Archive for the ‘Comicology – Comic Books’ Category

photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions

photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions

You know they say that each snowflake is completely unique, no two the same? Every life, all of fate’s permutations considered, would be too, wouldn’t it? Yet we seem to reject, suppress, and fear exceptionality, in ourselves and in others. It’s easier to blend. There’s safety in anonymity

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The fourth and final tale in Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches miniseries is Jeff Stokely’s Vasilissa the Beautiful. Born into a village at the edge of the world, a village forgotten by god, our heroine is a little beacon of light and warmth. Until her mother dies. “Such cruelty,” our narrator muses, “makes you wonder where it comes from.”

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Listen up you scruffy-looking nerf herders, this January Star Wars #1 is coming to stores near you and according to Marvel Comics‘, it is projected to sell over a million copies. Perhaps you can buy your copy at your local Maul… *Warning: many more puns to come** (more…)

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If Chris Ware, as an entity, had to be represented as a symbol, it would have to be a funny bone, wouldn’t it? Sure, design-wise, there would be some problems to solve in that endeavor. And yes, the “funny” sensation is actually the ulnar nerve. But think about it. A laugh from Chris Ware does not come without a little pain. His work is not for everyone. It takes a bit of resignation – acceptance of human suffering, imperfection and, sometimes, ridiculousness. The Acme Novelty Library, published by Random House in 2005, serves as a compendium of his work. Cartoons, some seriously mini comics, and faux adverts, old and new, in a variety of styles and formats, are held together by a biting, sometimes nihilistic wit and charm.

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Mortality is, more or less, the bane of human existence, wouldn’t you say? Looming over each of us, sometimes menacing and always mysterious, death is life’s only guarantee. Naturally, we fear it. We do not understand it and cannot prepare for it. For those of us left behind in its wake, it is tragic. It’s loss. But every living thing does it. Our very human response is to attempt to make sense of it, to make it okay. And we do this in a very human way. Storytelling. Matthew Dow Smith’s The Phantom Isle, tale three of four in Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches series, is a story about stories. And life. And death.

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http://marvel.com/tv/show/190/marvels_agents_of_shield.

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This week Season One of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D will premiere on Netflix. The show revolves around the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division or the secretive government agency introduced in The Avengers to investigate superhuman phenomena from Thor to Captain America.

Joss Whedon is the series executive producer. The show has been on the rise with popularity since it’s debut (currently on season two).

Last year, Netflix and Disney signed a multiyear deal where Marvel will develop four original live action series by 2015. The series will be based on four of Marvel’s fan favorite street-hero characters like Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

S.H.I.E.L.D will streaming on Netflix November 20th.

cover courtesy of Forbes magazine

cover courtesy of Forbes magazine

When Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011, he was almost deified. He did, as he said he would, change the world. But Jobs was only human. Creative agency JESS3 and Caleb Melby’s The Zen of Steve Jobs explores the many facets of the man and legend. With Jobs’s design aesthetic at its center, the story achieves a vivid portrait of the complex figure that Jobs had cut.

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These Jim Henson Storyteller Witches books that Archaia is putting out are really remarkable. Kyla Vanderklugt’s, The Snow Witch,is a vaster contemplation of life and the human experience than stories ten times its length.

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Over Easy

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Kristilyn Waite in Art, Comicology - Comic Books
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Washing dishes in a restaurant is among the least glamorous of occupations. But not once does Mimi Pond complain or delve into the requisite diatribe on scraping and scrubbing in a perpetual cloud of greasy mist. Time can add a rose colored tint to things, sure, but Pond knew then that she was part of a story worth telling. Thirty years later, here it is, Over Easy.

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photo courtesy of First Second Books

photo courtesy of First Second Books

Every once in a while you’ll read a story that seems to keep converging on itself. In the best possible way. The words are like impressionistic brushstrokes and they come to inform this very rich, and often very beautiful picture. Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily Chen is one of those books. “The story begins where a young life ends,” the life of Wei Li. Ancient Chinese tradition – and his parents – insist that Wei’s brother, Deshi, must find a young bride to accompany him in eternal sleep. Grieving aside, Deshi’s task is not a simple one. In modern China, demand for corpse brides is high. A journey awaits.

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