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Scary Sketchings

Two of comics finest with limited sketchbooks here.

A new name to some, Arthur Suydam lit the mainstream comics world on fire with his work on the multiple Marvel Zombies runs as well as more zombie variant covers than you could shake a stick at. Before that he just worked on some publications I’m not sure anyone has heard of… Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, Epic Illustrated… oh and this companyPenthouse Comix. No big deal. I bet I’d enjoy his sketchings more than a lot of his finished work – even just from the cover of this sketchbook I’m curious to see more. A little more visceral, less polished and give these monsters some teeth, y’know?

And hopefully everyone’s familiar with Mr. Mike Mignola. Hellboy, heard of it? Probably. But where I got my interest piqued by Mignola was the covers of some mid 80’s issues ofClassic X-Men. Mignola’s sharp style gave these iconic characters a very different texture than the art between the covers, and at the least was a very new style for my eyes. Chances are if Mignola has a pencil on paper somewhere, people are interested. Count me in that group.


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Let’s Get Anthropomorphic!

Man, the good old days, right? The halcyon era of funny animal books where you couldn’t go to a decent comic rack without getting an eyeful of ferrets with chainguns or some such nonsense. I can’t fully dismiss this stuff, because Usagi Yojimbo has been consistently readable for longer than most of the women I date have been alive. That said, any time a genre blows up, there are coattail riders and straight-up posers. See: zombie comics.

A good place to start is Albedo Anthropomorphics, a pioneer of the genre. This issue includes an early Usagi Yojimbo feature.

Here’s another series Stan Sakai used to get the Usagi name out before landing his own series.

Oddly, the longest-running of the funny animal comics is the one where the animals have sex. Here’s issue 51 or, the cover art from issue 51… I can’t tell based on this really half-assed Ebay listing.

If Ninja Turtles weren’t tongue-in-cheek enough for your liking, you always had the option of Boris the Bear. He sort of sucked, but there must have been something about him that stood out from the pack because he had his own book for longer than most.

If you really can’t get enough animals with hands, here’s some unfunny crap that actually managed to sell a decent grip of books back in the day. This was a parody of TMNT… which was a parody itself… so that makes this a parody of a parody… or, more succinctly, garbage.

Finally, if you needed proof of the enduring popularity of anthropomorphic animal books, here’s the nu version. It reads like a classroom of seventh graders collaborated on a fantasy book after watching the first 15min of Lord of the Rings, but it does have vermin with swords so there will always be a market for it. Also, check out this dude selling comics he got for free TWO DAYS AGO for a Buy It Now over $10. Nice hustle, jerk.

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A Day at the Beach

I love Paul Chadwick. His Concrete work strikes every chord you could hope for. Here’s a limited print that manages to touch on many of the same themes as the series.

I freakin’ love this guy. Even if you aren’t familiar with Concrete, this is a attractive piece of art you could hang in your house to appear more sophisticated than you really are. Someone buy this, I’m too broke.

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CONCRETE, for the literate and fashion minded

Previous link was for a very fun, light, and quick read. Now, not saying that Concrete is quantum mechanics, but it’s got a little more going on than Livewires.

And hopefully that quality hasn’t been lost to the annals of time. 

Paul Chadwick’s masterpiece was the new kid on the block of the mid-to-late 1980’s and has held onto quite the cult following since. Kudos to Dark Horse for keeping collections in print so that there’s a fighting chance the youth will know what this series was all about.

In the meantime, you should scoop up this shirt to publicly acknowledge your love for the series, and hopefully impress some closeted comic geek ladies with your brave and broad palette for the visual story telling medium.  

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