Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Within days of each other, we’ve had new seasons of Game of Thrones and Mad Men starting, here’s the inevitable mash-up, “Don Stark” by the great PJ McQuade. Don wouldn’t last five minutes in the Night’s Watch, of course. They may be the most stylish men in the Seven Kingdoms, but I couldn’t imagine him ever taking that vow of celibacy.
Jeremy Nguyen is excited about the return of Mad Men this weekend, so much in fact that he’s created three faux covers for a line of Mad Men romance comics from the 1960s.
“I’m a huge fan of the show, the time period, and wanted to somehow celebrate how entertained I am by the series,” Nguyen writes on his Tumblr. “I have a love for the golden age of comics. Sometimes I wish I was a freelance comic book artist in that era, when comics were new, exciting, and uniquely part of being American. Romance comics were in fact hugely popular in those days, easily surpassing sales of superhero comics. And at some point, they dropped off, were replaced by horror, war, and other genres eventually.”
You can check out larger versions of all three covers on his Tumblr.
Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at what the Robot 6 crew has been reading lately. Today our special guest is Jamaica Dyer, creator of Weird Fishes and Fox Head Stew, which can be read over at MTV Geek. She also recently did a concert report in comic form from San Francisco’s Noisepop for Spin Magazine.
To see what Jamaica and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.
If you’ve been jonesin’ for Don, Betty and the rest of the Mad Men gang during the long months between seasons– especially after seeing January Jones in the X-Men: First Class trailer — Periscope Studios has your virtual hook up. Last week was Mad Men week on their Tumblr blog, and they shared all sorts of inspired art — including the above piece by Jonathan Case, a faux ad for the infamous Red Rider BB Gun.
Click on over there for more art by Dustin Weaver, Jesse Hamm, Steve Lieber and more.
At Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy uncovers the long-lost inspiration for AMC’s hit series Mad Men: “an obscure comic strip from the early 1960s” by legendary artist Frank Thorne called Those Madison Avenue Men! Just how obscure was it? Handy asserts that at the peak of its 43-week run in spring 1961, Those Madison Avenue Men! appeared in just eight newspapers.
If you’ve never heard of the strip, that’s probably because it didn’t exist. It’s a pretty good gag, though (so good apparently that, despite clear signals to the contrary, the link is being passed around as fact).
Don Draper, Joan Holloway and the rest of the Mad Men crew grace the cover of the Boston Phoenix‘s Christmas issue, thanks to artist Danny Hellman. Hellman talks about the process for creating the cover over on his blog. There are a lot of fun little references here, like the mistletoe over Peggy, as that weasel Peter Campbell looks at her longingly, and Harry ensuring their clients’ commercials are shown on TV. Fun stuff.