Celebrating March Madness (which is some kind of seasonal daze inflicted on America by either baseball or basketball or one of those other strange sports you all seem to love so much), Oni Press filled the week leading up to this past weekend's Emerald City Comic-Con with a series of big announcements, including the previously-reported news that the publisher is opening up submissions to everyone, and no less than seven new projects from a host of impressive creative teams. To help you pick a few winners (that's what March Madness means, right?) we've rounded up all the announcements in one place.
To promote his new Oni Press book Hellbreak with writer Cullen Bunn, artist Brian Churilla has been putting together these great process gifs to show how he creates his art. As an artist that works entirely digitally, Churilla has gone to great pains to still give his work texture and depth. He does all the linework using an iMac and Manga Studio 5 before passing it off to colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Jared Fletcher.
Check out an animated gif, exclusive to ComicsAlliance, plus the variant covers for Hellbreak #1 and an explanation of his process.
Wolverine is dead. I think. Or about to be dead; I'm not actually up-to-date on that book. But either way, one of Marvel's biggest heroes is certainly dying, fictionally-speaking, and he'll be gone from Marvel's books for... an uncertain period of time. Excluding flashbacks and alternate dimensions, maybe. And the possibility that he's not dead.
Killing Wolverine could actually be a smart move for Marvel; the character has been over-exposed for decades, to a degree that dilutes his appeal. Taking him off the board for a period allows the character to rest and come back when people miss him and creators have something new to say about him, and turns his return into an event. The tactic worked well for Captain America and Peter Parker, among others. But Marvel can't ever be completely without Wolverine; that would be crazy. So in January it's launching an ongoing weekly series called Wolverines. Yes, weekly. Yes, plural.
When you consider the entire history of Magneto, it's pretty ridiculous. He's been assumed dead at least half-a-dozen times; he's probably flip-flopped from villain to hero more times than that; and he's been resurrected as both a Nelson-haired clone (millennials: Google "Nelson band" to get how funny that is) and a star-headed Taoist. Mistakes have been made with the character; mistakes so big that the character's retcons and course-corrections have diminished his stature, leaving readers to wonder; Just who the hell is Magneto?
In Marvel's Magneto, by Cullen Bunn, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Javier Fernandez, and Jordie Bellaire, that question is finally getting a good answer.
Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart, a new Hellboy series from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich's Lady Killer.
Also in the mix; new series from Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Rafael Albuquerque, and Cullen Bunn, and sequels to Colder, from Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, and Alabaster, from Caitlin R. Kiernan and Joëlle Jones.
Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
Fearless Defenders #12 arrived in stores this week, the final issue of a series that in a short amount of time gained a cult following unlike any other in mainstream comics. Upon close examination, it's easy to understand why -- it was not only the rare team title that featured an all female cast, but it was easily one of, if not the, most diverse and progressive titles on the stands. With Fearless Defenders, writer Culllen Bunn and artist Will Sliney fully embraced the notion that women of color and queer women are just as qualified to be heroic as anyone else.
So when it was announced that Marvel was ending the title at issue #12, it was disappointing news for many, including the title's creative team. As one last gift to fans, Bunn took to his website to bid a final farewell to the title, while also sharing some background information, including various lineups considered for the team and notes on where the book may have gone next.
Just in time for his likely prominent role in the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, Magneto is getting a starring role in his own, brand new series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta.
The series will debut sometime next year -- USA Today didn't include a date certain in its announcement -- and it will follow Magneto as he prowls the streets looking for enemies of the mutant cause.
Creators Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney confirmed yesterday what some readers feared after Fearless Defenders did not show up in Marvel's January solicitations this week -- the title will be concluding with issue #12.
The first six serialized issues of Helheim by writer Cullen Bunn, artist Joëlle Jones, colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Ed Brisson wrapped up in August, but Oni Press has good news for all you trade-waiters out there. Helheim Volume 1: The Witch War will collect the full series into a single trade paperback this March, wrapping it all in a brand new battle-worn cover. Oni's given us a first-look at the upcoming tpb artwork by Jones and Filardi, which you can see in full after the cut.