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not until you've heard Rakim on a rocky mountain top - Brandon Graham
not until you've heard Rakim on a rocky mountain top


I'm back from seeing the world. SF to savannah to Seattle and back to Canada.
I brought back a garbage bag full of comics.
I'll have to write about it all more as I process it all.

Here's some of the drawing me and Marian did in SF sitting at the Neon Monster table
and that's Moritat with a fox.
fennec fox. I carry that picture in my wallet now.

and my road sketchbook-

Isotope comics in SF let me draw on a toilet seat to hang on their wall.

toilet seats are slippery and hard to draw on.
you can see the other seats here:

Also In SF me and my pal Joe Keating got these fucking galactus sized pizza slices and watched the Spirit movie. I enjoyed the shit out of that film--the ass photocopying scene alone should get an Oscar eisner and tony baloney award.

And then on to Georgia:

Visiting SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) blew my mind.
I actually didn't think a place like that existed.
It felt like Hicksville, the Dylan Horrocks book about the fictinal town where everyone
reads comics if it was set in Wet moon.(I think it's where Ross based his book off of--so cool to see)

The whole place just moved different than I'm used to.
I went out walking along the cobblestone waterfront with a jazz horn playing in the
distance.I was wondering how anyone could even get into a fight in a town that mellow
and then the dude playing jazz switched to star wars music--mutherfucker.

Here's a talk that I was in my first night there--im on the right.

You can hear it here:

I really liked the teachers students and the other guests.
I'm not used to getting along with comic people that much.

So much good comics coming out of there.
Here's some art by one of the dudes I hung out with, Jeremy Sorese

more of his stuff here:

There's that Saul Williams line "not until you've heard Rakim on a rocky mountain top
have you heard hip hop" that is how I felt about looking at Derek Kirk Kim origonals
in the airport on the way out of town.

siiggghhhh. if comics will break your heart then I'm still deep in the honeymoon phase.

Here's some ish I've been reading since I got back-

I do like the Sienkiewicz cover but man this just reinforced all my worst
fears about how there's like 2 dudes that can write decent Conan.

So Conan falls in a magic time well and ends up in NYC--right. cool.
But why the fuck do they think that a dude who wore nothing but furs and metal
would sudenly start rolling as swass as this--

I don't like--well, pimps.

and the fucking cat? Was that part of his blending in to modern civilization.
Like "normally I don't have a pet leopard but this is NYC soooooo."

Conan doesn't even wear a shirt why would he have a leopard?
It should really have just been called "What if Conan was retarded?"

Eventually it just degrades into some warriors bullshit.

and if that wasn't shitty enough Captain America shows up.
Is he still dead?

shit, he's not....

I stopped by my dear sweet mothers place and grabbed some of my old comics--

that high water mark of Shirow in the 80's

And I really like these flashback fantasy shots from Cyber 7

And along with that What if Conan --Justin passed on a copy of Shonen Jump from 88.
Nerd gold.

Jump with City Hunter is about as good as it gets.

I thought this was funny how in the middle of a chapter of Bastard with the
dude carying around this girl like so much sholder porn--they just thought it was cool to put in a Margaret ad with an infantchild sholdered the same way.

And I liked this one page rabbit thing.

Another thing from my moms place--GRUNTS!
A mirage (TMNT) Studios anthropomorphic war anthology,

There's a rad Peter Laird story in it with a Triceraton sargent talking about how
he lost his horn fighting space bears (Ursids!)
After breaking his horn off in one of their chests he goes back and
has it made into a knife. Badassery.

And here's some early THB, I really like the old Pope stuff when it was all
furs and coffee. plus it's nice to see a good photo cover.

Meanwhile back in vanoovverr james and Marley were making some impressive comics:

Stokoe's forthcoming ORC STAIN

And some Marley stuff for FORGETLESS, a 5 issue mini-series coming from Image in December.

