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shook the pillars of heaven


Soooo King city #1 is out today. I went to that fine RX comics this morning to look at it.
I'm thrilled. Feels like forever since I had a full book on stands.

I've probably typed about it on here before but I like a floppy comic.
There is nothing I like better as a comic reader than to know that a series
I like will be coming out for the next couple months in a row. There's a joy in
being able to go in regularly for the next chunk of a story you like.
Graphic novels are cool and all but it's the difference between getting a book
by a creator you like once a year or 6 times a year.

I was remembering when Adam Warren was on Dirty pair and when the first series ended I had to find something else to get every month. So I started getting Legends of the stargrasers
which was crap, but if you look at the covers you can see where my teenage boy mind was at:

it's a fucking mystery how I got into drawing porn later on.

Anyway, I think my point was I want there to be good books one shelves every month.
There are so many amazing creators just making graphic novels now and yeah sales and shit
but I want some fucking comics. And the idea that people wait for the trade to come out is
crazy to me. If there's a book I'm really hyped about there is no waiting you want it so bad you can taste it like acid in your mouth.

It's important to note that I don't think most creators should be making comics monthly.
Just drawing them slow and steady far ahead of time and then getting them out close together.
That's the theory anyway, I'll see how well it works for me in practice.

Here's some of the books I got this week.

Twilight x is one of those comics that I fiend for. Joe Wight was the first real for real comic artist I met and my respect for him has only grown since. Aside from his storytelling
the thing I really enjoy about T-X is all the lounging and coffee making that goes on in between fighting nazis. Look even there on the cover!

Pineapple army was the first Urasawa book I ever read, years before 20th century boys and Pluto, and all that. I regard him as one of the best to ever touch a comic and I really like that he's been doing it forever and now at almost 50 he's doing his best work. As it should be.

I like how he introduces the main character in this issue:

i would like it if I could always meet people doing shit like that.

and I really liked Ross's new wetmoon 5. I feel like the whole series has been a set up to get me to be deeply in love with his Natalie charater.

I haven't read the other 3 yet, but i will tell you that Namor is a dick.
Also fliping through these I realized why She-hulk is so much more fun as a
character than Hulk.

With Hilk it would just be a series of varying shades of ripped purple pants
and maybe one pin striped suit.
Also, do you dudes know about how the Red hulk--is called Rulk?
They should have their hands cut off!!

And I got these too.

I found the City Hunter chapter that was in the first shonen jump I got as a kid.
Again, another early influence that strikes me as funny years later:

wait for it.


the other book, some-- abenobashi magical street has some cool stuff.
I like this scene in the dark where the girl is the only thing you can see.

cool trick.

Also this last week I went to the local vancouver con.
Here's that Inkstuds show that me Marley,James and mr Lars Brown did.

Here's a sketch I did at the con along with a rogue trooper Drawn by Mr James Stokoe.

The whole con Marian was all about drawing this fat cosplaying cat yelling at his mom:


Lars and his lady Amanda stayed at our place when they weren't at the hotel.
Here's a comic Amanda did about how horrible it is watching me and Marian talk.
She was so kind to my hairline. aside from that it's all the cold hash truth.
And lars gave me this cool Multiple warheads /mao drawing.

And now that it's all over I'm back to the pages. Here's a title page for
KC #5 I did after the con:

And a rogue cop comic for the 5th King city back cover.

That's the cop show that Joe and Pete watch while they do the stakeout scene.
I based the look of Badock off of the main dude in the tv show The Wire.

And here's an article Don MacPherson put up on his great eyeoncomics site about all the
business around King city.

now It's almost 8 and I'm gonna draw some shit.
later dudes.

