Jim Steranko on Art, Experimentation, and FROGS [Interview]

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TweetAmongst the many pieces featured in the relaunched A1 Annual this year is FROGS from Jim Steranko. Originally published in COMIXSCENE #3 in April 1973, FROGS is a experiment in storytelling, in which Steranko sets out 48 identically-sized panels which  tell a story in whatever order they are read. FROGS requires the reader to choose their own pattern […]

Review: Dash Shaw’s New School is Pretty “Artsy” Stuff

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I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.

Steranko-ing: the early years

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Tweet Thanks to Sarrah Horrocks, this undated but 80s ish photo of Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby shows that Steranko-ing has a long, proud tradition. Steranko has recently gained a whole new audience with his addictive Twitter feed which includes stories of escape tricks, comics history and general “I was there” testimony—although it has yet […]

The latest craze is: Sterankoing

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Tweet At a convention once something happened which haunted all who witnessed it. It was so powerful that a Tumblr had to be launched. It was calledSterankoing. In case you are unaware, comics legend Jim Steranko is given to wearing oversized zoot suits and flashy cowboy boots. The man is still flashy; always will be. […]

REVIEW: ‘Shoot This’, FORCEFIELD FOTOCOMIX, #.01

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TweetPhotocomix are strange creatures. They look like a hybrid of a photography medium and a comics format, and when you spot them in the wild you’re never sure whether they arose as some part of a natural evolutionary process in art or if they were the result of some kind of misguided experiment, maybe even […]