The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
Some of us are adults with homes that need decorating, right? Well why not make that decorating a little more fun with throw pillows featuring the art of Ramon Villalobos, which mostly involves wrestling moves and Batman.
Since it's launch in 2012, Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Captain Marvel has engendered a fan base unlike any other in comics. The Carol Corps does anything and everything it can to promote the series they love, and that passion shows up everywhere from comic shops to Tumblr to convention floors across the country. Simply put, they are well organized, and they come correct.
So when Marvel announced that the title would be relaunched with a new Captain Marvel #1, as part of the publisher's All-New Marvel NOW initiative, it meant the series' fans would have one more opportunity to spread the love for a number one issue. And helping to further the excitement is the presence David Lopez, who'll be taking over as series artist while also providing cover art for issue #1.
Today Marvel has provided ComicsAlliance with the first look at Lopez's two covers for the issue, both the standard and the animal variant featuring Carol Danvers as a cat, which somehow feels like an appropriate spirit animal for the popular Avenger.
If you’re like some of the ComicsAlliance staff, you’re a fetishist for expensive hardcover books that are available only in absurdly limited numbers and packaged in exquisite slipcases and loaded with supplemental material and artwork. With the gift-giving season rapidly winding down, people like us are looking for those last-minute gifts that are so expensive and so impressively large that they could never actually seem like you totally forgot to get your shopping (or blogging) done in a timely and responsible manner. The best sort of gift along those lines is of course the deluxe edition comic or art book, and I’ve put together a list of some great ones that you can still find at your local comics stores and online booksellers before the clock runs out on the season.
NOTE ON PRICES: We have included the list prices for each item. Because of holiday sales, you will very likely find discounts at your local comics shops, Amazon and elsewhere.
Great cover art requires a special set of talents; a gift for composition, an eye for striking color or attention-grabbing contrast, and a knack for conveying story or mood in a single image.
ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we shine the spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque (Animal Man), Jenny Frison (Revival), Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes), and Jock (Wolverine).
Here's another project to throw in the "I wish this would have been made" file we all keep in our heads. Back in 1971, legendary animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata began production on an animated adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books. After meeting with the animators, Lindgren ultimately decided not to give them permission to produce the film. But now we can all look at some of the watercolor concept art that Miyazaki created, featuring the strongest girl in the world, and wonder what could have been.
Brothers Juan and Alejandro Mingarro operate the Barcelona-based studio Brosmind, where they pump out playful and surreal sculptures and illustrations. They pack their crowded images with adorable animals, sentient ice cream cones and a bikini-clad babe who rides titans made of cake, sea monsters and roving cities.
At this year's New York Comic Con, Marvel rolled out plans for several new titles to launch in 2014, and one of the more intriguing projects was a new Ghost Rider series from Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore. Smith and Marvel shared that a new character would take on the Spirit of Vengeance -- and that the series' first antagonist would be Mr. Hyde -- but otherwise not much information was given.
This week, a bit more was revealed about the latest Ghost Rider, including his brand new ride: Ghost Rider is ditching his motorcycle for a Dodge Charger. And to assuage any immediate fears: yes, the wheels are still on fire.
The unexpected is the norm in Uetsuji Shotaro's beautifully bizarre illustrations, where whales and sharks sail through the skies, rooms are lit by the glow of pink mushrooms, ghosts and octopodes turn up everywhere, and 3D glasses reveal the unseen horrors of the universe.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
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