Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I loved this image Dan McDaid recently ran over at his blog. Judge Dredd, the apotheosis of how the cynical Europeans view the USA, gets the drop on Captain America, the embodiment of how a pair of optimistic second generation immigrant Jewish kids viewed their homeland.
Oh and for grud's sake Tharg, get Dan to draw some Dredd for 2000AD, you massive green bell-end. How many more times do I have to ask?
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Seen a lot of stuff I've considered buying these last couple of weeks, instead of clearing my credit card balance.
1. "Still Sane" by Incwel. Appeals to my inner iconoclast and some recessive, vestigial, hard-to-kill, Ulster protestantism. God save your mad parade!
3. Batman baby-grow. Must brainwash my nephew into the ways of our people.
4. Uncle Ben Caldwell's new sketchbook is out soon. Tasty.
5. Joe Casey and Nathan Fox produced one of my favourite superhero comics of recent years, and so I'll probably release the moths from my wallet for this. RELEASE THE MOTHS!
6. I've never bought an Archie comic in my life, but cop a load of this cover by Fiona Staples. Rock and roll, stops the traffic.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
I love Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion's Absalom in 2000AD. It's a strip that does that Mignola thing, examining the hinterlands between folklore, history, and horror, but it does it resolutely from a British tradition. It also marries a classic disillusioned UK police procedural tone into this mix, making for a strip that hits all kinds of the right pop culture notes for me. It's like THE SWEENEY rewritten by Ramsey Campbell - Rennie even invokes Jack Regan by name within. Or maybe Ian Rankin having a punch-up with Dennis Wheatley round the back of John Constantine's gaff, if you can forgive me yet another terrible dissimile.
Anyway, now that it's about to be collected as an album, I'm recommending it thoroughly. Buy it, you'll thank me for it, it's the best thing published by Rebellion since CRADLEGRAVE. Here's the cover, and Tiernen successfully manages to condense the strip's entire milieu into one image - it's Scary Old London Town (Cobbles! Spellbooks! Demons!), but it's modern, too (Graffiti! Tesco's bag! Burberry coats! Adidas trackie!).
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Here's a recurring theme of this blog I haven't revisited in a while - trawling Paul Pope and Phil Bond's Flickrs for new work.
Anyone reading my Twitter feed will have an idea of the calamities that have befallen my family lately - anyway, in reaction to this chain of events, I spent a few hours up in my parents' attic checking on the lifetime of accumulated pop culture errata, mainly to see what I could do without, to be honest. I've been re-reading old copies of DEADLINE and THB ever since. And I threw Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming's HELL ON EARTH on the "to keep" pile.
Coming soon: more Ebay auctions, I guess. Anyone want a first edition of Hunger Dogs?
Came across these two tracks on various blogs over the last couple of weeks: Beck produced by Jack White, and the fairly unlikely combination of the affable Iggy Pop and the curmudgeonly Ginger Baker collaborating for a Black Keys tribute LP.
And remember - VOTE KLAMS!