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Beginning today we are counting down some of the best covers in Metal Hurlant's illustrious history! It was 40 years ago, this year, that Metal Hurlant magazine launched and helped change the course of European and global comics and the art world.
We'll be posting classic covers, in increasing frequency, right up to December, so keep checking back to see if your favorite art from the past four decades is up here!
Here's to another 40 years of making History!
Date: December 2003 (Issue 142)
Cover Artist: Richard Corben
Masters Of Destiny - Alejandro Jodorowsky and Adi Granov
The Zombies That Ate The World: Chapter #3: Terminal Boredom - Jerry Frissen, Guy Davis, and Charlie Kirchoff
King's Crown - Jim Alexander, Richard Corben, and Dan Brown
Fragile - Stefano Raffaele and Dave Stewart
Megalex - Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fred Beltran
Greetings, Kelly Sue. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions regarding you, your career, and the upcoming English-adaptation of the world-renowned Barbarella.
1. Were there any challenges in adapting the book for a more modern release?
Oh, certainly. It’s always intimidating – you want to do justice to the author’s intent and with something like Barbarella that is such a cultural touchstone, it’s hard to balance giving yourself the freedom to do your work with the necessary reverence. You don’t want to change things just to change things. But I spent an inordinate amount of time contemplating whether or not the men should continue to call Barbarella “girl” constantly. Ultimately, I decided to leave it in, and I could write an academic thesis on my thinking!
2. Do you feel Barbarella played a role in the development of feminism?
I believe the film, Barbarella, was a touchstone in the sexual revolution that was certainly an important aspect of second wave feminism.
I don’t know that the book played as important a role in the US as I imagined it did in Europe. I don’t know that I am qualified to make that assessment, though. I’m 44 and I didn’t know there was a Barbarella comic until the 1980s.
3. You’ve written some highly prolific books for Marvel over the last few years (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) as well as your own title over at image (Pretty Deadly), and have adapted a ton of manga titles for English audiences. Do you enjoy writing your own stories just as much as adapting others?
Oh, it’s apples and oranges – completely different muscle sets. I love the challenge of both efforts, but they’re very different.
4. You have quite the following in the comics world, are there any tips or advice you could share with up and coming writers looking to break into the industry today?
I am constantly boggled by folks who think they’re going to be hired to write a comic script when they have next to no experience writing scripts but they love reading comics. I wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix my sink because he was really enthusiastic about washing his hands.
No more excuses. You have to write. And you have to keep writing.
5. What is your favorite manga and/or anime? If you could adapt one manga property, what would it be?
Favorite: That’s tough. Anything by Taiyo Matsumoto.
If I could adapt anything? Probably Sasori by Tōru Shinohara.
6. Matt Fraction is your husband and is also a writer of several titles for Marvel, Image, etc. Being a husband and wife that are both writers, do you ever pitch ideas off each other and work together?
We’ve never formally worked together – we tried a few pages that he plotted and I scripted and it worked, but it was just a test run.
We do talk to each other about our work though. Fraction jokes that he asks me taste questions and I ask him craft questions. It’s schtick, but he’s not wrong.
7. We all remember the Barbarella movie with Jane Fonda, but are there any titles you’ve worked on that you feel would work well as a TV show or a movie?
I think there’s a Barbarella TV show in development, right? I assumed that had something to do with the timing of this release. I’m fascinated to see how it’s handled.
8. Can you describe your writing process?
Weep, thrash about, hug knees, rock back and forth, drink lots of coffee, lay in bed and think, then type some.
9. Who would win in a fight, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) or Barbarella?
Why would they fight?
10. Were you surprised by anything in Barbarella?
It’s not as dirty as I remember it being. And second volume is delightfully insane. (Note: Second volume will be available in early 2015)
11. How would you approach a contemporary version of brand new Barbarella comics?
I’d love to have the opportunity to show you… you entertaining proposals? ;-)
Barbarella is available in stores on September 24, 2014 with an MSRP of $79.95
Color is an important part of life. Imagine seeing the world in only black and white. The same can be said about graphic novels. While there are plenty of stories that make use of black and white, it's always interesting to see a colored page without the color.
Below are pages from later in the book of Bramble (available September 24).
Story & Art by Jean-Claude Forest, adapted by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Jean-Claude Forest’s timeless Erotic Sci-Fi classic – from which the cult-favorite movie of the same name stems from – is now available as a deluxe limited & numbered (1200 copies only) Coffee Table edition (12x16 inches) published in a beautiful duotone presentation.
