Paul Pope Profiled in ‘Wired’

This article on graphic novelist Paul Pope appeared in print in Wired last month, but is now available on the web. It’s sort of odd that he appears in Wired, because I’m looking for the connection to tech, but then I remembered reading Pope’s 100%, and I remembered that it was laced with tech in his storytelling.

The article is a little wonky, but it doesn’t use the terms “biff”, or “pow” at all, so I guess we’re making progress.

I remember really really enjoying 100%, despite an irregular schedule. It was odd and violent and futuristic and sexual and fluid and fantastic. I really can’t imagine that his version of a Batman comic will please long time fans, but if nothing else, it should be interesting, and very unique.


  1. Which one should I post on? Yours or Connor’s?
    My head will explode.

  2. Mine mine mine!

  3. I’ve been hearing about Pope for years and people seem to love 100%, and one would think that a Batman graphic novel would be right up my alley, but I have to be honest – those art samples do nothing for me. In fact, they would probably put me off buying the book.

  4. I love Paul Pope’s art. It’s just that he seems like a cock. I’ll certainly get his batman book, though. His solo book was really good.

  5. He does seem like an indie, bohemian weenie, but I’ve learned that it’s best to separate people from there work, because as soon as you learn that you don’t like someone, all of a sudden you see those things you don’t like in their work as well.

    Have you ever read Heavy Liquid?

  6. I haven’t. I have one of his books, and I don’t remember what it was called. It was about a trapese artist or something. The stuff of his that I love are his X-Statix issues and his DC Solo book. I’d keep buying what he does, I like it so much. Esp. His Batman.

  7. I think he’s polarizing. He’s one of those “you like it or you don’t” kinda artists. Except with me, I’m not sure if I do like it or not. I know I’m intrigued enough to keep checking it out.

  8. I don’t like it.

  9. Well, I can’t say I have any love for the way Todd JatrasPage writes a blowjob article. Slurp, slurp, slurp….

    I made it three whole paragraphs before the pretensiousness of it all choked me. Geez!

    As for the art (, I like. Lately, I’m very much into how a story is told. If I can look at the panels on a page and follow the story without reading the text, then I read. If I can’t follow visually the story, then I don’t bother with the book. The writer could have the best damn dialogue, but if they can’t layout a page, then it’s not a comic.

  10. Toga, who else would you describe as having a good style like that? It’s a good point. I think Oeming from Powers is excellent at that, for example. There are a ton of words, but you could feel the tension if there were none. And he does it with so few lines!

  11. I read the perfect article once. I’m going to have to go and find it.

  12. “The Popah ees Coming!”

    Sorry. Two days later, I think of a headline.