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    November 25, 2020 3:58 pm if 1 is awful...
    November 16, 2020 12:24 pm I hasten to say, getting it out quickly before interruption: George Perez was working at Marvel on the Avengers in May 1980 when he created Taskmaster. George Perez left Marvel to work at DC comics on New Teen Titans in December 1980 creating Deathstroke. (disclaimer: cover dates, actual creation times were earlier, also ignoring any writer contributions) p.s. The Superman: Man of Tomorrow art has a Sanford Greene Powerman & Iron Fist feel. Enjoyable. Thanks for the tip.
    October 19, 2020 3:07 am Finally got around to listening to this one and adding another voice to the choir of recommending this series to those who may be still considering. And for posterity’s sake (and based on my faulty memory..). Despite Japan having early word and picture creations that many consider comics, without the two key components of panel progression and utilization of page turns, most readers today would not find them comparable. Manga/comics as recognizable today in Japan entered post WWII inspired by the influx of US comic books. As I recall, few if any manga titles made it back to the US, until the direct market and the 80s black and white boom. Viz was first with titles like Crying Freeman then First comics had Lone Wolf and Cub and Eclipse with Appleseed and eventually Marvel with their Epic line publishing Akira (and yes Conor those were flipped and read left to right) I was a very early teen working at a comic shop back then and manga was yet another amazing expansion to comics potential. The art in those books was really exciting to those who loved the art form. Rob Liefeld on his podcast cited those mid 80’s Manga imports as an influence on his art. So by 1987 onward the influence back and forth between American comic artists and their Japanese Mangaka counterparts had been pretty much continuous.
    August 16, 2020 10:17 am Yes, definitely. Start with Aaron/ Bachalo. I’m a huge Bachalo fan going back to Shade the Changing Man so the art alone made it a don’t miss, he gets to let loose here. Fan of Aaron’s crime books as well but this story was a lil’ twee and trying too much to be “of the moment“ but I’m old and grumpy so don’t let it deter you. And eventually get around to checking out those graphic novels, like when or if the next movie ever makes it out.
    August 16, 2020 1:44 am Re: Dr. Strange The current era began with Jason Aaron / Chris Bachalo back in 2015 and then Donny Cates took over leading to Damnation mini series and then relaunched with Mark Waid’s just ending run. If you haven’t read any Dr. Strange, definitely start with the Ditko Strange Tales #110-#168 (also includes Marie Severin art) as it introduces all of the main characters/villains that you need to know. From there, pick and choose whatever collections of the Roger Stern or Steve Englehart written issues from the 70’s early 80’s that you can find. But “Dr. Strange & Doctor Doom Triumph and Torment” graphic novel, the “Dr. Strange Shamballa” graphic novel, and the Brian K Vaughn / Marcos Martin “Dr. Strange The Oath” are all excellent stand alone stories.
    August 6, 2020 9:33 pm I was just giving you the business. I’d love to feign outrage, since I love comics that evolve or play with the formal art form of comics, but I’ve only read it once and looked through it another time, so I’m not a good one to judge... Unless. You did recycle though right? Dear god tell me you recycled.
    August 4, 2020 6:50 pm Did you toss “One Soul” by Ray Fawkes in the trash? ... Well, at least the seagulls and rats will have something good to read as they drift off to sleep after a long day of trash combing. Sweet dreams lil rodent. You earned it.
    July 7, 2020 2:15 pm Jordan Crane’s “Uptight” (published through Fantagraphics or all digitally on comixology) it’s quarterly. it’s a one man anthology of short or serialized stories, with an impressive range of different styles and techniques matching the wide variety of story genres. (Issue #5 has a couple short sci-fi and twilight zone-esque tales with top of his game storytelling and design) If you want a comic that’s not “just more of the same” or mindless check out distraction. This is it.
    June 30, 2020 10:43 am I will acknowledge Josh’s “Boogie Nights” Buck selling in the stereo shop quote, for the sake of acknowledgement. Conor- where’s your LA cake spot? As an ex- fifteen year Glendalian of days long ago, Porto’s was always the cake default go-to. and just as I’ve now learned to let go when people say “comic book movie” when they actually mean “ super hero movie”, I now must start my journey to acceptance that when you guys say “comics” you actually mean just “ comic book store comics“ (ie. monthly comics) and ignore half of all the other comics being created out there.(book trade graphic novels, webtoons, small press, zines)...but apparently that journey begins tomorrow since I just mentioned it now... I’d say Jacob Phillips art is more Sean Phillips circa “My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies” light and slightly cartoony(with Jacobs art being slightly more so). Sean Phillips Art on “Kill or Be Killed“ and most “Criminal” arcs is a bit angular and blocky with dark and moody heavy inks with stiffer character poses, and only in the loose school as Jacobs art there. My guess would be that Jacob Phillips Art moves towards the more cartoony side, but only time will tell.
    June 21, 2020 6:56 pm First...Bravo for a Carmen Herrera name drop. You had to pass by Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley to land on that one, unless art history classes highlight different artists now since a couple decades back. I would say, in reality, it’s more nuanced than any binary (good/bad) mindset would make it and the comparison to the artists you mentioned is not straightforward. Most of the mentioned artists forged a new aspect of art in their 30s, then proceeded to investigate that same newly discovered aspect for the remainder of their careers, instead of continually inventing even more new aspects. The result was those artists making some of the best versions of their work later in their lives. Like one honing a craft of their own making, but resulting in a practice that may seem repetitive and limiting. (Artists who spent careers in continuous reinvention would be more like David Hockney or Bruce Nauman) Kirby, as an illustrator, relies more on eye hand coordination and technical proficiency, which can diminish with age. Also the actual Kirby hand is obscured by his reliance on inkers, who influence the finished work, making it difficult to judge accurately. My observation would be that the subtlety and variation in Kirby diminished over time, as he relied on previously invented techniques all the while his creativity blossomed, but that it depends upon the comic and the page and the panel. Kirby’s creativity and inventiveness surely did not diminish in his later years (submit evidence: Marvel Treasury Edition of 2001 A Space Odyssey; just pandemic-splurged an original copy and it’s amazing, a must own) However, also on evidence are his reliance on techniques invented years prior (people become more blocky and similarly shaped, including heads, body types and facial expressions; reuses story telling techniques e.g. the canted close up shot of the eyes, foreshortened figures falling in into corner of panel) I’d love to be on topic and detail his New Gods work, but I library read it last summer and, boys, I empathize, as it was touch and go to finish the book by the due date, so I don’t have it handy to flip refresh through. So, of course. Of course, people are still vital and creative in their 50s and 60s and beyond. Of course people rely on established techniques to create (especially in a production medium) as it’s difficult create new artistic world views constantly. Of course an accurate assessment of Kirby’s work is difficult due to his collaborators Of course the New Gods are worth reading. And of course I wrote an indulgent too long didn’t read post.