Earlier this week, in celebration of the 50th statue in the Batman: Black & White line, we spoke with DC Collectibles VP -- Creative Services Kevin Kiniry and Design Director Jim Fletcher about the past, present and future of this enduringly popular line. Started in 2005 and based on the Eisner-winning Batman: Black & White anthology edited by Mark Chiarello, the statues have become favorites among collectors, due in large part to the various artists who have contributed designs for their three dimensional takes on The Dark Knight. Now, ComicsAlliance is teaming up with ScreenCrush and Arcade Sushi to give away a copy of the 50th statue in the series, designed by Sean Murphy.
Launched in 2005 by what was then called DC Direct, the Batman: Black & White statue series is DC Collectibles’ three-dimensional spinoff of the hugely acclaimed, Eisner-winning 1990s comic book anthology edited by Mark Chiarello that invited some of the world’s best and most idiosyncratic artists to express their own uninhibited visions of the enduringly popular and graphically compelling Dark Knight. Like the original book, the Black & White statue line has become a favorite among collectors and illustration enthusiasts for its high quality craftsmanship and impeccable taste in collaborators. Some of the artists who’ve designed for the Black & White series include Paul Pope, Simon Bisley, Eduardo Risso, Mike Mignola, Steve Rude, Alex Ross, Frank Miller, Matt Wagner, Neal Adams, Bruce Timm, Cliff Chiang, Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quietly... the list is very long and almost embarrassingly auspicious.
Having collected numerous DC and Warner Bros. Animation-related statues from the days when they were still licensed out to sculptors like Randy Bowen, the artists of Graffiti Designs and the talents at the much missed Warner Bros. Studio Store, I’m obviously a great admirer of the work of DC Collectibles. There’s something very hard to describe about how a great statue or other three-dimensional representation of your favorite hero can express their true, well, awesomeness in a way that’s utterly distinct from line art or even film or animation. It’s arguable that no collectibles line possesses this power in greater quantities than Batman: Black & White, as the line’s success with fans and creative professionals continues to demonstrate as it releases its fiftieth statue this week, designed by longtime ComicsAlliance favorite Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake).
To celebrate the occasion (which also syncs up nicely with the long-awaited return of Chiarello’s beloved anthology, for which a photograph of Murphy’s statue will serve as a variant cover), we connected with DC Collectibles VP - Creative Services Kevin Kiniry and Design Director Jim Fletcher to talk about the history of Batman: Black & White, the possibility of a Black & White villains spinoff, and why so many comic book artists consider working on the line a “badge of honor.”
This winter is going to be a solid season for DC Collectibles fans and the letter "S" as there'll be a lot of Suicide Squad, Shazam!, (crime) Synidcate, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Super Best Friends Forever, and smooching going on. From about December through February DCC will be rolling out items including a Jim Lee style Hush statue featuring Batman and Catwoman getting romantic, plus new Crime Synidcate, Suicide Squad and Shazam! action figures. Fans who weren't able to pick up the SDCC exclusive SBFF box set will also have a more or less second chance at the sculpts with special figure-topped Batgirl, Wonder Girl and Super Girl storage boxes, each of which come with swappable faceplates for multiple display expressions. As for Scribblenauts Unmasked, DCC will roll out 11 blindboxed figures, each standing 2.25" tall. You can get a look at these offerings and more from the full list of DCC November solicitations after the jump.
When it comes to San Diego Comic-Con, every publisher approaches the show a little bit differently. Whether they house cosplay contests, interactive displays, photo ops with talent, creator signings and/or a whole lot of purchasable product, SDCC booths are an opportunity for the publishers that can attend to make a big impression on one of the most attended pop culture gatherings of the year. You can get a sampling of what publishers like Marvel, DC, Archie, Boom!, IDW, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, Image, Fantagraphics, Oni and others were up to on the show floor of this year's SDCC after the cut.
Making right on its annual Comic-Con tradition of gradually displaying more and more new toys, statues and other items at its booth, DC Collectibles previewed eight brand new Scribblenauts Unmasked 2.5" vinyl figures this past weekend. Joining the previously-revealed Batman, (camouflage) Aquaman, Deadman and Sinestro were Superman, Bizarro Superman, Bane, Nightmare Batman, classic Aquaman, a gold Superman and a mockup of Scribblenauts protagonist Maxwell in a Green Lantern uniform.
On top of selling its slate of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives at the Graphitti Designs booth #2315 during the convention, DC Collectibles will also be debuting more than a dozen brand new upcoming action figure, statues and miniatures at booth #1915. Among them? Arrow action figures, Greg Capullo style Batman toys, Suicide Squad figure, Scribblenauts Unmasked collectibles, a Bombshell Black Canary and a new Wonder Woman statue. You can check out all of the upcoming DC Collectibles offerings after the jump.
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In the era of 3D printing, sometimes its easy to take things like sculpting for granted. As a new timelapse video from DC Collectibles shows, however, despite the power of 3D modeling software, it ain't the Auto-Tune of sculpting.
If you were worried DC Collectibles had already shown its hand earlier this month with the reveal of its upcoming New 52 Swamp Thing and Supervillains series Deathstroke action figures, today's full September solicitations release ought to put the toy and statue segment of your mind at ease.