A great comic book cover has a lot of work to do. It’s both an advertisement and a work of art; both a statement and an invitation. Sometimes they convey character, sometimes mood, sometimes moment. Sometimes they pastiche the classics or pay tribute to the past; sometimes they strive to show us something entirely new. Always they show us a glimpse of somewhere else through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the month that was.
Some familiar cover concepts get inventive new spins in the best covers for the month of May, and we put the spotlight on great work from Dan Panosian, Mike Allred, Ron Wimberly, and Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson.
It's one of those weird quirks about comics that when something is really, really good, you kind of forget about it for a while. Being great becomes the standard, so you almost forget about how good it is until something comes along and it suddenly gets even better. Like, say, when the Adventure Time comic teams up writer Ryan Northwith Street Angel and Afrodisiac creator Jim Rugg to introduce a bold new character named Anti-Ghost Princess in next week's issue.
That's right, Finn and Jake have shuffled off this mortal coil and have been reduced to haunting the candy castle, leading Princess Bubblegum to call in Anti-Ghost Princess and her team to handle these supernatural shennanigans once and for all. And I can assure you: this bit of busting certainly makes me feel good. Check out a preview below!
Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter, Natasha Allegri's Cartoon Hangover series Bee and PuppyCat is set to return with nine new episodes later this year. Fans don't have to wait that long to enjoy their favorite characters, though, as Allegri and Garret Jackson's comic book series debuts on May 14 with Bee and PuppyCat #1 from Boom! Studios. Click through to get your first-look at the new adventures of Bee and her extradimensional new pet.
Now, Boom is showing off a lot more in advance of the first issue's June release. Namely, a slew of covers by Powell, Joe Quinones, Chris Weston, Terry Dodson and Emi Yonemura Brown. Check them all out after the jump!
Did you miss picking up Boom! Studios' all-ages KaBoom!Summer Blast! comic this past Saturday during Free Comic Book Day 2014? Worry not! The publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with the entire nearly 50-page sampler to share with everyone on the web. Packed with eight short stories from the world of Adventure Time, Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Steven Universe, Herobear and the Kid, The Amazing World of Gumball, the issue also marks the debut of KaBoom!'s newest Cartoon Network-to-comics series, Uncle Grandpa. Click through to read the entire FCBD release.
After six seasons of a TV show and a few years of an Eisner-winning comic book, I think it's safe to say that we've got a pretty good handle on Finn and Jake, the stars of Adventure Time. Like, we can relate to them and we know how they think, which is why we completely understand it when we pop open a comic and find them encouraging a wizard to go out and kidnap princesses.
Yes, friends, in Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover and Wook Jin Clark'sAdventure Time: The Flip Side #5, Finn and Jake are actually pro-princess-napping in this comic, and what's more, they are also cowboys. This is not code language. Perhaps the preview below will explain things.
Tiny Kitten Teeth creators Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt are no stranger to Adventure Time, having lent their talents to a number of Boom!'s all-ages books, but they always manage to leave their Becky & Frank mark. This Wednesday in Adventure Time Annual #1 the duo does it again with a special horizontally-oriented storyline that gives their whimsical, painted take on Fionna and Cake all the room it needs to breathe -- and it's going to need room because this comic winds back the clock to see just how the future heroes of Ooo behaved as kids.
A common lament among comics lovers is that there aren't enough books for kids anymore, and it's a valid one. The average comic is written to be understood by preteens and up, while the average reader hovers somewhere around the age 30, and it’s unlikely that this trend is going to reverse anytime soon. But most of those 30-year-olds aren’t readers today because they started in their late teens or early twenties, they’re readers today because they had their initial exposure to comics probably before the age of ten. Even though we’ve been trying to convince the rest of the world that comics aren’t for kids anymore since 1986, kids are absolutely necessary to the medium’s survival. If comic books hope to have a future amidst rapidly-evolving children’s media and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, then a healthy percentage of comics published today need to be geared toward the under-ten crowd, and they need to be good.
Fortunately, we have Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time#1 to show everybody how it’s done.
When Boom! filled us in that Adventure Time head writer Kent Osbornewould be teaming with Regular Show: Skips artist Mad Rupert for a new series in July that'd include the show's recently-introduced Root Beer Guy, I was intrigued. When the title of the book was revealed to beAdventure Time: Banana Guard Academy, I was ecstatic. I finally had a reason to make someone answer a question relating to the Police Academy franchise! Fortunately for ComicsAlliance, Kent is a very good sport. Read on to learn about how Kent crossed over from the world of AT animation into comics, who some of his favorite creators are, and how Tony Hawk fits into it all.
Stephen Christy, who was the editor-in-chief at Archaia before Boom! acquired it last year, has shifted into the position of president of development for the publisher. Christy will now oversees all film, television, web and animation projects across Boom!, Archaia, KaBoom! and Boom! Box. The publisher has also hired Adam Yoelin will be Boom!'s senior vice president of film.
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