From comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and even manga, some of Entropy’s favorite characters.
- Fuzz from Fuzz & Pluck by Ted Stearn
- Joe Sacco in Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
- The birds in Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
- Honorable Mentions: JOHN CONSTANTINE. GARFIELD.
David S. Atkinson
- Phineas Freakears
- Fat Freddy
- Freewheelin’ Franklin
- Troubled Batman (e.g. Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns)
- Sergeant Kemlo “Hyperdog” Caesar from Alan Moore’s Top 10
- Alan Moore’s Beard
Anna Joy Springer
- Hothead Paisan
Never read a comic book but can I throw in comic-book-esque character Bananaman from the ’80s BBC cartoon Dangermouse? The amount of adult innuendo um, “stuffed” into that guy makes him a pretty memorable childhood figure.
- KUSANAGI Motoko (Ghost in the Shell, SHIROW Masamune) – even if her appearance in OSHII Mamorus masterpieces more glorious.
- Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth (by Chris Ware). Because, you know… well… ah it’s so depressing… he is so commiserative…
- Cities in the Comic books “Les Cités obscures” by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters, because they are unbelievable realistic, unreal beautiful and beautifully alive. One day you visit them, you cannot leave. I mean…
Michael J Seidlinger
- The Simpsons
- The Simpsons
- The Simpsons
- Viral — Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Nono — Diebuster
- Soichi Negishi — Detroit Metal City
- Joe Sacco — Palestine
- Eric / The Crow — The Crow by James O’Barr
- Harry Keogh — Necroscope by Brian Lumley
- Honorable Mention: FROM HELL.
- Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth
- Bruce Bechdel from Fun Home
- Maggie the Mechanic from the Hernandez Brothers
- Killy from the manga Blame! As bleak and silent as the manga itself, Killy traverses a run-down far future city that is so huge it reaches past the orbit of Mars (or something like that). He’s armed with a handgun that shoots tiny black holes (dark matter or dark energy?) and punch holes in time-space to create giant implosions. He needs it because the giant city is full of predatorial robots.
- Laureline, from the French sci fi series Valerian et Laureline. The most sensible and clear headed of the main characters, Laureline sometimes has more work keeping Valerian in check than solving their “cases.”
- John Constantine from the Hellblazer series. Dark and disturbing, but so entertaining. Favorite Constantine quote: “It’s not a holiday until you overdo it.” Also one of the few very white characters to be turned less white in a major movie adaptation. I laughed so much when that happened.
- Betty Cooper of Archie Comics
- Snoopy of Peanuts
- Marjane Satrapi from Persepolis
- Calvin and Hobbes b/c they remind me of my older bro (before Calvin became the star of pissing bumper stickers
- Art Spiegelman’s Maus
- Also: Most any character by Lynda Barry. Also: Lupin III
- Lord Julius, CEREBUS THE AARDVARK. Sure, all Dave Sim did was import Groucho Marx wholesale into his 300-issue Philip D. Dick-style cosmological psychosis. But Lord Julius has a sinister edge that not even Rufus T. Firefly ever possessed.
- The Spirit. Will Eisner gave us the most genuinely noir of all comic book heroes.
- Darkseid, THE NEW GODS etc. Darth Vader (whom he inspired), only more stoic in his fascism. Plus, Kirby krackling energy bolts (“the Omega Beam … a form of energy that [Darkseid] fires from his eyes as either a concussive force or disintegrating energy, capable of transmuting or erasing living objects and organisms from existence as well as resurrecting them”) > Force chokeholds and paternity revelations.
- Edie Fake’s Gaylord Phoenix
- Alice in Melinda Gebbie & Alan Moore’s Lost Girls
- (seconding Anna Joy’s pick) Diane diMassa’s Hothead Paisanh
- Rorschach from Watchmen by Alan Moore because he’s sort of Batman if Batman had gone completely insane, and everyone loves Batman, yeah?
- Prince Robot IV from Saga by Brian K Vaughan, mostly because he has a television for a head. I just love that.
- Sophia from Eden: It’s an Endless World by Hiroki Endo. I could’ve picked almost anyone from that series, though. It’s unbelievable.
2. Ms. Marvel (a.k.a. Kamala Khan), Ms. Marvel (No. 1-6, Feb 2014-Sept 2014, Marvel) – G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona & Jacob Wyatt
3. Alana, Saga (Vol. 1-3, Oct 2012-Mar 2014, Image) – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples