Comics are weird. I mean, that's part of their charm, right? And it makes sense that they would be. You take a medium that allows people to put whatever they want to on the page, have it defined by the offspring of pulp heroes and sci-fi and let it marinate for a few years, and you're going to get weird stuff like Superman with a lion head and the backstory of any given member of the Summers family. With the debut issue of God Hates Astronauts from Image, though, Ryan Browne has taken weirdness to an entirely new level.
Seriously, this is without question one of the top five weirdest comics that I've read in my life, and other than being held together with two staples and having the words in more or less the right order, it's weird in every way, with something freshly bizarre on every single page. And it's also one of the most fun comics of the year.
Get ready for more insanity from the Power Persons Five.
Writer/artist Ryan Browne's God Hates Astronauts, which started as a webcomic about crude, perhaps psychopathic superheroes battling outrageous villains and each other, and was eventually published in hardcover thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter, is coming to Image Comics as an ongoing series this August, and he promises all the silliness of what came before, though the plot may be a little more defined. We sat down with him at this year's C2E2 show to talk about what's in store, what has changed about the series, making deadlines, and what else might be in the pipeline.
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For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
I'm not much of an original art collector, but getting a sketch from an awesome artist is one of my favorite things to do at a convention. For someone who can't draw at all, watching artists at work is like seeing actual magic happen, and at the end of it, you have a picture of Batman. It's basically the best thing.
This week on War Rocket Ajax, Blast Furnace and God Hates Astronauts creator Ryan Browne joins the show! We talk to him about his success with Kickstarter, his unique approach to Blast Furnace and how he
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Ryan Browne's God Hates Astronauts has been one of my favorite webcomics ever since the opening scene, in which a team of superheroes battles against an army of boxing bears, and one of the superheroes gets punched in the face for sixteen straight panels. I'm not sure there could possibly be another comic as tailored to my tastes as that, but either way, it's one of the
I've been a fan of Ryan Browne for years based on God Hates Astronauts, the comic where he does superheroes being jerks to each other better than just about anyone else who tries, but his new book, Blast Furnace has exactly the kind of quirky twist that I love. It started as what Browne calls an "Improv Comic," with each page d
There are a lot of reasons why comic book conventions are great. Boxes of cheap back issues and the chance to chat with your favorite creators (or, if your standards are a bit lower, your third-favorite comic book critic) are great, but some of the real highlights come from the stuff. And on that front, la
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