What does your favourite superheroes' colors tell the audience about their personalities? Using the same color theory people use to group-think a corporate logo, or paint their room, we've been exploring what it means to superhero comics.
Last time we mentioned that The Invisible Woman's blue and white is wise, and elemental, but what does invisible mean as a color? The Wasp's one constant through her many costume changes has been her transparent, flighty wings. And while Kitty Pryde, who also can't seem to settle on a costumes (or a name), isn't transparent as a color, she does actually pass through things.
If you're the kind of person who keeps up with the shipping list every week --- or who reads our own Best Comic Books Ever (This Week) guides to every Wednesday's new releases --- you've probably noticed that 2000 AD has been steadily approaching the most important numerical milestone of its 40-year run. In September, the magazine will celebrate hitting prog #2000 by bringing back creators like Brian Bolland, Kevin O'Neill, Mick McMahon, and Dave Gibbons, all wrapped up in new wraparound covers by Glenn Fabry, Cliff Robinson, and Chris Burnham.
Kate Kane was the character the Bat-Family needed. An adult woman who takes inspiration from Batman without being his protégé. In other words, his equal, although she still respects him as the guy who was doing it first, and the clear leader of the Bat-franchise. Her military background gives her training in combat and strategy that makes her an asset to the group, as well as a formidable hero on her own.
So with this being Pride Week, it's all the more appropriate that we celebrate Kate Kane with a gallery of fan art. It features many gorgeous depictions of her in the iconic Batwoman costume, but also some of her stylish civilian looks, and her baseball-oriented Bombshells incarnation.
A few years back, I had a conversation with Derek Charm where he talked about how much he loved drawing bright, poppy colors. Even then, I thought his clean lines, expressive style and love of neon pinks and blues would make him a perfect artist for a Powerpuff Girls comic, and now, we know that's the case. After serving as the regular artist of IDW's PPG and PPG Super Smash-Up, it's pretty clear that he has a knack for the job.
And now, he's back at it, taking on the redesigns from the new television series in IDW's all-new Powerpuff Girls #1 --- and in addition to the art for the story, he's done a new variant cover where they're kicking the living heck out of Mojo Jojo.
Back in 2012, Benign Kingdom was launched by Becky Dresidadt, Frank Gibson and Evah Dahm as a series of creator-owned, high-quality art books featuring webcomics creators. It's a great idea that made for a fantastic showcase of independent talent, but unfortunately, we haven't seen any new offerings from the Kingdom since 2013. After putting out a series of books featuring creators like KC Green, Anthony Clark and Emily Carroll, it seemed like the project might have run its course.
But Benign Kingdom recently returned with a Kickstarter campaign meant to fund a whole new set, with 32-page art books from Meredith Gran, Dustin Harbin, and co-founders Dreisdadt and Dahm.
What do the colors of your favourite superhero tell you about them? We're applying traditional color theory to iconic comic characters, to see what we can learn about them. Our focus this time is on darker colors, and how they define both heroes and villains. Black and red are colors for dark passion.
The galaxy is in peril from the forces of the evil Zarkon, and there’s only one thing to do: form Voltron. And it looks like the galaxy is in luck, because Netflix and Dreamworks Animation have resurrected the big ‘bot in a new series Voltron: Legendary Defender. The entire first (hopefully, of many) season is available for streaming now, and if you haven’t watched it yet, you should fix that, because it’s fantastic!
In celebration of Voltron’s triumphant return, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of the best fan artwork featuring the big guy and Team Voltron. We even snuck a few Vehicle Voltron pics in there (because there’s no way Vehicle Voltron is ever going to get its own gallery).
Ralph McQuarrie is one of people whose name may not be known to the public at large, but whose imagination gave rise to some of the most indelible, incredible imagery in all pop culture. He was a designer, a concept artist, and a creator who could take fantastic ideas and give them form, serving an essential role in the making of classic films and TV shows.
Born on this day in 1929, McQuarrie designed the spaceships seen in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and E.T., he conceived the look of the original Battlestar Galactica, he was responsible for a central image in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, he production designed Cocoon, and he worked as visual consultant for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. But inarguably, his major achievement was defining the look of the Star Wars universe.
It took the folks at Archie Comics a while to get into the whole variant covers game. If memory serves, they only did their first one within the last ten years or so, but nowadays, they're making up for lost time! With every new series that gets announced, Archie goes all-out in getting some of my favorite artists to provide variants --- and when the all-new Josie and the Pussycats #1 hits shelves in September, it's not going to be an exception.
To that end, today brings us the exclusive reveals of not one, not two, but three covers for the new series, from artists Gisele Lagace, Marguerite Sauvage and Robert Hack!
Last time in Superhero Color Theory we explained why our main heroes look the way they do. Now it's time to look at the secondary colors and how they often, but not always, signal the presence of a bad guy. Obviously it makes the most sense visually, that to stand apart from a primary colored (red/blue/yellow) hero, you want a secondary colored (purple/green/orange) one. But what do these colors tell us about what type of character the heroes are encountering?
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