Reviews

of things I've read, sometimes watched and very occasionally just looked at.

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and now for something completely different

Posted by Peter Bangs on Sunday, December 6, 2009, In : comics 
I wanted to experiment with drawing and try out different ways of lettering.  My hand lettering is usually poor but I'm not a big fan of computer lettering so the following five pages nominally constitute a review of Manu Larcenet's Ordinary Victories, a very good but both over-rated and under-rated book depending on the reviewer.  The review was lettered by computer, in both capitals and lower case, and by hand.

And cleverly I've saved the files too small and they're unreadable.  Better chang...
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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics

Posted by Peter Bangs on Sunday, November 22, 2009, In : comics 
Things change, the people who brought you comics that weren't just for kids anymore, Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman, have now decided comics aren't just for grown-ups anymore.  Perhaps attempting to balance the situation once more, Mouly and Spiegelman were the editors of Raw which, alongside Watchmen and Dark Knight returns, was a a major player in moving public perception away from comics as a medium for kids entertainment.  Perhaps recognising their part in this Mouly in recent years f...
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Wednesday Comics

Posted by Peter Bangs on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, In : comics 
Wednesday Comics is DC's latest entry into the weekly comics following on from 52, Countdown and Trinity.  It's an impressive looking book with each of its 15 stories getting a page a piece, a page 4 times the size of the average comic.  Each piece is cleverly put together so it lies within continuity but is not built on knowing continuity.  If all you know about Batman is the bare minimum you will find a story you can enjoy and the same goes for all the other characters from Hawkman to Kaman...
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The Story of an Idea (The Red Cross story)

Posted by Peter Bangs on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : comics 
Finance has been tight this month so purchases have been minimal.  Being laid off has made me much more selective about what I read and what I buy.  Mostly I'm raiding the local libraries for my comics fix but sometimes you just want to own something.

So I started fishing around for free, downloadable pdf comics and amid a whole load of rubbish I found something truly outstanding, "The Story of an Idea". A twelve page comic by Moebius, yes that Moebius, about the foundation of the Red Cross an...
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the excitement of the ordinary


Peter Bangs Married, two kids, mortgage, going into business with my wife and frankly terrified. Welcome to my little bit of sanity. I've spent 39 of my 46 years wanting to create stories and comics and achieving very little (a 200 page comic and a 24hour comic 10 years or more ago and very little since) so this is where I'm getting serious. Do work, put it out there, move on. Currently blog, reviews and a bunch of artwork will appear here, comics will be hosted on comicsfury with a link from here on the words and pictures page. Now let loose the dogs of war. ( that would have been so much more effective in capitals with lots of exclamation points. ) And the picture's of my son.
 
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