Annotations for all other comic books
(including Marvel and Independents)
Travis Hedge Coke has written
annotations for Warren Ellis' & John Cassaday's
Planetary. As Travis puts it: "the annotations are panel by
panel and the analysis veers away from summarizing the stories and focuses more
on the thematic and technical elements of the comic."
Eamonn Clarke has written a set of
annotations to the three
graphic novels by Ian Edginton and Matt Brooker aka D’Israeli. The first
volume is a fairly faithful adaptation of
The War of the Worlds itself. The second book in the series (although it was
is set ten years later in a dramatically altered England and features a murder
investigation and some unpleasant events. The third book is
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game which takes the action forward another thirty
years to a time when hostilities between the two worlds have resumed.
Eamonn Clarke has also written a set of
by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli.
annotations per se, there's an interesting analysis written by Jon Haddock
Subjective History of Super Heroes - (for people who don't read comics)".
Worth a look.
James Enelow has
begun to annotate
Planetary, by Warren Ellis.
Julian Darius of The
Continuity Pages has done an extensive annotation of Michael Bendis'
storyline in Daredevil (volume 2) #26-#31!! It includes an "ordered"
timeline (check it out to see what I mean), cover shots, and lots of interesting
info. It's recently been updated (at the end of August, 2003), so check it out!
Travis Howard and Elliot Kane have done a literary analysis,
including symbolism, themes, psychological profiles, and histories, of all
the Crossgen (CGE) titles. It's pretty amazing, actually (said as a fan of
what Crossgen has done). You can find their site
Hooper_X has updated his annotations for Simon Furman & Don Figueroa's
Transformers: The War Within
-- it now includes the entire series, issues #1-6.
Hooper_X is on a
roll, and has
finished version 1 of his
annotations, one in the series of View Askew comics written by Kevin Smith.
Patrick Sullivan has written annotations for
Kurt Busiek's Astro City.
The annotations cover all 6 issues of Volume 1, and the first 14 issues (plus
issue 1/2) of Volume 2.
1602 is a quite popular annotation topic, as one would guess
given it's written by Neil Gaiman (along with Andy Kubert
and Richard Isanove).
Jess Nevins has begun an annotation -- he now has them for issues #1-3.
As always, Jess' annotations are mirrored on this site and you can get them here.
Julian Darius of the
Continuity Pages has also started one independently, the latest version (which
includes #1-#4) you can get
Finally, Jason Pomerantz has written a piece called “Mysteries and
Conundrums in Neil Gaiman’s 1602”. This article focuses on trying to
decipher the puzzles and guess the plot points in the story. It can be
found at the Comic World News forum. Issue 1 is
here. Issue 2 is
here. Issue 3 is
here. Issue 4 is
here. Issue 5 is
here. Issue 6 is
Issue 7 is
Issue 8 is
He also did an interesting interview with Neil Gaiman, which covers (in part)
1602. You can find it
Alexx Kay has created the
annotated Cerebus, which he has permitted me to mirror. It's broken into 3
Annotated Cerebus, and
Cerebus Concordance. Warning: though text only, they're long and
will take ~1 minute to load on a 28.8 modem.
Ron Dipols has created the
(English and American translations).
Mario Di Giacomo has written
annotations and a
Marvel Boy, the Marvel
Knights six-issue miniseries written by Grant Morrison and penciled by JG Jones.
He has kindly given me permission to host both of them.
Gareth Jelley has done a
commentary/annotation for the first issue of Bryan Talbot's
The Adventures of Luther
Arkwright. He's planning to do more, so please contact him if you'd
like to help.
"Quick pass" annotations for
Marvels were created by Lance Visser. While not extensive, if you're
looking for some specific facts they may be able to help.
For Simpson's fans, there are annotations for Bongo Comic's
series put together by Marc Singer. They cover
1000), and the 80 Page Colossal.
Radioactive man is a real comic published off and on in the 1990s. It is based
on the fictional comic Radioactive Man from the TV show "The Simpsons". On
"The Simpsons", it has supposedly been printed continuously since the 1950s. The
real series is maintaining that facade, by printing the issues as if they were
written over a forty-year span.
Eroom Nala has annotated
Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #9, featuring "From Hell and Back"
written, pencilled, inked and lettered by Gary Spencer Millidge with colouring
by Nathan Kane. You can also find it
website has annotations for the DC/Marvel cross-over event
JLA/Avengers #1, with notes to all the hidden (and not so hidden)
While not annotations per se, Ben Szumskyj has done a very cool bibliography
of sorts for Hellboy.
He's written a compilation of research materials read or used by Mike Mignola
(the author of
Hellboy), and it's worth checking out. [Note: this site is down. If
you have any information on it, or how to contact Ben, please
Scott Martin annotated the graphic novel edition of
Crow, by James O'Barr.
David Salley has annotated
Girl Genius by
Alphonso Mason did some very funny pseudo-parody annotations of
Lethargic Lad #3,
which in itself was a parody issue of the Kingdom Come series.
Space Knights has been annotated as well, at least issues #1-3 of the 5 issue
series. Written by Lee Seitz, they're hosted here on the site: click
for Issue #1,
Issue #2, or
Issue #3 or
all 3 on one
Partial annotations for
Plus, "designed to help new readers understand what's going on" can be found
Rich Lai annotated Jean-Marc Lofficier's
Alone in the Dark
comic. For those interested in
occult terminology, both Non-Mythos and Mythos, it's
Between them, Dave Van Deomelen and Ron Dippols annotated 3 of the 4 issues
of The Amazing Slapstick mini-series from 1992. Here are the annotations
to The Amazing Slapstick #2,
The Amazing Slapstick #3
and The Amazing Slapstick #4.
In 1993, Dave Van Domelen also annotated Cherry's Jubilee #3, a comic book that
I've never heard of. If you're interested, you can find the annotation
I don't know if it's fair to call these annotations or not, but the
Classic Comic Books home
page is worth linking to for its information and critical analysis on such
classics as The Superman Family of Comic Books 1958 - 1966, Science Fiction
comic books like Tommy Tomorrow, and Golden Age heroes like the Shining Knight.
Again, this isn't exactly an
annotation, but it's worth checking out. Adam Frey has created an
unofficial timeline for
Marvel's Earth X trilogy.
Anything I'm missing?
Let me know!
since the Aug. 18th '03 Site Redesign