Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. This week we will be tackling all the issues that are destroying the Comics Marketplace and give you solutions!
Before we get to solving all the problems, I was to take a minute to address the passing of 2 of my favorite artists:
I speak about their careers and what an impression that both these artist have left on me growing up.
We then go on to address the anti-corporate political movement on social media regarding a certain comic group and why they don’t like the upcoming new titles being released by Marvel and DC.
I am a man that looks for solutions when he is presented with a problem and I give some very real remedies to the so called “political problems” of today’s comics. What is the answer to all these issues?
I can sum it up by showing you a few things. What do these 4 comics have in common?
Give up? All 4 of these comics are Anthology comics. If you were born after 1995, you may be asking “What the heck is an anthology comic?”
Well, young person, an Anthology comic is a weekly or bi-weekly comic that features 3 to 4 different stories per book. These stories feature some of the most popular heroes and are written by new and established talent. It is also a great opportunity to introduce brand new characters into their prospective universes and see if they click with the audience.
In the podcast we go over many different reasons on why Anthology comics needs to make a come back into the current comic scene and why it’s the perfect testing ground for new characters in order to spring board them into their own ongoing series.
Listen to the podcast and see if this is crazy enough to work!
Welcome back! We continue the discussion of Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ dark political satire – Give Me Liberty.
We discussed Books 1 and 2 last week and we continue on with the remaining Books 3 and 4.
We start the discussion with Miller’s crude brand of humor and we discuss if he could get away with this type of humor today. We go on to discuss Martha’s relationship with Chief Wasserstein, the introduction of the Surgeon General, the dissolution of the United States and Moretti’s final fate.
Some of the material is a bit dated but overall, Jon and I did enjoy reading (and rereading) this miniseries again.
July 4th was a celebration of the birth of the United States. It is also the birthday of Martha Washington. Who is that? Why she is the main protagonist in this week’s review.
Since it is Independence Day, it seemed appropriate to do a review of Give Me Liberty a creator owned comic from writer Frank Miller and artist Dave Gibbons.
The comic was originally published by Dark Horse Comics in 1990 and it is a creator owned character for Miller and Gibbons. Give Me Liberty was published as a 4 issue prestige comic miniseries.
Give Me Liberty is dark political satire that takes place in a near future dystopia. (Remember, this came out in 1990 and starts in 1995 with the birth of Martha Washington).
I have my original copies of this series and read it when it first came out in 1990. Jon has never read the series until this week. We had so much to talk about that we had to break this podcast up into 2 parts.
Part 1 – We cover the first 2 issues. We talk about President Rexall and how he repealed the 20th amendment (I think I mistakenly called it the 26th amendment) so he can run for president for more than 2 terms.
As you can see from Dave Gibbons lovely art, President Rexall looks more like a dictator with each passing election.
Martha joins PAX (which is a combination of the Peace Corp and the Marines) and her first mission is the protect the Amazon Rain Forest from the corporate greed of Fat Boy Burgers. Here is another great image from the series…
There is a lot to talk about in this series and most of the issues in this comic are still relevant today. Listen to part 1 and come back next week for our conclusion to the series.
Jon picked up a French graphic novel a few weeks ago called Niourk. It was published by Dark Horse Comics.
He went to the comic shop, saw it sitting on the shelf, flip through the pages and it left such an impression on him that he immediately bought it that day.
He took it home and devoured it. He brought it to me and wanted me to read it and was very excited about making this a future topic for a podcast. Well, the future is now! We will be talking about the post apocalyptic world of Niourk.
The original story was based on a French novel written by Stefan Wul and published in 1957. The story would be picked up by Olivier Vatine and turned into a 3 issue comic in the early 2000s. Dark Horse took those issues and printed them in a treasury format of a graphic novel in January for 2018. Does a 60 year old story hold up in 2018? That is the focus of out podcast today.
We review the comic and compare it to similar stories that have since been published since 1957.
It is another San Diego Comics Con so that means another round of Eisner Awards. Jon and I love the Eisners because it nominates that best of the best from the comic industry for categories like Best Writer, Best Artist, Best New Series, Best Ongoing series and more.
The award show spotlights comics that you are probably reading and some that were over looked last year. The nominees always makes for great material for a podcast.
Many comics nominated for Eisners were reviewed by us as comics that you should be reading like Saga, Paper Girls, Kill or Be Killed and Vision. There were also some comics that we have read but have not talked about on the podcast yet like Clean Room and Black Hammer. We are looking forward to giving a more in depth review for those.
Great discussion this week. Looking forward to next years crop of comics.
Let’s go back to the 80s where androgyny bands played synthetic tunes to coked out crowds. Yes, there was a lot of experimenting going on in songs,on TV shows and in comics during that time.
The 80s brought the Brit Comic Blitz of Alan Moore, Alan Grant and Grant Morrison and they showed how comics can be more than superheroes.
This also allowed independent companies like Comico carve out a niche market for themselves with avant-garde comics like Grendel.
Grendel was like no other comic at the time – the “hero” Hunter Rose was a thief and murder that ran a mob and was being pursued by the police. This is ground breaking stuff and certainly would not be approved by the American Comic Code!
Over time, the mantle of Grendel passed from one generation to the next. Sometime for good and sometimes for evil but always a great story.
Jon and I relive our 1st encounters with Grendel and discuss this epic tale.
This week Jim and Jon focus on the writer/artist Frank Miller. Frank Miller is responsible for creating some of the greatest story lines for characters like Daredevil and Batman. He also has created his own creator owned property such as Give Me Liberty and Sin City. We analyze his stories through the cultural and political landscape of the 80’s and 90’s and how Miller wrote his own fantasies and fears into his protagonists. So come with us for the Rise and Fall of Frank Miller.