Five Questions with Astro City's Kurt Busiek

Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is a creator-owned comic book that started back in 1995, with Busiek providing writing, Brent Anderson on pencils and Alex Ross providing covers and character design. A critical and commercial success from the beginning, Astro City has been somewhat hampered bu an irregular publication schedule and it has struggled to find a long-time home with a publisher as the many of the smaller publishers have merged or been bought as the industry consolidated. After a recent health scare, Busiek announced that Astro City would be published by DC comics as an ongoing monthly title Badmouth managed to get Busiek to...

Comics: Giants Beware Feb14

Comics: Giants Bewar...

A seven-year-old girl loaned me Giants Beware, and if I were a seven-year-old girl, I’d have to think that book was pretty freakin’ awesome.  As an adult, I can see its considerable charm, but the slick adherence to sitcom humor, from the self-conscious character quirks to the...

Comics: Martian Confederacy Jan22

Comics: Martian Conf...

The two volumes of Paige Braddock’s and Jason McNamara’s The Martian Confederacy present a sci-fi comedy set on a trailer park Mars, 1500 years in the future.  A hot, tough robot, a human lunkhead and an anthropomorphic bear are the confederates, of sorts–three solo...

Comics: Rust Jan09

Comics: Rust

Previously, in Badmouth: Comics We suspended our random survey of indie comics for the holiday movie season. Now that it’s January and you’re much better off reading a book, any book, you could do a lot worse than this: Carnival: Rough but promising first issue of a...

Comics: The Carnival's Promising APE Debut Oct30

Comics: The Carnival...

I found two interesting new comics in single issues at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. One’s a full-color urban dark fantasy, and the other’s a black-and-white urban noir.  Come back in a week for the magical fantasy; today we’re talking...

Ape 2012: Love, Rockets & Indie Comics

Last weekend in San Francisco, the Alternative Press Expo–Comic-Con’s punky kid brother–brought small-press and self-published comics together with a few major figures and provided two pleasant, low-key afternoons for local comics fans to check out new talent and hear from the masters. Jim Woodring, Sergio Aragones and Los Bros. Hernandez were the stars, doing signings and giving talks about their careers.  Aragones, after 50 years in comics, remains a humble and entertaining man.  Asked about doing an autobiography, he pointed out that many of his comics are autobiographical, so eventually he’ll have chronicled his...