Indie Comic Roundup
It’s time for my weekly link dump of all things comics-related on the lesser known and not Marvel/DC side of things. Today’s got links featuring Drawn & Quarterly, a sweet Mondo print by Paolo Rivera, Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker, some links to charities and donation sites due to this week’s holiday season and recent troublesome events, reviews by yours truly, some lists to top off 2013 in comics, and a whole lot of other tidbits.
Read on for a catchup on all things comics in the last week.
Indie Comic Roundup
Been a while since I’ve been one of these. Here’s a link drop of what’s been going on in the lesser-known comics world for the past week, featuring bits from Oily Comics, Vertigo, No Brow, Koyama Press, 2D Cloud, and more.
The Funniest Comics I’ve Ever Read
Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, with major titles such as Hawkeye and She-Hulk blending superhero action and comedy in a witty way. And while I could easily name some bigger/mainstream titles right off the bat that may already be known to feature jokes and one-liners, I’m not going to do that.
Instead, here’s a list of the funniest alternative comic books I’ve ever read, mostly outrageous from the plot alone. Keep in mind these are solely from what I’ve read and humor is a totally critically subjective topic, but I still expect some disagreements.
Hit the jump for some comedic comic recommendations.
Samurai Jack #1 - The Albotas Review
Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack is officially back, but in a new medium it seems, as IDW has recently published the debut comic book series revolving around the legendary character. The incredibly acclaimed animated show never resolved anything after its cancellation in season 4, which left fans to kind of just sit around on the Internet, awaiting news for the feature length film Tartakovsky has been promising for years, or some form of a season 5 Cartoon Network would miraculously greenlight.
It sucks, but alas, fans of the show have something new and tangible to look forward to thanks to publisher IDW: a beautiful comic book written by Jim Zub and drawn by Andy Suriano, which holds the core of the show on its flimsy-paged back.
New York Comic Con 2013 Cosplay Round Up
NYCC may be finished, but our coverage continues as we bring you photo galleries and exclusive videos all week long. It’s just like being at the actual con, only without all the chafing and body odor!
Click through for some of the spectacular cosplay we spotted in between waiting in line for panels and blowing money on things
The End of the Fucking World, by Charles Forsman - The Albotas Review
The End of the Fucking World was originally a 16 part minicomic series created by Charles Forsman, owner of the small press company known as Oily Comics. The minis were sold at $1 a pop and quickly rose to the top of many lists in 2012, creating huge buzz over blogs as one of the best comics of the year, according to The Comics Journal and Comic Book Resources. Fantagraphics did a great deed for collecting these minis into one softcover book for all who couldn’t find a physical copy.
The highly anticipated, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., premiered on Tuesday night to many mixed feelings from critics and fans alike. The show was screened to an amazing 11.9 million television viewers, which isn’t surprising considering the massive amount of hype the show has garnered since The Avengers blew up box offices. Its director, Joss Whedon, has done nothing but gather attention toward this show, showing it off as a cool new television series to correspond the aftermath of the first Avengers movie, and introduce a new cast of heroes who handle the smaller stuff the big guys, like Hulk and Captain America, don’t.
Joss Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen, all worked together to craft a television show of minor spy action and X-Files type dilemmas. The show takes place in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, brings back Agent Colson, and is sure to gather even more momentum by its second episode. But overall, the pilot was just…okay.
Fox and Warner Bros. Announce New Police Drama, Gotham
It seems like Warner Bros. wants to have something to coincide with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on ABC. Fox and Warner Bros. Television are apparently working on a television show titled ‘Gotham,’ focusing on the police force in Gotham City and a young James Gordon before he became a commissioner. We’ll follow Gordon as he does detective work revolving around some of Gotham’s most famous villains.
I like this idea a lot, as it’s been done in a couple of alternative DC comics already. Most notably, Gotham Central, by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and MIchael Lark. It really opened the idea of how interesting it really could be following around the Gotham police force in a post-Batman world.
The show will be developed by Bruno Heller, who also worked on HBO’s Rome and CBS’ Mentalist. No word on when anything else will come out of this any time soon, but regardless, I’m excited.
Fantagraphics Announces The Complete Eightball
Fantagraphics has revealed the company will be publishing a massive 454-paged collection of issues #1-#18 of Daniel Clowes' Eightball. That should include his infamous Ghost World comic, as well as Like a Velvet Cast In Iron, Pussey, and a couple of other stories. The collection will be a two-volume set, complete with slipcase, commentary between comic covers, and according to what Eric Reynolds told Comics Reporter, "a not-insigificant amount of strips that for whatever reason, Dan never wanted to collect.”
The Stars Wars #1 - The Albotas Review
So here’s an interesting concept for a comic book. Dark Horse Comics got their hands on the original rough draft screenplay that George Lucas wrote before the Star Wars we know and love was created, simply titled “The Star Wars.” Dark Horse decided to take that rough draft and give it to writerJ.W. Rinzler and artist Mike Mayhew to adapt into an 8-issue comic book mini-series.
So they did it and issue #1 released about a week ago. And although it’s totally not Rinzler’s fault, the comic book is kind of…bad.
Awesome Batman Film Trilogy Posters
Check out these awesome film posters for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, created by Etsy user, bigbadrobot. These prints are available in various sizes and look really clean. They definitely give off nostalgic feelings of Batman: The Animated Series.
Top Shelf Comix Having HUGE Discount Sale
Feels like I’m always posting about sales, but Top Shelf Comix really knows what’s up with these deals. A lot of their newer titles are available for up to 50% off their cover price, hardcovers are only $25, and they’ve got $5 softcovers and $1 titles as well. Jeff Lemire's Underwater Welder is $10, Jeffrey Brown's A Matter of Life is $7.50, Alan Moore's From Hell Companion and Unearthing are $3 each — this sale is incredible!
Hit the jump for a list of all titles and discounts.
'Street Fighter Origins: AKUMA' Now In Stores. Read The First Chapter Right Here!
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Udon has released Street Fighter Origins: AKUMA as their 150th published book. Featuring a story by Chris Sarracini and art by Joe NG, this book tells the untold coming-of-age story of how a troubled young man transformed into a raging demon.
Hit the jump for a sneak peek at the first chapter along with some bonus art.
The Incredible Superhero Paintings of William Wray
These paintings are absolutely incredible. William Wray, a cartoonist from California, specializes in creating paintings on specific characters. As you can see, we’ve got Supergirl, Spider-Man, Batman, Captain America, and a couple of other figures depicted in some dark and urban environments.