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Best comic book tattoos inspired by Jeff Lemire

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Cover to Tales from the Farm, one of my all-time favourite graphic novels and the first of three chapters in Essex Country trilogy. Writes the tattoo’s owner:

jefflemire-talesfromthefarmThe story is one of the most emotional and evocative stories that uses little to no dialogue. The main character, a boy named Lester is the most expressive character I have ever read. It almost brought me to tears the first time I read it.

(via FYeahTattoos)

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Gus from Sweet Tooth.

SWTO_OOTDW.cvrgus from the comic book sweet tooth by jeff lemire. jeff drew this particular piece for me, and i’m totally in love. done at invisible nyc by damien rodriguez, who is a champion among other champs. go there. get good tattoos.

(via FYeah Tattoos)

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This one belongs to “Husband, Dad, English teacher, self professed comic enthusiast” @FoggysPal (aka Steve Dishon)

And then Darren Hupke (@darrenhupke) replied with his own ink job of Gus:

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If I were in Oslo today, I’d go to this…

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(…with apologies to The Comics Reporter)

I’m just getting over my TCAF hangover, but the itch is starting again. And if I were in Norway, I would be making my way to the Oslo Comics Expo. The lineup is insane:

  • Michael Deforge (who also created the poster)
  • Paul Pope
  • Jeff Lemire
  • Luke Pearson
  • Brandon Graham
  • Gabrielle Bell
  • Scott McCloud (Scott McCloud!)

…and some Norwegian and Danish artists with whom I am unfamiliar but will now check out. Check out the roster.

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It’s Wednesday! (January 23, 2013)

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Interesting trend: today’s list of books is dominated by artist/writer types. (Even our leading image – see below to find out who it’s by….if you haven’t already figured it out).

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #6
minutemen6-dccomicsWritten by: Darwyn Cooke,  Art by: Darwyn Cooke, Cover by: Darwyn Cooke

“You’ll do what I say or I’ll burn this place to the ground and kill every person you know.”

Wrapping up one of the better titles in the Before Watchmen series of books, most of which are pretty strong.

MIND MGMT #7
Writer, art and cover by Matt Kindt

mindmgmt7-darkhorseWe’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of MIND MGMT, beginning with the Ad Man! With the remains of MIND MGMT on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors.

Back following a short hiatus. If you’re not reading this series, you are definitely missing out. It’s difficult to describe this book – a clandestine agency that’s been controlling world events for decades, possibly longer, staffed with operatives who have certain brain-based abilities.  It will mess with your head (no pun intended). If you liked the flavour of Lost or X-Files, you will not be disappointed here.

Dark Horse is calling this a great jumping on point for new readers. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes enjoy falling into a story partway through and trying to figure out what’s going on.

The first collected edition is due in April.

PROPHET #33
prophet33coverStory by: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy, Art By: Simon Roy, Cover By: Fil Barlow

The Prophet clone with the Dolemantle from issues 21-23, New Father Prophet returns to Earth. As Prophet brothers from all over the universe assemble he must prove his worth among their ranks.

Read a preview here.

HARBINGER #8
Writer:
Joshua Dysart, Penciler: Phil Briones, Colorist: Ian Hannin

harbinger8-valiantThe Renegades recruit their newest member – Torque! In a shed in the backwoods of Northern Georgia lives a meek, sequestered teen named John Torkelson. Raised just this side of feral, and on a steady diet of MMA and reality TV, fried catfish and Cheeto pie, he’s a firm believer that women should be seen and not heard (though he really hasn’t met many). But when four strange, super-powered outlaw teenagers suddenly appear in the woods outside his shed, Torkelson’s life takes a turn he could’ve never imagined. Now the boy his poppa called “Stump” is about to become more man than he could’ve ever imagined. But then…what exactly is a “real man”? For that matter, what’s a real hero? Only one thing’s certain, the Renegades are about to get a hell of a lot stronger.

I wasn’t a reader of Valiant when the publisher launched in the 90s, so I’m not terribly familiar with the source material. But I’m completely digging Harbinger and X-O Manowar. Solid writing on both of those. I enjoyed the first arc of Archer and Armstrong. Less excited about the second arc so far, but I’m a few issues behind.

Also worth noting, the amazing image at the top of this post is a variant covers for this issue of Harbinger drawn by one of my favourite comic creators (who also happens to be Canadian and from Toronto).

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It’s Wednesday! (January 9, 2013)

star-wars-1Happy New Year everyone!

I realize that was last week, but I’ve been sick and unable to formulate sentences.

One beginning and two endings join the top of my read pile this week.

sw1-insideSTAR WARS #1

Writer: Brian Wood, Artists: Carlos D’Anda, Cover: Alex Ross

This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

I don’t follow Star Wars comics, but I’ve always had a soft spot for series that the Marvel Comics put out between ’77 and ’86. Those were my formative comic reading years. So I’m curious to see how stories from that Star Wars era might be treated in the hands of a writer like Brian Wood. It’s a bit of a bummer that Dark Horse will be losing the license to Marvel after this year, which gives us probably 12 to 15 issues. That is unless Marvel continues the series with the same creators (Wood is currently writing for Marvel after all) when they take over.

sweet-tooth-40SWEET TOOTH #40
Written, illustrated and Cover by Jeff Lemire

Gus’s journey comes to an end and the fate of the hybrids is revealed in the final issue of the acclaimed Vertigo series!

One of my favourite books of all time. But I am glad it’s coming to an end. As much as I like the idea of an ongoing series that runs endlessly (although I find myself buying fewer of those every month) increasingly I prefer comics with a story that has a natural conclusion. That is part of what I enjoyed about Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run – he had plotted out a beginning, middle and end.

infinite vacation 5INFINITE VACATION #5
Written by: Nick SpencerArt By: Christian Ward

This is it: the mind-blowing conclusion to the biggest sci-fi epic of 2011! As Mark comes face to face with the makers of The Infinite Vacation and discovers the startling truth behind the multiverse, he’ll be forced to make a decision that will change the very nature of life itself forever!

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Jeff Lemire’s Essex County: Lina responds

“I have been reading all of your references, and I like Jeff Lemire even more than I did before. I re-read Essex County again after reading the blogs, and I was able to see it with a slightly different eye.

“At first reading, I found the bleakness hard to take (unsettling) because I felt myself being pulled into a world where the characters defy their own stereotypes by carrying (and quietly exposing) the emotional equivalent of Sisyphus’ boulder. This hits too close to home for me. Really…been there, remember it well. It doesn’t matter who the characters are. They suffer, they sacrifice, they yearn, they make mistakes, they are human.

“After re-reading, I still see that layer, but I also see an elegance I hadn’t seen before. This time, I was more prepared for the paradox–the co-existence of fragility and resilience. I like this in stories even more than I like irony…and I like irony. I am so grateful to you for giving me Essex County–I think it is truly a Canadian masterpiece.

“One day, after I’ve read more of his work, I would like to meet Jeff Lemire.  The Underwater Welder sounds incredible–just by the title.”

Read also: Dear Lina, Have You Read Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy?

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