December 18, 2009 by shane white
The undead have as much use as the dead. My Dad was kind enough to mail me a cow’s skull that he came across in a field. At least that’s where he said he found it.
Often when I was younger I’d wander into the woods for hours and would eventually come upon a grisly horror of emaciated cow or horse parts. Your senses come alive when viewing death, alone, in the wilderness. Sometimes the animals would just die of old age or maybe from starvation as a woodchuck hole would break an animal’s leg and they would not be discovered until it was too late. Or coy dogs (which were wild feral animals that ran around in packs like coyotes or wolves tearing down slow prey) would cross their paths and instinctively rip them apart eating very little and leaving the rest for crows and flies.
So why do I bring all this up? I don’t know…but like I said the dead have their use either as a metaphor or as an adornment for creative endeavors. Such as…
December 17, 2009 by NBM
“Lonergan’s clean, sharp lines, minimal backgrounds, and pure black and white (no grays, not even via shading) make another story of a youthful, probably temporary relationship vivid and affecting.
December 17, 2009 by NBM
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So here’s something to cheer about at this end of year! Whether it’s Ted Rall’s latest Year of Loving Dangerously or, in Eurotica, the great classic Story of O, or even those yet to come out as seen in ‘Coming Up’, our entire catalog as you see it here is available for 20% off!
December 16, 2009 by NBM
“a love letter to the blacksploitation genre penned in the only manner such a note can successfully be executed: way the hell over the top. Houston clearly had a blast writing and drawing Vatican Hustle, and his joy is infectious.”
Brian Heater of The Daily Cross Hatch
Andrew Wheeler on ComicMix gets kinda stuck on the book’s helter skelter energy but allows:
“This is definitely the work of a unique talent, and there isn’t anything else like it. I’m not sure whether to hope that Houston settles down and learns to modulate his talent to consistently replicate his hits and avoid his misses, or to expect that he’ll get even more extreme and bizarre. Either way, Vatican Hustle is like no other book you will read this year, and that’s damn impressive.”
Comics Bulletin says:
“Houston takes every chance he can to go off on tangents following side characters, exploring the absurd world he’s created here and seeing what sorts of antics his bizarre characters get up to. We encounter oversexed porn stars, disgusting white pimps, feral clowns, themed hoboes, a leprous clown butler, and a thug afflicted with “gigantic pieface disorder”.
However, other than our hero himself, the best creation might be the Pope, whom Houston imagines as a beefy bruiser that wears leather-jacket versions of the papal robes; uses his position to lure every woman he encounters into sex; constantly consumes booze, cigars, and heroin; gets in violent barfights; and uses his holy influence to cheat at dice.”
December 16, 2009 by NBM
Greg McElhatton of Read About Comics sees Rall’s book as a bit of an exercise in self-justification but still grants that “This is the kind of glimpse into someone’s life that readers rarely get,” and especially raves about artist Pablo Callejo’s work on this:
“a treat from start to finish; he draws his characters with an innocent look, thanks to rounded faces and clean lines. Callejo draws the young Rall in a way that makes him both recognizably the cartoonist (for those who have seen or met him), but without feeling stiff, posed, or light boxed off of existing photographs. I think it’s Callejo’s art style that actually makes the book slightly more likable; Rall’s narration may not ever come across as warm, but his alter-ego on the page does in places.”
And Sequential Tart picks up on this about Callejo:
“a marvel to behold. Callejo is surely an artist to watch and this book specifically demonstrates how versatile an artist he is. How easy it would have been for Callejo, like so many other comic book artists, to make all of the women Ted sleeps with pictorial copies of each other. The fact that there were so many characters, and I never confused any of them and I always recognized the recurring ones, is a great artistic accomplishment.
Rall is obviously an excellent writer. And the book is very funny at times, so don’t let the serious premise scare you away. I enjoyed this graphic novel immensely and have been encouraged to check out more of Rall’s books. Read this book with an open mind and eye for detail and I think you will enjoy it just as much. 9 out of 10.”
December 15, 2009 by Neil Kleid
It’s the fifth night of Chanukah, so from our yet-to-actually-be shoveled (whew!) relocated home office in New Jersey, Team Kleid wants to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.
Thanks for supporting THE BIG KAHN in 2009, and here’s looking to a brand new year filled with health, happiness, success and sequential excellence.
December 15, 2009 by Rick Geary
I’m at present finishing up the final inking on “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans,” but it’s never too late to make small adjustments and corrections. I just returned from a long-overdue visit to New Orleans, where I immersed myself in the atmosphere of the place. Below is a comparison of a penciled page (before my visit) and the final inked page, in which I more accurately represented the local architecture.
December 14, 2009 by shane white
When I wrote THINGS UNDONE I had no idea it would become a film.
And it still hasn’t but the more I see romance and horror mixing the more it makes sense. Then again, it’s hard to imagine two zombies making out…or is it?
If there was ever a chance for something so ripe to go so wrong it would be the zombie-love-romance story. It would be messy, just like real life but moreso. Maybe I should have put more of that in there…the destruction of two people based on the proximity of their lives to each other, both rotting from outside in, until their hearts didn’t recognize each other. Their only chance at normalcy and regaining their humanity is to leave one another. Naw, that’d be too easy.
Regardless I wrote a more personal story one that deals with life’s expectations steamrollering over one’s life. It’s funny some reviewers who read the book think the main character is “narcissistic” because he’s reflecting on a life that is destroying him in ways he can’t understand. That giving 110% of your soul to a company that can’t get it’s shit together is probably not the most sound thing a young 20-something should do. The rewards of insomnia, depression, shitty pay, and being over-worked cloud any reasonable judgment to guide one’s life. But I digress…
I guess not everybody can be clear-headed thinkers without a care in the world. Life is messy at every age, and sometimes you can take it too seriously. That’s what THINGS UNDONE is about, taking it too seriously forgetting that being 20 only happens once.
December 9, 2009 by Naomi Nowak
i don’t get fame or fortune but i do get advance copies and great great joy! the printing is wonderful, the paper is thicker than i thought it would be, everything is perfect!! 144 pages, full colour. slightly unreal.
i sold and signed some of these on saturday at the opening of a group art show (well, me and two others). seeing the first copies in the hands of friends and strangers was really touching and very inspiring to keep drawing comics despite this being such a hard career path. i better sit down and actually write down my ideas if i want to be able to show terry something new when i go to new york in january….
December 8, 2009 by NBM
“He was more interested in well-stocked refrigerators than impending sexual adventures. Realistically illustrated in soft colors by Callejo, of Bluesman (2004–06) fame, and maximally unbuttoned in some places, Rall’s sympathetic account of his life on the edge encourages identifying with a situation so desperate that his outrageous choices seem necessary.”
“Lonergan follows his graphic novel, Flower & Fade, with this charming and engrossing study of a friendship that transcends cultural borders. A simply illustrated charmer that grips readers from its opening pages and remains on the mind well after it has been read and absorbed.”