Art For Art’s Sake # 37 – Sequential Art Delights…

by Richard Bruton

Art For Art’s Sake… a weekly trip round the world of wondrous comic art on the Internet. Maybe some you’ll know, maybe some you won’t, but its all so good.

New comics from one of Britain’s best, Andi WatsonKerry and the Knight of the Forest; coming July 2020…

Jamie Hernandez – New Yorker (Via Bristol Board)

Jack Teagle reveals what he’s been working on recently… ‘I had the pleasure of working with Adobe and The Royal Shakespeare Company on reinterpreting a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth with my own modern twist – Macbeth and Banquo encounter the three witches’. More about the project here.

Beautiful detailing from Alison Sampson – Mrs F at the sari shop…

Jules Scheele – gigging at Thought Bubble

Kyle Baker… Bizarro – ‘We saw the Addams Family movie, which reminded me that I stole this joke from Charles Addams.‘ And he did… but he did it damn well.

And here’s the original, by the great Charles Addams

Which then reminded me of this Charles Addams cartoon; a true genius:

John McCrea – couple of rather stunning panels in b&w from Dead Eyes

Brendan McCarthy – the Judges of the world (via Dan White)

Dan McDaid – Dredd vs Cap from a bit ago…

Rick Veitch – a little Hendrix, a little Bratpack…

Colleen Doran commission – Death and Delirium

David Roach – Nemesis commission…

Eoin Meehan – a great looking Judge Death…

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #4 variant cover by Amanda Conner, colours by Paul Mounts (Via Art Vault)

And finally, as always, an extended look at one artist or one theme… this time it’s a bit of a Tintin thing, celebrating those artists who have riffed on the whole Tintin thing over the years…

Dan Hipp

Grobigou

Grainne Tynan

Murray Groat – Muzski

Yves Rodier

Dran…

Tintin In Neo Tokyo by Mammoth

But sometimes, the homages and paradies go deeper, such as Tintin: Breaking Free

T

he Adventures Of Tintin: Breaking Free was an underground publication published in ’88 and again in ’99. I remember it from ’99 with that great cover from above and reading it again I’m pleased at how well it holds up. Sure, it’s a little idealistic and stereotypical, but isn’t that the way these wonderful pieces of manifesto/propaganda are meant to be?

Breaking Free reimagines the whole Tintin world to a council estate with Tintin an unemployed, shiftless kid and Captain Haddock (“The Captain”) as his uncle. Over the course of the book it turns a simple political statement on worker’s rights in Thatcher’s Britain into some kind of national movement for people power, along the way taking on the ineffectiveness of the unions, racist and gay prejudice and the increasing power of the state. Idealist, yes, but still with something to say. Just not how Herge would ever have said it.

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