The people of Pumpkins County have two major problems. The one they know about is the Creeps, a gang of four middle schoolers who are constantly running around making trouble for everyone else. The one they don't know about --- or at least that they don't talk about --- is that their town is constantly under attack by all kinds of supernatural weirdness, and the Creeps are the only ones trying to put a stop to it before everyone is replaced by frog zombies or devoured by trolls.
That's the premise of Chris Schweizer's The Creeps, a series of graphic novels for kids that sees it second horror-packed installment released this month. To get a little more information, ComicsAlliance spoke to Schweizer about creating horror comics for kids, why the Creeps will never catch a break from their classmates, and the strange way that his own childhood heroism was rewarded by roast beef sandwiches.
Yesterday was the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which means the holiday season has officially come to an end. Sad to say, but you should have taken down all your decorations now --- and, should you be lucky enough to have a True Love in your life, figure out what to do with all these birds, drummers, pipers and maids a-milking. And if you printed out and built Chris Schweizer's elaborate papercraft Nativity scene, that can leave a hole your bookshelf.
But don't fret! Your home decor doesn't have to be Schweizer-free for long. He's cooked up another papercraft playset based on Sherlock Holmes, for year-round deductive fun.
Along with the Christmas tree and strings of lights, the nativity scene is one of the classic Christmas decorations, but to be honest, they can be a little boring. I myself have tried to spice things up in the past by removing the usual figures and replacing them with GI Joes and Lego Batman pieces, but it's just not the same, which is why I'm glad that cartoonist Chris Schweizer has stepped up to save Christmas with his amazing papercraft Nativity Scene.
From October 1950, when the very first installments of Peanuts was published, every single installment of the strip was drawn by Charles M. Schulz's own hand, and the only variations in the style of the characters' depictions came organically through the evolution of Schulz's own drawing style. Even when the characters have appeared outside their home strip, in various animated specials or in the Dell or Boom comic books, the animators and artists have closely aped Schulz's style.
That's what makes Boom Studios' new Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz so compelling. It's difficult to imagine what any other artist's version of the iconic characters might look like, but this book is full of them, and being faced with these characters divorced from their creator's designs is fascinating and at times even disconcerting. It's hard to look at the realistic image of Charlie Brown by Ryan Sook on the cover of the book, staring into the eyes of the "real" Charlie Brown, and not be a little freaked out, isn't it?
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations 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, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, you may already know that for the past few years, I've been working on filling up a sketchbook themed around Jack Kirby, but after three years and over fifty sketches, I thought it was finally time to retire it and move on to something else. That's why this year, I started up a new sketchbook themed around another influential comics creator: ShotaroIshinomori, the original creator of Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai series that have spun off to 40 years of tokusatsu shows by other creators.
With Emerald City behind us, there are a dozen sketches in the book, which means it's time to start sharing. Check below for Power Rangers and Kamen Riders from artists like Chuck BB, Erica Henderson, Derek Charm and more!
For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
If you dug the first installment of Chris Schweizer's "Princess of Rad Hats" backup in last month's Adventure Time, you'll be pleased to know that it'll be back for part two in Wednesday's Adventure Time #14...
While other artists find themselves drawing reinterpretations of their favorite comic book characters, Chris Schweizer draws caricatures of his favorite cartoonists, including ones that you could cut out as paper figurines...
Adventure Time fans have watched Finn and Jake try their respective human/dog hands at kingship before and it wasn't exactly their thing. In this week's Adventure Time #13 backup, "Princess of Rad Hats," by Chris Schweizer the pair of heroes are faced with unrequested royalty once again, but with a twist you'd only expect in the Land of Ooo...
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