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Rafael Grampa

Children, Both Gold and Green

December 17, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I’ve only got two funnybooks to discuss this week, but both of ’em are doozies. Also, due to the nature of the books, things are gonna get a little political up in here. If that’s not your gig, you may want to move on. But that’s okay. The Nerd Farm will always welcome you back… Dark Knight: The Golden Child by Frank Miller and Rafael Grampa  This comic makes me so happy. First, you’ve got a script from Frank Miller, not quite writing at the level of his [...]

Funnybook Heart of Darkness: If You Could Only Have Ten Comics, What Would They Be?

December 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

So I know I promised the second part of our look at Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes this week, but well… There’ve been some technical difficulties. I had that column almost entirely written, but it was lost in a hard drive malfunction, and I don’t have time to recreate it tonight. So instead, I thought I’d plug in a question a friend asked last week on social media that completely distracted me for two or three days: If you could only have ten single [...]

The Seedy World of Rafael Grampa, Part Two

March 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

So, back a couple of years ago, I did a post on the art of Rafael Grampa, and I labeled it “Part One.” Then, as sometimes happens around here, I never got around to the follow-up. Kinda forgot about it, even though that folder full of Grampa art was still waiting patiently in the Dork Forty folder on my desktop. Then, I was looking at my blog stats over the weekend, and I noticed something: The number of you sick bastards who’ve found this site through the search term [...]

The Visible Dork Forty: Orphaned Oddities

February 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

So I know that I usually drone on and on endlessly about some funnybook or other. It’s kind of what visitors to the nerd farm have come to expect, I suppose. Well, except for those pervs who keeping coming around looking for Gimli Porn. But when you make jokes like that, you’ve gotta expect to attract a rough crowd. ANYWAY… I do like to ramble on a bit, but I also like the pretty pretty pictures. I festoon my ramblings with them in the hopes that it’ll tickle the eyes [...]

Pretty, Sexy, Sad and Topical: the Funnybooks of July

July 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

New funnybooks! Old funnybooks! So many funnybooks! Batman Inc 12, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham Poignancy. That’s not a word I expected to apply to a comic featuring Batmanbat… …in final battle with Talia Al Ghul, her squad of ninja manbats, and genetically-enhanced Super-Damian. But when Talia sees Our Hero flying toward her and asks “Why won’t he stop?” I sense genuine sorrow and regret in her voice. And not just for herself, but for Batman, too. For Batman, [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part One)

June 19, 2013 // 6 Comments

Recently, a friend showed me a mainstream entertainment site’s list of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes. I approached the list cynically, of course. As a funnybook connoisseur (read: DORK), I automatically assumed that the straight world just wouldn’t get it right. And I was correct to some extent, but as I went through their list, I also found myself becoming fascinated. Because it wasn’t really a list of the best super hero characters. It was a list of the best versions of [...]

The Seedy World of Rafael Grampa, Part One

December 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

BATMAN!! Now that I have your attention… One of the great unsung funnybook artists of the current generation is one Mr. Rafael Grampa. Hailing from Brazil, Grampa has sprung onto the American comics scene somewhat stealthily in recent years, most popularly lending his idiosyncratic vision to drawings of various popular super hero characters, like the one of our favorite flying rodent that we so shamelessly used above to trick you into reading this piece. Not that we feel the least bit [...]