Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Off-beat titles from AiT and First Second equals unusual fun in these new offerings. First, Eddie Campbell’s author explains his own disappearance in The Fate of the Artist, and then, Sky Ape saves lives as the simian super-hero with a strap-on jet-pack.


The Fate of the Artist


How do you explain this one? Let’s use the author’s own words, shall we? It’s “an autobiographical novel, with typographical anomalies, in which the author does not appear as himself”—in other words, it’s kind of a hodgepodge of text, photos, drawings, stories, and comments all compiled together in some sort of cohesive storyline.

It’s quite riveting and intriguing and at time funny, at other times poignant, as the author tries to explain to the reader about his own sudden disappearance.






Sky Ape


Longtime DC editor Julius Schwartz discovered that apes sell comic books, so why not create a series based on a gorilla with a strapped on jet pack who tries to save the day with comical results?

The stories are peppered with some sexual situations and other comedic super-heroes that remind one of The Tick.

Sky Ape is very eloquent in his speech patterns as he tries to bring order to the chaos he sees around him. Definitely for fans of super-hero parody and anthropomorphics.





Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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