The end of the year is a time of reflection in many ways, and that often means thinking about and assessing what the very best releases in any particular medium were. As we prepare to cross the threshold into 2017, we've been collecting some of the best covers of the year by publisher for your perusal, and today we're looking at fifty of the best comic book covers released from Image Comics in 2016.
Designer and illustrator Olly Moss has made a name for himself as one of the most visually creative minds of the past decade, so it's no surprise that the newest editions of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series of books sport his gorgeous designs on the cover.
While stunning in their own right, the final designs were just one of a number of concepts, and as a way to share his other ideas, Moss has made a series of seven officially licensed art prints available for sale on his website.
Thanks to Netflix, an entire generation has had the opportunity to binge-watch Frasier, the 11-season Kelsey Grammer-starring Cheer's spinoff set in Seattle that chronicled the radio call-in show hosting, café-crawling sitcommery of Dr. Frasier Crane. A sample of this binge-watching population, of course, has been a vanguard of comics talent, including Nedroid's Anthony Clark, Gunshow's K.C. Green and many more. So it's only fitting that I've spent the past 10 months or so stoked to see more of Magical Game Time creator Zac Gorman's upcoming Tossed Salad And Scrambled Eggs zine, which could very well pack tons of oddball Frasier homages into a package -- just miles of Niles, man.
Each year at Comic-Con, amidst all the chaos, there's one moment that stands out. It's a significant moment that, even if you don't witness it, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard it happened. And while I've not taken any kind of formal survey, I feel confident saying that this year, that unforgettable moment happened when writer Christopher Yost closed his eyes and drew Batman with a giant set of balls.
Inspired by the website Blind as a Bat, artist Olly Moss approached a bunch of industry friends at Comic-Con with a task: close your eyes, pick up a marker, and draw Batman. Among those who stepped up to the challenge were Becky Cloonan, Mark Chiarello, Jock, Jhonen Vasquez, Duncan Jones, Mark Buckingham, and many more, and the results are amazing. You can check out a few examples, including Yost's masterpiece, below.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, is on a mission to bring style back to the neglected art of movie posters. Since 2005 their Mondo boutique has worked with some of the best graphic designers in the business to produce beautiful posters for dozens of movies, including the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises and some of Marvel's past superhero movies...
While Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have concluded their handsome Captain America: The First Avenger poster campaign, the film poster experts at Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo have no fewer than six custom illustrations to celebrate the Sentinel of Liberty's return to the silver screen...