When you think about the kind of pets superheroes and villains would keep, it's usually pretty obvious. Batman has a dog, Superman has a dog, Deadpool has... a... dog. Huh. Thinking about it now, there are a hell of a lot of dogs in superhero comics. But according to artist Julia Krause, there's at least one character who bucks the trend: the Juggernaut, who has a tiny, tiny fish. I buy it.
Said fish is the subject of one of Krause's amazing pieces, but it's far from the only beautiful thing she's drawn. Check below for a few of our favorites, including Spider-man, the Scarlet Witch, and a series of beautiful fantasy designs, including a rhino man with a giant spear. It's exactly what I'm into.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
In honor of this year’s 20th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy, the enduringly popular and endlessly entertaining ex-paranormal investigator created by Mike Mignola. One of comics' most idiosyncratic characters with a supporting cast to match, Hellboy is cited by many artists rivaling Batman as the most fun character to draw and reimagine in different styles. Throughout the existence of Best Art we've featured loads and loads of visions of Hellboy and his friends in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and what follows is a compilation of some of our favorites.
The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.
Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.
Last week's Emerald City Comicon kicked off, for me, with the Carol Corps Celebration at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by a bevy of nerdy Captain Marvel enthusiasts and featuring some of the finest cosplay I saw all weekend, proceeds from tickets and exclusive merchandise went to benefit the Girls Leadership Institute. It's a rare thing for fans and creators to celebrate a superhero character in such a thematically specific and highly interactive way -- Carol Danvers is a military pilot, after all, and the new Ms. Marvel is herself a member of the Carol Corps -- and a woman superhero at that. But the event was an absolutely joyful experience that spoke to the good work being done in these comics and readers' enthusiasm for great women heroes (both fictional and real-life).
Emerald City Comicon 2014 has come and gone, but memories of its plentiful colorful cosplayers needn't only live on in your hearts. We've assembled a gallery of the show's costumed fans spanning some three stories of Seattle's Washington State Convention Center, which includes AIM agents, Ewoks, Goblin Kings, Arkham Aslyum escapees, cosmic bounty hunters and more. Take in the cosplay of ECCC 2014, after the cut.
In case you missed the flyer we were spamming for two weeks before the event, ComicsAlliance teamed up with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon for an epic crossover event that took the form of a convention kickoff party last Thursday in Seattle. The affair was very well attended, with comics pros, bloggers and readers rolling in throughout the night to party/laugh/smile/chill/drink. The party was DJ'd by our own Senior Editor Andy Khouri, whose playlist was peppered with Oni-related works from the Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack, 8-bit versions of Daft Punk and even a track performed by Bryan Lee O'Malley himself (you can see the full setlist here).
The event was photographed by local shooter, comics reader and notoriously friendly human being Ed Peterson with John Kieltyka. The sense of fun and friendship conveyed by their photos very accurately document the overall vibe of ECCC, and his work helped set the tone for one of our favorite shows in recent memory.
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.”
After working with animals for most of her life, writer Corinna Bechko's work debuted in comics with the creator-owned Heathentown. Readers may know her name best, though, from her work on major properties like Star Wars and Planet of the Apes.
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