82-year-old prolific storywriter passed away on Wednesday due to pneumonia
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Comic book artist Steve Ditko was found dead in his New York home this week. Ditko was 90.
The media juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had humble beginnings in a 1961 comic book created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby – the first issue of Fantastic Four.
A bit late to this graphic novel but considering the responses to recent geek movies The Shape of Water and Annihilation, the moment seemed appropriate for quick thoughts about Providence.
Sideways is basically your high school superhero comic – the Spider-Man trope.
If like us, you consider yourself a true fan of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterpiece Watchmen, then you will be revulsed by Doomsday Clock, the purported Watchmen sequel.
Monstress writer/co-creator Marjorie Liu had been given an hour by the Singapore Writers Festival to deliver a so-called Masterclass for Writing in Comics.
If you are familiar with the underground genre known as “autographical comics” and its lauded authors viz. Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Art Spiegelman, Joe Matt, Chester Brown et al, then simply put, Troy Chin’s Resident Tourist is the Singaporean version.
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300+ paged book on Green Arrow? You have got to hand it to writer Richard Gray and publisher Sequart Organization for investing the time and effort into this unlikely character study.
There is only ONE reason to pick up Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 – the gorgeous art of Frank Quitely!
The best way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the ‘King of Comics’ the late great Jack Kirby is to simply appreciate his work.
2016 is almost done with. And what have we learnt from modern pop culture? That rock ’n’ roll is dead? That nostalgia & fan service in movies trumps originality? That real life is slowly but surely upstaging science fiction for sheer bizarreness?
The eighth part of cartoonist Troy Chin’s autobiographical work finds our protagonist still trying to make sense of life in Singapore.
Organised jointly by cartoonist Sonny Liew and writer-historian CT Lim in conjunction with the National Library, Speech Bubble is a exhibition showcase of the marginalised art form popularly known as comic books. The opening night event was held last night at the National Library, Basement 1 Central Public Library and I was fortunate to get invited!
“But I certainly believe it’s not a gimmick. It’s a story that we spent a long time on, that’s compelling and captures the zeitgeist of the world. It will make readers wonder how the heck we’ll get out of this.” These are the words of Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort when asked if making Steve Rogers/Captain America a Hydra double-agent was a “gimmick”.
Our protagonist is Jack Barlow – a bit of a loser character. Jack’s pregnant wife – Patience – is murdered in 2016 and that event traumatises him for life. Thirteen years later, he comes across a time travel device which provides him with the opportunity to prevent Patience’s murder. Naturally, things don’t quite pan out as planned.
Real life is scary.
By now, the two major comic book companies viz. Marvel and DC are virtually indistinguishable. Secret Wars = Convergence. Same story, same consequences. Endless reboots.
At the launch of the seventh edition of Troy Chin’s The Resident Tourist held at Books Kinokuniya, the author himself mentioned to me that my reviews of his books are ‘biased’. Meaning that my glowing assessments of his work are somehow less than objective due to the fact that I appreciated their intrinsic value as art.
Why does this exist? Well, a couple of reasons.
— Sequels are profitable.
— Trilogies are in vogue
— A cash in on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (where the version of Batman is inspired by The Dark Knight Returns)
Oh, you wanted artistic reasons.