New site newstand
Mike’s Amazing World of Comics. A web site where you can use a control panel thingy to enter your chosen month and year and get thumbnail images of all comics that made their first appearance on the newstands of America that month.
Marc Swayze RIP
Mark Swayze. July 17th 1913 - October 14th 2012"My personal philosophy was to use the art in storytelling so that even a child who couldn't yet read could get a story out of it," Marc Swayze, was artist and writer for Fawcett Publications working on many titles including Captain Marvel, Whiz Comics and Wow Comics, He was co-creator with writer Otto Binder of Mary Marvel, drawing many of her stories including her first appearance in Captain Marvel Adventures # 18, cover date December 11th 1942.
Haiti, Art and Vodou
Nottingham Contemporary 20 Oct 2012 - 06 Jan 2013An exhibition of almost 200 works of Haitian art by 35 artists. Dating from the 1940s to the present the paintings and objects are dedicated to the gods of Vodou. Vodou is the island of Haiti’s unique spiritual belief system. With its roots in West African religions Vodou has aspects of Catholicism, Islam, European folklore and freemasonry, as well as the religion of the island’s Taino people.*
Here further examples of words from comics. Selection is based on my criteria that they sound comics and for some even more difficult to define reason give me pleasure. Your contributions welcome.“Something else drives you, Man of the Eagle. Something other than the Curse of the Devourer” Gordon Rennie. Aquila - Blood of the Iceni. 2000AD . 2012
RIP Arnaldo Putzu
Arnoldo Putzu 6 August 1927 - 1 September 2012.
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Lost and gone before
Upcoming demise of The Dandy. Jacqueline Rayner in The Guardian - earlier losses. Girls comics. Loved 'em. Lost forever?
Yank or Google Dandy?
Is Britain’s iconic comic book about to have it’s plug pulled or can future fiddling with the format keep it on life support? Does digital deployment or death face The Dandy? Publisher D.C.Thompson created The Dandy Comic in December 1937. It became The Dandy from July 1950 and in it’s 75 year long life in the childish laughter provoking arena has survived the challenges of television and the internet - until now perhaps!
RIP Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert. September 18th 1926 August 12th 2012Arriving in New York as a babe when his family emigrated there from Poland Joe Kubert by the age of 13 was working in comics.
We need to have words.
Comics are famously a narrative combining words and pictures. It could be said that this site gives evidence of a bias toward images - attention more usually directed at visual artists than at the writers they illustrate. To redress the balance here for the lovers of language are some examples of words from comics and newspaper strips. These give no indication of the authors abilities at plotting or story telling.
Astounding and then some.
Just found this website. You really must look. Where did they get all this great stuff from ?
RIP R.A. Kosasih
Senior Indonesian comic artist and writer Raden Ahmad Kosasih ( 4th April 1919 - 24th. July 2012 ) has died of a heart attack on at the age of 93. Better known as R.A.Kosasih he was regarded in his country as the father of comic strip art, a local Jerry Seigal or Joe Schuster. A ‘Komikus Legendaris‘.
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For all with a soft spot for the history of comics, illustration and artists, where we come from and good heavens what fascinating work was produced, Steve Holland, freelance author and editor, has established himself as the go to man for the low-down on old British comics, books and magazines.
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Fantastic women and Geeks
Interesting stuff by Damien Walter at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/19/women-fighting-back-battle-geek-culture , Tuesday 19 June 2012. Dealing with the imagined, the literary and graphic treatment of women in comics, games, fantasy and science fiction it is a subject well worth consideration.
Grant Morrison MBE
Grant Morrison, writer well know for his individualistic scripting in comics ( All-Star Superman, Animal Man, Batman and Robin, Batman R.I.P., The Filth Final Crisis. The Invisibles, Seven Soldiers, and Zenith ) is on the honours list as being awarded Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire "for services to Film and Literature."
The complete 100 etchings of Picasso’s Vollard Suite is being shown at The British Museum until September 2012.
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R.I.P Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury, August 22nd 1920 - June 6th 2012, was the author of more than 27 novels and story collections and more than 600 short stories. Frequently credited as single handedly having raised the often maligned reputation of the science fiction genre into the realm of literature.
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An occasional series.Bristow by Frank Dickens is the worlds longest running single author cartoon strip.First published in the Aberdeen Press & Journal on 18th September 1961 . .