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    INCREDIBLE! Are you as shocked as me that over the course of fourteen (that we’ve seen) variant covers, that Milo Manara has actually drawn A DUDE on one of them? 

    It’s pretty confusing, because Marvel is the sort of company that mostly just publishes comics about women, and of course is primarily run by and employs women, all of their most successful characters are female, so you’d think that when it comes to promoting them to their predominantly female audience, they’d spend more time putting some hot beefcake on their covers. Sure, it might make a few dudes uncomfortable seeing a hot little dong-root poking out of the top of Namor’s trunks, but look, a lot of gals like that! It’s just a little fan-service, that’s all.

    And besides, these aren’t even the main covers! They’re rare variants that most people never even see! Except when they send them out in press releases, but we all know that the only men who use the internet are joyless social justice warriors who will find anything to complain about.

    Let’s just keep that in mind, that the Nightcrawler cover doesn’t reflect the interior of the book, it’s just something put together by the exact same group of people who commissioned the cover, I’m sure they’re completely unrelated.

    — 5 days ago with 7 notes
    #Marvel Comics 

    I know everyone is talking about this, but I honestly hadn’t realized that Marvel had already done so many Milo Manara variant covers. Probably because most of these were not included as a graphic in the solicitations sent out promoting these series. I found another batch, which include something truly shocking. I’ll post it in a moment. 

    I get the concept of HEY LOOK THIS DUDE IS A MODERN MASTER OF FUCKIN’ SEQUENTIAL STORYTELLING ANTS CAN’T CRITICIZE EAGLES MAYBE IF YOU HAD AN OUNCE OF CLASS YOU’D REALIZE THAT SWEET PIC OF SPIDER-WOMAN’S ASS HAS MORE ARTISTIC CREDIBILITY THAN A HUNDRED THOUSAND ISSUES OF DUMB OL’ SPIDER-MAN YOU ILLITERATE PLEBES.

    Manara is totally a respected artist with a decades-long resume of making beloved art, much of it coincidentally involving naked women doing lots of things that some non-drawn women find distasteful or offensive. But artistic credibility usually trumps what non-drawn women feel, and the entire concept of context isn’t even worth discussing because the second someone is afraid of being called sexist SHIT. GOES. OFF.

    I mean, I totally respect Simon Bisley as a venerated champion of drawing veiny dudes graphically murdering each other, but if they hyped up the new family-friendly all-ages Power Pack book with a prominently displayed cover by Simon Bisley where Alex Power is shredded and covered head to prominently bulging package with Snark gore while the rest of the Power kids grin menacingly on a pile of bones, I bet a few people might question the decision without being immediately shouted down that YOU DON’T KNOW A GODDAMN THING ABOUT THE LEGACY OF 2000 AD YOU’D GET LAUGHED OFF THE ISLAND MATE THAT’S HOW COMICS WORK YOU WANT TO TAKE FOOD OUT OF SIMON BISLEY’S MOUTH IS THAT IT?

    — 5 days ago with 54 notes
    #Marvel Comics 

    Starting to suspect someone at DC really hates arms.

    (These are all from the past month and comprise like 90% of DC books I have read in that time. How many more arm traumas have I missed?)

    — 3 months ago with 6 notes
    Funnybook Babylon · Archives · Avenging the Week: A Comeback? →

    In which I share a playlist, briefly comment on some comics pages and talk about a casting decision.

    — 6 months ago

    lazymercenary:

    morioh:

    Nocenti, Romita Jr, Williamson, Rosen, Schelle

    So much fun going back through that run.

    that one issue in the bar tho

    The Nocenti-Romita jr. run on Daredevil in the late eighties - early nineties was flat out amazing. In another life, I even recorded a podcast about their version of Daredevil with fellow FBB’er Chris Eckert and the ubiquitous David Brothers. Side note: I have absolutely no time for recording podcasts, but I do miss them sometimes.

    — 6 months ago with 94 notes
    #John Romita Jr.  #Al Williamson  #Ann Nocenti  #Funnybook Babylon 
    SETTLE A BET, TUMBLR!
I say the photo reference for this cover is Steve Cirbus (a/k/a Sergei Mirminsky from Delocated).
David Brothers says it’s Mark Wahlberg (of MARKed Nutrition), citing his “gross pinched mouth angryface.”
David makes a good point, but I remain unconvinced. 

    SETTLE A BET, TUMBLR!

    I say the photo reference for this cover is Steve Cirbus (a/k/a Sergei Mirminsky from Delocated).

    David Brothers says it’s Mark Wahlberg (of MARKed Nutrition), citing his “gross pinched mouth angryface.”

    David makes a good point, but I remain unconvinced. 

    — 6 months ago with 4 notes
    #POPULAR VOTE  #DELOCATED  #MARKED NUTRITION 

    Swipe File!
    Ultimate Team-Up House Ad (2002)
    Yogi Bear 3D poster (2010)

    — 6 months ago with 3 notes
    #HULK THINGS COME IN SPIDEYS 

    I can’t imagine why some people still think of Top Cow as primarily a “bad girl” publisher. Though to be fair, this is pretty standard for Wizard back then.

    Scratch and Sniff Covers though? I guess that does raise the bar for skeeviness.

    (from Wizard #114, March 2001)

    — 6 months ago
    Invisible Readers

    infectedworldmind:

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    A post I wrote during my morning commute on Image Publisher Eric Stephenson’s interview with the Beat and audience and creator diversity in comics…

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    — 6 months ago with 1 note
    midtowncomics:

The new Mary-Jane statue by @jscottcampbellart! (at Midtown Comics)

Sigh…

    midtowncomics:

    The new Mary-Jane statue by @jscottcampbellart! (at Midtown Comics)

    Sigh…

    — 7 months ago with 218 notes

    brianmichaelbendis:

    Kingdom Come by Alex Ross

    I don’t think that Kingdom Come has aged especially well over the last two decades. I enjoyed it a great deal when I originally read it, but in retrospect, the premise seems overly simplistic and the plot and dialogue are kind of forgettable. Ross’ art felt revolutionary at the time (remember the excitement about the Marvels miniseries?), but was kind of static and lifeless. This is the one scene from the book that sticks with me, an expression of the kind of futurist optimism that inspired me to fall in love with DC as a kid. EDIT: Apparently, it hasn’t stuck with me enough - the image is from an issue of Justice Society of America that addressed Kingdom Come (forgive me, I have a newborn and am half coherent!).

    (Source: cantstopthinkingcomics)

    — 7 months ago with 1106 notes
    #comics  #blurb  #DC Comics  #Alex Ross 

    lalage:

    Our Glorious Deeds

    Short story about a girl who raised an army to help her family overthrow the Sui dynasty, Princess Pingyang (598-623)

    I will have this book and prints (and our Jojo doujin which I will post about shortly) at basic booth B1 @ Comic Fiesta 2013

    (No Boris & Lalage story this year I’m afraid, otoh no one’s regret over this could possibly outweigh mine. ETA: THANK YOU HOPPER FOR ALERTING ME TO TYPO >< i will.. manually.. fix it)

    (via mercurialblonde)

    — 7 months ago with 2560 notes