Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire & Modern Comic Books

More lost time….where did the past few days go? Anyway, I’ve been collecting comics for around forty years now…and when that happens, your views of what is considered a ‘modern’ comic certainly changes over time. For me, the original moderns were 40 cents, in 2020 they are around $4-$5 depending on what you’re getting. In the time I’ve been collecting there have been a lot of ups and downs in the industry that I am not going to cover because that would take an entire book, but I have brought you all here to say this: today’s modern comics (especially the stellar independent publishers) are at a zenith. Great stories left and right from some of the most talented creators to grace the medium in decades with actual readable stories…smart stories that challenge you and make you think. Which brings me to Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, my two favorite modern creators that blow me away with everything they do. Mind Mgmt (Kindt) and the Black Hammer universe (Lemire) are some of my favorite series ever. On my shelf, Mind Mgmt takes it’s rightful place with Watchmen, Ronin, and V for Vendetta for Kindt’s creative innovative (not to mention immersive) storytelling.

Apologies to my future self for missing a few days. I meant to post a serious missive about changelings, cuckoos, and how humans display different sides of themselves to every single person that they come across, but the idea came during a burst of thoughts when I was out walking today and by the time I got back (three miles later) I was too tired and eventually the thought sort of faded away. I do believe I might talk about that in the future, however.

Inktober is moving slowly, but believe it or not, I am working on it. I’m certain not to finish this month, but let’s see what happens. I’ll post any updates on the Inktober page as they arise. It took me way too long to figure out to approach the project and unfortunately the paints I’ll need for coloring the pieces will not arrive for a couple more weeks, so this shall certainly stretch into November and NaNoWriMo, but I don’t see any interference problems.

Finally, circling back to comics, once in a while all of the stars align and you get your two favorite creators paired up in one title as in this case when Kindt dips his toes into Lemire’s Black Hammer Universe (attached picture).

Black Hammer ’45 1-4, covers by Kindt

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