When you get right down to it, it's not that unusual for kids who see one of the Transformers movies to tell their parents that they want a giant robot of their own. I mean, I don't want to blow anybody's mind here, but that's kind of the point of the entire franchise, to get those impressionable youngsters into toy stores so they can go home with their own Optimus Prime or Megatron. But for one child in China, a toy wasn't going to do it. He wanted the real deal. So his father built him one.
After catching the Transformers movie with his son in August of 2014, Wang Liansheng spent a year building a life-size version of Bumblebee out of discarded auto parts --- and now he's working on Optimus Prime.
Since it’s debut on Cartoon Network in 2010 (or as a six minute pilot on the Nicktoons network in 2007, if you want to get really “um, actually” about it), Adventure Time with Finn and Jake has shown us just how much fun a human boy and his talking, shapeshifting dog can have.
The show's mix of Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy escapades, bizarre surrealism, and low-key, dialogue-driven comedy made it an immediate hit with viewers of all ages. It goes without saying that the show's inseparable best friends go on adventures (at a specific time that has been set aside for it, if the title is to be believed), but the show has proven to be about so much more than just adventure.
Even if you don't know his name, you're almost certainly already familiar with the art of the incredible José Luis García-López. Over the course of a forty-year career working with DC Comics, his incredible design sensibility led him to be the primary artist for DC's licensed products, meaning that it's his art that reached the widest possible audience and, in a lot of ways, defined how characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman looked in the eyes of the public.
And it makes sense that he would, too, since he was also the one who defined how those characters looked for DC Comics itself. In 1982, he was the primary artist of The DC Comics Style Guide, an incredible set of model sheets, color guides and dynamic reference poses --- and thanks to the Facebook group for García-López fans, you can have a look at the entire thing now!
James Jean's celebrated run as one of Vertigo's most accomplished cover artists on Fables began six years after Vertigo's other big mythology-and-fiction epic ended, meaning that we never got to see a James Jean cover on a Sandman comic. Now, we didn't exactly miss out --- Dave McKean's Sandman covers are rightly just as highly regarded as Jean's Fables covers --- but it's tempting to wonder what a James Jean run on writer Neil Gaiman's magnum opus might have looked like.
The first thing you need to know about Jon Morris is that he really, really loves Superman. Actually, no, that's not right --- the first thing that you should probably know is that he's a cartoonist of no small talent who loves delving into the more obscure bits of comic book history, and who recently wrote an entire book on the strange and obscure superheroes that have fallen by the wayside over the years. But second? Yeah, second is probably gonna be that Superman thing.
Put those two facts together, and you've got the motivation behind Villains of Steel, an art project where Morris drew 75 of Superman's foes to celebrate the hero's 75th birthday last year. Now, the whole thing has been collected as a pay-what-you-want download, and it's pretty amazing.
Hope Larson, the award-winning cartoonist behind A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, has teamed up with illustrator Rebecca Mock for Compass South, the first book in the planned middle-grade graphic novel series telling the story of a pair of young twins in 19th century New York who tumble into a world of piracy, adventure, and hidden treasure. ComicsAlliance has an exclusive first look at Rebecca Mock's wonderful cover, introducing the characters Cleopatra and Alexander.
There are a lot of great things about Teen Titans Go --- its commitment to burrito-based storytelling, for instance --- but one of the best is most definitely the presence of Dan Hipp. He's been the show's art director since its return to Cartoon Network in 2013, and while his signature style most often crops up in backgrounds or as part of quick gags, occasionally he gets to take the spotlight.
That's exactly what happened in last month's 'Campfire Stories', an episode following the time-honored tradition of each character telling a different scary story that was presented in a different art style. For Raven's story, Hipp redesigned the characters to look like sword-and-sorcery fantasy heroes, and as you might expect, they're awesome. Now, he's posted some of the designs on his Tumblr, and if you haven't seen them already, they're great.
Have you ever wondered how an artist settles on the right image to place on the cover of a comic? Which elements to include, what's important, and how to show it?
Americatown is a new Archaia series from The Americans screenwriter Bradford Winters, Borgias screenwriter Larry Cohen, and newcomer artist Daniel Irizarri, which tells the story of Americans fleeing a collapsed economy to build new lives in a Buenos Aires slum. It's a story about family, politics, and poverty, and the challenge of devising a single image to capture the mood and intent of that tale fell on cover artist Mike Choi. In this feature, Choi reveals his process in putting that cover together.
Eddie Campbell was born on this day in 1955. Comics' greatest raconteur, Campbell has been chronicling memories, spinning yarns, and chasing trains of thought since the early 80s, influencing entire generations of creators along the way.
New Zealand illustrator Strangely Katie struck on a brilliant idea when she conjured up her first batch of tea dragons as a set of "doodles." These quirky beasts capture the essential qualities of different types of tea --- floral, smoky, restful, robust --- mixed up with touches of real-life animals like dogs, cats, otters, and anteaters.
Something about these docile and domesticated creatures clearly resonates with dedicated tea-drinkers everywhere, because Katie's tea dragon posts on Tumblr have racked up hundreds of shares and likes, and Katie is now working on a short comic that will allow readers to explore the world of the tea dragons.
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