** ATYPICAL COMICS ** 2015.02.01 TRANSMISSION **

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/01/2015 by gdwessel

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** GEOFFREY D. WESSEL ** ATYPICAL COMICS ** 2015.02.01 TRANSMISSION **

Hey gang. Forgot to do this last week. Had things going on. I still do, but here I am.

** PROJECT UPDATES **

Today saw me wrap up my essay on CEREBUS that I wrote for a book thingy hopefully coming out from Sequart. It wasn’t easy, let me tell you. It’s hard admitting to myself that, at age 42, I now never want to read, ever again, one of the series’ that affected me deeply enough to want to do comics. Not saying I’m abandoning Dave Sim entirely, as we’re still supposed to get THE STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND at some point, but I think the sun has set on my desire to read the aardvark. It’s still quite an accomplishment what Sim and Gerhard did. But I’ve read it in its entirity twice now. I think we’re good, yo.

The penultimate chapter of this serial of SYSTEM S.H.O.C.K. will be out tomorrow at Aces Weekly, as ever. Please take a look at it. There will be more soon.

In other news, despite spending over a year on a project, owing people money for it, signing contracts with people… I am having some real second thoughts about it now. The conversation I mentioned last letter, about non-genre work, has really kind of affected me, and a nudging gentle loving pisstake of the recent Image Expo announcements by Cameron Stewart has really stuck in my craw. To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. At all. I hate feeling like this.

Oh… and KEEPER Issue 4 will be delayed. Because Carlos Pedro is drawing ELEPHANTMEN #64 from Image Comics. No idea how long it’ll be pushed back tho. Still hoping for a Summer release…

** CULTURAL RAMBLINGS **

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and for the first time this century I’m not watching it. Haven’t all season, if I’m honest. Personal and political reasons, mostly. The NFL is not an organization I want to support right now, even if I am still a fan of the sport, and one particular team. There are a multitude of reasons for this. Read the news.

I AM A CULTURAL NOSTRADAMUS. Last time, I waxed on about the manga BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA by Kohei Horikoshi. Now, in tomorrow’s edition of Viz’s digital Shonen Jump, MY HERO ACADEMIA will
premiere. Seriously, get on board with this one. Been the #1 feature in Japanese Jump the last few weeks, and that is decided by democratic vote via reader surveys, so that’s not just hyperbole, it really is striking a chord with readers. Most sincere and earnest superhero stuff in yonks.

The majority of my last few weeks has been spent reading CEREBUS for that article, but I did find time to read Stephen Collins’ wonderful and award-winning THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL graphic novel. Liam loved it too, so, y’know. Everyone should read it. I’m currently a quarter of the way through THE WRENCHIES by Farel Dalrymple as well, and the lines and colors are just gorgeous in it. Hoping to make a proper start on THE PERIPHERAL soon too.

THE AMERICANS is back on TV for its third season, which pleases me greatly. There is a bit of fatalism to this series tho – we KNOW the Soviets will fail, and fall, in the end. This premiere episode just had a very brief blip about Leonid Brezhnev’s death, so Andropov and Chernenko won’t be far behind. I’m also starting to enjoy seeing all the actors from OZ propping up. Good stuff, check it ouuuuuut.

** WHERE TO FIND ME **

This is still more or less accurate. I’m creeping back onto Facebook, slowly but surely, but I don’t think it’ll ever be a full return. Anyway, here you are.

– Website: http://gdwessel.com
– Atypical Comics website: http://atypicalcomics.com
– Twitter: @gdwessel or @AtypicalComics
– Facebook: http://facebook.com/gdwessel
– Tumblr: http://gdwessel.tumblr.com
– Instagram: gdwessel
– KEEPER: http://keeper-comic.com

Til next week… watch the skies…

— Geoffrey D. Wessel

** ATYPICAL COMICS ** 2015.01.18 TRANSMISSION **

Posted in Uncategorized on 01/18/2015 by gdwessel
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** GEOFFREY D. WESSEL ** ATYPICAL COMICS ** 2015.01.18 TRANSMISSION **

I assume since I only got 5 unsubscriptions, but 5 replacement subscriptions, last week, that we are all good to go with what I have to say here. So, hi! I’m in a pretty giddy mood, since the football results went my way today. (That’s soccer, not NFL. I’ve actually not watched the NFL all season. For reasons. That I’ll get into some other time.)

