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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #615 on: December 14, 2014, 04:35:22 AM »
You realize the DC characters with elastic powers are supposed to be silly, right?  And that the point was they were more light-hearted (Identity Crisis, not withstanding).  Plastic Man was the first major comedic superhero and Elongated Man (what an odd name) evolved from a simply fun detective hero to a Nick to Sue Dibny's Nora Charles.  That said, I can't imagine judging a character by their powers.  Plastic Man and Elongated Man are great.

Reading volume one of Locke and Key again.  Good stuff, but I'm not exactly hooked yet.  Still, interested in seeing where it goes when I finally get to the stuff I haven't read yet.

Well, so very MUCH is silly in comics it is difficult to figger out which is what... I guess it's like the Supreme Court decision about porn, "I know it when I see it..."

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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #616 on: December 14, 2014, 08:27:54 PM »
Archie has been doing some interesting things lately, but this one takes the cake: a Mark Waid-written and Fiona Staples-drawn Archie series.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=57781


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #617 on: December 16, 2014, 02:05:26 PM »
DC comic characters in classic movie poster styles:




[Obviously this should say, "'Unknown' in 'The Joker'", as the picture in the actual poster is of the named character.]



There's quite a few more, HERE.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #618 on: December 17, 2014, 03:44:13 AM »
So far, the only one of these I've liked has been that Catwoman one. It just seems to fit. The others have all felt really forced to me.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #619 on: December 17, 2014, 02:55:52 PM »
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #620 on: December 17, 2014, 10:26:03 PM »
Oooh, I've always wanted to read that series. Yay!


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #621 on: December 20, 2014, 08:54:54 PM »
Currently reading, being astounded by and loving The Invisibles by Grant Morrison.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #622 on: December 21, 2014, 03:03:15 AM »
It's a great book and it changes gears that makes it even better when on paper it sounds like it would be a lot more dumbed down (but, because it is Morrison, isn't).  Have you read Seaguy yet?  I think it is one of his most underrated works.  Also, Mystery Play is worth checking out.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #623 on: January 15, 2015, 07:37:37 AM »
Picked up The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl yesterday. I was worried that it would be a little bit TOO kiddy, or a little bit TOO "for the ladies" but those fears are quickly squashed in the first couple pages. It's a comic for everyone. The art takes a lot of getting used to, but when coupled with the quirky writings of Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics! Woo!) it starts to work. I genuinely laughed more than once and smiled a lot. Can't wait for more.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #624 on: January 15, 2015, 08:21:46 AM »
I'm looking forward to reading it.  I'm in China so I can't pick up a physical copy, but I might finally break down and get it on comixology.  North did such a good job on Adventure Time, making it his own while respecting the source material, that I'm looking forward to all comics he makes now.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #626 on: February 09, 2015, 06:07:10 AM »
Finally read Seconds.  A really good book.  Doesn't really rewrite time travel (though this is more history editing than any actually travelling), and it sort of ends in a way a lot of these stories end, but overall it is a really good work.  I'm really looking forward to whatever he does next.  Also, I can see why Nathan Fairbairn was tapped to color the Scott Pilgrim books.  It won't make me buy those editions, but the colors in Seconds are pretty great.  I'd really like it to be an animated movie.  Also, I don't know if you can "double bill" a book, but it would also make a great companion piece with Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #627 on: February 09, 2015, 10:09:40 AM »
OK. After reading Squirrel Girl 2, I can safely say that this is a book that need to be around forever.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #628 on: February 09, 2015, 03:50:28 PM »
Finally read Seconds.  A really good book.  Doesn't really rewrite time travel (though this is more history editing than any actually travelling), and it sort of ends in a way a lot of these stories end, but overall it is a really good work.  I'm really looking forward to whatever he does next.  Also, I can see why Nathan Fairbairn was tapped to color the Scott Pilgrim books.  It won't make me buy those editions, but the colors in Seconds are pretty great.  I'd really like it to be an animated movie.  Also, I don't know if you can "double bill" a book, but it would also make a great companion piece with Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten.

I'm very keen to get to that, but haven't picked it up yet. I'm just getting back into non-Marvel comics for the first time in quite a while. Post of what I've read and re-read coming up...
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #629 on: February 09, 2015, 06:13:05 PM »
I have restarted drawing comics after a close to three year break. Part of getting back into it is rereading some of my favourite and most inspirational books. So far I have read:

James Kochalka's The Cute Manifesto: A comic about making comics. A manifesto about just doing it and about not worrying. I'm not so big on his current work, but Kochalka was one of my biggest influences in my late teens/early 20s.

John Stanley's Nancy (book 1): Drawn and Quarterly's John Stanley Library was a real mind-blower for me. Kids comics that were laugh-out-loud funny from Dell Comics? Impossible. His greatest work that I've read is Thirteen Going on Eighteen, I wish these reprints had sold well enough for us to get a complete collection.

Drew Weing's Set to Sea: An impossible book - Each page is a single panel, and I am sure each one would take longer to draw than a full page does for me. Incredible detail. We bought one of the pages of original art from this book. A prized possession.

Luke Person's Hildafolk: (Read for the first time) A beautifully illustrated, utterly charming book. Going to pick up some more from the series.

Joann Sfar's Klezmer: Not my favourite of Sfar's stories, but one I return to a fair bit anyway. His loose art is really inspirational to me - It encourages me to be a bit freeer, and not to go too heavy with the Photoshop after I've put the lines on paper.

Richard Sala's Peculia: I love this and The Chuckling Whatsit, also by Sala, but haven't enjoyed his other work that I've read nearly as much. I like how silly this book is - It feels like a Dell comic, but in an adult, gothic style. Lots of fun.

Eleanor Davis' How to be Happy: (Read for the first time) This is one of the most impressive complete packages of comics I've ever read. The whole book is so beautiful. The different styles for each of the stories - It's hard to pick out which ones are the best! Highly recommended.

Christophe Blain's The Speed Abater: A real hidden gem of a book. Incredible art, perfect, contained story. I read this book fairly regularly.

Zack Giallongo's Broxo: (Read for the first time) Amazing art in this book. I love the colouring too. A well told, young adult fantasy novel.

Joann Sfar's The Little Prince: A great reworking of the novel, building on it, and making it its own book. I look at Sfar's line work and can't even imagine how he pulls it off sometimes.

Aaron Renier's The Unsinkable Walker Bean: One of, if not the best YA graphic novel ever! You can see the French influence on his book. So beautiful and so well told.

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