Old City Blues is a cyberpunk mystery comic with the mood of a Noir tale, the fast-and-furious action of Japanese animation, and kinetic artwork that reads more like a big-budget sci-fi movie than a comic book. Old City Blues tells the story of a futuristic Athens, Greece, and the police force that navigates through the criminal life that dwells in it. Think Moebius and Paul Pope collaborating on a southeastern European blend of ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Akira’, but with more giant robots.
Twelve Greek comic artists have come together to bring more absurdity to this world. They all use the same 4 four-panel format. Now, all you have to do is read while drinking your morning coffee.
Warren Ellis is beloved of many comic fans for his wryly funny and occasionally sickening visions of a future dystopia. His current ongoing project is published online in weekly installments and completely without charge. A post-apocalyptic saga concerning a band of psychic British punks, FreakAngels is illustrated by Paul Duffield in a flat, line-heavy style tinged with fantasy-anime that sets the series apart from the look of mainstream print comics.
Ever want to know what your favorite superhero is really like? Ever wondered what was going on in the head of one of your childhood cartoons? The truth is that they think of random stupidity, just like everyone else. The Munchausen Affect has given you a passage to those intimate, personal, and downright silly thoughts.
Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, Doctor Who and Frodo never looked so cute! These soft, adorable, and delightfully geeky ‘amigurumi’ (Japanese miniature knit dolls) created by Lady Lindsay make a sweet gift for the comic fan or movie buff in your world, even if that person is you. Or me — I’ll take Batman and The Joker for the win.
Steve Cakebread has been a graphic designer and cartoonist for twenty years. His off-kilter cartoons, which are a wry comment on human condition, have been published in newspapers and surf titles like The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend, The Melbourne Age, Australian Surfing Life, Fleur (Brazilian Surf Magazine). When I asked why he doesn’t take his cartoons to job interviews, he told me he thinks they might just be an acquired taste, and wouldn’t want to upset any delicate palates. I’m starting to understand what he was getting at.
Italian artist Vacon Sartirani specializes in all things wormy, sluggy, and grotesque, often interjecting his writhing creatures into more recognizable pop images. His Mickey Mouse against the Worms series re-writes old Disney comics to feature slimy, writhing, faceless monsters.
When I visited San Francisco a few years ago, in the middle of a film festival, on a beautiful morning when Spring was starting to dress us more colorfully and happy. I went to SFMoMA and saw an installation by the artist Ann Hamilton called Indigo Blue. Before going back to the cinema, I took a look into the gift shop. Near the books, I found glasses, author postcards, and a wallet that surprised me. It was part of the Poketo Collection, designed by Alex Noriega, an illustrator from Barcelona. Yesterday, I found his new project, Stuff No One Told Me, a blog with a collection of comics with funny and inspired sentences about our life. Alex Noriega told us more about his work.
We have three signed copies of the first issue of City of Abacus?, a comic book pop singer VV Brown recently created with David Allian and illustrator, Emma Price. To enter, Just Like any post on the LAEM homepage, then leave a comment under this giveaway with the city you live in.
Artist and illustrator Melody Often has a subtle art nouveau-inspired quality to her comics and paintings, but a slight manga influence is evident as well with the glassiness of her figures’ eyes, and the odd-looking creatures in her surreal compositions seem like spirits that have escaped a Hieronymus Bosch netherworld into a dark but protective forest.
What’s not to love about the idea of taking classic 1980s album covers (The Breakfast Club soundtrack, for instance) and reinterpreting them using characters from famous comic book series’. Illustrator Cliff Chiang has done just that. And he’s done it very well, with his takes on Jennifer Beals from Flashdancing as Electra and Duran Duran as Vampirella, among others.
I went to SVA with Khary Randolph. I thought that i could draw before I met this dude. Khary is absolutely amazing as an illustrator. I swear dude was drawing comics for marvel while he was still in college (this may not be true, but it sure as hell seemed that way). Dude was that good.
Brooklyn artist Lizz Hickey specializes primarily in print, her DIY comics-inspired imagery translating well into the medium with their blobs of shape and color layered over with intricate patterns and trippy, surreal details.
The very humor of Kate Beaton’s latest web comic series, Canadian Stereotype Comics, is predicated on the stereotype that Canadians are too non-descript to really have stereotypes. Plus, Beaton herself hails from the Great White North. Is that totally meta or what?
For the person who has everything comes this: Custom Bobbleheads. ‘With over 190 body types to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a comic bobble head based on your friend, family member or significant other. These comic figures have exaggerated bodies and heads lovingly hand-carved in poly-clay by a master artist’. Fun!