Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Alone and Park Bench

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:41 – Catching up
  • 00:04:47 – Alone
  • 00:44:03 – Park Bench
  • 01:12:16 – Wrap up
  • 01:13:10 – Contact us

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Weirded Out by the Eyes

For the February Euro Comics episode, Edward and Derek discuss two works from Christophe Chabouté, Alone and Park Bench, both published by Gallery 13, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The first is a largely quiet meditation on solicitude, exile, and imagination. Because of physical deformities, the protagonist lives isolated in a lighthouse, with only a couple of fishermen to bring him supplies and serve as his link to the outside world. By contrast, Park Bench is a completely silent narrative that is all about community. The titular object functions as a simple focal point that brings together, inadvertently, a variety of diverse individuals, demonstrating an interconnectedness that is not readily apparent. While Derek appreciates Chabouté’s uncomplicated style and thematic approach, Edward is more critical, preferring more visual difference and ambiguous messaging.

Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Equinoxes and Clear Blue Tomorrows

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Time and Tide

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:03:17 – Setting up Pedrosa and Vehlmann
  • 00:08:08 – Equinoxes and other Pedrosa titles
  • 00:51:14 – Clear Blue Tomorrows and other Vehlmann titles
  • 01:26:01 – Wrap up
  • 01:29:12 – Contact us

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It’s the first Euro Comics episode of the new year, and Edward and Derek use the occasion to focus on the work of two contemporary French creators, using their latest books as springboards into their larger bodies of work. They begin with Cyril Pedrosa’s Equinoxes (NBM Publishing), a novelistic examination of life purpose and the uses we make of art in creating meaning. The text comprises four alternating storylines that become more enmeshed as the narrative progresses, combining comics with prose passages in establishing its contemplative tone. But Edward and Derek also bring in discussions of Pedrosa’s earlier works in translation, including Three Shadows (First Second), Hearts at Sea (Dupuis/Europe Comics) and Portugal (Dupuis/Europe Comics).

Next, the Two Guys examine Clear Blue Tomorrows, written by Fabien Vehlmann with art by Ralph Meyer and Bruno Gazzotti (Cinebook). This book is basically a series of science-fiction or fantastic stories brought together by a broader narrative frame: a time traveler from a dystopian future tasked with ghost writing stories for the would-be tyrant in hopes of changing the man’s occupational trajectory. It’s a curious spin on the “killing Hitler” sci-fi trope, though narratively reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. The guys also discuss several of Vehlmann’s other works, including Last Days of an Immortal (Archaia), Beautiful Darkness (Drawn and Quarterly), and the all-age series Alone (Cinebook). There’s a lot packed into this episode…and so many reading ideas!

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Supanova Perth, Image Comics Expo and Captain Planet: THE MOVIE

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NSFW!!!

A short one (due to our Man Of Steel review) to keep you going until Sunday. Let’s have at it!

 

SUPANOVA wrap up

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We play our new game “G Money Guesses Groupon!!!!!”

UFP Crew Questions

–          Florida Vs George Zimmerman

–          Douchebags at Supanova

–          Jim Carrey about Kick Ass 2

 

NEWS!

“Comedian” Josh Thomas once again, pushes the boundary of the definition of “Comedian”

Fifi Box once again, pushes the boundary of “relevancy“

Texan teens Justin Carter hauled off to jail for bad taste FB comments

Will.i.am Vs Pharrell

 

NERD NEWS!

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods signed for 6 seasons on HBO

Vertigo releases

–          Hinterkind by Ian Edgington

–          The Discipline by Peter Milligan

–          Dead Boy Detectives By Toby Litt

–          Suiciders by Lee Bermejo (both writing and art)

Image Expo News!

–          MPH By Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo

–          Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting

–          ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

–          Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour

–          Black Science by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White

–          Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig

–          Alone by J Michael Straczynski and Bill Sienkiewicz

–          Lost Souls by J Michael Straczynski and Colleen Doran

–          Dream Police by J Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato

–          The Walking Dead will be released bi-weekly

Wolverine gum that no-one should buy!

State Of Decay re-submitted to the Australian Classification Board

Ubisoft hacked!

Latest GTA V needs a little room

Mad Max will be Australian after all!

If you’re an Xbox Fanboy, be ready to be labelled a “Chikan” or “Groper/pervert” in Japan

Terminator rebooting as a new trilogy

Captain Planet: THE MOVIE!!!

Geoff Johns to write for the new Arrow series

Agents of SHIELD promos

Dark Horse to re-launch the “Aliens” franchise

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