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EDITOR’S NOTE: Unkiedev continues to prove himself unreliable at making deadlines, missing his column AGAIN this week. In an attempt to ratify this situation, while still bringing you the quality comic book coverage you demand, we have used the Time Machine located on the premises to bring Unkiedev’s great, great. great grandfather, Lord Gunther Horatio Boxsteader, and set him about reviewing some of this week’s titles. We now join him in the study over brandy and cigars.


…And I said “That’s not my mustache, that is a colony of spiders crawling out of my nose! Ha-Ha-Ha!”

Oh, hello there. I didn’t know you had arrived. My word but you look the fool. Since I’ve arrived here from your past I cannot help but be continuously assailed by your stupid attire and lackluster attitudes towards the finer pursuits of life: such as fox hunting, gypsy hunting, and the Intercontinental rail. May the Christian God have mercy on your degenerate souls.

I’ve been asked to remark on a few tomes set before me of a type you call “Comic Books,” though magazines would be more appropriate and WHAT, precisely I should find comical about them I shouldn’t wonder.

Here’s one: Batman #7. Dreadful stuff. A rich man spending his time disguising himself as a creature of the night in order to punch costumed ruffians? Piffle. Should a gentlemen be desiring to punch the unfortunate, he need only to do so. The law and his birth-right shall protect him.

Still, I find the vibrant coloring and the slick nature of the paper printed there upon to be the technological horrors concocted by madmen! Why do you people of the future require such extremes? Are you all blind from masturbation? Continue reading

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Drama Dairy

In 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Natives of Massachusetts put aside their differences on a cold and dreary Friday in November so they could keep each other company as they waited in line to be the first people through the door at Wal•mart. They new that a Wal•mart wouldn’t be built for another three hundred plus years, but that didn’t matter. On that special day of togetherness, all they cared about was getting the best parking space chronologically possible in order to take advantage of the huge doorbuster sales and savings.

To pass the time, the Natives teased the Pilgrims about their monochromatic wardrobe. The Pilgrims, as always, wore black, as it was slimming. The day became known as Black Friday.

We still celebrate this day of commercial gathering, this annual event of spectacular discounts and companionship today. Eventually we tacked on the previous Thursday as a day of feasting in order to fill ourselves with the calories necessary to get through a grueling day of high impact shopping.

We at Forbidden Planet hope you will join us; your comic book retail family; as we get together like the Americans of old and honor the forward thinking wishes of those visionary pioneers. We wish you the very happiest Black Friday you can have. And just like those best friends of yore; the grim, puritanical Pilgrims and those wacky fun loving Native Americans; we invite you to spend this magical day of togetherness with us.

Our door will be open. Bring a friend! Nobody should be forgotten on this special day.


I’d like to tell you to keep a close eye on some great new books this week, such as Oil and Water, the spectacular new graphic novel drawn by Eisner winner Shannon Wheeler (Too-Much-Coffee-Man) which takes a hard and startling look at the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or Fantastic Four #600 which plans on being a high-water book for Marvel events. DC ain’t looking too bad this week with new issues of Batman: The Dark Knight #3, and you’d really have to be a communist to pass up BOOM! Studios Ron Paul #1.

But none of that matters, now. In fact, nothing really matters this week. Not Football, not turkeys, not even the grit and determination of the Wampanoag natives as they struggled under their deerskin slankets, warming their hands and waiting, waiting, waiting.
Nothing else matters except for this: Continue reading

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The Comicscological Constant

By Cornhusker T. Whiskerbooties

(Just kidding, it’s by Unkiedev.)

OFTEN times my “job” as a jet setting comic book journalist is a real grind…like when I get a paper cut on a near mint copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 and I bleed on the page and my blood lowers the resale value of Spidey’s first appearance by, like, $15,000.  Bummer. Or when there are SO many comic book groupies trying to steal my clothes that I just DON’T know what to do, ho hum.

NOT today, however. Today we get to turn our attention to AMAZING comic books FROM THE FUTURE! Yes, instead of telling you super-cool comics that you can buy this week (Hint: Captain America #1, X-Men Schism #1, Green Lantern #67,  Hellboy The Fury #2, and the IDW Berke Breathed gallery collection are a few high points,) I will instead reveal sensational new comics that you can’t buy today, tomorrow or even next Tuesday…these are books you’ll have to borrow from Marty McFly as these swanky tomes only exist IN THE FUTURE! Continue reading

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SDCC: Eisner Award Winners 2010

The Eisner Awards were presented Friday evening in concurrence with Comic-Con International at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.  Onstage guests included the cast of the imminent Scott Pilgrim film, Thomas Jane, Ben Garant (Reno 911), voice actor Phil Lamarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack). The event was MC’d by Maurice LaMarche (“The Brain,” from Pinky & The Brain and notable veteran of many other cartoons).

There were also some real life comic creators there, presenting awards to their  peers, the likes of which included Chris Claremont, Milo Manara(!), James Robinson, Berkeley Breathed, Peter Bagge, James Sturm, and Jillian Tamaki.

The works below are linked to either the item on the FPNYC webstore or the winner’s homepage where applicable.

