Mix ‘n’ match heroism

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Brazilian guerilla artist Butcher Billy (him of the Charming Man Of Steel) uses quite iconic imagery from the clash of the titans in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns to tell that only slightly less earth-shattering story of the confrontation between Captain America and Iron Man in Civil War.

There must be a cross-media critique hidden in here somewhere…

(via Geek Art

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The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

ocn259708589-001Rejoice! Thanks to the good people of the Dartmouth College Library, you can now read The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck by Rodolphe Töpffer, generally considered to be the very first modern comic, in its entirety.

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The book was published in the 1840s and pioneered the use of paneled images, and the combination of text and pictures to tell the story (instead of pictures merely illustrating the text, or the text merely functioning as bylines for the pictures).  Don’t take my word for it, that’s Scott McCloud speaking…

And it is still a romp of a read.

(Thanks to my pal Van Reid and the magnificent Open Culture for the pointer)

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Gerard, the game

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This I like very much. To promote her quite fantastic debut graphic novel, The Miracle of Vierves, Flemish cartoonist Inne Haine created an original board game featuring the book’s characters and replicating its theme, namely the hunt for a stag’s antlers after he shedded them.

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The project was supported by Thalys, and it’s just the most wonderful little project, but perfectly executed. I only wish more comic creators would do things like this.

Look for a review of The Miracle of Vierves (which begs to be translated) on the Forbidden Planet blog in the near future.

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Roz Chast does National Poetry Month

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The poster for this year’s (American) National Poetry Month, traditionally held in April, was designed by New Yorker regular Roz Chast, and features a quote from a poem by Mark Strand. Poets.org is distributing 120,000 posters for free (within the US), so you may as well get your own copy.

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Zep in Elle

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On January 15, a special edition of Elle Magazine was published, with reactions by celebrities on the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The edition features a cover by Soledad, and an article by Elsa Wolinski about her assassinated father Georges, accompanied by an adorable cartoon by Swiss comic creator Zep.

(illustration © Zep)

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Hands inside the panel!

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The joke is as old as comics themselves, I guess, but this version by Alex Norris, is a funny, inventive new take on it. What’s more, it’s just one of the many strips by Alex that reveal this refreshingly offbeat sense of humor.

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The Dartmoor Pegasus

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Every now and again, if you wait long enough, something delightful will pop up on your screen that you didn’t know about and that makes you simply happy.

The Magnificent Dartmoor Pegasus Named Kevin is a new web comic by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre about fat flying ponies eating all the Dartmoor farmers’ apples, and one of them in particular, Kevin. It sounds like an old legend, but it’s brand new, and still very good!

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