1. TRAP 2! Last copy! Ya want it? Get it here!

    (in the background of this photo is something you’ll see more of at CAB)

     
  2. Hey! Hey YOU! Has it been too long since you found your attention diverted by some top-quality comic book entertainment? Well, I got the cure for ya: 200 DEAF BOYS, 120 pages of horror, medieval adventuring, child psychology, and quests for the divine, AS YOU LIKE IT! Don’t hesitate - you can get both issues HERE for a special low price! There’s also a preview up HERE! I love you!

     
  3. mattseneca:

    This is “Tryptich”, a comic I made about Lou Gehrig.  Yes, I know I spelled “triptych” wrong, I did it on purpose okay?

    Here’s my ice bucket challenge for the day. Uhhhh, yeah I couldn’t draw as well back then

     
  4. I had a lot of fun with these “title card” pages in the new issue of 200 DEAF BOYS. They’re partly a homage to Kubrick’s The Shining - surely the master narrative about kids trapped in a big spooky building with evil forces - but I also always like it when horror stories emphasize the passage of smaller amounts of time, just to show you how quickly things can go from normal to… not normal. If you wanna see that happening for yourself, you can buy 200 DEAF BOYS right here.

     
  5. I was really excited that the anthology short I just finished working on allowed me to copy what might be my favorite comic book panel ever, a waterskiing shot from Guido Crepax’s The Lesmo Curve. It’s the bravado Crepax uses in drawing that right leg with a single, perfect brushstroke that I wanted to capture, mostly - that and the way he casually throws down a tres chic swimsuit design without even trying. (My swimsuit design is ripped off from a nonexistent comic by Crepax’s American doppelganger, Jim Steranko.)

     
  6. If you’re looking for the best - in fact, the only! - thing to do over your weekend, you simply have to pick up the first two issues of 200 DEAF BOYS, available here. It’s what God would want you to do.

     
  7. WIDE SHOTS

    It was while I was drawing 200 DEAF BOYS no. 2 that I really became obsessed with composing shots that encompassed as many figures and as much space as possible. My favorite modern cartoonist, Frank Quitely, has been working with really wide shots for years. He mostly uses them to show a sequence of events occurring in a single panel; by moving the action left to right across the space of a wide shot, you can make a single image “read” like a line of text.

    But I was equally inspider by the way that two of my favorite filmmakers, George Stevens and Akira Kurosawa, use wide shots to establish scenes that feature a lot of characters. Both of the stories that 200 DEAF BOYS is telling have large ensemble casts, and I get really interested in the idea of creating visually interesting panels that feature every cast member without crowding them in too much. 

    It’s a fun challenge, especially because the wider you get, the deeper you also have to get. There’s only so much space in an image’s foreground, and making your canvas wide enough to show a whole room or a large expanse of nature is a good way to pop yourself out of the stage-y “flatness” that a lot of comic book scene-blocking is stuck in. 

    (Plus, it’s just fun to draw all those little dudes running around)

    200 DEAF BOYS is now on sale here. Buy a copy! It just might save your soul…

     
  8. YOU WILL NOT BE ALIVE FOR LONG….

    …so buy my new comic, 200 DEAF BOYS! It’s a scary but beautiful story about the end of the world, the quest for the Holy Grail, and a bunch more things besides. You can check out preview pages for it here, and you can buy it here. Get going! I love you!

     
  9. comicsetc:

    Back in stock from our very own blood

    200 DEAF BOYS 1 and 2 now in stock at the best comic book store in the muthafuckin world. Come buy them from me IN PERSON and I’ll talk yer ear off about cheezy old comics, autograph yer copies, maybe do a drawing for ya, yeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

     
  10. The bargain-minded among you are probably thinkin’ How can I get BOTH issues of 200 DEAF BOYS for more than 15% off with combined shipping…?

    Well, I got the answer for ya RIGHT HERE. 120 pages of the finest comic book entertainment for $9.99 - how’s THAT for a bargain???

     
  11. In the triple-sized second issue of 200 DEAF BOYS, the mystery of the Bobby Curnow Darkness deepens while the fate of all life on earth hangs in the balance.

    In the year 1974, Pope Benedict’s monstrous doings at St. John’s School for the Deaf take a turn for the worse, threatening the lives of children and the sanity of their protector. The key to saving both lies with a single boy - but can he triumph in the face of apocalypse? And in the year 467, father and son are forced to kill or die along the path between salvation and damnation, as Lancelot and Galahad continue the Quest for the Holy Grail, where all but one are doomed. Both stories intertwine to paint a picture of a world where Evil’s final victory is at hand, with only the meekest and most innocent to stand against it in the final hour.

