Never fear, Citizens of Townsville --- the Powerpuff Girls are back! Not just in an all-new 40-episode season arriving on Cartoon Network starting in April, but with an equally all-new ongoing comic from IDW. Show writers Jake Goldman and Haley Mancini are co-writing the comic. And Mancini's more than just writing the Powerpuff Girls, she's also one of their arch enemies, as the voice of Princess Morebucks on the show. Art for the comic is provided by Derek Charm, whose work you may have seen in Super Secret Crisis War and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.
Retailer incentive covers will feature art by animators from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon, starting a Jay Hasrajani variant for this first issue. There's also a subscriber variant by Paulina Ganucheau, as well as the standard cover by Charm.
As much as they might've been modernized over the past few years, I think it's still safe to say that Archie comics are rooted in a series of classic elements. The eternal war between Betty and Veronica for Archie's affections, for instance, or Archie's well-meaning clumsiness, or even Jughead constantly mooching off Archie to get money for burgers. Those are all long-standing traditions in the Archie Universe, but none are so well-regarded as the gang having to fight a bear.
What's that? Y'all don't think that's a traditional Archie story? Well, I can assure you that it happened in 1974's Life With Archie #143, and that's enough of a tradition for me --- especially since Chip Zdarsky and Derek Charm are bringing it back for the next issue of Jughead. Check out a preview!
A few years back, I had a conversation with Derek Charm where he talked about how much he loved drawing bright, poppy colors. Even then, I thought his clean lines, expressive style and love of neon pinks and blues would make him a perfect artist for a Powerpuff Girls comic, and now, we know that's the case. After serving as the regular artist of IDW's PPG and PPG Super Smash-Up, it's pretty clear that he has a knack for the job.
And now, he's back at it, taking on the redesigns from the new television series in IDW's all-new Powerpuff Girls #1 --- and in addition to the art for the story, he's done a new variant cover where they're kicking the living heck out of Mojo Jojo.
If you're familiar at all with Derek Charm's work on titles like the creator-owned Trip Fantastic, then you've probably already realized that he's one of the few artists that could be called absolutely perfect for the job of drawing Archie's burger-obessed pal Jughead. His cartoony style and sharp angles fit young Forsythe Pendleton Jones III to a tee, and ever since it was announced that he would be taking over art for the ongoing title, I've been waiting to see what he'd do. But I was not prepared for the horror that would be unleashed.
I mean, look, the preview that we have today is unlettered, so I can't be sure, but I'm pretty sure Charm's first issue of Jughead (along with writer Chip Zdarsky) is focusing on Archie and Jughead being caught up in the Mantle Family Reunion. That's right, y'all: Multiple Reggies. Tremble in fear and check out the preview below... if you dare!
Archie's reboot titles have been firing on all cylinders from right out of the gate, largely in part to the publisher's adept hand at selecting top quality creators to update and rethink some of the most iconic characters in comics. That trend is set to continue this September as The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's Ryan North and Trip Fantastic's Derek Charm take over creative duties for Riverdale's hungriest citizen with Jughead #9.
Archie Comics’s recent reboot titles have been on a roll lately, with the main title by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish reinvigorating the classic Riverdale characters, and Chip Zdarsky & Erica Henderson’s Jughead continuing the momentum with their unique brand of zany humor. Today, via HitFix Harpy, Archie Comics has announced another talented creator will enter these ranks as Derek Charm joins the team for Jughead #7.
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?
Seen fleetingly throughout the recent Star Trek movies, the Starfleet Academy will take the spotlight this October for a miniseries at IDW from Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrot, and Derek Charm. Set partly during Spock, Uhura and Kirk's time in the academy, the series is set to focus not just on the well-known characters, but introduce a new group of cadets as well.
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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Team-up comics are the best. The simple fact is that if one superhero (or team of superheroes) is great, then two is going to be twice as great, and books like DC Comics Presents, Marvel Team-Up, and Brave and the Bold have shown that this is exactly the case. Now it's time for the Powerpuff Girls to prove this point yet again.
Following up on the events of IDW's big Super Secret Crisis War, this week sees the release of Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1, where writer/artist Derek Charm sends Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup on a trip across the Cartoon Network multiverse to team up with other characters. The first issue involves a trip to Dexter's Lab, but before they get to that, they've got to deal with Fuzzy Lumpkins and some stampeding zoo animals.
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