Category Archives: The Banana Stand

Banana Stand Spotlight: Jesse Moynihan’s Forming

          formingHello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to talk about a gem of a book I stumbled upon recently.  That book is Forming, written and drawn by Jesse Moynihan; what started out as a free web-comic, has transformed into a three volume epic–though only two are complete–that you need to read.  Both volumes are available on Amazon , and your life will improve after reading them, it’s phenomenal.  Another fantastic fact is that you can read the first 178 pages for free on Moynihan’s site, so you can discover the glory for yourself before making the purchase.  Now I’d like to delve into the story and art a bit to provide some insight as to why you need Forming in your collection. Continue reading Banana Stand Spotlight: Jesse Moynihan’s Forming

Young Avengers: My Season 2 Idea for an All-New! Team……Girls!

          YAarticle Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to talk about an idea I’ve been mulling over, and that is for an all women/girls team for the next “season” of Young Avengers.  I loved the last edition by Gillen and McKelvie, and after hearing of the plans to keep the series in a season type of structure I couldn’t help but fantasize about the team I would want to read about.  It all came about because even though I was/am a huge kid Loki fan, the character I found myself really loving after the last season was Miss America Chavez; she was just so cool, and I enjoyed every scene she was in.  I then started wishing for a Miss America solo series, but I kind of knew that would never happen, so I moved on to making her a part of a team. This lead me on a path that culminated in the idea I’m going to lay out for you all in this article.  So without further ado, let’s get to the team! Continue reading Young Avengers: My Season 2 Idea for an All-New! Team……Girls!

Banana Stand Special: Monsters! & Other Stories

 

       img123Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to spotlight a new book I just discovered last week.  Monsters! & Other Stories by Gustavo Duarte is a collection of three stories published by Dark Horse Books, and they all center on–you guessed it–monsters!  Gustavo Duarte is a name I wasn’t familiar with, but the cover and title immediately caught my eye.  Now that I’ve read one of his books, I’ve added him to the “buy on sight” list.  He has a marvelous grasp of sequential storytelling, his personal aesthetic is expressive and gorgeous, and I look forward to whatever his next project may be. Continue reading Banana Stand Special: Monsters! & Other Stories

All-New52 Uncovering Now!

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

This week is a great jumping on point for new readers, Cosmo is away being awesome, so we’ve revamped the entire column in his absence.

No giant numbers with years of continuity to remember here, just covers.  Tell your friends about the revolution! Uncovering is All-New52!

Join Us for the Next BIG Thing! Continue reading All-New52 Uncovering Now!

Bananalog Boy, In a Digital World

          FreecomicHello friends, This week at The Banana Stand I thought it would be fun to spotlight some interesting comics I’ve found across the interwebs, there a quite a few talented creators out there doing some fantastic things with online comics, so I wanted to spread the word on some that I’ve enjoyed.  With any luck, this will result in a gigantic increase in traffic for their respective sites, and we will all become better people for having visited them and read their comics.  Some are pretty short and others are ongoing, so I’m just going to provide my two cents, and then let you all discover the rest for yourselves.  I hope this enlightens some to the joy of webcomics, as a person with a strict budget, it’s nice to be able to read some comics for free, and at the same time discover some very creative and talented names I would otherwise never hear about.  So without any further ado, let’s get on with it. Continue reading Bananalog Boy, In a Digital World

#Marvel75: FF #4

         img089Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand it’s #Marvel75 week.  As you may already know, this week we’ve all been writing articles about our favorite issues from the past 75 years of Marvel.  I come into this a novice as far as Marvel goes, so while I’m sure there may be more important or significant issues out there, I decided to go with an issue that I really enjoyed and felt I could nominate honestly.  In no way at all do I consider myself qualified to state what issues are “the best”, but this issue is one of my favorites that I’ve read, and I hope you enjoy reading about why I chose it.  Continue reading #Marvel75: FF #4

Let the Great Experiment Begin!

          backissuesHello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I’ve decided to journey into the world of back issues with a little experiment.  I’ve noticed that a lot of readers–myself included–are allowing continuity and the desire to read every issue affect the way they approach comics, and I think this is causing us all to take things a little too seriously, especially numbering.  It’s proven that a shiny #1 on any issue results in a bump in sales, and this is largely because we’re scared to just jump in and enjoy a comic like when we were kids.  Sure big issue numbers are intimidating, but that shouldn’t cause us to pass over a story we’re interested in, just because it’s not the beginning.

