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These People Are Good Looking

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on July 29, 2010


Robbie’s started a new blog (pictured above are 99 & Maxwell Smart, Toshiro Mifune, Jacques Cousteau).
thesepeoplearegoodlooking.blogspot.com

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2010 Canberra Zine Fair Wrap Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on July 20, 2010

We had a great time at the 2010 Canberra Zine Fair last month! There were so many people both in front and behind the stalls and nearly every single one of them was lovely. That night Bryn took us all to a house party and it was so cold there was frost on the outdoor furniture by midnight! Here’s the loot I bagged over the weekend.

Hello Goodbye
This was a great little zine which I bought for a friend. The watercolours in this were great! I’ve given it away so I’m not sure where to grab a copy. Maybe at the next zine fair?


Okay On Doomsday
This mini comic was done by Melbourne comic artist Ben Hutchings. It’s great! I really love his stuff and was stoked to get this from the Sticky Institute crew.

Paper Tattoo
This was my favourite zine from the whole fair! I bought this from a dapper dude who wore a nice hat all day. He was also at the same party we went to that night and he was still wearing the hat.


A pocket full of PRINCE
What a great little fanzine! I think you can grab a copy if you email them at littlebeatszines @ gmail.com.

Velvet Goldmine
Another really nice zine! Apparently it was completed just 2 hours before the fair started but you can’t tell. They are no contact deets on it but maybe they’ll be at the next zine fair too?


So that’s it. That’s what I got from Canberra. Bryn got a whole bunch too so hopefully he’ll post up soon as well.

Hon

Chester Brown Week! Day 5

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 17, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist. He began working independently in the late 80′s on his comic Yummy Fur. His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown. His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving. Chester Brown rules.

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Ok, so i meant to write a post on The Little Man, Chester Brown’s next book, a collection of short works from the 80s to the 90s, but Hon has my copy, and I can’t get any pics. So instead we’ll cut straight to Brown’s grand gesture, Louis Riel. This is Brown’s longest, and most ambitious book. In it, Brown makes the shift from autobiographical to just biographical. It tells the story of Canadian politician, outlaw and now folk hero, Louis Riel. Brown continues to examine mental illness, a re-occurring theme in his comics. Brown’s drawings are, as per usual, great. There is greater clarity in his line and composition, these are his most stylized illustrations to date.

(Sorry about the pics, the book is too fat to scan, and my camera is dodge)

Chester Brown Week! Day 4

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 15, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist.  He began working independently in the late 80′s on his comic Yummy Fur.  His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown.  His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving.  Chester Brown rules.

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I Never Liked You, originally published in 1994 by Drawn & Quarterly, is Brown’s third graphic novel.  This is a great comic, and comes a very close second to Ed the Happy Clown as my favorite Chester Brown book.  Like The Playboy, it’s an autobiographical comic.  It’s also set during Brown’s teenage years.  It talks about growing up in a strict religious household, first love, crushes, and his mothers battle with mental illness.  Brown’s story telling is incredibly subtle throughout,  he builds the overall message slowly, with very little narration,  letting the reader find the connections between the sequences he presents.  It’s sad, awkward, funny and very touching.  I highly recommended getting a copy of this one.

Chester Brown Week! Day 3

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 14, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist.  He began working independently in the late 80′s on his comic Yummy Fur.  His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown.  His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving.  Chester Brown rules.

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The Playboy, originally published in 1992 by Drawn & Quarterly, was Brown’s second graphic novel.  It’s a continuation of his autobiographical work.  It shows how pornography effected Brown as a child in a very religious family to the present, as an adult.  It’s an ok read, but it is probably my least favorite Chester brown comic.  I think it’s the story that I’m not so fond of,  because the art in The Playboy is great.  Brown’s lines are very loose and confident, and his panels are drawn slightly larger than his other books which gives his compositions more room to breath. The panels are framed by entirely black pages, which is unusual.  All in all they look great!

Chester Brown Week! Day 2

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 13, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist.  He began working independently in the late 80′s on his comic Yummy Fur.  His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown.  His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving.  Chester Brown rules.

