Process: Kris Straub

This week, I got caught up on Kris Straub's new Monday Wednesday Friday horror-webcomic Broodhollow. Straub is doing some really interesting formal stuff, stuff that I want to write about, but this morning he gave us a little gift when he posted the above strip, the foundation of the full strip he says he's going to post later today. Seeing stuff like this makes me wonder if anyone's ever done comics work that looks like this when its complete, in blue pencil and so on. I'm relatively sure someone must have but, if no one has, I think it could be a fabulous entrance into some easy experimentation with and commentary on the form.

Anyway, go read Broodhollow. You'll enjoy it.

Paul Pope's "Battling Boy" Pages Pop Up

If this is as good as it looks, Paul Pope may hit the top of my list of comics creators.

A preview was released yesterday morning (hot on the heels of our recent post about a new color edition of one of Pope's earliest works) of what I believe is only his second full graphic novel, rumored to be near completion for some time:

That's a suitcase. Falling from the sky.

How sweet is that? Dramatic. Sharp. Gorgeous.

Oddly, the preview seems to have been released through

Why, on EARTH ONE OR TWO, our first look at it has been dropped there is beyond me. Says something about where comics has come as a medium though, me thinks: this preview wasn't in "Comic Shop News" but Entertainment Weekly's website. Mainstream-ization, slow but sure.

Regardless, you need to see this. Go look at this preview.

"Battling Boy" is an attempt at freestyle superhero sequential art and the roughly 200-page part 1 releases October 8th to awaiting fans everywhere.

~ @JonGorga