Mad Rupert's Regular Show romp continues this Wednesday, December 11, with Regular Show: Skips #2 and things are about to get even more hectic for the book's immortal star. As hard as it is to watch the usually unflappable Skips succumb to stress, his crew of Mordecai, Rigby, Benson, Muscle Man, Pops and Hi-Five Ghost are going to be glad he's joined them on vacation as the strangeness plaguing their trip becomes more apparent. Or will they even be aware of his heroism? It's hard to say when Skips encounters a problem he can't say "I've seen this before" about.
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.
The team that brought fans Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 1 Playing With Fire is back with an all new tale that pits the royalty of Ooo against the most intense challenges of all: Video games from BMO's binary brain. This Wednesday writer Danielle Corsetto and artist Zack Sterling's Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 2 Pixel Princesses from Boom! Studios arrives in comic shops, delivering 160 pages of black and white action as partying princesses are forced to work together if they hope to survive offending Finn and Jake's offended video game console/roommate. How did the team of Corsetto and Sterling work to put the princesses in just the right amount of peril on their second straight AT OGN team-up? ComicsAlliance got in touch with the duo to find out.
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).
If there's one thing Regular Show stars Mordecai and Rigby's boss Benson could use, it's a vacation. Fortunately, he just so happens to be going on one -- along with a motley crew from the park -- in the main Regular Show #6 story by Jeremy Lawson and letterer Kel McDonald, which is joined by backup story "Prank Most Foul" by Pranas Naujokaitis and Brad McGinty. What's not so fortunate is what happens while the team is away. Mild-mannered intern Thomas has been put up to the task of working on his "management skills" just as a familiar foe returns to wreak havoc. If anyone can help him out it's got to be Pops and Hi-Five ghost, though, right? Right?!
It's not often that you get a piece of comics news that's completely unsurprising and completely welcome at the same time, but that's exactly what we got this week when Boom! Studios announced that their Kaboom imprint will be publishing a comic book version of Natasha Allegri's Bee and Puppycat. The official announcement about Bee and Puppycat joining its fellow Frederator shows, Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, even included the phrase "Of course we're doing the comic."
But like I said, it's every bit as welcome as it is expected, so to get a little insight on where Bee and Puppycat is coming from, we asked a few questions to Allegri, who took a moment out of her busy schedule to tell us about her influences, the tone of the show, and her love of Garfield.
On sale now from BOOM! Studios is Hit #3, the penultimate issue of the 1950s Los Angeles crime drama written by Bryce Carlson and drawn by Vanessa R. Del Rey. Part of the publisher's We Are Boom campaign spotlighting original (as opposed to licensed) works, Hit has received decent word-of-mouth and the first issue even sold out of its initial print run of 10,000 copies. Contributing to that success is the cover artwork of comics veteran Ryan Sook, whose Hit work is a distinctly gritty departure from the artist's traditionally shiny, even inspiring superhero illustrations for DC Comics and others. The covers are a good fit with Del Rey's scratchy but sexy sequentials, which combined with the moody palette of Archie Van Buren and the period-appropriate lettering and design of Ed Dukeshire and Hanna Nance Partlow makes Hit one of the more attractive packages coming out of BOOM Studios at the moment.
We had a chance to see some of Sook's preliminary cover concepts for this week's Hit #3, which were quite striking and prompted some questions about his process. The artist was gracious enough to answer them.
With Rebecca Sugar's new animated series Steven Universe set to debut on Cartoon Network on November 4th (and a free downloadable preview currently online), Boom! Studios has officially announced its accompanying ongoing comic book series. Starring a happy-go-lucky young boy on a team of much more mature cosmic heroines, the new series follows Steven as he learns to tap his full potential as a Crystal Gem... by eating ice cream and administering sick burns, among other things. A special four-page preview of his comic adventures written by Sugar, penciled by Lamar Abrams, inked by Danny Hynes, and colored and lettered by Jeremy Sorese will debut tomorrow in the pages of Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular #1. The official regular creative team for Steven Universe #1 hasn't been announced just yet, but should manifest closer to the issue's debut in early 2014. Check out our exclusive first look at the preview from Boom!, after the jump.
With just a week left until Halloween, Boom! Studios has provided us with one last look at next Wednesday's Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular #1. This time around it's a preview of Jones Wiedle's "Costume Party!" contribution, which sees Ice King become the life of a party at Finn and Jake's house that he may actually be crashing.
Pen Ward's surprisingly well-adjusted teens from the year 3085 look like they'll be cutting loose on October 23 in Bravest Warriors #13. Writer Eric M. Esquivel, artist Mike Holmes, colorist Lisa Moore, and letterer Steve Wands pit the team against the fierce "Periodic Table of Evil" on page one, and don't let up from there with a plot that involves Danny experimenting with insect poison during a perilous vision quest. You know, the usual kind of deal. Boom! Studios has provided CA with a first look at the latest assembly of adventure, which you can click through to preview in full.
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