This has to be the book title of the year: The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! The good folks at Abrams ComicArts have put together a pretty swell little trailer for this collection of pre-Comics Code horror and crime comics from the ’50s, edited and contextualized by Jim Trombetta with an introduction by Mr. Goosebumps himself, R.L. Stine. You can gather a couple of salient points from the video: 1) These things really were almost unbelievably lurid and gross, especially when you consider the relentlessly wholesome state of pop culture in general at the time; 2) Based on the video’s snippets from an anti-comic book TV report called Confidential File, which is included in its entirety on a DVD that comes with the book, men in suits took this stuff way too seriously back in the day.
Anime News Network has picked up on a fascinating trend over on YouTube: Anime and manga fans who show off their swag to support the industry.
The manga industry’s push against scan sites, which resulted in the shutdown of OneManga, seems to have raised awareness across otakudom that watching pirated anime and reading bootleg manga online is illegal. The anime industry has been faltering for years—long before manga began to wobble in 2007—but the general tendency among fans is to blame the publishers (for high prices and bad translations), so this is an interesting shift. It also mirrors the trend of “haul videos,” in which shoppers show off the results of their latest shopping spree.
Not even the late-night drive-thru of the Gotham City Taco Bell is beyond the reach of … The Batman.
(via The Awl)
Look at the size of that thing! It’s pood #1, the new newspaper-style alternative-comics anthology edited by Geoff Grogan, Kevin Mutch, and Alex Rader and featuring contributions from Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca, Hans Rickheit, Sara Edward-Corbett and many more. And in this video, you can sort of get a sense of just how much comics is packed onto each page. You got a better way to drop four bucks on a funnybook?
“Oh god,” Ellis wrote this morning on his blog. “The trailer made it to YouTube, and people are taunting me with it. Let’s get this over with. I have, at best, a face for radio. Unfortunately, I don’t have a voice for radio. This is horrifying and I don’t want to look.”
The documentary is scheduled for completion next year.
Remember that video we posted last month of a Spanish Alan Moore impersonator talking about Watchmen and fandom, and eating a page of From Hell? Of course you do. Well, it turns out there’s a rather surreal — okay, more surreal — sequel featuring an ode to Unbreakable, a cartoon snake … and Jumble, the idea elf who lives in Moore’s beard. Bless you, Neil Gaiman.
Jay Irani has posted a trailer for an hour-long documentary he’s producing called Shades of Grey — An Examination of Race Relations in Comic Books.
I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve watched this video this morning. It’s a Spanish-speaking Alan Moore impersonator, holding court on Watchmen, From Hell, fans — “You all have the head full of stupidities” — his first marriage, traveling to Andorra to buy a radio cassette player, and rolling a joint with a Green Arrow comic. It’s … mesmerizing (and subtitled, fear not).
(via Neil Gaiman)
Dallas retailer Zeus Comics and Collectibles has released a funny, over-the-top video — it’s a nod to local TV commercials for used-car dealerships and monster-truck rallies — to promote Ben Templesmith‘s store appearance on April 3.
Chances are you’ve carved nine minutes out of your schedule over the past few days to watch director Jonas Åkerlund’s mind-melting video for Lady Gaga & Beyoncé’s “Telephone.” Naturally, the combination of Tarantino-esque exploitation-cinema homages, hilariously overt product placement, lesbian chic, outright silliness (“Let’s Make a Sandwich”!), and utterly fabulous outfits has fired the imaginations of artists around the Internet.
Above is an adorable, lusciously colored tribute to “Telephone”‘s dynamic duo by deviantART member Yamino. The piece got the attention of Lady GaGa herself, who called it “completely brilliant”, and blasted Yamino’s homepage to her three-million-plus Twitter followers.
I’m also rather fond of deviantARTist HamletMachine’s comics-inspired take on the video …
Luc Besson’s latest movie, based on the series of graphic novels by French artist Jacques Tardi, seems to be gearing up for its big release. Man, those actors looked like they stepped right out of one of Tardi’s pages don’t they? Props to the makeup crew. (via)
Former Weatherman and current education activist Bill Ayers is going to be one of the more notable guests at next month’s MoCCA festival in New York. Although not a cartoonist, by trade, he teamed up with Xeric grant winner Ryan Alexander-Tanner to create To Teach: The Journey, In Comics, the trailer for which can be glimpsed in the video above. (via)
Did someone tell me that the English producer/director Tupaq Felber is attempting to do a six-part adaptation of Peter Bagge’s Apocalypse Nerd for the BBC and I just conveniently forgot? Egad, I hope not. At any rate, above is the teaser trailer Felber put together. Hopefully the BBC will pick it up tout suite and BBC America (or some other Brit-loving American channel) will bring it stateside soon. (via)