thatonereallycoolguy asked: Will you be coming to wondercon this year? :/
I don’t think so, I wasn’t invited. So far my convention list this year is pretty short. Here it is:
Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 10-11th
Stockholm International Comics Festival, May 17-18th (my first trip outside of Canada/the US!)
Saskatchewan Festival of Words, July 17-20th (never been to Saskatchewan either)
Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival, August 17th
There will probably be a few more which I will announce when con season gets closer, but these are the ones confirmed as of now. The only book I have out this year is Bigfoot Boy 3 in the fall, so I’m taking it easy on conventions and concentrating on my work. :)
There isn’t a WHOLE lot in this one, fashion-wise, but it’s about a Romulan defector, so guess what?! ROMULANS GONNA BE UP IN HERE.
However - the ep starts with one of Patrick Stewart’s contractually-obligated Shakespeare scenes in the Holodeck: a scene from Henry V.
Palpatine hoods are so in right now
I love you, Fashion it So! *_*
franzferdinand2 asked: I've never read Excalibur, but I know both you and Rachel Edidin are fans. What makes it good, and what's a good place to start with it?
Excalibur, at its best, is exactly what I want out of a superhero comic: it’s weird, it’s funny, it’s touching, it’s exciting, it’s suspenseful, it’s beautiful to look at, it makes the world seem like it might just be cooler than it seems. It’s not just a British X-Men; it’s really its own thing altogether, but, again, at its best, it has a very British tenor to it. I mean, I’m not British so maybe someone will correct me, but the really good stuff feels like classic Doctor Who or Hitchhiker’s Guide, but with Nightcrawler in it. Big ideas, big laughs, big action, and interesting, well-defined characters. Plus, when Alan Davis is drawing it, there’s no beating it for beauty.
(Sidenote: here’s something I don’t think Alan Davis gets enough credit for. Look at this cover:
Look at Kitty, Rachel and Meggan on this cover. Yes, all three are drawn as beautiful, superheroic women, but they have three very distinct body types. It’s maybe not as evident from just this cover, but if you read the book, you’ll see, you could identify the three female leads of this book from silhouette alone. Hell, this is true of the men, too.)
Here’s what I would recommend to get the most out of it:
Captain Britain by Alan Moore and Alan Davis: This is actually out of print, but Amazon has new and used copies for reasonable prices. This is very early Alan Moore, busting out big ideas early, with a few concepts that foreshadow some of his later work. There is some Cap stuff before this, but it’s a little harder to get (I don’t have it sadly), and I’m not 100% sure on how worth the effort or expense it would be. But this collection introduces ideas that will be paying off throughout many storylines later, such as the Captain Britain Corps, Saturnyne, the Technet, Mad Jim Jaspers, and the Fury, among others.
Captain Britain by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis:This is WAY out of print, but Amazon’s got some cheap copies in new condition, so I say snap it up. The stories aren’t quite as mind-twisting as in the previous volume, but this picks up where it left off and introduces some important ideas, such as Captain Britain’s brother, Jamie Braddock, and his sister, whom you might have heard of (she is on the X-Men [her name is Psylocke]).
Ugh, it looks like these are basically all out of print, but available for affordable prices, so, uh, still get them.
Excalbur Classic vol 1: This run of trades collects the original Excalbur series by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. It picks up a lot of elements from the Captain Britain series, but also introduces some X-Men elements, like a hilarious Juggernaut encounter and some weird Inferno shit. This is good Claremont.
Excalbur Classic vol 2: Yep, get this one too.
Excalbur Classic vol 3: This is the first part of the Cross-Time Caper, which is a story about Excalbur traveling through different dimensions on a train. It kind of goes off the rails (no pun), but kind of in a good way almost?
Excalbur Classic vol 4: This wraps up the Cross-Time Caper. There is another volume of Excalbur Classic after this. Do not get it. Instead, skip to…
~~~ALAN DAVIS EXCALIBUR~~~
Excalibur Visionaries Alan Davis vol 1: This, to me, is Excalbur at its Excaliburiest best. Alan Davis returns to the book on art AND takes over the writing. The book just boils over with charm and wit and swashbucklery in this era. Just so dear to my heart.
Excalibur Visionaries Alan Davis vol 2: Obviously you have to get this one too.
Excalibur Visionaries Alan Davis vol 3: And this wraps up Davis’s run. Unfortunately, this trade is also padded out with some non-Davis content. Boo.
Warren Ellis era:
Excalibur Visionaries Warren Ellis vol 1: So there was a period of a couple of years where Excalibur got SUPER 90s X-Men-y, unfortunately. So we will skip those years to the point where a young(er) Warren Ellis took over the book. The feel is completely different from Davis’s stuff, but it is still cool and interesting. He introduces Pete Wisdom, who is Ellis’s typical chain-smoking self-insert, but he uses him to tell some pretty exciting sci-fi-tinged stories. This run came out when X-Files was hot, and it shows.
Excalbur Visionaries Warren Ellis vol 2: The art in Ellis’s run can be hit or miss (though there is cool Sienkiewicz stuff here and there throughout), but I think this is the point when Carlos Pacheco takes over as regular artist, and his stuff looks great.
Excalibur Visionaries Warren Ellis vol 3: This wraps up the run and also includes the Pryde and Wisdom mini-series, which is like peak X-Files-Calibur.
Wisdom MAX mini-series by Paul Cornell and Trevor Hairsine: This fun little series is not Excalibur per se, but it stars Pete Wisdom and does some work to expand the universe of Marvel’s Britain. At times it reads like the first comics work of a person coming from other media (which it is), but the highs outweigh the lows, in my opinion. Also, this series leads in a roundabout way to…
Captain Britain and MI:13 vol 1 by Cornell and Leonard Kirk: This is the spiritual successor to Excalibur, though many of the characters and elements that made that series great are replaced with characters and elements that are cool in different ways. This is probably one of the three or four best stories to come out of Secret Invasion, for what that’s worth.
Captain Britain and MI: 13 vol 2: Yep, get this one too.
Captain Britain and MI:13 vol 3: And this one wraps up the series, taken from us too soon. Yes, this is the famous “Dracula on the moon” story. Even though Dr McNinja wore it better, this is still a creative team going, “Fuck you, this is comics, we’re going to have some goddamn fun.”
Anyway, check those out and I guarantee you will have a cool fun time, pip pip cheerio.
I found some back issues of the Claremont/Davis Excalibur in a second hand bookshop the summer before I left home for university & it was one of those big comic moments for me. I’d always been very attracted to comics, but had been frustrated by what was available to me (very little was appealing, outside of the occasional X-men comic). Excalibur was a big “wow, now THIS is what I want to read!” moment. However, I had no way to access the comics except for that bookstore, so my joy was kinda limited. :( Access, as always, is a huge problem for comics.
But anyway, the Claremont/Davis Excalibur is totally worth tracking down. I really, really like Davis’s art in that era, dude can DRAW.
EDIT: Oh, Alistair from Friends with Boys is named after Alistair Stuart from the Cross-Time Caper. XD