I really like this.
The Tumblr thing. (The blog is something different.)
I really like this.
Who else should I follow on Tumblr?
The Vader cover makes it look like he’s saying “Wait! I can explain!”
The Justice Department indictment on Gotham City letterhead clinched it.
This #sfbatkid phenomenon is a really nice, human thing. I dunno about you guys, but I needed the reminder that it was possible.
I’m in New York City for the marvel retreat and I was walking near the campus of New York University. I was walking near a couple who were loudly arguing
" I’m telling you they are Norse gods."
"no, it’s a family of superheroes who live in a fancy superhero world."
" why won’t you listen to…
It’s like when everybody in New Avengers was doing the whole “What if you could go back and kill Hitler, would you?” and Cap tells them “I did. I killed Hitler.”
Digging this, but also feeling myself wanting to only listen to metal from now on.
Can’t sleep, boobs will eat me.
Album covers, amirite?
Let me tell you about Saga:
- Surrealist star-crossed romance/family adventure comic IN SPACE. Alana and Marko are fleeing from opposing sides of a very old war, trying to keep themselves and their newborn alive without getting killed by either side.
- Written by Brian K. Vaughan (author of Y: The Last Man and the Faith arc of the Buffy S8 comics) and art by Fiona Staples. Ongoing with 14 issues so far; it looks like there are scheduled hiatuses every six issues? There are now two volumes collected the first 12 issues.
- Definitely an adult-content book. There is violence, sex, nudity, and bits.
- Gorgeous artwork. The use of color, the expression and individuality of the faces, the visual concept work - Staples does wonderful stuff.
- Gonzo worldbuilding. One of the people after us is Prince Robot IV, who comes from a race of people with TV sets for heads. Another of the people after us travels with a giant blue hairless cat which, whenever anyone lies in its presence, says, “Lying.” There’s a significant character with one huge eye in the middle of his face and a minor character that is a human-sized, air-breathing seahorse in a suit. And I will let you discover The Stalk for yourself, but she is possibly my favorite of all.
- Easy to read – all the pages are left-to-right, top-to-bottom. No panels overlapping with other panels, no following panels all up and down the page. It’s always extremely clear what panel to look at next. (This bullet point is aimed specifically at my friends who say they’re not sure how to read comics. Saga will start you off very gently!)
- Lots of awesome women! Specifically Alana and infant daughter Hazel (who narrates), but we also have, uh, various spoilery other people. We frequently have more women than men in a scene, and the women are all complicated and layered and excellent, as they should be.
- First issue caused a minor hullabaloo for having Alana breastfeeding on the cover.
- Racial diversity – almost none of these people are actually human, much less of a particular identifiable ethnicity, but Alana is noticeably browner than Marko, and [spoilery other characters] are both much darker still. It’s not by species, either; Marko has horns and is light-skinned, but [spoilery character] also has horns and the darkest skin of any of the humanoids we meet.
- The storytelling makes me trust it. It keeps returning to the elements and events it’s introduced, so that a character who’s a topic of discussion shows up in person six issues later, and a scene that is referenced in passing is seen in full flashback further down the road. There is no waste here.
- It’s hopeful. There’s death, and it’s sad, and the war is terrible and the environment in which we are trying to survive is terrible, and yet the story itself seems to be an act of building up, rather than tearing down, if that makes any sense – for the reader and for the characters.
- The first issue is free! You can pick up the whole 6-issue volume for pretty cheap, either digitally or in hard copy, and the second for not too much more. Or, you know, Amazon. Alternatively, the library! (I’m sure there are also other, less reputable ways of acquiring it, but I can’t help you with those.)
So, clearly this is something you want to investigate further, yes? Yes? :D
Surprised more of the sci-fi superfans I follow on Tumblr aren’t into Saga. Maybe because comic-books? Still. It’s awesome.