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#45738 - 03/25/00 05:59 AM Beowulf
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Just read the third issue, and then went back and read all three in sequence.

I am stunned.

The imagery continues to linger. I feel like some one gave me a creaky, rusty, bent old telescope that allowed me to see this vision direct at its occurance, in crystal clarity.

Gareth, if those pages are paintings, I would really like a chance to view pages 4 and 5, and 8 and 9 in their entirety.

I was going to complain at first about the lack of color in the third issue, but upon reading all three together, no, I changed my mind. Its very satisfying. yknow at first when Beowulf (that is him right [img]http://207.69.158.95/ubb/smile.gif[/img] )is sitting in the chair in the first text page, the back of the chair makes it look like he has wings, which creates a startling effect after the incredible dragon sequence.

SPOILER WARNING

But the fight, (especially the dragon bite sequence, especially especially the second "bite" panel. Man, I am so impressed at your ability to convey a story like this.

The only criticism I have is the way you make everyone "long", like you had drawn them and then stretched them head to toe a little. With the pointy helmet armor it dramatically accentuates the effect. However, if your drawing style is to render characters in that manner, than forgive my ignorance. They just look a little out of proportion in that manner.

Otherwise very satisfying, excellent work!

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#45739 - 03/25/00 01:49 PM Re: Beowulf
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Damn it, Jack [img]http://207.69.158.95/ubb/wink.gif[/img]

I've been dying for my copies to arrive (ordered them on the 7th), and now the pain of separation is worse.

And yes Jack, they are paintings, and on wood instead of the usual paper.

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#45740 - 03/26/00 09:26 AM Re: Beowulf
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I cant believe KM and I are the only ones that read this...who else?

Or should I go read Chris thread to see? [img]http://207.69.158.95/ubb/smile.gif[/img]

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#45741 - 03/26/00 10:34 AM Re: Beowulf
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Registered: 01/14/99
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Well, I haven't read any of it, but I do know that the banner ads running here at Comicon are quite nice.

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#45742 - 03/27/00 09:56 AM Re: Beowulf
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Yes,
Gareth has some amazing work. He recently did a pinup for my horror book, ANDI:VELVETEEN, and did an awesome job; especially considering the time constriant I put on him. If you havn't already, check out his other stuf on [ thecomic.com ]. his more "experimental" work (Deus Ex Machina) stuff has a very different feel, but is also very well done. KUDOS, GARETH!

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#45743 - 03/27/00 11:30 PM Re: Beowulf
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Registered: 05/03/99
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I've read them and the series is beautiful! Gareth has broken ground as far as I'm concerned. Just as soon as I get the Pittsburgh Comicon behind me I intend on ordering more for distribution within our group. And so you all know ... Gareth sent us a selection of his books to enjoy.

Thanks again, Gareth! Simply beautiful, man!



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#45744 - 03/28/00 01:45 AM Re: Beowulf
Kady Mae Offline
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Registered: 01/26/99
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Well, my copies arrived today. Holy cow! Beowulf's battle with Grendel had me just cringing. As jaded as I am, the intensity of that scene really got to me. (I know I winced when I saw Beowulf break Grendel's fingers.)

I also don't have any real quibbles with the adaptation. Beowulf is my favorite epic poem, and I think that Gareth captured its brutal immediacy and tone quite well.

Grendel is beautifully done and on high quality paper. Its 120 pages are a *steal* at $15.



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#45745 - 04/02/00 04:55 PM Re: Beowulf
Fernando H. Ramirez Offline
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I picked up BEOWULF #3 and was very impressed. I had seen his website through COMICON, but had not had the chance to check out any of his work in real life. Luckily, my comics shop ordered several copies of this issue, so I snatched it up.

First off, I was very impressed with the design work. The book feels great in my hands. Additionally, it was a longer issue than most comics. I love big packages like that: it makes the reading experience better, IMHO. Also, it had a great choice of both its paper and cover stocks. Well worth the price.

Secondly, the interior storytelling was pretty good. Some of the illustrations were breathtaking. The black & white format works really nicely. Since then, I've seen an early graphic novel he did, but that didn't impress me as much as his current work. It was a little "raw." His latest work shows that he's improving at a quick rate, and this only makes me anticipate more product from him. I'll probably have to hunt down the first two issues now, so I can read them all in a row.

Crits: I wasn't happy with the lettering in the book. I think the use of what seemed to be a script font kind of detracted from the storytelling. Maybe this is just 'cause I prefer fonts that look more handwritten. My only other crits may change when I get all the issues together for one read. I was lost, 'cause I'm not familiar with BEOWULF (haven't read it since high school). Again, reading all of the issues should remedy this.
All in all, BEOWULF #3 was a great purchase that I would recommend.
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