Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Random Randomness

One problem I’ve always had with my work is my inability to stick with the same thing for too long. I’ll always come back to it, but I need another project to keep my interest up.

Right now I have 3 scripts written for 3 different comics. Randall, NYComix and a graphic novel. Three panels of the 1st page of Randall are penciled. NYComix is written but needs to be tweaked and ran by my “editor”. I’m writing the graphic novel in script format. I don’t want to worry about panel layouts; they just slow me down, so I’m around 50 pages into the story… with probably another 50 to go. On top of all this, I’m working on my first mural with Ereisa. The mural is in an office in Manhattan and we’re probably halfway done with it. It’s a blast; I’m enjoying it so much.

On top of all this I still have my usually lettering workload. Needless to say, I’m exhausted. My schedule has basically been working from 8-5, then heading into Manhattan to work on the mural from 6 to 9. It’s been that way for a week and it’ll stay that way for at least a week more.

I wish I had some comic reviews to do, but I haven’t bought a new comic in weeks. I’ve been re-reading Sin City on the way into Manhattan and that comic is so insanely good. So if you haven’t read Sin City, go pick some up. They released them in neat little Trade Paperbacks and they’re easily in my Top 5 favorite comics of all-time. Maybe even my in my Top 3… Drumroll...

LazyComix Top 5 Comics of All-Time.

1. Amazing Spider-Man #26-27
The Man in the Crime-Master's Mask
From July of 1965 this is the comic that got me into comics. At 2 issues long and about 40 pages long Stan Lee and Steve Ditko crammed more fun, action, drama and teen angst into this storyline than damn near every comic writer today could thinly spread into a 12 issue run. It’s got classic Peter Parker drama, Spidey Action, a faulty costume, the Green Goblin, mystery, crime noir, and everything you’d expect from a Stan Lee written comic. My brother had a reprint of this storyline and I couldn’t get enough of it.

2. The Goon
The only “mainstream” comic made today that you’ll see on my list. Eric Powell is the best writer/artist working in comics today. The Goon, like the early Spidey stuff, is full of action, fun, great storyline, and laugh out loud humor. Powell is doing comics his own way with his own characters. Great stuff that I read over and over again.

3. Sin City
As I mentioned earlier, this is another comic that I can read again and again and enjoy if more every time. Frank Miller is probably my favorite superhero comic creator ever. For some reason, the fanboys on various message boards like to give him crap, but they seem to forget that he’s responsible for the best Batman comics ever as well as the best Daredevil comics ever. Throw in his own stuff like Sin City and you’ve got a creator with a laundry list of the greatest comics ever. You’d think he’d get a pass for a few splash pages in All-Star Batman and Robin… but that would be asking message board Fanboys to be rational. How they bash Miller while at the same time going on and on about some decompressed story full of bad photo reference is beyond me. Anyway, go pick up any comic by Frank Miller.

4. American Splendor
I’ve mentioned Harvey Pekar many times in the Blog, he’s the biggest influence on my work and anything he writes, I’ll buy. He’s been doing different, autobiographical comics for years and they’re amazing reads. From going to the grocery store to peeling an orange, Pekar makes amazing comics out of the most mundane daily tasks. Look for new Splendor comics out of DC/Vertigo this September.

5. R. Crumb Comix
This isn’t a specific comic, but rather anything done by R. Crumb. There are dozens of Crumb comics out there and they’re all worth picking up. Like Pekar, Crumb makes comics about anything and everything. Shocking to funny. On top of that, he’s such an amazing artist.


So there ya go, my impromptu Top Five Comics of All Time List. That could change tomorrow, though. Some other stuff that almost made the cut were Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen, anything by Jim Mahfood, and the Daredevil run by Miller as well as Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One.

I’ll leave you with a couple movie trailers.

Spider-Man 3

And

Rocky Balboa.
Yup. Rocky 6. I’m an unabashed Rocky Movie and Stallone flick aficionado. I’ve even seen and enjoyed Rocky 5 more than once. Yeah, I said it. This trailer actually looks really good.

Thanks for reading,
Gent

4 comments:

Brandon B said...

Randy,

I always say that busy is a good thing. It beats wasting away watching daytime TV...that stuff'll make you sterile!

I hope you put up a picture of the mural when you two are done, I can't wait to see it!

Rocky 6?! I have yet to see 4 & 5. Maybe it's time for a Balboathon!

Till next time...

-Brandon

RandyG said...

Hey B!

I'll definently post a few mural pics when it's done. It's a big one, like 9'x 9'... I'd say we're like 55% done.

Now quit surfing the web and go rent Rocky 4 and 5. Rocky 4 kicks ass... c'mon, anything with Stallone and Dolph Lungren acting is worth the price of the rental. It's similar to watching Pacino and Brando in the Godfather. Only one guy is doing a bad Russian accent instead of a scratchy Italian accent.

And 5 is a polarizing flick. It not great... but it's enjoyable.

Report back with your review!

--Gent

Jared said...

I liked the first two Sin City trades but after that I found them dull. Fanboys make fun of Miller because his last few projects for DC have been really bad. It doesn't matter that the first DK was good when looking at the awfulness of DK2. All Star Batman is barely worth a spaeking of.
And stay away from those Rocky movies. Cobra too.

RandyG said...

I dug the hell out of the Sin City books. And really, fanboy bitch about everything, between the Batman stuff, his Daredevil runs and Sin City, he's done way more good stuff than bad. I actually reread DK2 and it's actually not that awful. That All Star book is just weird... maybe Jim Lee doesn't fit with his writing or whatever, but it's a bit off thats for sure.

And anytime Cobra is on TV I'm watching it. It's a solid Stallone flick. Cobra, Tango and Cash, Cliffhanger (which is awesome), Over the Top, Lock Up (another underrated flick) all solid "bored on a sunday afternoon flipping through the channels" movie watching.