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By Ben Cohen a “legendary master of the left field.” -BRP!

“Unintentionally misunderstood since 1975.” –Anonymous

“A big f@#k you, to the audience.” -B. Pendarvis

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Thursday, January 29, 2009


First off the semantics of this is frustrating, TPB v Graphic Novel v. Comic Book Comic Strips v The Funnies v Cartoons v Manga v Comics v Seqential Art...ok ok...in portest I will try to stay in the rules of graphic noves...this leves out a hell of a lot of great comics made over the past 100 plus years....bat anyway...actually I don't get the rules so whatever...ZAK started it...

Jim Woodring (Best comic ever been and ever will be made)

  • The Frank Book

Chris Ware (All around top of the game today...above statement aside)

  • Acme Novelty Library

Chris Claremont, Alen Davis, Mark Silvestri, Dave Mazzucchelli, Bill Sienkiewicz, Frank Miller and friends (The Men who made mine Marvel)

  • Uncanny X-Men

  • Excalibur

  • Captain Britain

  • Wolverine

  • Kitty Pride and Wolverine

  • Electra Assassin

  • Batman: The Dark Knight

  • Dare Devil

  • Sin City: Family Values

  • The Dark Knight

  • Batman: Year One

Los Hernandez Bro. (No one is closer to my aesthetic tastes...)
  • Love and Rockets

  • Penny Century

  • Dan Clowes (The one who gives Ware a run for his money)

    • Daniel Boring

    • Ice Heaven

    • Ghost World

    George Herriman (The one who made the best of comics first)

    • Krazy Katz

    Alen Moore (Still the best writer in the business)

    • Watchman

    • Promethea

    • Tom Strong

    • From Hell

    Adrian Tomine (The one I am jealous of and feel the strongest bond to through his work)

    • Optic Nerve

    Gruenwald and Ryan (Pure simple strip down grounded superhero stories)

    • D.P.7

    Hergé (The international genius)

    • Tin Tin

    Bill Watterson (The best a strip has ever been)

    • Calvin and Hobbs

    Joe Matt (From out of no ware a wonderful book)

    • Fair Weather

    Wendy and Richard Pini (I thought I was part wolf and part elf for a time)

    • Elf Quest

    Sparky Shultz with Seth (Seth has reframed his genius so I can see what everyone else sees...pure comics)

    • The Complete Penutes

    Jack Kirby (My favorite of the King of comics)

    • Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth

    Harvey Kurtzman and friends (These were the real stars of comics in the 50's and 60's)

    • Humbug

    Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale (They are like the wonder twins...but amazingly good)

    • Batman: Long Halloween

    Jessica Abel (A good cartoonist, but even a better teacher...this book is a wonderful lesson)

    • La Perdida

    Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch (Visually stunning with a hint of guts)

    • The Authority

    Ann Nocenti and Art Adems (One of my favorite characters ever at his conception)

    • Longshot

    jason (Poetry...typically without words...thank goodness he is prolific)

    • Tell Me Something

    • Why Are You Doing This?

    • The Left Bank Gang

    Katsuhiro Otomo ( I am ashamed to say this is the best of what Japan has to offer in my opinion based on ignorance...even though I admire the Japanese comic industry so much)

    • Akira

    Darwyn Cooke's (This is how DC hero's should be...plain and simple...I want to read his stint on the Spirit...)

    • The New Frontier

    Friday, January 2, 2009

    NYC: A first Impresion

    We walked 12 miles in two day's on concrete...for our feet a novel experience. We had the wrong shoes for this and it was unseasonably warm and we were over dressed. So once the pain in our feet and legs subside we will think of it as one of the times of our lives. For Erin it was an amazing surprise and she had a great time, other then crankiness about sleep and pain. I was underwhelmed, grossed out and annoyed by some of it, but think it was a special time and something I do not regret. I should explain. When you take a photo of a place you have been it usually does not capture the grandness of it all. Visiting NYC for the first time all I know of it are words and pictures...

    anyway where was I...oh yeah underwhelmed...ok on to grossed out. That is an over statement, but it had just as much grimy slimy dirt as Mexico City. I was thinking that the dirty level was equal to the broken down level of the barns we have in Vermont and how you could just as easily die from the dirt in new york as from a barn collapsing...with exception that you are aware of precisely what killed you in Vermont...the barn collapsing...not some mysterious illness hidden in microbes of a layer of dirt. The annoying aspect is how insular the culture is. We spent all of our time south of the park so the rest of new york is very different I expect. When you see all this money, expense and gaudiness in buildings and on streets that are so grimy you begin to wonder. Then when people do these little things that make them seem oblivious to your existence or disdainful. Then you look at them and see that their fashion and style are not forward thinking, but more stagnant. Then you go to the "New Museum" (a great museum even if the art in it is not so great) and you see art that reflects the shallow, insular, stagnant world of this neighborhood...not the reality I or anyone outside of New York and LA live in...well as an artist and art teacher you get annoyed. I mean these are the people who dictate what is "good" art, what is of value, what is remembered at this time in our culture...and yet you have this feeling that their concerns are status, being thin, being cool. All without a view of the broader world they claim to reflect with insight only accessible through their privilege. All that being said and the strong impression it left...I still thought aesthetically there were some amazing things, and it certainly was cool and important to see. The art we saw was only remarkably in its consistency and reflection of the aesthetics of this neighborhood (even though it depicted people all over the world) over time, not in its reflection of the world, its craftsmanship or its innovation. I will go back for the art...there is so much more to see. We did not make it to the Met, because I forgot about it, the Whitney because it was to far to walk, the Moma because the line was to long, the Guggenheim, because Erin and I are not interested in the art there or Mocca (the best comics art museum in the world...I am a member) because it is only open on Saturday from 12-5 and we were in Midtown during that time. So we saw the New Mueseum...which has a clean, smart, funny building with an interesting view and currently bad art in it. But at least it is art was made currently, by people who are alive and getting notice.

    We did see some sights I had not intended, because we had time...The statue of liberty (from the shore), ground zero (which I was glad to see before they closed up the hole and fixed all the buildings...it is also interesting that is surrounded by the offices of all the wall street companies that created the current crisis), Grand Central, Time Square, The Empire states building (actually it was from afare and we faild at spontaneously seeing it up close), and we took a carriage ride through part of central park.

    The best intentional activity was the Broadway play 39 steps. Not a musical, but for Erin it was still great...and because it was not a musical for me it was great and affordable. It is a comedy based on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. It basically is a brilliant humorous piece that makes fun off and utilizes stage performance (and error), physical comedy, play with words and all of Hitchcock most memorable moments all performed on the framework of a espionage through accidental romance.

    The highlight the entire time was the food...We had an amazing southern style breakfast at Norma's. No Belgian food, but a real new york hot dog. We had amazing authentic sushi (the eel was the best) at Sushi Yashida. We had a real New York bagel (which reminded me of bagels Al Shapiro use to serve) at the famous Katz's. We had a light health conscious lunch at cool little tea house (did you know raw beets are good). We went to a less then impressive, but still good candy store and we finished it off at an amazing freshly prepared Italian place.

    All and all it was well worth it, despite my critique. We will remember it fondly.