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What I bought – 11 December 2013

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It was not the sufferings of the maimed and the dead that pained him, but the very absence of that pain; he could not forget those terrible scenes, the blood and mud, the bundles of squirming flesh, but, remembering, he felt nothing, nothing, and this emptiness horrified him. (John Banville, from Doctor Copernicus)
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Committed: Brad Simpson, master of color

godland_cover5Working with Brad Simpson over the last couple of years has allowed me to see the diversity of his coloring choices, most recently on Sex and Gødland (the finale of which is out today), and he has gradually transformed my own personal preference for black and white comic books. Previously I thought that black and white comic books were always superior, with a more stark and aggressive look than the messily colored art I associated with comic books.

Luckily, designing comic books with Simpson has allowed me to see his tremendous capacity to transform and create a broad range of moods and environments. He uses color as a storytelling tool and it has enhanced my enjoyment of the books he works on, as well as my interest in bolder, more directional color palettes in my own design work. Brad agreed to answer a few questions about his work for us.

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Brad Simpson’s dramatic coloring on Tom Scioli’s 12-pages continuous art from the Gødland Finale. (Click to enlarge.)

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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 16-22 June 2013

I took last week off and almost thought I was going to take this week off – you might notice I haven’t posted here in over a week, because I’ve just been uninspired recently, even though I’m in the middle of my latest Comics You Should Own, which are usually fun to write. But then I decided to get going, mainly because of the two big stories in the comics world this week, so let’s check out some links, shall we?
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 269: Gødland #23

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Gødland #23, which was published by Image and is cover dated May 2008. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 1 August 2012

“It is only petty men who seem normal.” (Umberto Eco, from The Name of the Rose)

Luckily, she has insurance Holy crappity-crap Shop ... at .. Target ... Somehow I don't think that dinosaur will respect a fighting stance like that Freaky! Seriously? Yeah, I have no idea either It's the Three Faces of Shadow! What are they doing to that poor chap's head? It's all metaphorical and shit! Take your time, guys - I can wait!
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What I bought – 18 January 2012

“I’ve always believed, Josef, that we are more in love with desire than with the desired!” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Well, that's a phallic blade right there Appetizing! It was the style of the times! You can't stay mad at it! So much creepy sexual imagery I don't even know where to start! She's making Rockwell paranoid! I think that explosion would knock him over 'Don't tell anyone I like 2 Broke Girls!!!!!' Like the concept, hate the execution Robert Plant should have had a cameo Now batting ... the golem! More French comics!  Or, as I like to call them, 'Freedom Comics'
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What I bought – 23 February 2011

Thanks to the mild weather, the trees retained their foliage longer than usual. Red and gold, ocher and amber leaped to the eye. How beautifully the leaves aged on ten thousand twigs! No politics could produce such glory in a forest. Only so natural and simple a thing as death. (Frederic Morton, from A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888/1889)

What a cute hat! What an odd comic! This issue sure is ... shocking! Extreeeeeeeme close-up!!!!! Hey, not too phallic! It's disturbingly sexy! I gotta get me a bear trap! Owls, snakes, and panthers - oh my! Yeah, no Nicola Scott on this issue Hey, it's an issue! I'm not sure what's going on on that cover More goodness!
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Committed: The Drug User’s Comic Reading List

Haven’t you ever wondered which comic books will enhance your life-threatening drug use? Apparently, some of my friends tell me that they read specific comic books only when they are drunk or high, deeming the content to be appropriate for consumption exclusively in an altered state. Continue Reading »

What I bought – 3 November 2010

“It’s the worst thing you’ll ever do in your life,” she said, “helping the people you love to do something that in your heart you believe is deeply wrong.” (Orson Scott Card, from Xenocide)

So many dinosaur covers this week! I don't know if I want to know what's going on here Venetian blinds - your pulp/noir staple! Why is she reaching for me?!?!?!? Has Gillen paid enough dues to make this a success? Best cover of the year?  Probably Is her left hand on top of underwear, and if so, WHY DEAR GOD WHY?!?!? No wonder comics writers and artists love dinosaurs - look how cool that is! Yes, I tried this! Given the way Moses usually acts, that smile sure is creepy! They went to the X-Men crossover a bit too late! So many dinosaurs!!!!!
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What I bought – 8 July 2010

Actually, his statement in its entirety was, “The rich are the most discriminated-against minority in the world. Openly or covertly, everybody hates the rich because, openly or covertly, everybody envies the rich. Me, I love the rich. Somebody has to love them. Sure, a lot o’ rich people are assholes, but believe me, a lot o’ poor people are assholes, too, and an asshole with money can at least pay for his own drinks.” (Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume)

Damn, I love the backgrounds on these Quitely covers! Batman puts some Bactine on this and moves on, because he's tougher than you are! It's a double-shot of awesome straight to your cerebral cortex! I don't know how those dolphins got on top of that building, but how sad!That guy in the foreground creeps me out! I love the ghost fingers right in the center of the drawing! You know, if more cops looked like this and flew around like this, I'd be a criminal just to check it out! How can anyone not love Tom Scioli? I'd risk the arrows if fine ladies like that were paying me so much attention! I wonder what this issue is about? She will tic-tac-toe your ass to death! Yay!  More nudity! That's kind of a lousy 'drawing' but a pretty effective image It just keeps getting weirder! Featuring ... SCIENCE!!!! I'm so geeked about this title! Is it the end?  We shall see ... Raise a glass to Christopher Mitten! This actually represents something that happens within the pages! Who doesn't love retellings of old fairy tales?
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What I bought – 31 March 2010

I watched Count Tolstoy leave and thought how it is not he who knows the truth who is right, but he who is convinced of the truth of his lie. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted With Tea)

Alex Ross doesn't always do a great job with these covers, but he nails this one! She should just fight him with those nipples! Dire Wraiths REPRESENT! It takes a second to figure it out, but that's a keen cover! Oh, Tom Scioli, you wonderful bastard! Man, her feet must hurt! It's all symbolic and shit! It's Creeper-iffic! It's all done, and I can't wait to read it! I'm sure this will be cheery!
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What I bought – 16 December 2009

Now hang our bloody colours by Damascus,
Reflexing hues of blood upon their heads,
While they walk quivering on their city walls,
Half-dead for fear before they feel my wrath.
Then let us freely banquet, and carous
Full bowls of wine unto the god of war,
That means to fill your helmets full of gold,
And make Damascus’ spoils as rich to you
As was to Jason Colchos’ golden fleece.
And now, Bajazeth, hast thou any stomach?

I just love that cover. Part five of five? Existence abides, bitches! Why yes, those are dogs with human heads! Manga-riffic! Who else can they kill??? The title as part of a declaration?  Gold! More claustrophobia than you can handle! Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on on that cover either. Frenchie: Kicking ass and kissing guys! Why so angry?And why are they standing under a freeway? Man, I love this series.  I don't know about this volume, because I haven't read it yet, but the first five are awesome. Enjoy the issues that exist, because it's not coming back! With fancy new coloring!
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What I bought – 14 October 2009

“We want to find a funny, upbeat way of bringing the issue of homelessness to TV. So we’ve got three wacky homeless characters. But they’re wise. They’re wacky and wise.”
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