Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Night Business Makes Eric Reynolds' Best of 2008 List


Eric Reynolds — who, amongst other things, writes for the Fantagraphics Blog, a.k.a. Flog! — included Night Business in his Best of 2008 list. Obviously Eric doesn't really know what he's talking about. All those others on the list — Gary Panter, Los Bros. Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, C.F., Dash Shaw, Jonathan Lethem, etc. — make high-quality, literary comics worthy of a place in a historical context. Night Business is exploitive, degenerative, irresponsible, anonymous trash! It is the best of nothing and represents the worst of humanity! ... I am only joking of course. Thank you, Eric, you absolutely have full knowledge of what you're talking about.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Night Business | Issue 1 | RELEASE PARTY


Hey, I'm throwing a release party for the first issue of Night Business and you are all invited (you being whoever may read or stumble upon this blog). Here's the details:

What: Night Business | Issue 1 | RELEASE PARTY
When: Saturday, January 10th, 2009, 8 P.M.
Where: Soundfix Lounge, 110 Bedford Ave (Bedford and N. 11th St), Brooklyn, NY. (Soundfix Lounge is located in the back of the Soundfix music store, or you can find the separate entrance around the corner on N. 11th St.).

Hope to see you there ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Night Business | Issue 1 | FOR SALE!

Order your copy today! Right here!
http://benjaminmarra.com/pages/shop.html
(or see the list below of local NYC shops where copies are also available)

Discover a world where vigilante justice takes the form of one man's fists furiously hammering down on the faces of his enemies with righteous vengeance on the neon-slime-covered streets of the city. A world where sin, sex and hedonistic desire are hot commodities and true, pure love is in short supply. A world of violence and murder running wild, where civil institutions of authority are as morally corrupt as the city's criminal element. This is a world that has given up on hope, but not on revenge, money or power. This ... is Night Business ...

... And if you live in New York City, Night Business, Issue 1, can be found at these fine establishments:

· Cosmic Comics
· Desert Island Comics
· Forbidden Planet
· Jim Hanley's Universe
· Soundfix
· Spoonbill & Sugartown
· St. Marks Comics
· Time Machine Nostalgia

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

VICE Magazine Comic Page


In the most recent issue of Vice (which I believe is a no-photo issue) I have this comic page. It is a very short story of a fantasy team-up I have: Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Terminator Conan teaming up with Charles Bronson. Sort of like that movie Red Heat where Arnold was a Commie Russian cop teaming up with an American cop played by Jim Belushi. Directed by Walter Hill I think ... good movie.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mammal | Review on The Daily Cross Hatch



Jillian Steinhauer reviewed the second issue of Mammal on the comics review blog The Daily Cross Hatch. Check it out here. Personally, I believe the review was way too intelligent an analysis for our sophomoric effort. But I will not complain. Overall we got a positive reception. Thank you, Jillian!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Super Satan | Pages






These are the two pages I have in the upcoming issue of Rabid Rabbit. The theme for the issue is Horror.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

RADAR Magazine Illustration


Here's an illustration I did for RADAR Magazine, for a feature on the worst colleges in America, including "Biggest rip-off college," "Most degenerative student body," and "Ugliest campus," etc. It's a great, hilarious feature. The apples on the bottom row were markers for the different sections of the article.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Computer Blue Sketches









I've done a couple of flyer designs and illustrations for the London DJ collective Computer Blue. Here's a couple of sketches and flyers.

Adam Strange and Captain Marvel Sketches

Night of the Living Dead Sketches






Here's some sketches for an assignment that didn't go anywhere. I think it was a pin-up for a Night of the Living Dead comic.

The Cramps | Sketches




These were sketches for an assignment that didn't pan out. It was a cool one: to illustrate a Cramps Christmas album cover. I think my friend and colleague Ted McGrath ended up getting the gig. Dems da breaks ...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Batman Cowl Sketches






Here's some sketches I did of Batman and specifically his cowl. Even though it would make sense for the cowl to be totally matte, as not to reflect any light and betray Batman's position under the cover of shadows, I always liked how the front piece in the '60s TV show was slightly glossy. So I did, weirdly, a bunch of sketches on how light might reflect off of the cowl or how shadows might play on it. Weird.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Action P.I. | Sketches








Here's some sketches from an old moleskine sketchbook of preparatory drawings for my Action P.I. series that appeared in the first issue of Mammal.