Comics Anonymous

June 8, 2012, 7:20 pm
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Overload #0 features seven short strips all written by Martin Conaghan, a Scottish writer whose work has appeared in 2000AD and who also created the award winning graphic novel Burke & Hare alongside artist Will Pickering. The majority of these strips have all been published elsewhere and date from 1995 to the present day and serves as an introduction to Conaghan’s writing.

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June 5, 2012, 2:50 pm
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David Hine has been a constant fixture in comics since the early 1980s. He is a creator you’d find near impossible to pigeon-hole or predict. He has worked both as an artist and a writer and he began his career inking on Marvel UK titles. He has expanded the mythos of many of the fanboys’ dream characters, created manga for Tokyopop, developed properties for revolutionary publisher Radical and, alongside Brit art legend Shaky Kane, created the recent groundbreaking Image title Bulletproof Coffin. I caught up with Hine at London’s Kapow! convention last month to discuss some of his past work and his newly announced collaboration with Dougie Braithwaite, Storm Dogs.

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I wasn’t kidding when I said I found the most excellent comics at Kapow! 2012 in the pub. Sadly, due to this being an incredibly busy convention season I am only now getting around to writing about and in some cases reading them. It’s always a challenge to decide which of your convention swag comics to read first and I often wonder how others choose. Will their first be an old favourite now signed by the writer? A convention exclusive variant cover? The impulse small press buy because the zombie on the back cover bears more than a passing resemblance to your friend’s boyfriend’s mother’s ex?

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June 1, 2012, 8:51 pm
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Last weekends MCM EXPO at the Excel Centre in London saw some incredible numbers, some of which I even tried to ‘crunch’ in an effort to understand how I spent my weekend.

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May 16, 2012, 9:00 am
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It’s another day of our Black Hearted Press feature, where today we’ll be looking at the last of the co-founders David Braysher. Here’s Linsay’s review of the title that started it all – Black Maria.

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May 15, 2012, 7:03 pm
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I usually wait until the end of a review to give out my inconsistent and occasionally irrelevant scores but today I’m giving you the score for Monocyte #4 first. Then I’m going to try and back that up by talking about this comic in a way that properly justifies it. I’m almost certainly going to fail. I’m not the most eloquent of reviewers and I’ve never discussed or read a comic like this before. I’m not sure I will, ever again. At least until the next Menton/ Ghanbari series is commissioned.

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I had no idea just how many laughs Craig Collins has given me over the past few years until I opened this delightful little paper bound offering. If you too have enjoyed Khaki Shorts, Wasted and like then it’s almost certain he’s made you chuckle or boke. Possibly both. Continue reading

May 11, 2012, 5:31 pm
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The previous issue of this fine comic book ended on a sweet cliffhanger, with Baldy about to get into a tussle with a recently hatched Thool. For those who don’t own an up to date copy of the ‘Fieldspotter’s Guide to Thools’, they are are horrid stinking purplish creatures which hatch from eggs. Issue #13’s cliffhanger was so great in fact that Team Skullkickers have decided to keep it hanging there and make us wait a while longer for resolution. Opting instead to lead us by the hand deep into the mythos of Skullkickers, by beginning to explore the origin of ‘Baldy’ and of course, his gun. Continue reading

May 3, 2012, 6:05 pm
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The DCnew52 has been a mixed bag of comics all of varying quality. Controversies, cancellations and second wave titles aside it is no secret that the books giving DC and their readers their best are titles from the ‘Dark’ stable, Swamp Thing and Animal Man particularly. Jeff Lemire, writer of Animal Man, has taken the mantle of DC golden boy as he moves from his inroad ‘Sweet Tooth’ at Vertigo to multiple books at DC proper. Scott Snyder is currently at the helm of both Swampy and Batman where he is currently penning the ‘Court of Owls’ saga which is being heralded as one of the best modern Bats stories ever.

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April 11, 2012, 3:28 pm
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I ran into veteran creator Howard Chaykin briefly at this years London Super Comic Con and managed to get him talking on a few points as he valiantly sketched various Star Wars characters for a steady stream of fans. Chaykin has a large and impressive back catalogue and is equally memorable for both his art and his writing. In the past he’s revamped stagnant and irrelevant characters and created original books invoking as many of his own passions as possible. Continue reading