Sunday, August 7, 2011
Maybe I Will Do This Once A Month?
Since nobody reads the comics internet on the weekend, I'll hit you with some links rather than one of the more substantial posts I keep meaning to write.
- The Hooded Utilitarian's list of the 115 best comics of all time is posted after a slow, appropriately grand rollout last week. I contributed a list, which I'll post here shortly; I was a little surprised at how many of my picks made it on the master list. Of the short essays that accompanied the top 10, my favorite was definitely Tucker Stone's touching paean to Calvin and Hobbes, but I also quite liked Shaenon Garrity on Little Nemo and Robert Stanley Martin on basically why Watchmen still matters if you're a comics snob. If you want a few laffs, there's also a protracted comments thread about the problems with the list here.
- Frank Santoro, all-time comics gramndmasta and Reg'lar Guy, is selling some back issues to get his car fixed up. Each set comes with an original Santoro drawing (holy shit!). There are some really good comics in some of these, even though some of the runs Frank is selling off are the exact ones I spent last year collecting. If you don't have your Mazzucchelli Daredevils and Gulacy Master of Kung-Fus in order, get goin'.
- Alison Sampson's Space In Text blog is the bomb, and not just because of how kind she's been to me. This week she posted the best thing I believe I've ever seen there, which is saying something: the raw, smudgy, absurdly brilliant pencils for Liberatore's Batman Black & White story. Damn. If you've ever seen that story as it was published, the spiky inks definitely take something away. These pencils are about as good as it gets.
- When you are a Respected Comics Critic people STAY sending you their bad webcomics on email. It's 100 percent worth it though, because every little once in a while, somebody sends you something that peels your cap back. Such was the case with this comic by Berlin-based artist Benny Nero. Oh wow, you guys: the big touchstone is obviously Moebius, but it's got everything from Toth to Brecht Evens swimming around underneath. It's weird when a far more accomplished artist than yourself makes a piece of work that contains a homage to you (look at the top of this post!), but it's also pretty cool.
- Speaking of, my own webcomic AFFECTED continues apace. Get in on it now before it goes 100% rawdog sex comics next week.
- My boy Robin Barnard, having completed his quixotic Doubtland project, is currently copying a Frank Miller Daredevil issue panel for panel, and writing some cracking good blog posts about each page as he completes it. There ain't much else out there like this, folks.
- Nina Stone perfectly sums up the best comic I've read since Garden, Nobrow Press's Obsolete.
- Finally, Stan Lee talks to Rob Liefeld, circa 1989. Good gracious.
- PS: anybody with a Tumblr that isn't Quenched Consciousness, you are no longer allowed to post anything from old Heavy Metal issues. I mean Jesus Christ, you guys...