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24/03/10

Comics – I buy ’em ’cos I love ’em!

Team K went to London last Saturday for a quick whizz around town. After Madame Tussauds, Dinosaurs Unleashed, Selfridges (nice site by the way) and Marks and Sparks, Number One Son and I left the girls at Paperchase while we went to my favourite comic shop Gosh – hooray!!

Excerpt fro 'Rocketo – Journey to the Hidden Sea' by Frank Espinosa

Restrained as always (*ahem*) I only bought four things. I picked up the seventh volume of The Comics Journal Library with Harvey Kurtzman. I also nabbed the second volume of the three-time-Eisner-Award-nominated Rocketo, Journey To The Hidden Sea by Frank Espinosa (Number One Son asked if I had the first volume – I didn’t, but a quick visit to Dr Amazon took care of that) – I picked it up because I fell in love with Espinosa’s illustrations which were like some wonderful mash-up of Kirby, Cooke, Pope and Toth (see sample panels above). The story concerns a post-apocalyptic Earth, populated by a new breed of humans. Among them are the Mappers who explore this new world, guiding humanity along the way. Rocketo Garrison is from a long line of Mappers and we follow his adventures as he navigates both this new world and it’s dangers, accompanied by his trusty band of comrades. I don’t want to say more as I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you should find these books and give them both a right royal reading. I don’t usually like this kind of story, but after the brilliantly sophisticated illustrations pulled me in, my imagination was set ablaze while travelling through Rocketo’s world. I loved the supporting cast (including the Kirby-esque Spiro Turnstiles) the baddies and the other fantastic creatures you’re introduced to as the story progresses. It’s a shame I’m reading it out of sequence, but I’m just grateful I finally discovered it as embarassingly, this book was published in 2007. But hey, better late than never, eh?

Illustration from 'Ghoulash' by Samuel Hiti

My other purchases were two other fabulously illustrated books, Ghoulash (sample illo above) and Death Day Prologue both by Samuel Hiti. Hiti’s wonderful brush strokes reminded me again of the aforementioned Paul Pope, but with a style of his own. His story telling and character design are first rate too. You can read Death Day Prologue and the first two episodes here though I’m keeping my eyes peeled so I can get my mitts on the printed versions.

Images © 2010 Frank Espinosa/Samuel Hiti.

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