** PROJECT UPDATES **

I just saw and approved the lettered art for the next installment of the third SYSTEM S.H.O.C.K. serial, that will go live on Aces Weekly tomorrow. You should get in on that. I’m sure David Lloyd, Neil Ford and Jim Campbell would appreciate it greatly too.

I should probably start writing the fourth serial, too.

But no, this week I will also be finally starting the essay on CEREBUS that I’ve blown off for months. However, that won’t be before I get to finally working up the umpteenth revision of M****. That is, the project I’ve been devoting a lot of my time to this past year. Which needs to be done because it’s just kinda stalled out, and someone I’d like to draw it has been waiting to see it. January has just been sluggish for me, and need to break out of that.

Indeed, a few days ago I had one of those FUCK IT ALL moments where I wanted to quit everything, mostly due to a) financial realities b) seething jealousy. I quickly got over it, of course. But everyone is due to have those moments, and this was my time. Life is getting past these moments, right?

I gotta get that Patreon up soon…

** CULTURAL RAMBLINGS **

Old Man Update Dept.: My daughter, Miranda, is 16 tomorrow. SIXTEEN. Ho-lee sheeit. She is amazing, every day in every way. She has overcome so much, and to be where she is academically and socially whilst also being on the spectrum is nothing short of greatness. I am so glad to have her, and have her with me. Happy birthday, Miranda Jane.

Going along with that, we had a bit of a party for her yesterday, at a video gaming place. Mostly girls in our group. All playing Mario Kart and Smash Bros. Not to mention, a whole family playing the indie arcade smash KILLER QUEEN. (Yes, Indianapolis has one of only 4 machines in existence. Check my Instagram for photographic evidence of this) So, Gamergate, go fuck yourselves in the worst possible way. For reals. Girls and women ARE part of gaming, whether you like it or not, and you’d best find a way to exist WITH them, or get left behind in the dust.

Not much reading done this week. I started THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson, and I dig it so far. Most of my attention this week was given to catching up on the so-far-not-officially-released-in-English manga BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA by Kohei Horikoshi, which debuted in the Japanese SHONEN JUMP this past June and has been burning up the charts ever since. And with good reason, too – it’s actual well-done FUN superheroics, the kind that have been sorely missing from mainstream American comics the last, oh, twenty years or so.

(I mean seriously, do we need ANOTHER analogue-ridden “deconstruction” of superheroes? I just read a preview of a series coming from Image that was in one of my weekly purchases, and I read it, and was just shaking my head the whole time. Why do we NEED this in 2015? What can you POSSIBLY say that hasn’t already been done twenty billion times already since the late 1980s? Just STOP IT STOP IT NOW)

But seriously, this stuff is fantastic and I wish Viz would bring it over officially so I don’t have to rely on illegal scanlations for this wonderfulness.

I also have been having some thoughts and feels about non-genre (or more to the point, non-SF/fantasy) indie comics this week, which started due to being dragged into a Twitter talk on where all the football comics have gone. Can’t imagine how I got brought in there, ahem ahem. But while it is true there used to be more diversity in newsstand or even comics on the shelves at direct market stores, there have been a ton more diverse graphic novels on the shelves of regular bookstores. Raina Telgemeier’s trio haven’t been burning up the NY Times bestseller list for nothing. Just to start.

At the same time, the regular, monthly, “floppy” books used to have more to it… a long time ago. I would love, for example, to do an extended book based on my OUTLAW TERRITORY 3 character, but there’s no way I’d ever sell it, because who gives two shits about Westerns that aren’t also Weird Western or Steampunk Western or Space Western or… yeah. Romance comics, remember those? Medical dramas? I don’t know. Maybe this is just rambling. But it seems that for all the talk of indie comics (read: Image and Dark Horse) being on the rise, it seems to mostly be SF or fantasy or horror or crime. Or, y’know. More superheroes.

I’m sure this discussion will come up again.

** WHERE TO FIND ME **

So I did this list, last week, but totally forgot about Tumblr, which, haha, I’ve pretty much abandoned too bar being a repeater of the blog and my Instagram. Maybe someone needs to train me in Tumblr because I seriously just don’t get it, and maybe I’m not meant to. Feel free to offer advice…

– Website: http://gdwessel.com
– Atypical Comics website: http://atypicalcomics.com
– Twitter: @gdwessel or @AtypicalComics
– Facebook: http://facebook.com/gdwessel
– Tumblr: http://gdwessel.tumblr.com
– Instagram: gdwessel
– KEEPER: http://keeper-comic.com

Anyhoo. Onward, til next week…

— Geoffrey D. Wessel