Archive for the 'Comics' Category

A Quick Q&A With Chris Brandt, Assistant Director For Dig Comics

August 9, 2010

Comics, graphic novels, funny books — whatever you call them, they’ve been referred to as the great American art form of the 20th century.  But the 20th century is over. And, despite all the blockbusters based on them, comics generally aren’t enjoying the healthy readership that they used to.

The crew behind Dig Comics, however, won’t stand for that. Chronicling their quest to get people reading comics again, this documentary team has received acclaim for both their short film and their efforts — including an honourable mention at last year’s Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and the Best Documentary award at San Diego Comic Con 2009.

We had a quick catch-up with assistant director Chris Brandt, fresh off filming new footage at this year’s SDCC for the full-length version of the film.

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Comin’ Straight From The Underground: Jim Mahfood

May 14, 2010

In the summer of ‘97, Marvel Comics released Generation X Underground, a cool-as-hell one-issue special featuring characters from an X-Men spin-off series. This under-the-radar gem was written and illustrated entirely by a then-little known creator named Jim Mahfood.

Fast-forward thirteen years and that very same obscure artist now has his own line of designer cans for Colt 45, had his art appear on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, has worked with director Kevin Smith — and is still making cool-as-hell comics.

“I originally just wanted to ink comics and that was about it,” says Jim, who sometimes goes by the moniker Food One. “I was obsessed with inking. But I couldn’t get steady work doing that, so I just said fuck it and started writing and drawing my own stuff — and that led to a whole bunch of unexpected shit happening. It’s been a totally bizarre ride.”

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