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Sean T. Collins reviews Illegal Batman

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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Webcomic Wednesday: Illegal Batman by Ed Pinsent

Deconstructions of the Batman, even excellent ones, are nothing new, but I’ve never seen anyone or anything break it down to the molecular level and reassemble it into a wondrous and haunting new form the way Ed Pinsent does in Illegal Batman. Or should I say the way Ed Pinsent did—though it’s now available for viewing and download on his website, Pinsent made this comic in the pre-Internet, extremely Batman-heavy days of 1989. And yes, it’s as unauthorized as a bootleg Batman t-shirt from roughly the same time period, but you’d have to be a very, very strange reader to mistake it for the real thing. In Pinsent’s hands, and in his warm and shaky black-and-white line, Batman becomes an avatar of inaction — he takes days on end to do nothing but think about each clue before he acts — and un-action — he arrives at the scene of the crime, eventually, by transmitting himself through the air as a sort of thoughtform-cum-lightbeam, the usual physical process of being Batman completely eschewed. His arrival at the criminals’ castle headquarters is in the form of a graffiti-like mural they unsuccessfully attempt to efface from the walls; when he finally materializes physically, his body has somehow been painted white, and he must lurk in the shadows to regain his customary dark coloring. He’s here to save a young mother who, the criminals have informed him via a VHS tape mailed to the Batcave, has had her face carved off in front of her confused children for reasons apparent to no one. But Batman sees through the ruse, and reveals to the woman that she is in fact whole and intact. She asks him for answers, asks what his happening, asks where her children are, and his non-response is a bullet to the heart of the Batman mythos: “The damage is done. We cannot solve our sadness. Remember that…We cannot solve our sadness.” And yet, when he and the woman re-materialize in the Batcave after dodging a days-long siege by an army of “strong-arms” and briefly becoming a constellation in the night sky, her children — now labeled “his children” for reasons unknown — are with them. For all the tough-guy posturing and grim’n’gritty iconography of the original, Illegal Batman reveals the central tenets of the Dark Knight idea: a gossamer fantasy of the possibility of justice, a form of contemplative comfort in a world that too often provides no comfort of its own.

Sean T. Collins

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Jamka T-Shirt

Saturday, December 1st, 2012


Limited edition T-shirt which I drew this year for the Slovakian electronics duo Jamka. This is my first T-shirt design and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. News should be appearing on Jamka’s site soon, with details of how you can buy yours.

Dead Trees

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012


G Johnstone is one of my most loyal readers. We’re pleased to note he has a new website where he’s developing a new full-length work called Curse of the Yellow Book. We first saw Johnstone’s work in 1982, when his two-page Camus experiment was first published in the Scots zine Aka (I think issue #7; covers can be seen here. The editor Bob Napier also published a text analysis of the strip, which as it turned out was a bit of a mickey-take, but the target of the satire was pretentious critics, rather than Johnstone’s work. Johnstone went on to edit his own compendium of comic art, called Dead Trees.

Planet 4 is small and mean

Sunday, September 9th, 2012


Chris Reynolds goes digital…computer lettering, digital colours and airbrush effects in his new comic book Planet 4. Described as “meditative science fiction”, the story features Monitor revisiting an old planetary haunt and experiencing many bittersweet and conflicting emotions. As ever, Reynolds imagines and visualises some astonishing tangible details, poised between the banal and the beautiful, and renders them in bold outlines with superb, restrained colours. More than ever with the work of this genius, each panel is a painting.

Planet 4 is published on Smashwords.

More additions to the galleries

Saturday, August 18th, 2012


Found some more A4-sized zines to scan into the galleries. This upload includes the remaining issues of ZUM!, the UK small press review zine of the 1990s; plus most of my collection of Savage Pencil comix. Links below.

Additions to cover galleries

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Some more comic cover scans added to the following galleries today:

Ramollo-Speak

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


Starts today. Ramollo-Speak, a 15-page comic from 2003, and the last installment in the Ramollo cycle of stories. Once again Illegal Batman looms large in the picture. 15th August update: story now fully online, plus explanatory notes.

Batman copyright and trademarks are owned by Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Ramollo-Speak was written and drawn by Ed Pinsent in 2000-2003 and is a work of fan art offered free of charge to my readers. Please direct any questions to the artist.

MagoMago Society by Eze Chimalio

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

MagoMago Society

Published today on Scribd.

“MAGOMAGO SOCIETY is about people in transit. It deals with the conflicts and contrasts that constitute life in itself. Here, the African in man pulls at the drawbridge of common desires, of food, shelter, love, peace and harmony only to be met with pain, frustrations, rebuttals, danger and death. The society is only saved by that spirit that is intrinsically human. The phantom of hope and survival.”

Eze Chimalio is A Nigerian artist, filmmaker and avant-garde jazz trumpet player.

Russell Willis video

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Russell Willis flips through the pages of his collection of Fast Fiction zines, with added commentary.

Beware The Egg

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


The great Chris Reynolds has a new website dedicated to his Cinema Detectives series. From here you can purchase new Cinema Detectives stories for your Kindle. Rosa Pleck tracks down Gan at Sheffield Hallam University and is puzzled by the sight of a large egg sitting on the stairs of the halls of residence…and that’s just the opening pages! Essential reading!