Today’s ICS goes way back to 1987, and the 3-issue mini series, Starstone.
Written by Gordon Derry, with art and cover by Adrian Kleinbergen (who I first encountered in the pages of another Aircel book, Darkewood). Published by Aircel comics, November, 1987.
It’s been a while, but the ICS feature is back! Today, I’d like to spotlight one of my current indie reads, Descender, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.
Smart, heartfelt science fiction, featuring gorgeous watercolor art by Nguyen, who also provides this cover. Image Comics, July 2015.
I only read a few issues of this series, but they fun little detective stories wit a Moonlighting vibe to them.
Originally published by Comico, this volume was from Innovation. Cover by Adam Hughes. June 1990.
From 2008, it’s issue #2 of Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel:
Published by Moonstone. Not sure who the cover artist is.
Historical note: in 1998, Fox tried to develop a Buckaroo Banzai TV series, titled Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries. It never made it out of development hell, but here’s a computer animated test reel created for the series.
So The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! was on TV the other night, and since I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, I decided to give it a look. It’s a hot mess of a film, but I suppose that’s what lends it its charm and cult status. Anyway, it put me in the mood to start up the ICS feature on my blog again, after a long hiatus. So here we go:
Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1 was published in 2006 by Moonstone. I believe the cover is by Matt Haley. Earl Mac Rauch, the screenwriter of the movie, returned for scripting duty on the comics as well.
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.
A cult classic of the 80s black and white indie comics boom:
Cover art by Michael Zulli, published by Aardvark One International, 1986.
Another cover from one of my current favorite reads, the science fiction epic Invisible Republic:
Cover and interior art by Gabriel Hardman, written by Hardman and wife Corinna Bechko. Published March 2005 by Image Comics.
Here’s one of the newer books I’ve been reading, Invisible Republic:
Written by the husband/wife team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, and drawn by Hardman, IR is a fantastic looking (and well-written) science fiction epic with heavy political and social themes running through it. Issue #2 was published in April, 2015 by Image Comics.
Here’s an oddly titled book for today’s installment of ICS: Instant Piano #1
This 1994 anthology of surreal humor from Dark Horse Comics lasted for 4 issues. The inaugural issue featured the above cover by Kyle Baker, with stories contributed by the 5 cartoonists who created the series: Baker, Stephen DeStefano, Evan Dorkin, Robbie Busch, and Mark Badger.
So the recent announcement of a new Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze made me nostalgic for Brian’s early work, which brings us to today’s ICS: Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze #3
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze, published by Millenium Publications, March 1992. Interior art by Columbus’ own Darryl Banks.
After another long hiatus, ICS is back, baby!
Today’s cover feature is the wonderful and charming collection of Grickle comics from Graham Annable.
This collection was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2010, and collect several of the earlier Grickle books from Alternative Comics.
I love Annable’s dark sense of humor and extremely expressive stick figure characters. He’s an amazing cartoonist, and if you’ve never checked out Grickle, you owe yourself a look.