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21 Artists Who Changed the Face of Comics

Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse) | Books | A.V. Club
1. Jack Kirby Simply put, no artist had more of an influence on American comics this century than Jack Kirby. The former Jacob Kurtzberg was a restless self-improver, a workaholic, and a veteran idea man who created an art style that was highly distinctive and a massive influence on the rest of the industry. It’s easy to forget that by the time he and Stan Lee transformed Marvel Comics into a culture-shifting powerhouse, he’d already been in the business for more than 25 years. Though Kirby is rightly remembered for the miracles he worked in superhero comics, with his exciting fight-staging, efficient storytelling, cosmic scope, and love of crackling energy and unthinkable technology, he also drew everything from sports comics to romance tales to Westerns. Whether they embraced his style or deliberately forsook it, every comic artist for decades was defined by the lessons they learned from the man called “The King Of Comics.” Constantly pushing himself further (among other pioneering developments, he was one of the first comics artists to incorporate collage and photographic backgrounds into his work), Kirby’s value to the medium is incalculable. The modern comics industry simply wouldn’t be the same without him.

July 17, 2009

A Tale of Two Twitties

Tilting at Windmills: 7.16.2009 - Comic Book Resources This is an especially excellent Tilting at Windmills from everyone's favorite comics retailer, Brian Hibbs. In it he contrasts the marketing-via-Twitter experiences he has with Tyrese Gibson and Neil Gaiman. Gibson has a new, possibly shitty, comic coming out and is trying to drum up business, whereas Gaiman is coming to Hibbs' store to sign and read and help celebrate the store's 20th anniversary. The stories have markedly different trajectories and it's a fun read. I won't spoil anything here.

FreakAngels | Episode 0062

FreakAngels | Episode 0062 fa0062.JPG FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

July 16, 2009

The Order of the Stick -- Contemplating Mortality

Giant In the Playground Games This is an especially great strip, from a webcomic that always knocks it out of the park.

July 15, 2009

MMA Defined

Penny Arcade! - The Ball Region

July 11, 2009

FreakAngels | Episode 0061

FreakAngels | Episode 0061 fa0061.JPG FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

July 10, 2009

A linguistic clash of civillizations

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July 07, 2009

Fuck Rob "Pouches" Liefeld, the tasteless, talentless homophobe

"Pouches" should spend his time learning basic anatomy and keep his foul trap shut. Rob Liefeld Says Gay Shatterstar 'Sucks,' Plans to 'Undo' His Sexuality
A new "X-Factor" comic by Peter David recently revealed that Shatterstar, a previously rat-tailed warrior from a gladiatorial alternate dimension, was gay or bisexual after he shared a surprise kiss with male teammate Rictor. Rob Liefeld -- Shatterstar's creator who used to draw him as the pouch-adorned anatomical curiosity depicted left -- was very upset about this development, and had an announcement to make on his forums: "As the guy that created, designed and wrote his first dozen appearances, Shatterstar is not gay. Sorry. Can't wait to someday undo this... Shatterstar is akin to Maximus in Gladiator. He's a warrior, a Spartan, and not a gay one." When another commenter added that numerous writers that followed him had developed the character in very different ways, Liefeld responded, "Your opinion doesn't change the fact that it sucks." Oh Rob Liefeld, don't let anyone tell you that you aren't a treasure.

15 Suicidally Depressing Newspaper Comic Strips

15 Suicidally Depressing Newspaper Comic Strips - ComicsAlliance Chris Sims brings it home again.

This Modern World vs Sarah Palin

This Modern World | Salon Comics

July 06, 2009

“I never want to see Supergirl’s panties again.”

THE BEAT -- Supergirl’s Guide to short skirts and the active lifestyle DC's editors decide by fiat that Supergirl should be more presentable.

[DC Comics editor Matt Idelson]’s suggestions about making Supergirl’s costume a little more presentable was reinforced by a critic that Igle could not ignore. “I showed one of those older issues to my mom, and she said, ‘She looks like a hooker.’ That’s the exact opposite of what you should be doing. In my head, because Kara is Clark’s cousin, she’s a member of the Superman Family. She wears the ‘S’. That’s supposed to stand for something.”
Does anyone remember that recent issue of Supergirl where she made out with her cousin in the shower?

69 Love Songs, Illustrated -- Absolutely Cuckoo

Absolutely Cuckoo -- 69 Love Songs, Illustrated.

July 05, 2009

Interlude: How FreakAngels gets drawn

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’m going to take the opportunity provided by the interlude to walk you all through how Freakangels is made, and who is now working on which parts.
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