Before Halloween and Freddy Krueger and Night of the Living Dead, there were EC horror Comics. And before John Carpenter and Wes Craven and George Romero, there was Graham Ingels.
"Ghastly" Ingels's fine-line depictions of the corruption of flesh and nature made him the premier artist for stories involving gruesome dismemberments, maniacal homicides, and oozing terrors. And if it took place in a fetid, gurgling swamp, so much the better!
In fact, EC fans voted "Horror We? How's Bayou?" as the company's "best horror artwork."
More than just disturbing images, though, there is a fascinating poetry to Ingels's drawing, perhaps best exemplified by "There Was an Old Woman," one of two Ray Bradbury adaptations you'll find in this collection.
And if you think romance can't blossom in a horror story, just take a look at "A Little Stranger," a sweet story of marital bliss — between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf!
Even today's masters of movie splatterfests and undead horrors could take a shock lesson or two from the undisputed master of horror comics. Brace yourself, look inside, and you'll see why.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
"Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster's Sunday-only comic strip.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful - the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order - in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." - Joe Keatinge
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This eighth sumptuous volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant concludes "The Missionaries," the epic adventure that follows Val and several of his fellow knights to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. In the rousing climax of the story, Prince Geoffrey faces a dramatic, life-changing experience. After a brief stay in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly hijinks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!
This Tuesday, editor and designer Jonathan Barli will give a talk on cartoonist Virgil Partch, aka VIP. Barli recently edited and designed the recent collection The Mad World of Virgil Partch. The seventy-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public, just make sure not to flask it publically.
From the symposium website: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch's life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.
Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director.
January 28, 7:00 PM Parsons The New School 2 West 13th Street (in the Bark Room)
From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal herein will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to 2012's acclaimed Young Romance. This volume covers 1947 through 1949 and includes stories about women from all walks of life — from French widows to released prisoners. Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago. These comics have been meticulously restored in order to produce one of the most striking and faithful reproductions of 1940s comics ever published. Edited by acclaimed animator and cartoonist Michel Gagné.
As reported by the Oregonian, the 2014 Oregon Book Award short lists have been announced. Oil and Water, a graphic novel about the cleanup of Deepwater Horizon oil spill, by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler is up for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award.
Duin and Wheeler are in line with Barry Deutsch ("Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite"), Natalie Nourigat of Portland ("Between Gears"), Joe Sacco of Portland ("Journalism") and Craig Thompson of Portland ("Habibi"). Good luck to all but mostly Duin and Wheeler!
For those wanting to attend the Oregon Book Awards ceremony is March 17 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory hosted by Luis Urrea. Grab a copy today and see what all the fuss is about.
We're thrilled to share that the great Kevin Huizenga will be performing a reading on Thursday, February 27th at Bryn Mawr College!
Join the acclaimed artist behind the Ignatz-Award-Winning series Ganges in the Quita Woodward Room in Thomas Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. After his reading, he'll be joined by Shiamin Kwa, the Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, for a public discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Thomas Great Hall is located at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Get ready for another dose of rocketships, robots, and bug-eyed monsters from the pages of EC Comics, illustrated by the able hand of Joe Orlando (who would go on to become editor in chief of a little outfit called DC Comics). Judgment Day and Other Stories continues our acclaimed EC Comics Library series of artist-focused volumes with more of that Cold War-era sci-fi we all love so much, including more Ray Bradbury adaptations and the "Adam Link" stories that were later adapted for The Outer Limits.
In our downloadable preview, peruse the Table of Contents and read 3 complete stories, including the groundbreaking anti-racism title tale, the space-faring suspense shocker "Keyed Up!" and the Plutonian temporal anomaly of "Time for a Change!" The book lands in May; pre-order your copy right here.
Coming up FAST next weekend is the LA Art Book Fair is from January 31st through February 2, 2014 in Los Angeles! For those of you who are Paul Hornschemeier fans, this is your lucky weekend-day actually. From Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm, Paul will be signing at the Secret Headquarters table. Pick up a copy of his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors there and have him sign it (maybe he'll even draw a portrait of you!).
Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste
"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal
"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6