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It’s perhaps a little fitting that Wonder Woman’s first post-relaunch visit to Themyscira, a magical, hidden island that can teleport to any location or time, should have echoes of Lost. In the preview of this week’s Wonder Woman #2, from the Maxim magazine website of all places, we get our first exposure to the (re-) rebranded Paradise Island, complete with unnerving, and downright threatening, whispers, and Others Amazons emerging from the shadows of the jungle.
Also worth noting: Queen Hippolyta is blonde again, for the firs time since, when, the 1987 relaunch? Wonder Woman #2, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, goes on sale Wednesday.
Previously on Lost: Dash Shaw, author of Body World and Bottomless Bellybutton, and Jesse Moynihan, storyboard artist for Adventure Time and author of Forming, teamed up a couple years ago to create an innovatively formatted fold-out comic for an issue of the literary magazine The Believer. Titled “Spiritual Dad,” the strip told a multi-generational story of fathers, sons and significant others struggling to find their destinies via various chemical and/or mystical means … leading one of them to a dreamlike vision of a plane crash, an island, a mysterious bald man on a vision quest, and other events that years later would become the subject matter of a little cultural phenomenon called Lost.
Flash forward to today, when cartoonist and commentator Frank Santoro hid the never-before-digitized comic, hatch-style, at the bottom of his long and compelling interview with Moynihan for The Comics Journal. Read the whole thing and marvel at the dense meta-magic performed by Shaw and Moynihan as they weave Lost into the tapestry of their own tale. Just be sure to dig into that interview, and Moynihan’s gorgeously colored Forming art, as you scroll down toward the comic itself.
A while back we told you about artist Ty Mattson’s rather stunning, gorgeously retro Lost-inspired art, created in part as invitations for a Season Six premiere party. Apparently we’re not the only people who dug ‘em: ABC is now selling merchandise featuring Mattson’s designs in its official Lost store, including silkscreened prints, t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, mousepads, even skateboard decks. Looks like even showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are getting in on the act…
“Likable characters are for weak-minded narcissists.” So says Daniel Clowes, the author of the recently released Wilson — and given that the book and its irascible protagonist have proven about as divisive as the Lost finale, his tongue may be only partially in cheek. The titular character in Clowes’s novel is a self-described people person who’s constantly decrying the way culture and technology fragment and divide society, but he does this in the nastiest and most insulting way possible to everyone he knows, leaving him no better off than the IT workers, superhero-blockbuster fans and so on he lambastes. He’s a tough character to like.
But does that mean Wilson is a tough book to like? Isn’t there such a thing as an unlikable character you love to read about nonetheless? Tim Hodler of Comics Comics says no and yes, respectively. In a post on the book, Hodler argues that the response to Wilson, particularly the negative response, has centered far too much on Wilson’s unlikability, ignoring the way other art forms have showcased jerks for centuries to memorable effect:
I concede that, like so many people, I’ve had Lost on my mind for the past couple of days. However, am I the only one who, upon seeing this lovely preview for Northlanders #28 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez, instantly thought of the closing moments to Sunday’s series finale?
To prove I’m not totally crazy, I’ve included a couple of screencaps after the break. Isn’t it a little eerie? (The similarity, I mean, not my craziness.)
The National Post has a really cool interactive drawing of the cast from Lost, which allows you to add characters to the drawing by the season they were introduced. You can also scroll over the characters for biographical info.
“The original is on two large sheets of bristol taped together,” said Chip Zdarsky, who created the piece. “I looked like a madman working on it in the office. And then I had to learn Flash. That program is stupid!”
Lost wraps up tomorrow night.
