We've seen some officially superheroic album covers over the years, but German artist Uwe de Witt answers the question: What if every musician lived in a comic book universe? ComicsAlliance and Ultimate Classic Rock have teamed up to feature de Witt's clever album cover parodies, which inject Marvel, DC and other characters into both classic and contemporary imagery popularized by The Beatles, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd and more. You can get a look at a few of our favorites after the jump before hitting Ultimate Classic Rock for another solid selection.
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 recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
William Shakespeare's Hamlet has gone through some ups and downs in the four hundred years since it was written. For every thrilling 19th century performance by Edwin Booth (slightly overshadowed by his brother), there's a version where 45-year-old Mel Gibson plays a college student. But that said, I feel confident in proclaiming that we are living in the greatest period in Hamlet's long history.
Not only are we in a time when Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be exists, but this week, Mallory Ortberg and Matt Lubchansky have reimagined the classic tragedy to focus on the lead character's angsty student status with Dirtbag Hamlet. Check out a few scenes below, and know this: They had me at "Enter Hamlet, skateboarding."
If the covers of issues 1 and 2 of Marvel's newest event series Original Sin are any indication, the series isn't just going to be a single whodunnit -- it's going present a whole bunch of them. It's just what happens when a murder victim was already a mystery to begin with.
The first issue's cover asks the question that's been the stated premise of the series since the Jason Aaron-written, Mike Deodato Jr.-drawn series was announced last month: "Who shot The Watcher?" The second issue raises a whole different mystery: "Who holds the eye?" If that convention holds up through all eight issues of the series, readers are about to have a whole lot of intrigue on their hands. Check out those covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, along with variants by Gabrielle Dell'otto after the jump.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Paulina Ganucheau's art has been featured on covers for IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios, and contributed to the Adventure Time: Pixel Princesses graphic novel. Ganucheau has a ton of projects in the works at the moment, including coloring a comic for Monkeybrain and developing an original project called Zodiac Starforce. We spoke with her about her work.
Described writer Kieron Gillen as "a superhero comic for anyone who loves Bowie as much as Batman," The Wicked & The Divine launches this June from Image Comics. The first issue will come with two covers by series artist and co-creator Jamie McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson that succinctly and spectacularly express the core relationship of the story, that of the goddess Luci(fer) and her devotee Laura, who wishes to make the move from fan-to-pro, as it were. Both covers are now available as high quality, limited edition giclee prints directly from the artist.
A little while back Kyle Baker revealed on his website details of Circuit Breaker, his upcoming Image comic. Illustrated by Baker and written by Kevin McCarthy, the comic stars a young girl robot in a future Tokyo and is inspired largely by the work of Osamu Tezuka. Baker revealed some early art when the title was first announced, but he's posted a new page, both at the ink stage and in color, and I'm excited about this comic all over again. No word yet on when it will arrive in stores, but you can check out the latest art below, as well as some early pages you may have missed, below.
If there's one thing I know about people on the Internet, it's that there's nothing they love more than when a piece of art combines one pop culture thing with another pop culture thing. It's up there with adorable pictures of two different kinds of animals being friends on the list of things that people just cannot get enough of.
Okay, I kid, but I'll be honest: I love a good pop-culture mashup more than anyone, and I've rarely seen them done better than when I checked out Yehudi Mercado, a writer, director and artist whose work is often the perfect blend of two of our favorite things. Whether it's the Muppets and Game of Thrones or a line of action figures based on Community that I desperately want, they're all pretty awesome. Check out some highlights below!
This year mark's the 50th anniversary of the MAD fold-in, created by legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee. For the last half century nearly every issue of MAD has featured the fold-in, with every single one created by Jaffee. It's an extraordinary achievement in an extraordinary career, and Jaffee sat down in an interview with ABC News to discuss the process of creating the feature each month, and the one fold-in in 50 years that the magazine had to say no to.
The odds are pretty good that you're already familiar with the art of Les McClaine, whether it's as the creator of the webcomic an artist for the Axe Cop TV show, the co-creator of The Middleman, the artist of The Tick: New Series, or any of his other work as a comic artist and illustrator. If that's the case, you're no doubt already aware that he's one of the most talented artists around, able to shift between multiple styles with each being as fantastic as the last.
But you know what? It's never the wrong time to take a look at some of his amazing work, and if you're one of the poor souls who doesn't already know how beautiful his work is, you're in luck! Check out a few selections from his portfolio below!