Sorry for the delay, but when babies are about to be born excuses such as “sorry, darling, but I have a podcast to edit and post” can end up bad for yours truly. But our fresh little child is safe and sound and we’re all back home, and now those soothing sounds of comicspeak can commence.
It’s the Reboot Comic Book Club. And this week we’re welcoming a personal favorite.
Steve Lieber is the prolific artist behind revered works like Whiteout, Underground, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and the Fix, coming soon from Image Comics. Written by Nick Spencer, the comic is about a pair of smash-and-grab thugs and how they get by in today’s increasingly unfriendly-to-dumb-criminals kind of world.
Lieber’s comedic sensibilities have never been more prominent than recent, as he was known for ‘crime-and-nature comics,’ as he himself puts it. We’ve speak about how he became a “funny” artist and what his collaborative process on a comical book is like.
For the Book Club, Lieber decided to read the Jaime Hernandez-penned contributions in the latest volume of Love and Rockets: New Stories from Fantagraphics. Continuing the story of LOCAS, Tonta, and a new sic-fi tale about a space princess on the run and the evil automated Hellmets trying to kill her.
Steve on Love and Rockets:
“[Jaime Hernandez] has this sense of how people work and how life works that he’s able to put ton the page and he’s able to do it with pure comics, not with big blocks of text or anything else, but by doing it with the same visual language that informs Carl Barks comics and John Stanley‘s Little Lulu and Dennis the Menace comics and everything else. Archie Comics, of course. He’s able to use all of these old tools for a really, really different purpose.”
Music: “Hurricane Johnnies Theme” by Lord Huron