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Art Of The Week: Week Of 08/20/2014

by David Henderson

Are you reading “Shutter”? You should be reading “Shutter”. Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca are creating one of the most wildly inventive and imaginative comic books I’ve ever read that combines a sense of fantasy and a little sci-fi with family drama like Terry Gilliam meets Wes Anderson. I love it and above is the wraparound cover for the first volume of the trade paperback that Leila del Duca posted to her tumblr. If you haven’t been checking out “Shutter” then you definitely should and the gorgeous cover to the paperback should be an incentive to that.

Now that my plugging of good comic books is over, everything else I’ve collected from the past week is down below for you to enjoy. So enjoy!

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Artist Alley: Sean Phillips and the Dark Side of Hollywood in “The Fade Out” [Interview]

by David Harper

Today brings the arrival of the latest entry into Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker’s growing library of stunning collaborations, as “The Fade Out” debuts at Image Comics. This title, which is a murder mystery (in a way) set in the glittery facade and shady corners of 1940′s Hollywood, is an absolute thrill, and maybe their finest first issue yet. A big part of that is Phillips’ art, who combines with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser to paint an engrossing, inviting picture into this often dark world, and he does a phenomenal job of really making us feel like we’re part of this world during the reading experience.

Thanks to Image, we’re going to take you inside the book with Phillips in Artist Alley, as he shares the firsts this series brings for him, his favorite parts of the comic world, Breitweiser’s brilliance, and much more. We’re very pleased to feature him for the first time, and thanks to Sean for chatting with us about “The Fade Out” #1.

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Mignolaversity: B.P.R.D. #122 [Review]

by Brian Salvatore and David Harper

David Harper: After a semi-disappointing finale to last week’s Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster, we’re back with a look at our favorite Mignolaverse book, “B.P.R.D.”, as Johann and Enos go to Kaijuville. The issue comes from the regular crew of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Dave Stewart, with Joe Querio joining the team for his first run as an artist in the Mignolaverse. I gotta admit, this issue was pretty rad. What’s your take, Brian?

Brian Salvatore: I agree – this was a pretty sweet detour from our usual, USA-based adventures, and it gave us yet another glimpse into what the Earth is really like in the wake of the last 120 or so issues.

Let’s start with the new kid on the block, Joe Querio. Joe is an artist I’ve admired for some time now, and his work here is really pretty exceptional. He does a really nice job with an issue full of cranky people, and he doesn’t shy away from their inherent displeasure. The American agents, especially, seem to be pissed off at the very notion of being in Japan, and Querio does that in a way that isn’t heavy handed in the slightest – everyone just looks a little off.

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Artist August: R. Crumb [NSFW Art Feature]

by Brian Salvatore

R. Crumb is one of the pioneers of the underground “comix” movement, and undoubtedly one of the breakout stars of that scene (along with Harvey Pekar, Crumb has a feature film documenting his life). He is one of the most skilled portrait artists of his generation, having drawn many prominent musicians (typically blues and jazz musicians) among other public figures.

A part of Crumb’s work that must be addressed is the sexually explicit element that frequently pops up in his work. It is because of that influence that this post is labeled “not safe for work.” I only chose two pieces that are NSFW, and I chose them deliberately – one is a beautifully rendered (and barely not safe for work) portrait of a buxom woman named Lise, which shows Crumb drawing her in an absolutely realistic light, with just a hint of nipple. The other shows Crumb, drawn as realistically as Lise, getting a blowjob from a rather typical Crumb figure – a wide and thick, almost demonic looking woman, with a characteristically large rear end. The juxtaposition of the reality of Crumb and the fantasy of this woman make this image particularly striking, and while lurid and not in the best of taste, the image remains fascinating to spend some time with.

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Mignolaversity: Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #3 [Review]

by Mark Tweedale

This issue, dealing with the fallout of Diggory Fenn’s death, is not what I was expecting.

I’m going to dive straight into spoiler territory with this one, so consider this your warning.

