Super honored to have a comic up on eqcomics.com home of Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life. Big thanks to Dan Long for the support. Go check it out and while your at it read his entire backlog, it’s hilarious.
Regarding the strip, this is Captain Remarkable’s first appearance anywhere. It seems fitting that he has been locked up in Crazytown Asylum prior to a sudden entrance here on 2816 in the coming weeks. This was a reference to a storyline on eqcomics where Edmund is mistakenly locked up in the asylum for some time.
Before I started work on 2816 Monument I was not a very avid reader of webcomics. Coming from a more traditional art background comics were my dirty little secret throughout design school. I spent a good chunk of my life reading only “graphic novels” by the greats such as Ware, Spiegelman, Mazzucchelli, and Eisner among others.
Those blinders prevented me from seeing true masterworks right under my nose. If it wasn’t recognized by the New Yorker or talked about by prestigious designers then it was of no use to me. During this time I met Dash Shaw while he was working on Bottomless Belly Button. Dash, looking for some fresh eyes brought in the first 150 pages or so presumably so I would take them home pour over them and return for discussion and critiques. I glanced at the first sequence of the airplane, told him I thought it was neat and handed it back. The next year it was nominated for a Harvey Award and was named best graphic novel by New York Magazine. We didn’t talk much after that and well, in short I was a gigantic moron and a bit of a dick.
As penance, and for my own good, I’m doing my best to find comics I like regardless of the reviews or what others think. “Like what you like” is my new mantra.
While I’m finding new comics I figure I might as well give a little love and offer them up to the those generous enough to give the gang at 2816 a few minutes of their day. Hopefully you’ll show some of my own favorites that same generosity.
So first up is the wonderful little comic Balderduck. Antonis Vavagiannis has maybe twenty comics in English on the new site. Originally written in Greek the non greeks among us will have to wait for Antonis to translate the rest of his backlog available here.
Recurring characters feature the chronically left handed Mister Sloorge, a woman in a striped dress bringing new and increasingly peculiar beau’s to her parents for dinner and a spectacled 3rd grade eccentric unable to score a decent report card despite her performance on tests. Peppered between the regulars are single panel strips often featuring historical figures in satirical situations.
So check out Balderduck. You won’t regret it. And while you’re at it, give him a little push to finish translating that backlog. I for one can’t wait to listen to more of Mister Sloorge’s bar confessions!