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Free comics

Too good to be true? Well Vertigo (DC Comic’s “mature” publishing wing) are offering PDF versions of the first issues from some great comic series. There’s some great stuff here on offer and it’s a great way to introduce yourself to some seminal works for free. Some of my favourites are here like:

  • Sandman
  • Preacher
  • Transmetropolitan
  • 100 Bullets
  • the Invisibles

So download away.

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A little diversion

Over at Warren Ellis’ messageboard, the Engine, they’re having a thread devoted to member’s favourite comic panel. Some are beautifully drawn, some are profound… and others are, well, not:

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Joker

 Preacher

Yes Matt, there’s a couple of classic Preacher ones in there.

The Ventrue Bros.

Just thought I’d point everyone in the direction of another hilarious show on Adult Swim (no, I’m not getting paid for this endorsment). It’s called the Ventrue Brothers, and it’s basically a rip on plenty of super-hero and super-science characters like Johnny Quest. Doctor Venture is a second rate scientist, living off the reputation of his late-father, trying to make a living selling his inventions ot the military and others. Living with him are his two moronic sons Hank and Dean, and also his semi-psychotic bodyguard Brock Sampson. Basically they go on adventures and try not to get killed, anyway here’s two clips:

Anyway if you want to watch more, there’s two episodes on Adult Swim’s online tv showing, just select Shows, Venture Bros. and the show you want to watch. It’s split into 4 or 5 scenes so you need to watch them through before loading the next one. The first series is out on DVD but on Region 1 only, so check comic book stores and any other speciality DVD stores.

Web Comics

I’ve had to leave all my comics atmy mum and dad’s house because Anna and I couldn’t afford to take them with us. You have no idea how heavy 4 bookshelves of comics are until you try and put 30 kgs of them into a box. So, I’ve had to leave them all aside, and apart from a single visit to a comic book store on the other side of the city, there’s been prescious little comic book action happening.

So, I’ve been checking out some web comics for some day to day comic book action. First up is the brilliant Adventures of Dr. McNinja, which is a black and white comic. It’s the adventures of said Dr who is also a ninja. To give you a taste of the vein of humour, the current story has velocoraptor riding banditos and Ronald MacDonald. It’s oh-so slightly surreal but very funny.

Questionable Content is a comic about “Indie rock, romance and a robot”, only partially based in reality, this is an indie-hipster’s (like myself) dream comic. Marten, our hero for lack of a better word, struggles with his love-life and has numerous conversations about indie bands. C’mon, he has a Mogwai and Mercury Rev poster on his wall. What a guy! The comic’s up to it’s 654th page, so it might be an idea to go back to the start and read through all of them, it’s well worth it. There’s also a character guide, whichcan help you fill in some blanks.
A darker comic is NYC 2123, a cyberpunk sci-fi comic which has been optimised to be viewed on the web as well as a PSP. It’s a thriller, with a nano-mob hired to do some corporate espionage that lands them in a big deal of trouble. The final issue of the series has just come out, so you can read the whole thing at your leisure. The artwork is really reminiscent of Brian Michael Bendis, one of my favourite writers/illustrators.

UPDATE: typical; literally 5 minutes after I write this page I visited Binky’s blog and found a link to a rather funny X-men comic which explains why X Men 3 wasn’t that good, compared to the actual comics. Well worth reading if you have never read any X-men comics.




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