We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
With only one issue released so far, the BOOM! Studios series Day Men has already attracted serious Hollywood attention in the form a reported seven-figure deal for the film rights. Drawn by Brian Stelfreeze and co-written by Matt Gagnon (also BOOM! Editor-in-Chief) and Michael Allan Nelson, Day Men imagines vampires as clans of supernatural crime families secretly controlling everything in the world. The titular Day Men are specially trained human agents tasked with doing the vampires' dirty work during the day.
Because there have been some unfortunate circumstances with respect to films based on comics whose original creators are not compensated to their or their families' liking (or even credited), we reached out to the BOOM! and the Day Men team to see if the news was indeed good from their points of view.
On sale this week from BOOM! Studios is the first issue of Day Men, a new series that introduces readers to the human helping hands of the violent vampire elite who rule the world in secret. Written by Matt Gagnon (Freelancers) and Michael Alan Nelson (Supergirl), Day Men is a cool organized crime-tinged take on the enduringly popular vampire genre, but the major selling point for the series is that it marks the return to monthly comics of one of the American industry’s most talented but elusive artists: Brian Stelfreeze. Does the final product live up to the auspicious occasion? Yes and no, but that it exists at all might be more important.
One of the forthcoming new titles most discussed around the ComicsAlliance water cooler (which is filled not with water but with blood) is Day Men, a BOOM! Studios project that sees the return of Brian Stelfreeze to monthly comics for the first time in seven years. Possibly best known for a gorgeous run of painted covers for Batman: Shadow of the Bat and one of our most favorite artists ever, the ultra-meticulous and stylized Stelfreeze normally keeps himself busy with smaller projects including comic book covers, commissions in the collector's market, and short contributions to things like DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello's auspicious Wednesday Comics anthology. But when BOOM! offered Stelfreeze the chance to create a world from the ground up, the "artist's artist" decided all the conditions were in place for him to get back to a monthly grind.
Penciller, inker, colorist and painter Brian Stelfreeze is a longtime favorite of art and illustration enthusiasts. Beloved by a generation of readers for his memorably stunning run of painted covers for Batman: Shadow of the Bat in the 1990s, Stelfreeze's work is at once luscious and razor sharp, flying off the page (or screen) in hypnotic, ultra high contrast black and white or in a frenzy of electric, eccentric color. He's contributed in some capacity to seemingly every major American publisher in the
Now in his fifth year at the Los Angeles-based company, Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon has seen BOOM! Studios grow from what he's described as a "scrappy upstart" company that began in CEO Ross Richie's spare bedroom to what he's proud to say is now a top ten comic book publisher in the direct market. There have been ups and downs in that time, such as BOOM!'s bold steps into same-day digi
BOOM! Studios will be making a formal announcement with all the details at this weekend's Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, but knowing that the ComicsAlliance crowd are fans of the best art ever the publisher shared with us this image from a brand new comic book project by Brian Stelf
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