David Lapham’s crime comic Stray Bullets demonstrates the challenges of working independently on creative art. Why did it take almost 20 years for this book to get the attention it deserves? We look into the economics of the comics industry to find out.
Comics creator Benjamin Marra is continually described as “notorious” or an “outsider artist” but we talk to him about his genuine sentimentality for these stories. In relation to the release of his work on Fantagraphics’ All Time Comics, we review his body of work and why it might make us so uncomfortable.
In his new serialized novella Normal, Warren Ellis shows us how too much futurism can lead to “abyss gaze.” Christian went to one of Ellis’ few U.S. readings from the book and reports to Charlie on how social media is the new cosmic horror. And what’s the difference between a foresight strategist and a strategic forecaster?
Charlie and Christian examine DC Comics’ latest attempt to reinvent their publishing line. Is it really about defeating despair with hope, as writer/executive Geoff Johns has said? And is this friendly to new readers? We also look at the ethical implications of using characters from “Watchmen” in an attempt to create a shared universe with an emotionally compelling narrative.