Archive for November, 2006

Watch out for squirrels

rocket-builder.gifI am a rocket builder has a great new update in the politics of flight section. This has to be my favourite part of the comic and its great to finally see what the squirrels have been planning.

Gone with the Blastwave

homeworld1.jpgKimmo Lemetti follows the darkly humorous musings of soldiers caught up in a hopeless war in his post-apocalyptic comic Gone with the Blastwave. The comic portrays the battles between Red soldiers and there Blue and Yellow enemies locked in a futile conflict. Some may feel that this is reminiscent of Red V’s Blue but the strip is entirely original. The comic starts with a couple of Red soldiers hopelessly lost in a bombed out city. However, before you read too much into the comic this is not a polemical anti-war peace. This strip is entirely an exercise in stretching the artists skills and draws upon a wide range of sources, effectively parodying them in the process.
The art is amazing in its detail and surprisingly entirely digital, although every page looks hand painted. We are treated to a wide variety of angles because in the words of the artist ‘talking heads are boring’.  Despite the artists passing concern with this strip it is nonetheless a cracking comic and well worth the read.  One warning though, don’t expect frequent updates as they won’t be forthcoming.  Finally Lemetti also includeas a detailed explanation of the creative process with video, which is an intriguing insight into how he works.

Unity updates

Unity RisingFans of Robert Deas are in for a treat as there are some excellent updates to Unity Rising, which not only explain the Unitys power but also explains Lord Unions uncanny control over his army. This comic keeps going from strength to strength and serves to make Lord Union a more fully rounded and even sympathetic villain. Good stuff.

The Perry Bible Fellowship

pbfcomics.jpgI’ve been checking out the The Perry Bible Fellowship just lately. It’s simple straight forward comic strip fun. The humour is often adult and dark in tone but is definitely worth a laugh. Nicholas Gurewitch uses an array of different styles with humour and precision to convey his own brand of twisted surreal fun. As long as your not easily offended there is bound to be something which amuses you. My own favourites are the strips starring naff transformer Refridgeton and cover blown which raised a smile. Check it out if you’ve a warped surreal sense of humour but be warned it’s not politically correct.

What the …?

Some of the search terms that bring people to this site are just plain weird. I’m guessing the guy looking for a ‘red headed Bimbo’ was disappointed. I don’t even want to think about what your reasons for looking up ‘damnation hell in leather’ might be. I’m guessing they didn’t stay for the reviews.

Visual Storytelling: A battle between light and dark

sunstoneJason Loo’s Battle between light and dark is intriguing in that he relies on his art to tell a story. Each chapter takes up thirteen to fifteen frames and has a very cinematic feel. The colours are striking and evocative, each frame is composed like a camera shot and contains the same dynamism as a piece of cinema. I initially didn’t know what to make of this comic. However, the narrative and its unanswered questions drew me in. I just had to come back again and again to try to work out what’s going on. This is the true power of this kind of visual storytelling, it draws the reader in and enables them to piece together their own narrative. I know that Loo has his own vision but the medium leaves plenty of room for the reader’s interpretation. I like it and you should give it a go and see what you make of it.

Withershins Wierdness

withershins.jpgKelly Michael Kotulak brings us the period mystery of Withershins. This beautiful engaging mystery draws the reader in with its gentle unveiling of mystery and compelling artwork. The comic follows Emile in his exploration of the half abandoned Umberland Asylum in search of his sister Aurora, a former patient who has mysteriously disappeared. Dr Algernon Folhard the manager of the institution has apparently called upon Emile to find her and to avoid a scandal. However, it seems that Algernon is more interested in analysing Emile than finding Aurora. What follows is a creepy mystery set in a crumbling Victorian Bedlam seemingly beset by the wild wastes of its gardens; a nightmare Eden denied to the characters. The pastel shades of the artwork lends itself well to conveying the stifling drabness of Umberland Asylum. Kotulak cleverly uses splashes of colour to highlight Emile’s dreamlike recollections of happier times. Dr Algernon comes across as a suitably creepy yet ambiguous character, reminding me of Dr Caligari in feel if not appearance. The fact that Emile’s mental state is questionable adds to this feeling. Is he hallucinating white rabbits or do the beasts of the garden talk to him. This comic is both beautifully drawn and fascinating in its mystery. It is a slow read and demands great concentration, which is unusual in a medium known for instant gratification. In spite of this allow yourself to be enthralled by the art work and you will soon find yourself, like me, lost in the west wing of the asylum.