Zootopia is currently rocking theaters around the world with its mix of charming animal comedy, classic buddy movie tropes, and a level of rich social allegory not usually seen in a big-budget Disney Animation feature.
If you loved Zootopia and want to read comics with similar smart humor and all-ages appeal, the medium has a rich history of funny animal comics going right the way back to the genesis of the newspaper comic strip; Jimmy Swinnerton's Mr. Jack, about a caddish young tiger, debuted all the way back in 1890. We're currently enjoying a new golden age for all-ages comics, so we've compiled a list of some of the best books available today for you to check out if Zootopia left you hungry for more.
Legendary indie comics hero Tank Girl is back in Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank, a three issue series by Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin, with art by Brett Parson. The first issue comes out in May from Titan Comics, and we have a just-released preview to share!
When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.
There are a lot of impressive webcomics out there, but very few creators have the chutzpah to reboot an entire line of webcomics as one slice-of-life strip. That's how Dumbing of Age was born, and the result is some of the finest comics storytelling being published today.
Originally published by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's RAW Books, and featuring characters that appeared in several issues of RAW magazine, Mark Beyer's Agony is a highlight of the 80s art comics movement, spearheaded by that landmark publication. Now available in a new edition as the first release of the New York Review Comics line, the abstract, absurd, and bleakly funny comic book returns, and it's just as oddly beautiful and relevant as ever.
Deepwater Prison Vol.1: Constellation is a French comic newly translated into English, thank to Delcourt and Soleil. Written by popular French author Christopher Bec, with art by Stefano Raffaele, it tells the near-future tale of an underwater prison and an ecological disaster, and it comes to English-language readers as a digital release on Comixology on March 16th. Check out an exclusive preview!
The people of Pumpkins County have two major problems. The one they know about is the Creeps, a gang of four middle schoolers who are constantly running around making trouble for everyone else. The one they don't know about --- or at least that they don't talk about --- is that their town is constantly under attack by all kinds of supernatural weirdness, and the Creeps are the only ones trying to put a stop to it before everyone is replaced by frog zombies or devoured by trolls.
That's the premise of Chris Schweizer's The Creeps, a series of graphic novels for kids that sees it second horror-packed installment released this month. To get a little more information, ComicsAlliance spoke to Schweizer about creating horror comics for kids, why the Creeps will never catch a break from their classmates, and the strange way that his own childhood heroism was rewarded by roast beef sandwiches.
Gotham was certainly an interesting prospect when it was first announced, and many Batman fans were unsure whether a TV show about a rookie Jim Gordon and a child Bruce Wayne could work. Now we’re halfway through season 2, and the show continues to surprise with how weird and wonderful it can be, while providing interesting and unique takes on classic Batman tropes.
If watching Gotham has inspired you to try out some more noir crime comics, we have some suggestions. We're going to look beyond the obvious choices of Batman, Detective Comics, and the comic that most directly inspired Gotham, Gotham Central. Instead, we’ve picked out five of the best independent crime and detective books for you to check out
The Toronto Comics Anthology has been the jumping off point for scores of great new local talent for a couple of years now, and for many of the creators it gives them the first opportunity to have comics work printed and published for the world to see. After the success of last year’s second volume, the anthology is back to show off the best and brightest of the Toronto indie scene to the world.
Unless you got in at the ground floor with DEATHZONE back in 2013, now might actually be the best time to get into Michel Fiffe's Copra. After a few years of low print runs --- including the first few issues that were limited to only 400 copies --- the series has now been collected in paperback and was just recently made available digitally through Comixology.
And if you want to keep going, there's good news on that front, too: This week, Fiffe put up the next batch of subscriptions on Etsy, including not just the next three issues of Copra itself, but also the first two issues of Copra Versus, a new miniseries that puts the focus on bad guys. And by "bad guys," I mean, "an army of cyborg bounty hunters."
One of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the history of our planet is the question of what killed the dinosaurs. There is, of course, the leading theory that the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event was the result of a massive asteroid impact, something that's supported by a layer of sediment in the fossil record that includes high traces of iridium, and by the discovery of the massive Chicxulub crater, all of which amounts to a pretty compelling batch of scientific evidence. Personally, though, I don't buy it, and not just because of noted scientist Dr. Victor Fries and his assertion that the mass extinction was the result of the onset of an ice age.
No, my doubts come from the fact that, like everyone else who read Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1989, I already know what killed the dinosaurs: It was the Ninja Turtles. Specifically, Leonardo. I know, I was surprised, too.
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