Back when Disney acquired Marvel in 2010, people wondered how long it would be before the publisher became Mickey Mouse Comics.That quite clearly hasn't happened --the publisher putting out most of the Mickey Mouse comics coming out right now is Fantagraphics -- but that doesn't mean that Disney isn't ripe for some sharp satire in the pages of some independent comics.
Enter Rickey Rouse Has a Gun, the new graphic novel by writer/director Jörg Tittel and artist John Aggs. In it, the title character (who is definitely a Rouse, not a mouse; the guy inside the costume is named Rick Rouse) deserts the U.S. Army and goes to work at a Fengxian Amusement Park, a Chinese theme park populated by such classic characters as "Ratman" and "Bumbo." But then terrorists attack and Ricky has to take charge.
The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
Black Francis (a.k.a. Frank Black) has been in the headlines lately with news that his band, Pixies, have fired new bassist Kim Shattuck, but it looks like the sort-of reunited band isn't the only project he's got going.
The singer and guitarist has co-written a new graphic novel titled The Good Inn. Josh Frank co-wrote the book with Black Francis (whose real name is Charles Thompson) and it will feature art by Steven Appleby, a cartoonist for the U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
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