Over the past few years, I've often wondered why comic book publishers weren't taking advantage of the opportunities that we've seen through the growth of webcomics, hooking new readers with free content and then using that to drive them towards the established market. Today, though, it looks like that's exactly what they're doing.
Along with its parent company, Warner Bros., DC Comics is part of a relaunch of three kid-friendly sites, LooneyTunes.com, ScoobyDoo.com and DCKids.com. In addition to videos and games, they're putting up free full-length stories for kids --- including great all ages comics like Eric Jones and Landry Walker's Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, and the best Looney Tunes comic ever.
And, if you're me, and you've spent your entire life gathering up as much weird and forgotten comic book ephemera as you can, you will also always have the 1996 comic book adaptation of Space Jam. Seriously, I can't get rid of this thing, so since now is one of exactly two times in the past 18 years that there has been renewed interest in Space Jam, we might as well have a look back to see how it translated to the comic book page.
Animation director Chuck Jones is acclaimed for his groundbreaking work on some of the most celebrated and classic Looney Tunes shorts featuring Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, but he also directed a good many Tom & Jerry cartoons, the animated adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and much more. So animation fans should be very excited to learn that his art -- sketches, storyboards, cels, model sheets, photographic backgrounds, as well as 22 animated shorts, including "What’s Opera, Doc?," "The Dot and the Line," and "One Froggy Evening" -- will be part of a six-year traveling museum exhibition that starts this July at New York's Museum of the Moving Image.
Combining two things that I love, artist Ben Horak, currently an intern at Fantagraphics, has created an homage to Los Bros Hernandez and Looney Tunes with his clever take on the classic 'The Death of Speedy' storyline from Love and Rockets...
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