Thursday, December 31, 2009
I've said it before but the beauty of Samurai Jack is with one story it can be full-out action, another can be comedy, and 'Like Father' published in CN Action Pack #42. A tale from Jack's youth and his first unrequited love Anna. To impress Anna, Jack climbs the tree of wisdom and acrobatically plucks an apple from its branches. Before he can give Anna the apple, though, some older kids beat him up and take it from him. He then faces his father seemingly in disgrace.
"No...," his father says. "They took it from you, yes, but not without a struggle. I see before me not a twisted wrist but determination...I don't see a scrape to the forehead, only courage. Not a black eye, this says to me honor instead. Son, you make me proud. Never forget."
For me 'Like Father' represents what it's all about to write. To see it on the printed page makes all the sweat and tears worth it. Can't explain the sheer joy the comic page can have for one such as I, you either get it or you don't. I'm hoping it's the former! Not for the first time Ethen Beavers does a magnificent job on the art front. He is my man of the year!
Another opening strip this time for CN Block Party #59, which was the last issue before cancellation. I was a regular contributor, my two main strips being Johnny Bravo and Camp Lazlo. Oh how I loved writing Johnny Bravo. Oh how I lived and breathed the dude. My favourite line: 'Man I'm so hungry I could eat a diplodocus!'
As for 'Food Fight Frenzy!', here's a wee bit of dialogue to give you a - ahem - flavour. "Hmm...is that the sizzle of ham I can smell? And the cooking of baked beans, and of stewed pudding...all rounded off the pungent odor of stale armpit sweat...? Oh the horror, the horror." Messily (but in a good way) drawn by Mike Kazaleh.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Jimbo's Top 9 of 2009 #6: Layer Zero:Beautiful People
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
A strange year that saw two of my old Judge Dredd Megazine strips reprinted. One appears in 'Heavy Metal Dredd' a graphic novel published by Rebellion. Originally Heavy Metal was an uncensored take on Judge Dredd, but as time passed became a showcase for artists Simon Bisley and John Hicklenton. I worked on 'Kiss of Death' with the latter. I have a lot of time for John's work and his overlapping mosaic long-limbed style approach. Featuring rampaging psychotic mutant kissergrams, what we have is an elaborate excuse to build up to a killer last line. Which I won't give you here. Ask me next time you bump into me.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Appearing in DC's 'Cartoon Network Action Pack' #39, 'No Refund' pits Samurai Jack against a trader refusing to give dear old Jack a refund no matter how faulty the force field cloak/grappling gun/escape compass he sold him. Oh and there are robot pirates, which say things like 'Ye swarthy dog! I'll sort ye out with this mechanical axe!' What's not to like? Art by the supremely talented Ethen Beavers.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Jimbo's Top 9 of 2008 #1: The Ripper Legacy
Collecting the original mini-series originally published by Caliber with a major overhaul by artist Mark Bloodworth. I also took the opportunity to right some writing wrongs and there you have it an 80+ page tome. Repost if ever there was one to the dude who asks what I’ve done besides 6 page stories (not that anyone has asked me that kind of thing for a while). And it's good. I think it's really good. Oh and I got to pen the introduction.
Welcome to a journey not only into the heart of darkness, but one where you rip out the heart and put it on display also. Welcome to the pages of The Ripper Legacy, and please begin. Jim Alexander. March, 2008.
You can find out more at: http://www.transfuzion.biz/TITLES/ripperlegacy.htm
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Jimbo's Top 9 of 2008 #3: Lego Batman The Videogame
Batman Lego game on the X-Box? Free comic inside? Wondering why you recognise the name of the writer? That's because it is I! It's a neat little no-dialogue piece showing the same story from the very different perspectives of the Batman and the Joker.
It was a whirlwind commission and not without incident. Michael Wright at DC Licensing contacted me to ask if I was interested. I of course said yes and having pitched successfully was faced with the prospect of completing the script over a weekend. The days in question just happened to coincide with a stag weekend held in Madrid. Not only that but on the Saturday I turned on my ankle (non-alcohol related honest), which grew to the size of a large cabbage. And it had grown even larger by the time I returned to Glasgow on Sunday. I could hardly put any weight on the bugger and the next day needed my pal Drew to drive me to my son’s school in order to pick him up. But I still got my Batman Lego script done on time. Hey I know you're thinking it so I may as well say it - "what a guy!"
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Aku's Fairy Tales is an occasional series appearing in Cartoon Network Action Pack where big bad Aku tells children (named after my son and niece) stories that cast Samurai Jack in a very bad light. I took the inspiration for the series from the Samurai Jack cartoon episode of the same name. I thought these pithy irreverent text heavy 4 page strips would break things up a little. The first as way of introducing the strip portrayed Aku as the good guy, but it was the evil dastardly Jack who took all the credit for Aku's heroics. The other two appearing this year riffed on Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk. And all drawn by the fair hand of Ethen Beavers. Oh and in case you're wondering they take me an eternity to write, but hey I'm not complaining (well not all of the time)!
Hell I even got a good review out of it. Comicbookbin writes, "Jim Alexander's Samurai Jack mini-story is a really novel comic fantasy that captures a sly, funny side of the menacing Aku." Couldn't have put it better myself.