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?
Bill & Ted fans recently got some most non-heinous news with Boom Studios' announcement of a hardcover collection of the 1991 Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book series. Written and drawn by indie comics idol Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, World's Funnest Comics, Beasts of Burden), the series was one of the best comics of the time, blending the manic energy of the films with Dorkin's legendary wit and crammed-to-the gills panels.
Hopefully this cult classic will find a wider audience this December, with the full-color collection of all of Dorkin's issues plus his adaptation of the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey movie. We sat down with Dorkin to discuss the news, the genesis of the series and his early career.
The 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards took place at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego on Friday night, and it was a great night for diversity, for women in comics, for comics aimed at a younger audience, and for the future of the industry.
Back in those happy days before you could turn on the TV and hear a canned laughtrack echoing around some angular goofball in a Flash t-shirt, Evan Dorkin's The Eltingville Clubwas delivering the funniest and most brutally sharp portrayal of the dregs of fandom that you could find. Now, after 20 years of comics stories and an animated pilot in 2002, it looks like a new two-issue miniseries from Dark Horse finally is the end of the Eltingville Club!
At New York Comic-Con, we talked about the origins of the series in hate mail from Justice League fans, what the reaction is, and Dorkin's feelings on the animated pilot.
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.
This Saturday's DC Nation block on Cartoon Network sees the first in a series of Metal Men animated shorts devised by cartoonists and animation veterans Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer. I confess the allure of Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru's intelligent robots whose personalities reflect the properties of their designated metals and their eccentric creator Dr. Wil...
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.
Upcoming:Smile fans will be pleased to find out that Raina Telgemeier is set to release two more original graphic novels through Scholastic's all ages Graphix imprint. Sisters is expected in 2014, with another unannounced book to follow sometime after that...
On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #11, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such comics creators as Francesco Francavilla (introducing The Black Beetle), Mike Richardson, Tim Seeley and Victor Drujiniu (introducing The Occultist), John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (introducing The Creep), Frank J...
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