why idris elba isn’t john stuart in a thousand movies already? (via, but don’t know who made this.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BRIMPERZ.
Image Comics asked me to illustrate their holiday card for 2013, which was an honour and a sign that Fiona Staples was not returning their calls.
Here’s the front and back!
anyway, what i loved this year:
comics - BATTLING BOY by paul pope: the idea of taking on your parents’ struggle isn’t new but the way in which pope takes superheroing as a family legacy will break your heart. there’s an air of trepidation in BATTLING BOY that reminds me of the television show THE WONDER YEARS: the journey will be sad and awkward and filled with some mistakes, but in the end you’ll be a better person for it. when his father says “Farewell, my battling boy…” battling boy’s response is what all of ours is as we grow up: “Do I have to wear the cape?”
book - PRESENT SHOCK by douglas rushkoff: a lot of us complain about the mundane lives we now live, and rushkoff did right in perfectly encapsulating this feeling in PRESENT SHOCK. it isn’t just young people tied to the ever-present feeling of catching up with the world, celebrity, and the daily things we think make us complete like marketing. it’s us all living right now who’re somehow self-created victims of the feeling of being ‘left behind’ somehow. is this zeitgeist?
movie - 12 YEARS A SLAVE: soon as i read john ridley and steve mcqueen were creating this movie, i knew i would have to see it. but like mcqueen’s other work, this isn’t just a movie so much as it is an experience into something you think you know but readily dismiss. a story of a free black man kidnapped into slavery isn’t awards-fodder, but it is something that in 2013 america still has the utmost significance: similar to PRESENT SHOCK in that it gives us a view of what the world currently is but via film, looking back in time, just seconds really, into history. mcqueen and ridley and actor chiwetel ejiofor created a piece of work that will live because what it’s saying is true, not just as a true story or film, but because of its prescience.
record - HESITATION MARKS by nine inch nails: nine inch nails returned and this record, man, i was so afraid to listen to it. the first single CAME BACK HAUNTED didn’t taste very good on the first listen, but as the number three track after THE EATER OF DREAMS and COPY OF A, i saw all i got was just that, an initial taste. trent reznor cooked up with this totally organic sounding record, full of dots and beeps that combined into one of the most danceable records i’ve heard in a long while…and nine inch nails is best when you can dance to it. but beyond that, reznor fully acknowledges he’s done virtually everything he wanted and didn’t want, and still returns to music as strong and as vital as ever. the tracks and lyrics combine into something that make me think reznor is the prince of rock-dance-industrial music. this is SATELLITE.
track - HIDERS by burial:electronic music takes on a different meaning here, because burial manages to create a moment when you walk out into the sun in san diego and the city is empty in the morning, and you see the ocean and hear the traffic in the distance, and you know when you return home, you should have never come back. off the ep RIVAL DEALER.
this is a list of things i read in 2013:
life after god by douglas coupland
gun machine by warren ellis
powers: gods by brian michael bendis & michael avon oeming
2ber02b by kurt vonnegut
the hellbound heart by clive barker
saga volume one by brian k. vaughan and fiona staples
a clockwork orange by anthony burgess
point omega by don dellilo
good omens by terry pratchett
god is not great by christopher hitchens
heart-shaped box by joe hill
phoenix by chuck palahniuk
zeitoun by dave eggers
the mystery play by grant morrison & john j muth
alexander mcqueen: evolution by katherine gleason
the league of extraordinary gentlemen - century: 2009 by alan moore and kevin o’neill
nemo: heart of ice by alan moore and kevin o’neill
the massive: black pacific by brian wood and kristian donaldson
the complete brorotica by guy new york
present shock by douglas rushkoff
jla vol 2 by grant morrison and howard porter
the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman
joe the barbarian by grant morrison and sean murphy
jla vol 3 by grant morrison and howard porter
jla vol 4 by grant morrison and howard porter
earth 2 by grant morrison and frank quitely
saga vol 2 by brian k. vaughan and fiona staples
suspect zero by richard kadrey
dead pig collector by warren ellis
necrophilia variations by supervert
absolute sandman vol 1 by neil gaiman and sam kieth, et al
the filth by grant morrison and chris weston
casanova: luxuria by matt fraction and gabriel ba
casanova: gula by matt fraction and fabio moon
casanova: avaritia by matt fraction and gabriel ba
shot in the face: a savage journey to the heart of transmetropolits ed. chad nevet
lexicon by max barry
jennifer government by max barry
fight club by chuck palahniuk
kiss me, judas by wil christopher baer
testament: akedah by douglass rushkoff & liam sharp
the sunset limited by cormac mccarthy
mara by brian wood & ming doyle
neonomicon by alan moore & jacen burrows
death: the time of your life by neil gaiman, chris bachalo & mark buckingham
SEXCRIMS 4th PRINTING COVER
page from SAGA by brian k vaughan & the amazing fiona staples
[just for him, you know, because am terrible at communicating.]
In which Bryan Talbot, Mark Buckingham, Steve Craddock and I protested, in comics, something that Margaret Thatcher’s government did.
Clause (later Section) 28 is, I am glad to say, dead.
First published in AARGH! (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia!).
The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Volume 1 is the long-awaited print collection of the first five years of Dresden Codak and includes brand-new art and content. Please support this Kickstarter if you’d finally like your own copy of my work!
[creator-owned comics are best!]
"The thing about fame is that fame in its current sense had not really existed before the twentieth century. Back in previous eras, even if you were very, very well known, that would perhaps be amongst a thousand people at most, if you were pope or something. In the twentieth century, however, with these massive surges in communication, suddenly a different sort of fame was possible. And I tend to think that what fame has done: it has replaced the sea as the element of choice of adventure for young people." - alan moore, THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE, 2009
centifolia: the sketchbook illustrations of stuart immonen
[came home from another 12-hour day at work. i like my job but it’s little tiring after so long, you know? and i see i’ve a package waiting from me…FROM CANADA!! stuart and kathryn immonen are moving their HQ and are selling bits at awesome prices - all more than worth a second look. help out my favorite canadian comics couple with their move!]