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blacksad

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is Blacksad, by??Juan D??az Canales??and Juanjo Guarnido. Blacksad is originally a European comic, starring the eponymous P.I., John Blacksad in a series of three cases.

Set in 1950s America and populated with anthropomorphic animals, Blacksad is an excellent example of the Noir genre, rendered in lavish style which has garnered significant critical attention. Blacksad is both beautiful and moving, as it explores some of the most tragic elements of middle century America.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, Gotham Central, XIII, Batman: The Killing Joke, Casanova, and Thor: God of Thunder for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Batman: The Killing Joke.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Eric Manix, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

1602

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is Neil Gaiman’s 1602. This series has an interesting origin, in that Gaiman agreed to work for Marvel in part to fund his legal dispute with Todd McFarlane over rights to the character MiracleMan???which is itself a story.

Penned with inimitable style by??Andy Kubert and??digitally painted by Richard Isanove,??1602??is the tale of the Marvel Universe transposed onto the backdrop of the European Renaissance. Characters like Dr. Strange and Nick Fury slide almost perfectly into their old roles, while elsewhere the Inquisition hunts for Charles Xaiver Carlos Jaiver and his “witchbreed” students, and a poor blind minstrel sings ballads of the “Four of the Fantastick”.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Old City Blues, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, Fray, Blacksad, and Daredevil, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Blacksad.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Eric Manix, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

fafhrd

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser was originally published in the early 90s as part of Marvel’s Epic imprint. Drawn by Mike Mignola (of??Hellboy fame) and adapted by Howard Chaykin from the classic sword and sorcery stories by Fritz Leiber, these stories heavily influenced an entire generation of fantasy, from novels of Terry Pratchett??to Dungeons and Dragons, and are masterfully brought to life by Mignola’s artwork.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Hammer of the Gods: Mortal Enemy, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, 1602, Battlefields,??and The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is 1602.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. Adapted from a screenplay written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl in the late 1960s???and only discovered after Henson’s death???The Tale of Sand is strange, unpredictable, and imaginative.

Brought to life by the masterful artwork of Ramon Perez, The Tale of Sand is one of the more enigmatic works we’ve discussed on View from the Gutters thus far, and it’s likely a work that will bear repeat examination. It follows the adventures of a scruffy everyman as he is set on a perilous journey across an unknown desert, possibly somewhere in the American Southwest, where he is set upon by danger from all sides.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Superman/Batman: Supergirl, Nextwave, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and The Influence Machine for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Bite Club, by Howard Chaykin, David Tischman and David Hahn. Published by Vertigo in 2005, Bite Club is a mashup of gangster drama and trashy vampire bullshit. It follows the infamous del Toro crime family???the most notorious clan of vampires on the East Coast???following the murder of the family patriarch, Eduardo del Toro.

Although brought together for the funeral, the del Toros are soon at each others’ throats as they compete to see who will lead the family, and seek to discover who is responsible for Eduardo’s murder.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1; Batman & Dracula: Red Rain; Batwoman: Elegy; and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.