Welcome back to SBC’s The Panel, a chance for you to put your burning questions – comics-related or otherwise – to a group of comics professionals.

It’s been a long time coming BUT finally we have returned to bring you answers to the questions you have been asking!

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This week’s question comes from Mark Gurtson and is as follows:-

“What is your favourite Comic at the moment, that you are reading?”


Sean O’Reilly:

I read tons of comics; I have a list I need to read about a mile high. Many friends, many I¹ve sought out, but my favourite non-Arcana comic right now is The Walking Dead. It is brilliant.

Sean Patrick O’Reilly is Editor-in-Chief of Arcana Studios, and the writer of their book, Kade.


Daley Osiyemi:
My favourite comic at the moment would have to be ‘100 Bullets trade paperback’ by Brian Azzarello and ‘Murder Me Dead’ by David Lapham. I am reading all the trade volumes of 100 Bullets from 1-7. I loved the original series first time round but I have been collecting the trades. Crime is a genre I love and I want to get my hands on any book that puts a different spin on the genre.

Any suggestion anyone?

I am also planning to re-read the Alan Moore titles: V for Vendatta, Watchmen and From Hell.

Daley Osiyemi creator of Brodie’s Law and co-founder of Pulp Theatre Entertainment where he works as producer and creator on various new media and comic projects. Writer and producer of online animated comic series None But Us, developed a character to help promote broadband and is currently working on a graphic novel and a film idea.


James E. Lyle (a.k.a. Doodle):

One comic? I can’t pick just one. I have been reading Naruto in Shonen Jump magazine and that’s pretty compelling. But I also picked up an Archie the other day and thought that was a good read too. Stantis and Cravens’ “The Buckets” is my favourite comic strip right now (never mind that Greg Cravens is a buddy of mine, it’s still good stuff). I’m too eclectic to have just one favourite at any time.

James E. Lyle is a cartoonist and illustrator, including co-creating titles Escape to the Stars, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. and DoorMan, plus work on Fright Night, Cynicalman Sells Out, and the accurately-spelt Wiindows. More recently Lyle worked on Turok, the “missing” Paul Gulacy T.h.u.n.d.e.r. Agents, and DRASTIK #1.


Bart Thompson:

Hot doggit, the comics industry is such a great place to be a reader right now. There is so much out there it’s kinda hard to keep track.

Dogwitch has about one more issue before the doors close for good. It was a great series and I’m going to miss it. Dan Schaffer does have another book coming out called Indigo Vertigo that looks really cool. Strangers in Paradise is another long term favorite of mine. Ultimate Spider-Man can do no wrong (I take that back… the Hollywood arch was kinda painful, but other than that the series is aces). A series called Hack/Slash really rocks out. I never miss reading an issue of the Walking Dead- Kirkman is pure gold on that bad boy. An online comic called Yenny is getting its own comic in a few months… I’ve read a lot of the strips, but it’ll be great to read in printed form. Though I liked Ultra a lot better, Girls has been kinda interesting. Supreme Power and the Ultimates are two books I’d go through some extreme measures to get my hands on. I must confess I buy Y the Last Man in trades (because it and a lot of other things read better in collected form). Batman has grabbed me lately with the whole return of Jason as Red Hood storyline. Young Avengers was a pleasant surprise. Ultimate Fantastic Four has mostly good arcs.

Going to the SDCC this year opened my eyes to even more comic goodness. The Gift from Image Comics is pretty darn amazing. Also now on my must get list are Dorkboy, Trailer Park of Terror, and Elkâ’s Run!

I know I’m leaving stuff out… like I said, so much good stuff out there lately!

Last but not least I’d have to say the stories within Myriad (which is an anthology that is published through my own Approbation Comics). Yes, I know these guys and it makes me sound biased, but it’s really great reading the unfolding tales of Lineage (for my fix of sci-fi and fantasy), the Adventures of the Molly-Be-Damned (for my fix of pirates), Discount Stories (because good slice of life stories are hard to find), and Frail (also hard to find good cerebral horror).

