The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!
It’s the end of the year! We’ve made it through 2016, a year of departures, returns, arrivals, civil wars, and young animals. Valiant was building up Faith, Top Shelf completed its March, and Mike Mignola wrapped up Hellboy’s grand journey. Mildred Louis sent the Agents of the Realm off on further adventures, Wonder Woman celebrated her 75th anniversary, and Bleach reached its final chapter. It’s been another staggering year for comics everywhere.
So where does that leave us for 2017? As we hit the end of the year, so we reach the ComicsAlliance Yearender once more. Read on; there are so, so many great comics waiting for us all next year!
Action Lab Comics has struck a balance between cute superhero stories like Molly Danger and more risque fare for a while now, and its newest release walks the fine line between the two like a cat on a wire. From the creative team of writers and real life married couple Nick Marino and Rosie Knight, and artist Daniel Arruda Massa, Cougar And Cub is about a superhero duo who find that the excitement and adrenaline of delivering justice to villains leads them closer than they might ever have expected.
Too close, many would say. And that, uh, "closeness" sets the pair up for some real trouble down the line. Ahead of the launch of issue #1 of the series next month, the creative team spoke to ComicsAlliance about what sparked the series, and what readers should expect from the launch. They also provided us with some exclusive preview pages of issue #2, out in February!
Sisters Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews, known online by their collective pen name Kickingshoes, have created a series of erotic stories over the past two years for the subscription-based webcomic publisher Slipshine. Their webcomics focus on, as they put it, "monsters... and the people who love them" --- and they've certainly found an audience of people who love them!
The pair have now set up a Kickstarter campaign to bring the stories to print under the title Creature Feature. They've already met their target of $7,000, and are now setting their sights on a series of stretch goals. Back Pages caught up with the artists to learn how they first came up with Creature Feature, how the webcomics format has aided them with their stories, and what readers can expect from the print edition.
Graphic novels are a great gift idea for the comics lovers in your life, but the last few years have also seen a huge rise in the number of comics anthologies being published, many of them centered on a particular theme, or showcasing work from marginalized creators, such as people of color, women, LGBTQ people. The next generation of comics stars are making their start right now, eight pages at a time, in these brilliant anthology projects --- so here's our guide to some of the best comics anthologies to pick up this holiday season.
For his newest Kickstarter, Cash & Carrie creator Shawn Pryor has assembled quite the team. F.O.R.C.E. brings him together with writer B. Alex Thompson and artist Jay Reed for a new sports comic set in the world of American Football, and follows the flagging career of veteran player Terrance Wright, a starting quarterback looking to lead his team out for one last big game. But the world of football is a political one, and if he's to achieve his dreams then he's going to have to overcome a whole mess of problems both on and off the field.
The Kickstarter is running now, seeking a funding target of $4,000 to print the first issue; any additional funds will go towards further issues. Sports remains a relatively uncommon subject for Western comics, so Back Pages spoke to the whole team about how this came together, and what readers could expect from the series.