… that is, a free comic about celebrated comics writer and mage Alan Moore. To coincide with the bearded one’s 60th birthday, Gary Spencer Millidge has reworked his comic An Extraordinary Gentleman (originally conceived for Moore’s fiftieth). Thanks to the good people at Panel Nine, purveyor of excellent digital comics by the likes of David Lloyd and Eddie Campbell, you can download it to your
iDevice iPad for free.
That is, provided you run iOS 6 or higher. Yes, that’s right, here’s a publisher of digital comics that actually opts to limit its potential reach as much as possible : not only is the Sequential platform not available on Android, it only works on iPads, and even then only if they run iOS 6. Basically, you only want to reach a maximum of 25% of devices (sources : 1, 2, 3).
Millidge, incidentally, is also the writer of the rather excellent biography, Alan Moore, Storyteller, which is available in all bookstores worth their mettle. On paper.
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Paul Hornschemeier, probably the smartest cartoonist around, made the cover for The Power Of Patrician Upbringing, the new album by Chicago hard rock combo Fake Limbs. It is as muted as the music is raucous.
Also, remember when these things were called “Sleeves” ?
In the runup to the yearly visit of Sinterklaas (the Dutch and Flemish version of Santa Claus, who visits every year on December 5) Pieter de Poortere created this child-friendly version of his famous Where’s Wally-like pictures. The illustration is used in an online game presented by telecom provider Telenet, challenging their clients to find the Sint and win tickets for a special show in Antwerp.
The illustration is riddled with Antwerp landmarks, such as the port, the Steen castle, the cathedral and even the traditional traffic jams on the ring road. In fact, some of the animals from the national Zoo seem to have escaped (which reminded me of this).
You’ll look in vain for the Sint himself in this version of the image (even when you click it to see it in all its glory), since it is only the background to the game – if you want to play, head to the Snap site. Good luck!
Adrian Tomine, New Yorker Magazine, Cover — ordinarily, that’s really all you need to know. Except that this one has a nice topical twist to it, as it features current-but-not-future New York mayor Michael Bloomberg looking sorrowful to an equally unpromising autumn sky. With a particularly large soda…
You have fan fiction, and you have fiction produced by fans that hits harder than anything official featuring the characters involved. The least you can say about The Deal, a quite disturbing Batman-story by Daniel Bayliss and Gerardo Preciado, is that this won’t be published by DC very soon. Not only is it quite specific about what the Joker and Batman are about, it is really problematic in an ongoing continuity. But it is damn good – very dramatic writing, and artwork that looks like Paul Pope on speed…
In the 1950s and 60s The Adventures of Tintin were serialised in the Portuguese weekly Cavaleiro Andante. This periodical ran from 1952 until 1962 and featured adventure-type comics from around the world (see more here).
It would however seem that brand control was not so tight at that time, as Tintin appears in quite atypical (but no less endearing) styles on the covers of the magazine, and even in a title-endorsed ad/competition for the Morris Minor automobile, as can be seen on these images of items recently offered on Ebay. Wouldn’t happen these days, methinks.
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Big Deal, Big Money is a great example of how you can use comics to explain a rather difficult subject in order to get as many people on board as possible, in this case why Verizon’s demarche to tariff internet access is anti-democratic.
The infographic-strip was created by Serenity Caldwell in cooperation with Symbolia, the online magazine for non-fiction comics.