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Now Available: The Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit Vol. 6!

Brutal Blade Vol. 6 is live and on the air! With this book, we reach the midpoint of the Bruno the Bandit archives, and also reach a turni...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 12

One of the defining and most enjoyable characteristics of Bruno the Bandit is the casual way it deals with the clash between old school sword and sorcery tropes and modern world technology. It's an interesting pocket universe that Bruno lives in, where the collision of ideas can lead to a man who wears a sword to work becoming hooked on the Home Shopping Channel. This strip very nicely sets out that juxtaposition to great comedic effect in this story. I also can't help but think that there's a slight tribute to Berke Breathed in the flat staging of that last panel.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 10

Not exactly a high point in the career of Bruno the Bandit, but definitely a high point in the comic strip Bruno the Bandit. 
I love the emblem on the judge's dais...makes me wonder if the principle of Rothland law is "beheaded until proven innocent".


Friday, March 3, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 9

Constable Oswold of the Rothland Imperial Guard...Rothland's answer to Discworld's "Nights Watch"...recounts the crimes of Bruno the Bandit, just to let you know what kind of bad hombre you are dealing with....Unicorn poaching, indeed!  Is nothing beneath him?  Even more telling is the tagline for this strip on the site:  "...And that was just last week!"

Friday, February 24, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 8

Hitting a kind of trifecta in key Bruno characters, here's the first appearance of Uncle Lucius!  Although he just gets a nod in this story, he will feature more strongly later in the series.  In a way, he kind of reminds me of the grandparents of Charlie Bucket in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", although I can't see this guy singing and dancing like Jack Albertson anytime soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 7

First on-screen appearance of Bruno's father, Ambrose, the original "one armed bandit"!  Scoundrel in his own right, and parental bane of Bruno's existence!  No matter how good (or bad) Bruno gets, can he ever live up to the legend of Ambrose?
To me this strip is also significant for the creative lettering in the last panel.  Ian often inserts special effects into his dialogue lettering like this.  Artistically, it's one of the things that really distinguishes this strip to my eye, giving it a visual punch like no other.  It also makes me completely envious, because Ian makes hand lettering look so darn easy, and I suck at it so horribly.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 6

Introducing Bruno's mom, Eunyce.  Little here suggests that she will later be known as Eunyce, Warrior Hottie, just as Ambrose's off-screen appearance does not hint of his own rogue-ish background.  Still, a scoundrel like Bruno does not just happen overnight!
Also, is it just me, or do you see a little of Aunt May in Eunyce's design?  I know Ian's a fan of old-school Spidey, so it wouldn't surprise me a bit!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brutal Best of Bruno the Bandit: Day 5

Poor Bruno; even when he wins he loses. 
I know that Ian's a huge fan of Charles Schulz's work on "Peanuts" and I can't help but think that a significant portion of Bruno's personality is informed by the eternal loser, Charlie Brown.  There's a pathos to Bruno at times that mirrors the angst of Charlie Brown, likewise matched by an eternal determination to get up and try again.  He may be defeated right now, but you'll soon see that you can't keep a good bandit down...