For the better part of the past year (and some change), Tumblr has beheld one of the most blissful art jams of the current millenium, a panel-for-panel recreation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga starring the cast of The Simpsons appropriately dubbed, Bartkira. Inspired by Ryan Humphrey, organized by James Harvey and featuring the work of a sprawling assortment of artists from all over the web, the project has finally reached a print milestone. On May 1 at Portland, Oregon's Floating World Comics, fans got a chance to take in 16 pages of the project's original artwork in a special gallery, and also pick up a 96-page exhibition book collecting a selection of the project's sequential pages. ComicsAlliance dropped by to see the epic of Bart-turned-Kaneda and Milhouse-turned-Tetsuo in print and on the wall. Neo Springfield may or may not have E.X.P.L.O.D.E.d.
Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
Valentine's Day is once again looming in the near future, which means that here at ComicsAlliance, our thoughts have turned to romance. And, since our ideas of romance have been formed pretty much entirely by comics, that means that we're also pretty fixated on the sobbing, sniffling, and weeping of utter heartbreak.
If there's one thing I've learned from my love of classic romance comics -- and to be honest, I'm not sure that there is one thing I've learned from these, other than that old men in the 1950s and '60s had some pretty weird ideas about what girls were into -- it's that true love cannot exist without an equal measure of sorrow. That's why today, we've gone back through a stack of back issues to bring you 20 of the most heartbreaking moments in romance comic history.
The fact that Jim Rugg is a pretty incredible artist isn't exactly news to anyone who's ever read Street Angel or Afrodisiac, but his latest project has blown away even a long-time fan like me. In Notebook Nerd, an art show at the IA
Batman: The Animated Series made classic, Golden Age-era animation look cool again, and Des Taylor's artwork wields the same vintage, expressive charm. Taylor shared some pages from his own comic, The Legend of the Blue Lotus, earlier this month, and the character shares a name with a classic Tintin story, as well as an
Marvel Comics readers know the precious joy of reading a good "What If...? " comic. Artist Madéleine Flores obviously enjoys such pleasures, too, as her hypothetical take on Iron Man shows.
In addition to speculating about an alternative uni-beam placement on Tony Stark, Flores has also tackled the contents of Batman's cowl ears. She's got the kin
Jack Kirby was unquestionably the greatest comic book artist who ever lived, and is largely responsible for shaping comic books as we know them today. But there's one aspect of the King's work that I absolutely love, even though it's often overlooked: The incredible "Next Issue" blurbs that he created for his comics. One of Kirby's greatest gifts was his
George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books may not be ideal targets for children's book adaptations. If anyone every figures out a way to make such a project work, however, Brazilian illustrator Irena Freitas could do a fine job of bringing the inhabitants of Westeros to life 12-and-under readers. Freitas