The Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and designer best known for his astonishing work on the original Alien, H.R. Giger passed away this week from injuries sustained during an accidental fall. An indelible influence in the realm of conceptual art and genre cinema, Giger won an Academy Award for his work.
Dark Horse Comics is bringing back its Alien comics franchise in a big way this year with a set of four mini-series set immediately after the most recent movie, Prometheus. The company has revealed the names of the four series writers: Aliens will be by Chris Roberson, Predators will be written by Joshua Williamson, Paul Tobin will write the Prometheus series, and Aliens vs. Predator will be by Christopher Sebela.
The company's been teasing a "fifth writer" on the franchise, and she's actually holding down the position you might call head writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick. DeConnick will be writing a double-sized "wrap-up" issue to close out the initial run of books, and she oversaw a lot of the goings-on in the writers' room as the series were being put together. We chatted with her by phone to find out how that experience was different from other comics writing jobs, and just what readers can expect from the first full-on Aliens/Predator/Prometheus comics crossover.
Periscope Studios cartoonist Natalie Nourigat offers a welcome respite from the ceaseless, furious, friendship-shattering debate that rages over Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof's Prometheus with some fan art and microcomics that express her enthusiasm for the science fiction epic. As someone whose mind has been poked and prodded like a caged animal with one Prometheus analysis after another, it's great to step into Nourigat's head and just enjoy the plainly awesome things about the film. You can check out her spoil
Movies: The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack cover and track listing have been revealed and there's a distinct lack of Seal or R. Kelly jams. For shame.
Upcoming: DC Comics will release special "We Can Be Heroes" variants each month beginning with Justice League #12 in August, with $0.50 from every variant covered issue sold will
Opinion: We can't show you them here, but Oni Hartstein has created a series of NSFW female superheroes illustrated as vaginas to provoke a dialogue about how women are sometimes depicted in superhero comics.
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Decals: Don't actually try to use these legally, but NS-FX's Dark Knight brake light decals are at least fun to look at.
Gaming: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is dropping its planned Magneto House of M DLC skin due to objections from Spanish royalty regarding its similarities to King Juan Carlos.
Novels: Marvel will launching a line of