I hadn't though about it before now but I like the contrast in how male and female J and M's stuff is. mmmmm

Also I don't type enough about Justin's stuff on here, one of my favorate dudes on the planet.
He's kind of the godfather of my group of dudes and he draws damned good too.

Here's a King city painting he did-

Here's his Deviantart-
and here too

And now I'm back in my place catching up on the million things I'm almost late on.
I think the neweset issue of Wizard magazine has a thing on King city. so weird.

Here's an Appleseed thing I drew my last night in Seattle.
All or nothing, this is love.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: home
Current Music: even though I'm late night now like here's johnny

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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Love those first THB issues, they're so completely indy - to the max!
captain_slinky From: captain_slinky Date: November 6th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not allowed to over-analyze any Marvel comics of the mid 80's - ESPECIALLY "What If"! I remember reading that issue (and pretty much the entire first run of What If) and being angry that they didn't have more issues/time to develop the story. In my mind there were whole story arcs to explain how Conan came to be all Pimped-Out and walking a Tiger on a leash... it all made perfect sense! Really it did!
whatsuptiger From: whatsuptiger Date: November 6th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
devin and I had a stack of conan comics that we found at an estate sale waiting for you. but we also weren't surprised when you didn't call. you don't get rewarded for not calling.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: November 6th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
sorry I had to disapear faster than I planned.
_w_o_o_d_ From: _w_o_o_d_ Date: November 6th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Man, I didn't know about these motherless comics !

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll try to get them through Khepri Comics, or something.
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d_morris From: d_morris Date: November 6th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's okay he got taken to Zunsi's!
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snooty_sculptor From: snooty_sculptor Date: November 6th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
i love your posts!
breakbot From: breakbot Date: November 6th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fucking Briareos!! WIN.
pixelmech From: pixelmech Date: November 6th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Inspiring stuff as usual Brandon, thanks for posting. That double page orc spread is MIND BLOWING. Holy cow!

d_morris From: d_morris Date: November 6th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brandon, it was a total pleasure getting to meet you! I need to scan in that Priss sketch you did for me and send it to you. Hope you get to come to this coast again and you get to bring Marian. Maybe Image can help you two come to Heroes Con?
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: November 8th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
it was good meeting you too.
I'll definatly try to make it to your coast again
with Marian in tow.
tormentedartist From: tormentedartist Date: November 6th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who did the art on that Conan comic? It looks like John Byrne with Terry austin on inks.

Also Shonen Jump looked awesome back in the day. The art looked better than the stuff they have now. Or at least that is what it seems like.

Is it just me or is the like a Paul Pope school of comics? I feel like a lot of people are inspired by him but don't talk about it.

Also your friends can draw their asses off.

Cool post.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: November 8th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
The Conan stuff is Bob Hall, I don't know his stuff.

I'm biased as hell about old shonen jump--but yeah it was much better.

Yeah, Pope seems to have influenced a lot of dudes.
I'm certainly not immune to it.
His stuffs so entrenched in style it seems like most of
the artist that try to draw like him miss the point.
Although I do like the Pope influence in dudes like
Nathan Fox--

and thanks.
aidosaur From: aidosaur Date: November 6th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
YEAAHH, your posts always get me so pumped! I'm going to DRAW COMICS TODAY!

Additionally: wow do you know some rad dudes. Gorgeous!
jeselvistheking From: jeselvistheking Date: November 6th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great sweet jeebus, man, your posts are like SUPER EYE-GASM! Love it.
chamonkee From: chamonkee Date: November 6th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
damn those doodles of places look good makes me want to roam with pencil in hand, though it's the trenches for me slaving in my tiny workspace..
Also that's the second best toilet I've ever seen, the best being one with razor wire imbedded in clear plastice at my local thai food place.
derbyartist From: derbyartist Date: November 6th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was an absolute blast getting to hang out with you!

Take care!
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: November 8th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
you too.
I'm so excited by the prospect of fat
comics drawn by you.
tony_cliff From: tony_cliff Date: November 6th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang. Welcome back.

I want to see more of FORGETLESSS.
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