Ever wonder what an issue of Cracked might look like if published now?
The newest issue of Smoke Signal is partly a Cracked homage issue starting with a cover by John Severin. There's a six-page parody of the newest Transformers movie by Matthew Thurber and Benjamin Marra, a two-page Silver Surfer parody by Michael DeForge, a tribute to Charles Rodrigues' Great Moments back covers by Phil McAndrew, and my own meager version of Shut-Ups. I like what I did but only hope people will realize it's a Cracked tribute, and not representative of my work if it's someone's first exposure to it.
Here is the original Shut-Ups from #159, the May 1979 issue of Cracked, for comparison:
There's also pages with Kaz's Underworld, Tony Millionaire's Maakies, and Bill Griffith's Zippy, as well as work by Noah VanSciver, Jim Rugg, James Turek, Dane Martin, Keith Jones, Jesse McManus, and Donny Robinson.
As I've mentioned before, it's free in the Brooklyn area.
I should be plugging my own work, but I get so few comics anymore besides what people send me and what I see on the web, I had to mention the one comic I plan to actually buy, namely Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 even though it's already getting plenty of attention without my help. Besides, when my books come out, I expect Michael Kupperman will return the favor.
Back When Journalists Were Heroes - Thursday Newspaper Strip Day. I think this is pretty special. I have quite long runs of Jack Sparling's two forties newspaper strips, Hap Hopper and Calair...
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