ARCHIVE PAGE 4 - June 2006
Previous posts that appeared on the front page of comic book brain.com
JACK 'Jaxon' JACKSON HAS DIED - June 12, 2006
Jack Jackson, the writer/artist who produced a number of historical comics (I am not sure how many altogether) and is usually credited with being the "first" underground cartoonist, died June 8, 2006.
BatMud : Zach Howard
Detective Comics #805 - An "unstable" Clayface creature that Batman brings back to the cave as a sample, which escapes and slightly loony mayhem ensues.
Written by Kimo Temperance and drawn by Zach Howard
Romeo Tanghal Splash Page
Related: DC Comics' House of Mystery
More Arthur Adams
Batman Face to Face
Caryn Tate at Silver Bullet Comics says DC is finally handling the Batman character 'correctly' in the "Face the Face" 8-part series running in Detective Comics & Batman Comics (and collected for trade paperback by DC Comics - amazon.com). I have a number of complaints about the series. The incongruity of separate artist teams is jarring (the series runs back-to-back between the two main Batman books) and there are plot points that do not make sense for me.
The tale is essentially another retelling of Harvey Dent's conflicted bi-polar personality (or his dual personality: through severe dissociation., i.e., one personality does not remember what the other personality has done.) Dent keeps up a pretense of reformation while the scarred side foments a return to criminal activity.
There is some nice artwork, for example; Dent's trashed out apartment; and other instances of a well rendered Gotham City - - this stood out to me and helped a great deal toward creating a "real" physical world in which these characters scamper about. I wish the tale had given more prominence to those parts. The inking finishes on the Leonard Kirk artwork by Andy Clarke and Wayne Faucher is intricate and at times beautiful, shadowy stuff.
A list of my complaints vis-a-vis this story is here on the Face The Face Page.
THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE
This book on "hypergraphia" could apply to comic books as well as writing in general.
In it, the author Alice Flaherty discusses the compulsion to create, and about writing specifically, particularly as per mental illness.
Famous personages as Poe, Ezra Pound, Kafka, Plath, Stephen King and many, many others are brought up in reference to an ailment suffered by the author herself. The book is partially a memoir from her stay in a mental institution, but is also from the point of view of a trained neurologist, which she is.
The creative mind and the creative process is dissected, and temporal lobe epilepsy and manic depression (which are shown to be quite similar) are covered, along with trips through a catalog of other ailments, all part and parcel of a small but famous coterie of writers.
The not-famous but institutionalized are discussed also, and how alike they can be with many "literary giants". Quite fascinating.
An interview with Flaherty concerning the book is at identitytheory.com.
Charlotte Gray - Cate Blanchett
Charlotte Gray - Released Janaury 11, 2002,
MINI-REVIEW: X-MEN UNITED
"Too much of a good thing"
Review: The film is populated with witty one-liners and fantastic special effects. The story lacks real human drama, though, showing off predictable story progression.
For the first quarter of the run-time the tale holds together quite well as a suspense and action tale.
There are many fine action tableaus but too many new faces are jammed into the story without effective distinction being made between them.This doesn't cause confusion, but distraction (at first) and then boredom.
KRAZY KAT & The Eternal Middle of the Comics
More Krazy Kat
DARWYN COOKE - SELINA'S BIG SCORE
June 2, 2006
An Axe Fell
An Axe Fell is a parable about the trauma and expectations of the "Corporate Rat Race" in which Brian Musikoff recounts a disastrous layoff. I've had this beautifully produced 4-color mini-comic for well over a year but I wanted to mention it in case any reader has not already seen this. You can read the eComic version at Musikoff's Manual Comics web site.
Philippine Comic Art Museum
BAT PULL MY FINGER
Black Widow - Iron Man 2
Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman
More Lynda Carter
Corben's HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND
The Vertigo published House on the Borderland from 2000.
More Richard Corben here
Comic Book Cooking
Comic Book Resourceshas an interview with Matt Wagner which spawned a talk on cooking (Wagner's a chef). The interview has an accompanying comic pages which tell how to make chicken Parmigiana. Another example of how flexible the comic medium is (and perhaps, how under used that flexibility is).
Original page June 2006 | Updated May 2016