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Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:59 am
by headspice
I was reading Lone Sloane / Delirius by Phillipe Druillet this morning and thought, 'WOAH, this is packed w/ great ideas drenched w/ the flavor of Appendix N!'. Druillet's work was a staple of the sci-fi fantasy magazine, Heavy Metal, in the 70's. While his work is primarily sci-fi, it could easily be ported to a fantasy setting.

http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/lonesloane.html

Moebius is another writer/artist whose work was featured in Heavy Metal through the 70's and I think his ideas could be adapted easily as well.

I'll post more as comics, authors and artists come to mind.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:06 am
by Ravenheart87
The Savage Sword of Conan the Dark Horse Conan, Kull, Red Sonya comics are cool. DC's Demon Knights is also nice.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:13 am
by ragboy
I would add Northlanders, though this may be a bit off the mark. There is some magic, but really it's the "demon within all men" that Northlanders does a good job of bringing out. The idea that in that culture (viking in this case, but can be extrapolated to any pre-modern culture) there is rarely a safe harbor.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:59 am
by headspice
Good choices. Savage Sword sparked my interest in fantasy / sword and sorcery. I've recently started to revisit the magazine from the beginning.

Northlanders is really intense. The few issues I've read remind me of R E Howard's stories in Tigers of the Sea.

I forgot to include Prince Valient in my initial post. I started reading the first volume of the collected series yesterday and was blown away. The first 30 pages or so lay the groundwork for a stunning adventure. I'm looking forward to finishing the whole series.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:12 am
by finarvyn
Ravenheart87 wrote:The Savage Sword of Conan the Dark Horse Conan, Kull, Red Sonya comics are cool.
And all based off of Robert E Howard, perhaps my favorite author of all time and a real leader in Appendix N stories! Good choices.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:09 am
by mythfish
The first Cerebus collection is great for some Appendix N parody. Elrod of Melvinbone, Bran MacMuffin...good stuff. :)

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:06 am
by headspice
As if I didn't already have too much to read, you've just made me want to go reread Cerebus! :)

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:35 am
by Vanguard
Orc Stain, while not Appendix N, will probably tickle your fancy if you're looking for pulp stories. I will warn you though, there are some gruesome scenes throughout.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:59 am
by reverenddak
Vanguard wrote:Orc Stain, while not Appendix N, will probably tickle your fancy if you're looking for pulp stories. I will warn you though, there are some gruesome scenes throughout.
I LOVE Orc Stain.

Skull Kickers is good too, though not very Apdx N, very D&D. There's character sheets of the main characters in the back of one issue.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:27 am
by Vanguard
You should all be reading Hellboy, too. If you haven't looked into it and only saw the movies, forget everything you know. This is definitely Appendix N stuff, and Mike Mignola draws on a huge range of people for inspiration.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:55 am
by sbrndf11
Comics Code Authority-free fantasy stories from Eerie, Creepy, Heavy Metal, and Epic Illustrated. There are also some good underground comic titles if you dig deep enough. I think the best stuff peaks out in the late 70s and early 80s, as DND really hit its cultural critical mass around that point.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:51 pm
by Bilgewriggler
I highly recommend everybody check out Alex Robinson's Lower Regions:

http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/lower-regions/596

There's a 9-page preview on the catalog page. The whole thing is comparable -- tons of diabolical, imaginative fun as Marla the Barbarian slashes her way through a gruesome menagerie of monstrosities.
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Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:44 pm
by Abacus Ape
NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind. If you are only familiar with the movie, this GREATLY expands the plot in scope and story-telling. Tremendous art, weird mind powers, giant bug monsters, ancient high-tech wizardry buried in the overgrown ruins of the Sea of Corruption, a toxic jungle of gigantic fungi.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:52 am
by pmullen
I have to chime in behind the abacus ape's suggestion of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind. One of the very best comics ever and loaded with ideas in it. One of the biggest inspirations for me to start drawing as a kid.

pmullen

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:17 pm
by goodmangames
Great topic of conversation! I will check out some of the comics mentioned here. I have to also throw out one other suggestion:

Xenozoic Tales. Most recently reprinted as Xenozoic from Flesk Publications (see http://www.fleskpublications.com/public ... -xenozoic/ ). Yes, this is the series that became the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs TV cartoon. The original material by Mark Schultz is inspirational. (And he himself names Burroughs and Robert E. Howard among his own inspirations for the series.)

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:54 am
by Randall
Is anyone reading Brandon Graham's current series Prophet? It really has a great 70's Heavy Metal magazine science fantasy feel. Appendix N as it gets.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:56 am
by goodmangames
Randall wrote:Is anyone reading Brandon Graham's current series Prophet? It really has a great 70's Heavy Metal magazine science fantasy feel. Appendix N as it gets.
Agreed! I've been following it since it started. Well, re-started. Very 1970's "weird sci-fi."

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:23 pm
by jeff
I think Thor from the early '70s had a real Appendix N feel.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:16 am
by Ravenheart87
jeff wrote:I think Thor from the early '70s had a real Appendix N feel.
Absolutely. Doctor Strange too.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:07 am
by headspice
WOW...Prophet. I checked out an issue and man that's AWESOME! Art has a total Moebius Vibe. Pacing is pure Druilett. Reference points from the 60's through early 70s abound. Reminds me a bit of Jodorowsky and Pierre Bolle's original Planet of the Apes novel (which the 1968 movie was only loosely based on). Kinda feels a bit like the movie, Fantastic Planet, too.
Love it! Thanks for the tip.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:27 am
by Bilgewriggler
Brandon Graham is wicked talented. I'm delighted to see him on a higher profile comic after his years paying dues in the indies.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:37 am
by Randall
headspice wrote: Love it! Thanks for the tip.
You're welcome! It's my pleasure to turn people on to weird comics. You're making me want to read the Planet Of The Apes novel...
Bilgewriggler wrote:Brandon Graham is wicked talented. I'm delighted to see him on a higher profile comic after his years paying dues in the indies.
Prophet was the first thing I read by him and it made me go and check out King City which is also great.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:42 am
by Bilgewriggler
Randall wrote:
Bilgewriggler wrote:Brandon Graham is wicked talented. I'm delighted to see him on a higher profile comic after his years paying dues in the indies.
Prophet was the first thing I read by him and it made me go and check out King City which is also great.
I've got to look into both of those, then.

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:37 pm
by bryguy
1950's EC comics...
Tales from the Crypt
Vault of Horror
Haunt of Fear
Weird Fantasy
Weird Science
....

You dont get better than that.
EC was the only comics company that Gygax actually named.
Not to say the others didnt have their influence, but this pre code EC stuff is GOLD!!

Re: Appendix N Comic Books

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:36 am
by Bilgewriggler
goodmangames wrote:
Randall wrote:Is anyone reading Brandon Graham's current series Prophet? It really has a great 70's Heavy Metal magazine science fantasy feel. Appendix N as it gets.
Agreed! I've been following it since it started. Well, re-started. Very 1970's "weird sci-fi."
I just finished the compilation of the first six issues, and I can't speak highly enough of this series. Graham throws out amazing, bizarre ideas right and left, and the scope of the story keeps getting larger and larger. Fantastic.