On the Road in Iran

Here’s a lyrical and beautiful essay about a road trip in Iran, by Bijan Roghanchi.

‘Hum of soft rubber over asphalt’: on the road in Iran

“At Kandovan, a village built directly into the mountains, I made a confession, the type you can make only to someone on the road. It was a confession born in the bond that comes from hours of silence and the hum of soft rubber over asphalt. And then there were no more roads left except the one we had come down and it was time to go back home.”

Indie Cover Spotlight: Marshal Law #1

I can honestly say that this was one of the first comic books to truly and completely blow my mind:


Written by Pat Mills, and drawn by Kevin O’Neill, published in 1987 by Marvel’s Epic line of creator-owned comics. Leave it to the Brits to push the envelope of satire and parody.

Splash Wednesday: Buscema and Case

Our first page this week is via Diversions of the Groovy Kind, and features the other Buscema brother, Sal. This is from Sub-Mariner #25 (February 1970), with Sal Buscema on pencils:

Sub-Mariner 25-01
And here’s the page from the Way Back machine, AKA my previous blog circa 2011:

Here’s this week’s splash page:


This splash depicts the return of Marvel’s oddball “non-team,” The Defenders. It’s by artist Richard Case, inked by Randy Emberlin. Case is best known for his collaboration with Grant Morrison on that writer’s revamp of Doom Patrol over at DC, but he’s done a fair bit of work at various publishers. This page is from Doctor Strange #3, published by Marvel Comics, March 1989.

Hey, wait a minute, is that a ferret? Or just a weasel?

Guess the Artist – 11/2/2015

OK, here we go with another couple of pages to try your hand at. There really are no rules, other than if you have the book that these pages are from, please refrain from guessing.

The first page for this week:


And page 2, from my old Ferret Press blog, way back in 2005: