Posted tagged ‘Comics’

Again with the EPA

August 24, 2011

But it’s because EPA #2 is available in PDF form here. Easier to read, with new contrast corrections and superior cropping!


EPA #2 – The Double-Sized Conclusion

August 1, 2011

Last time, crimefighter/degenerate Bonefucker engaged anachronistic j-offs Euphemystic and Hyperbolok in a battle that threatened to exceed both the typical length of a serial superhero comic and the boundaries of good taste. Before that, bar tabs were rung up, lumps were doled out, greenery was destroyed, and group tours were ruined. Cowritten with Nathan Sacks.


EPA #2 – Part Five

July 3, 2011

Last time, crimefighter/degenerate Bonefucker got into the spirit–and into the spirits–at a Colonial Williamsburg theme pub. Before that, lumps were doled out, greenery was destroyed, and group tours were ruined. Cowritten with Nathan Sacks.


EPA #2 – Part Three

June 21, 2011

Last time, the Earth Protectors of America landed on the edge of Colonial Williamsburg, destroying much of the nearby greenery in the process. Before that, a group of tourists fell victim to an assault by anachronistic dickweeds the Euphemystic and Hyperbolok. Cowritten with Nathan Sacks.


EPA #2 – Part One

May 23, 2011

What follows is the first part of a long-in-the-drawing project, itself a sequel to a comic from several years ago, written by Nathan Sacks and myself and illustrated by me. Issue #1 available for download at page’s end, although if you chose to start at the beginning of #2 there’s a nice sort of in media res effect.


Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: Fewer Winks, More Man-Thing – pt. 2

September 27, 2010

In which my friend (and EPA co-writer) Nathan and I continue our discussion of Marvel comics in 2010.

The Red Hulk

Greg: Interesting that you mention both the Red Hulk and the DC-ification of Marvel. I’ll reserve judgment about Red Hulk joining the Avengers till I have a sense of how [Brian Michael] Bendis writes the character. The addition of a morally ambiguous element to the team could make for a more entertaining dynamic, provided Red Hulk doesn’t suddenly start speaking in the same tone as everyone else in that book. But let’s take a step back: do we need a Red Hulk at all? Or for that matter, Skaar, son of the Hulk, or the like three She-Hulks that occasionally appear in Hulk books?

Maybe this sort of brand dilution–the move from one Hulk, to two (the first She-Hulk), to the Hulk family of today–was inevitable. If not for the Hulk, then perhaps for the more popular Wolverine, who now also has a son, Daken, and a female clone, X-23. I don’t know if you read Mark Waid‘s run on The Flash growing up, but in the ’90s, Waid got a lot of mileage (pun intended) out of surrounding the main Flash, Wally West, with a variety of other characters who had speed-based powers, such as Jay Garrick, Flash of the 1940s. This worked because for one thing, it felt like a naturally function of one Flash or another having been around, in print, for more than fifty years. The extended Flash family of Waid’s run was also relatively unique for its time. Sure, DC also had a Superboy and Supergirl to complement Superman (and I’m sure you could think of plenty more examples), but never before had a writer put together a cross-generational supporting cast, most of them variations on a core concept, quite like Waid did. (more…)

BODYWORLD: The Medium is the Mindmeld

June 3, 2010

Behind me sits a copy of Bodyworld, Dash Shaw’s latest graphic novel, released this past April (which I’m only midway through, so this is not a review proper*). Shaw’s one of the more interesting dudes** under thirty making narrative art right now—not just for his facility with the comics form, though he has that, but because he also seems to have a wide variety of stories to tell with it. (There’s more going on in a Shaw comic than formal gimmickery.) Bottomless Belly Button, Shaw’s second-to-most recent, dryly and unhurriedly outlined a family’s tensions during a reunion weekend. Bodyworld moves into more Dickian territory—the year 2060, specifically, where Paulie Panther, a romantic/degenerate researcher of psychoactive drugs, discovers a plant that permits telepathy once smoked. (more…)