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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Comic! : Murder One!

Hullo hullo!

It's been a while, but as happens life gets in the way. One of those 'life gets in the way' things is writing comics for and with amazing collaborators, and I'm posting one of those comics here!

This is "Murder One", a collaboration between Federico De Luca, ET Dollman, and myself. They are both incredible, really at the top of their respective games.

You can find more from Federico here:

You can find more from ET here:

I hope you dig! (Click to make bigger)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Multiversity: Pax Americana Annotations/Analysis

I don't usually do this anymore, but this issue was worth the effort. Bravo to the whole team; Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Nathan Fairbairn were all just beyond fantastic here, each at the top of their game. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Billy And Tawny Week 3: Billy Batson, Boy Reporter!

It's Billy and Tawny Week 3, in a story we call Billy Batson, Boy Reporter!

This week's Billy and Tawny is brought to you by Robert Ahmad (  & ) , Micah Myers, and Deniz Camp ( )

If you're interested in co-creating a Billy and Tawny adventure, please do get in touch!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Billy and Tawny Week 2: "SHAZANIMALS!"

This week's Billy and Tawny brought to you by Robert Ahmad ( , ) Micah Myers and Deniz Camp!

We call this episode, "SHAZANIMALS!"

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Casanova

Casanova is one of my favorite things ever. It is, for my money, one of the best projects of the last 2 decades. It does a lot of things very, very right, and almost nothing wrong. It's filled with big ideas culled from every corner of pop culture and transformed into something new, and beautiful and weird. It's astonishingly dense, no doubt in part because of the impeccable cartooning skills of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, who managed to pack impossible amounts of information into even the smallest crevices. It is never lost in the flood of big ideas; those set pieces are always there to serve the characters, and the story (which is there to serve the characters). It's astonishingly raw, and honest, and heartfelt, and you can see Matt Fraction bleeding on every page, and you can see Moon/Ba spattering their brains on those same pages like a grey-matter Pollock painting.

Perhaps most notable is that it indulges Matt Fraction's obsession with, and exploration of, format. There aren't many writers working in comics today who are so interested in this aspect of the craft, of effect. Matt Fraction himself seems to reserve this impetus for special projects with special artists, no doubt understanding that most artists aren't interested in (or maybe capable of) the kinds of formal diversions and experimentation that he is. You can see it in his blog, as he takes apart the work of masters like Miller to see how they accomplished what they accomplished. You can see this process study coming out in works like Fraction's Hawkeye with David Aja. Less so on projects like Invincible Iron Man or Fear Itself or whatever else.

But more than anywhere it's in Casanova. Perhaps in the future I'll dissect some of my favorite tricks and issues, but just generally speaking he plays with a lot of different mechanisms - first person narrator, 3rd person omniscient narrator, digressions, info-panels that come from nowhere and aren't explained, speculations, timelines juggling...It's an impressive testbed for Fraction's craft, I think.

That, by the way, was a digression because on today's "My Favorite Things" I won't be showing you an example of that kind of craft. I'm not sure I could, without a long analysis and reproducing whole issues to give one a sense of how it all works today. Instead, I'm going to put up one of Fraction's beautiful Big Ideas.

The scene needs no intro; Fraction delivers everytyhing you could possibly need to know in the space of a page or two, and then leads into it.Without further ado, I present

Casanova Quinn vs God by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba and Sean Konot  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Billy And Tawny: Week One!

Hullo hullo you beautiful people!

For those of you in the states, I hope you had a good labor day. For those elsewhere, a good monday!

This week we have the start of a new feature I call "Billy and Tawny". The elevator pitch (detestable phrase) might be "Shazam by way of Calvin and Hobbes". It consists of a number of short strips, generally 2-5 panels in number, written by me and drawn by generous, fantastic artists of all styles and backgrounds. They will feature Billy Batson and his alter ego Shazam, and often a character from out of his whimsical past, Tawky Tawny the Anthropomorphic Tiger with impeccable style. Like Calvin and Hobbes the strips will (hopefully) range from funny to heartwarming to philosophical.

My hope is that we'll manage a weekly schedule, though of course that depends on the schedules of the fine ladies and gentlemen who have offered their time to draw them. If you're an artist and would be interested in collaborating on one (or writing/drawing it completely!) please let me know!

I have had an inordinate amount of fun writing these, and watching fantastic artists bring them to life. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed writing them!

I've created a tumblr just for the strips, which you can find here

If you enjoy them, I hope you'll share them!

Our first strip features the art of Lee Montayer. I think he did a FANTASTIC job of it. You can find his work here:


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sneak Peak: Icons Inc

For the final part of our Kirby celebration, I aim to honor the man in the way I think he would have wanted most; by creating new characters, new situations, new worlds that are relevant and compelling. 

Here is a design for the protagonist of my project with co-creator Juha Halme. Juha did the artwork, naturally, and killed it. You'll see more soon. 

Cheers, and happy Kirby day to all!