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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Gordon » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:20

soft revolution wrote:Right, we need a thread for comics.

I've just started to read a comic book about Laika. It's so lovely (and really well researched) and tells the story inbetween the launch of Sputnik and Laika being sent into space - it's really sad as a family had to give her up as a puppy and she ended up being a stray on the streets of Moscow before being caught and given over to the Space Agency. The book also follows the life of the chief designer of the Russian satellites and it's just introduced the dog handler at the space agency too.

At the moment, they're putting all the dogs they have through tests to see which ones can withstand take off best and which ones are partial to the gell packs they'd put in the capsule to eat.

It really captures the spirit of the early days of the space race.
I think the stuff about the family and most of the personal interactions are fictional, but I thought it was really good, made me do a small manly sob, and the sort of epilogue quote (and epilogue material) did as well.

Good stuff, go out and read it, everyone.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:53

I recently picked up stuff by this chap.

http://www.rollingstockpress.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by jamonbreadyay » Thu Apr 24, 2008 20:45

did you buy that from me? if so, yay! thanks! he has a compilation book coming out soon with the first three issues in. you can pre-order it here: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index. ... s_id=44886" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 09:57

jamonbreadyay wrote:did you buy that from me? if so, yay! thanks! he has a compilation book coming out soon with the first three issues in. you can pre-order it here: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index. ... s_id=44886" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Yes. Yes I did. I was the loud girl with Miss Sexon who got a jamonbread badge in each colour which are now proudly displayed on my lapels.

I really liked the art on the comic - kinda like a story book of water colours or sumfink. Can one not order from the rollignstock site?

Oh and PS I did mention your work too in the Ukulele thread. edit - oh I now see you have an actual thread dedicated to you. I'll stop talking now.
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Post by jamonbreadyay » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:45

oh yes! hello!
i think you'll probably be able to order it off the rollingstock website when it's released, but i think you get a discount if you order it off the forbidden planet website.

thank you for coming on tuesday as well! i was amazed so many people came, considering it was just me playing. either they'd all been bullied into going by your friend sophie OR they'd just gone for a cup of tea and thought it might be rude to leave once i'd started playing.

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:57

Well Soph did say "Come do this gig "he's like the best thing since jam on bread" (OK so I made that last bit up although you are her top friend on myspace...) but I'd heard ye somewhere before I'm sure. Think I will order those books - that's me bought about 6 comics in the last fortnight and absolutely nowhere to put them. SO much for trying to economise my living space.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Sat May 31, 2008 15:53

While in Toronto I picked up a bunch of self published comics which are all totally amazing, by the following creative genii:

Carrie McNinch http://www.microcosmpublishing.com/cata ... e_mcninch/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Aron Nels Steinke http://www.aronnelssteinke.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Kevin Huizenga http://lambiek.net/artists/h/huizenga_k.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ethan Rilly - can't find a website but his "Pope Hats" was one of my favourites... all I can find is an address, P.O. Box 92, Stn R, Toronto, ON M4G 323

I also got hold of Delayed Replays by Liz Prince, a very cute properly produced book collecting her comic strips http://lizprincepower.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; well, she's adorable, if you like jeff brown, john porcellino, missy kulik etc you'll love it or maybe you already do, yay :D

I also learned that Teresa of the Haircuts drew some comics a few years ago and naturally they are amazing... I hope she does more some day. I don't think she has many copies left of her earlier work but you can ask.

Other finds:

Glister - Andi Watson - I haven't read this yet (I'm trying to make them last...) but I bought it because the artwork is adorable, sort of modern day japanese influenced cute crossed with 1950s american children's illustration.

Love the Way You Love -Jamie S Rich and Marc Ellerby... I bought it because it's full of Smiths references and all about a lame boy in a band and his stupid crush on some gurl, right up my street. Also not yet read.

One Bad Day -Steve Rolston - this is a book about a girl having a bad day. I can relate. Plus it has guns and car chases so this is for when I need action.

The Summer of Love - Debbie Dreschler
- This looks to be about the trials and tribulations of teenage girlhood, a theme which holds an enduring appeal for me despite having (temporally if not psychologically) exited teenagerdom 5 years ago.

Echo - Terry Moore - A new sci fi series from the guy who did Strangers in Paradise, with a female protagonist and a plot that involves a strange and fictional event that I had a dream about a couple of years ago - too intriguing to ignore.

While in Canada I also had the opportunity to read "It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken" by Seth, something of a classic I believe but if you haven't read it yet, do - and the Scott Pilgrim series which totally rules - so fun to see the real life locations at the same time! It's funny, cute, and kick-ass. The only problem now is waiting for the next book... *sigh*.

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by wrapyrtroubles » Tue Jun 10, 2008 20:34

Just here to remind everyone how great Ethan Rilly is. He's got a website now! Go Ethan!

http://www.popehats.blogspot.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The comics are so cheap they're practically free. The drawings are amazing, the stories are also great.... you won't be disappointed!

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by xoxo » Mon Jul 21, 2008 01:28

has anyone been reading Fables, by bill willingham? they're super good.
usually i just read webcomics, but i've delved a little into print comics now. fables and sandman, mostly.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Carys » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:34

We've just got a subscription to Mome (comic quarterly published by Fantagraphics) which is great. One of my (many) summer ambitions is to get through all the graphic novels on our shelves, too. Just read "Blankets" (Craig Thompson) and the utterly fabulous "Summer Blonde" (Adrian Tomine) for starters - oh, and finally read Jeffrey Brown's "Clumsy", which is just too perfect for words.

