Artktoons Weekly Roundup May 31, 2021
Welcome to the Arktoons Weekly Roundup. Bounding Into Comics’ weekly look on the best, brightest, funniest, and darkest week Arkhaven Comics has to offer.
Arktoons has been around for a month now, so narratives about Arkhaven titles have grown and storylines have started to move beyond the intro phase. We’re starting to see where these stories are going.
Urban fantasy is often considered a relatively new genre. That it only started to gain ground at the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties with the works of Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint and Terri Windling.
Urban Fantasy certainly made its presence felt in the Vertigo titles of the 1990s. But at the time, it was considered to have limited market appeal. Just something for Goths, Sand-heads and emo-kids in black trench coats.
It might have been a bit more niche back then, but those days ended with the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Potterverse has taken the mainstream of urban fantasy to such an extent that it’s as universal to Millennials and Zoomers as The Lord of the Rings is to previous generations.
The point is, it’s not too hard to find examples of Urban Fantasy in the 1940s in the John Thunstone stores of Manly Wade Wellman. Or in John W. Campbell’s other pulp magazine; Unknown. In fact, it should not be forgotten that when Bram Stoker published Dracula, it was a contemporary story.
And speaking of Vampires, it’s time to take a look back at Arktoons’ second most popular title, Vox Day’s Midnight’s War.
Everyone is so wrapped around the axle of Lorenzo “the Magnificent” (self-awarded BTW title) that they tend to forget that it was Cosimo who put the De Medici on the map.
He was the one who built the family’s banking empire. Cosimo was brilliant at regulating the flow of wealth in Europe. So there was no real reason why he would be less able now that wealth is running red.
Sometimes the old-fashioned way is really the best.
I find it a little funny how a supernatural destination is supposed to be my old hometown of Chicago. While this does make some sense, for much of the 19e century, Chicago was effectively the outer capital of the United States.
A city at the mouth of a frontier is a city that serves as a frontier to the unknown. The Windy City is the town where Resurrection Mary hitchhikes on Archer Avenue and the statue of Inez comes to life in thunderstorms, dancing like a little girl through the gravestones of Graceland Cemetery, and where the Lone Pumpman stands. swings on his makeshift top knot. from the water tower.
And this is where Will Caligan’s Gun Ghoul calls for justice when justice has been hidden. Gun Ghoul takes place in a Chicago where the supernatural is just another way to get hit. And where the cops have learned to adapt.
Chicago is also where the bullet holes in Holy Name Cathedral refuse to accept any fix since the day Hymie Weiss was cut off by Big Al, John Dillinger’s ghost is occasionally seen in the alley behind the Biograph Theater , and the dogs get nervous as they approach a grassy lot on Clark Street that was once a garage. The place where the Capone boys wrote their Valentine’s Day love letter to the North Siders of Bugs Moran, on their Chicago typewriters.
If you haven’t read Chicago Typewriter, now is the time to change that. This comic is fantastic. It’s bold, it’s scary, and it’s amazing. It’s like a cross between Sandman and Harry Dresden. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
The blend of dark otherworldly fantasy with familiar Windy City sights combine to create a world where a firebird is just an unusual find, the underworld literally is, and a flying car is. simply rather elegant.
If you haven’t launched tires on one of Arktoons’ titles yet, you should take this one for a test drive.
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