*Please note that the subject matter discussed in the interview contains adult content and is for mature readers only.
One of my favorite webcomics, Khaos Komix, recently came to a planned end, and I felt it was the best time to find out just what goes on in the mind of its creator, Tab Kimpton. Much of the webcomic has a personal significance for Kimpton, given the information I’ve gleamed in conversation and looking on the comic’s website, as the subject matter has touched both myself and my fellow FBCer, Kristine Chester, deeply; however, because of said subject matter and the artistic style used, a lot of the webcomic is considered mature content and not geared toward children, so be careful when reading it. Now, thanks to some friendly emails between the two of us, I was able to have an interview with Kimpton about Khaos Komix and other ideas.
This interview was conducted on February 27, 2013.
You don’t just read Everybody Loves Tank Girl by Alan C. Martin and Jim Mahfood, you enter into it, like some passionate, beer-drenched, shotgun wedding. And, you can be sure that hearts will be broken, curses will rain down like a plague, lovers will be shot, and people will fight and f--k and die, and through it all, Tank Girl and her man (er, kangaroo) Booga will be there to lend a helping hand grenade.
If you are reading this article, then chances are that you grew up anxiously awaiting the moment when your parents would relinquish the comics section of the newspaper. Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, The Family Circus, Beetle Bailey . . . all of these and more provided hours of delight each week when we got our hands on the funny papers. While these titles have expanded in their own right, often being collected into hardcover volumes and trades, print newspapers are quickly becoming non-existent as news media (and cartoons) move toward the digital age. While we may be thankful that this new digital frontier has provided us with countless webcomics to enjoy, one can only wonder what will befall the newspaper cartoonists that we have idolized for all of these years. Unwilling to allow that question to go unanswered, cartoonist Dave Kellett (Sheldon, Drive, How to Make Webcomics) and Frederick Schroeder (twice-nominated Sundance cinematographer) have set out to create STRIPPED, a documentary that brings together the world's best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newsprint fades away.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
The charming, black-and-white Myth #1 combines fairy tale sensibilities with a protagonist whose worldview is informed by Silver Age comic heroes into a story that’s part fantasy, part superhero, and a charitable effort to boot. Young Sam lives at an orphanage lorded over by Mrs. Morrison, every horrible headmistress or evil stepmother incarnate, and though Sam become a bit of an escape artist, Mrs. Morrison’s moblike goons bring him back each time he runs away. That is, until he decides to run toward the forest – you know, the supposedly haunted one – where Morrison is happy to assume he’s met a horrible end.
The weird thing about reviewing a TV show on a week-to-week basis is you can never be commenting on the big picture. It’s like reviewing a movie in 15-minute chunks instead of looking at the whole thing. One episode may seem slow and inconsequential only to have had enormous significance in the 13 or 22-part story the series is telling.
Tonight, Justified gave us one of those payoff nights that you can’t see week-to-week. Tonight, all the trees became a forest as Graham Yost and his writing staff threw a bunch of puzzle pieces into the air and watched them land in pretty much perfect place.
Good news, Iron Man fans! Yahoo recently released its latest trailer for Iron Man 3 for your viewing pleasure!
Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.
One of the best books of last month was IDW’s G.I. Joe #1 by Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth. This book offered a new jumping on point for readers and a new status quo for the Joes. The PREVIEWS Party recently got a chance to talk with Fred Van Lente about the new series.
Sure, his layouts brought a cinematic quality to the genre. Yeah, his seminal work, A Contract With God, stands as a watermark of art and story in a period where the two didn’t often blend well. Of course, he helped to define the comics industry, both on the page and off, setting professional standards that are still being reached for today.
But, did you also know he did how-to manuals for the Army in World War II?
At its core, No Place Like Home is a reimaging of L. Frank Baum’s Oz, but this isn’t a “dark and gritty” reboot. It is most definitely dark, but not in the now standard way that many, many comics, movies, and video games are. The direction that NPLH goes is different. This is not the story of Dorothy Gale (I just got that.) as she is whisked off to a magical wonderland. This is the story of Dee as she returns home to Emeraldsville, Kansas, to deal with her parents' death in a freak tornado. Things in town go from bad to horror-movie pretty quickly, and Dee finds herself trapped between a mysterious killer and a town-wide conspiracy. There are countless allusions and nods to The Wizard of Oz, from major plot points to single panel sight gags. The references are very well done and add a layer of “I see what you did there” to the story.