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Electronic Music discussion: Comic Books
Written June 02 2010 , Tags: comics
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In the last few months I've gotten heavily into comics. I've got a drop box down at the local store and i seriously cant get enough. Basically I want to open up a discussion about what titles i should check out, among general nerd speak, however I dont want to do this on a comic based website I like these things for their content, not as collector items.
So, what are you guys/gals/reptilians reading? Here's my current line up:
The Boys (br00tal and very funny)
Joe the Barbarian (fecking beautiful)
Fables (90+ issues and still amazing)
Hellblazer (Constantine is such a prick)
I haven't really been into comics since I was about 12 or 13... Though, I did get my hands on some graphic novels for a brief period, and I did like what I saw.
I read Maus, and was very impressed. That was a really good one. Watchmen was pretty good, too. As far as superhero stuff goes, it's the best thing I've ever read, though I think it was really a bit dark for my taste.
I often wonder if there's more out there I might like. There seems to be a violent, obscene, gothic ambience that serves as a backdrop and subject matter for a lot of contemporary stuff that I'm really not too interested in. I think if someone was making really thought provoking, deep and subtle science fiction comics (like some of my favorite sci fi authors) I'd be really into it.
i used to read 2000AD a lot. They were quite funny. They took the piss out of themselves a lot.
Slaine and Judge Dredd were personal favs.
never really into american comics all that much. i preferred the artwork in british stuff.
i'm not a connoisseur, but here's the stuff that i've liked (none of it recent): the Maxx, promethea, hellboy, sin city, spawn, plus sandman of course.
somewhat further off the beaten path:
i can't recommend Frank enough link
it's fucking surreal.
My vocalist's best friend/musical mentor creates comics...
and another friend...
Sure, they're online, but... ;)
I was just reading Achewood (online comic). I feel I'm a little late to the party, but it's still very funny. link
British comics are by far my favorite, or should i say favourite? Eh ehh??
Garth Ennis wrote 2000AD a bit and Dan Dare stuff and has now moved on to The Boys and Battlefields. The Boys is hysterical and Battlefields (about WWII) is deeply moving and emotional. I've learned so much British slang from The Boys and Hellblazer alone its ridiculous. Personally I thought Sin City was waaay overrated. Same with 300. More so with 300 actually. Frank Miller, imho, seems to try way too hard to sound hard boiled and gruff. it just doesnt work with me.
eyesnine, you might want to check out Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. The early ones have a very dark and gothic tone to them but some of the later ones lighten up a bit. Also, since you liked watchmen you might also like Swampthing. It was also written by Alan Moore, but is very different. No superhero stuff in that one but it has great characters and takes place in Louisiana which I think is an added bonus.
I used to be very into Bone.
hmm. if you like comics and electronic music, i can't help but spam you with my comic manmachine:
hopefully it won't suck to you.
umm maybe you'll even want to submit tracks?
wow it took me a post about comics to end my hiatus of posting on the em411. ok some really good suggestions so far. definitely check out:
-understanding comics by scott mccloud, its a real eye opener and has some of the best suggestions for reading writing and art and reallly helps my minds creativity in general.
-so much by jack kirby, the king of comics. it might take a while to get into the style and some of it is plain corny but the guy was a genius.
-anything by alan moore, it seems cliche anymore but the guy who almost singlehandedly brought comics for adults to mainstream is not to be missed. if you really want some of his best check out league of extraordinary gentlemen and some of his older stuff like miracleman/marvelman. peeps have mentioned some of his other stuff like promethia, super good too but its long and might take a while.
-transmetropolitan, just check it out, i cannot even begin to start.
-grant morrison, i prefer the early DC stuff like animal man and doom patrol.
lately i have been getting more into web comics and i would check out:
-rice boy and order of tales by evan dahm, this stuff is so subtle and engaging yet humbling. evan has such a profound grasp on the story and even the idea of stories that it just blows my mind.
-forming by jesse moynihan, one of my recent favs. this guy is taking on the huge task of fleshing out a modern/post modern take on atlantean lemurian legend while remaining entertaining and funny not to mention naively beautiful.
some super good shit is going on in independent comics, mostly online and free!
so much other stuff! dan clowes, ivan brunetti, tim hensley, etc, etc.
i agree with jack123 about frank miller. buuut, he does have some good stuff worth checking out.
dark knight returns, not the second one just read the first one and call it a day. the best batman story ever told.
give me liberty. he may be a right wing kind of guy but he has a good tale about race, gender, class and perseverance.
also his run on daredevil is gripping, full of action and has a lot of heart.
transmetropolitan was pretty sweet. I only read the first trade of it but it was off the wall and great. Hermit journalist comes out of his hole in the mountains to the city spew his hatred of the establishment and contempt of anyone with power. Oh and its in a future where humans have the ability to change species from human to alien.
- cant agree more about Grant Morrison. Hes wicked. His new Batman Vs. Robin is consistently sold out, as is Joe the Barbarian. Joe the Barbarian is really, truly excellent. Its about a kid who goes into diabetic shock and starts having these incredible hallucinations. The artwork is unbelievable. Man Machine looks really cool rrooyyccee.
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