Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to my peeps in the US and around the world!

Before I get too schmaltzy and sentimental and sing that Chili Peppers song about the beauty of people "around the world" ("Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong!").........Here are some images to celebrate our day of feast!

It's from some '70s manga adaptation of the movie JAWS I found online. Right off the bat, what I love about this manga is that they incorporated that iconic painted poster image into the cover of their comic. That already gets my respect, because the JAWS poster art is probably the single most compelling and iconic image of movie art from that era. Maybe even more than the posters for STAR WARS and SUPERMAN. So that was a good move.

What I love about manga as an American gringo is that, at its best, it offers the cleanest, most visually pleasing character designs and it presents a fresh-faced look at storytelling and presentation that often gets lost in all of the (horribly) computer-colored, convoluted-looking junk put out by the bigger American comic book companies. It's a lesson that many art comics guys seem to pick up on, but not the biggies.

Anyway, today is about giving thanks and eating well, so thanks to all of my cartoonist friends for your friendship and to all of the loyal readers of Cartoon Flophouse comics.....and feast well today!

1 comment:

Javier Hernandez said...

Geez Mikey!!! That man-eating shark is making me hungry for some turkey w/trimmings! I'm gonna out-jaw Jaws today!! Great manga you discovered online. And you're right about the refreshing storytelling techniques to be found in manga. The stuff I read from Japan really gives me a whole other viewpoint in regards to making comics.

Thanks for bloody, gory images!