Showing posts from June, 2007

Promethea tattoo lovin'

When I decided to get a tattoo, of course my first one was going to give a shout out to one of Alan Moore's great creations. Also since one of my favorite artists is J.H. Williams III, there was no doubt that my first tattoo would be Promethea. Promethea basically was Alan Moore's exhamination of magic as a way of looking at the world and the character herself is a kind of personification of the imagination. Artist J.H. Williams III always challenged himself and readers of this great book with his beautiful art and imaginative layouts.

I got my Promethea tattoo June 4, 2006 at Pussykat Tattoo Parlor here in Las Vegas, by fantastic artist Dirk Vermin, who also has fronted a long time Vegas punk band, the Vermins. The tattoo took three and a half hours and hurt a lot as any tattoo does in which there's not a lot of skin covering the bone underneath. Dirk (the artist), told me that depending on how well I sat would determine whether he did the tattoo in one or two sessions so…

Ich Liebe Watchmen

My favorite writer is Alan Moore and any chance I get I'll try to bend someone's ear as to why I think he's such a great writer. Anyone who has read any of his great works such as V For Vendetta, Watchmen, The Killing Joke, Lost Girls, From Hell, Promethea, and on and on knows his greatness already.

In this week's Wizard there's a great roundtable discussion of Watchmen by David Goyer, Brian Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, and Damon Lindelof. Usually Wizard isn't the greatest source for insights into great works of the comic medium, but they do often rightfully give props to Alan Moore's comic work and they'll occasionally have in-depth articles like this one.

Brubaker, Vaughan, Goyer, and Lindelof go on at length as to why Watchmen is such a benchmark of not just great comics, but great writing and how Watchmen was so influential to their writing. They talk about the way Watchmen was structured and how every word and panel is inter-connected. Really every time I…

Origin of Ich Liebe Comics

I've been wanting to enter the blogsphere for some time to have a dialogue with people who visit my store and or this blog. I also hope to turn people on to wonderful comics / graphic novels and maybe some of my posts will cause people to think about things in a different light. So even though most of my posts will pertain to the comic book medium I'll also have posts that are non comic-centric.

Originally the title of this blog was going to be Better Living Through Comics (a title I still like, but if anyone wants to use that go for it). Well a couple of months ago a friend of mine, Nicole Tucker, made a wonderful mix cd featuring mostly comic themed songs for me with an equally wonderful drawing she did as the cover that she titled Ich Liebe Comics! And since I was born in Germany and both of my biological parents were German and I love comics (the German translation of course), naturally this blog should be called Ich Liebe Comics!

Speaking of Germany, my wife, Kate and mysel…