Robot Chicken

Script, Pencils, Inks: Mike Mignola. Colors: Dave Stewart. Letters: Clem Robins.

I don't usually have access to my scanner, as space here is at a premium, the scanner is rarely used, and so stuff gets piled in front or even on top of it — yes, a bit of a Catch-22, since that means it's used even less often, etc.

Therefore, I'm often at the mercy of images that are already online when it comes time to add graphics to a post, even if that post reviews something that I own and could scan if the scanner was ready to go. Such was the case with Mike Mignola's superb hardcover edition of The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects, which I wrote up last month. I didn't find much from the book online, alas, but I did discover something fascinating in a Comic-Book Resources Forum: the above, delightfully bizarre panels. The contributor said he found them when doing a Web search on the previous, French edition of Screw-On Head (which has different contents, some of which are presciently — or I suppose aprèsciently — mentioned in my review as theoretical companion pieces). Since this image turned up in the very search one would expect to do to find context for that image, the results are predictably recursive, leading nowhere. I really need to reestablish contact with more of my old comics acquaintances — for reasons beyond just this, but to get the lowdown on this too.

I have no idea whether "The End" signifies that there's a longer strip or whether it's an absurdist punctuation to the gag in its entirety, but if the latter is the case I'm not so sure this would pass fair-use copyright muster. Sooner or later, Mignola and his longtime editor Scott Allie will be among the people I get in touch with about my collection of old interviews with comics folks; both are generous, talented guys who were kind to me in the past, so maybe it should be sooner and I can clear this up.

Anyhow, I also wanted to link to a guest entry that Katie Mignola did for the Dark Horse blog when Curious Objects was released, recalling her contribution to the story that won her and her dad an Eisner several years before, newly colored and included in the collection.

I can't keep up with even the most celebrated comics output these days, but The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects was one of my favorite things from last year, and it requires no knowledge of any grand mythology — just good taste, a properly skewed sense of humor, and a heart.

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