Detail from The Leopard. This is Marla. Matriarch of a particular vicious band of rich people.
The Image Comics solicitations for October 2014 are live, which includes ZERO #11 with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz handling the art, and a variant cover by Sarah Horrocks. The colour scheme is a call-back to issue 2.ZERO #11
story: ALES KOT
art: RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover A: RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ & TOM MULLER
cover B: SARAH HORROCKS & TOM MULLER
OCTOBER 22 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
Iceland, one year later. Zero’s past comes knocking.
Those eyeballs were the bane of my existence for a minute.
Leopard intro page detail w/ color(duh?)
The Leopard is my love letter to Giallo films. Principally Bava, but I’m sure there will be lots of Argento and Fulci references too. I took the title from the Val Lewton’s “The Leopard Man”.
This is my main comic project for the next year. As I’ve said before, I’m planning to serialize the chapters digitally and include essays on various related topics as added features with those chapters. The final goal though is printed album thing through an as yet unlooked for publisher.
Also I’m dead certain those are the sounds leopard’s make. You can’t tell me nothing.
Stretch from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
I was thinking while reading Carol Clover’s book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws how much of a badass the final girl is in a slasher flick. And how she is probably does more against greater odds than any significant superhero male or female. I mean when Wonder Woman fights I dunno, Cheetah or whatever, that’s largely an arms race of powers up against each other, and mortality is rarely on the table. But the final girl is usually up against a force that is much stronger than her, and beyond that is terrified out of her mind because she’s seen all of her friends, family, and generally all structures that you would point to as possible points of safety—even her home itself, completely get torn apart by this unstoppable force, that seems impervious to anything. But still you get things like Laurie Strode in Halloween trapped in a closet that her killer is quickly tearing through, fashioning a weapon out of a clothes hanger to jab in his eyes. What’s cool about the final girl is that she(and it’s almost always she) takes all of the shit that can possibly be thrown at a human being, endures it all, and then overcomes it at the end and is the force for ejecting the slasher from the narrative. It’s pretty amazing.
The other cool thing with slasher flicks is that they prove that men will watch and identify with a movie where a woman is the hero. Which is apparently an impossible idea for the folks over in superhero movies.
My comic Bruise is going to press. It’s not to late to pre-order:
If you ever wondered what it would look like if Speed and Tron had more Fassbinder references, this is the comic for you.
Kay Francis Fan Art + Tribute to My Second Fave Podcast: You Must Remember This
Kinda jealous of Cameron Stewart getting to do Fight Club 2, the comic with his hero or whatever.
Still waiting for my email from Ernst Lubitsch, let’s make Trouble in Paradise 2, the comic, happen! Call me?