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#FXC17 Exclusive Interview: John Bolton On Horror, His Art & His Graphic Novel: Shame

Artist John Bolton has had a long and storied career in comic books and sequential art. He made the jump from working in English magazines such as Warrior, to burgeoning American periodicals like Epic Illustrated, in the early 1980’s. He’s been working in and around the mainstream comic book industry ever since, as comfortable drawing superheroes as much as he is painting fairies, vampires and demons.

Drawn to the genres of fantasy and horror as both an illustrator and painter, Bolton has worked alongside some of the greatest writing names the comic book industry has known, including Chris Claremont on Marada The She Wolf and Black Dragon, both for publisher Epic Comics. With Neil Gaiman in The Books of Magic for DC Comics, he created the look of the reluctant boy-wizard, Timothy Hunter, based on his eldest son. His acclaimed graphic novel series, Shame, alongside writer Lovern Kindzierski, is where Bolton’s efforts most currently dwell, with the first three acts being recently complied into a single hardcover volume.

There’s a sense of wonder, amazement, power, and sexuality inherent in Bolton’s work, combined alongside an overt menace that makes a viewer full of trepidation. Even when his sense of horror is not manifest, nothing is ever as it seems in Bolton’s completed visual offerings.

On the eve of an infrequent visit to Toronto via the 2017 edition of Fan Expo Canada, JP Fallavollita caught up with John Bolton in an exclusive interview via email, and asked him about his process, his female-driven subject matter, and his recent work on Shame.

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Hot Docs: ‘Living the Game’ and ‘Ukiyo-e Heroes

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Gaming culture’s gotten huge. It’s easy to miss, but the gaming industry makes more than either the movie or music industries. Hot Docs in Toronto plugs into the gaming world this year with two very different documentaries. Living the Game takes a revealing look at the world’s best competitive Street Fighter players, while Ukiyo-e Heroes is a subtler portrait of an unlikely collaboration, as an elderly master of Japanese woodblock carving teams up with a graphic designer to make classical Japanese prints of modern gaming characters.

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This Will Make You: Happy! #1 But You’ll Need A Loan For Joe Kubert’s Tarzan Of The Apes: Artist’s Edition On The Wednesday Run – September 26, 2012

Hoo-boy!

Image Comic, one of the “independent” publishing companies, keeps on knocking new comic book series’ out of the park! Their titles have been making the headlines across the top of Wednesday Run columns throughout 2012 – and today, September 26, is no different.

But there are two picks to choose from this week. One that will be sure to put a smile on your face (it’s in the title of the new series, after all) and one that you might have to mortgage your house in order to purchase (but worth every penny of interest you’ll have to pay)!

Choice is a good thing, right? Check them out after the jump!

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Biff Bam Pop Remembers Comic Book Legend Joe Kubert (1926-2012)

Dreamer. Artist. Creator. Inspiration. Teacher. Legend. Only a handful of appropriate words that describe Joe Kubert. Sadly, Joe Kubert passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

A prolific artist, Kubert started in comic books in the early 1940s and continued to draw up until earlier this year. He was best known for the co-creation of World War II hero, Sgt. Rock. He would go on to draw other heroes, such as Enemy Ace, The Viking Prince, Hawkman, and Tarzan, putting his unique mark on all of them. Not only did he influence many great artists through his artwork, he founded The Kubert School in the late 1970s that has and continues to produce fine talent.

Joe Kubert’s legacy will live on through his sons Andy and Adam, those inspired by or taught by him, and his many, many fans. Rest in Peace, Mr. Kubert.

Tales From The Long Box – The Thing From Another World #1 (1991)

Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.

Today’s special guest Tales From The Long Box columnist is JP Fallavollita.

