The Holidays are upon as, and the year is basically gone. And as you know by now, that mean that here at ComicsAlliance, we're looking back at the best that comics had to offer in 2016. So here, to give you warm feeling as you head into your holiday weekend, are the best Archie Comics covers of the year.
Jeff Lemire’s current run on Moon Knight has been interesting, and it’s clear that he’s going all out to tell a unique version of that character and story. But what’s immediately catches your attention across both arcs of this new run is the art --- first with Greg Smallwood and now Francesco Francavilla and James Stokoe. Among a lot of superhero/”big two” books, it’s been consistently inventive visually, and the current run is no different.
The thing I wanted to specifically talk about with the latest issue, Moon Knight #7, is the panel borders --- but bear with me. Both Stokoe and Francavilla are making really subtle modifications to how they outline their frames, and it all comes down to a way of controlling the reader’s pace and understanding.
Over the past 10 years, Francesco Francavilla emerged as one of the most unique and prolific artists of this generation, with a slew of credits at almost every major publisher and fans clamoring to see his gorgeous style on their favorite characters. Earlier this year, Mondo hosted a special gallery show celebrating his milestone. A frequent collaborator with the Austin art house, Francavilla will also be appearing at this weekend's MondoCon. ComicsAlliance caught up with Francavilla ahead of the event for a retrospective of his first decade in comics.
Ever since Dynamite picked up the license to Will Eisner's The Spirit, it has been doing some pretty interesting stuff. Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade's "Who Killed The Spirit?" told a compelling story that was, as you might expect from the title, focused on the main character's absence. Now, though, Dynamite is kicking off 2017 with an all-new five-issue series from Francesco Francavilla.
Mondo has announced a sale of limited edition prints from its recent Francesco Francavilla art show, to be held on their website today, September 13. The prints include pieces featuring Batman, Captain America, the X-Men, and Archie. No specific time for the start of the sale has been given, but Mondo will make an announcement via its Twitter account.
Mondo certainly has a great eye for art, and not only does it help produce some of the coolest looking prints, statues, records and pretty much anything else it can get its hands on, it knows to celebrate great artists with free gallery shows highlighting the work of artists from across genres and mediums.
Later this month, Mondo will be hosting one of these gallery shows in its home base of Austin, Texas celebrating the work of Francesco Francavilla who this year is celebrating his tenth year as a comics professional. Also available at the show will be four limited edition screen prints highlighting the artist's range.
It's been a while since we've had a new issue of Afterlife With Archie, the flagship horror title from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla that saw the zombie apocalypse hit Riverdale --- a full year, in fact, with the last issue hitting in May of 2015. Now, though, the book is set to return on May 25, and when it does, it's coming with a pair of issues that sound like they're being solicited by Stefon from Saturday Night Live.
It might seem hard to believe, but there was once a time when Archie Comics was the only publisher that didn't do variant covers. If memory serves --- and I might be wrong about this --- it took until 2010 for them to do their first one ever on Jughead #200. Now, though, with the high profile relaunches that we've seen over the past year, it looks like they're making up for lost time.
When Betty & Veronica #1 hits shelves on July 20, it's coming with twenty-five different covers, including covers from Colleen Coover, Bilquis Evely, Chip Zdarsky, Veronica Fish and many more. Check out the entire roster!
If you're a fan of Archie's horror titles, then you've probably noticed that they haven't been around much lately. Despite critical acclaim and a new wave of interest from readers for the story of Riverdale's favorite teens making their way through the zombie apocalypse and everyone's favorite Teenage Witch recast as the heroine of a Lovecraftian horror story, 2015 only saw three issues of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina --- and only one of Afterlife With Archie.
Now, though, it seems that our national nightmare is about to return. Today, Archie released their solicitations for May, promising the return of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Sabrina, followed shortly by Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's Afterlife With Archie, staggering back from the grave on June 1.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, Diamond Comic Distributors is offering commemorative T-shirts featuring designs by Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics!) and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), which will be featured in the January issue of Previews and arrive in comic book stores in April 2016.