    200 DEAF BOYS #2 reveals a spirit world filled with transcendent bliss and gut-wrenching horror, bruising violence and serene beauty. Painstakingly written and gorgeously illustrated, here is a comic to give you some religion!

    $6.66 | 72 pages | Black and white with color covers | Part 2 of 3| 8.5” x 5.5”

    BUY IT HERE

    BUY ISSUE 1 HERE

     
  12. ISSUE 1 BACK IN PRINT AT LAST

    200 DEAF BOYS comprises two intertwining stories of God and Catholicism.  Set during the final days of the Biblical apocalypse, the first dramatizes Pope Benedict’s involvement in the Church’s child molestation scandals as the mysterious Bobby Curnow Darkness wipes all life from the face of a forsaken earth.  The second, a boldly imagined retelling of the legend of Galahad and the Holy Grail, sings brightly of the human soul’s eternal purity.  Richly woven with metaphor and allusion, 200 DEAF BOYS places religious faith on the scales of Justice, laying bare both the good and evil that men do in the name of God.

    48-pages | Black and white with color covers | Part 1 of 3 | 8.5”x5.5” | 

    BUY IT HERE

    BUY ISSUE 2 HERE

     
  13. They’re here

    …though you need some elbow grease to staple these 72 MAN-SIZED pages of comics. On sale when you wake up tomorrow!

     
  14. As I mentioned in yesterday’s interview with Isabel Jane, if there’s a storytelling genre I see 200 DEAF BOYS as being a part of, it’s “religious horror” filmmaking, as opposed to anything more native to comics. Here’s a handy rundown of my top 5 favorites….

    1. Lisa and the Devil: a gorgeous, disturbing evocation of spiritual purgatory, as only exploitation godfather Mario Bava could do it. Eye-searing colors!

    2. The Amityville Horror: probably the only movie about the demonic that doesn’t oversell the demon’s presence; as such, one of the only ones that’s actually scary. Features the best “warrior priest” character of any of these kinda movies.

    3. The Last Exorcism: my favorite “found footage” film. Keeps you terrified and guessing till the axe falls.

    4. The Passion of the Christ: Mel Gibson brought “torture porn” to Hollywood here, and he’s still the only one to have made it beautiful. The best Crucifixion on film by leaps and bounds.

    5. Sacred Flesh: only about half a step from straight up nunsploitation porno, this one uses perfect musical cues, great lo-fi costuming, and a ruthless editing sense to keep you pitched between lust and disgust for its entire running time - just like the characters are.

    Bonus pick. The Devil’s Miner: is Satan real? This documentary about Bolivian silver miners comes as close as any theological treatise to delivering an answer.

    Check ‘em out on youtube! And oh yeah - 200 DEAF BOYS no. 1 and 2 oughta be available for purchase by tomorrow at the latest. GETTTT HYPEDDDD

     

  15. Matt Seneca on 200 Deaf Boys

    isabeljaney:

    I sat down with cartoonist Matt Seneca this week to talk about the latest, second installation of 200 Deaf Boys, his horror comic about the end of the world at a Catholic school for deaf boys. It’s dark and it’s kind of fucked up, but it’s also beautiful and reverent, both a challenge to the institution of the Catholic church and an ode to personal faith and the power of the divine. Read the interview below, or listen to the audio in full here and hear me frequently attempt humor and fail!

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    Isabel:  Alright, Matt Seneca, so we’re talking today about 200 Deaf Boys Part 2. So what’s the deal? Is it picking up exactly where part one left off?

    Matt:  Picking it up the morning after the events of part one, in both the story of Galahad and the story of Pope Benedict, Father Murphy and little Nicholas.

    Isabel:  Do you want to give us a refresher? It’s been awhile. How long has it been since 200 Deaf Boys #1?

    Matt: I hate to say it but it’s been almost a year and a half since I released 200 Deaf Boys #1. Which, you know, obviously I’ve done hundreds of pages of other comics in between now and then, plus I drew a whole nother seventy-two pages of this issue.

    Isabel:  It’s long!

    Matt:  It is long. Lots of story to tell. 200 Deaf Boys is my story about Catholicism. It’s the story where I put my religion on the scales of good and evil, and tell myself, and consequently my audience, a story about the goodness and bright light that Catholicism can be, which is the story of Galahad and the Holy Grail - and also a story about the darkest place that Catholicism has gone to, which is the molestation of kids by priests in the church, and the subsequent cover-ups by Pope Benedict, who is a character in the book.

    Read More

    I sat down with the lovely and talented Isabel Jane earlier this week to discus all things 200 DEAF BOYS, and now you can get the inside scoop! Don’t ask, just start reading (or listening)!