Three Count | Kamandi, Fungi Feast, Colleen Coover

Here are three things to see, to support and to buy in comics today.

Three Count spotlights, as the title suggests, three things from comics today. It’ll be three things with links, no more, no less. Don’t eat things you find, Scout.

1. To See: Tom Fowler’s Kamandi: Search & Destroy art

If you follow Tom Fowler’s comics work or even just his social media, you know he has a tendency to draw some really wild-looking creatures at times (some of which you can find on T-shirts courtesy of his Threadless store). They are the kind of designs that would be perfect for a world created by Jack Kirby, so it’s no surprise that his concept art for a Kamandi series is simply awesome:

“It’s my dream job,” he said on BlueSky. “Plot based on the lyrics of The Stooges’ Search and Destroy.”

For context, here’s the opening lyrics from the song:

I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm
I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb
I am a world’s forgotten boy
The one who searches and destroys

Honey, gotta help me, please
Somebody gotta save my soul
Baby, detonate for me

Yeah, I think Iggy Pop and Tom Fowler both get Kamandi … DC, can you get on this, please?

2. To Support: Mel Gillman’s latest comic on foraging in the woods

Mel Gillman has created a subgenre of pay-what-you-want online comics — foraging comics. The As The Crow Flies creator has a full set of titles that will teach you how to safely eat acorns, fruit and now fungi that you find in the woods.

Fungi Feast, the latest addition to the collection, goes over “the identification and culinary uses of 13 common edible species found in the Eastern woodlands of the U.S., as well as introductory information about mushroom foraging as a practice, to help you get started finding your very own wild mushrooms.” Here’s a sample page:

Gillman recently completed a run at the Prairie Ronde Artist Residency, which resulted in several new comics on their Patreon. If you enjoy the foraging comics, go check them out.

3. To Buy: Some art from Colleen Coover’s Etsy store

If you’re a fan of Colleen Coover‘s work on the award-winning Bandette or X-Men First Class or the countless other comics her art has graced, then you’ll be happy to know that she now has an Etsy store. On it, you’ll find a lot of original art from some of her past comics, several ink wash pieces she’s done and some fun original watercolors featuring Wasp, Man-Thing and, as seen above, Kitty Pryde in her roller skate era. Check it out here.

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