I don’t think my friends like me when I talk comics. I get heated, I defend the medium with gusto. No, I’m not talking superheroes – some are cool, most are pubescent boy fantasies catered to man-children. I’m talking indie, alternative, underground art. Comics are an art form unto itself. The medium has its own […]
Getting a tattoo is a big decision: you don’t want to get bored with it, you want it to stay as interesting as the day you get it. Comic book artist Patrick Yurick found a unique solution to this: get a tattoo of some blank comic panels, and fill them in each day with a different scribbled comic. Problem solved.
Benjamin Sea, aka Plump Oyster, must be a very patient man. I tried ripping on his style this one time…and only one time. Because, my god, I can’t even fathom the time and skill that goes into his deeply complex, detailed and sprawling images. What’s amazing is that his images are so stylised yet still […]
I’m jealous of Evie Cahir. It seems every day brings another interview and another hundred plus notes on tumblr. Her work is simply divine: intricate, hyper-detailed watercolour and graphite pieces that put the majority of the NGV to shame. Her use of line is exciting, skewing perspective in just the right places to remind you […]
This week will mark the 50th anniversary of the X-Men. No, the X-Men won’t be kicking evil mutant butt, or repelling the impending Skrull invasion. Instead, they will dominate the cat walk! Wada, a San Francisco-based illustrator, has reimagined their costumes. Stripping them of their traditional spandex attires, he put a trendy twist on the […]
I figured Charlie Brown was kind of emo, but I really should know he’s more old-school than that. While Chuck lacks the impressive coif of Morrissey, Moz’s lyrics fit into Peanuts comics all too well, as evidenced by This Charming Charlie. ‘I would go out tonight but I haven’t got a stitch to wear’ takes on a whole new meaning when you consider that Charlie Brown has worn the same shirt for his entire existence.
The harsh line weight and graphic style of comic books and superheroes, mainly Marvel Comics, is what got my brain to start working with my hand and drawing from my first time through the rest of my life. As I hit puberty, like many kids, I became more angsty, emotionally volatile, and increasingly risk taking. […]
Strongly influenced by early golden age animation, comics, advertising and outsider culture, I’m often interested in things that can be positive, happy, fun but at the same time unsettling and slightly sinister. My work at the minute aims to accomplish a variety of things, but first and foremost I produce stuff that I find funny, If I don’t find it a little humorous, then I don’t draw it.
‘I like to draw and eat’ is the one-line profile that John Matta has on his blog, and the guy basically draws a comic on a napkin every day. It started when he was watching a mom demand free meat tastings for her boy at Subway, and the boy went on to spit out all […]
Erik Reichenbach was a two-time contestant on the hit reality television show Survivor. Although Erik is not an extremely popular contestant among fans and viewers, he’s notable for coming 5th place in both seasons. Outside of the TV realm, this Santa Clarita-based graphic artist has been creating picture books filled with wild characters since grade […]
Misery City is a new surreal noir comic from Markosia Publishing in London. The illustrations, by Vassilis Gogtzilas, are beautifully daring and dark. The story is written by Kostas Zachopoulos and tells the tale of Max Murray, an unlucky trench coat detective, forever damned in the concrete labyrinth of Misery City. Hunted by Hell’s lurking […]
Highly intelligent yet rather lifeless comics are always on the menu at PHD Comics. Piled Higher and Deeper is a comic series from the brain of Jorge Cham. After getting his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Cham went on to be a full-time instructor and researcher at the California Institute of Technology. As a result, […]
I don’t remember all that much about the Nietzsche that I’ve read. I do, however, remember the essence of The Family Circus, and I find it more nihilistic than anything old Friedrich wrote. If you swap out the grody familial schlock and put in some random Nietzsche quotes, it improves the comic considerably. I almost […]
Comic website The Joy of Tech made this hilariously accurate representation of what it would be like if Facebook made a real home. Residents of this house are sure to have their dirty laundry aired out for their neighbors to see, toilets that encourage you to post tons of crap, and even an Instagram camera […]
If you’re unfamiliar with The Comics Curmudgeon, the gist is that Josh reads the terrible daily strips so we don’t have to. But when he pointed out the ridiculousness of the opening panel to a recent Rex Morgan, M.D. one of his readers really rose to the occasion and created the Rexifier, adding the good […]