Thursday, May 8, 2008


For all you process junkies out there, I've just discovered a post by Jock (illustrator of the Drunken Angel DVD and arguably the best cover design mind in comics), doing an "anatomy of a cover" for the first issue of Scalped that's not too dissimilar to what I try to do here when I manage to find the time to post. It's here, and well worth reading.

Another recent discovery: Tropical Toxic, the blog of Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, particularly the post on Tomer's amazing (and probably NSFW) cover for the Peguin Classics Marquis de Sade book:

Tangentially, I also discovered that the great David Lapham has started a blog (currently hyping F for Fake, interestingly enough). For those unfamiliar with Lapham: If you're a fan of film noir or crime stories generally, you're still not nearly prepared for the pure nihilism of his genius comic Stray Bullets—depending on what day of the week it is, possibly my favorite comic ever. (His latest, Young Liars, is also off to a fine start.)

(I've been told that including more links makes one's blog posts more google-spider-friendly. Can you tell?)


Anonymous said...

My favorite part is "Will suggested a headdress on Dash, which was the perfect idea. Even though the character doesn’t wear one in the issue..."

I'm sure native americans appreciate the gesture of associating a ceremonial headdress with a nunchaku toting sleeze, drawn by a British white guy. RIP design ethics

Anhedoniac said...

Anonymous, if you bothered to read "Scalped" you'd know that Dash is anything but easy to pin down which is why the headdress is a good call: he steadfastly refuses to acknowledge his heritage in any way whatsoever and is resented for that in his community and the headdress represents how very much trapped and confined he feels when he has to come back to his place of origin...
Context is everything, man

Anonymous said...

I'd respond to that if it had any relevance, or made any sense.

Anhedoniac said...

Hnh. I guess it doesn't make sense. Sorry.
What I meant is the use of the headdress has a lot to do with the anger the person wearing it feels towards having to work for the man who owns an Indian casino, perpetuating the bad image of his community and, what's more, its bad habits. Meaning, the usual clich├ęs.

Look, even considering comic books tend to b exploitative (what James Joyce called kinetic art, the bad kind), and Scalped isn't the exception, give it a read and see if you still think ill of the cover in question.

If you like it, please buy it, though!