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Today Sean T. Collins reviews Jordan Speer’s Operation Vaporizer

“Operation Vaporizer” is a short sharp shock of a war/sci-fi/horror comic, narrated by a veteran reminiscing about his time with a top-secret unit that tested an experimental telepathic weapon in the jungles of Vietnam. The Full Metal Jacket-style slang (“I was in The Shit”) and the dingy green and red-orange palette root the thing to the period, providing a solid platform for diving out into the Weird.

Elsewhere:

Peggy Burns brings attention to a worthy Kickstarter campaign: Portland’s Reading Frenzy, which is an excellent store and all around resource for small press publishing.

I’m still waiting for the hobo revival. So’s Sam Henderson. I always have time for T.S. Sullivant. And some fine Moebius here.

More MoCCA coverage with a report from the “Art as Profession” panel. Everyone knows it’s no kinda profession, but read on.

TCJ-contributor Michel Fiffe’s three issue compendium of his series, Copra, reviewed.

And finally, Cerebus, widescreen.

 


4 Responses to What About Me?

  1. Daniel C. Parmenter says:

    It’s not quite a full-on hobo revival, but I’ve been enjoying the heck out of “Laugh Out Loud Cats”, which somehow or other manages to rather nicely combine hobo humor (complete with scratchy old-fashioned-style cartooning) and the “LOLcats” concept: http://apelad.blogspot.com/

  2. Kristy Valenti says:

    It’s only tangentially related, but reading about that MoCCA panel reminded me of some stuff I was thinking about at ECCC (and that was articulated to me by some webcartoonists at the SDCC previous, and all of this Infantino stuff is touching on).

    I talked to a variety of people at ECCC, including an old-school industry guy and different groups of friends who were tabling. OSIG and my tabling friends were saying the same thing: they make the most money and best cover costs by working on licensed stuff (or, in the case of 2013, fan art), and they get drawn away from doing their own stuff because fan art gets the most attention and is what sells.

    I didn’t have enough time to spend browsing booths as I would like (although this is because I was having a blast volunteering at the CBLDF booth) but, again, it just seems like we’re going through a wave again where it’s more deviantartish prints and merch, less actual comics. Although the infrastructure is different, it’s interesting to see these sort of art vs. commerce issues play out over and over again.

    Another thing I observed: even if what you’re selling is just an app, having no creators and nothing tangible to handle is useless at a con. No one is going to walk up to an empty table with just a tablet on it.

  3. Briany Najar says:

    A hobo you maybe don’t know:
    Barney Boko.

  4. Doug Skinner says:

    I posted some cartoons by and for hobos from the 1940s a while ago. Here’s a link for hobo fans:
    http://ullagegroup.com/2012/03/28/the-bowery-news-1947/

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