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Friday, March 07, 2008

Comix Creators' Congratulations Part 2

Here's a few more sketches that were contributed by some of the coolest creators working today with this wonderful artform we all know and love!

On my top ten graphic novels for 2007, Super Spy was definitely on the list! If you haven't read it, definitely check it out. Especially if the connected drama of six different spies working during the period of the second World War might be your cup of tea. It's a fascinating look at not only the world of espionage but the effect of that world on who you are when you're always pretending to be something you're not. I could go on and on about this book... so first up in this installment is a sketch from artist Matt Kindt. I believe he may have completed the most involved sketch of anyone we approached about contributing a piece for our big 20th anniversary. He's an incredibly nice guy, and a very clever and talented creator. I highly recommend any of his works like Pistol Whip, Yellow Menace, Two Sisters, and of course, Super Spy!

Next then is the creator of another great book released last year, Paul Karasik, who compiled 15 of the best stories of a Golden Age character known as Stardust, into a book called I Shall Destroy All Civilized Worlds. Created by Fletcher Hanks, Stardust was one of the more creatively different books featuring a mystery man on newsstands in the 1940s. In the early days of an emerging art form, Hanks was a mad genius of comics and his brutal champions of justice tore through bizarre stories of over-the-top plot twists and violence unbound by any sense of convention or censorship. On top of compiling the book, Karasik researched the life of Hanks and the mystery of his disappearance from comics, in the story "Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks". The details of his inquiry are written and drawn by Karasik and included as the final chapter to the book. I thought I knew a lot about characters of the Golden Age, but Stardust was unheard of to me until I educated myself on the character with this book -a very interesting read for sure!

Last for tonight's post is Nate Powell, indy comic creator, punk rock musician in the bands Soophie Nun Squad and WAIT, helps run indy label Harlan Records, and for a while did work with people suffering with developmental disabilities. His book Please Release presents four autobiographical stories, all "linked by a series of open questions on work, mental disorders, aging, punk rock, developmental disabilities, horror movies, and a little unrequited love to boot". His new book Swallow Me Whole will be released this fall. Is there anything this man can't do?

So enjoy these fine sketches for now... there's still a few more to follow!

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At 3/07/2008 7:16 AM, Blogger Paul Karasik said...

Gee, I'd forgotten all about even doing that drawing!

I have been astonished by the books popularity. Superhero fans, inday fans, even non-comics fans seem to really dig this twisted stuff. It's even featured on the cover of the new Comics Journal!

For those of you unfamiliar with my book, "I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets", may I suggest that you slide over to the BONUS page of my website for a Hanks tale that does NOT appear in the book:

At 3/07/2008 4:59 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Hey, I'm glad you got to see what we did with your work. And thanks again for doing this drawing!

I forgot to mention when I was doing the paragraph about Stardust to mention some of your other work like the adaptation of Paul Auster's book, City of Glass, that you did with David Mazzucchelli, and Ride Together which you worked on with your sister. I've been able to get City of Glass for the store, but I was wondering if Ride Together is available anymore orif it will be coming back into print in the future?

Thanks again for doing the drawing for us and for stopping by our page!

At 3/07/2008 7:30 PM, Blogger Paul Karasik said...

As i say in the interview in the latest Comics Journal, The Ride Together, is the book that is the most important to me. I am sure that you can find it remaindered, but I hope to find another publisher a few years down the road to reprint it. Back when it came out there was no Graphic Novel section of the bookstore...I think that it would do much better now.

Thanks for your enthusiasm and interest.



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