Archive for the Comics Category

I’m An Artist Now

Posted in Comics on October 30, 2012 by bradellison

Rolling with CCP Comics at conventions is awesome, but even though we sold out of my righteous comic book Blood and Thunder, cons are a money sink for writers.  Artists can make bank selling prints and sketches, but the typewriter monkeys come out with lighter wallets.  Until now:

The new racket

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More Thrilling Links As I Clear Out My Browser Tabs

Posted in Comics, Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , on April 19, 2012 by bradellison

My bad habit is keeping tabs open on interesting content until I can find someone to share it with.  I’m doing this now both to let my handful of readers know what’s awesome, and to keep Chrome from crashing under the weight of things.

Jack Kirby is one of the greatest and most important artists of the 20th century.  That is not hyperbole.  The raw force of that man’s imagination, as captured in the lines he put on paper, shaped a medium and several genres, influenced and inspired generations, and has been utilized to produce billions of dollars of profit for the company that owns the rights to the characters he created, thanks to the comic book industry’s proud history of screwing artists.  Whether he was fighting in World War II, inventing the romance comic, creating 90% of Marvel’s most compelling and popular characters, or preparing to get into a bare-knuckle brawl with a bunch of American Nazis who objected to Captain America breaking Hitler’s jaw, everything the King did was awesome.  But this article from the LA Times has gotten me to thinking of him as a father as well as an artist.  It’s a fantastic look at what it was like to be Jack Kirby’s son, and I’ve had it open in my browser for weeks because I keep rereading it.

Soy Venganza!

Timothy Lim’s artwork just makes me happy.  Especially the Calvin & Hobbes-inspired Spider-man and Venom stuff.

Courtesy of 4thletter, we have this glorious vision of what a Mystery Science Theater 3000 fighting game could be!  Words can’t express how much I want this to be real.

I need this shirt.  Real Talk.

Chris Sims, world’s foremost Batmanologist and guy who having turned this writing on the internet thing into a living is a hero of mine, made this a while ago as part of his brilliant Many Emotions of Batman series, and it still makes me laugh.

And now here’s Jack Johnson beating the shit out of the Great White Hope to play us out:

Hey! Anybody wanna say Brian Michael Bendis didn’t have the best run on Daredevil in the character’s history?

Posted in Comics with tags , , , on October 3, 2009 by bradellison

Because I will fight you, man!  I will jack you up!

I mean, yeah, Frank Miller’s run was magnificent, and Ed Brubaker is the freaking man, but you seriously want to tell me that anything tops Underboss and Out in terms of graphic storytelling?

And if anybody even breathes the name “Nocenti,” I will stab you.  Daredevil deserves better than being utilized as a strawman for polemics against meat-eating and nuclear weapons.  Anybody tries to defend the Typhoid Mary story arc to me, and I will punch you right in the goddamn face and then break your arm and jam the broken bone right into your nerve clusters, because that was some horseshit.

Attention, internet: I rule SO HARD

Posted in Comics with tags , , , on August 31, 2009 by bradellison

Last night, in a feverish haze of espresso and poorly dubbed kung fu movies, I completed the script for the break-out indy comics hit of 2010.  I speak, of course, of issue #1 of Thog-Dar: Caveman Detective.  At the dawn of the human race, a man is murdered by someone using the first bow ever made.  A mystified tribal chieftain and a baffled Lawkeeper (high priest of the Giant Ball of Fire In the Sky) have only one man they can turn to: Thog-Dar, a hard-boiled lone wolf who doesn’t play by the rules.  Thog-Dar, the inventor of crime scene investigation.  Thog-Dar, the first man in human history to grasp the concept of the alibi.  Thog-Dar, a man who walks fearlessly up to the first gangster in human history and punches him right in the face.  But even Thog-Dar may be in over his head, up against a killer who’s centuries ahead of his time when it comes to lethal weaponry.

And while I was doing that, I went ahead and touched up the other sure-fire hit of the next year, Black Flag.  Pirates!  Revenge!  Hidden treasure!  Necromancy!  Long conversations about the philosophy of anarchy!  17th-century profanity!  And will there be a sword fight on the deck of a burning ship, between two half-brothers whose hatred of each other can only be quenched by hot blood and cold steel?  You better believe it.

All that awesomeness, plus more, will be coming out of the Capstone Connection, the collective of Austin writers and artists who have banded together to rock faces off.  And the Connection is brought to you by Capstone Comics, the best comic book store in Austin.  Thanks to them, I’ve been able to see my visions of horrifically violent yet entirely justified revenge killings taking place in exciting historical venues brought to bold, bloody life on the page, and will soon be able to share that vision with the world.

Things I’ve been looking at lately

Posted in Comics, Religion, Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by bradellison

I habitually leave a lot of browser tabs open non-stop, closing them only when I’m quite finished with that page.  This leads to a lot of build-up, an accumulation of Firefox clutter.  So I’m doing some cleaning, and along the way I figured I’d share some highlights with you, the possibly tens of readers who follow this blog.

Roger Ebert, the dominant film reviewer on the planet, discusses something deeply personal.  Alcoholics Anonymous gets criticized both by people who don’t like the notion of God, and those who don’t like like the notion of expanding God to include just about anything.  Ebert, who doesn’t believe in God but does believe in AA, offers an interesting perspective on this.  My main thought: I suspect the religion of the early Church may have had a lot more in common with what goes on among those desperate and hurting people in the church basement that with what we do in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

And now for something completely different:

What if Judith Martin were thoroughly goth?

It might look something like the Lady of the Manners, which is pretty awesome.

Mike Stimpson specializes in recreating iconic photographs in Lego form.

Shawn was nice enough to comment on my blog, so I guess I might as well get around to plugging his webcomic, Clockworks.  Steampunk!  Action!  Intrigue!  Magic!  Trenchcoats!  Goggles!  Punches to the face!  It’s good stuff.

Chills down the spine from across the world

Posted in Comics, Stuff I think is cool with tags , , on June 4, 2009 by bradellison

Weird little spook stories, urban legends, and nasty little slivers of uncanny freakiness.

Panels and balloons go right to left, BTW, in proper Japanese fashion.

This is why I love comic books

Posted in Comics, Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , on May 15, 2009 by bradellison

This is a remarkably funny, sweet, and honest little story about teenage romance and insecurity. It’s also a story about Batman and Robin, with the numbers filed off.  And it’s a story about identity, with the mask as a concrete metaphor.  And about anxiety-inducing authority figures, as embodied by a crazy vigilante in a devil costume.  You can do this kind of thing with the stylized, larger-than-life, operatic world of the superhero.  Tell stories about real people and their real issues, magnified with tights and capes and optic beams in the same way that you use a microscope or binoculars.