Bart Thompson is the founder of Approbation Comics, creator of Vampires Unlimited, the Metamutoids, ChiSai, and Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies while the publisher of Myriad from Approbation and writer/creator of Blood, Shells, & Roses coming soon from Arcana Studios!


Roger Langridge:

There’s nothing coming out these days that really gets me excited, to be honest. The comics I’ve been reading the most lately are Will Eisner’s SPIRIT and Billy DeBeck’s BARNEY GOOGLE. Nothing being published today even comes close.

Roger Langridge is the creator of Fred the Clown, the collected edition of which can be obtained from Fantagraphics Books. His latest project, Fin Fang Four, will be out from Marvel in October.


Vince Moore:

My two favorite comics at the moment are Black Panther and Noble Causes. One features a classic superhero I’ve been a fan of since I was a kid. The other gives me new age superhero soap opera. What more could anyone ask for?

Vince Moore is the editor for DarkStorm Studios, a comics company started by Kevin Grevioux of Underworld fame.


Gary Spencer Millidge:

Well, I always used to say Charles Burns’ Black Hole, but that’s now finished, so now I kind that I have to think about it for a change. Cerebus is gone too. I was really enjoying Steve Gerber’s Hard Time, but that’s finished. Damn. I was enjoying Marvel’s new take on Dr. Strange, but that’s just ended its six issue run. Dave Cooper’s Weasel’s not really ongoing now is it? Eightball, Acme Novelty Library, Palookavile haven’t been published for absolutely yonks now, so I can hardly suggest those.

Hmmm… I guess the Krazy Kat reprint series doesn’t really count either, does it? Or Jason’s series of short graphic novels.

Aha! Got it! Stray Bullets!

Gary has been self-publishing his award-winning Strangehaven comic book series for ten years and his third trade paperback collection Strangehaven: Conspiracies will be published later this summer http://www.millidge.com


Andy Winter Writes:

I’d love to pretend that my tastes are wild, exotic and impossibly hip, but I’d be lying. I really enjoy Garth Ennis on The Punisher, Straczynski’s Supreme Power, Bendis and Maleev on Daredevil and Mike Carey’s run on Hellblazer has been the best on the title for years.

Of those, I’d probably say Daredevil has been my favourite for a few years now, it’s certainly one of the few books I try and read within 24 hours of purchase. I don’t like a lot of Bendis’ ‘straight-no-chaser’ superhero stuff (Ultimate Spidey, Avengers Disassembled), which is why I’m glad his run has concentrated more on Matt Murdock than his scarlet-garbed alter ego.

In my eyes, Bendis has proved himself again and again as the natural heir to Frank Miller on Daredevil and his first two years on the title, culminating in DD becoming the new Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen, are up there with Preacher and Alias as some of my favourite comics of the last decade. Miller brought a crime noir feel to Daredevil back in the late 70s and Bendis has done exactly the same. In fact, some of his early stuff on the book reads like something plucked straight out of a HBO crime drama. You almost expect Tony Soprano or Avon Barksdale (from The Wire) to show up at any moment.

I know a lot of people don’t like photo-referenced art too much, but I think Alex Maleev’s stuff fits Daredevil perfectly. It has a gritty, dirty quality that makes it look a million miles different to the smoother, cleaner approach of someone like Alex Ross. Bendis and Maleev have real chemistry as a writer and artist team and I hope they’ll be working together again after they leave Daredevil later in the year.

Andy Winter is the writer of the graphic novel series Devilchild, which aintitcoolnews.com recently described as containing ‘the type of ballsy writing that mainstream books are afraid to touch’. This made him very happy.


Egg Embry Writes:

I’m going to have to answer this one twice because the first one does not count.

