I drew a bear!
another thang for the Inkstuds kickstarter.
I like the solution to the animals-in-(sun)glasses conundrum (namely, tape)
Comics has an outrage problem.
I spent some time in LA over 4th of July weekend getting my west coast on. I came back to the world on Monday after a great weekend, only to find that the comics internet had melted down over an ill-conceived hashtag and was busy stomping up and down on the heads of people who were no threat to them.
This isn’t about that, or the hashtag. It’s about all the other times comics has faced controversy and replied with scorn.
The short version is “you don’t have to like it, but please respect it.” The long version is through the link. Comments are off until I get back from lunch, but hopefully you get something out of this.
Even if you’re not invested in comics, at least read this for a necessary bit of perspective on Kanye’s so-called “rants”.
And if you’re reading this sub-blog of mine you’re probably at least kind of invested in comics, at which point this is mandatory reading.
FYI this is a thing again; may be (slightly) revamped as a general inspiration blog which means not only comix/illustrations but graphic design, old photos, sports cars, stylish people, other (non-music) visual junkola
Inspiration for what exactly will be determined/revealed at a later but not that later date
night physics 13
talking animals in Daniel Johnston shirts = yes
EDIT: if it doesn’t show up full size just right click -> view image or w/e; the dialogue and zoomed detail is def. worth it
This is a page from a forgettable 1950s comic called Captain Science, which up to this point had been two or three unremarkable but typically batshit old school sci fi stories. Then, this issue, and Joe Orlando and Wally Wood collaborate (it’s an on-and-off appearance).
Just look at what they’re doing with the panels here. A stylized descent into an underground bunker, the panels are each a room in the bunker, although the camera still moves somewhat freely among them, and this isn’t exactly unheard-of in comics (rare, maybe, but not so rare that I’m sure you couldn’t think of an example on your lonesome), but what sets it apart in my mind is the decorations on the caption, bottom row left. With a brief text aside, they’ve got room to add those decorative elements, the pipes and chambers, which when combined with the mention of a passage of time, it becomes the perfect visual interstitial.
I dunno man, this artform - this is a junk story, no one involved with this thing coulda figured it would have been preserved for future generations, yet the artistry and the uniqueness of it just brings tears to my eyes. Literally, I welled with emotion looking at something so lovely in the service of a story, just an illumination to fill space that conveys so much, a dumb detail with so much going for it. Goddamn comics, man, just the best medium.