Wednesday, May 2, 2007

UPDATED! Linkage

Moved to the top of the page again! Update at bottom.

That title is inspired by the slang from Wasteland (see the review below). It's been a while since I did a link-post, but I found some stuff I had to share:

Via the Fantagraphics blog, check out this awesome collection of paper toys assembled from various Chris Ware books!

There has apparently been some controversy about the conservative webcomic Day By Day's depiction of Hillary Clinton in blackface. In my opinion, it's not a big deal, and I can understand the point the author was trying to make, but I can see how some people might be offended. But I wanted to link to Shaenon Garrity's evisceration of the strip's poor writing and art. Even if you disagree with her political differences with the strip, she makes some good points about the  strip's failings. She even followed up on the post by offering suggestions on how to make the strip funnier while still keeping the conservative message.

But the real find from Garrity's posts, for me, is Willie and Joe, a WWII-era cartoon that ran in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. It's great reading, and I would love to see more of it. There's some black humor, especially in strips like this one.

I know Jog doesn't need exactly need my approval to get traffic, but I wanted to point out his hilarious review of Korgi. This passage made me laugh:
"Korgi, you see, is set in one of those certified organic enchanted realms in which pointy-eared persons, some of them wearing equally pointy hats, cavort, frolic, and possibly traipse through sunny pastures and rustic townships built into trees, all with the help of their exciting animal friends. ... It’s a sort of elf/dog agrarian society, the main export of which is clearly adorability."
Via Jog (although I probably could have found it myself), here's a preview of Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1, which comes out tomorrow. Man, that art looks nice. Duncan Fegredo is doing a great fusion of his and Mike Mignola's style. Now I think I'm going to have to pick it up.

Not exactly breaking news here, but I wanted to point out Same Hat! Same Hat!'s posting of the covers of Vertical's fall releases. I'm stoked about the Tezuka books, and possibly the new one (in the U.S., at least) from Keiko Takemiya. I really need to check out To Terra...

This is even older, but Same Hat! also has a look at the most recent series from Eiji Nonaka, creator of Cromartie High School. It's called Mirai Chounaikai, or Future Neighborhood Association. It looks great, and I hope it eventually get imported.

I found this one from Paul Pope's blog, and I've thrown it up on the sidebar: Fist-A-Cuffs. It's a site where artists contribute characters and readers vote on who would win in a fight between them, with tournament brackets and everything. Cool!

Via Blog@Newsarama: an upcoming zombie comic from Slave Labor called Zombies Calling. You can see previews and read the original minicomic version of the book at that link. I like the art style, so even though zombies are getting a little tired these days, it might be one to check out. It comes out in November.

Rich Johnston's column this week has a look at a new Andi Watson series from Image called Glister. Looks cute. Also, a few pages of a post-WWII book called The Killers that's looking for a publisher.

Okay, that's enough for now. Maybe more later? If I find anything. And a review or two tonight, I hope.


Becky Cloonan has a new webcomic of sorts, called Comic Attack! Here's the first one, and I guess she'll post new ones on her blog.

Related: Cloonan's compatriot Vasilis Lolos also is doing a webcomic, called Hats. Here's the first and second strips, and like Becky, he'll be posting them on his blog.

Ashley Wood has the cover to the first issue of the upcoming Tank Girl series he's working on, along with some other art and what not on his blog. Nice.

UPDATE 2 on 5/2:

I found this on Journalista!, but apparently it's been making the rounds of comics blogs: A splash page from Peter Bagge's unpublished The Incorrigible Hulk. I'll go ahead and join the chorus of people asking Marvel to publish this already!


  1. Hello Matt
    Have you ever read some books about Koren Shadmi ?

  2. I had not heard of Koren Shadmi, but I looked him up, and his work looks really interesting. I was able to download some of his comics from his website, and he is part of an anthology that came out last year called Critical Citadel. I should look for that sometime.