April 5, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #236

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Savage Dragon #236 came out in July 2018.

This issue focuses on Dragon’s kids and if the coverfont isn’t a giveaway this issue pays homage to one of the greatest cartoons ever: Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes. The book features 5 spreads in the style of classic Sunday funny pages.

It is not a sideways issue though. The spreads are doublepages which made the layouts a bit more complicated…

Added complications included having to avoid the center of pages with text (because of possible alignment issues) and making sure all spreads were clearly spreads, which meant at least one panel had to clearly cross over from one page to the next–in this case panel four.

Erik roughly based the panel configuration of the above spread on an actual Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip. In addition to the familiar panel layouts, it is Ferran Delgado’s great handling of the fonts and lettering that make these pages work so well. Ferran also suggested to run a little caption at the start of the issue to point out the connection to Calvin & Hobbes but in the end it wasn’t used and I don’t think it’s really necessary.

Ferran had suggested running THIS caption on the splash. I explained that I thought it would be weird to credit Bill given that I didn’t exactly nail his style or tell actual funny jokes. I do a very mild Watterson imitation. Just similar panel arrangements (most aren’t the same as actual Sunday pages) and lettering. There are no Calvin or Hobbes type characters in the mix. I figure that readers will either get what I’m doing or not.

One more interesting tidbit Erik mentioned on facebook is the possibility that Watterson might just have been influenced by Savage Dragon at one point…

I always wondered if this Calvin and Hobbes Sunday page had been inspired by Savage Dragon. It came out shortly after Dragon had a hole blasted through him.

Reviews of Savage Dragon #236

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February 19, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #235

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Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #235Savage Dragon #235 came out in July 2018.
Back cover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #235
As you can see on the cover the book introduces a great looking new villain — I’ve seen fans talk about Malcolm’s relatively small rougues’ gallery ever since he left Chicago so this is a welcome addition to the roster. I also love the title of the book “Nothing beats Buffalo Stu”. I have a hunch Erik heard someone talk about buffalo stew and got inspired…

Find out more about Buffalo Stu in the pages of this epic issue.

This issue also features a “Big Bang Comics” backup with two short stories. Here’s the great back cover by Frank Fosco. I think it look awesome and the vintage treatment by colorist Adam Pruett makes it even better.

Reviews of Savage Dragon #235

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February 11, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #234

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Cover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #234

Backcover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #234 Savage Dragon #234 came out way back in May 2018.

I’m still trying to play catch up with my little reviews so I’ll make this quick and just leave this here with the usual collection of links and the beautiful backcover of this issue: Chris Giarusso recreation the classic cover for Savage Dragon #30.

And there’s more: Inside the book you can find Chris’ rendition of the three iconic covers of the original Savage Dragon miniseries and three pages of G-Man!

Oh and before I forget it — 4 issues into the book letterer Ferran Delgado is doing an outstanding job. I wonder though who’s idea it was to use that particular sound effect on page 15… I love it!

Reviews of Savage Dragon #234


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December 28, 2018

Savage Dragon Wiki 2.0 is online

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Hey guys! In case you missed it: A couple of days ago I finally launched the new and completely rebuild Savage Dragon Wiki 2.0. The relaunch came just in time for Christmas. I had promised to get it done before the end of the year and I’m glad I made. A couple of people have already signed up as editors and are hard at work to bring the Wiki up to date. It’s great to see this thing take off after months of working on it on my own. Make sure you check out the new Wiki and if you are willing to lend a hand send me an e-mail.


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November 25, 2018

Savage Dragon #240 on sale!

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Cover Savage Dragon #240

Savage Dragon #240 came out last Wednesday. You really don’t want to miss this one.

Last month I talked about the advantages of digital comics — this month I have to give you guys the heads up that Image Comics will shut down its digital comics service. Make sure you download a backup of all the comics you might have bought there. That’s the problem with digital copies of comics: You don’t have a physical copy in your home that is safe and sound even if your PC crashes or a service comes to an end. Comixology is still around of course and I will keep providing the link to their shop but let me encourage you to put Savage Dragon on your pull list at your comic shop. A lot of retailers don’t even seem to know that Savage Dragon is still being published and the book can use all the exposure it can get…

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Savage Dragon #239 on sale!

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Cover Savage Dragon #239

In case you missed it — and I know I nearly did — Savage Dragon #239 came out last Wednesday. Of course, I have a pull list and get the actual comic book but I’ve been buying the digital versions as well those last couple of years. That means I can always read the book the minute it comes out (and I’m glad I get notified once the book is available) and double dipping is my way to support Erik and to keep the book going. I also buy the collected editions of course.

So if you feel like buying digital comics you can get the latest issue at Image Comics and Comixology

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October 4, 2018

Wikispaces closed down

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The day we all dreaded has come. Well, actually it was 4 days ago but I was busy, so today I finally updated the link in the navigation to point to the temporary backup version of the beloved Savage Dragon Wiki. And while I was at it I corrected some mistakes I found so now everything should be up and working. If you find any missing images or dead links let me know.

In the meantime, I’m working on the NEW WIKI. It’s coming along nicely.


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