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July 6, 2014
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Floyd Farland – Citizen of the Future

Floyd Farland

Floyd Farland


My son reading Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future for the first time reminds me how much I loved this looping SF tale from Chris Ware. Not that I had connected it with Chris Ware of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, which I have but never got into. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth isn’t my thing in story or looks.


Floyd Farland has a distinct style that works perfectly for the story, far far removed from Chris Ware’s current style. A stark simple black and white approach, like that of the look of Frank Miller’s Sin City. But Chris Ware began with this look and moved onto a cleaner colored “designed” far far removed from Floyd Farland’s, a change highlighted by Jon Adams re-imagining of the cover in Chris Ware’s current style…


Floyd Farland cover by Jon Adams

Floyd Farland cover by Jon Adams

I’m also surprised at how much copies of Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future are going for on Ebay – £30 – £40, or £175 for a mint copy!? But if stories of Chris Ware buying up and destroying all the copies he can find are true then I guess the price would be pushed up…


Kirk reading - Floyd Farland Citizen of the Future

Kirk reading Floyd Farland

Glad I still have my copy and glad it’s being read, even if it is no longer in mint condition (when I got my copy of Watchmen signed some years ago Dave Gibbons – and Frank Miller, who jokingly offered to sign it as well to piss off Alan Moore – were surprised at the state that was in. Not battered so much as read).


Update 2014-07-20:


“We, as fans, have developed an unhealthy attachment to the physical object of comics that is almost unique to this hobby. There is no more apt phrase than “fetishizing the physical” to describe this fixation on keeping the comic as pristine as possible. Even to the degree that some comics have come polybagged.

“Comic books began as a completely disposable medium, made on cheap newsprint and traded by fans until the books fell apart. They were rolled up in the back pocket of a kid in the city or tucked into the rucksack of a soldier heading to war. The obsession with making the disposable permanent is the key to where it all went wrong. The first time a comic was slipped into a plastic bag unread, the medium changed irrevocably. The story that came alive began to lose footing to the concern for marks around the staple.”
How The Comic Bag Destroyed Comics

c/o @PageFortyFive


February 13, 2013
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Before Watchmen

Read any of Alan Moore’s acerbic interviews and the reasons for his bitterness towards the comics industry seem well founded, and the Watchmen prequel spin-offs adding weight to his arguments. I ignored them not through any fan boy loyalty, but because there are enough new and interesting comics that rehashing the Watchmen felt a lazy way to milk an money from a former success.


But the cover for the latest Comedian issue, using a picture of a severed head based on a Life magazine photo ‘Skull on a tank’ from the fighting in Guadalcanal in World War II, is just wrong.



Whatever comparison they might be trying to make between the Comedian and the mutilation of the Japanese dead during WWII – if they are making any comparison – requires a less crass approach than this.


Rodger MacGowan at GMT games, and previously Avalon Hill, does a great job of using photos in his designs – although the SS featured on Up Front caused controversy and meant it had to be purchased under the counter in Germany. But his collage work, expecially on a game such as Anzio, is tasteful and striking.


Anzio board game