Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
This week would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, so to celebrate, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comic pros to contribute their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and the response has been overwhelming. Yesterday, we posted the first set of these all-star tributes, and here's the second, even more expansive selection!
In stores this week is The Manhattan Projects #13, the latest issue of the Image Comics title. Written by Jonathan Hickman with art from Nick Pitarra and Jordie Bellaire, the series features fictional (and slightly mad) versions of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Fermi, and other real life scientists from the World War II era, in an alternate history in which the Manhattan Project was actually a front for a group focused on far more esoteric scientific experiments.
In this issue, we flashback to the members of the project burying one of their own, as fractures begin to form between the various scientists. Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of The Manhattan Projects #13, which you can view below.
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.
We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon. It was a busy a
In a lot of ways, Jonathan Hickman tends to approach writing comics like a science experiment-- everything is meticulously planned years in advance, engineered to produce a specific result when it's all said and done. It's fitting, then, that fo
A while back, I had a conversation with Jonathan Hickman where he talked about how he liked Grant Morrison's comics because the ideas in them were so good that they made him laugh while he was reading them. Ideas like that, the ones that go right past the jealous "I wish I'd thought of that" part of your brain and go straight to "this is
Opened with a keynote address by Publisher Eric Stephenson that emphasized personalities and relationships in the comic book scene, the first Image Comics Expo in Oakland, California, came with more major publishing announcements than we expected. Among the new creator-owned book
If you've been keeping up, we here at ComicsAlliance have been running some specially made teaser posters for the new Image Comics series The Manhattan Projects from writer (and Marvel Comics Architect) Jonathan Hickman and his collaborator on last year's The Red Wing, artist Nick Pitarra. (You can view those images here and here.) The ongoing s
Jonathan Hickman and his Red Wing collaborator Nick Pitarra tease their first Image Comics ongoing series, The Manhattan Projects, the true story of the top secret work that the atomic bomb was just covering up. Check out (and feel free to share) the two brand new teasers below,
Jonathan Hickman and his Red Wing collaborator Nick Pitarra tease their first Image Comics ongoing series, The Manhattan Projects, the true story of the top secret work that the atomic bomb was just covering up. Check out (and feel free to share) the two brand new teasers below, which were creat
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