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By Crom! This is a Worthy Price for Production Art!

You crave original art for your walls, huh? You want the real stuff. You want to smell the graphite on the paper. Well, forget about it. Originals cost an arm and a leg and unless you’re viewing this site from the wifi on you yacht, I think you should consider alternatives. Here’s a great example of how you can beautify your home and celebrate comics as a medium without spending your braces money. Here’s a production pasteup of Conan The Barbarian Annual 11. It’s not the original art, but it might be better. It demonstrates the process by which that original art becomes the product you got off the rack at the drugstore. And it’s one-fifth the cost. My advice is to hit this seller with a Best Offer of $150 and see if he/she bites.

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Savagery is My Drug of Choice

Typically, I don’t lust for inanimate objects. I once saw a Frank Quietly illustration of Emma Frost that moved me, but it was during a time of great drought in my sex life. This auction inspires lust. I am salivating looking at it and debating doing criminal shit for the money to buy it. Buy it, then send me your address so I can burglarize your place.

I present to you the original masthead for Savage Sword of Conan by the legendary Bob Larkin. Gaze upon it in the same manner you watch pornography; with a warm-hearted love clashing against a resentful envy.

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Reading is FUNdamental #1: The Black Company.

Now, right off the bat, I know some one is going to question how exactly a series of sword and sorcery fantasy novels counts towards a comic book blog. Well here’s my logic:

Conan (of The Barbarian fame) started out as a series of sword and sorcery fantasy stories (later collected in book form) that served as the basis for further Conan adventures in novel form. Later on, Conan had his own comic book. Based on that flimsy excuse, I’m establishing the Conan rule, and declaring sword and sorcery fantasy books fair game. Plus I just got done reading (in some cases, re-reading) these, and think they’re worth sharing:

Epic sword and sorcery adventure, only stripped of the “epic” aspect. It’s kind of like reading dispatches from the front lines of a war, it just happens to be a war where there are wizards and flying carpets and shape shifters. Characters just die; there’s no going out in a glorious blaze of heroic glory, there will be a battle, or one of the narrators (each book gets a different one) will be doing something somewhere else, and afterward someone will just say “yeah while you were out doing that these 3 bad ass characters and this one really nasty but cool sounding villain all died” (and there are LOTS of cool sounding villains, most of whom get short shrift due to the books’ style). Plenty of plot twists and turns, and lots of switching sides.

Tor Books has reissued the entire series in 4 very nice omnibus editions: The Chronicles of The Black Company, The Books of The South: Tales of The Black Company, The Return of The Black Company, and The Many Deaths of The Black Company.

Bleak Seasons (the first book collected in Return, along with She Is The Darkness; why they didn’t list those on the cover really irks the layout continuity police that live inside my head) is the toughest to get through because the premise is that the narrator for that book keeps jumping through time ala Lost. And I admit, the historical war fiction slant at times can make the series itself a bit tough to get through, as it tends to make things kind of dry every so often. But I promise, if you’re patient, it’s all well worth the read. One of my favorite fantasy series ever.

Governor, Barbarian, Terminator…

Before all of these things, the world was treated to a biographical Arnold Schwarzenegger comic book.

What I would rather read is a comic book written BY Arnold, as opposed to ABOUT Arnold.

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