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    At some point, dear old Jamie Delano joined the ranks of those comics creators who have clearly been driven mad, either by the medium or by the creative life. He's currently publishing a piece of pirate fiction through Avatar called RAWBONE. It is, frankly, fucking disgusting and also completely deranged. Avatar have the first four pages of the second issue up on Flickr right now. They are probably the cleanest pages of the series I've yet seen. Insofar as there's no bondage, sexcrime, people losing their minds, freaks, stabbings or, you know, anything that irretrievably labels the author as Utterly Fucking Barking.

    Go and have a look.

    Also: pirates.


    • CommentAuthormmaxwell
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    I don't get into comic stores very often, but new work by Jamie Delano is one of the few things that will convince me to do so. God bless Avatar for publishing this.

    Which reminds me, I need to track down a collection of NARCOPOLIS, should such a thing exist.
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    Jamie Delano rules. I still mourn the loss of Outlaw Nation.
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009 edited
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    Agree

    Delano is the great unsung comics treasure from the past 2 decades. Is Rawbone out soon?
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    First issue's already out.
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    i wasnt too into the first issue, i bought to check out the deal with it...i couldnt even really articulate what didnt work with me.
    • CommentAuthorskwirl
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    When does the second issue come out? Avatar's web page makes it look like it's already out, but I haven't seen it anywhere.
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    tomorrow i believe
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    Right, #2 is out this week.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    I read the early Hellblazers till they fell apart. Those Avatar blokes are going to bankrupt me even further.
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      CommentAuthorKieran
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    I just read Delano's "Outlaw Nation", great work sad that he had to finish it in a hurry.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    This post contains sort of a spoiler:

    The first issue has nuns delivering a girl to a horny monkey that wears clothes, as a ploy to get a chained up pirate queen to reveal the location of some gold.

    That's issue number 1. I can't imagine where he intends to go with it from there. Perhaps it will become like Pulp Fiction, where at each juncture where you believe the story can't possibly get more depraved, the bottom drops out and someone pulls a gimp out of a box.

    It also has some fairly poetic pirate-writing:

    "But any that cares more to tax these bastards with a bitter advance of blood can lash himself to freedom's mast and scrap 'til oblivion cleans his bones."


    I tend to find books that a writer is clearly using to push taboos to be interesting even when they aren't well done (I think this one is well done), because sometimes they find something unexpected and great out there. For example, take a film the the Bad Lieutenant, which is just filled with vileness - but ends in a way that couldn't have been so transcendent without the extremity of sleaze before it.

    Rawbone might go this way.
    • CommentAuthoroga
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
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    Any chance of a trade out of this series?
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009
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    I'm not sure about the sudden change in artists half way through issue 2. The change in style and interpretation of the characters is a bit jarring.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2009 edited
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    I just finished #4. I can't say I was impressed. The art went downhill. While there were a few good pages a lot was poor and looked rushed. The story seemed a little rushed too. It was as if they tried to fit a 5 issue story into 4 issues, and then gave the artist 3 weeks to do it.