Delightful watercolor piece by @colleencoover, of Periscope Studio, Portland, Oregon.
Colleen Coover pencilled and Steve Lieber inked and watercolored this sketchcard of B. D. Belgique, the long-suffering police officer eternally foiled by BANDETTE. (They’re from the comics series of the same name illustrated by Coover and written by Paul Tobin.)
Back in April, Periscope’s Colleen Coover indulged her obsession an with an unlikely one page comic: a one page submission received at the Marvel offices 20 years ago, featuring Wolverine meeting Freddie Mercury. You can read about it here: http://www.colleencoover.net/?p=3071
She drew her own version, and it turned into a meme. There are lots of other artists’ versions of it out there, including a three-pager by our own Jesse Hamm. This one caught the eye of the original artist Rob Marsh, who told the story on his Facebook page.
New Bandette story on @Comixology coming 9/19? I had to celebrate that with a sketch. And here it is- an ink and wash tribute to my favorite new comic out there. (If you haven’t read it yet, that’s Bandette herself, and Inspector B.D. Belgique.)
Bandette is created by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover. You can read a preview of the new issue at Comic Book Resources.
And for the collectors out there, the original of this piece might still be available at Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
TFAW.com: What advice can you give aspiring comic book creators?
Coover: I kind of hate the word “aspiring.” What’s that line from Rocky Horror? “Don’t Dream It, Be It.” If you are making comics, you aren’t aspiring to be a creator, you’re doing it.
Los Bros Hernandez—Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario—changed my life in the late 1980s. Their work in Love & Rockets showed me how the aesthetics of the kids’ comics I had grown up on (Archie, Harvey Comics, etc.) could be used to tell sophisticated, adult stories.
The original, self-published issue of Love & Rockets #1 was first sold by mail-order and at San Diego Comicon in 1982, thirty years ago.
I was able to snag an interview with Colleen Coover via instant message today and I learned many things during our brief time together: the benefits of digital publishing, how she got involved with Monkeybrain Comics, and most importantly that her initials are the same as…
Coolest coffee table ever, featuring the art of @ColleenCoover, specifically the introduction to GIRL COMICS.
Oglaf by Trudy Cooper is close to my golden ideal in comics. Fun, sexy, clever, and lovely to look at. It’s sassy and sometimes silly, but always adult.
When I first started making my dirty comic Small Favors in the early 2000s, one comment I heard a lot was “You don’t usually think of a woman making porn comics”, and another was “Oh! This is actually a lot of fun! What a surprise!” A decade later, thanks to women like Trudy Cooper, Erika Moen, Jess Fink and many others, I never hear that first comment, and it’s not a surprise any more!
We live in a world where blood and horror are considered appropriate for general audiences, but flash a nipple, and you’d think from the cries of outrage that Satan had just been handed the keys to the puppy farm. Comics like Oglaf exist to turn that world on its head , and we’re all richer for it.