Big Comics

April 26th, 2010 | comics talk

Druillet. Warped my mind at a sensitive age. Bought a copy of the LONE SLOANE/DELIRIUS Anglophone volume from 1973 out of a cheapie bin in the early 80s. Formative influence. Druillet, Talbot, Moore, Campbell, Moorcock, Burroughs, Kerouac, Dick. Eight core sites in my creative genome. (A few more, at random: Lessing, Dax, The The, Kneale, Potter, the Kennedy Martins.)

Big Comics were good.

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11 Responses to “Big Comics”

  1. This would make an amazing backpiece

  2. Did you get a Lone Sloane tee-shirt? I think they advertised them in Piloté?

  3. It turns out everything I thought I knew about writing was wrong. At least this ties in with the genius of Philip K. Dick:

    Homicidal Cactus Fodder
    http://ludicdespair.blogspot.com/2010/04/homicidal-cactus-fodder.html

    That explains a LOT of the twisted stuff I’ve encountered in my life. And why it’s disappearing from the mainstream.

  4. Wow, just….wow. I want one.

  5. So, let me make sure I get the references right:

    Philippe Druillet
    Bryan Talbot
    Alan Moore
    Eddie or Joseph Campbell?
    Michael Moorcock
    William Burroughs
    Jack Kerouac
    Philip K Dick

  6. Ok, now I have to confirm the others too:

    Doris Lessing
    Dax?
    The The
    Nigel Kneale – British screenwriter, thrillers with sci-fi and horror themes
    Potter?
    The Kennedy Martins – brothers who wrote British crime dramas

    Warren, would you please confirm the above, especially Dax and Potter? I always enjoy investigating the writer and artists who influence your work.

  7. I second this motion^

  8. @Brian: Potter. There is only one: Dennis Potter.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Potter
    http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/potter/

    See “Pennies from Heaven” and “The Singing Detective,” to start. NOT the movie abominations (although Potter wrote them), the original TV serials. Available on DVD.

  9. Now I want to live in a world where Eddie Campbell was one of the formative influence on Warren Ellis. Or at least, take a holiday there.

    As for Druillet, hell yes.

  10. @Mike: Thanks for letting me know about Dennis Potter and his work

    @Jurgen: My guess is that Warren was influenced by Joseph Campbell, but I could be wrong. That’s why I threw in Eddie as well as Joseph. Hope that Warren can confirm at some point

  11. Eddie Campbell, not Joseph, yes.