This July the comic creators of Wales will all be congregating in the Masonic Hall in Cardiff for the annual Cardiff Independent Comic Expo (CICE). Alongside fantastic guests such as 2000 AD […] Source: “It’s important to keep shouting about comics and comic creators!” Iz McAuliffe talks Cardiff Independent Comics Expo (CICE) Continue Reading
Cardiff International Comic Expo is back in Cardiff’s Masonic Hall on July 8th. With “comic” conventions increasingly dominated by movies, TV, and (weirdly) wrestling, it’s refreshing to have a convention that truly celebrates the comics medium and is prepared to put it center stage. There’s a fantastic guest list, even Continue Reading
When thinking about “realistic” comic books, the first and most defining factor has to be whether the comic book includes “superheroes” or not. I’m not necessarily talking about superpowers either – there’s not much realistic about Batman in many of his incarnations, for example.
Comic books are not restricted to telling stories about superheroes. There are crime books, western books, “slice of life” emotional dramas, etc. etc. To my shame, this isn’t a part of the comic book world I know a huge amount about.
Realism, quite frankly, isn’t the job of the kind of comic book I enjoy the most.
But, when thinking about the best example of a realistic comic book the comic that springs to mind is something quite different, but something I think fits the brief. I’m talking about The Punisher Armory.
The Punisher Armory stretches the definition of a comic book. Yes, it’s a combination of pictures and words, but this isn’t a sequential narrative. It’s a series of pictures, quite brilliant pictures in my view, accompanied by technical descriptions of the Punisher’s various weapons (mostly guns, but not exclusively) and his personal opinions on them. I remember reading and re-reading these over and over again, there was something utterly fascinating about the way in which the technical details were mixed in with the Punisher’s own psychology and story. It’s a great example of how you can create engaging prose out of anything, if you work at it.
Why The Punisher Armory is genius in one page and one picture..
This gun isn’t a very good gun.
This gun shoots no known caliber, barely has sights and doesn’t even shoot what it does shoot very well.
It’s no ‘wonder nine’, accepts no scope of any kind; has no accessories for that matter, unless you count the ratty, vinyl-like holster that came with it.
It certainly isn’t gun-metal tough ; I probably could shatter it with my bare hands. It most likely would rust, if I let it. But it’s my most important gun.
When it saw its heaviest duty, it was the best gun there was. It could slide from that low-slung holster like a natural thought. It fired fifty, well-placed rounds squarely into the bad guys, whether they were gangsters or Indians or just young buddies up the block.
This was my little boy’s gun. Now I hold onto it and now and then, use it.
According to Comic Vine, The Punisher Armory was written by Don Daley. That may not be a name you’re immediately familiar with, but I’d suggest you check out his work. The man knows his characterisation… and his guns.
I was really disappointed to discover that there isn’t a trade paperback of The Punisher Armory. There’s not even a Kindle or Comixology version. Looks like it’s off to eBay for me, as I have no idea where my old copies are and I really, really want to read it again.
In the meantime, I’ve compiled a small gallery of pages from The Punisher Armory that I’ve scrapped up from the internet. (Thanks Google Image Search!)
http://accentukcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/victoriana-cancellation.html?m=1 Accent UK, one of the bastions of the UK indie comics scene, have canceled their long awaited “Victoriana” anthology. As a veteran of the anthology-space myself, and a contributor to previous Accent UK anthologies including Victoriana, I know just how hard the marketplace can be for anthology books. It Continue Reading
Today, there seems to be a risk of offending somebody no matter what you write. Personally, I don’t subscribe to the popular idea that people are more easily offended today than in the past. I do think that often people describe things as offensive when actually they mean something else, Continue Reading
I think this is a case of genre. Superhero books, generally, do not benefit from large doses of realism. The first example that springs to mind is the run in Nightwing when Dick Grayson ends up on crutches after being injured in the line of, duty. He ends up undercover Continue Reading
Hypergraphia was originally published in colour in the pages of the anthology Insomnia Publications “Choices”.
The story was illustrated by the very talented Valia Kapadai. There’s a high body count and Valia and I came up with the idea of asking people to support the anthology not only by buying a copy but by letting us murder them in various graphic ways. Take up was disturbingly high… see if you can spot any of the UK Indie Presses Alums on the killing floor.