I’m also not going to limit myself to a progression – some artists I might only feature once, but I hope to show several examples over the course of some days. Obviously, I can only show art of comics I actually own, so I might miss some of your favorites. Sorry! I hope, in this way, to show how an artist gets better at the job of drawing a comic (of course, I might even show how an artist gets worse, but that’s far more depressing). Plus, I’d like to see how changes in technology affect some of the art in comics. I did this a little when I featured the first pages of comics, focusing on a single artist a few different times, so I might skip those artists I featured in 2012. We’ll see. And, of course, I’m starting with the King. I mean, I kind of have to, don’t I?
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Say It With Manga – The Underground Anthology Edition

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I’ve always been amused by the lack of short story anthologies available in English for manga.  There’s a good reason for it.  The short story anthology graphic novel isn’t really a done thing in Japan, primarily because all manga is released serially in themed anthologies, and on any given week you can pick up hundreds of different ones with both chapters and short stories in any genre you want.  About the only type we see in English, aside from the infamous Four Shoujo Stories (a very rare and “unauthorized” graphic novel collection), are underground short story anthologies.  They appear very rarely, but are a fantastic place to see several artists and stories that usually don’t appear anywhere else.  Also, plenty of gross-out stuff.  Here are the four big ones I can think of off the top of my head, and all are worth checking out for at least a story or two.

 

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The Orange Won’t Peel – In which a publisher kicks to start

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God, I’m getting topical.

The Feature 

Fantagraphics Books, the publishing beacon of alternative comics, must fund their “Spring 2014 Season” via Kickstarter, an effort publicized yesterday, resulting in an already sizable donation amount of (this writing) $64,489.

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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2013

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Hey, Previews #302 is promoting smoking this month! Won’t someone think of the children?!?!?!?
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for October 2013

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“The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”
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Say It With Manga – Year 24 Group Edition

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In the US, there’s been a recent surge in teen fiction – novels that are written specifically for and about a teenage audience.  Fifteen years ago, it didn’t exist, but now it’s one of the hottest-selling categories of literature.  While there are several mainstream hits, browsing the section at any bookstore will tell you that most of these titles are aimed at teenage girls.  They feature more complex emotional themes, characters that one can easily relate to, and are (debateably) only a step removed from adult literature.  And the category covers a variety of genres, as well.  A similar thing happened to manga for girls in the 1970s.  A group of female artists, who themselves grew up on the popular manga series for young girls, decided that there should be manga for a slightly older female audience as well.  The name “Year 24 Group” refers to the fact that many of the artists were born in 1949, or Showa Year 24.  A lot of the series written during this time period by these artists remains classic to this day, but criminally little of it has been translated into English.  This week, I’m going to feature 3 very different series by 3 Year 24 Group artists that are available in English.  And honestly, there’s not a whole lot more than this.

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Quote of the day from the late Bernard Krigstein (1919-1990)

When told in 1965 that Stan Lee was helping revitalize comics over at Marvel, Bernard Krigstein responded:
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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2013

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It’s time for Travis Pelkie’s favorite column! Huzzah!
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