The Humans

Nov. 25th, 2015 03:02 pm
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"Yeah, The Humans were always apes… I started out wanting to write a biker script. I dig genre. I’m always trying to come up with different ideas for some of my favorite genres, one of which is biker movies, so that’s how it started. It quickly turned from a straight forward biker-idea and became the idea which was the seed for The Humans. Then that idea just banged around my head for 12 or so years till I told Tom about it drunk."

- Keenan Marshall Keller

"This isn't a "Planet of the Apes" scenario where the apes took over. It's just a simple role reversal."

- Tom Neely

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"I don’t think the heroic ideal is necessarily passé, no. I mean, it’s not like this is the worst time in history, and it’s not like there aren’t people doing good things for one another. Yeah, there are a lot of shitty aspects to modern life, but at the same time, I don’t know that any other point in history realistically fares any better. You look at a show like Mad Men and sure, everyone dressed great, and that mid-century modern furniture in the offices looked amazing, but it was just as tumultuous a time as we’re going through now. Women were treated like shit, anyone who wasn’t white was treated like shit, children were treated like shit, we were in costly war with Vietnam. It’s easy to glamorous other periods in time and think they were better, but we’ve always struggled. Superheroes weren’t created at a point when everything was rosy and everybody was great: Superman, Bat Man, Captain America — they were a direct reaction to a world that was kind of going to shit."

- Eric Stephenson

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I've been digging Greg Rucka's current comic, Lazarus.

In part due to scenes like this: A room full of people, each packed full of their Family's technology (their families being the ultimate 'Haves' to everyone else's 'Have Nots') to make them as unkillable and deadly as possible... playing a few hands of poker at a political summit.

Bit of warning, one of 'em is an ableist jerk.

Here's the deadliest people on the planet holding a poker game )

Pages from Lazarus #13, by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Santi Arcas
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"Citizen Jack isn’t about Trump. Citizen Jack is bigger than Trump. Citizen Jack is about the problems that we have that can allow a Trump to happen. If you’re out there wondering how Donald Trump is a real thing or wondering how Donald Trump hasn’t won the election already, Citizen Jack is about questions that underlie those questions."

- Sam Humphries

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CBR: The announcement teased that "Paper Girls" is "the story of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who experience something extraordinary one day..." Tell me the next line that comes after the ellipsis?

Chiang: "Stand By Me" meets "War of the Worlds" in this exciting new ongoing series from the writer of "Saga" and the artist of "Wonder Woman."

CBR: The series takes place in the 1980s. Could you have set "Paper Girls" in present day, or is the decade of Ronald Reagan and MTV important to the story?

Chiang: I've just finished drawing "Paper Girls" #3, and I can say that Ronald Reagan is definitely important to the story! [Laughs] Seriously though, the time frame is vital. We lived with a lot of uncertainty in the 1980s. Remember that sense of adventure and exploration we had when we weren't all tied down and connected to devices?

Vaughan: [Laughs] Cliff sounds like an old man! Oh, wait. We suddenly are old men? Shit. I'm not at all nostalgic for the 1980s, but it's when I grew up and I think it's an interesting period that's weirdly relevant to our present. That said, we hope this story will be equally fascinating to 'mature readers' of all ages whether the 1980s are your recent past or ancient history.

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"It’s an idea I’ve been playing around with for years. Alice in Wonderland was the first novel I ever read on my own as a child. I was in love with the odd characters, the bizarre songs and the puzzle-like wordplay. Then I listened to the audiobook once day while inking and thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. I was an anxious mess trying to concentrate on work while listening the nonsense that used to make that book so appealing as a child.
Then we had our first kid. You can’t avoid shows like Dora The Explorer and your house becomes filled with dozens and dozens of pictures. The more I took in some of these kids books and shows, I Hate Fairyland started to come to life. I started wondering why Dora wasn’t driven absolutely nuts by that map and his two minute song consisting of only I’m The Map! I wondered why Sam I am didn’t strangle the annoying guy that insisted over and over that the eggs were clearly green and rotten.
So I though it would be fun to see what a character was like if they got all the things we think we want. To never physically age, to eat nothing but sweets and never gain weight, and live in a carefree world of whimsy with no responsibilities. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Then I thought, what happens if a character as mad as that had a big ass battle axe?"

- Skottie Young

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"TOKYO GHOST is a love story about Constable Led Dent and his sidekick Debbie Decay. They are the heavy hand of the law in the new Isles of Los Angeles, about seventy years from now. They work for the Flack World Corporation, which rules the city because they provide the entertainment and technology. This is how the leaders of the world are decided in the not too distant future."

"Like I said, it’s a kind of love letter to Blade Runner, Judge Dredd, Akira, RoboCop, that have that dystopic apocalyptic future that isn’t super unreasonable at this point and still have a good dollop of humor and makes fun of a lot stuff and makes fun of itself."

- Rick Remender

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