Also, if anyone likes Art Spiegelman, there was a mini-comic of his in this season's McSweeney's.

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by indiansummer » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:53

oh, Blankets, Summer Blonde and Clumsy are all wonderful.

Craig Thompson's stuff is wonderful. get Goodbye Chunky Rice too.

Someone once told me Adrian Tomine was nothing but a Dan Clowes copyist. i think his drawing style is quite similar to Clowes and Charles Burns (if not quite as heavily inked as Burns' stuff), but he seems to me to have his own voice... and his stories are really good. i really enjoyed the collection of his mini-comics too.

Jeffrey Brown's autobio stuff is largely fantastic. i don't buy into the theory that he tailed off since then, although i think his parodies are slightly dull and not especially funny.

No-one seems to have mentioned Peter Bagge here at all! am i the only one who thinks Hate was one of the best comics ever?
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Gordon » Mon Jul 21, 2008 13:06

Oooh, Charles Burns. Pretty stuff.

Didn't Adrian Tomine do a lot of album art and stuff, too? (eels?)

My first Jeffrey Brown was AEIOU, which I thought was the best, but maybe just because it was my first. I like his little soundtrack sections, too.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by indiansummer » Mon Jul 21, 2008 13:59

i bought Clumsy for my girlfriend when it came out cos it looked quite cute, but we both ended up hooked. i really like pretty much everything he's done except Bighead and Incredible Change-Bots, both of which i found to be rather...well, clumsy. AEIOU is great though.

not sure about Tomine's album art, but i wouldn't put it past him! sounds like his sorta thing.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Gordon » Mon Jul 21, 2008 17:41

I think I have a book of Tomine's assorted random art, but I can't find it, because they have delivered my shelves yet, and all my books are in piles...

In terms of comics on the computer (if anyone wants any...) I have all the stuff off here: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/magazine/funnypages.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (which anyone can download)

(I don;t know what some of this stuff is, I think I just went on a bit of a spree on demonoid)

and these CBR and CBZ files:
Alan Moore - From Hell.cbr
American Splendor (1976-2002)
Battle Royale
Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch.cbr
Persepolis
RoboCop (Frank Miller)
Sandman pack
Too Much Coffee Man 1-238
V for Vendetta
Watchmen
artistsblock_studionj.cbz
batman - the dark knight returns - 10th anniversary edition
cerebus 1 - 53
cerebus 54 - 129
cerebus 130 - 175
martinlutherking.cbz (from the ethan persoff website)
privatei_1.cbz
privatei_2.cbz
privatei_3.cbz
tuesday_by_henrik_rehr.cbz
wiggles_the_wonderworm.cbr

Wiggles the Wonder worm features this amazing backpage:
wiggles_the_wonderworm.cbr - Page 48.jpg
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by indiansummer » Tue Jul 22, 2008 08:30

Wiggles The Wonder Worm..? wasn't that the daily three-frame comic on Channel 4 teletext during the 90s...?

oh no, sorry, that was Turner The Worm.

whoops.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by linus » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:24

indiansummer wrote:No-one seems to have mentioned Peter Bagge here at all! am i the only one who thinks Hate was one of the best comics ever?
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I think Ray mentioned him on the first page of this thread... I haven't read any Petey Bagge since one of the early Hate Annuals, which is a shame as prior to that I dug Hate and Neat Stuff the most... I think I may have to dig all those out- he make me laugh

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I also dug his buddy JR Williams' 'Crap' which was out around the same time as Hate

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Yup, Peter Bagge is alright

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Gordon » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:31

I think I read an amazing article on Digitiser on Wikipedia. Or I may have just dreamt it.
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by linus » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:55

I just can't take that leap with comics online... I know it's supposed to be the future and greener and opening up the limitations of the printed page blah blah- but I like the smell of a new comic, I like turning each page and I love reading comics while lying on the floor or on my bed or in the bath or sprawled out on the lawn in the sunshine

I've also never seen an online comic that wouldn't work equally well on paper, nobody's really reinventing the form online (that I'm aware of) and most online comics are drawn like shit

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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by Gordon » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:15

I don't know if you mean the CBZ files, or the stuff off the new york times site. I know what you mean, it is pretty difficult to read things like that on the computer, but stuff like the completes of Chris Ware, or old 8 ball comics that you might not find otherwise, are nice to at least have copies of, so you'll know how much of an eye you should keep out for them.

The online comics I do like, I guess, are usually a bit silly and ephemeral, the kind that can be read without too much discomfort with an RSS reader...
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Re: Comic Book Chit-chat

Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Jul 30, 2008 13:53

indiansummer wrote:i bought Clumsy for my girlfriend when it came out cos it looked quite cute, but we both ended up hooked. i really like pretty much everything he's done except Bighead and Incredible Change-Bots, both of which i found to be rather...well, clumsy. AEIOU is great though.

not sure about Tomine's album art, but i wouldn't put it past him! sounds like his sorta thing.
Has anyone read Jeffrey Brown's latest autobiographical book? It's called Little Things & i just ordered it from the waterstones website, however its not in stock so may not ever arrive. Booh.

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