Monday, 31 January 2011

An invitation to The Comix Reader launch party

READ a new comics paper featuring industry giants like Hurk and Paul O'Connell!
FIND An excuse to drink!
MEET comic stars you never knew existed!
GET beaten up by angry comics-hating toughs at the bar!

More info on the Comix Reader HERE

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Could you be a Starlord Tank Commander?

Starlord was bleak.
Bad things happened in that comic.
Not just in the strips.
Look here -
Some brutal questions for readers to think about...

Quiz scanned from Starlord#3, May 27th, 1978

Sunday, 23 January 2011

An evening stroll

Can't walk past this place...

without whistling this...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Help Batman fight bicycle theft!

Click the image to big up The Bat Bike

Ad scaned from Green Lantern Emerald Dawn #3, February 1990.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Doom has written a poem.

Fear Doom's rhyme!

Scanned from a December 1984 ad for Mattel's line of Secret Wars action figures.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Beware the strange man in the lifeboat...

Used an Amazon voucher that my mum gave me for Christmas to catch up on the Creepy Archives.
Things of beauty.
Volume seven includes this cracker of a cover...

Talking of sweet comic covers, Jonathan Ross posted up some of the weirder/rare ones from his collection last night. His brief tour included an absolute classic from Weird Worlds. Worth a look - here.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Reading again

Hello inter-pals!
Hope all is well with you.
It's been so long since I wrote anything on here that I've forgotten how to do it.
What was the old formula again? Mention a comic? Swear a bit? Scan in a panel?
Ah yes, I remember.

I have actually read some comics in the last few weeks. Prison Pit II, Powr Mastrs, couple of issues of Nancy in Hell, which I bought way back in September solely for the Juan Jose Ryp art (I was into his stuff before it was cool to like him, don'cha know?)

Also took advantage of a DC online sale to buy the entirety of Grant Morrison's Batman run for 45p an issue. The catch is that they are digital comics. My other half has an ipad though, so I thought I'd give the old Comixology app a try.

Oddly, I've found myself enjoying reading the digital versions. I'm quite into that feature where you can read the story panel by panel rather than having to look at the whole page. Probably disrupts the rhythms that the writer and artist are trying to establish but on the plus side, getting in that close to a piece of art really seems to work for me. I'm seeing things in panels that I never noticed on paper.

Last night I also downloaded the free zero issue of Image's Skull Kickers. Enjoyed it plenty and I'm considering buying the other issues. Might also pick up digital copies of Orc Stain.

Have to say though, at £1.19 an issue, I still think these things are too expensive. I would really get behind them if they were 50p a pop, but at the moment it's not going to be that much more expensive to trade wait. Still, I'm definitely warming to this digital business - certainly as far as mainstream comics go anyway.