Monday, January 28, 2013

BEST COMICS: 2012

SAGA,
by Vaughan and Staples



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B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L :




-STARSTRUCK Deluxe Edition, by Elaine Lee, Michael Wm. Kaluta, and Lee Moyer
(softcover)



"I was, and am, a huge fan of STARSTRUCK, which I think was one of the most brave and elegant experiments in comic book story-telling."
-CLIVE BARKER

"Favorite comic of all time: STARSTRUCK, by Lee and Kaluta."
-MIKE CAREY

"Pick up this book, because not having read it is sort of like not having read POGO, or listened to "Trout Mask Replica", or seen a Hayao Miyazaki film."
-John Hilgart, THE COMICS JOURNAL

"STARSTRUCK could be both silly and smart, was progressive but unpretentious, and clever but not so impressed with itself that it ever forgot to entertain. IDW’s reprint of the series is a service to fans of science fiction, aficionados of comics as an art form, and anyone who loves a good story."
-W. Andrew Shephard, THE NEW INQUIRY


Buy from IDW

> STARSTRUCK Strikes Back!
> The Roots And Branches Of STARSTRUCK






B E S T
C O M I C S :



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-LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: 2009,
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
(Top Shelf)

It was always about the extraordinary woman.




-SAGA,
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
(Image)

Space Fantasy gets a challenging and adult rethink.
Excellent.



-FASHION BEAST,
by Alan Moore and Malcolm McClaren with Antony Johnston
(Avatar)

In the late-'80s, Alan Moore wrote a script for a Malcolm McLaren film that didn't get made. Now the screenplay has been adapted into a 12-issue maxi-series by Antony Johnston.



-BLACK KISS II,
by Howard Chaykin (Image)

In the late-'80s Chaykin's gothic noir was so raunchy that it was sold sealed in black plastic bags. This new sequel was too much for European distributers, who refused to import it.>



-FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE,
by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson
(IDW)

Wrightson. Frankenstein.


-STAR TREK,
by Mike Johnson, with Stephen Molnar, etc.
(IDW)

J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK films rebooted the original series in a different timeline. Johnson's underrated follow-up comic fills out their 5-year-mission by taking classic episode stories into new directions.


-FATALE,
by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
(Image)

Like a jam session between Chandler and Lovecraft.







W O R S T
C O M I C S




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D C

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The modern comics landscape was recreated by Alan Moore.

When corporations betray> great creators>> for a buck>, they don't get my money or support.


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M A R V E L

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The vast marvel landscape was blueprinted by Jack Kirby.

When corporations betray> great creators> for a buck>>, they don't get my money or support.







B E S T
G R A P H I C
N O V E L S :





-ARE YOU MY MOTHER?,
by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books) _______
The companion to the phenomenal FUN HOME (2006), which was TIME's Best Book of the Year.

-THE HIVE,
by Charles Burns (Pantheon) _______
The second book in Burn's trilogy about a postpunk Tintin.

-THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS: Birth Of A Medium,
by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (IDW)

-Harvey Pekar's CLEVELAND,
by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant (Z2 Comics)

-BABY'S IN BLACK: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg,
by Arne Bellstorf (First Second)






B E S T
C O L L E C T I O N S /
R E I S S U E S:






-Walt Disney’s DONALD DUCK: A Christmas For Shacktown, by Carl Barks (Fantagraphics)
Another master class from the maestro Barks.

-The Complete POGO, volume 2, by Walt Kelly (Fantagraphics)

-CRIME DOES NOT PAY, by Various (Dark Horse)

-JACK DAVIS: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective, by Jack Davis (Fantagraphics)



-OUT OF THE SHADOWS (retrospective of Mort Meskin), by Mort Meskin (Fantagraphics)

-SPACEHAWK, by Basil Wolverton (Fantagraphics)

-CORTO MALTESE: The Ballad of the Salt Sea, by Hugo Pratt (Universe)

-MATT BAKER The Art of Glamour, by Matt Baker (TwoMorrows)



-OBSERVED WHILE FALLING: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me, by Malcolm McNeill (Fantagraphics)

-ALIEN: The Illustrated Story, by Archie Goodwin, Walter Simonson (Titan)

-MICHAEL WM KALUTA Sketchbook, Vol.1, 2, and 3, by Michael Wm Kaluta (IDW)

-ANGEL CLAWS, by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius (Humanoids)



-FLEX MENTALLO: Man of Muscle Mystery, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (Vertigo)

-SCOTT PILGRIM Color Edition Vol. 1 & 2, by Bryan Lee O'Malley, with Nathan Fairbairn (Oni)

-OCCUPY COMICS,
by various creators>






B E S T
M O V I E S
a n d
T V:



I write and illustrate reviews of all comics-sourced films at the Four Color Films site.




-THE AVENGERS
> Four Color Films review

-THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
> Four Color Films review

-THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
> Four Color Films review


-JOHN CARTER

-SKYFALL

-ALTER EGOS

-CHRONICLE

-COMIC-CON Episode 4: A Fan's Hope

-ARGO
(For the Jack Kirby connection.)



-MISFITS, fourth season


See also:
> BEST MOVIES & TV: 2012







V For Vindication, Dept.:


or, "Alan Moore knows the score."




Who cares about Hollywood adaptions when you can make your own films?

Alan Moore has teamed with filmmaker Mitch Jenkins to create a unified continuity of short films about a cabaret purgatory.

UPDATE: The short chapters were collected into a total film under the title SHOW PIECES.
Available here.






BEST MEDIA SITES






-io9
Under the mentorship of famed authors and founders Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, this site has continually presented the best genre media analysis around.

-The Mary Sue

-The Afro Futurist Affair






R E S T
I N
P O W E R




Jean Giraud, a.k.a., MOEBIUS

Our father, whose art is heaven...

  • John Severin
  • Sheldon Moldoff
  • Joe Kubert

From you, we exist.
Because of you, we persist.




Nuff said, pilgrim. Excelsior!


© Tym Stevens



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