If you haven't been strolling along the comics news feeds yet, both Newsarama
and Comic Book Resources
have my freshly-minted Continuity
press release. Go check it out, if only to see how completely insane the creators are. You know... in a good way.
Beware: Larry Young exists in your precious Marvel Universe. Besides being an acclaimed comic writer/publisher, he's an inebriated S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/cybernetic death machine.--Josh
Our noses have been down to the grindstone so much lately, that we've worn out
the goddamn grindstone. With noses of pure American grit
Speaking of grit, let's see what the lads have to say about the Continuity teaser
that James Sime launched recently:Johnny Bacardi:
"That flatterer James Sime sent me a link to a 25-page preview of an upcoming AiT/Planet Lar release, Continuity, which seems to be a sort of Trainspotting-meets-Transmetropolitan-via little-remembered (and for good reason) Vertigo limited series Accelerate with art that reminds me of a blend of Tom Sutton, Joe Maneely or any number of Marvel/Timely/Atlas pre-Kirby giant monster comics, and Bambi creator Atsushi Kaneko.
Quite a mash-up, and the preview was a lively affair. But as Ray Davies once sang, "Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself!" Of course, the next line was "Have another drink/and you'll feel all right", so if you want to do that then by all means go ahead. Unless you're driving. But why are you reading the Internet and driving?
"The Boys at YMB:
"I finally got around to reading the preview. I'm very impressed with the art. The scenes with Dr. Lewis reminded me somewhat of Charles Burns. Equally impressive for the moment is the dialogue, which is quite fluid and natural. Good premise...Looks solid over all. Great price point, as well. This looks like one of the stronger AIT releases in quite some time.
"Well, my attention's grabbed. The art's fantastic and the story's intriguing (though the dialogue seemed a bit...stilted to me). I'll definitely check it out when it hits the streets.
"From Brian K. Vaughn's Cabal:
"Maybe it's just the government beer and the cotton candy morphine talking, but I dug it. I'll keep an eye out for this in June.
"And finally, Mike Black @ the Bendis Board:
"You bastards all better read this.
Marc Mason pops the question to Sky Ape: King of Girls
... Should it be a Movie?
"Giving an ape a jetpack wasn't exactly the most ingenious idea in the history of Western civilization, but it's certainly been one that's given me a lot of laughs since this series started. I'm a total sucker for funny monkeys, and when they riff on pop culture with an alacrity that would shame Joss Whedon, I love them even more.
Meanwhile, Kurt Adams clues you in
on one of the many in-jokes contained within SA:KoG
Stay out of trouble.--Josh
Man, I love this photo of Ian.
So Larry was laughing because he was telling me this story about yet another somebody mangling the company name when he was out to brunch this weekend, and I asked him if it was OK if I told the Secret Origin of the Name AiT/Planet Larô on the blog.
"Sure, OK," he said. "Knock yourself out."
Yes, he really does talk like that.
It turns out that when he was in college, he used to play that B-52s song, "Planet Claire," kind of a lot.
And since half his friends called him "Lar" for short, anyway, after a while it just became "Planet Lar." He says there's words for a whole "Planet Lar" song, too, but he won't sing them. First time I ever saw him embarrassed. We should get him to do it at APE. Or track down some of his college friends.
He did a fanzine called "Planet Lar" every week for a year back in 1995, so when the Snell Brothers folded up Gun Dog Comics, he and Mimi decided to keep publishing Astronauts in Trouble
under the name "Planet Lar." They threw AiT in front, because that was what everyone called the book, anyway.
So there it is. The Secret Origin of the Name AiT/Planet Larô.--Josh