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Here are panels from Yummy Fur issue 20 (1990).  Yummy Fur is Chester Brown’s first comic series, published by the now defunct Toronto based publisher, Vortex Comics (82 – 94).   After completing Ed the Happy Clown, Brown began a string of autobiographical strips.  I really like this period of his work (even though I tend to agree with Johnny Ryan’s take on autobiographical comics, see comic below).  These strips are great for comic artist trainspotting;  Seth turns up in this issue.

Yummy Fur also had Brown’s longest running series inside, his adaptations of christian gospel stories.  They depict a warts and all take on these religious tales.  I don’t think they’ve been reprinted.  I hope that changes, they’re really good.

Mathew

Mathew

Bonus Johnny Ryan strip

The Sketchbook Project

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 12, 2010

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

This looks pretty cool.  If you feel like participating in this sketchbook exhibition, check out the site.  I think I might get involved.

Chester Brown Week! Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on July 12, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist.  He began working independently in the late 80’s on his comic Yummy Fur.  His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown.  His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving.  Chester Brown rules.

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Here are panels from my favorite Chester Brown comic, possibly his best work (I just read on the wiki that Time magazine chose it as one of the 10 best graphic novels ever written!) and certainly his funniest, Ed the Happy Clown.   Ed the Happy Clown was originally a strip that featured in Brown’s comic Yummy Fur.  It started out as a mini comic, then was developed into a fully fledged story.  Brown did not plan the story from the beginning, he made it up as he went along, issue by issue.  It reads like one giant stream of consciousness, but it’s great, trust me.  The way Brown is able to tie seemingly unrelated side stories, like the man who couldn’t stop or the the mating rituals of the male giant squid,  into the main story is genius!  Inside Ed the Happy Clown you will find; Frankenstein, a city overrun with cannibal Pygmys, Vampires, alternate dimensions, a talking penis with the head of Ronald Reagan and dark Christian Symbolism.  And then there’s Ed, our hero, who stumbles through the whole mess.  This is possibly my favorite comic of all time!

Panels from the original mini comic

Panels from the original mini comic

One of the greatest sequences in comic history

There are rumors that Ed the Happy clown will be turned into a movie sometime this year.  Apparently the director wants to use stop motion animation!  I hope they do it justice.

Matsumoto Taiyo Week! Day 5

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on July 11, 2010

Matsumoto Taiyo 松本大洋 is a Tokyo born manga-ka whose most famous mangas are Tekkon Kincreet (鉄コン筋クリート), Ping Pong, Number 5 and Gogo Monster (GOGOモンスター). We love him so much here at Beef Knuckles that we’re dedicating a whole week to him! Check out his shaky lines, super detailed cityscapes and awesome character design.

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Here are some Tekkon Kincreet toys I picked up while living in Japan. These figures were put out by Jun Planning which filed for bankruptcy last year.

Check out more Matsumoto Taiyo Week posts here: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4

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Matsumoto Taiyo Week! Day 4

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on July 9, 2010

Matsumoto Taiyo 松本大洋 is a Tokyo born manga-ka whose most famous mangas are Tekkon Kincreet (鉄コン筋クリート), Ping Pong, Number 5 and Gogo Monster (GOGOモンスター). We love him so much here at Beef Knuckles that we’re dedicating a whole week to him! Check out his shaky lines, super detailed cityscapes and awesome character design.

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Aoi Haru (青い春 / Blue Spring) is a collection of short stories centered around a group of high school boys and the fights, jokes and games they get up to. I’ve been re-reading alot of Matsumoto in the lead up to this week and it’s actually the first time I’ve gone through all my Matsumoto comics back-to-back. I always thought of Matsumoto’s works as a celebration of youth but with these re-readings I don’t think that’s the case. After re-reading Aoi Haru and Ping Pong I feel like being young sucked. Really sucked. In one of the stories from Aoi Haru a kid gets shot in the face.

Anyway, maybe my reading into it is a reflection of my own headspace rather than an accurate description of Matsumoto’s works. You should check it out and decide for yourself. An English version of Aoi Haru was released by Viz as Blue Spring.






Check out more Matsumoto Taiyo Week posts here: day 1, day 2, day 3

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