Friday, 30 April 2010

Confused? Not I

I RECENTLY ran across the above single-page strip and its brief pro-wrestling reference in writer/artist Dave Hodson's slice-of-life one-shot Truly Confused (Paper Tableaux, 2001) .


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

REVIEW: WWE Heroes #1

WWE Heroes #1 (Titan, 2010)
Writer: Keith Champagne/artist: Andy Smith

I OPENED this issue with some trepidation and it’s nice to know messrs Champagne and Smith didn’t let me down. This is wrestling comics at an abysmal, Chaos!-like level. In fact, there are shades of that hideous Undertaker comic from the late 90s in this yarn. I don’t know what was funnier: an evil god and a good god eternally battling through the ages taking their fight to the WWE of all places...the fucked-up booking (Edge is a heel and Batista a face in the comic – it’s the opposite in current WWE storylines)...or that EVERY wrestler has an eight-pack, even Matt Hardy. Matt “Porky” Hardy!!! Awful, awful, awful.


I HAD to give a shout-out to Slam-a-rama!, a new web comic based on classic 80s-style WWF rasslin'.
It was first published by writer/artist Dave Howlett as a black-and-white minicomic last year as THE SQUARED CIRCLE.
He's now publishing new pages every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on his blog. I assume he'll then collect all the pages and publish it as a 120-page graphic novel.
Here's Dave's interesting summary of Slam-a-rama!:
"(It's) an online graphic novel set during the gaudy glory days of 1980s professional wrestling, SLAM-A-RAMA! chronicles the events of the greatest night in sports entertainment history. Over the course of one fateful evening, a diverse cast of characters - some at the top of their game, others on the downward slope of their careers - will be tested by bone-crushing battles within the ring, as well as the harrowing personal dramas that await them backstage."
I have heard that it's kinda like a wrestling comic version of Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). But that can't be right 'cos Nashville was crap.

Monday, 5 April 2010

"Alien Wrestlers" by Ken Landgraf

Marvel and DC comic book artist Ken Landgraf produced this commissioned piece. It's 8 1/2" x 11", watercolour on Bristol paper. I like the guy's Wally Wood-esque style.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

That's how they trained the Great Khali, I believe...

DOES anyone know which comic book this panel is from?