My first pick/current favourite title is Todd Demong and Adam Gallardo’s 100 GIRLS (from Arcana Studio)! Sylvia Mark is a 13-year-old girl who is one of 100 test tube babies created by the government. She escaped and now she is coming back for her sisters and nothing will stop her! Just an incredible story about a girl taking on the government with beautiful art by Mr.Demong! I cannot recommend it enough! (However, that doesn’t count as I work with Arcana Studio… oh well. It’s still my favourite read.)

My other favourite (and this one is NOT from a company I am affiliated with) is The Hunger from Speakeasy Comics. The story revolves around Charlie, a newly “born” undead zombie (in the more voodoo sense of the word, “zombie”, as opposed to the Romero sense) who is desperately fighting not to be the horrible creature that he is. Very compelling story and art that I’d recommend to any horror fan!

Egg Embry edits DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES and a number of other books for Arcana Studio as well as writes mini-series and short stories for IDW, Viper Comics, and Arcana.


Lee ‘Budgie’ Barnett Writes:

QUEEN AND COUNTRY.

Rucka is really at top form on this book; although I haven’t been a fan of every artist he’s used, the book is one of the few on the stands that as well as being entertaining as hell makes me think when I read it.

There’s also the added pathos of knowing that with one possible exception, there’s not a single regular character that’s guaranteed to survive from one issue to the next. This adds a tension to the book that you don’t know is missing with a regular until it suddenly clicks.

Also, as a wannabe writer, I feel I learn more on rereading the book about how to write comics than with almost any other book on the stands.

Lee ‘Budgie’ Barnett is a writer of comedy and comics, firstly Imperium’s TRAILER PARK OF TERROR, then X-MEN UNLIMITED #4 (Aug 04). Online, he has GOING CHEEP at Pulse, and his novel YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE A MAN CAN FLY here. Famed in UK Comics for Hypotheticals (devised with and presented by Dave Gibbons), he’s been described as being to accountancy what Indiana Jones is to archaeology. He’s the originator of HYPOTHETICALS, from which THE PANEL draws inspiration.


Kev F Sutherland Writes:

Not a new comic, but I’m frantically searching for my copy of Jim
Steranko’s “At The Stroke Of Midnight” so I can do a parody of it in The Beano (especially Gary Northfield’s Derek The Sheep and Mike Pearse’s Bash St Kids Singled Out).Anybody seen it anywhere?

Regularly I’m not reading anything other than The Beano. Best comic I picked up was two weeks ago in Barcelona, two brand new trade paperbacks of Vault of Horror & Tales From The Crypt, in crisp black & white, and in Spanish, for 1 euro each. Show me a comic alive today that’s more exciting than those 50 year old babies and I’ll be amazed.

Writer and artist on most genres of comic from (currently) The Bash St Kids in The Beano, thru Tarquin Hoylet He Has To Go To The Toilet in Viz, to Star Trek and Dr Strange for Marvel, plus Dr Who, Red Dwarf, Gladiators, Goosebumps and heaps more.


Alan Grant:

For the past couple of months, most of my efforts have been directed towards getting the dummy for our new adult humour title off the ground. I’ve read every strip several dozen times…and I’m still enjoying them! The comic’s called WASTED; it features several ‘new’ young writers and artists as well as several well-known names working under pseudonyms; we have a meet with an important distributor in the very near future; and it’s set for September release.

Alan Grant, writer of Dredd, Batman, and the slightly mad Doomlord, can be seen currently with Arthur Ranson on Judge Anderson in the Judge Dredd Megazine, and the superb Com.X trade collection of The Last American.


Stephen Holland:

Kyle Baker’s “Nat Turner”. The first issue arrived a fortnight ago, and the images – of African families hunted then hauled over the continent to the coast – are still haunting me. The scene with the shark (once the men, women and children have been crammed on board and whipping begins) was dreadful. I don’t know if the whole series is going to be wordless, but there was no need for words, even if you could find them.

