Comic Book Creator #15 Summer 2017 (magazine review).

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More

I think the biggest shock in reading the latest edition of ‘Comic Book Creator was in Jon Cooke’s editorial that Bernie Wrightson died in March and Rich Buckler in May. Both solid comicbook artists in different ways and likely to be both missed by us older fans. Cooke has promised more in later issues.

For the start of this issue, there’s a 24 page look at the recently departed underground comics creators Jay Lynch (1945-2017) and Skip Williamson (1944-217), creators of the ‘Bijou Funnies’ comix, who died within 11 days of each other. Although I never had much interest in that side of the comicbook market, reading this piece also gives insight into its history as well as them. I ran a cursory google glance at other underground comix legends and had a sharp reminder that none of them are getting any younger.

The 48 or so pages extensive interview with artist/writer Mark Schulz. Although I never got around to reading his ‘Xenozoic Tales’, I have heard of his ‘Cadillacs And Dinosaurs’ as printed by Marvel before I left my comicbook reading. Jon Cooke’s interview is extensive, looking at Schulz’ roots and how he developed his interest in comics and art, often showing a lot of examples from others. We also read the same book, ‘The How And Why Wonder Book Of Dinosaurs’ when young. I wonder how many of our generation were influenced by that book?

As ever, ‘Comic Book Creators’ is an extensive read and even if you’re not familiar with the people, you get a look into their mindsets and what makes them tick.

GF Willmetts

August 2017

(pub: TwoMorrows Publishing. 82 page illustrated magazine. Price: $ 8.95 (US). ISSN: 2330-2437. Direct from them, you can get it for $ 7.61 (US))

check out websites: www.TwoMorrows.com and http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=98_132&products_id=1271

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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