Richard Sala’s book titled “The Hidden” is a story about the survivors of a strange apocalyptic event that has ravaged the cities and left strange frankenstein/zombie creatures roaming the world.
As the tale unfolds we learn more about these strange creatures, how and why they were created and kill, and the connection between them and one of the protagonists leading to a not so happy ending.
What attracts me the most to this book are the full color illustrations for every panel as well as the monster designs and purpose. It’s not really a “fun” read but definitely great none the less.
Cloudboy and the Princess of Dreams
This is the whole shebang of what I got for this comic. I recently pitched this idea to a big company, but it was rejected. I was pretty bummed out about it, and I still kinda am since the news is still new, but looking back on what I’ve produced for it makes me feel pretty good about my ability to create things that I can consider beautiful, instead of just ‘cute’. I’m not sure when I’ll have time to work on more pages for this specific project, as I’m trying to create another Paul comic now, but I would love to return to this world in the near future and flesh it all out.
Anyways! After my little rant I really do hope you enjoy!
This stunning book-length debut by Craig Thompson is a quiet picture novella of a small turtle, Chunky Rice, leaving his home and his mouse friend, Dandel to find his place in the world. A Dr. Seussian cast of colorful characters and lush cartoon-y brushwork shape this into a charming, profound tale of loneliness, loss, and undying friendship.
The original set-up of the comic revolved around the nightly dreams of a little boy named Nemo. The purpose of his early dreams was to reach ‘Slumberland’, the realm of King Morpheus, who wanted him as a playmate for his daughter, the Princess. The last panel in each strip was always one of Nemo waking up, usually in or near his bed, and often being scolded (or comforted) by one of the grownups of the household after crying out in his sleep and waking them. In the earliest strips, the dream event that woke him up would always be some mishap or disaster that seemed about to lead to serious injury or death, such as being crushed by giant mushrooms, being turned into a monkey, falling from a bridge being held up by “slaves”, or gaining 90 years in age. Later on, when Nemo finally did reach Slumberland, he was constantly being woken up by Flip, a character who originally wore a hat that had ‘Wake Up’ written on it. Flip would go on to be one of the comic’s seminal characters. Other notable recurring characters included: Dr. Pill, The Imp, the Candy Kid and Santa Claus as well as the Princess and King Morpheus.
110 of the most famous strips have been reprinted in their original size and colors in the 2005 collection Little Nemo in Slumberland, So Many Splendid Sundays, a 16x21 inch hardcover book from Sunday Press Books and its sequel the 2008 collection Little Nemo in Slumberland, Many More Splendid Sundays, Volume 2 with 110 more images.
“One day Millenium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandana, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), they soon find themselves in a violent altercation with two other adventure seekers. It ends badly for their antagonists (“Whoa, check it out, dude! You actually knocked this dude’s brain right out of his cranium!”) and Millenium Boy and Steve become the proud owners of fancy weapons upgrades (a crowbar and a steel chain). So on they trek, and the next inductee to their group is the muscle-bound Lash Penis.
And then things start getting weird!
Readers of 2009’s Red Monkey Double Happiness Book will recognize Joe Daly’s delightfully unique stoner/philosopher dialogue and distinctive character designs, but the hilarious over-the-top Role Playing Game action (complete with periodic updates for each character’s status in ten criteria, including “dexterity,” “intelligence,” and “money”) propel this new story into a heretofore unachieved action-comedy realm. By the end of this book (the first chapter of a projected four-part epic), the trio has been joined by Nerdgirl the Archer, Lash Penis has nearly had his arm cut off, they’ve acquired a whole new nifty bag of tricks, and the menaces have become increasingly surreal and lethal. Where will it end?”
Everyone should go out and read Moomin and live in the moominvalley and create lots of chaos and friends!
Lauren Weinstein is a bit of a personal hero to me. I’m not particularly attracted to her art style but her authenticity is stunning, especially in her book “Girl Stories”, which is a loosely autobiographical telling of many of her experiences and feelings from 8th to 9th grade, including but not limited to Homemade Barbie fashions, pining over Morrissey and feces in the locker of a certain ruthless bully.
Vanessa Davis is another cartoonist I have a great deal of admiration for. She primarily works in the realm of the autobiographical comic and she’s incredibly genuine with all the subject matters she touches upon.
This is what Amazon has to say about her and her book titled “Make Me a Woman”
“…No story is too painful to tell—like how much she enjoyed fat camp. Nor too off-limits—like her critique of R. Crumb. Nor too personal—like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet but biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the Jewish identity. Davis draws strips from her daily diary, centering on her youth, mother, relationships with men, and eventually her longtime boyfriend…”
“The Order of the Stick (OOTS) is a comedic webcomic that celebrates and satirizes tabletop role-playing games and medieval fantasy through the ongoing tale of the eponymous fellowship of adventuring heroes. The comic is written and illustrated by Rich Burlew, who creates the comic in a colorful stick figure style.
Taking place in a magical world that loosely operates by the rules of the 3.5 edition Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the comic follows the sometimes farcical exploits of six adventurers as they strive to save the world from an evil lich. Much of the comic’s humor stems from these characters either being aware of the game rules that affect their lives or having anachronistic knowledge of modern culture, which in turn is often used by the author to parody various aspects of role-playing games and fantasy fiction. While primarily comedic in nature, The Order of the Stick features a continuing storyline serialized in one- to four-page episodes, with over 800 such episodes released so far.
Although it is principally distributed online at the website Giant in the Playground, seven book collections have been published, including several print-only stories (On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales). An alternate version of the strip appeared monthly in Dragon magazine for 22 issues; these strips, among others, are collected in Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales.”