Ibn Al Rabin’s serious play

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Swiss cartoonist Ibn Al-Rabin is an enormously productive comic creator, with books in the catalogs of a handful of publishers, but also with a publishing range of his own. His comics cover a wide selection of subjects, but never stray far away from a formalist play with the constraints of the medium, and always with new and exciting ways to break through them.

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Captain Mercaptan to the rescue

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Baltimore Gas and Electric wants its youngest customers to hep to the benefits but also the dangers of natural gas. Captain Mercaptan and his sidekicks Sunny and Pipey teach children what to be aware of, and be on the lookout for sounds or smells that could point towards gas leakage.

The characters were designed by students and school children from the Baltimore area, and feature in comics stories that are created by the children in yearly contests. And what’s more exciting than having your own superhero fight crime side by side with Iron Man?

(Thanks, Mark)

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Tout de suite, maintenant

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Floc’h, French purveyor extraordinaire of extremely pure ligne claire art, has added a new gem to his long-running oeuvre. For Tout de suite, maintenant, the new film of French director Pascal Bonitzer, out in June, Floc’h created the poster and promotional art. The images feature the likenesses of the main characters of the film, played by Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson and other luminaries of French cinema.

All this of course means that, even a meagre three years after its publication, an updated edition of 2013’s Inventaire may become more than necessary very soon.

(via L’homme dans la foule)

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Jeff Buckley’s infinite canvas

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For official video to the Dylan cover Just Like A Woman, from the recent, posthumous Jeff Buckley compilation LP, You And I, production houses Blind and Interlude collaborated to create a genuine interactive streaming comic book. While the music is playing, you can click on all the panels to switch between four different stories about love, breakup and loneliness. As to the chronology of the fragments, the story remains vague. After all, love is a never-ending story.

And yes, even though Dylan’s original is one of my favorite songs ever, Buckley’s version is once more so much more gripping.

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Brecht Evens for Altavoz

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Flemish comics Wunderkind Brecht Evens came up with this wonderful sleeve design for the first album by French retro-psychedelic folk jazz combo, Altavoz. Thank God for the sheer size of vinyl…

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Niklaus Rüegg brings Real life captions

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Swiss-Belgian visual artist Niklaus Rüegg loves to mix visual arts with the real world. With his real-life captioned comic panels quiet landscapes or street corners suddenly transform in a dynamic episode in a comic story. Even though nothing may actually be happening.

The specific aesthetics of the panel borders, and the way the captions are added to them, seem to be lifted from traditional franco-belgian comics. It’s as if you can see a ginger quiff popping up around the corner at any time.

Rüegg likes to play with tropes and visual elements from comics, such as a quite iconic wooden fence or the omnipresent speech bubble.

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Donald Trump pervades comics internationally

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Donald Trump’s disrupting effect on the US presidential nomination procedures keeps perturbing minds the world over, including some of the best comics creators around. Masaaki Sato, political cartoonist for the Japanse newspaper Tokyo Shinbun compares Trump’s tactics with the giants attacking the human city in the Attack on Titan manga. “Commercial artist” and comics giant in his own right, Bill Sienkiewicz on the other hand doesn’t mince words when providing his opinion on the speed of the Republican nomination process, and on Trump’s particular contribution to the general ambiance.

(via Otaku US and Bleeding Cool, respectively)

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