2013 was a great year for comics. It feels like a similar statement is made after every year concludes, but 2013 unquestionably saw exceptional work from several creators, across multiple publishers and genres within the medium. To close out the year, we offered what we felt to be the best comics of the year, highlighting dozens of writers and artists whose creative output we felt deserved to be celebrated.
But now we want to hear from you. Readers often offer us their opinions, via the comment section or social media, as to what they’re enjoying, or what they think we missed. Now we’d like you to let us know with your vote, as this week we’re launching the first annual ComicsAlliance Reader Choice Awards. We’ll have two categories per day throughout the week, and you can vote more than once if you like, though you’ll have to wait an hour at least before coming back to vote again. Voting will be open until February 11 at 10 a.m. EST, and we’ll announce the winners shortly after.
We’re kicking things off with Best Writer, and you can cast your vote after the cut.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion following Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars owners Lucasfilm last year, but Marvel and Dark Horse Comics made it official today: The Star Wars comics franchise will move next year from Dark Horse, which has had the license for 22 years, back to Marvel, which published the first Star Wars comics when the original movies were coming out in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
On June 25, the publisher is releasing a 1,344-page hardcover collection of all seven Sin City stories so far--The Hard Goodbye, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, The Yellow Bastard, Family Values, Booze, Broads & Bullets and Hell and Back. The imposing hardcover will be called Frank Miller's Big Damn Sin City, it'll be out June 25, and will retail for $59.99.
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).
It's been a while since we've seen anything new from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy, but for fans of the Dark Horse series and its bizarre bunch of superpowered orphans, Way has offered up a pretty timely Christmas present over the past few days. Not only has he confirmed that he and Bá are planning to have Volume 3 and Volume 4 out in 2014, he's also been posting concept art for new characters on his Twitter account for the past few days.
Check out the art, featuring new characters called Gas Panic and St. Zero below!
It's that special time of year when we at CA are lucky enough to receive season's greetings from some of our favorite comic book publishers. The first card we received this year came fromDark Horse Comics, which went all-out with a 2013 Holiday Card featuring an unfolding comics story by Art Baltazar and Franco! of Tiny Titans acclaim. We won't spoil the narrative surprise here, but you'll definitely want to click through to see DH's official images of the comic/card hybrid in sequence.
ComicsAlliance continues its look back at the best cover artists of 2013, putting the spotlight on Mike Del Mundo (X-Men: Legacy), Massimo Carevale (Conan the Barbarian), Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Force) and Dave Johnson (Brother Lono). When it comes to creating compelling character portraits that open a window on another world, these are four artists who make it look easy.
This March two curious kids get the best friend they could ever ask for: A legendary, undead sea captain who helps solve mysteries. That's right, Davey Jones and the Mystery of the Monocle Men by Dennis Culver is set to debut in Dark Horse Presents#34. Described by DHP Associate Editor Jim Gibbons as "A Scooby-Doo type mystery by way of the Hardy Boys with a big zombie pirate and nautical trappings," Davey Jones is set to run for three DHP installments through issue #37. Click through as CA works to crack the mystery of just what Culver has in store for DHP.
The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below.
From the looks of what Diamond Comic Distributors has release so far, Free Comic Book Day2014 on May 3, will once again be a most family-friendly affair.
Diamond unveiled what it's calling its "gold-level title" list today, 12 books from publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Archie, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Bongo Comics, Boom! Studios and Fantagraphics. The fare is almost all kid-friendly stuff, with Hello Kitty, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Uncle Scrooge comics all on tap.
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