 

The Thing From Another World #1
December 1991
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer
Illustrator: John Higgins
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

It’s summer in the early 1980’s and I’m standing alongside a couple of buddies in the sequestered “Horror Movies” room of our local Jumbo Video. For the last few weeks, we’d been renting the types of VHS films our parents would never rent for us. But this was summer holidays. And our parents were at work. And we were mobile on our banana-seat bicycles, with a penchant for trouble and an idle time thirst for some scary stuff.

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Historic Comics Live Forever In National Comics: Eternity #1 On The Wednesday Run – July 25, 2012

If you’re waxing poetic, you could say that everything old is new again. If you’re mildly neurotic, you might say that history isn’t done with us just yet. If you’re a bit of a pessimist, you may very well say that there’s no such thing as a new idea.

With today’s publication of National Comics: Eternity #1, you would definitely exclaim that all these above statements – and more – are absolute truths. But you wouldn’t be entirely right.

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The Comic Stop: KISS #2 and Mars Attacks #2 Reviewed

The Comic Stop is back with two cool titles from our friends at IDW. Both of them offer up iconic imagery and characters that we’ve all grown up on and both are far better than you might expect. Check out our reviews of Mars Attacks #2 and KISS #2 after the jump!
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David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition On The Wednesday Run – June 27, 2012

One of the most well respected artists working in sequential art forum on one of the most beloved comic book character story arcs to ever see print.

If there was only one reason to run to your local comic book shop today, this is it: David Mazzucchelli and Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition.

Please, allow me to gush throughout my explanation.

Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition
Written by: Frank Miller
Illustrated by: David Mazzucchelli
Published by: IDW Publishing

I can still remember the summer of my thirteenth year. I was part of a group of close friends that bought and read comic books. We weren’t collectors, necessarily. Well, maybe some of us were. What we did do, as I’m sure many kids did, was trade comics with each other. We’d trade ones that we had already flipped through for ones that we really wanted to read. We’d sit on our porches, huddled over our piles of monthly periodicals: Fantastic Four, Batman, Team America, Scalphunter, talk about movies hockey players and offer a random comic book issue for another that enticed.
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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Batman: Death By Design On The Wednesday Run – May 30, 2012

If you don’t know him by name, and you’re a reader of comics, novels or pop-culture reference books, you’ll know Chip Kidd by his designs.

Kidd is a long-standing graphic designer of book covers (not to mention author and musician). You’ve probably got a number of his designs sitting there, looking great, on your bookshelves. He’s created work for a plethora of publishing houses including: Knopf/Random House, Pantheon, Doubleday, Penguin and HarperCollins. You’d recognize his striking work on Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Alex Ross’ Mythology, as well as books from a list of other writers and artists including Dean Koontz, Michael Ondaatje, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Schulz and Frank Miller.

Yep. He’s that in demand.

But Chip Kidd is, at heart, a fan of comic books – one of the reasons he continually returns to the medium. This time around, he’s given himself writing chores on a pretty interesting Batman book.

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MIND MGMT Is On The Mind (Again) On The Wednesday Run – May 23, 2012

Last week I told you to stay at home and not make the Wednesday run to your local comic book shop – crazy head games, huh?!? Instead, I said that all you had to do was hit the internet superhighway and make your way to Dark Horse Digital and pick up the free online prequel comic book, MIND MGMT: Secret Files #’s 1-3.

Well today, get on your horse and visit your bricks and mortar comic book shop because the highly anticipated first hardcopy issue of the new MIND MGMT monthly series is waiting for eager hands to thumb through. You know, old school style!

There are actually a number of interesting comics out this week. Marvel Comics has Astonishing X-Men #50 wherein Canadian Alpha Flight hero, Northstar, proposes to his beau, Kyle. DC Comics publishes the first issue return of Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated #1 as well as the Absolute version of Batman: Dark Victory. Speaking of dark, Dark Horse Comics has the return of Dean Motter’s beloved Mister X in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #12. But it’s MIND MGMT, also published by Dark Horse that’s got hold of my <a-hem> mind.

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