Strange Visitor is probably one of my top 3 Superman stories of the decade so far. Which fascinates me, because it operates on terms that shouldn’t really work.
One of the more common complaints levied against a lot of the most prominent Superman stories is that, ultimately, they’re not about anything more than how great Superman is. For the most part I’d heavily disagree with that, but with Strange Visitor that has a point. It is purely, unabashedly a story about how great Superman is. I don’t know how that means it stands up objectively as a story; by rights, it should come off as saccharine and masturbatory. But from my experience I can tell you, if you happen to be in the tank for that particular message? Oh man, is Strange Visitor a comic for you.
Narrated by a much older Kamandi, the story spans from Superman’s second year of action in 1939, fighting in his original police-badge uniform alongside a pistol-toting Batman and an amazing ally I don’t want to spoil against an equally fantastic enemy, to 2013 at the height of his powers and accomplishments, to an endpoint I don’t want to give away (though I discuss it and how much I love it here if you’ve already read the story). It’s Joe Keatinge and a murderer’s row of artists telling the entire story of Superman - you get him leaping in a single bound, Lion Head Superman, and far more - and through that story, why it is he matters to us and maintains the ability to inspire after 75 years and beyond. As an introduction to the character, I doubt it would work. As a pick-me-up for reminding the already converted why it is they love the guy so much? It’s the best book this side of All-Star.
25-year-old Isaac Keatinge, who identifies as queer, was wearing a dress and walking in the Newtown neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, in April when he was verbally and physically attacked by three men. Now, Keating is taking back the power with a photoshoot in the Australian magazine Heaps Gay. He also spoke to the magazine about his community’s response to the attack and why he’s hopeful for the future. (Warning: Graphic photo)
Finally caught up on Shutter last week, just in time for issue 10 to be out today(lol, jk, it’s out March 11th!)! This comic just keeps getting better and better, and I’ve been wanting to do some fan art for a while. I hope that joekeatinge , leiladelduca , and @owengieni know how rad they are.
Tooooooo many amazing new comics in the November previews… even with Brandon Graham’s sweet November stuff pushed back to December.
Huge month for Emma Ríos–her 8house arc (Mirror) starts up and Pretty Deadly finally comes back, with a bewarethevalkyries-exclusive variant that we’ll definitely get a million of at fantomcomics.
The Shutter team splits off into juicy side jobs, with Joe Keatinge starting his pro wrestling comic Ringside and Leila del Duca doing her guest issue of WicDiv (McKelvie’s A cover is nice but I can’t wait to see Leila’s B cover).
Nifty anthology stuff too, with the Thought Bubble anthology featuring work by faves like Babs Tarr, Farel Dalrymple, Jeff Lemire, and Emi Lenox. Alternative Comics is putting out their Alternative Comics Are Dead anthology with a badass cover by Hellen Jo and stuff on the inside by cool doodes like Malachi Ward.
And then Viz’s gorgeous JoJo reprints reach the second arc, Battle Tendency. Duh.
Sometimes I get cynical about comics, and other times I remember why I love them so much. I’m so excited for everything.
RINGSIDE #5 STORY: JOE KEATINGE ART / COVER: NICK BARBER & SIMON GOUGH MARCH 23 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 END OF STORY ARC Our first arc comes to its brutal, bloody end. RINGSIDE WILL RETURN JUNE 2016
SHUTTER #19 STORY: JOE KEATINGE ART / COVER: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI MARCH 9 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 “ALL ROADS” Part Two The Kristopher siblings’ secret past threatens their present.
RINGSIDE is yet another over-sized cover-to-cover comic book, much like issue one. It wasn’t the initial plan, but it’s working out well. Nick’s already doing the best work of his run thus far on an issue which reveals a whole lot about ole Dan Knossos, further setting up the rest of the series in the process.
SHUTTER features the series’ most experimental structure to date, which is saying something. Three different narratives play out all at once – set across decades – all revealing things about the other, all playing off each other. It can be read in almost any order, but I advise to just read it from beginning to end, then go back however you want to catch all the criss-crossing. Some of the series’ biggest reveals are in this issue, but you need to dig in for them.
Here’s your DOUBLE FEATURE for Keatinge Komics this week, featuring Shutter #9 with art by leiladelduca + Owen Gieni (featuring our special SPOOKY MASK cover) and Tech Jacket #8 with art by kharyrandolph + Emilio Lopez (featuring Billions of years of stuff exploding).
Day 23 — San Francisco Art Institute, Russian Hill, San Francisco
Rarely does this spot garner a look-see on anyone’s tourist radar despite being home to an exquisite Diego Rivera mural. Built in 1926, it’s rooftop plaza was revamped with these futuristic light wells in 1969 in this addition by architect Paffard Keatinge Clay, an apprentice of Corbusier in Paris. Clay was an architecture instructor at UC Berkeley and now lives in Málaga, Spain as a practicing sculptor.