Showing posts from October, 2013

Book Review of Shot in the Face

Sequart Research and Literacy Organization recently released an essay/interview book called Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan. This book has two interesting Interviews with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson, which is all I will say about those two parts. The main focus of the book is the essays done about the comic book series Transmetropolitan. Authors are Brett Williams, Sean Witzke, Witzke (Again), Chris Murphy, Ryan K. Lindsay, Patrick Meaney, Chad Nevett, Greg Burgas, Sara K. Ellis, Julian Darius, Johanna Draper Carlson, Jason Michelitch, & Kevin Thurman.

   Brett Williams uses to great effect science, both fictional and real, to craft a well thought out essay of Transmetopolitan's publishing history. For example the way media has changed with the times is mentioned, as well as how good science fiction anticipates the changes.

   On the other end of the spectrum Greg Burgas writes coherently but fails in properly emotionally handling …

I got mentioned in a podcast

I got a mention in the Oct. 9 Showme Comicast for my review of Jordan Taylor and Sam Richardson's Hafu first issue. They also give a lot of good advice in their podcast. It is available on itunes or show me comics website.

Hafu Comic Review

Creating a new character especially in a realistic is hard to do for any creator, but Hafu is successful as a title. Jordan Taylor (the writer) and Sam Richardson (the artist) have created this success by making the Japanese cultural references seem accurate. They also have a strong and intelligent female character in Akiko, a Half-Japanese girl. Even when Akiko is weak she has strength of character. The paper quality is a high standard and shows the art off very well.

      Now this is not to say that the writing and art can't use more honing. The writing feels at times slightly limited in terms of certain verbal explanations. For example whether the mother of Akiko is Caucasian. The art while good at showing movement and emotion needs more work on point-of-view/camera positioning. An example is the big reveal of who is in the Ninja Clan.

     Overall Jordan Taylor and Sam Richardson are providing better stories than DC and Marvel currently are. These are two creators (at l…