With this sleek, elegantly minimalistic slipcase design, Jacques Tardi's award-winning Goddamn This War! and It Was the War of the Trenches are beautifully encased in a matte, dark grey boxset that quietly reflects the books’ somber, heavy material.
We expect to see Tardi’s WWI boxset out in October. Until then, we’ll have more juicy previews and unboxing video in the coming weeks. And as per usual, our presale for the boxset is up and raring to go.
The Wiggle Much, episode 12. By Herbert E. Crowley, 1910. These photos show color variations used by different newspapers - the blue ink version is from the New York Herald, and the orange variant is from the Sunday Record-Herald. Photos by Justin Duerr.
The above examples show some of the basic differences between Bronze Age and contemporary (mainstream) comic “reading”. The most obvious characteristic is contemporary comic’s lack of text. Now before you get all sweaty and belch out something incoherent - yes, I realize this is a singular comparison. That stated, however, I tend to notice how I’m blazing through recent titles due to the primary focus on action (violence) and less on exposition. Is one better than the other? Not the point. I view this more as a shift to how we consume information: fast and, at times, without complete context.
Ben Marra nicely sums up comic’s current stand on compositions/pacing in relation to refrained use of thought balloons:
A lot of mainstream books don’t use Thought Balloons because they want comic books to be more like movies, where thought balloons can’t exist. They want comic books to be pitches for movie content. Who can blame them when these movies make billions of dollars? The movie executives they’re pitching to don’t like thought balloons I guess. (It’s also the reason why you see a lot of mainstream comics using “widescreen” panels. This makes it easier for movie executives to envision the comic book panels as storyboard or compositions on a screen).
Lastly, Shalvey does a stellar job creating a Morris Day inspired villian.
Please click on pix for artist credits.
Warren Craghead ///// Fauves 60
The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn 3 now up for pre-order. Will post out Monday. Thanks for looking
He’s putting these out fast. I just got #2 in the mail last week.
A Wall Street Journal article by conservative comic creators Chuck Dixon and Paul Rivoche manages to misrepresent the industry to an outside audience.
ICYMI, I wrote this piece that went up earlier. It’s about politics and comics and I’m pretty proud of it. Check it out.
I have never seen this! Seen Bayuex Tapestry parodies, but not as commentary during an actual war.
A few more samples from my book, We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir.
You can get it as a fancy, space age paperback or as a PDF from TopShelf comics, here:
If you like, you can also nominate We Can Fix It for a Harvey award (if you are in the comics business), the deadline is Monday.
According to The New Yorker, what has Professor Chewbacca been up to this week?
Lynda Barry Sells Out!
Sincerely, Professor Chewbacca