As you can see from the title, I love one-liners. Often is the time that my horsey guffaw fills a crowded tube as I read a terrific pun. Probably more than I care to admit. However, here is something that I would share with world. The work of Stephanie Tillman. An American living in London, Stephanie fuses wit with craft in her embroidery pieces. They are like beautifully wrought, one panel comics. Drawing her humour from day to day life, she shapes a unique brand of observational comedy, surreally abstracted by the fact that it is delivered by hip, street-savvy animals.
See more and read a few choice words from the artist herself after the jump. Continue reading
What’s happening in the world that tickles us in just the right way? Well, let me tell you! A fresh poetry/illustration magazine, an Australian mystery short film and our favourite comic book shop. That’s what.
All that and more after the jump.
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(don’t squint. you’ll hurt your eyes. Instead, click the picture and see it larger than you’ve ever seen it before.)
Abe’s virtual self exists here.
It’s that time again. are you sitting comfortably? then let’s begin.
(remember, all it takes is a click to see the comic in a gargantuan new way.)
you can visit Abe’s page here and see his daily comic blog here.
Oh, you lucky folks. It’s an Abe Christie double whammy this week. We caught up with him for a quick interview. So, here it is, with a few strips from his own site.
Let’s start with a history of your art. How did you start drawing?
I started drawing like most people, doodling from a young age.
I found comics when I was about 15 through superheroes like Spiderman. After growing a bit I found an amazing comic called Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson which was the first autobiographical comic I read.
I really enjoy the idea of dealing with superheroes, because they are so iconic they can be used to play with the comic form.
We’re a little late bringing this installment of Abe’s fantastic comic this week, but we will be making it up to you. Before the week is up we’ll have a chat with the man himself and find out what makes him tick. Watch out for the results.
Click the image to see it bigger. As if you’re seeing it up close. Really close.
A hunter tracks his supernatural foe through the night, but all is not as it first appears in this dark tale of claws vs. swords by Becky Cloonan.
WOLVES is the latest offering by the amazingly talented Becky Cloonan. Originally for a comic collection released in Japan (in Japanese), Cloonan has rewritten her story in english and released it as a solo work.
I have been a huge fan of Cloonan’s art for a long while, but it is excellent to see her mastery of the writing side too. (WOLVES is a totally solo venture, from the writing and drawing all the way through to choosing the card stock.) Though she freely admits that the writing side of comics is not her strongest point, the script and dialogue for WOLVES is one of the most outstanding things about it. The dialogue is sparse and open, each sentence carefully composed to give the story a real spine-tingling chill. Exactly what you want from a horror story. And that is what WOLVES is; horror in the vein of Dracula (as written by Bram Stoker not as played by Christopher Lee, as brilliant as that one is). Unsettling to its very core, yet captivating to the end.
At first glance, it’s a straightforward monster story. Sure, it’s about a werewolf, but deep down it’s about the human interaction between the characters, and that’s where the real emotive power comes from. In the twenty or so pages of the book, without giving too much away, Cloonan manages to encapsulate the entire journey of a man from Hero to Monster and everything that take place in between and the skillful use flashbacks really drums home just how tragic the story gets.
From metallic-inked cover to hand signed cover this comic is perfect. If you’ve already read it, well done you. If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?! The current print run is only 1000 copies so don’t miss out. Gosh! Comics still has a few, but I don’t expect them the last forever.
To watch a clip of Becky Cloonan talking about WOLVES (and a little teaser about her work on Gerard Way’s Killjoys comic) go here.
To see more of her work and find out general goings-on you can visit her blog here.