So I was in the Getty Museum in L.A this afternoon and they positively encourage people to draw from their paintings. They give you paper, a board and one of those cool sketching stools. I couldn't help myself. So here's a painting of some old saint guy begging to some Roman emperor ( who looked a lot like Napoleon) . If I had thought for a second I might have written down the name. Anyway the drawing is pinned to the board at the museum now, so I can now say I have work in the Getty collection.
So the fabulous MTVGeek website is now running Lilly Mackenzie & The
Mines of Charybdis in it's entirety. This will be the extended 8 part
version that saw print in the Judge Dredd Megazine last year. In
addition there will be an extra 9th Chapter that will be the 12 page
'When Lilly Met Cosmo' prequel story that I did for the ACT-I-VATE
Primer last year and has never been online before. MTVGeek use the
Comixology engine to display comics so this version will be the
absolute best quality that the internet can provide.
http://www.mtv.com/geek/comic/issue/1854/lilly-mackenzie-the-mines-of-charybd... In addition there is an interview with me about the genesis of Lilly
that is 100% brand new.
http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/09/15/simon-fraser-talks-to-mtv-geek-about-lill... I know that if you follow my blog you have probably already read all
this stuff. So please feel free to pass it along to someone you think
might enjoy the story. Spread the word!
I've been very lax with my commissions in the last few months. I need
to get on top of this again. Sorry to all those who are waiting. This
card belongs to Ian Leonard
This is so fabulous I felt I should draw it to your attention. Drawn
by Tom Berry ( Radiator on the 2000AD forums and @TheRealTomBerry on
Twitter ) it's nearly the entire recurring cast of The Adventures of
Nikolai Dante. Not even I have drawn ALL of them at once! Spectacular.
From the Drawbridge blog.
I've got another book out. You can get this at your local comics store
or on Amazon.co.uk
Nikolai Dante: Hero of the Revolution is the 10th volume ( from an eventual series of 11 from Rebellion Editions)
There is now an American edition of the first book , from Simon & Schuster.
It isn't clearly marked on Amazon which order the books come in, so...
1 - Nikolai Dante : The Romanof Dynasty ISBN-13: 978-1401203955 ( US edition Nikolai Dante : Too Cool To Kill ISBN-13: 978-1907519895 )
2 - Nikolai Dante - The Great Game ISBN-13: 978-1401205812
3 - Nikolai Dante - The Courtship of Jena Makarov ISBN-13: 978-1904265443
4 - Nikolai Dante - Tsar Wars Volume 1 ISBN-13: 978-1904265955
5 - Nikolai Dante - Tsar Wars Volume 2 ISBN-13: 978-1905437245
6 - Nikolai Dante - Hell & High Water ISBN-13: 978-1905437597
7 - Nikolai Dante - Sword of the Tsar ISBN-13: 978-1905437696
8 - Nikolai Dante - The Beast of Rhudinstein ISBN-13: 978-1905437924
9 - Nikolai Dante - Amerika ISBN-13: 978-1906735128
Most of the books are no longer easily available from Amazon.com. So it's worth trying Amazon.co.uk
However I'm told that book 3 'The Courtship of Jena Makarov' is now very hard to find everywhere. Hopefully if the new US edition does well then that book will be released in the US too.
The Goat Sucker.
Check out Gail Simone's #batmaninculottes hashtag on Twitter
I've been curious about the work of Jacques Tardi for some years. I have a couple of his books in French which I frankly bought for the pictures. My reading French is poor, so I can follow a plot but that's about it. Any linguistic or cultural delicacy is too obscured for me to appreciate. So I was really happy when I started noticing the Fantagraphics editions with fresh new English translations. Now I could finally see what all the fuss was about ( apart from the pictures which I really like already .) Finally I could read Adele Blanc-Sec.
Wow, what a disappointment! What a wierdly convoluted and, frankly, boring story. Stuff happens, people run around, people get shot and some mystical shenanigans get done, all to no good effect. I could frankly care less about any of the characters, especially Ms. Blanc-Sec, who wears a permanent scowl and seems just as unpleasant as every other character in the story. Now it's possible that the translation is sub-par and I'm missing something important, but I doubt that could entirely explain why this story is so flat and un-engaging. Could it be that Tardi is just not a very good writer?
In the light of my failure to appreciate Tardi's most famous work I approached West Coast Blues with some trepidation. I needn't have worried, it's an excellent, gripping and beautifully told 'polar', thriller/noir. The presence of the writer Jean-Patrick Manchette is very apparent, he writes a lot of caption boxes. Which I would normally find irritating, but Manchette uses them intelligently as a cointerpoint to the visual narrative. Every car stereo plays some kind of Jazz , it's like a homage to the French gangster films of Melville which in turn were riffing on the American gangster films of the 30s & 40s. This story plays out very much like a good French thriller movie, it's characters are complex and conflicted and it's revenge plot is sufficiently knotty to keep a reader interested and engaged.
Tardi really excelles here as well. The art is sophisticated and tellingly underplayed. Details matter and you are never left confused or lost. This is masterful storytelling and really cements Tardi's reputation for me.
So in short, yayy Tardi.....but not Adele Blanc-Sec. Though your mileage may vary of course. Let me know if I'm being a bonehead in the comments below
In memory of a beloved actor.
This is the all girl DrawBridge Post. I'll stick all the horrible hairy guys in another one...just to keep things simple.
Why that must be a splashpage from the upcoming Nikolai Dante story 'Bad Blood'.