SPECTATORS - Part 52
Plus, a sequel to our most popular dispatch: NUDES!
Are you under multiple deadlines at the moment?
Brian here, and who’s not, right? But for the first time in a long time, I’m actually enjoying being inside the temporal slipstream of several simultaneous creative projects. Hope you are, too.
Helps to only be collaborating with great human beings, like all-star artist Niko Henrichon and genius letterer Fonografiks, who worked together to add the finishing touches to this week’s new pages of Spectators only minutes ago…
Or is it? The conclusion to our spectral showdown next week.
But if you have time between your various deadlines for some more digital comics this evening, Fiona Staples, Image Comics and I contributed all ten volumes of Saga so far to this incredible Humble Bundle, with 100% of proceeds going directly to ongoing Türkiye-Syria quake relief efforts.
As of this morning, the campaign has already raised more than $2.6 MILLION for Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, and Save the Children, but it would be cool to see that total smash past three mill before the offer closes in two days, huh?
In last week’s Tower chat—accessible to all you paid subscribers at the end of this message—we were discussing local microclimates (bullshitting about the weather), and reader Carrie B. noted:
Last night was rain and sleet and giant globs of snow, but then awoke the morning to wet roads, like nothing happened. Mother Nature is drunk.
Couldn’t have put it better myself, Carrie. It was sunny, warm and hailing at my kids’ school last week.
Anyway, lots of fascinating posts in that thread, but our intern Genesis the Exploded Giraffe randomly selected that one to receive a signed copy of the latest issue of Saga.
Today, we’ll be giving away copies of this relatively rare second printing of our sold-out 61st issue, with cool new semi-transparent logo by the fully awesome Fonografiks, so I hope to see you in the chat.
Wait, I just had to look this up for confirmation, and this is probably a hacky old premise already familiar to you professional grammar comedians… but the word “bimonthly” really means both every two months AND two times per month?
Like, simultaneously? How is that allowed?
Regardless, welcome to another bimonthly (but which kind??) edition of:
Come Up and See My Etchings
So far, the most “popular” installment of this periodic tour of my increasingly troubling collection of original comic book art was titled simply NUDES, where I discussed my lifelong fascination with the use of nudity in our medium, and featured beautifully graphic examples from creators like Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Frank Frazetta and Chris Ware.
This week, I’ll be flaunting some of my more recent finds, like this massive 1974 page from Barbarella creator Jean-Claude Forest that I already shared with the Tower:
Today, you’ll be treated to some more great moments of unedited comic-book nudity from industry legends like Jaime Hernandez, Tula Lotay, John Buscema (?!) and several more, with images ranging from tastefully erotic to probably socially unacceptable in 2023, so strap in before you cross this puritanical paywall.
The rest of you never-nudes, have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Monday for more Spectators.