Desert Island Comics – Episode 35 – Chris Denton

Published On November 17, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Desert Island Comics

Here we go again, the cruel and unusual punishment department of the offices of Forbidden Planet International have purchased another one of those little islands somewhere in the Pacific, so it’s time to marroon another comiker on the beach. Luckily they’ve been lining up like lemmings to supply us with their 8 favourite comics in the world, just so we can produce this weekly feature.

Some might say it’s going a little far to actually reward them with their own desert island to live out their days on, but we honestly believe in following through what we say. And if we say we’re putting them on a desert island… then that’s where they end up dammit.

Right, this time, it’s self publisher and writer Chris Denton, whose comic (run with brother Steven) of Massacre For Boys, which we’ve looked at here on the blog a couple of times, most recently here in September. He’s also a contributor to Zarjaz, the 2000AD fanzine, and his strip Zenith Invasion (with artist David Frankum – below) in Zarjaz Issue 12 was a cracking bit of mashup action.

Desert Island Comics – Episode 35 – Chris Denton


1) Scarlet Traces: The Great Game by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli

My favourite of the many collaborations between Ian Edginton and D’Israeli. I love love love what it says about Britishness.

2) Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

A total masterpiece, as everybody knows. Don’t get me started on Before Watchmen, though….

3) At The Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft and Culbard

Ian Culbard did a great job of adapting Lovecraft’s great horror novella. I could read it over and over.

4) Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

Page 1 is beautiful, and it has 35 panels. The rest of the book is pretty good as well.

5) Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

Not my favourite slice of Moore, but a ground-breaking work. Also, I expect it gets lonely on a desert island.

6) The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland and John Higgins.

Perfection. Both versions are lovely, but I prefer the original colouring. Yes, I do like Alan Moore quite a lot.

7) Things To Do In A Retirement Park When You’re 29 and Unemployed by Aneurin Wright.

You don’t get many comics about anthropomorphic rhinos dying of emphysema. However, on this evidence, when they do come along they are very good indeed.

8) Zenith Phase I by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.

My favourite comic. Some part of me will never tire of seeing the words “tyger, tyger”

Oh and I get a luxury item too. I am going for a Macbook with Internet access. Possibly this is not an amazingly realistic choice, but I’m sure some sort of solar power charger could smooth over the edges. (Ooops, not allowed Chris, at least not the Internet thing. But we’ll be kind and load a few pages from the FPI blog on there and let you leaf through those instead!)

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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