Last month’s issue of Witchfinder ended with the gruesome death of Diggory Fenn. Sir Edward then stalked back into town, lightning flashing in the sky, with Fenn’s harpoon bolt in hand. It was a dramatic sequence to say the least.

Unfortunately, the palpable energy created by that scene doesn’t translate into action in the next issue. The opening sequence essentially amounts to more amusing interactions with Constable Lawless and other residents of Hallam. It’s the sort of sequence I would have enjoyed a great deal before the death of Diggory Fenn, but after it, it almost completely vents the tension. The harpoon bolt is little more than a prop for Sir Edward to gesture with, and his interactions with Constable Lawless, while heated, don’t go to the next level. It’s simply more of the “you’re incompetent and I know you’re lying” stuff, when what I wanted was “I know you’re lying, Fenn is dead, it’s time you started talking, you low-life bastard” stuff. Grey was angry, but that anger wasn’t channeled into anything, so it came off as little more than hot air.

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Multiver-City One: 2000 AD Prog 1895 and Judge Dredd Megazine 351

by Greg Matiasevich and Mike Romeo

Welcome, citizens, to this week’s installment of Multiver-City One! Each and every Wednesday we will be examining the latest Prog from Tharg and the droids over at 2000 AD, and giving you all the pertinent information you’ll need headed into this week’s Thrill-Zine! It’s a double-header this week, as we’ve got both a new Prog and a new Megazine, so let’s get right to it!

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The Rundown: R.I.P. “Superior Foes of Spider-Man”, Marvel Goes Bargain Hunting, and more

- Infinite sadness: it was revealed yesterday that Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s brilliant “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” is ending with #17 in November. I love you forever, my precious comic. You were the C-List supervillain comic I never knew I always wanted.

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Wonder Woman is Mockingbird, as Adrianne Palicki Joins Cast of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

by David Harper

Not long ago we shared the news from San Diego Comic Con that none other than Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, would be joining the cast of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in its second season, and it was news that was well received by many because, let’s be honest, Bobbi can be pretty badass. As a big West Coast Avengers fan, she was one of my faves growing up, and she’s a highly capable badass when she’s not a Skrull or a dead Skrull or whatever exactly happened to her for twenty years or so.

Today, the character was officially cast, as the former near-Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki (most notably of “Friday Night Lights” fame) was brought in to fill her enormous sleeves. She’ll be joining the show in the second season’s fifth episode and…well, I am less excited my Palicki than I am the idea of Mockingbird in a TV show. I actually have pretty limited experience with her, but from what little I’ve seen she’s a solid but unspectacular actress. Perhaps she’s just waiting for the right part though, and Bobbi? She’s a hell of a role.

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Marvel Releases Photo of Homeless Man Disguised as Paul Rudd, Apparently Related to a Film

by Matthew Meylikhov

Today from Marvel Studios, a new image of a homeless person that is dressed up to look like Paul Rudd for an upcoming feature film has been released in order to somehow create hype for said film.

The film, currently titled Ant-Man (though surely a working title, since ants are not people), is an addition to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, populated by superheroes with actual useful powers like patriotism, angerstrength and money. Why Marvel would release an image like this, which is very non-superheroic, and then claim that the person photographed within looks anything like America’s sweetheart and star of Clueless Paul Rudd is a bit beyond me, but sources tell us it is a useful marketing tool and is something that fans will be sure to be excited about looking at and analyzing for all the hidden meaning, depth and symbolism contained within.

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The Hour Cosmic, Episode 80: Pug Con with Mike Norton [Podcast]

Welcome to another installment of The Hour Cosmic, your favorite comics game show! This week, our guest is “Revival” and “Battlepug” artist Mike Norton!

On this week’s show, among other things, we discuss:

- The mysterious world of Pug Conventions!

- Mike’s (almost) total lack of memory of working with Kid Loki!

- Matt’s obsession with the origin of Dex-Star!

Let’s meet our guest, shall we?

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