Oct. 10, 2013 | 12:17 p.m.
“Battling Boy,” by alternative comics creator Paul Pope, follows the self-dubbed Battling Boy, the son of a warrior god sent to save a city under siege by deadly monsters. The young hero arrives in Arcopolis with a magic credit card, a book called “The Encyclopedia Monstrosity,” and a dozen enchanted T-shirts, each bearing a different animal totem, which allow him to become clever as a fox, strong as a Tyrannosaurus rex, powerful as a gryphon, etc. Meanwhile in Arcopolis, a girl named Aurora mourns the death of her father, the city’s jetpack-wearing hero Haggard West, and makes plans to take up his quest. “Battling Boy,” out this week from First Second Books, is filled with secret science laboratories, sci-fi ray-blasters, bandage-wrapped monsters and plenty of beast-bashing action. For Pope, the project is a mash-up of everything he loved as a child. […]
April 09, 2009 | 6:26 p.m.
I was in New York last weekend and had some great reading material for the cab ride from Manhattan to JFK Airport: The new hardcover edition of “100%” by Paul Pope, easily one of the most intriguing figures in comics. The tale, which weaves the heartfelt and the sordid, takes place in New York in the winter of 2038 and follows the collision of six lives led by people on the edge or at the bottom. The main character in the story, though, is Pope’s vision of a dank, sullen metropolis where titillation has become so elusive (and digital technology so pervasive) that strip clubs have “gastro” dancers, girls who not only reveal every inch of flesh but are also wired-up so the leering audience can watch the blood surges inside their heaving innards of vast screens. The very human characters who live, love, struggle and sacrifice against this backdrop make the story a landmark work. It […]
Aug. 21, 2008 | 5:30 p.m.
T.J. Kosinski, one of our talented summer interns here at The Times, wandered around Comic-Con International a few weeks ago and interviewed some of his favorite comics creators. This is the second of his guest posts. To me, Paul Pope is a comic-book rock star. He’s been called “the Jim Morrison of American comic books” for the delirious poetry he creates with his words and brushstrokes. The creative mind behind Vertigo’s riveting “100%” and the Eisner-winning “Batman: Year 100″ is now pushing his art off the page and into toys, design, electronics and even wallpaper… Yes, that’s right, he is extremely busy. In the past year, Pope designed exclusive screen-print posters for Diesel, worked on a clothing line for DKNY Jeans, released a monograph entitled “Pulphope,” illustrated the cover of “Pop Gun: Vol. 2,” and recently premiered his first action […]