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Aaron Renier

Comix Talk for Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are you all fans of Calamity Jon Morris' CORNERED blog? Well I am and I took a shot at submitting a few entries of my own which Jon is kindly running.  My Captain America corner went up on Tuesday and sometime today my "Spiderman Versus Saturday Night Live" corner will be up.  Jon has been doing a series of Marvel characters in this cute, icon-ized style that I really love.  Anyhow check it out! 

LEGAL BEAGLE: Bleeding Cool posts Stan Lee's deposition in the Marvel Vs. Kirby Family lawsuit.  Fascinating (Stan Lee view of) history.

DEAD TREES: Scott McCloud writes that Vera Brosgol’s graphic novel Anya’s Ghost (published by First Second) is now available for pre-order.

SPIDER CENTS: I think I tweeted this yesterday - Ward Sutton's comic in the Village Voice on the ill-fated Spiderman broadway musical is pretty funny.

Dr. McDeadpool: I saw this tweeted around yesterday and El Santo sums up the news that Christopher Hastings of Dr. McNinja will be writing for the Marvel book Deadpool.

THE UNSINKABLE MATILDA: Aaron Renier posts a comic based on Roald Dahl's Matilda for Unshelved's Book Club. It's funny with a point - a bit of an update with some Clockwork Orange thrown in.

MILESTONES:  Andrew Rothery writes that next Monday, March 14th, is the 10 year anniversary of his webcomic TRU-Life Adventures. It is a mashup of retail humor mixed with sci-fi adventure, making it a little like NBC's show Chuck (just replace spies with time travel, and the thinly disguised Best Buy with a thinly disguised Toys R Us). It's been updated daily since 2005, and in color since the summer of 2009.

HYPE: Comic Alliance spotlights Romantically Apocalyptic by Vitaly S. Alexius, describing it as "a genuinely hilarious comedy about life after the end of the world, the hopelessly imbecilic dictator who destroyed the Earth, and the one surviving minion he has left to command and irritate."  The art is almost Alex Ross-ian in its detail and texture.

NOT (ENTIRELY) WEBCOMICS: I had no idea that the creators of the iphone videogame Angry Birds, was also the creator of the now on hiatus August Jessorwebcomic. Robot6 flags a Wired story on the creators of Angry Birds that mentions the August Jessor connection in passing.  I had forgotten about August Jessor but I liked it during its run.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier

The Unsinkable Walker Bean

I loved The Unsinkable Walker Bean -- it's an old fashioned adventure story full of vibrant characters and clever twists and turns.  Aaron Renier has delivered a fantastic book.  The coloring by Alec Longstreth is also really fantastic.  I was not really familiar with Renier's work beforehand, but this comic reflects someone in full command of their creative powers.  Everything fits together well -- strong characters, strong plot with great pacing throughout, and a whole world and mythology Renier has cooked up to support this tale.