When space outlaw, Barbarella’s spaceship breaks down, she finds herself trapped on the planet Lythion. There she has a series of adventurous, yet erotic, encounters with a variety of beings, from robots to angels…
Quicks facts about Barbarella:
• Featuring a brand new, contemporary English-language adaptation by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Dark Horse’s Ghost, Image’s Pretty Deadly).
• In 1962 Babarella predicted the sexual revolution as
the original “erotic comic book” and the first truly emancipated female comic book character. Now, this long-lost classic is once again available to a brand new generation.
• Originally published in 1962, Barbarella has since been turned into a cult movie starring Jane Fonda (1968), a musical (2004), and is currently
being developed as a TV series by Drive director
Nicholas Winding Refn.
• Creator Jean Claude-Forest (09/11/1930 – 12/29/1998) was an extremely influential French comics author
who was awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix in 1984 (given yearly to a creator for his body of work and for his achievement in the evolution of comics).
• This edition features a preface by comics historian Paul Gravett (1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Comics Art).
• 2015 will see a smaller sized, black and white edition that will feature both this story and its sequel.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Barbarella. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
Story by Jean-David Morvan, art by Nesmo
When a mysterious giant of a man arrives in a vast steampunk megalopolis, death walks beside him, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. It’s up to a dysfunctional yet dogged police investigator to find the strange colossus and stop him before the bodies pile even higher… But soon the truth is discovered that this case is far more complicated than the detective could’ve possibly conceived: a veritable battle between nature and city is unfolding, whose very outcome could forever change the face of the earth.
A ecological detective story told amid a backdrop of fantasy
Quicks facts about Bramble:
• Jean-David Morvan is an extremely prolific (over 70 books)and multiple award-winning French comics writer who’s been published in Europe, Japan and the US. Among his many achievements, he has worked on Spirou et Fantasio (Dupuis), Wake (NBM) and Wolverine (Marvel).
• Nesmo is a young and very promising artist whose work was first spotlighted in the seminal anthology magazine, Métal Hurlant.
• For fans of the Steampunk and crime genres featuring an immersive retro-futuristic world.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Bramble. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
Story by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art by Fred Beltran
On Megalex, the city-planet, the laws of nature are prohibited. The tyrannical order reigns over a renewed population controlled by genetic manipulation. Due to the repeated attacks of the neighboring forest, primitive and impenetrable, the urbanized system in command allowed an 'anomaly,' a clone policeman nearly 10 ft tall, to escape. Guided by Adama, one of the rebels fighting for their freedom, the gentle giant manages to join the camp of the 'objectors' and help them go up against the evil powers of Megalex. Straight from the untamed minds of Alexandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, The Metabarons) and Fred Beltran (The Technopriests).
Quicks facts about Megalex:
• Alexandro Jodorowsky found Fred Beltran due to Beltran's chance encounter of meeting Jodorowsky's son at a music show. Beltran expressed his love of Jodorowsky's work and he passed the words onto his father.
• Fred Beltran is known for his digital work, mixing 2D and 3D techniques to create vast digital landscapes, but - as seen in this title - can also switch back to a more classical drawing style and process.
• New edition of the complete story, featuring an all-new afterword.
• Jodorowsky originally wrote Megalex for the creator of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Megalex. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
El Niño arrives in stores this Wednesday. This is the first time the entire story is available in English. This 392 page edition compiles all 7 original tomes from Christian Perrissin and Boro Pavlovic.
A new printing of the previously sold-out Megalex (Alexandro Jodorowsky and Fred Beltran) is also out in stores this week
Check out pictures of the book below.
Story by Christian Perrissin, art by Boro Pavlovic
After the death of her father, Red Cross nurse Vera Michailov discovers a stunning family secret: she was a conjoined twin and has a brother she was separated from at birth. Left behind when the family escaped Eastern Europe for France, he grew up to become the modern-day pirate known only as “El Niño.” Determined to find him, regardless of the cost, Vera sets out on a global quest for acceptance and salvation.
Quicks facts about El Niño:
• Christian Perrissin is a prolific French comics creator, who wrote the historical adventure graphic novel, Cape Horn for Humanoids. He is known for his historical and geopolitical themes infused with a strong sense of adventure.
• Boro Pavlovic is a Croatian comics artist based in Oslo. He has drawn several Scandinavian series including, James Bond, Modesty Blaise, Agent X-9 and The Phantom.
• El Niño was the result of a patient process. Perrissin was given the time to complete the entire script before even searching for an artist.
• This is the first time the entire story is available in English. This 392 page edition compiles all 7 original tomes.
• In a rarity for European comics, the story features a strong female character as the lead. Defying stereotypes, Vera Mikhailov is intelligent, strong, and a determined heroine.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of El Niño. Click the picture to choose your resolution.