characters for a thing
characters for a thing
A short comic about a girl, her mother and their different Black clothes.
I made this in late August this year for Seriefrämjandets yearly contest. The topic was comics for young people… and guess what, I actually won!
En serie med otroligt bra känsla för karaktärer, med god känsla för hur utseende och subkulturer betyder i ungdomens sökande efter en identitet. En serie som man ser på första anblick har hjärta, och som subtilt pekar på ämnen som andra skulle göra till huvudpoängen i historien. Som en liten bonus får vi en tjej i huvudrollen som känns levande och som man känner starkt inför.
I’m incredibly surprised, happy and grateful to have won. Since it got so much praise, I figured I should post it here. Thanks to Keetande for helping me with the tricky translation!
Did this about two weeks ago, but I didn’t have time to upload it haha.
Speaks for itself. Oh, this kind of people.
Instead of doing a convention write-up, I thought I’d list all the books that I bought and loved with mini reviews and links to buy them if you so choose. And they are all excellent so you really should :)
Featuring Mariah Heuhner, Howard Hardiman, Barry Nugent, Gillian Hatcher, Gary Erskine, and Fiona Stephenson.
"I just think that the whole idea of diversity is a little bit odd because what I really see it as is just being real.
"Because if you look at a normal population, roughly half are male, roughly half are female, there’s a little gap of people who aren’t, there’s a percentage who’ll be disabled, there’s a percentage of different skin colours and to not have that is weird. I think that’s one of the points to kind of think about with a lot of the comics you see where it’s mostly straight white men and maybe a token lady and a token black guy… that’s weird! That’s really weird. So really it’s just to keep underlining that to people."
Raygun Roads, or to give it it’s full title, Raygun Roads and & The Kittlebach Pirates, The Infinity Loop Death-Trap of Ulysses Pomp, is more than your ordinary comic. Literally. It’s sensory overload for dispirited hearts everywhere, with an integrated (and free) soundtrack that soothes your soul while your brain fights to race through the 48 page flip-album like a writer on Red Bull.
Raygun Roads and her Kittlebach Pirates are a band of punk-ass anarchists who hurtle into the grime of our world to boot it in the crotch and save Vincent Paradise from his mundane gloom at the hands of a Mr Shankley type job centre worker and/or the D-Void infected and Ullyses Pomp, shaman of shame and ruler of the Porpoise of Purpose.
I’m seeing a lot of people comparing it to Adventure Time, but don’t go in expecting the same sort of comic. Dungeon Fun is an adventuring tale for sure, and shares some of the psychedelic aspects of Finn the human and Jake the dog’s exploits, but the humour here is much more central to proceedings – it’s much more of a laugh out loud read. The deceptively simple artwork is possibly another point of comparison, but Dungeon Fun packs a much heavier emotional punch at times – often when you least expect it.
I found Dungeon Fun to be the more charming book, and one that I really want to tell people to go and read. And I say this as a big Adventure Time fan!
Told in black and white, and a million shades of grey, the book is deceptively stunning. And those sound effects! That shading! Ah me, I cannot express how wonderful the art is in any kind of manner that would truly do it justice in a simple review. Just click on the examples I bring, and see for yourself. I see this comic in colour in my mind when I recall panels and sequences, I hear the train when I picture it.
Loisel’s magnum opus, six volumes long and published from 1990 to 2004, is clad now in green crocodile skin print with tiny Tinker Bell flying across the cover leaving a trail of pixie dust in her wake.
A very adult tale, this Peter Pan has won critical acclaim and fame in native France where Loisel’s Clochette – Tinker Bell – is as familiar a sight as the Disney starlet. Yet with its arrival on our shores many UK reviewers were left shocked by the sexual and vulgar content – most notably perhaps by Tinker Bell’s voluptuous appearance, and Peter’s insults towards her in the first chapter – “bitch!” “slut!”.
But this prequel to JM Barrie’s classic, to the play and to the Disney animated feature, is perfectly in keeping with all of its predecessors – the final line from Barrie is after all the sinister, “and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.” By taking the subtext out of the shadows and into the spotlight, Loisel’s Peter Pan is infinitely more enjoyable.