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.
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One of the standout releases of last year's Brooklyn Comics + Graphics Festival was a characteristically striking series of self-published zines from Benjamin Marra (The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd) based on the filmed version of Bret Easton Ellis' infamous novel, American Psycho. Rendered in Marra's distinctive high-contrast style, each image recreates a moment from director Mary Harron's cult favorite film in such a way as to eclipse that mo
The brick and mortar retailers that make up the comic book industry's direct market are struggling. Though the reasons for this struggle stem from a cocktail of factors -- evolving consumer habits, online piracy, rising cover prices, distribution difficulties and an overall uncertain economy -- it's clear that the current cornerstone of comic book sales is in the midst of change
Art: Mondo and Sideshow Collectibles team for a limited edition Super Powers print remembering Kenner's fan-favorite '80s action figure line.
Characters: Chris Illuminati looks at some classic Batman covers and ponders Robin's worth as a sidekick.
Anime: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure will be ge
Beginning today and last through January 2, Floating World Comics of Portland, Ore. will host SPACENITE 2, the store's second ROM: Spaceknight-themed art gallery benefiting former attorney and prolific ROM scribe Bill Mantlo. Organized by store owner Jason Leivian, the SPACENITE 2 gallery contains the work of dozens of creators including Mike Allr