A Flimsy Post


Monday, April 13, 2009

I’m currently buried in Art Out of Time 2, making it as epic as possible. And I do mean epic. I have one word for you: KONA!!!!

Anyhow, here is some current reading with reviews to come:

-Brush With Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens
-Parasyte vols. 1-3 by Iwaaki
-D.O.A. Comics 1 by Osborne
-A Drifting Life by Tatsumi
-Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Heroes 3 by Everett and Ayers
-Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 1

Book of the year for me, in terms of interest, if not quality, so far has been the Stevens book, for reasons I’ll cover in a future post. Is it art I like? Not really. But it’s a fascinating story for reasons that I don’t think the authors really fully understood. I haven’t gotten very far in the Tatsumi yet but I can’t wait.

And, an idle question for you people out there: Is there a Russ Manning estate somewhere? I can’t find much of anything.

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6 Responses to “A Flimsy Post”
  1. Inkstuds says:

    my friend has a profound love of Kona – http://bougieman.livejournal.com/231805.html

  2. Frank Santoro says:

    So, professor, will this be a study in the “frozen moment” school or a treatise on the “retardedness” of the hack-it-out approach?

    postscript: It was Newgarden who pointed out to me that although Ogden was a strong adherent to the uptown “frozen moment” school, he often studied on the Bowery at the Elbow Room.

  3. noel troll says:

    I’m interested to hear what you think of Parasyte. I’ve been reading it for a couple of years, and It’s one of those manga that caters to a mainstream audience, but the plot is just “strange” enough to be interesting. I can’t quite pinpoint why i always come back and get the next issue? Maybe i just like the monsters and Shinichi’s “situation.” The drawing is only interesting in those weirder transformation moments, the rest is typical.

  4. Dan Nadel says:

    What, the Dave Stevens book or Art Out of Time 2? AOOT2 is strictly a book of excellent comic book stories somewhat in the adventure vein.

    Stevens… that book is a surprisingly sad and almost too revealing look at someone who saw himself as a failure. It’s also about L.A. and what that city does to people. Pretty amazing artifact, really.

  5. Devlin Thompson says:

    I suspect that Mark Evanier would be a good guy to ask about Manning. Incidentally, he recently determined that at least some issues of KONA were written by a deceased gentleman by the name of Lionel Ziprin.

  6. Jay Babcock says:

    I’ve looked at the first 8 issues of KONA so far and I’m fairly certain Lionel Ziprin wrote

    KONA NO. 3
    Text page: “Physical Forms”
    Kona: “Cave of Mutations”
    Text/art page: “Creation Combinations”
    Not sure if LZ did text/art page: “Observing Nature”

    KONA NO. 4
    Text/art from inside cover:: “The Ice Age”
    Text: “Tunnels”
    Anak feature

    KONA NO. 5

    KONA NO. 6

    KONA NO. 7

    More soon!

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