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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 4th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously you don't read enough comics! Fables, Y the Last Man, Ex Machina, DMZ, Runaways, The Walking Dead, Funhome, Blankets, Persopolis, Sin City, to name a few of my favorites.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: December 4th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard of at least half of those titles, and most of them I know appealed more towards the first three groups NPR mentioned than anyone else, that's why it surprised me to make such a claim.

I mean, I know about comics like Strangers in Paradise, and everyone knows Maus, but to think of such off-beat genres finally getting recognition by masses instead of the elitists? That made me think.
brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 4th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This article is from 2006 - I would say that American comics have really undergone a renaissance of late and a departure from the superhero genre. Brian Wood, Brian K. Vaughn, Paul Pope, and others write diverse comics (Wood himself is currently writing DMZ (near future parable of the Gulf War), Northlanders (Vikings), and Local (hipster) - three very different genres). Although superhero comics have their place, the genre has benefited from breaking out of that mold and gets more popular recognition when it does so.

(I should say - Brian Wood is an acquaintance of mine and I have been following his career since he left Rockstar Games)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: December 4th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Northlanders I am very familiar with; I bought volume 1 and was greatly pleased that I did. Feel free to mention to him that he made a real fan out of me and that I look forward to when he finishes up volume 2 (I hate collecting monthlies because I have to hunt for back issues and worry about ruining collector's value).

While I know what you're stating about the genre, it was the audience I was thinking of though. I definitely know what you're stating though, as I've gotten somewhat tired to the whole superhero genre unless it's trying to push something different. The last closest superhero thing I actively collect (or collected, at this point) is Ennis' old Punisher series, and he's starting to get on my nerves with his unabashed preaching through the violent nature of a jaded vindicator.

Hey, as long as the audiences start to expand beyond the usual comic book groupies coming in, I'm happy: it means public acceptance of an understated medium.

Edit: I clicked that article and was frightened to recognize James Kochalka. Not because I'm familiar with his art, but because I know his music far, far, too well.

Edited at 2008-12-04 09:05 pm (UTC)
brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 4th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lived in burlington for four years, so James Kochalka is a fav of mine.

*bitten to death by rats!*
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: December 4th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you a naughty astronaut?
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: December 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hunting down this old entry, but I just finished Northlanders and I got to ask: is he spreading himself too thin in his many genres?

I'm only asking this because I just caught up on Northlanders post-Sven the Returned and not only did the quality of the art fall into a pit (it wasn't elegant in the first 8 either, but it was stark and stylized as a result), but the storyline wasn't engaging. I liked the investigative nature of the man hunting down the protagonist, but the rest was so... it's like I was reading a three-panel serial with a half page dialogue tacked on. The two-issue arc after Sven was predictable, and this current one is reminding me too much of something I've read before.

I hate to sound this critical too, but the only reason I take such offense is because I had really high hopes for Mr. Wood's work after that intensive storyline, forgiving some of the potential inaccuracies for the fact that it really surprised and engaged me in the awesomest ways. If it's because of the holidays or because he's been ill, then he has my condolences, but I really hope this series doesn't kill itself in the process.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should ask him: brianwood or brianwood.com. He does respond to comments frequently.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: December 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
“I’d like to thank those who’ve listened and enjoyed the story, and since those who don’t like it won’t ever be satisfied, let them enjoy their own misery - Amen.”

I have a feeling he doesn't give a shit unless it praises him.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 4th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Pets Ex Machina*

Waiting for the TPBs of DMZ hurts, especially as M. brianwood releases delicious plot point and art in his journal.

I tried very hard to like Walking Dead but the cadence was just so terrible. Talk talk talk OMG SHOOT ZOMBIES talk talk cry. There was no suspense, no fearfulness. In fact, most of the characters didn't seem at all worried about anything unless a zombie was chomping on their forearm.

Edited at 2008-12-04 08:41 pm (UTC)
brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 4th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard an interesting analysis of Walking Dead - that he imagined it as "but what happens after the credits roll?" - which does mess with the pacing that we are used to and makes for a bigger focus on non-zombie stuff. A lot of people don't get past the first two volumes, but oh boy, volume 7 is scary as all hell and what is scary has nothing to do with zombies!
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