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Old 12.10.2020, 16:01
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Any comic fans?

Any comic fans out there on the EF?

I haven't taken much interest in comic books for years. In my student days or thereabouts I went to the Quartier Latin in Paris where at that time there were comic shops by the dozen, where I remember leafing through the books with great interest. But the ones I bought and took home turned out to have rather dull story lines and I never re-read them. Many I ended up giving away and now I can't even rememeber their titles or the names of the artists. Typical story, some guy is murdered, detective is put on the case. The trail of evidence leads to some foreign espionnage service. Scene moves from Paris to some imaginary Arab country or Africa, with lots of cool artwork and exotic fragrance in the setting, but rather 2D storyline. It all ends in some James Bond type showdown with the detective versus the baddy boss in which a lot of expensive gear gets burnt up. And after thst it's still not clear why the original guy was murdered in the first place.

Well, on Saturday, by chance almost, I walked into the comic shop in Zurich's Niederdorf and I ended up with the same fascination. I love the cliche type pictures, especially of the quasi nostaligic type ones with 1950s street scenes and shady detectives.

Maybe they are not really written for the story but its all just about the cliche art?

Anybody out there have similar impressions, and / or recomendations?
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Old 12.10.2020, 16:19
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Re: Any comic fans?

anything by ed brubaker and sean philips has that noir feel
for:
1930 -1990s supernatural style "fatale"
1940/1950 "the fade out"
1970s spy feel, "velvet"
1980-1990, "criminal" or "cruel summer"

for a western "pulp"

as a reference, Brubaker wrote on westworld

source: i have them all

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Old 12.10.2020, 18:57
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Re: Any comic fans?

I'll second Brubaker, see also Torpedo (though the graphics are a bit "cheaper")... a relatively new release in the noir genre I like would be Blacksad or anything from Brian Michael Bendis (Torso, Jinx, AKA Goldfish)... depending on your taste!



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Old 12.10.2020, 20:47
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Re: Any comic fans?

I am , mostly, hooked on French BD.

Gaston Lagaffe (have got all of them)

Had most but had to sell them😢😢 now I get them at the library to reread!
Les Tuniques Bleues
Boule et Bill
Spirou
Marsupilami

Then I own a few Calvin and Hobbes & The Far Side, Gary Larson

Another English one we all love is 'Zits'
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Old 12.10.2020, 21:37
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Re: Any comic fans?

Huge fan, but not so much of the 1950s style. I like "contemporary" graphic novels, e.g. Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sandman, Maus, Hellblazer/Constantine, Ghost World, Jimmy Corrigan, etc. The occasional Moebius or Manara I love as well.

As a teenager I used to read quite a few of the typical superhero comics (X-men, Spiderman, Flash, Batman, Silver Surfer), and today I wouldn't refuse to read them.
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