My good pal Rob Lavender is getting married this weekend. You may remember him from an excellent interview he did with me for CBR on the occasion of the company's fifth anniversary.
"He was the guy who told me what a 'skip-week' was," wrote Rob, "but, you know, I was the one who lent him the first forty issues of Cerebus
and blew his mind, so I sort of returned the favor."
Thanks for nothing, Robert. And, you know, thanks for everything. Wormtown! Represent!
"You foolishly asked people to send you reviews that made them glow like that recent one did for you. Check out this review of Less Than Hero
and how the author issue by issue falls in love with us.
-- writer Jason MacNamara
If you've had a review like this, of anything you've done in, say, the last five or six years, please post it so we can all enjoy the sheer awesomeness that I've personally enjoyed whilst reading this review of 1959
:"As I type this review, the Emmy awards are unfolding on television behind me, an appropriate soundtrack for a comic book about the dawn of pop cultureís two most important sciences: space travel and broadcast journalism. If these two professions have anything in common, itís that its most notable pioneers often have their heads in the clouds. Heh.
"This issue is the first in a miniseries and successfully establishes a murder-mystery-meets-government-conspiracy yarn, with an L.A. Confidential
feel that surprisingly blends-in the gumshoe era of the '50s. While covering a police officerís alleged accidental shooting of a janitor, a premiere field news team is led to an experimental island launching pad, where they are sequestered by the paramilitary group to secure America's successful role in the space race. Indeed, this first issue is that easy to summarize, and just as pleasant to read, with a dialogue occasionally too bulky for the panel, but consistently rife with noir and intrigue. Adlard's art is crisp and fitting for the black and white format, by way of Brian Stelfreeze and with some similarity to Phil Hester, in my opinion. AiT was just as fun to look at as it was to read.
"As I've written here before, issues like this offer not only a glimpse into a series, but also a company, as Iíve never read an AiT book before. (I take that back: I believe Brian Wood's Channel Zero
is from AiT. Let's just overlook that, shall we?) Just as the Valiant sampling from over a month ago revealed a superhero comic book universe desperate to establish its own identity and continuity, AiT seems less concerned with weaving an ongoing tapestry than it does just telling a good story.
I know Young has a foundation laid for his Astronauts in Trouble
books, but this issue didn't obligate me to dig up any back issues to fully understand it. In fact, I dare say it's a good jump-aboard book for interested newcomers like myself. Rather than ally his company with the superhero genre, Young obviously sought to exploit another niche of adventure fiction, to his benefit, I reckon. His company, its logo, and its library have created a productive impression on the industry.
"John Stewart and Stephen Colbert just finished presenting the award for best reality show competition series, or some-such category that I'm sure didn't exist five years ago. Entertainment is changing. Larry Young could really be one of its new architects
Had occasion to respond thusly to super-retailer John Tinkness' request to pitch Seven Sons
to assembled retailer-dom: "On page 219 of the August Previews, AUG062916 SEVEN SONS GN (previously titled Seven Brothers) by Alex Grecian and our very own Riley Rossmo. I saw most of the pages as a work in progress but haven't read the completed book yet so hopefully Larry will be along soon with a better pitch."
I'm not sure I have a "better" pitch, but here goes:
SEVEN SONS: It's the one not by Garth Ennis and John Woo.
SEVEN SONS: It's done, and I'm pretty sure Garth's isn't.
SEVEN SONS: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY has a nine page preview: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6364638.html&nid=2789
SEVEN SONS: Alex put up a 26 page pdf: http://www.alexandergrecian.com/sevensons.pdf
Seriously, it's an updating of the classic Chinese folk tale: seven identical Chinese brothers come to America during the Gold Rush of the 1850s. When two children fall through an iced-over river, Brother Number One sucks the entire river into his mouth. But he canít hold it long enough and lets the water go, drowning the children. A mob of angry townspeople try to retaliate and Number Oneís brothers take his place, using their remarkable abilites to save his life, updating the classic fable with literally a Western twist, this is some of the nicest art I've seen in a while. Here's an example:
If you don't like pdfs, which I gather are the devil's work in some quarters, the PW link has nine jpgs which aptly show the tone of the book.
There's a text piece in the back which retells the classic fable and puts the comic story in context. If this looks good to you, tell your local retailer the order code.