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J LHLS Archives: February 2004
Saturday, February 28, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: Wasted Minds, #9"
It's impossible to review the ninth installment of something without the other eight, which is situation with Wasted Minds, #9, by Vanessa Satone. The drawing is pretty good, the premise seems wacky enough, and the characters look fairly interesting, but I had no idea why any of this was so. Except the drawing, Vanessa takes much care over that. Her site www.visforvacant.com has a lot more comics and a blog.
Wasted Minds, #9
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:54 PM PST [Link]
Friday, February 27, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: The Dream Project, June 1, 2000
I have a lot of trouble remembering my dreams, even when I'm trying, so reading a comic about someone's dream is a real treat for me. Kelli Nelson's The Dream Project, June 1, 2000, really captures the qualities of the dreams I can remember: Rambling, disjointed, hyper-sensory, voluptuous, omnipotent and all of it somewhat frightening. The drawing has a heavy, but clean line, reminiscent of what Picasso was doing in works like "Dream" or "Femme Devant Miroir". You can order this comic, read Kelli's blog, read more comics, and generally enjoy yourself at her site, www.CheapPaperArt.com
The Dream Project, June 1, 2000, $2.95 + shipping (I guess) from www.CheapPaperArt.com
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:30 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, February 26, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: Previews for City of Heroes and Macbeth (yeah, that Macbeth) from Blue King Studios
I don't quite know what to make of City of Heroes. I liked the action, but didn't really connect with the characters. Maybe one can't connect in 37 or so panels. Based on an RPG, the premise has a lot of potential for violence, curvy chicks in strapless spandex (yeah, right), and weird characters (including villains) as long as the heroes don't trip over their wisecracking, 'ain't we cool?' attitudes, Blue King might be on to something good.
I liked what I saw of the sequential art retelling of Macbeth, but, then again, I'm a little more familiar with that story. They promise to stick to the play's text and so far so good (I looked it up). The tragedies might actually be weird and violent enough for the comics market. I mean, the plays were pop entertainment in their era; it just got all serious when we had to study them in high school. However, this could be a good thing for Macbeth, unless someone who's only read the comic actually saw a performance. There could be rioting because it would be so boring compared to the comic book. I'll be interested to see what they do with (or to) Lady Macbeth and her predilection for infanticide. Eh. Now, if Blue King Studios decided to make the a flaming Bishonen version of Comedy of Errors, hey, I might be very interested in that.
Previews for City of Heroes and Macbeth
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:27 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: Schadenfreude!
Review by Ginger Mayerson
"Mad, bad and dangerous to know" is how Lady Caroline Lamb described Lord Byron after their first meeting. You'd think she would have run in the other direction, but no, she did not.
Anyway, this is not about that. This is about Schadenfreude!, a book of stark, but lovely sequential art by Karl Christian about how hard it is to be young and eccentric. Either of those is tough enough in and of itself, both might inspire one to draw stark, but lovely comics about it. I met Karl at APE, he looked young; but seemed to be surviving it.
His comic is called Schadenfreude!, subtitled 13 Hours With Lord Byron. It is in black and white and reminds me a little of woodcuts. The artist gets a lot on each page; the panels are full of detail, but never cluttered or confusing. The narrative unfolds hour by hour of the 13 in the title. And at the end, or near it, I found myself wondering how much of it this was a fantasy or a flashback, due to one panel that had the hero back in his pathetic adolescent bedroom (poor little guy). Lord Byron might want to be back in his bedroom (alone or not) because his evening isn't going so well: Some chick pukes on him, he runs into someone from high school (I know I hate that), and cocaine must have been hard to get that year because everyone is snorting sugar or sugar substitute. Like I said, it's hard to be young, and harder to be young and eccentric. If it's still $3.50, you get a lot of comic for your money. There is also a smaller comic inside called Strum und Drang, an amusing introduction blurb, and a short story with a few panels of illustration at the end. And, you know, a little Schadenfreude never hurt anyone.
Schadenfreude! Please contact the artist through his LiveJournal to order.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:51 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: True Adult Fantasy, #2
Important fact from the Flaming Artist's introduction to True Adult Fantasy, #2: When he was very young, the artist fell in love with Ed Asner of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show". This explains almost everything.
I like the Flaming Artist's drawing very very much. This book is full of excellent black and white drawings of middle aged, big, hairy men alone or with other men. As a lover of figurative art, I really do like drawings of men and women that have a good mix of poetry and honesty. The stand alone drawings in this book have that for me. I wish the whole book were these drawings.
Where it goes south for me is not in the drawing but in the narrative of Harry and Dickless Tom, parts 3 and 4. This strip, which is only 20 pages of the 48 page book, really needs a "story so far" because I have no idea why one of these burly truckers has a vagina. Also, in this episode, Tom meets a chick with a dick, so they do the only logical thing: they have sex. Harry has a jealous fit of cognitive dissonance, he and Tom have a really well drawn fist fight and then make up sex. It's all wonderfully rendered and I suppose well told, but I really didn't enjoy it very much. Sorry, I just couldn't get over Tom's vagina and into the story, what there was of it. However, I would recommend this book for the drawing and, in all honesty, my hang-ups are only mine, so a guy with a vagina might be much cooler than I can allow myself to enjoy looking at. Hey, it's a big world; there's room for all of us. And there you have it.
True Adult Fantasy, #2, $6.95 + shipping.
022704 Edit: FYI, Justin Hall reviewed True Adult Fantasy, #1 at the Gay League last year.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:30 PM PST [Link]
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: True Travel Tales #1
I couldn't tell from the website if you can buy this online or not. Anyway, do what you have to do to get one if you enjoy the more surreal aspects of travel. This collection of travel tales by various writers and illustrated by Justin Hall pretty much sums up the weirdness of travel. I'm sure the woman being harassed on the beach by the flasher splasher has happened to countless women simply trying to find a little peace and solitude on vacation. But to know that these things happen to others and have comics drawn about it is a tremendous comfort to me, at least. My favorite strip was about a grandmother telling her tale of declining to be a shipboard, opera singing dominatrix. She turns it down, not because she was shocked and horrified, but because she thought she'd hurt the guy too much. I liked the strips that centered on women best; so sue me.
This collection has something for everyone from lead singers who set themselves on fire to guys who like to cum on women they don't know. And all for $2.95!
True Travel Tales #1
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]
Monday, February 23, 2004
2004 Alternative Press Expo Swag Review: Adam and Andy
I've been reading Adam and Andy every Sunday since 2000, but it's been online longer than that. And, as all good things come to those who wait, there is a book version of this weekly strip. It was totally worth the wait. As much as I enjoyed the online archives of this strip, I really find having a physical book of them even more wonderful. Well drawn, very funny and often quite sexy, this webcomic has a large following of loyal fans. And Asal never lets us down, week in and week out. (This is not really APE Swag because I bought the book online, but I did get it signed by James Asal, who is a total sweetheart, at APE.)
Adam and Andy, $9.95 + shipping and handling, Publisher: Studio 64, ISBN: 0974442003
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:13 PM PST [Link]
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