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SCRATE WRENCHING - Brandon Graham
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SCRATE WRENCHING
Hello,

I went to the park today, there was a dude lying under a tree in front of some graffitti.
It looked like this.

I thought that was funny. 
"'cause it's 187 on a mutherfuckin nap"
The dogs I was with were so interested in the guy.
Whenever a ball was thrown they'd just bring it next to him and set it down.
He didn't move at all, it was like a dog version of weekend at bernies.
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I wanted to type about one of my favorate comics ever

Luckily when I was a kid I had a big brother that bought good comics.
So when I was 10 and reading whatever secret wars crap I was reading my brother had this book.

Zooniverse was 6 issues, done in '86 by the Austrailian artist Fil Barlow when he was around 23.
Whenever I see anyone talking about any comics you should read to see what this medium
is capable of I always think of is Zooniverse. It is fucking awesome.

It follows the Kren patrol Loki , Spak 7 and Entox, the later 2 are plastoid warriors and immortal because they don't bio-degrade. The Kren patrol has to deliver a corrier with secret information inside his head to the halls of record.
An ocean planet with a sea of liquid information.

The thing that really clicked with me on this is how dense it reads.
He's constantly going off on side stories. Stuff that has nothing to do with the main plot but just serves to build on the fictinal world.


Anyone who's read my stuff can see how much this affected me. Without this and Matt Howarth comics
I don't know if I would've even dug in so deep.

Here's a couple pages I used to keep photocopied on my wall.
Entox is explaining to Tarmi about Spak's troubled history.
 

And this page with the crazy giant floating alien polliticians with a garden under them kept going by their own shit.
Check out that last row of panels, where the dot in the ! turns into a space station.


After doing this Barlow went into animation, like most of our best and brightest.
As far as I know he worked on a bunch of cartoons--Ghostbusters, Alf. MIB, Godzilla even the new
Riddick one with Peter Chung.
But he never did another comic series. A couple short things that are good..
If I ruled comics with an iron fist this book would be hardcover and in your face like Maus.

 

Sigh. 
Anyway,

I finnaly read the Moebius batman comic that DC dropped from their batman black and white.

I'd always heard that it had a beagle boy from ducktails in it but It was just a dude in prison gear.
Either way it's still fun to read. 
Here's a page.


And here's a photo of Peyo just hanging out.
"oh, come in I wasn't expecting you."
I hope he's wearing smurf slippers too.
And what the hell did those guys look like under their hats?
I might have to draw that.
Then I will throw it into a well and fill it with dirt so noone will see.


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Oh and my own stuff is comming along.
It's been a good week, Marian is on Elephanmen and I'm 15 pages into the full color Multiple warheads.
I think the new Meathaus SOS is in OUT and the Eisner awards are in mere days.

As far as I can tell like half of my gang is skipping the big convention. I'll be doing the Vancouver one in a month. 

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Current Mood: zzzzz
Current Music: BOOOM BAP

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elio From: elio Date: July 25th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
great post! thanks for sharing those titles with us.
charitypomaybo From: charitypomaybo Date: July 25th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, zooniverse: i'm sorry I never got to read that. it looks amazing. thanks for posting.
From: violet_hemlock Date: July 25th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Peyo is tha man...the Smurf comics are genius...I want that Smurfette book behind him...
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
This afternoon I picked up a quarter bin Smurf comic.
I'll have to throw some of it up here.
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_w_o_o_d_ From: _w_o_o_d_ Date: July 25th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever read any Valerian comics. The style in Zooniverse reminds me a little of it.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I can see that.
I read Vallerian for the first time only a couple of years ago, I liked it.
From: parkas_4_kids Date: July 25th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Smurfs hide their penises in the hats. That's why their hats are all so damn big! That, and they only have one ball, which we've spent years assuming is their tail.

I should look to see if Zooniverse ever got turned into a TPB. If so, I should buy it.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking the same thing about the smurfs.

And I think zooniverse only made it to single issues.
They're easy to find though.
jeselvistheking From: jeselvistheking Date: July 25th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, that Zooniverse comic is amazing -- it's like a cross between Vaughn Bode and EPIC magazine.
_w_o_o_d_ From: _w_o_o_d_ Date: July 25th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also... "the girlaxia" ? Is that picture what i think it is ?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes I believe it is.
Intergalactic gynocology.
dragoninstall From: dragoninstall Date: July 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That man is a latent Dogmaster. Hibernating before the Great War.
inkstuds From: inkstuds Date: July 25th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
RX has new meathaus SOS. its the dogs ballz, in a good way.
eddvick From: eddvick Date: July 25th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got Zooniverse! I'd forgotten all about it down the years. Nice to hear about what he did later, tho it'd be cool to coerce him back into doing comics.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I want to buried with a split book between him and Howarth.
bougieman From: bougieman Date: July 25th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You and Rebecca are the biggest fans of Zooniverse that I know. You've been into it longer, but she got some issues back when she was 19 and has been raving about them ever since.

I've been on comic message boards (such as TCJ) and the topic of you comes up. People who think they are experts on your influences (simply by looking at your comics) claim that your main inspiration comes from manga -- and I'm all "Have you guys ever seen Zooniverse?? Check it".


royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 26th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Figures Rebecca would be into it.
Also, I should have some SOS books for you guys by the next con up here.

I always thought I was deeply ignored by everything comics journal.
inkboy From: inkboy Date: July 25th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought the Zooniverse books when they came out - I was at college and ordering all my comics through Westfield and their newsletter was all like, "you have to get this book!". I haven't read them in so long and I wonder if they're still in my collection. Have to check it out when I get home. Thanks for the memories!
benitocereno From: benitocereno Date: July 25th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
SOS isn't in Previews; it's in stores, bizzle.

I was reading it in my bathroom this morning.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 25th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
shit, you're right.
I hope you like the thing.
rsjr From: rsjr Date: July 25th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
The coloring on Zooniverse is repulsive. I could easily see myself never ever looking at this book had you not written this journal.

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: July 26th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe I messed it up with my scans.
I was always really impressed by the coloring.
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