Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Little Anarchist in Me

Hi internet! I’m still working on my big comic book. Or Graphic Novel (which is a comic book). Here’s a page to prove it:



The Nebula nominations came out recently and, having read Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, I decided to try one of the others on the list. The only one available at the library was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (check the link, you download the text for free). The book is fully YA fiction but that being said I really enjoyed it. It’s a hacker counterculture version of 1984 set in very near future San Francisco. The bibliography alone is worth the library fines that I will probably rack up when I forget to return this.

If I categorized my books this one would go next to my old favorite Access All Areas by Nijalicious.

The other thing I thought I’d point to today is the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. I should be so skeptical about this. I mean, I can’t think of a single instance when translating a 32 page childrens book into a feature length movie has been anything short of spectacularly horrible. I saw ten minutes of The Cat in the Hat once. Anyway, this film looks artsy and cool (in a good way) and finally they are using big muppet costumes again! Oh you lovely big muppet costumes, where have you been all these years?

15 comments:

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey this is awesome! I've been checking your Zita the Spacegirl site for updates so its great to see a comic style page.

mike said...

wow- that page looks great. i can't wait to read this when its all done!

Ry Guy said...

"Access All Areas"! That was the greatest book! I always want to go "urban exploring" every time I walk around downtown Front Royal, but most of the time the building I'm exploring turns out to be someone's home or apartment and I always get arrested for housebreaking.

But I still love "Access All Areas"!

anna said...

bellissimo! i can't wait to read this one. Bravo Ben
ciao!

j'aime said...

well, I'M excited for the movie!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks for the good words my friends! I'm eager to get this book out the door myself -it's been a long time coming.

Hopefully I'll be able to put up a few more images in the next few weeks.

Abigail said...

Ooooh, can't wait to see the final book.

And I saw a copy of "Flight Explorer" at the bookstore this weekend; nice stuff!

Ben Hatke said...

Glad you enjoyed the Flight Explorer story, Abigail!

This book is a little more ambitious, and the character designs are slightly different -better I think AND IT'S NEARLY 200 PAGES OF WIERD CREATURES FROM MY IMAGINATION!

Who gets to fill pages and pages full of weird creatures that they imagine for a job?!?

anna said...

Buona Pasqua Ben!
a tutta la famiglia

Ben Hatke said...

Tanti Grazie, Anna! Anche te!

Tommy said...

This page reminds me a lot of Kazu Kabuishi (sp?)
He's at http://www.boltcity.com/

Anonymous said...

Is Zita still around or will she turn up in this new comic book? The few comics you made of her and her friends are enchanting (sorry, couldn't think of a better word right off the bat), and I'd like to see more of them someday!

Anonymous said...

That was the spacegirl Zita, not your little daughter. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Anonymous, it looks like I should have been more clear!

This is a big Zita the Spacegirl book. An origin story for the character and I really hope that the whole book is as enchanting as you found the web comics to be.

I'm certainly putting my heart into it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so that's why the girl looked like Zita! *blushes* Sorry, I just finished finals at Thomas Aquinas College - no small matter - so my brain was kinda fried. :) Looking forward to the comic book and thank you for writing it!