Posts tagged Worst Hobby or Worstest Hobby?
Posts tagged Worst Hobby or Worstest Hobby?
Got a French edition of Gipi’s LMVDM: La mia vita disegnata male (Ma vie mal dessinee, Futuropolis, 2009; translated from the Italian by Helene Dauniol-Remaud) when I was in Montreal last year. Looks like he re-lettered it in French, or it’s a really good computer font for lettering? No English edition to date.
It’s super text-heavy, and I don’t read French. Sussing it out, it appears to be:
1. ‘Autobiographical’, drawn sketchbook-style, straight to ink or ink + pencil, lots of text. Dealing with personal health problems (+ problems of a sexual nature?). Also included is a brief war narrative of some kind (or maybe it’s a fantasy/dream sequence?)
2. Pirate Narrative in watercolors interspersed throughout.
Nicole Rudick has a good interview with Gipi where he talks about LMVDM briefly at the end: “It’s a really crazy puzzle of stories taken from my life—and a part with a pirate. There is a moment in the story where I should be talking about love and women, but I was unable to do that, so I escaped into a pirate story. But, I’m not completely crazy, so it does make sense with the rest of the story. The pirate represents the dark side of me, which will always destroy the love stories I live…”
Here’s another one in Italian (it translates out OK via Google Translate).
Spoke with someone at the First Second table at MoCCA a few years back about their publishing Gipi’s book, S, but was told essentially that it wouldn’t sell enough to justify it. Don’t see LMVDM getting published in the US any time soon either, would be quicker to learn French or Italian. It’s a nice-looking book.
I read this in the French version. It is a pretty crazy book, very pretty in it’s multiple style, but I wasn’t so impressed overall with the narrative.
“There is a moment in the story where I should be talking about love and women, but I was unable to do that, so I escaped into a pirate story.”
Un Cadeau. A venir le 15 novembre.
A French Situationist comic from the late 1960’s riots, translated in 1973, via the Kirby museum, c/o. ”The unions have just shown everyone that they are a mechanism to integrate us into capitalist society." Fun.
J.Etienne (Brussli) pages for a Napoleonic War comic…
This Superman action figure sucks. Sorry, but it’s really bad. It’s very much in the “makes me want to spend my Saturday night bitching about it online” category of atrocious. So imma hit that and ravish this abomination of 9 point articulation all Gangam Style. I’m even going to hit the “numbered” bullet points on Tumblr to show you all how serious I am. TAKE THAT, SHUTDOWN!
- His outfit color scheme doesn’t match the movie he’s based on’s costume. Like, the costume that’s pictured right behind him. How did no one catch this? IT’S RIGHT BEHIND HIM! Blue is not purple!!
- He’s tearing a bank door in half. Why is he doing that? Isn’t it easier to rip the door off it’s hinges? Break the lock? It looks like he pulled the door off the hinges and THEN ripped it in half. Is he showing off, or does he not get the concept of portals?
- WHY is he breaking into a bank? Isn’t Superman’s mandate to prevent that exact behavior from happening? Doesn’t that feel like something villains try to do? To get the money on the other side? There’s a lot of missing context in this little vignette. Is he entering, or escaping? Is he now against the 1%? Is this about the shutdown? Does the bank thank him or charge him for this? I feel like they might have just given him the combination if he asked.
- There’s a smaller picture right next to him showing him “Smashing vault doors.” Superman is tearing, not smashing. Possibly ripping. I’ve never said, “Smash that paper in half, for me, will ya?” Hulk smashes, Superman has all the other verbs at his command to vanquish this vile symbol of capitalism.
- The Smashing vault doors picture has Superman in the exact same pose he’s currently in…only angled a little more to the side. Oh! now I got it!
- No. No, I will not squeeze Superman’s legs. There’s not even any reveal of what that will accomplish! Just, squeeze his legs and you’ll get a surprise! Pass. Touching the Man of Steel’s thighs has never been a significant plot point in any comic book or movie. I will remove that part of the box and put it on my belt buckle, though.
- This is advertised as “Power attack deluxe.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!!! It sounds like a sloppy translation of an anime move. Is there another version of this character that is not exhibiting “Power attack deluxe” attributes? Where the vault door is intact and Superman is merely looking through the contents of his safe deposit box? If I’m getting the deluxe model, I want to know the distinguishing features.
- This is “Bank Breaker Superman,” which sounds like a casino movie character. It also continues to present a very questionable day in Superman’s life. He’s not “Vault Smashing Superman,” nope, he went and broke the WHOLE BANK! He punched his way through the ATM machines outside, vaporized the small business desk, shattered the plexiglass into eye-scrapping shards and then defiled the interior of the vault. This is really Superman 3 territory, isn’t it? Mean, drunk, hipster stubble Superman needing a Benjamin to pay off his bar tab. Children buying this are really getting themselves into an NSA kind of justification of morality.
Feel pretty good about this post. Also feel like I need to go buy GTA 5 to make me stop yelling at children’s toys on Saturday nights. This may be a cry for help.
