154 – The American Scream


Happy 4th of July! Over at Ok, PANIC! we’re celebrating the holiday with the Patriotic Avenger, Captain America, the spirit of the potential of America. However, America has a prevalent shitty side, so I’m showcasing that here with The American Scream, the villain of the first 25 or so issues of Peter Milligan & Chris Bachalo’s Shade the Changing Man series, a favorite of mine. I’ll put the first 50 issues of that series up against more notable classic comics any day. Also Bachalo was never better than his peak at around issue 35 or so, when the book switched over to DC’s new Vertigo imprint (he carried that style to his first run on Marvel’s Generation X, after that, I have no idea what happened to him).
As a bonus “America’s Dark Side” piece, a drawing I did some years ago of a Bizzaro version of Captain America: Bizzaro Amerika

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    • Jason Young on July 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Shade the Changing Man was my favoirte Vertigo series until the Invisibles came along… great stuff indeed.
    And that goes for your draw-er-ings too! I really dig the square shield on Bizarro Cap… you should submit a story featuring him for the next Strange Tales series… course you probably couldn’t call him “Bizarro” or Dc Entertainment would sue.

    • Bruce on July 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Shade holds up so well. I just read the first three trades of Shade again & am still in love with this series!!!
    Eric; are you doing the halftone patterns in Photoshop or Manga studio or what?

    • Eric on July 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm
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    I’m using Photoshop, I’ve got three tone patterns that I’ve used. I’ve never tried Manga Studio. Have you?

    • Bruce on July 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I started using Manga Studio almost a year ago. Mike Norton mentioned it a few times so i gave it a try. It’s nice but not perfect.

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