Posts tagged: panels
Comics Editor Carol reads Gene Yang’s Boxers & Saints and thinks about the intersection of history, people and art:
If, like me, you have watched countless kung fu movies, then you’ll recognize this story: a boy goes with his father and elder brother to a local village festival. An ardent fan of Peking Opera, the boy goes off by himself to watch the festival performances. Hearing some commotion, he investigates and sees his father confronting a man who has accused an elderly woman selling steamed buns of cheating him. The boy’s father warns the man to leave, but, instead, the scoundrel strikes the woman. The father defeats the man in three blows and tells him to leave, which he does. The father notices his son and says, “You shouldn’t have seen that.”
“The Lady Lemongrabs in the Fionna and Cake comic “Sour Candy” inspired me to come out as a lesbian. I thanked the author, Kate Leth, and she congratulated me. I feel so much better.”
Confessed by: Anon.
Batman #98, 1956
This week at The Gutter, Guest Star Miguel Rodriguez from Monster Island Resort Podcast writes about heroes.
When I was a mere lad, I picked up a battered newsstand copy of Power Man and Iron Fist. I had grown up with superheroes in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, and The Herculoids on the television, but my comics reading prior to that issue of Power Man and Iron Fist was relegated mainly to Hanna Barbara comics, Richie Rich, and (oddly) Conan the Barbarian. Anyway, there was a single panel of that comic book that has stuck with me to this day. In it, Power Man and Iron Fist are strolling down the street together in their garish garb, simply talking to each other like regular old pals. I clearly remember how struck I was by that panel, and it made me want to join them on their adventures—an activity that spawned years and years of comic book collecting and reading, joining larger-than-life heroes in their struggles to rid the world of evil.
“The kingly office is entitled to no respect. It was originally procured by highwayman’s methods; it remains a perpetuated crime, can never be anything but the symbol of a crime. It is no more entitled to respect than is the flag of a pirate.”
(Panel by Walt Simonson et al, from The Mighty Thor #337, 1983)
“We often tell ourselves this is our world. Well, it is not just our world. It is also the world of millions of species of creatures which have just as much right to it as we have, whether they be great or small and live by land or by sea or out in the vastness of the great oceans.”
(Panels from Walt Kelly’s “Pogo”, as published on June 3rd, 1949)
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
(Panel by Kevin Maguire, Keith Giffen, J M DeMatteis et al, from Justice League International #18, 1988)
More from Sword Of My Mouth via Boing Boing's review of the graphic novel about a dystopia, post-Rapture Detroit.
Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerrard donated copies of Sword Of My Mouth as a perk for Gutter-A-Go-Go, the fundraiser to keep the Cultural Gutter online. To find out more about our fundraiser, go here.
Shannon Gerrard draws Detroit in a panel from Sword of My Mouth, her collaboration with writer Jim Munroe. Jim’s also a Gutter co-founding editor and Sword of My Mouth is one of the perks we’re offering as part of our Gutter-A-Go-Go fundraiser to keep the Cultural Gutter online.
(even fuller disclosure, Carol was an editor on this book)