The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other viaInstagramall the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.
In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.
It probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, but I'm a big fan of Art Deco. The architecture and design are just phenomenally appealing to me, and while I knew I liked it when it was applied to Batman (much as I like most things), it wasn't until today that I realized I would actually really like an Art Deco take on the Transformers.
You learn something new every day, I suppose, and that's what I learned from checking out the beautifully designed poster art of Laurent Durieux, a Belgian artist specializing in retrofuturist takes on movies like The Iron Giant, Die Hard, and even the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Special. In other words, it's right up my alley. Check out some of his stuff below!
Comics industry professionals, remember that next Monday, March 31, is the deadline to cast your votes for the next group of inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
This year's judges' selections are Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated strip), Sheldon Moldoff (Batman artist), and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans (All-Negro Comics), and four more will be determined by your votes. The nominees are: Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson.
All Hail The King is a short movie -- a "one shot," as Marvel calls them -- about what happened to Iron Man 3 character the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) after he went to prison, written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce. It's light, it's funny, there are some good lines and a neat twist. For the most part, I liked it.
One thing left a bad taste in my mouth.
If you haven't watched the Marvel one-shot/short movie All Hail The King, released a supplemental feature with Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray/DVD, and you haven't watched Iron Man 3, and you want to see either of them unspoiled, skip the rest of this post. That's your spoiler warning.
This year's Emerald City Comicon kicks off tonight, beginning a weekend in Seattle that for many fans and industry professionals is the most comics-related fun a person can have except for actually reading comics. ECCC has earned a reputation for its grand ambiance of community and creativity, as evidence by the wide variety of scene-specific panels and other celebrations presented throughout the weekend. Obviously the ComicsAlliance staff is very fond of ECCC and have been privileged to participate in some of those events.
If you're inclined to listen to what we have to say or ask us questions or check out some of the non-CA comics stuff we do, read on to learn where and when to catch the CA contributors this weekend in Seattle..
Last Friday, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University opened an incredible pair of exhibits featuring the art of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson, and I don't think I have ever wanted to go see an art exhibit more. Curators Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk have assembled an incredible collection of original art from Calvin and Hobbes organized by season, as well as Watterson's actual tools of the trade, featuring hilarious commentary by the man himself. Unfortunately, like many people in this world, I am nowhere near Columbus, Ohio.
The good news, however, is that the filmmakers behind Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes and its impact, were in attendance snapping pictures so that the rest of us could live vicariously through them. Check out a few of our favorites below!
Sam Orchard has been making his webcomic Rooster Tails since 2010; a series of weekly autobiographical strips about life as a transguy in New Zealand. It's an honest, sweet, nerdy, funny, and charming insight into one person's experience with transitioning.
Orchard has expanded his canvas to look at the experiences of other queer and transgender people in his new book, Family Portraits, and he's turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the book and an American promotional tour. Rewards include PDF and print copies of the book, postcards, art prints, and custom comics. ComicsAlliance spoke with Orchard to find out more about the project.
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