Thursday, October 8, 2015
My good friend and fellow cartoonist, Dan Méth, interviews me for Buzzfeed about TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and comics in general. Check it out here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/danmeth/cartoonist-benjamin-marra-has-just-published-the-most-badass#.txYVK0xe2
And check out Dan's epic on-going comic, THE REGOLITH, which delves into the mysteries of human civilization: http://theregolith.tumblr.com/
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
I'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics table:
Saturday, 19th - 3:00 PM
Sunday, 20th - 4:30 PM
J. Caleb Mozzocco, over at Comics Alliance, wrote a deep review of TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror). Check it out here. I think J. Caleb has the best description of the book so far:
If you can imagine Fletcher Hanks collaborating with Larry Hama or Chuck Dixon on a Jack Kirby-inspired, deadpan G.I. Joe parody that was serialized in the back of Playboy in the late 1980s, well, you’d be pretty darn close to what Marra has come up with here. You’d just have to multiply that by a factor of 10 or 20.
Check it out here.
[T]here’s something to be said for subtlety, for a kind of liminal intelligence that requires the reader to do the heavy lifting, to read in between the lines, to draw conclusions that may not be obvious ... This is the mode in which Benjamin Marra’s new graphic novel, “Terror Assaulter (O.M.W.O.T.),” operates. On the surface, there is nothing subtle about Marra’s work- this is a comic whose cover features a sunglasses-clad secret agent with a cigarette dangling from his mouth decapitating a chainsaw wielding barbarian with a samurai sword- but it’s this very lack of subtlety where the intelligence of “Terror Assaulter” lies. Marra plays on genre conventions, drawing from 80s and 90s action films and comics, in what is ultimately a profoundly thoughtful post-structuralist decoding of the social constructs of gender, authority and violence, and the ways in which these ideas collide within popular culture
Check it out here.
Fantagraphics' new version of Terror Assaulter: OMWOT is actually a full-length graphic novel expanding on a 32-page mini-comic that Marra put out last year — and that minicomic might be my favorite thing that he's ever done. Like all of Marra's Traditional Comics, it's an over-the-top tribute to the black-and-white boom of the late '80s, but OMWOT takes it a step further. It's the comic that the weird kid in your class would draw after half-watching an "erotic thriller" on cable in 1992, in the absolute best way, and the single greatest gag in the whole thing is that everyone — everyone — is constantly just bluntly stating what they're doing, as they do it, with no inflection or emphasis."