Top Shelf has kicked off its annual massive sale. Running through Friday, September 27th, many of the publisher's celebrated titles will be available at deeply discounted prices through its website, with several titles being 50% off and more than 100 books going for $3 or less.
In the description of her new Kickstarter, prolific comic creator Jill Thompson says she has always wanted to make merchandise based on her Scary Godmother character, but the rights were tied up for some time following an animation deal that produced 2003's Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular and 2005's Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy.
Now, those rights have reverted back to her, and she's making merchandise on her own, starting with a really, really fancy articulated fashion doll. It's a pretty good deal, too. Contribute $50 to the Kickstarter, and you get one. If you follow CA's toy coverage at all, you're probably no stranger to seeing similar dolls going for twice or even three times that amount.
Given that his book Seduction of the Innocent and subsequent anti-comics presentation to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency resulted in the formation of the Comics Code Authority, Fredric Wertham is basically considered the biggest real-life boogieman in the history of the medium. But what if he hadn't become the face of comic-crippling paranoia by asserting that all kinds of comics caused real world social problems? What if he'd been... right all along. That's the question Josh Williamson and Ron Chan chillingly answer in "What if Wertham Was Right?" a six-page segment of the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013, which drops on October second to fund the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and its efforts to protect the artistic rights of comic creators. CA hit up the duo to see what inspired such a heretical question. See what they had to say, along with a spoiler-free preview of their tale, after the jump.
Koyama Press announced its lineup of new comics for spring 2014 this week, and the three collections and one original graphic novel in the group look pretty doggone fantastic.
Cat Person collects Seo Kim's daily comics, issues 2-5 of Michael Deforge's anthology Lose are collected in A Body Beneath, 1000 Crushes is a compilation of excepts from various books by Elisha Lim and new work, and Jesse Jacobs' Safari Honeymoon follows a pair of newlyweds into an otherworldly forest. Check out all four comic covers after the cut.
Back in June, I wrote about how excited I was to sit down with a stack of Benjamin Marra's Traditional Comics. There's just something about those lurid black-and-white adventures like Night Business that hits my nostalgia for both VHS-only action movies and the black and white indie boom of the '80s perfectly. I love 'em, and now, Marra has announced that he's adding another title to the Traditional roster, debuting at SPX in September.
It stars a pair of brothers who may in fact both be loosely inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and it's called Blades & Lazers, which I think we can all agree is the best title of all time.
There's a certain stereotype that springs to mind when I think about political cartoons and the cartoonists that draw them. In his book, Life Begins at Incorporation (out digitally via ComiXology submit now and available in print on his site, also coming from Top Shelf in November) cartoonist Matt Bors acknowledges it, and even points to The Onion's spot-on parody of that crotchety old goof. I worked at a daily newspaper for almost four years, during which I knew two different editorial cartoonists, neither of which fit the bill of the guy who always draws the Statue of Liberty crying. And yet I can't shake the stereotype. It persists.
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 have been 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.