I remember getting into comics with the Image EXPLOSION in the early 1990's.
College fund ==>
Though even more than the comics, I remember going to the local comic shop to pick up packs of cards, like this kickass SHINY Deadpool:
After that things are kind of a blur... I know I read a lot, but I didn't keep much of what I read... at least it's not around today. (Damn you, ebay!) Though I did keep every one of my PUNISHER comics, which I recently had bound (covered that yesterday.) While I don't re-read much fiction, I do dip back into old graphic novels. But bagged/boarded comics just sit collecting dust. Now that these bad boys are on the shelf, I'll definitely be taking a trip down memory lane.
cue wavy memory transition
Now, with the help of some stellar
artists editor co-creators I'm giving it my best to break into this crazy-in-the-best-way industry. More on those projects later this week... first I gotta pimp some recent favs:
God Hates Astronauts - Ryan Browne - possibly my favorite comic on the market. Non-sequitur after Non-sequitur, hilarious action, Tigers-eating-Cheeseburgers, flying whales, NASA Bears...it's just something you need to see with your own eyes to believe. Save the previous OGN and head straight for the current Image series. Do it.
The Fade Out - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - Brubaker and Phillips follow up to Fatale. That's all you need to know - well, that and take your time with this one. It's slow and I enjoyed it more when I had the first few issues in hand.
Afterlife with Archie - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla - I've been zombie'd-out for years, but I love this book. The art/production is incredible, and you can really tell the amount of passion that's gone into this series (and its sister book, Sabrina). Unfortunately releases are a bit sporadic, but it's worth it for the quality. Check out the magazine-size issues too if you can find them.
Opus - Satoshi Kon - I'm a huge fan of Kon's work. Dark Horse is re-releasing several of his books this year (planning a binge in a month or so). More on this to come.
Wytches - Scott Snyder and Jock - CREEPY as hell. A must read for horror fans, especially those who enjoyed Snyder's book, Severed. Really looking forward to seeing where this goes.
ZERO #11 - Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Ales Kot - I've grabbed Zero on and off since it came out (I can't read everything ha) but #11 is a killer book illustrated by my friend and Expatriate co-creator, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. He was given a lot of freedom and the art is just awesome.
Already a ton has been announced for 2015. Here's some of what I'm looking forward to:
Dark Circle Comics - (The Shield, The Fox, The Black Hood) With the recent success of Afterlife with Archie, I'm really interested in how the company relaunches some of their oldest heroes. It doesn't hurt to have talent such as Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher and David Williams, Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, and Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos leading the charge.
Silk (Marvel) - Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee - Stacey did several fantastic covers last year. Silk will be her first interior work for Marvel, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out. Hoping this book gets a big push.
ApocalyptiGirl OGN (Dark Horse) - Andrew MacLean - Awesome local dude with a very cool and unique style bringing his OGN to Dark Horse in May. Pre-order from your local shop!
(The return of) Rocket Girl (Image) - Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder - I really enjoyed the first arc, especially all of the extras that Amy put into the trade. Check out Podcorn for more on these creators. There is a ton of passion on display in this series.
I don't know much about the next five, but the creators involved are all some of my favorites.
EI8HT (Dark Horse) - Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson
Chrononauts (Image) - Mark Millar and Sean Murphy
Invisible Republic (Image) - Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko
Southern Cross (Image) - Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger
Big Man Plans (Dark Horse) Eric Powell
Those are the big ones off the top of my head. There will definitely be more!