Stigmata is one of the greatest virtuoso displays of pen-and-ink work in the history of graphic novels. Illustrator Lorenzo Mattoti’s “raging fury of intense linework” is mesmerizing on every single page, and drives the novel-length story by Claudio Piersanti set in the hellish world of bars and traveling carnivals (with a final redemptive chapter). Stigmata is a recognized classic in the comics world, and was published in Europe in 1998. It has finally been translated and published here. To get a complete sense of Mattoti’s powerful illustrations— in color pastel, pen-and-brush, pencil and pen—also check out The Raven, published this fall. The artwork accompanies lyrics and recitation written by Lou Reed for the theatrical and musical Poetry, directed by Robert Wilson, and the follow- up album, The Raven.
Orc Stain is exactly the kind of book you’d expect to be written by an author who’s seen playing Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer 40k nonstop for the past twenty years. James Stokoe has created a massive, festering world overrun by loathsome orcs who want nothing more than to conquer the world. Orc Stain follows the misadventures of a lock-picking orc bandit who is a far cry from his brethren. Though you may find yourself impressed by the density of line-work and complexity of the drawings, the most impressive thing about Orc Stain is that every aspect of this comic is produced by Stokoe himself, a fading but time-honored tradition. Orc Stain proves why comics are still one of the most powerful art forms: there is no limit to what a single person can achieve with a lack of shame and a lot of dedication. Recommended for fans of Conan the Barbarian, GWAR, and Lord of the Rings
One of our holiday favorites, Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes, is the featured topic of this weeks Gweek podcast brought to you by Boing Boing. If you haven't yet listened to this great podcast I highly recommend that you check it out. Gweek covers pretty much all that is going on in nerd mega-culture. Listen to this weeks episode here! Hot on the heels of popular Mickey Mouse hardcover comics collections, Fantagraphics puts forth a second Disney classic, Donald Duck:Lost in the Andes. While some readers may have been surprised by Mickey’s exploits in the early days, Donald is exactly as you remember and expect him to be: perpetually frustrated with a heart of gold. What is also not surprising is the level of skill behind the cartooning of Carl Barks, whose knack for expressive figures and attention to detail makes this collection an endlessly entertaining read. So well-loved were these stories, that none other than the great Steven Spielberg paid tribute to them in the famous scene of Indiana Jones versus the boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sure to please any fan of good-humored Golden Age comics.
Published: Fantagraphics - December 5th, 2011