HIGHWAY 62 REVISITED available on the Kindle now. 1200 pages of commentary and writing on comics, music and horror by writer Matt Maxwell.
Okay, right. One of the things I’ve been working on. An older version went on my tumblr, but I made some changes here. This is a gigantic collection of not only my writing on comics (both the reading and making) but horror film and fiction and thought, as well as all of my [...]
FULL BLEED: VACATION ALL I EVER WANTED Did I even write up my Wonder-Con this year? It was dreadful enough that I’m not going to go check. I’ll write up a short review as a reminder: SDCC crowds, expense and hassle without SDCC sales or sunshine (or just clouds) or locale. Oh, and the Anaheim [...]
Don’t know how often I’ll do this, but I’m pulling a couple things out of the sketchbook that I’ve been carrying around for near on the last ten years. This one’s by Darwyn Cooke. You might recognize him from THE NEW FRONTIER. It’s John Henry, one of the few characters created new in the [...]
FULL BLEED TELL THE WORLD THAT YOU’RE WINNING, LOVE AND LIFE, LOVE AND LIFE This year I’ve gone to as many science-fiction conventions as I have comic conventions. Normally I’d have hit twice as many comic shows as I have (passed on both ECCC and SDCC this year, something I hope is just this year [...]
FULL BLEED I’M GONNA EAT ‘EM ALL UP JUST AS SOON AS THEY TURN BLUE Thinking about videogames and arcades, and maybe how they apply to comics (at least a little ways.) When I was ten, videogames were a thing that almost nobody had in their own homes, unless you want to count those [...]
Sean Collins pointed me in the direction of Zak Smith’s essay on Bronze Age superhero comics and DnD. It’s worth a read. I perhaps didn’t have the revelation that Sean did because this is kinda familiar territory for me. Smarter people than me, awhile ago, pointed out that “respectability will kill superheroes” and they’re right. [...]
As originally posted on Dark, But Shining. Welcome, welcome to the third or perhaps fourth installment of Conversation, Fear. That is if you go by the count (and I do) of the various pieces I’ve offered up to Dark, but Shining over the last couple of years. Perhaps my name is familiar to you folks [...]
PART FOUR: WITH CRACKLING FIRES AND QUIET PLAINS Ah, BLACKLISTED, you never disappoint. Along with Calexico’s FEAST OF WIRE, certainly the top alt/country/folk/whatever album of the decade. Yes, comics. What’s the story of the decade in the industry? The rise of webcomics? Diamond’s consolidation and dreaded minimums? The fight for pre-eminence outside of the Big [...]
Comics are not screenplays with pictures, do take note.