One of the true joys of comics is that, if you're willing to stroll around the medium, you inevitably encounter new work that makes you feel like you opened the door to the wrong house and made yourself comfortable before realizing your mistake. Artist Sloane Leong's comics havebeen hitting me that way for awhile, but it wasn't until the increasingly prolific creator and contributing colorist on comics including Prophet, Change and Sabertooth Swordsman's latest solo release that I could pinpoint why her evolving style resonated so well. It's the mystery. Available to read in its entirety at Vice and as a paid download on Gumroad, Clutch is a haunting black-and-white short that takes place as much on the page as in a reader's psyche. ComicsAlliance got in touch with Leong to get some insights into her latest work, her approach to creating and why sometimes the best coloring is no coloring.
This Friday, 2 Guns, a movie about two undercover drug agents who begrudgingly have to work together and that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opens in theaters. Most people who see it won't have any idea it was based on a comic book by writer Steven Grant and artist Mateus Santolouco. And yet Grant probably made more money from selling the movie rights than anyone who's written a Wolverine comic will make from The Wolverine, The New York Times explains.
The Crow creator James O'Barr is apparently going to have a good bit of say in what happens in the new series based on his long-running series, which started in 1989. Earlier this month, production company Relativity Media confirmed O'Barr would serve as a consultant for the film, but it looks like the creator's art is going to be very important to promoting the movie -- at least in the early going.
Last week, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, the creators of Atomic Robo, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a whole bunch of new merchandise for fans of their all-ages action adventure comic. The centerpiece of the campaign:The Tesladyne Field Guide, a handbook for new recruits on how to deal with the bizarre super-scientific situations that Atomic Robo finds himself up against every day.
In less than a week, they've managed to raise over $50,000, so to talk about the success, we contacted Clevinger for an interview. He agreed... and things quickly took a turn for the hostile.
He is one of the original Marvel architects. He is a legend of American horror comics. His works directly inspired one of the most enduring products of the graphic novel era. He was present for the birth of the indie superhero comic. He was among the first generation of comic book fans to become comic book professionals. He is revered, he is despised, and he would be glanced upon askance, frequently, were he agreeable to public exhibition of himself, which he is not.
He is Steve Ditko, aged 85. He has been drawing comics for over half a century.
And in the past five years alone, he has written, drawn, lettered and co-published eighteen issues of original comic books -- over 500 pages of completely new art -- which almost nobody has read.
Those of you who have already read Trip Fantastic, one of ComicsAlliance's favorite comics, probably don't need any additional convincing when I say that Derek Charm's Demon Dog is a book you need to buy right now. For the rest of you, well... first, read Trip. Then go buy Demon Dog for a buck. It's that simple.
Bone creator Jeff Smith, via his publishing company Cartoon Books, has released the first full color pages from the upcoming collection of RASL. Due out this fall, the RASL hardcover collects the multiple-Eisner and Harvey Award winner's sci-fi tale about a thief who travels to parallel universes stealing art and dodging the government.
Though observant listeners to early clips of Fox's new Axe Cop animated show were pretty certain Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, Ron F**king Swanson himself, would play the titular mustachioed officer, Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle confirmed it, along with the rest of a truly stellar cast, on his blog.
Graphic Novelist Hope Larson, who was recently nominated for an Eisner for her 2012 adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, has made the leap to moving pictures. Her new eight-and-a-half-minute short film Bitter Orange, starring Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Brie Larson and The Venture Bros.' James Urbaniak, is now available to watch on Vimeo.
Fantagraphics Books has confirmed a September 2013 release date for Love And Rockets: The Covers, the eagerly anticipated and first ever full-color compilation of cover artwork from the legendary alt comics opus by Los Bros Hernandez.
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