Current Location: bathat
Current Mood: rulk
Current Music: faith no more

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gimpjesus From: gimpjesus Date: August 27th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
i gots the new BIG king city, yo. the back pic is pretty inspirational altho i've done nothing. it's too big to fit in a comic condom too. oh well/good. it's nice to know you are actually into REAL comix too. i agree. getting graphic novels is nice sometimes but getting the joints regular is better imo. like back in the day i'd be waiting for the maxx to come out every month so i could devour it for an hour at skool. i was just thinking today too bad dan clowes hasn't done shit in forever. marian's fat cat comic made me laugh. they don't call him rulk in the comic itself tho i don't think. and i think the red hulk comix are a lot more fun than the green ones lately.
tormentedartist From: tormentedartist Date: August 27th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the old school comic love that you have on display here. BTW what artist did the spanking comic cover? And Ross is the man... I haven't read wetmoon yet, but I really liked his stuff on the Abandoned.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 27th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Adam hughes did all the Stargrazers covers.
and yeah wet moon is a lot like the abandoned before the zombies show up--good stuff.
mr_esty From: mr_esty Date: August 27th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahahaha.... you're kidding about "RULK", right? They don't really, I mean, that's not a thing, right? Just joking, right?

Please tell me, they don't have a red Hulk... named "Rulk".
From: bluebeetlev3 Date: August 27th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
They have a Red Hulk. I know the fanbase refers to him as "Rulk," but I don't know if they actually have referred to him as such in the books.

And She-Rulk premiered this week.
nervousystem From: nervousystem Date: August 27th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Loose cannon cops are the only cops.

The new format King City issue looks great. All those small panels from the original Tokyopop book are big enough to walk into and the big panels are spacious enough to lounge in.

Draw draw draw!
hughferriss From: hughferriss Date: August 27th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember buying that exact issue of Dirty Pair and my mom picking me up from Outer Limits and seeing this comic in my bag and raising her eyebrow. I had to explain to her that it wasn't a "dirty" comic, despite the title. But in retrospect, it was pretty dirty. Sigh. Those were the salad days.

Congrats on hitting the stands!
yes_sammyrules From: yes_sammyrules Date: August 27th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
i got the issue, and even though i've read it all it's exciting to see it around in issue, and also to see you're not full of shit (not that i thought you were), and that there's this extra junk. the comic store i go to ordered more than they do of other smaller titles because i've been blowing it up to them.

i no joke just bought issues 1-5 of she-hulk this past weekend and it's some of the weirdest and greatest stuff ever, do you know about her COMIC AWARENESS? as in one of her powers is knowing she's in a comic.

Campbell did these TMNT covers, there's links to the rest at the bottom:


you coming to MD for any of the cons? get all gotta meet up.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for getting the book.
I just read that she hulk--im still lauging about the name of the letters collumn being SHE-MAIL.

It's be so cool to see Ross on a full TMNT issue--those covers are rad.

What's a good MD con? I should definatly make it out there.
yes_sammyrules From: yes_sammyrules Date: August 28th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
we have both the Baltimore Con which is kinda cool, it's more of a straight up convention, less "flare" or whatever. i'm pretty sure brandon and monique are coming up for that one. there's also SPX, which we're like an easy hour drive from, and that's always fun. just let me know if you ever want to come around, my place is always open.
andrewdammit From: andrewdammit Date: August 27th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Rulk, it's not just for Scooby

After that bag of lies the "internet" told me King City was out last week I cut out of work a lil early and sped over to the "local comic shop", only to find out it wasn't there. At first i thought it was because the place is kinda crappy, but no, the internet is just a sack full of lies.
I almost pulled the same stunt today, but "someone" wasn't thorough at work and left some mail behind so I was forced to take it to the post office, and by then the shop was closed.
Like so many, I was a bit excited to pick up a monthly comic for once, even though I already have the teeny tiny edition, I like the thought of a big book, and extras.

And yes, he has been referred to as "Rulk" within the printed pages of the Hulk comic.

As a side not: At work someone was commenting on how careful about detail I was and how I see things through to completion so my response was: "I'm so thorough, my nick-name is Henry David."
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Rulk, it's not just for Scooby

heh I thoroughly love a thorough pun.

