1. Sandman Midnight Theatre
    Neil Gaiman, Matt Wagner, Teddy Kristiansen, Todd Klein, 1995. DC Comics.

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  3. tcannoncomics:

    Inktober today is Simon

  4. puellapeanut:

    William and Emma meet again -  Victorian Romance Emma

    This is a superb Seinen manga. Not only is the artwork stunning, but the storyline is so simple, yet so well written. It takes place in late 19th century England (perhaps 1895) and is about a maid and wealthy young man who fall in love, despite difference in social classes.

    It is very historically researched, the detail is perfect; characters, traits and lifestyles are reflective of the time, and all 10 volumes (the last is an extra that completes the story) are very well paced, and keeps the story moving.

    This is one of the best romance mangas I have ever read, and one of the best mangas period.

    If you’re sick of unrealistic mangas with immature, annoying teenagers and petty, silly conflicts not worth the time of day - this is for you. Do yourself a favor and read it, and also check out the author’s other work - A Bride’s Story. Another great, ongoing tale.

    (via cawsuno)


  5. cavaliersjamhelix:

    Hey everyone. In a former life, I was a wannabe comic book author.

    It occurs to me now that I have the means to actually pay someone to do the part that I am so conclusively terrible at, namely, the Artz.

    I am not sure what I want yet - style, size, etc. I’m interested in producing something roughly 10 pages long, maybe more or less. I’m also interested in building a working relationship with more artists, in the event that I decide to do this more regularly, I have people that I enjoy working with!

    If you’re an artist who might want to get paid to help me write some comics, give me an ask or email me at alxjrvs at gmail dot com. Feel free to reblog this, too - I am interested in seeing what’s out there, and what people are generally available for, what is considered good/bad form in this kind of arrangement, that sort.

    Tl;dr: I want to make more comics, willing to pay for Artz!

  6. Raj Comics for the Hard Headed
    Amitabh Kumar, 2008. The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

    Doga, a flagship character of India’s Raj Comics line, explains why heroes like him are allowed to function in society without regard for the law. In this context, an “encounter” refers to an extrajudicial killing performed by Indian police. An “encounter specialist” is a police officer who has been involved in one or more encounters. The practice is considered a human rights issue by activists in India and international observers.(1) (2)

    Mr. Kumar is defining heroes through the lens of encounters and encounter specialists. There appears to be some friction with the actions of encounter specialists—portrayed as part of a "dirty war"—and the government which "profits" from their actions. This gives the speech an almost uneven tone, especially considering that the people will only give the encounter specialists their sanction as long as "something doesn’t happen to them… or they don’t find themselves on the receiving ends of their guns." Removed from its context, it almost seems as though Mr. Kumar is condemning the establishment for condoning encounters. What does this mean for Mr. Kumar’s conception of heroes?

    The uneven tone may be dispelled by a broader reading of the word “profit:” when defined as “benefit” or “advantage,”  the word loses its sinister undertone and the line fits the speech better. It’s more difficult to give the "something doesn’t happen to them…" line a charitable interpretation on its own merits, but it ultimately does not appear to be anti-encounters. The repeated affirmations "they are your heroes. Your PROTECTORS. Killing for YOU" underline Mr. Kumar’s intent more clearly.

    The idea of the encounter specialist as somebody who dispenses justice quickly and operates as a "parallel government" is alarming, considering that encounter specialists are police officers and therefore beholden to the law. Mr. Kumar only addresses one of the pitfalls associated with extrajudicial killings when he writes "if tomorrow Nagraj (another superhero) or I start taking down innocent people, then we will fall from our pedestals. It’s the sort of logic that wouldn’t preempt the murder of an innocent person and seem asinine when brought up after the fact.

    Setting aside criticism of extrajudicial killings, the hero as defined by Mr. Kumar is somebody who occupies the same niche as encounter specialists: there is nothing that the hero is doing that the encounter specialist is not already doing.

    To compare the encounter specialist and the hero as Mr. Kumar has done is to mire the hero in a cultural context that a. is not universal to all superheroes across all media, and b. host to its own legitimate controversies. It does not elevate the hero.

    It’s important to note that the page above was published in 2008, and the sentiments expressed within probably don’t reflect the Indian public’s current thoughts towards encounters and encounter specialists. The law is changing to reflect this: on September 23, 2014, the Supreme Court of India mandated that all killings by police, especially extrajudicial killings, are to be independently investigated.(3) (4)

    The above page comes from Sarai Media Lab’s Research Project on Raj Comics and graphic novel culture in Delhi; the full comic is available here: http://sarai.net/raj-comics-for-the-hard-headed/

    1. “South Central Asia, India, Respect for Human Rights, Section 1a.” Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008: Vols. I and II: Joint Committee Print, U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senate (Google EBook). Ed. Jeffrey T. Bergner. Diane Publishing Co., 2008. Web. September 28, 2014. <http://books.google.com/books?id=NqIkQz68_fgC&pg=PA2298&lpg=PA2298#v=onepage&q&f=false>

    2. “INDIA: Supreme Court’s Scathing Report against the Government on Encounter Killings in Manipur.” Asian Human Rights Commission, 19 July 2013. Web. September 28, 2014. <http://www.humanrights.asia/news/press-releases/AHRC-PRL-013-2013>

    3. “Order of 23 September 2014 in PUCL & Anr. versus State of Maharashtra & Ors.” (2014). Supreme Court of India. 23 Sept 2014. Web. September 28, 2014. <http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/ar12551999.pdf>

    4. Sinha, Bhadra. “Encounter Killings Impact Credibility of Law: SC.” Hindustan Times 23 Sept. 2014, India sec. HT Media Ltd. Web. September 28, 2013. <http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/supreme-court-cracks-down-on-police-encounter-killings/article1-1267528.aspx>

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  8. Primitif: The Volcano Mask
    Ed Pinsent, 1987, 2009.

    Read Primitif: The Volcano Mask on Scribd.

  9. Starman #3
    James Robinson, Tony Harris, Wade Von Grawbadger, John Workman, Gregory Wright, 1995. DC Comics.

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