Tag: Michael Allred

Comics for Grownups Episode 12

by on Mar.30, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 12 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. RSS link for Android users here. Miked guest this week: Andrea Tsurumi.

In this episode we discuss:
When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael

In the Kitchen with Alain Passard by Christophe Blain

Maximum Minimum Wage by Bob Fingerman

The Massive TPB vol. 1: Black Pacific by Brian Wood, art by Kristian Donaldson and Garry Brown

Hawkeye and FF, both by Matt Fraction, art for FF by Michael Allred

We also get in plugs for the NY Comics and Picture-Story Symposium, the writeups of same in the comics section of the Rumpus, and the upcoming MoCCA Festival.

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iZombie #1

by on May.12, 2010, under Comics

Zombies and vampires have traditionally held quite different cultural appeals.  Vampires are vehicles for taboo and passion, while zombies are often deployed to make a social point (think Dawn of the Dead or 28 Days Later).  A corollary is that while individual vampires are often given distinctive characters, all zombies are essentially the same mindless killing machine.  The only difference among them is how fast they can run.

That’s why iZombie, centered on a cute, human-looking zombie named Gwen, feels like a fresh take on some otherwise fairly stale material.  (I, Zombie? IZOMBIE? It appears on the cover as iZombie, which makes no sense and instantly gives you this.)  It has a bit of a Buffy feel with all the different beasties in Gwen’s gang (a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost, I think maybe a witch), and much of the first issue is spent just bringing them all onstage, along with the villain who wants them all dead.

But in the last few pages it’s revealed that Gwen is a zombie (if we somehow didn’t get that from the title) who must eat a brain each month to survive.  She digs up a fresh corpse, eats, and absorbs the guy’s memories, learning he was murdered and thus setting up the continuing series.

I’ve never heard of Chris Roberson, who’s doing the writing, but the art is by Mike Allred, who did the totally fun Red Rocket 7.  It’s got a Scooby-Doo vibe that feels right.

The preview below the fold is actually a prelude previously printed in Vertigo’s “House of Mystery Annual.”

(continue reading…)

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