I think there was some printing mess up with the infants in china making the thing that caused it to be late.

Mutherfucking Rulk. The nerve!
joedecie From: joedecie Date: August 27th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
So in theory I could head down to my local comic shop right now and pick up a KC ONE?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
yes, in theory even I could.
joedecie From: joedecie Date: August 28th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I put the theory into practice and handed over some coins for a copy.

Good stuff Brandon. My boy keeps trying to "read" it but his one year old hands are too clumsy.
sammckenzie From: sammckenzie Date: August 27th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Picked up King City this afternoon.
Looks great in this format! I'm excited for more.
The comic shop dudes all had hard-ons for it (much like in that City hunter Scene)
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude thanks.
It's exciting having artist I respect like yourself getting the stuff. Hard ons through cement.
pixoteandcupido From: pixoteandcupido Date: August 27th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)


Hey B, My local comic stores seem to be complete A-holes when it comes to King City...is there a way I can buy them from you?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 27th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: question...

Me and Marian are talking about going to the APE con in your town, I could just bring some down for you then.
_w_o_o_d_ From: _w_o_o_d_ Date: August 27th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Man that scene with the girl in the dark is pretty unsettling.

She really seems scared as shit.
ability_normal From: ability_normal Date: August 27th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oi, so much good in this post. Where to Start?

I wish the pamphlet books were cheaper. The cost of them nowadays is what prevents me from my old habit of cruising the local shop each Wednesday. The only comics I have bought in the last year has been Won Ton's 1 and 2 and hopefully King City in tomorrow.

I feel like I had a pretty similar trend in comics in my teens as well, only for me it was Ranma 1/2. Those early issues of Fred Perry's Gold Digger got a bit risque as well now that I think about it.

Rulk is just Jeph Loeb admitting to the world that he does not care about the characters he writes. But the first few arcs of Dan Slott's She hulk were pretty pretty funny, particularly with Juan Bobillo's art.

And that fat cat is just awesome.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I guess i mostly buy quarter bin comics I don't get a lot of new stuff. --Ranma and Gold digger were a big part of my youth as well. It didn't even occur to me how crazy tit and crotch centric Perrys art was/is.

That newer Shulk (she hulk) looked decent I should dig that up.
ability_normal From: ability_normal Date: August 28th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That She Hulk books is really great for the first 3 arcs or so, but that was When Civil War stepped into every good book Marvel was publishing at the time changed the focus from comedy to super serious super hero legal matters. But the Mad Tinker's Awesome Android alone makes the book worth reading.

Also, I was able to get the last copy of King City in my AZ comic shop yesterday. I was Glad to see that other people in the area have an interest in your work.
theresomewhere From: theresomewhere Date: August 27th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
i luv me some Twilight X, where are you Joseph Wight? you are graetest!! (mispelled to show my fandom :) i even scored some of the original porkchop press issues...
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 28th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah I think joe is deep in the adult art these days.
Good stuff but yeah, I miss the T-X.
breakbot From: breakbot Date: August 27th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what I'm doing on my lunch break today... COMIC SHOP RAID....!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


thanks for great cartoons..well done mate...
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

I hope this will continue...

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craqued From: craqued Date: August 27th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
AAAAAA she hulk is the bloody classy. also power boner is hilarious. thank you for the treats AND THOE NEW PAGES AND DRAWINGS ARE SO GREAT i love all the little details in the details and and jokes inside the jokes
larsony From: larsony Date: August 27th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That scene from Abenobashi was neat, but man can you make any sense of the rest of it? "Sister walks in takes off bra, dragon in the sky, everyone's naked!"

Also that big fantasy manga I got turned out to be by one of the lead animators at Ghibli, and despite the first volume being mostly about Joan of Arc as a kid there's only two volumes total. So the other one at Book-Off is the final half.
chamonkee From: chamonkee Date: August 27th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man I just got the first issue I just can't wait to get into the new stuff. Also seeing stuff blown up up blew me away the row of vending machines at the beginning just gob-smacked me. All the graphics on them reminded me of the crazy detail in Sky Doll.
Seeing king city in the shop has me fired up to get my anthology out and dominate comic shops around the world.
westival From: westival Date: August 27th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I listened to the interview. It could've used a few more shakes of Lars. Perhaps some Capt. Crunch.

