Brandon Graham week two



Here’s some more of  what I like best about comic books.

Here’s an 80’s manga where the artist manages to work some comic book alchemy and turn the dull sport of golf into something I find exciting.

I really like how the scene is set,:the continent, the city, the ball and the hole. and then the layout of the whole course.

And there’s this Toth page that even manages to show a closet sized room in an exciting way.

It’s intesting to me that in both these examples the text is a big part of how cool it looks.

you know?


Here’s a simmular 2 cops enter a room from different sides –scene draw by two serious dudes.

Masamune Shirow, Appleseed:


And Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Cinder and Ashe:


Here’s some old Manara pages from one of his Giuseppe Bergman books where he really plays around with storytelling,

Here he takes his male and female characters and switches their clothes and gender.




And this “am i a little girl or a drawing?”

It’s like the teenage girl version of of the” this is not a pipe” picture.

 he goes into how she would change with minor differences in how shes drawn.

ending with her skirt abover her waist. 


I really like this page where the girl comes up with a villan for the story.

A true villan with a poo poo heart, I head the guy that runs Latveria has that condition.

And here’s a Manara page where he used a story as kind of a what kind of creep are you -sex quiz

I love  comic book choose your own adventures. Also that dude in the gorilla suit has some nerve!

  And here’s a couple pages from a Pat McEown short (from the back of Weasle #1) Where he switches up the way it’s read. Each row of panels is a floor of a building
and you read it by following the characters in whatever direction they might go as opposed to just reading left to right.

So cool.

 Rebecca Dart’s awesome Rabbit head book that starts as a single line of panels following one character

and then as new characters are added new rows of panels are added until you get a full page.

here’s a Cerebus issue where Dave Sim used reapeating panels of Cerebus
upset and drinking along with chunks of a larger picture of him looking big and dramatic.

It gives the issue a feeling like its a music video.  



Another thing I like to see in comics is where the story is helped out by what’s printed around it.

Like this Steelgrip Starkey comic that has a fold out ad for the fictinal company the main characters work for.


I love this Enki Bilal book, The woman Trap.  where the main Character, Jill is writing articles about her future world and sending them back in time with her scriptwalker machine.

The 80’s printing of it came with a seperate newspaper with articles written by her.

The one on theleft is the origonal look of the newspaper and the right is the 2005 reprint.


And here’s an Otomo book that starts with a story about a group of  kids going underground and the cover acts like part of the story.


And I really like this set up from paul Popes Smoke Navigator– where before you even get into the story he shows you all these scenes that are part of the later comic.

And a Daisauke Igarashi table of contents that I thought was cool.


And here’s some more pages I meant to get to last time.

Nick Bertozzi’s RUBBER NECKER. I just like how he did the lower panel here. with a cutaway and multiple versions of the same dude to show that hes looking through the place.

This one is amazing to me how well it works. With the 2 guys hanging out on top of a bridge and jumping off –but for some reason the final panel is in the center.

and it works.


And another guy whose work always gets me hyped about comics is Thomas Herpich.

From his Cusp book, I love how once he’s shown you what “do this”  means then he doesn’t even need to show the drawing for it to work.

And another page of Tom’s with a panel just scratched out. This is another thing where I’m amazed he even tried it but it’s fantastic.


My all time favorite thing to run into in comics is seeing someone who is fully capable just having a blast and fucking around.

I love this page from Moebius’ The horney goof with the naration in the lower panel talking about how it doesnt need to be there but how it looks nice.

And it does look nice.

And another Horney goof page with the compleatly unnecessary ham sandwich in the 4th panel.


And a great scene from a Newmen porn manga, Secret Plot deep– Where a part of the story is deleted for security reasons.

I really dig that arrow pointed at the building on the horizon.

Here’s a Katsuhiro Otomo comic that I like. Just because it feels like him messing around.

i imagine this is what he’d do if he was in Heavy metal in ’82


And an akira toriyama Dr slump page with lettering violence!. He does so much cool shit in his early books.

Like this great scene where he draws himself as a alien with a pen head –just as an excuse to skip a scene.


And Here’s some James Stokoe, (from Won ton soup 2 hyper wontonsoup twoton soup the quickening 2 …soup) –where his characters get so doped up that the pages go blank and the reader has to finish it themselves.


I love the nerve of this ozamu tezuka scene, where he has a characer interupt an important flash back.

Often when I read a comic that I don’t enjoy I feel like I’m a chef taking a sip from a ladel and saying “needs more crazy”


i’ll leave you for this week on these Joe Wight’s Twilight X pages. Not because it anything crazy but just because I think it’s a really well done reveal and I think that’s worth a lot.

thanks ,



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