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Welcome to Best of 7, our new weekly wrap-up post here at Robot 6. Each Sunday we’ll talk about, as it says above, “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out on Wednesday.
So without further ado, let’s get to it …
Blood Rose, a new webcomic slated to start its regular weekly run today, is a photo-based webcomic that has a different look from traditional fumetti and an interesting genesis in the theater community of Charleston, South Carolina.
The pilot episode, which is already online, introduces mild-mannered barista Rose Keller and her friends and co-workers, then heats up pretty fast when a couple of thugs try to hold the place up and Rose administers a martial arts-style beatdown. Apparently this is her first time, and the episode concludes with Rose reflecting on how good that felt.
Blood Rose is the work of writer/film producer Nick Smith and photographer/actor Charlie Thiel, and the models are all actors from the Charleston theater community. The pilot episode was even photographed in a well-known local hangout, The Lost Dog Cafe, on Folly Beach. Thiel says he is consciously mimicking comic-book techniques as he photographs the scenes, and he uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to doctor the photographs and turn them into a comic. The result is artier than fumetti and more obviously photo-based than most traditional comics, and thanks to a good cast and a good eye, it’s fun to look at.
Now this is a great Muppet caper. British comics creator Paul O’Connell has blessed the world with A Muppet Wicker Man, a fumetti in which the heads of Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy et al are superimposed on the bodies of Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and so on for a re-enactment of director Anthony Shaeffer’s 1975 horror classic The Wicker Man.
If you’ve ever seen the movie, you already know it’s one of the greatest, and strangest, fright films of all time. Now imagine it with Muppets. Yes, I think it’s safe to say the Internet has lived up to its promise at last.
Note: Assuming grainy topless shots of Miss Piggy aren’t workplace safe, this is NSFW. But who needs a job when you have A Muppet Wicker Man?
(Via Tom Spurgeon, with my eternal thanks)
Does your love of trash put Oscar the Grouch to shame? Then feast your eyes, glut your soul on the (extravagantly NSFW) Flickr account of Curt Purcell, the blogger behind equally unworksafe horror-blogosphere cornerstone The Groovy Age of Horror. Curt’s been sharing his extensive collection of pulp paperbacks and X-rated Italian horror comics for years now, and he’s recently scanned in hundreds of their covers, helpfully divided into Fumetti, Horror Paperbacks, and the aptly named Sleaze Paperbacks for your browsing pleasure. For fans of the seedy side of Eurocomics or the lurid illustration styles of yesteryear, it’s tough to top.
Also worth checking out: Curt’s series of posts on Blackest Night (with an extensive detour into the classic Levitz/Giffen Legion storyline The Great Darkness Saga). A lapsed comics reader, Curt has been drawn back in by this year’s big DC event’s horror overtones, and his outsider/insider perspective regarding the evolution of “event comics” is quite fresh and eye-opening.