A pair of off-the-beaten-path comics have surfaced over the past few days that are perfect for readers who like their comics with a pop-cultural flair. First up, there’s Henry & Glenn Forever, a collection of romantic one-panel gags starring those famous star-crossed lovers, Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. If you’ve ever wanted to know how the lead singers of Black Flag and the Misfits would maintain a relationship in the face of interference from their Satan-worshipping next-door neighbors Darryl Hall and John Oates, now’s your chance. Henry & Glenn Forever comes to us from Igloo Tornado, a collective consisting of The Blot‘s Tom Neely and his artistic compatriots Gin Stevens, Scott Nobles, and Levon Jihanian, and it’s available for $4 from Microcosm.
Jill Pantozi spots a Flickr set of really nice vintage-style DC Comics posters by Michael Myers featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Hawkman. The latter two — the most recent additions — are arguably the best of the bunch. Myers has also begun a Marvel set which, to date, has only a poster of Captain America.
For those Lost fans among you, the artist has animation-style renditions of the show’s characters — including Jacob and the Smoke Monster.
The Island isn’t done with us yet! Only a few episodes remain for the much-loved series Lost, and that’s meant a veritable submarine-full of artistic tributes around the Internet. Artist and designer Ty Mattson has created some of the coolest I’ve seen so far.
The piece above is from Mattson’s series “Season 6 in Black and White,” featuring an image that sums up each episode, posted the day after it airs. The poster below is one of eight retro-tinged designs Mattson came up with for Season Six premiere party invitations. Keep them coming, artists of the world!
(via Shaggy Erwin)
If there are two things on this Internet I never get tired of, it’s fan-made tributes to Lost and fan-made tributes to opening-credits design god Saul Bass. So a tip of the hat to designer Hexagonall, whose video above combines these two wonderful things. His Tron/Bass mash-up is a killer, too.
(via Todd VanDerWerff)
By all accounts tonight’s episode of Lost, now in its final season, looks to be a momentous one. (Note: I hate finding out that a given ep will be “so-and-so-centric” beforehand; alas, that ship has sailed for me as far as tonight goes, but I’m not gonna spoil it for y’all if you haven’t heard.) With that in mind, why not kick back with a few Lost-related goodies from the world of comics?
Hark! A Vagrant‘s Kate Beaton recently finished an epic catch-up on the show, which has apparently prompted a fit of creativity. The Lost comic strips she’s recently posted to Twitter include an ode to her least-favorite character, an astonishing truth about Sawyer, and a bit of 20/20 hindsight for Jack.
Nedroid‘s Anthony Clark has gone absolutely Lost-comics crazy. Just click on his Twitpic account and start scrolling, and you’ll find page after page of little Lost delights.
Finally — and you might wanna wait till your lunchbreak for this one — feast your eyes on this astonishing gallery of Lost illustrations, paintings, sculpture, toys, and god knows what-all else from Gallery1988’s Lost Underground Art Show back in December. Glorious, and gloriously weird, stuff. Kind of like the show!
And who doesn’t? (Wait, don’t answer that, the comment threads around here get contentious enough as it is.) But what I really liked about Hark! A Vagrant cartoonist Kate Beaton‘s take on her own Lost fandom (she’s playing catch-up with the DVDs and is currently in the middle of Season Four) is how she captures the way a really great show can have a literally physical effect on you. Check the whole strip out here.
I think this is my favorite artistic tribute to Lost yet: Artist Jared Stumpenhorst’s LOST 365 is a daily project in which Stumpenhorst will create one Lost-related work of art every day for a year. The pieces so far boast a strong sense of design and lack the usual cutesiness you tend to see with such projects — and, dare I say it, they’re occasionally rather haunting. Warning: vague, artistically rendered spoilers ahoy.
(Via Whitney Matheson)
Here’s another Lost sketch, incidentally, by another creator who has a book coming out from First Second later this year. Faith Erin Hicks shares an image of Jack and some of the newer cast members, i.e. ones that didn’t crash on the island in the first season.
“Oh man oh man oh man I am so excited I really really really really hope the show creators’ll be able to wrap this thing up in a good way (DON’T KILL OFF MY JULIET YOU BASTARDS I LOVE HER) I’m so excited. YAAAAAAAAY,” she writes.