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My rendition of The Night Pirates cover by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright

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Witch Knots


Ira Marcks has created a fascinating little town of Saint Forget in Witch Knots.  His mastery of the clear line style is such that he can convey complex emotions with a few strokes.   The three panels are highly addictive as they are never enough as each page adds to the mystery of the town.  The characters are intriguing and each one is well executed.  This is a story in which I find myslef lost and a little confused, something that hasn’t happened to me in a long time.

Ira recently released the first book nad I immediately snapped up a copy.  It is great to have Ira’s wonderful art in your hands.  My only grumble is that he chose to replace his hand written dialogue with a printed font.  He seems to see this as an improvement but I liked the handwritten approach.

This is a story that I avidly follow and I haven’t been this intrigued by a webcomic since Gunnerkig Court started.

Mycardboard life is amazing


I love My cardboard life.  The level of craft involved and the patience each issue must take to create has to be respected.

As if it wasn’t enough that it looks gorgeous in its own idiosyncratic way Phillippa Rice is an excellent writer as well.

Each character is well realised and conveyed with a simplicity that belies the level of skill involved.  My favourite is of course downtrodden Colin.  I really relate to his daily frutrations but he still soldiers on.

Every edition is full of heart-warming humour.  I think that’s what I like most about this comic it just makes you feel good and ready to take on the day.  It also has an amazing following who provided some excellent fan pictures while the artist took a break.  If you’re not a fan you should be.   Go read the archive now.

Arkham Asylum has a new resident


Well apologies for not posting but my life has been consumed by work and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

As a lifelong Batman fan it is a dream come true.  It really is a fantastic game.  However it has drained away my attention.

I’ve been meaning to write an Eeekeemoo review for some time.  I may get around to it soon if I can break out of Arkham.

The Superhuman Condition New Trends in Superhero Comic Books


dapper_danI’m off to London on Monday to listen to a talk at the ICA as part of the Comica festival.  The substance of the talk will be what lies ahead in the superhero genre.  ‘American guest artists Cameron Stewart (Seaguy), Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans) and Ramon Lopez (NYX) will share their passion for the superhero genre’ (ICA event description).

I’m really looking forward to it and I’ll share my thoughts when I get back.

Just back from Comica Comiket!


Well I’ve had an Odyssey of epic proportions on London’s wonderful public transit system and I’m knackered so I’ll post my views on the days events tomorrow.

Up in the sky, is it a bird, is it a plane no its Doc Monster clinging to a UFO!


DocMonsterLobbyCards1[1]_Page_2Doc Monster is David Flora of Ghost Zero fame’s latest offering on Zuda.  In the creators own words ‘it’s 1954.  Communists are everywhere, and UFOs fill the night skies. Our government asks super-scientist DOC MONSTER to help, but can he discover what’s behind the UFOs in time to save the world?’

I have to say my first response was Doc what? The title immediately conjured up images of Doc Savage and rather cheesy pulp overtones.  However, we are instead presented with a rather grim setting with unlikeable anti-heros.    This isn’t even in the same galaxy as Norman Rockwell, so if you expect the eponymous hero to act like his lookalike Clark Kent you’re in for a shock.  From the first Flora presents a character that is strange, unsettling and threatening.  We are, like the Doc’s FBI handler Agent Clay, left feeling creeped out and unsure as whether this guy is really a hero.

Flora has created an interesting and dynamic opening to a series that draws the reader in.  Having the aliens attack at a Drive-in movie is inspired.  In spite of this nod to its B Movie roots,  the art and writing are of a high quality and this is all A list material.

Will Doc Monster triump against the Martian Menace, tune in next time.