Create, Consume, Recycle 05/30/11

May 30th, 2011 by | Tags: , ,

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I got quoted in the Wall Street Journal talking about digital comics and Marvel’s vault. How crazy is that? Very flattering.

Thor: Tales of Asgard is soft. Netflix it if you have to, ignore it if you don’t.

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Here’s some free digital comics

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More digital comics, but not free

something i like

John Rozum and Frazer Irving, Xombi 3:

Rozum’s contribution to Xombi is far from insignificant (the story’s pretty good, and I’m really very happy with how the series is shaking out), but Irving’s work is what I want to focus on right now. Off the top of my head, I’d say that the series rarely goes above five panels per page, which gives plenty of room for action and dialogue. Irving’s had a chance to show off some low-key acting (David Kim on the phone is #1 is great) and some large-scale action scenes (check out the panel progress from panels 3-5, particularly David’s head), and he’s done well with everything. At the moment, this is probably my favorite DC book. Maybe a tie with the Milligan/Camuncoli/Landini/Bisley Hellblazer.

(The colors are interesting, too. The series feels like it’s colored by mood [a burning, angry orange, a twilight blue, a calm, natural green] rather than traditionally realistic colors.)

Xombi is fairly free of metatextual commentary. Xombi isn’t a comic about other comics. Everything you need to know takes place inside the panels. This might be the first time the story in the comic breaks out of the panels. I like the extra punch it adds to the scene, though I feel like the lettering being over the action, rather than near, hurts it a little. But that right there, the blood splatter breaking out of the confines of reality, is a great touch.

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7 comments to “Create, Consume, Recycle 05/30/11”

  1. Crikey, that Irving art is incredible.

  2. Reasonably sure, “How about you use some more San Expedito and just shoot him already,” marches right to the top of Rozum not inconsiderable contribution. Fav line frontrunner 2011.

  3. Holy cow…somehow I didn’t even notice the blood splash the first time.


  4. Congrats on the Wall Street name drop, sir. My journalism teacher always told us that “you save the home run quote for the end of the article,” so enjoy your tip around the bases.

  5. Xombi is fast becoming one of my favorite books. It’s super entertaining and Irving is killing it on the art.
    And thanks for pointing out that bloodsplatter on the panel break. I didn’t notice it the 1st time around.

  6. I appreciate the xombi’s art, i really liked it:)


  7. Xombi won me over in a single issue. One of my favorite comics in a long time.