I'm looking to get my friend who is big into adventure comics (Tin Tin - that sort of thing) a gift. I don't know what he has already - which is the hard part of trying to choose something - so I'm reaching out to see if you had any recommendations for comic book anthologies in that vein that are relatively unknown. From following you on Tumblr - you seemed like a trustworthy expert. Any thoughts? (I'm going anonymous cause I think he also follows you.) THANKS
The first thing that pops into my head when someone says Adventure Comics is Carl Bark’s work on Uncle Scrooge. The long stories have a lot in common with Tin Tin books. They travel the world. Chased by villains. Researched mythology or science comes into play.
Another good collection of Uncle Scrooge’s adventures is Don Rosa’s the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck - which is an odd retelling of Uncle Scrooge’s life that touches on a lot of the Barks stories. I think it holds together even if it’s the first Uncle Scrooge story you’ve read.
If you don’t want to get him Duck comics (or if he has already read them) you could try Bone. I think it’s even more likely he’s read this. Bone is about 3 very cartoonish creatures who stumble into a myserious valley and get caught up in a wild mythology. It’s epic and fun and at times funny.
Less world traveling, but still adventurous are these 3 Steve Lieber drawn books. Whiteout, it’s sequel WhiteOut Melt, and Underground. The first two take place in Antartica, and the last one in a cave system. Life or death locations.
An odd book that I just want to mention (that might not fit what you are looking for) is Mister Blank. This came out in the mid 90s I believe. A man is working late and he notices something suspicious going on and decides to intervene. This leads him into an adventure involving clones, robots, and the first woman Lilith. It’s not quite as polished as some of the other stuff on this list, but I think it’s a real fun, unknown, treat.
Finally, I just got Far Arden and it probably fits the category you are looking for. I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited to. It’s the story of a ship captain in search of a mythical island. (it’s actually available for free online - but I bought it instead).
National Sketch Writing Month starts Friday. You should do this.
If you never write but wish you did, do this. If you want to write more, do this. If you are just frustrated with your creative output in general, do this.
I have done this 3 years in a row and I love it.
Also really try to write every day. Obviously writing anything is great. But there is something exciting about writing every day and not caring how good it is. Just producing to produce. You’ll be surprised at how good some of the stuff comes out.
I just re-read all my sketches from last year and I like them a lot more then I remember. Some of the sketches I wrote were bad. But they all have something in them I like, and quite a few turned out very fun.
…and that means it’s almost NaSkeWriMo! Want to participate? You can log your sketches (and share them if you like) at our website. You can also join our facebook group for updates or, of course, follow our blog here.
What do you have to do? Write a sketch every day for the month of…
My last post about “feeling involved” and now I’m trying to remember what things happened that made me feel involved. I tried to include the ways in which I met people who later helped me get performance/job opportunities.
November 1999- Summer 2000:
Met friends in a Kevin Mullaney 101 (as detailed in this post) and we started practicing together. We hired Seth Morris and then Billy Merritt as coaches. Billy started saying hi to us at Harold Night and at McManus.
Kevin Mullaney would be at McManus and we’d get what felt like insidery stories about Chicago.
Saw enough shows that I knew who the main players of the UCB stage were. I knew who the stars were, and who was struggling (in my opinion, from an audience member’s perspective). At McManus after classes, I would be the one telling people about what shows were good.
When I think “am I involved at the UCB?” I feel like I am only a little bit involved. And that’s crazy - because I teach there, perform there, and spend most of my week involved with either the UCB or the community that has grown out of the theater and school. So I am clearly very much involved.
But I don’t feel like I do as much as some people, so my initial reaction is to feel like I am not involved.
When I first started I was just in the audience, not on a team. Then I was on teams, and in practice groups, but I wasn’t on house teams. Then I was on a house team, but I barely coached, or I didn’t teach, or I wasn’t in other shows.
Now I think about how I haven’t performed in my own Spank, or have never been in ASSSSCAT, or I simply don’t feel that funny, or not popular, or whatever - and it’s all bullshit because of course I am involved.
But in way I’ll always feel I can do more. And I know it’s not true, but I’ll probably continue to feel my involvement with the UCB is “not that much”.
So, if you are like me, you will never totally feel that validation, or that satisfaction, or contentment. And that’s ok. Wanting more is normal, right? The Chase is the Thing as Mr. IFC himself Chris Gethard said (congrats Gethard!).
Which isn’t necessarily advice on how to get involved, but it is me saying that if you ask that question you are probably more involved then you are admitting to yourself.
Kevin Hines and I are doing Cagematch Thursday night 11pm. Joining us is our third brother Brian, who has never done improv before. For 12 years he’s watched and listened to his brothers do this weird improv thing and Thursday night he will join us.
I’m not going to review it, but I did want to briefly talk about how I realized that the Nolan Batman is very dissimilar to the comics Batman (and cartoons and whatever else) but that I’ve gotten used to it.
Every once in a while when you are improvising, you should do something on stage that surprises you. Start telling a story in the middle of a scene without knowing why. Just start speaking. Make it about something that hasn’t come up yet. The first few sentences should feel like a non-sequitur….
Love this post.
My favorite moments in improv are where I surprise myself. Some shows I am really good at that, and others I am bad. It’s not always easy. But I believe when I learned to surprise myself I took a big step forward as an improviser. And I still don’t think I do it well enough.
Sometimes it means making a move towards an idea that you are still processing hoping you can land it when you get there. Sometimes it’s following a fun gift or moment from a scene partner knowing you’ll be able to draw that digression back into the scene. Sometimes it’s just embracing a mistake. Sometimes its just following an impulse that can’t trace.
But it’s always about being fearless. Taking a step and not knowing where you are going to land is scary. It’s certainly helped by trusting your teammates who take whatever you throw and use it and put it back into the scene. And then you return the favor.
To surprise yourself you must evolve from writing a scene on your feet to just feeling the scene on your feet.
some marvel comics characters that i think are underrated
Cypher was also one of Joss Whedon’s favorite characters. Therefore I am as talented as Joss Whedon.
My 2nd Favorite New Mutant was Cannonball. He could fly explosively fast, and was indestructible when flying. But he struggled with turns and was terrible at landing. I liked the very flawed New Mutants best.
I never understood the appeal of Moon Knight or Mockingbird.