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Milk & Cheese vs. Furries!

MySpace.com - MySpace Dark Horse Presents Free Online Comics & Comic Books on MySpace

Because MySpace sucks, you need to click through to see this. I can't grab any sample art to show you.

What? You've never heard of Milk & Cheese? The "diary products gone bad"? One is a wedge of hate and the other is a carton of spite? Milk & Cheese, they do as they please? No?

Damn.

M&C is Evan Dorkin's violent, misanthropic platform where he gets to rail against societal stupidity and symbolic gut it with shattered gin bottles. You might remember Evan Dorkin from how awesome he is. But also for writing Space Ghost; coast-to-coast with his wife, Sarah Dyer. As well as winning a bunch of Eisner awards and writing some great comics.

When I grew tired of superhero comics in the early 90s it was Dorkin's Milk & Cheese that kept me in comics and helped me hold on until I discovered Vertigo and Gaiman and Moore and Morrison.

But for instant violence aimed at hippies, goths, yuppies, game shows, shitty bands and Merv Griffin, Milk & Cheese cannot be beat.

May 05, 2008

Pushing the fork/spoon barrier

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

May 03, 2008

Free Comic Book Day, Sat., May 3, 2008

The Free Comic Book Day Store Locator is your guide to the stores in your area who are participating in Free Comic Book Day.

FreakAngels 0012

May 01, 2008

Satan, Satan, Satan: Jeff Lester of the Savage Critic(s) on why one gives Jack Kirby props

satansatan-726126.jpgThe Savage Critic(s) | The Suppleness of Shame: Jeff Looks at Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 4
One of the pleasures of late-period Kirby is recognizing the familiar formulas while still being surprised by whatever crazy-ass shit the man decides to throw in there--it's a lot like watching a great blues guitarist tackle a classic piece. So, for example, I initially was delighted by Mister Miracle #14 where Mister Miracle and Oberon go walking in the woods and randomly encounter a crazed Satanic cult. It follows a standard pulp plot of "high-tech crooks posing as supernatural forces to scare off trespassers" but Kirby cranks the whole thing up past 11: Satan gets mentioned as often as three times a page in the first half of the book, the cultists wear impressively grotesque masks, and until Mister Miracle does his patented next-to-last page reveal of his face (and a panel or two of P.R. man Ted Brown smoking a pipe), the most normal looking person in the book is Oberon the dwarf. The whole thing is a bit like someone had tricked Fellini into directing an episode of Scooby-Doo.

April 27, 2008

The Savage Critic(s): Hibbs on the new, sucky DC

Time to fire whoever thought One Year Later was a good idea. Also, Hibbs offers a final analysis of Countdown: "JACK KIRBY: Pretty much shat upon." The Savage Critics | Brian Hibbs | Count This!
DC has had a pretty bad last two years. Their editorial vision has been, in my humble opinion, horrifically broken, and, more importantly, completely and utterly out of touch of the interests of the audience. What successes they've had have seemed to this observer to either be completely accidental (SINESTRO CORPS) or actively worked against (the end of 52, and the multiverse, etc) I've been selling comics in my own store for nineteen years now, and we've always been a "DC store" -- selling more DC comics than Marvel comics. This makes us a rare and unique creature in comics retailing, as far as I can tell from speaking with my brethren and reading the sales charts. And right now in 2008, we're selling more Marvel comic books than DC. If it weren't for DC's superlative backlist program, and the strength of Vertigo titles in that format like Y and FABLES and DMZ, it would be a total and complete rout. Marvel, to be sure, has been on a strong run with the of-the-Zeitgeist CIVIL WAR, but it is clear to me watching our sales figures and listening to my customers that an equal measure of this switch has been DC completely and utterly bobbling the ball. The first real signs, for me, was "One Year Later", which was about as unmanaged and poorly fitting of an idea as anything I can think of. Virtually every DCU book took a sharp downwards spike in the wake of OYL, as the readership didn't understand what was going on in the books they followed, and given no real incentive to pick up new ones. That could have been managed had it not been for COUNTDOWN, "the spine of the DC Universe" -- a spine that virtually no one enjoyed, and that had what seemed to be a billion-jillion awful tie ins and crossovers and "spin outs" all predicated on branding and ideas that no one (not even, it seems the creators) were especially enthused by.... Plot should flow from character; characterization should not be dictated by plot. DC *has* to learn this and learn this very quickly if they don't want to lose more market share and customer interest.

April 25, 2008

FreakAngels Episode 0011

FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. fa11.JPG