I like your cop comic, I think you should do some crime genre stuff.

One standout of this post is that Toriyama-ish police whip. I don't know how to do that.

I'm really happy to see Amanda's comic. My wife is reading her first comic series: Urasawa's Monster. It can't hurt to start at the top of the pile I suppose.

Speaking of which, I'd kill a Pineapple Army right now. I gotta get my mitts on that business.

Haha that fat cat.


larsony From: larsony Date: August 27th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Robin interviewed me while everyone was making the horrible Harry Potter puns that Amanda referenced. So there's a full interview coming at some point, I holler at you in it a couple times.
westival From: westival Date: August 27th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I love it when you holler. I look forward!
this_weird_gurl From: this_weird_gurl Date: August 27th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Abenobashi!!
mcgheeeee From: mcgheeeee Date: August 27th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was gratifying getting KC again yesterday; kind of a time warp into an alternate reality, what with you and ross and nate fox's new creator-owned shit in Heavy Metal.

Seriously, some other dude was reading a new x-men issue on the N, and I almost laughed.

It's like some dream 70s or something, nice.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

dont look now but someone stole all your jpgs

deku(im too lazy to sign up)
you probably already know but a shit ton of your images from earlier posts have gone i think its something to do with imageshack(never trusted that geko)
cant wait to get my sweaty palms on king city i already own it but hell im buying it again your getting a rare doubledip enjoy that shit
fatetwister From: fatetwister Date: August 28th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Hot damn, I wish I could bust down walls with my erection.

Great work as always, stoked to get some King City goodness.
johnchrist From: johnchrist Date: August 28th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got my copu of KC ish 1 on Wednesday, it is missing a singature which I hope to achieve at APE this year. Congrats on getting it out in monthly format! How long till the new stuff starts up?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: August 30th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for getting it John.
It looks like I might not get to ape this year.
But I will be in your town sometime soon.
johnchrist From: johnchrist Date: August 30th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool man, give me a heads up when you are coming down, looking forward to hanging out.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are the King City comics reprints (with some new material) of the book? I've never read the King City book but had added it to my Amazon wishlist. Before I bought it I didn't know if the comic was part of a continued story from the book or not but figured I'd give it a try and if I had any questions they'd be answered when I read the book. But though we're placed in the middle of a story with issue #1, I wasn't confused. I really enjoyed the art and style and, of course, the cat. Not sure about the story yet since it's the first issue but I have high hopes! I also really dug the format of the comic and the little extras on the inside and back cover. Based on that interview it'll be fun to see how the art evolves with each issue.
ebreyman From: ebreyman Date: September 6th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Pamphlet comics are way too expensive for regular human beings to buy. So most of the time the choice I face is "do I download this monthly or wait for the trade?" I get most of my trade paperbacks from the library, but I also buy a lot of them.

That being said, I'm buying Wednesday Comics because I love the format and King City because I love the color covers and think you're a cool guy. But most of the time I'm not buying any pamphlets at all.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: September 6th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm with you most of the pamphlet stuff coming out just isn't worth the cover price. I guess I was just saying that it could be. The library, internet and quarter bin get a lot more love from me than new books do.

And thanks for getting King city It'll definatly be more exciting when #7 is out and it's all new stuff.

ebreyman From: ebreyman Date: September 6th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, don't worry I never picked up the original King City (despite reading rave reviews) so I don't mind the reprints. Also I saw that you put a Daphny reference in King City and she's a friend of mine, so I'm impressed. I'll lend her KC #1 next time I see her - I lend her lots of comics, since she likes the good stuff but doesn't go out of the way to discover it.
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