          It was this observation that caused me to try out the old method and just grab some books that looked cool, and see what happened–numbering be damned, I want freedom!  I visited a couple comic shops and rummaged through a ton of back issues with the goal of grabbing comics that I was not familiar with, paying little attention to the numbering, so I could experience them for the first time like a new reader.  There were a few differences, like the fact that I did pay attention–when allowed–to creative teams and cover art, which provided me at least some insight into what I’d be getting into.  After shuffling back and forth, I ended up taking home about thirteen books that I was curious about reading but had little to no knowledge of; I wasn’t able to cover them all, but I think we have a fair sampling of my adventure here.  The only way I can think of to structure this is to go book by book, and give my take.  As always I’ll try to justify my opinions with reason, and discuss what I liked as well as disliked about each, but I’ll be pretty succinct because otherwise this will be a long-ass, possibly boring article 🙂 Sounds good right? Cool, well here we go! Continue reading Let the Great Experiment Begin!

The Mignolaverse: A Collective of Amazing Artists

          Hellboy20yearsWelcome friends, this week at The Banana Stand I would like to discuss the roster of talented artists that have worked in the Mignolaverse, and why I think it’s an amazing achievement in modern comics.  For those not in the know, the Mignolaverse is comprised of Hellboy, BPRD, Lobster Johnson, Baltimore, Witchfinder, Sledgehammer 44′, and Abe Sapien.  The umbrella term “Mignolaverse” was coined to refer to the books Mignola himself has created.  They all exist in a shared universe with the exception of Baltimore, that is a creation of Mignola and author Christopher Golden, and exists in it’s own world.  In my opinion this universe rivals any other in comics, and is one of–if not THE–greatest accomplishments in the post-Silver Age era of comic books.  The ability of Mignola, editor Scott Allie, and everyone else involved in this corner of comics to coordinate such a feat is a marvelous thing.  Continue reading The Mignolaverse: A Collective of Amazing Artists

Our Reflection in The Black Mirror

         DTC_Cv871_ds.indd Hello friends, this week at the Banana Stand the topic is Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla’s fantasic run on Detective Comics with The Black Mirror.  This is one of my favorite Batman stories, and there are a few reasons why that I’d like to discuss.  The story and it’s structure, the rotation of two amazing artists, and the bittersweet aspect of it being Dick Grayson’s last great hurrah under the cowl.  I think those three aspects really separate this tale in my mind, and are the biggest factors in making it easy to go back and re-read it after it ended nearly three years ago.   As an added bonus and a nod to Pull List Playlist use THIS LINK to get my choice for a soundtrack to this entire 11 issue run provided by Arcade Fire Continue reading Our Reflection in The Black Mirror

Terry Moore: A Modern Master

TerryMoore2          This week at the Banana Stand I wanted to spotlight a creator who I think every comic fan should know about and support.  Artist/writer Terry Moore is important to comics; not just because he has written some of the absolute greatest characters in the medium, or because his art is–even objectively–some of the best put to page, but because he has managed to have a successful career on his own terms and without the help(read: control) of a major publisher.  There are very few self publishers around today who achieve the level of notoriety that Moore has;  Jeff Smith and Dave Sim are probably the only others.  So join me in this discussion of why I think Moore’s work is important, and why you should be running out and buying anything he does.  Continue reading Terry Moore: A Modern Master