There’ll be a full review somewhere in the Page 45 Mailshot for July 2005 part B, but I’ll almost certainly be using the words “blinding skill” and “concentrated passion”. If you want to order it from a retailer who isn’t stocking the comic, the Diamond order code is APR053004.

Stephen Holland runs Page 45 – a comic shop in Nottingham – with Mark Simpson and Tom Rosin. He can also be found, monthly, in Comics International.


Donna Barr:

A stack by Rolf Koenig.

Donna Barr has books and original art at www.stinz.com, webcomics at www.moderntales.com, www.girlamatic.com, and has POD at www.booksurge.com Nothing she won’t try, at least once…including writing a column for SBC at this link!


Jesse Leon McCann:

Ultimate Spider-Man. It reminds me of what brought me into reading comics as a kid in the first place–the fun, the angst, the adventure. Good job, Mr. B!

Jesse Leon McCann is a New York Times Best-selling Author. He’s currently editing the fourth Simpsons TV Episode Guide for Bongo Comics/Harper Perennial, and writing stories for DC Comics’ Looney Tunes and Cartoon Cartoons.


Vito Delsante:

My pull list includes: Solo, Gotham Central, Young Avengers, Beowulf, The Grimoire, Invincible, the whole Infinite Crisis shebang, and anything I’m writing… and just about everything done by Speakeasy Comics.

Vito Delsante’s creator owned mini-series, “The Mercury Chronicles”, with artist Jim Muniz, is now in development with Image Comics and will hit stands late this year. “Batman Adventures Vol 2: Shadows and Masks” (DC Comics) is out now! His work can also be seen in Reflux Comics #3 and in X-Men Unlimited #5.


Dez Skinn Writes:

SUPERNATURAL LAW, especially their current “Big FIRST Amendment ISSUE” (cunningly cover lettered to look like a first issue!).
Absolutely brilliant. Totally irrelevant in the UK, but the best pro-free speech argument I’ve ever seen. And, because it’s stated within a piece of fiction, far more readable than a wodge of typesetting. The idea behind the story is almost too good to do justice in a simple summary, but I’ll try anyway.

Art speaks for itself when a fumbling warlock accidentally gives the power of speech to works of art. Being free speech, some of it’s rude, resulting in a court case to silence art and some very very clever gags.

My hat’s off to writer/artist Batton Lash for a true work of… art!

Dez Skinn is the editor of Comics International and organiser of the Brighton Comic Expo CHECK IT OUT http://www.comicexpo.biz


Evil Rick Writes:

My favourite book is still Y: The Last Man. It’s been my absolute favourite book for the last three years and has kept me entertained with every issue. I’m more excited about where it’s going next than ever before. It’s just so unpredictable and surprising and it really stands out in a market where too many books are on a boring set path. Anything can happen to these unique characters and Y has definitely succeeded in filling that Vertigo Void that Preacher and Transmet left us with just a few years back.

Evil Rick Shea is the Manager of Famous Faces & Funnies in Melbourne, FL. Rick hasn’t wrote an answer since the beginning of all that was The Panel… SO WELCOME BACK RICK!!


“The views and opinions expressed on the panel are solely those of the panellist who has written them. They do not reflect the views or opinions of silver bullet comic books or myself. Freedom of speech is great isn’t it – James”


WOW Now that’s what I call a Panel!

Thanks this week to all the panellists and welcome to some old and new faces!

I will buy any comic with Superman on it, he’s is my favourite character no matter what.

What is my favourite comic though? Definitely a toss up between Adventures of Superman, Invincible and at the moment… Sundown: Arizona from Arcana Studios. Best Graphic Novel about to be released is Brodie’s Law from Pulp Theatre.

Join US NEXT week (definitely next week) for more from The Panel and this question “Is the DC Universe (or Superhero Universes in general over populated with heroes with similar powers? What makes super (man) guy special if there is another guy (or gal) with similar powers?” from reader Jamie Curookshanks

All the best

James.
http://www.portentcomics.com


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