24 July 2009

Niklas Asker at work

I recently posted about the fact that Bild & Bubbla number 180 is going to feature a cover by rising star Niklas Asker. Well, here's a blog entry by Asker, showing just how this very cover grew from sketch to finished, layouted cover.

The Leather Nun: And Other Incredibly Strange Comics

The Leather Nun: And Other Incredibly Strange Comics
By: Paul Gravett & Peter Stanbury
Language: English
128 pages, color, hardcover
Aurum Press Ltd 2008
ISBN: 978-1845133207

This is a captivating little book. At first I was put off by the diminutive size (OK, so I was fooled by the fact that all books look the same size at Amazon...) but as soon as I got into it, I was enthralled. Gravett and Stanbury have pulled out some of the weirdest comic books from their collection and show them one book per spread, with cover and a sample panel of interior art, complemented by Gravett’s interesting comments. Some of these I own, some I have heard of, but surprisingly many were new to me. And there are some real gems here, like Trucker Fags in Denial or Amputee Love. I kept my copy by the loo, where the layout of the book, with one finished, self-contained story per spread, made it perfect for those slightly prolonged seatings on the throne...

Seriously, this is a great book, which reads like a breeze and will work both for the eager enthusiast with a much too large library of comics (ahem…) or the average reader, just looking for an interesting, thought-provoking read. I also like the fact that on this book, Gravett’s long-time partner in crime on his books and all-around nice guy, Peter Stanbury, finally gets top-billing. Go Peter!

Oh, and no, the title sadly does not refer to the classical Swedish punk band...