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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
4:11 pm

Hello. I was hoping that my fellow comic-o-philes and aficionados could help me out here. I'm trying to find as many professional comic creators as possible that have journals here on LiveJournal. I already know about Jennie Breeden, Jacen Burrows, Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Warren Ellis, Megan Gedris, Hope Larson, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Liz Prince, Jim Rugg, Johnny Ryan, Jeremy Tinder, and Shannon Wheeler. I'm sure there are others.

Do any of you know more? If so, please reply to this post with the name of the creator and if possible/applicable their LiveJournal alias. Thanks!

To reciprocate, here are the user names of the people above:
colleencoover (Colleen Coover)
comicnrrd (Liz Prince)
cooverart (also Colleen Coover)
destroyerzooey (Bryan Lee O'Malley)
evandorkin (Evan Dorkin)
hopelarson (Hope Larson)
jacen (Jacen Burrows)
jenniebreeden (Jennie Breeden)
jeremytinder (Jeremy Tinder)
jimrugg (Jim Rugg)
johnnyryan (Johnny Ryan)
rosalarian2 (Megan Gedris)
tmcm (Shannon Wheeler)
warren_ellis (Warren Ellis)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
9:33 pm
Dan Abnett
I mostly know Dan Abnett through Sinister Dexter and some other stuff. I also know, however, the dude's bloody prolific with runs in the majors, lots of indies and even novels under his belt. So I'm interested to know what professional comic fans make of him.

So, what's Abnett's racket?
Saturday, March 31st, 2007
11:30 pm
Breaking the Silence
I've been reading X-Men as of recent and I've been wondering how Chuck Austen ever obtained or kept his writing position at Marvel. If memory serves, Marvel was sort of in a rebuilding phase at that time, correct? This isn't so much to bash him, I honestly just want more info than what I've currently been able to dig up. Marvel's current stable of writers seem to go beyond just dispensable fluff/style over substance. They have some great storytellers on their payroll, and it seemed to be this period where these writers emerged. So how does Austen get to write beside someone like Grant Morrison on the X-Books? How is it that he can now use it as some reference on a resume?
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
2:16 pm
Garth Ennis and the Incredibly Strange Case of Dicknose Larry
Avatar Press is a weird company.

Ninety percent of its output is overdrawn blood-and-tits nonsense that belongs in the back corners of mid-nineties comic shops, where you drift back and look and feel vaguely unsettled before going back to your comfort zone. Recently, the blood-and-tits nonsense has consisted of licensed zombie comics, the frankly unreadable Lady Death, and short-lived attempts at Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th comics.

That last ten percent, though, is where Warren Ellis and now Garth Ennis work. Both have settled into a bizarre niche as writers of Bizarre Things who have more going on with their work than their critics, and even some of their fans, are willing to admit. Ellis is using Avatar as a place to publish his weirder ideas, from the Not Superhero Books Dammit "Apparat" line to his gorier horror books like Black Gas and Strange Kisses.

Ennis, on the other hand, is publishing things through Avatar that I can't imagine any other publishing company being willing to touch. The idea of Vertigo running 303--the six-issue story of a Russian soldier crossing the debris of the American century to assassinate someone important in the United States--is almost farcical.

The Chronicles of Wormwood is in the same boat. It's a miniseries, coming out now, about Danny Wormwood, who discovered at a young age he was supposed to be the Antichrist. Danny has no interest in the job, however, and now lives in New York City. He works as a cable executive, and while he's a deeply flawed person, he's not the beast of Revelations either.

Ennis has some interesting things to say about religion now and again, and The Chronicles of Wormwood is one of his Jesus Books; that is, it's a book where Ennis reinterprets religion. I tend to find this kind of thing a lot more interesting than exploding fat guys or BOY THE MILITARY SURE IS NEAT or any of his other go-to themes.

These three pages are from the middle of the book. Danny's gone to a bar to meet up with his buddy Jay, who is in fact the Second Coming. Unfortunately, Jay is brain-damaged, and in these three pages, we find out how that happened.

three scans from Chronicles of Wormwood #1 after the cutCollapse )
Sunday, February 4th, 2007
1:15 am
Bad Comics Made Good: Witchblade
Witchblade began in the mid-nineties as an unapologetic tits-and-ass book. It starred Sara Pezzini, NYPD homicide detective who wound up in possession of an ancient weapon that has, since the dawn of time, been wielded by various legendary women. The Witchblade gave her incredible powers and tended to leave her completely naked. The latter was the focus of the book.

Flash forward to about 2005, and things have changed. Ron Marz took over the writing on the book, and a rotating cast from Top Cow's studios came in on the art.

Marz--who became a much stronger writer out of nowhere in 2005, with this, Blade of Kumori, and the criminally underexposed samurai epic Heaven & Earth--promptly threw out most of the crap Witchblade had accumulated and started mostly fresh. Sara went from a homicide detective with a rapidly diminishing wardrobe to, under Marz's plots, a comicverse Fox Mulder. She inhabits a New York City that's frequently weird, and has a position in the NYPD where the weirder the case is, the more likely it is that she'll be asked to deal with it.

It is, oddly, not merely inoffensive. It's actually often quite good.

The following scans are from Witchblade #88 ("Partners"; Marz on words, Michael Choi and Sal Regla on art), a standalone issue from 2005.

eleven scans, after the cutCollapse )
Friday, January 26th, 2007
11:04 pm
Just because something is a British institution, doesn't necessarily mean squat when it crosses the pond. So, how big is 2000AD in the US?

Also: Robbie Morrison, Simon Fraser, Henry Flint, Clint Langley, Gordon Rennie, Dom Reardon, Boo Cook, Carl Critchlow, Simon Spurrier, D'Israeli, Simon Davis, Ian Edginton, John Burns, Steve Yeowell. I don't really read comics apart from 2000AD so I'm sure some of those names are actually pretty famous but still, any of them ring any bells and if so what kind of stuff have they done that's worth picking up?
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
10:14 pm
I was wondering if I could get some history on Richard Rider. He's a childhood favorite of mine, yet I know next to nothing about the actual character. Much appreciated.
12:46 am
I've got one.
When I was a kid I got a long box at some garage sale filled with comics from the 60s and 70s. Out of the bunch my favorites were Batman and the X-men. I tried picking up current issues of the those series (this was around 94) but I could not get into them at all. The reason I think was the old Xmen and Batman comics I had were self contained and didn't have too much backstory baggage. I didn't have to find out what the Xforce was doing at the time or who Alpha Flight was fighting or go back four years to find the motives of the current thug of the week.

Are there any current heroes in spandex comics with a minimum of backstory needed to read? I look at mainstream comics and all I see are company wide events that span ten different titles and end with someone dead for a decade coming back.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
6:35 am
Hooray! A community!

Anyway, because this community abruptly exists and might help me, I'll post the first request for information. Namely, what's the deal with Ghost Rider? I saw a preview for the movie last night and realized that I know basically nothing about GR, except that he's some dude with a skull head on a motorcycle, and some elements of dude and motorcycle are on fire. Does he have a backstory or mythos of note? Please advise.

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