Thanks to SkrawlLord Gustaffo Vargas for sending another dive into South American comic culture. This time it’s a profile of his favourite Argentinian writer, Carlos Trillo.
Round C of the Genre World Cup was Sci-Fi (Pete) vs War (Mike) and Fantasy (Mike) vs Adult (Pete)
Mike has muttered about many of his fantasy picks before and here, as promised is the list of episodes you can find the extra info in:
The hard-hitting Hyborean is the epitome of the fantasy genre and his new lease of life under Marvel is faring well. Check out Mike’s Mutterings on Episode 45 for a Conan 101!
Supported by some of the industries best writers and artists, the Celtic hero was the jewel in 2000AD’s crown. Find out all about the warpmeister in Mike’s Mutterings, Episode 11
- Rat Queens
Fantasy fun with the most unprofessional, filthiest, drug-addled adventurer party to ever enter a tavern! Learn more about Rat Queens & other RPG-inspired comics in the third part of Dungeons & Dragons & Comics special Episode 55
This Eisner Award winning high fantasy epic from Marjorie Liu & Asana Takeda is complex and challenging, just oozing imagination and originality. I reviewed it back in Episode 24
- Mouse Guard
In an alternative medieval society, sans-humans, it is up to the brave mice of The Mouse Guard to defend the lands in David Peterson’s charming and strangely gritty anthropomorphic world. I will doing Mike’s Mutterings on this wonderful series soon!
Ace Cyberpunk Comics Auteur Gusaffo Vargas sent the following info on Selva Misteriosa (Mysterious Jungle) by Javier Flores del Águila, thanks Gustaffo!
This is Selva Misteriosa, Mysterious Jungle by Javier Flores del Águila, it was published by the biggest Peruvian Newspaper El Comercio as a daily comic strip, from 1971 till 1974. The cartoonist would draw his pages in between the time he’d made while he was studying medicine, he’s a neurologist now.
The strip was cancelled after the military Coupe by General Velasco and never saw print, it was one of the greatest Peruvian comics ever made that people would speak about but that nobody saw again.
2 years ago it was collected in this beautiful book, the art is breathtaking. There were some original pages that got lost and the author willingly to help redrew those missing pages from the newspaper clips.
Here are some some pics and the lambiek link.
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First, find a publisher that does take submissions
Ensure your work will fit with what they publish. Read their submission guidelines thoroughly but don’t apply immediately. Find out what they want and then take the time to do a bit of research on the process.
Do send exactly what the company asks for and nothing extra. The main advice is to be as direct and compelling in your pitch as you can be. And short, max 2 pages 🙂
This Man This Pete
by Pascal Jousselin
The Golden Age
by Jens K. Styve (self-published)
Will Eisner’s early years
Here’s a list of most of the reference materials I read while putting together the first part of my Will Eisner profile in episode 4 of The Lakes International Comic Art Podcast.
Alter Ego issue 48
Twomorrows Publishing has a great range of titles exploring comic history. Issue 48 concentrates on Eisner’s early years and includes an interview with the man himself on his days working with Quality comics.
Eisner’s own retelling of his time as a comic book artist before developing the Spirit, it’s a thin volume and essential reading.
The Comic Detective
Ken Quattro unearthed the original court transcripts of the DC vs Fox Wonder Man trial.
Comic Book Artist, Vol 2, No. 6
Tribute issue to Will Eisner with contributions from some of the biggest names in comics. Available as a digital download from Twomorrows Publishing
If you’re interested in the period of the birth of the comic book industry, the following books are brilliantly informative…
by Gerard Jones
Wonderfully evocative exploration of the era.
by Michael Chabon
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, a fictional tale of two comic creators during this era.
Radio 4 interview with Michael Chabon about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, he talks about interviewing Will Eisner for the book.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival recently announced that this years festival will mark the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth with three exciting projects to celebrate the work and impact he had on the comic industry.
Eisner started supplying strips to comic publishers in 1936, encouraged by his school friend and future Batman creator Bob Kane. He set up a studio with former editor Jerry Iger, employing a staff of comic artists to draw strips for a range of early comic book publishers. The Spirit, Eisner’s most famous and lasting creation premiered in a weekly syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement in June, 1940. Eisner was able to deliver stories to his more mature audience using innovative storytelling techniques, drawing inspiration from cinema and film noir in particular.
After, a stint in the Army during World War II, Eisner continued The Spirit and set up a company producing educational comics, particularly used for training purposes. He produced a number of autobiographical long form comics, helping to popularise the term ‘graphic novel’. He created one of the first major works on comics theory with the publication of ‘Comics & Sequential Art’ in 1985. He continued to produce comics right up to his death in 2005.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is commemorating 100 years since Will Eisner’s birth in the following ways:
A broad sheet sized centennial comic, with contributions from contemporary comic greats such as Sean Philips, Ed Brubaker, Jason Latour and many more.
An exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre of Eisner’s comic artwork from throughout his long career with rare pages and several complete Spirit stories.
A competition for students to illustrate ‘The Spirit of the Lake District’
Full details of these great events are on ComicArtFestival.com
Keep listening to the Podcast, where we will be examining Will Eisner’s life and his astounding contribution to comic art in future episodes.