In tackling a gender-bent, psychedelically sci-fi version of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, comic-book writer Matt Fraction wanted a fittingly epic beginning. That is, until he learned that a 10-page foldout spread would break the presses.
An eight-pager, though? Totally doable.
The more I read about ODY-C the more I become absolutely certain that I am going to fall deeply in love with this book!
At the risk of turning this into more of a Matt Fraction appreciation blog than it already is, I have to talk about ODY-C again. We recently got the new Image Comics preview book at our store, so of course I immediately flipped through it. When I got to the pages for ODY-C I was actually unable to verbally express how beautiful they were. All I could do was stand there and stare at the splash of colors, the incredible design, and the intricate layouts. These preview pages are so beautiful, I can barely stand them! Christian Ward is an insanely talented artist and after seeing his character sketches at Image Expo I was prepared for the art to be gorgeous.
I wasn’t prepared for how emotional I got when I read those first pages of clearly classically inspired, epic narration full of female pronouns. It was one of those moments of being hit really hard by the realization that I’ve been missing something and then finally finding it. I actually felt something similar when I first read Suzie’s preteen search for sex ed, but that was more my adult desire to see an experience being represented. What’s happening here is somehow deeper. This is hitting me hard in the parts of me that are still a little girl reading Greek mythology, in particular devouring stories about clever Odysseus who solves his problems with his wits, and wishing I could more easily find myself in them. As a child I desperately wanted to see the story about the brainy hero who gets through adventures on smarts with a protagonist who reminded me more of myself. And as I read the first panel, here it was:
Clever Odyssia and her clever plan to win the war with Troia that had stretched across an entire century.
I don’t know yet whether or not I’m going to relate strongly to Fraction and Ward’s Odyssia (and as an adult I have much less interest in being compared to Odysseus), but even before its release ODY-C has started to fulfill a childhood dream that I hadn’t realized I was still holding onto.
Look, just click through to that article and look at the preview pages. Or stop by your LCS and see if they can show you the preview book in person. You’ll see for yourself. Of course if our store is the one you stop by, I’m more likely to make an awkward growling noise than say any of this because UNF, that art! But yeah. This book.
November can’t come soon enough!
You can find more context here, but basically the creators of Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky, have been playing what amounts to a game of Internet Chicken with Heather & Juliette at Fantastic Comics.
It started when Matt & Chip celebrated their 4th printing by posing for a photo cover with the original printing of Sex Criminals #1, and Heather & Juliette responded by posing with that cover. Things spiralled from there.
It’s been as entertaining to watch as Sex Criminals has been to read (which, if you’re not already, you should be doing. Now.), so when the latest photo in the series was posted, and Kieron Gillen wondered whether anyone had made an infinitely looping video of it, I felt like I should make that happen. (Better quality video available here if the .gif is too small/grainy)
So, OMG! This is a thing that happened!
The thing about Brimpception is it’s NEVER over!
Mostly because the Fantastic Comics Valkyries just don’t quit. :)
Hello, tumbly followers. I’m back home from four days at SDCC volunteering for the awesome folks at imagecomics. It was crazy fun and super busy, so now I’m catching up on the announcements I missed while I was at the con.
By far my favorite announcement was the reveal of the cover art for the upcoming Saga hardcover. The first hint I had that I would love Saga was that image of Alana breastfeeding with her gun in one hand. Such a simple, subversive, awesome depiction of motherhood right up front made me assume the rest of the book would be just as exciting. It was an accurate advertisement for what quickly became my very favorite title being published!
Then there was “controversy” about the cover because apparently breasts, and in particular the breasts of women of color, should only exist to be sexualized. I love that the hardcover collection is a big “fuck you” to all those naysayers from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and I can’t wait for all the exciting conversations about gender issues I’ll get to have with clueless customers about gender issues as a result. If possible I think I now love Saga just a little bit more.
Listen to the lady, pals.
This! Absolutely this!
If you’re excited about the new direction for Batgirl, please bring this code in to your LCS. The internet enthusiasm has been overwhelming and beautiful, but the best way to show DC you want books like this is to make sure your retailers know that they have people to buy it in time for them to place a big order.
Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let’s talk.
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She’s Captain Marble! I regret nothing.
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices.
- Not clear in the picture, but the “rays” are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina’d black.
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles
Once again, our customer Ouliana is making AMAZING comic book stained glass!
Prepare yourselves appropriately, because this is happening.
Batgirl is getting a relaunch by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Freakin’ Tarr. You know, your actual favourite artist who drew the Bosozoku Sailor Scouts? SHE’S DRAWING BATGIRL. I’ll calm down… eventually?!
I adore Gail Simone and her run has been great. I will eternally bless her for giving us Alysia!
That said, it’s great to see this book step out of the darkness DC as a whole has been mired in the past few years. I adore the new costume, Babs Tarr is KILLING IT on the art in general, and everything Cameron Stewart and Brendon Fletcher have said sounds crazy exciting. This could be EXACTLY what DC needs!