Every now and then Dave Kellett hits a grand slam (baseball or Denny’s – it’s all good) — today is one of those days.
Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, is dang good. Just missed this when it came out but glad I grabbed a copy of the collected series. The structure of it is really interesting – -I guess the structure of the story is a bit of a spoiler? but it’s been out since 2011 so I’m not sure it’s a big deal. Every chapter the main dies but then it’s a meditation on life and death and so this is not so much a gimmick as a way to provoke thinking about the chapter you’ve just read. What’s important in life? Why do we do what we do and make the choices we do… or don’t.
Alex + Ada is a three volume collection by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. It’s a good premise, if a little odd when trying to explain. Lonely man-boy receives artificially intelligent companion-bot from satisfied customer grandmother. It sets up great questions about being human, sentience, how society will deal with the infiltration of life by digital actors. I liked it although I was a bit disappointed in the ending which just summarizes a lot of interesting material that probably should have been dealt with more expansively.
A little sad to realize ACT-I-VATE Comix is busted. The website – http://activatecomix.com/ – is still there but all of the images are broken. It’s too bad – the webcomics collective, started by Dean Haspiel, brought together an amazing collection of work from comics artists who were generally new to the web.
I can’t find out anything about the state of it – whether or not it’s benign neglect it is sad that so much comics work is no longer readily available. It’s also another sign of the web’s permanent instability – this is a bit of history that is falling to pieces before our eyes. If it wasn’t for the Internet Archive, this stuff would really be lost but even there too many comic images are broken.
Worth re-watching the ACT-I-VATE Experience, a video on the webcomics collective from about 2010:
Stumbled on to this new comic (through Piperka.net) which is really well drawn. It’s a bit of a predictable coming-of-age superhero-ish plot but it does have lots of odd touches, including the protagonist barfing up a very big hammer (hence the title) to use in fighting the bad guys. It barely has an archive so it’s a quick read right now and it’s entirely possible that it will start taking crazier and crazier left turns in the plot. I would check it out.
I ported a good bit of the ComixTALK database from Drupal to WordPress and put it back up on the web. Of course there are numerous broken bits and ragged edges on the thing but it’s nice to have the archives in public again. That project lasted just about ten years and while I am probably not going to jump into writing there right now, now I can if I have the time and desire.