Hahaha, oh man, fuckin’ comics…
If Google Translate’s kung fu is strong, and I’m understanding this correctly, then the image on the left is a “script” by Gian Luigi Bonelli, co-creator of the very popular Tex Willer cowboy comics, which he produced over 40 years, and the image on the right is the finished page. ”But one of the peculiarities of GL Bonelli as the author of comics are their characteristic “roadmaps designed”: in practice it did not describe in words the scene that the designer must interpret and then draw ( as usual), but as a storyboard film , describing the page thus giving indications very specific about its structure and sequence of the unique frameworks , as we can see in the two pages that show then in written format by GL Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini format designed by, and are the pages 28 and 38 story ” The Shadow of Mephisto “, published in the Italian edition of Tex # 265 and in the background are a great testimony to the narrative art Bonelli’s father.”
(I want to say Chip Kidd and Tony Millionaire prepared a Batman comic like this before, but my memory’s not great…)
Trailer. Also, here’s an article speculating whether Krrish 3 will pass the 100 crore mark over the weekend… And of course here are Krrish fanboys complaining about an insufficiently respectful Krrish movie review!
Insomnia-driven comic book nerdery: I can’t sleep, so I caught up on that comic book Infinity. There’s no reviewing it; it’s just incomprehensible nightmare babble nonsense. None of the scenes seem to causally connect to one another in any way I recognize to be a narrative— it’s just a lot of noise and yelling. It’s like the Steve Ballmer video only not entertaining to watch.
But if there are people who like this kind of thing, well, good for them. Hickman’s got his fans and his audience, and you know, not everybody’s going to be a good fit for everybody, and if he’s found his audience— good for him. I guess. But all that having been said: can you explain what the artist(s)(Dustin Weaver and/or Jerome Opena) was/were going for on this page??? I’m pretty much at a total loss. These guys don’t lack for technical skill— they can obviously draw anything they want in the space allotted and yet…? Why was this how they laid out the page? Why was anyone, like, “You know what I think would be cool here? A headless man’s disembodied torso. Because everything I know about visual storytelling, I learned from gay Halloween-porn." WHY? Why did they— what were they trying to even convey to the reader??? Anyone, anyone anywhere, please explain this page layout to me! Here, I’ll get you started. Good luck!
Emily’s new Halloween comic!
Halloween Comic: “Little Pointy Teeth”.
“Interestingly, residents of Vatican City enjoy the comic book form of pornography ‘Hentai.’" (Source)
Things I didn’t know existed dept.: the 1987 Spirit TV movie, from the writer of Die Hard…?
Arthur Adams 1991: Livingstone Mountain #1
Curator’s Note: There is without a doubt a ton of Arthur Adams on Tumblr, and all I’m really doing is putting an artist’s work in chronological order and providing some commentary (of dubious quality). This is one of a few instances I think I can bring some rare “deep cuts” that folks may not have seen before. Enjoy!
Livingstone Mountain was a 4-issue indie sci-fi comic series by Steve Moncuse (of Fish Police fame). The 2-page backup feature he wrote for Adams has nothing to do with it. In it, he not-so-gently slams artists who were “more than inspired” by Adams’ popular style. Even Adams himself gets some gentle ribbing in the form of mentioning “time-consuming diversions,” a suggesting Adams’ slower-than-average pace may have something to do with getting distracted.
Oh, c/o, this is cool to me: this blog is tracing Art Adams’s career year-by-year. What a fun project— seems like they’re doing a really thorough job of it too. And a great subject in Adams…
Adams drew some key stuff that I loved so much as a kid (the annuals!), and so many people spun off from him— the entire Image style all came from him and Michael Golden— so it’s fun seeing that laid out. Especially because… I don’t know— I guess I think of Adams as being … “cautionary story” is too mean a phrase but… in some ways because he’s one of those guys who are great but just didn’t put out a lot of stuff that’s … that you can point to and be like, he’s the guy who did THAT.
There are all these comic people who are great but it’s like, to what end, you know? Lots of people draw better than Chaykin, say— some people can even draw three different faces— but Chaykin’s got an American Flagg and a handful of other books like that, that you can’t take away from him. Adams— it’s all this stuff but except for that Monkeyman thing, which I don’t remember there even being a lot of, it’s scattered through X-annuals, Creature of the Black Lagoon one-shot adaptations, anthology entries, etc. And that’s so common to all these great people. Like, if John Paul Leon hadn’t done Wintermen (and they barely let him do that, all the issues that book had getting out)… the last time I saw John Paul Leon, I had to buy a issue of fucking Animal Man! Otherwise, you’d be like, “Oh, that dude’s the best— check out Earth X!" Jose Garcia-Lopez, it’s Twilight or Atari Force, right? (I’d say Twilight, but that’s not an easy book to find anymore). It’s not that they made bad books just not books proportionate to how good they are…? Then again, there’s Toth who… I think his longest run was on, what, Zorro? He drew some shit during his career but his stuff’s still worth looking at, so probably, probably I’m wrong…
It’s nice that someone is going through that and find a way to showcase that guy’s career regardless because … like that Excalibur book, man, I read that thing over and over, sucking on my thumb and everything— I was 26 years old and it was a magical summer. It’s nice someone’s remembering all this stuff…