When we play the "remember the 90's" game with comics, many of us comics fans from the period will look back on the flashier, embarrassing parts of the industry: the rise of characters with names like "Bloodwulf;" the Chromium era; Superman's mullet. What we forget sometimes is that brilliant comics like David Lapham's "Stray Bullets" or Mike Allred's "Madman" were doing big, exciting, and strange things with the format without the benefit of 47 variant covers.
Add to that list Sam Kieth's "The Maxx," which is getting the hardcover treatment, according to an SDCC 2013 announcement from publisher IDW.
The Maxx creator Sam Kieth's When The Chickens Revolt "should read like poetry"
You probably know who Sam Kieth is, from his work on The Maxx and Zero Girl. You may even know who Jonathan Wayshak is from his work as a freelance illustrator based in California. But you probably don’t know, the way out there project the two are collaborating on, When The Chickens Revolt. The stream of consciousness web comic is painted, watercolored, and inked rather than done digitally – and not only that, the two are creating the whole thing on the front cover of brown ledger books. Then putting the new pieces online, one every Monday.
To find out more about this fascinating project – and where it’s going (hint: anywhere it wants) – we chatted with Kieth and Wayshak:
MTV Geek: I was reading through the process of how you guys are putting this together, and nearly every part seems to be purposely working against the speed and efficiency of webcomics (and I mean this in a nice way)… Could you talk about how you decided to approach the project the way you have; and is this, kind of, the anti-web-comic web-comic?
Sam Kieth: I guess that's true if digital is supposed to be speedier, but is it? It seems the erosion of print means there really are no rules anymore, just whatever suits each artist. I can't speak for Jon but while we both tend towards hand painted work, there's really no agenda of digital vs. hand painted… Just two idiots trying to goof around.
Jonathan Wayshak: Really, there's nothing purposeful about it. We draw and paint. This is how we normally do things and there's nothing premeditated about it. If by speed and efficiency you mean digital media, that's a mistruth. It is not typically faster to do things digitally. I think a lot of people who believe this to be true are not very proficient with ink and paint.
I don't really think of our project as an "anti-webcomic." There is no such thing as "webcomics," they're all just comics, and that's what we do and love. It might be a little different or somewhat agitated or more frenetic than the typical thing you'll see in the digital world, but it's still a comic strip. We're just not interested in doing anything "common." Read More...
Welcome to MTV Geek’s review of The Maxx action figure! Yeah, we know it’s not the early nineties anymore; but, we’re also well aware that the Maxx is like a trashbag full of pure awesome… and hammers. Yep, a big ol’ bag of hammer-y awesomeness – that’s the Maxx! The toy in question comes to us courtesy of Shocker Toys’ Indie Spotlight Comic Book Heroes line of figures, and was the centerpiece of series 1. The actual review figure was snatched like a ninja graciously given to us from Shocker’s display at the 2011 Toy Fair, hence a lack of accessories and some paint nicks strategic weathering. Still, somehow getting an unpackaged, pre-handled figure just kind of fits the Maxx in general. On with the review!
The Maxx is the brainchild of Sam Kieth, and has existed in both comic book and animated form. In fact, this purple hobo’s cartoon can be viewed in its entirety right here on MTV Geek! Maxx is a homeless man who believes he is a superhero, defending his Jungle Queen (Julie Winters) from the forces of evil. In this case, evil takes the form of Mr. Gone and his hordes of Isz. To put it kindly, Maxx is delusional. To put it bluntly – he’s bats**t crazy! Oh, and his real name is Dave… and he might be a giant rabbit. How cool is that?!