Best Short Story
“Urgent Request,” by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Captain America #601: “Red, White, and Blue-Blood,” by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)

Best Limited Series or Story Arc
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best New Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)

Best Publication for Kids
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hardcover, by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Beasts of Burden, winner Best Painter, Best Publication for Teens
Beasts of Burden, winner Best Painter, Best Publication for Teens

Best Publication for Teens
Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press)

Best Anthology
Popgun, Vol. 3, edited by Mark Andrew Smith, D. J. Kirkbride and Joe Keatinge (Image)

Best Digital Comic
Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart

A Drifting Life, winner Best Reality-Based Work, Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material (Asia)

Best Reality-Based Work
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Work
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing)

Best Graphic Album — New
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli (Pantheon)

Best Graphic Album — Reprint
Absolute Justice, by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithewaite (DC Comics)

Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips
Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1, by Berkeley Breathed, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW Publishing)

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures deluxe edition, by Dave Stevens, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW Publishing)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Asia
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil, Marvels Project (Marvel) Criminal, Incognito (Icon)

Asterios Polyp, winner Best Writer/Artist, Best Graphic Album, Best Lettering

Best Writer/Artist
David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction
Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan/Holt)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC Comics)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse); Magic Trixie and the Dragon (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Best Cover Artist
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC Comics)

Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, Umbrella Academy, Zero Killer (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC Comics); Luna Park (Vertigo)

Best Lettering
David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon

Best Comics-Related Book
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)

Absoloute Justice, winner Best Graphic Album (reprint), Best Publication Design
Absoloute Justice, winner Best Graphic Album (reprint), Best Publication Design

Best Publication Design
Absolute Justice, designed by Curtis King and Josh Beatman (DC Comics)

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hall of Fame
• Burne Hogarth
• Bob Montana
• Steve Gerber
• Dick Giordano
• Michael Kaluta
• Mort Weisinger

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
Jeannie Schulz

Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Book Writing
Otto Binder, Gary Friedrich

Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award
Marian Churchland (Beast)

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Evan Dorkin “Interview” from TCAF 2010

For your amusement and enlightenment check out this interview with Evan Dorkin (one of my favorite cartoonists of all time), the creator of Milk and Cheese and writer of the Eisner-nominated Beasts of Burden. “Interview” is in quotes because Evan basically takes over. Parts of this had me laughing my ass off. Alone in the dark. While eating pudding. Enjoy!

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Eisner-Winners Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson @ Animal Planet

The Daily Treat, a blog for Animal Planet, one of the Discovery Channel’s other networks (sheesh, that was a handful) has a keen interview up with Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, Dork) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, The Invisibles) covering their new miniseries from Dark Horse, “Beasts of Burden.”

beastsEvan: The series is about a group of neighborhood dogs and a stray cat that come together to protect their town from the supernatural.  The town is apparently cursed, and the people living there aren’t attentive enough to notice anything is wrong, at least not yet.  So it’s up to these pets to do what they can, with the help of two wise dogs who are training them in the occult.  So far they’ve dealt with a haunted doghouse, a coven of witches and their black cat familiars, a pack of zombie dogs, and a werewolf.

The new series spins out of their Eisner-winning short story that appeared in The Book of Hauntings from a few years back, and having read the recently released issue #1, I’m glad to report this new series has a lot of promise so far.

The entire interview can be read here.

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Everbody is Stupid Except for Peter Bagge

Fantagraphics has just published a new collection of comics from “Hate” creator Peter Bagge: Everybody is Stupid Except for Me. Originally appearing in the pages of Reason- a 40ish year old Libertarian magazine with a circulation that hovers around the sixty thousand mark- the work reprinted here runs the gamut of observations from the Seattle-based cartoonist and eviscerates causehaeds, the media, malls, bums, trains, politicians, celebrities and even his fellow Libertarians alike.


Please be aware that these cartoons appeared between the roller coaster years of 2001-2008 (though that’s not to say we aren’t still strapped in), and should be viewed less like the reactionary ramblings of some political cartoonists that cropped up in that period and considered more as social commentary documented in comics form. Keep in mind that whether you agree with Bagge’s views or not, his cartooning prowess is the real spectacle to behold here. A welcome alternative (and in some ways an antidote) to the shrill talking head Punditocracy of Fox News and CNBC in comics form.


I was a big fan of the “Hate” single issues when they ran in the nineties, and despite having recommended his stuff countless times in the NYC Forbidden Planet store, for some reason or another Mr. Bagge fell off my favorite cartoonists list, the subsequent Annuals sitting towards the bottom of the never ending reading list. Dunno why. Guess I forgot how dense his work can be irrespective of panel size and how very few of his peers can display such social vitriol with such sarcastic, humorous vigor. Or I forgot how the distinct expressions and body language of his rubbery characters can emote more than hormonally charged teenagers on crank. Either way that was pretty dumb of me and he’s once again ascended to the top of the pile.

Here Bagge’s at his finest depicting the stupid crap that spews out of the mouths of otherwise presumably intelligent beings. Among my faves: Fascists Have Feelings Too (“What’s so evil about trains running on time?”), Ex-Pats Say the Darndest Things (“…the people here exhibit a deep spirituality that is non-existent back home.”) and Taking Out Arnold (“…Twins is practically an ad for genetic engineering!”).

Above all else, Everybody is Stupid Except for Me showcases a comics artist who remains at the top his craft. Almost a decade’s worth of work years removed from that which he’s most recognized for, yet still relevant, still angry, still funny, and still cartooning about the whole mess with aplomb.

Finally, let me just take a moment to say that there are very few cartoonists on this planet who incorporate the “arrows pointing at something funny, or with self-mockery for their lack of being able to draw something” well enough to use this overdone and despicably cliched technique ever again. In fact only three come to mind: Robert Crumb, Evan Dorkin, and Peter Bagge. Everyone else: STOP IT RIGHT NOW. If you absolutely have to point at something cute in your drawings (and you probably don’t), remember: sparingly, people, sparingly.


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