Archive | January, 2011

Influences and Process – Dino Buzzati’s Poem Strip

31 Jan
by L. Nichols

Jeet Heer’s recent post over at Comics Comics about Dino Buzzati’s Poem Strip reminded me that I’d been meaning to write about this book. I would say that between Jeet Heer and Valentina Zanca I can’t really add anything more into the discussion of its history and historical/artistic importance. What I can discuss, however, is its influence on my own work.

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So many things

28 Jan
by Darryl Ayo








I’m the Ultimate.

@darrylayo

Marvel, Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon, Juan Díaz Canales + Juanjo Guarnido, Chris Roberson + Mike Allred, Darryl Ayo

A Ramayana Review

27 Jan
by L. Nichols

The scene where Perseus fought Medusa and the Gorgons in the old Clash of the Titans film always horrified me as a kid. Yet I still felt compelled to watch Clash of the Titans every chance I could get, refusing to look away even though I knew I was going to be scared. I knew that our hero would prevail, but that didn’t lessen the tension I felt while watching his battles. This is the same feeling I had with The Ramayana, even though the story is far less familiar to me. The baddies are out to get our hero! There’s no way he can win! But he’s the hero, so of course he is going to win.

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Influences and Process – Mathematics

27 Jan
by L. Nichols

Ok ok ok. I know… as soon as I mention math, people’s eyes glaze over. That, or they think I’m talking about adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing. But that’s arithmetic, not math. I am talking about MATH. Math and its crazy abstractions and logic. Math with its symbols. Bear with me.

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Drink Deep

26 Jan
by Kevin Czap

Let’s talk! Enough of this TL:DR culture. Enough of shallowness and gimmicks. Let’s talk shop. Let’s talk craft. Let’s be honest.

And that’s the truth, Ruth. The above quote comes from L. Nichols (emphasis mine), one of the talented and super-friendly comics folk I met at SPX the other weekend. L has been posting examples of some of the influences on her work, notably ones that fall outside of what we normally might consider comics. I recommend checking them out, I’m sure you will learn something (she was inspired to start this practice because of similar posts over at Darryl Ayo’s and the ever useful livejournal de Brandon Graham).

Back to the start, I agree one hundred percent with her calls for more discourse in comics, more serious talking, and so I’ve been inspired to take my own whack at it. I’ve typically thought and talked about works that have influenced me in the past, but I think I’ll use this space to talk about stuff that I look to at present for guidance and inspiration. I’ve got a couple groupings in mind that we’ll take one at a time. Following in L’s step, I’ll try to include a majority of non-comics material, but I still want to bring it back to comics because, frankly, there is so much great stuff that I can only even start to pick at the surface.

So, without further yappin’, the first installment of this series will take us eastward.

NOBY NOBY BOY

Noby Noby Boy
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Influences and Process – Alexander Calder

26 Jan
by L. Nichols

I still remember clearly the day when I first encountered Calder’s Cow at the museum in Boston. Of all the things I had seen there, it struck some kind of chord with me. It was whimsical, yet simple. Plus, it was made out of wire, which is a material that I have always loved working with.

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Influences and Process – Natalia Goncharova

25 Jan
by L. Nichols

I went to San Diego last spring for a friend’s wedding. My wife and I decided that since we were traveling across the country, we might as well make a vacation of it, so we took an entire week and went to Los Angeles as well. While in LA, we went to the Getty for the afternoon. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time the Getty research dept. had this exhibit up on books done by the Russian Futurists. This was the first exhibit I went into, and I think this was the only thing I really saw (other than the gardens) all afternoon.

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