ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Sandman
Characters/Pairings: Morpheus, Matthew
Media used: pencil drawing, inked with fine liner pens, acrylic paint
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This was my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart gift for Rasetsunyo. Besides Morpheus and Matthew, Rasetsunyo mentioned in the requests (for another, non-Sandman fandom) the Egyptian pantheon, and also liking crossovers. This isn't really a crossover with the other fandom, but I thought it would still work to mix Morpheus into in one of the classic scenes of the Egyptian afterlife, i.e. the Weighing of the Heart. So there's Anubis weighing the heart against the feather of truth, Thoth keeping the records, and Ammit (the crocodile/lion/hippo mix demon) waiting to eat the unworthy hearts. I decided to show the waiting soul as Ba with a bird body and human head. I'm not sure why Morpheus is there, but I figured that the Egyptians connected their afterlife underworld to the night and to the journey of the sun might be good enough for this Endless to show up there.
Preview: preview of Weighing of the Heart
Somehow Morpheus and Matthew ended up in the Egyptian afterlife. Image and high resolution details are behind the cut. )
ratcreature: RatCreature is buried in comics, with the text: There's no such thing as too many comics.  (comics)
I spent much of last night catching up with 30 issues of Y: The Last Man.

First, I didn't notice this as much in monthly reading, but I really like the series' structure that alternates between single shot stories giving more background on the characters or focus on minor characters elsewhere, and the multi-issue stories.

Y: The Last Man #27-57 (written by Brian K. Vaughan, pencils by Pia Guerra and Goran Sud┼żuka, inks by Jose Marzan, Jr.)

my reactions while reading, cut for length and spoilers )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spidey (spidey)
The Animal Man run of Grant Morrison (pencils by Chas Truog and others, inks by Doug Hazlewood and others) is easily the most meta superhero comic I've ever read. It's one of the most meta comics I've ever read, superhero genre or not. I can come up with very few that are even more meta-textual about the readers reading a comic and the rules that govern that universe on the page (though obviously not in quite the same way), like those by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, but then he could do narrative stuff, like holes cut into the pages for time anomalies, pop-up spirals etc, that is not possible in a regular comic book that stays bound to the page.

I've seen recs for Animal Man as an exceptional and innovative work long before I started reading superhero comics, but I never gave it a try. However with hindsight I'm happy I've only read it now that I have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the DC universe, and know about the general events of the Crisis. I don't think I'd have enjoyed it as much if I hadn't been familiar with the DC multiverse collapse into one universe and that whole retcon. Even now, having neither read Crisis on Infinite Earths itself (yet) nor any familiarity with pre-Crisis DCU, I feel like I probably missed a lot.

I was constantly bewildered at the bizarre leaps, and how the story turned more and more meta, until it culminated in Animal Man meeting Grant Morrison, but I was bewildered in a good way, if that makes sense.
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I finally read the first Transmetropolitan collection, and I rather liked it. (I always forget what this format is called that is not quite a trade paperback because it collects too few issues, three in this case, but not a stapled regular comic book either, was it prestige format?)

I have wanted to check it out ever since I saw a couple of original Transmetropolitan pages at the comic convention in Erlangen this year, and heard Darick Robertson talk about the series there. Of course it didn't hurt that [livejournal.com profile] basingstoke also recommended it to me. Somehow the series is not that well known here, or maybe it was just me not noticing it.

I like the wacky, disturbing, yet still somehow believable (and not totally unrealistic) version of a future. And I'm definitely curious enough to want to read the rest. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy a couple of TPBs at once right now, actually my finances still haven't fully recovered from the convention in June, so I guess it'll be a while until I get all parts...

Anyway, I'm starting to like Spider Jerusalem, even (or maybe because) he's an unfriendly, cynic SOB. I really like the scene with the GODTI 101 Maker, "My household appliance is on drugs. Horrible." That made me smile.

As a side note, I found it highly amusing that each time a naked female breast was drawn, there wasn't a nipple but something else instead, either crossed band-aids, bar codes etc., so either DC Comics has a problem with nipples even in their "mature audiences" Vertigo line, or it is a graphical joke on hypocritical censors, anyway, I found this practice delightfully silly.

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