Boom Studios had an impressive 2015, thanks to a stong roster of new titles by exceptionally talented creators --- with standouts that include Welcome Back, The Fiction, Cognetic, Curb Stomp, Diesel, The Spire, Wild's End, and... well, you get the picture. It was a good year.
Tthat must come as a relief to the publisher, because this was also Boom's tenth year in the business, and that put those folks in a partying mood. One notable way they marked the anniversary was with special variant covers that celebrated both their books and the artists working on them. As the clock ticks down on 2015, we've collected the covers together in one gallery for you to enjoy.
For five years, Chew has been one of the most funniest, most surprising comic books on the stands. Rob Guillory and John Layman's series about a police officer who gets a psychic impression from anything he eats --- and the bizarre supporting cast that surrounds him --- has introduced readers to everything from government conspiracies to cybernetic killer roosters.
With the recent release of the 51st issue, Chew is closing in on its big issue #60 finale --- so ComicsAlliance took the opportunity to sit down with John Layman to discuss his plotting for the series, how he balances comedic highs with tragic lows, and how a chicken became the breakout star of the book.
Not everyone can make it to San Diego Comic-Con to see what's happening in person, but ComicsAlliance has you covered! We know that it's not just about the news that comes out of the biggest con of the year --- it's also about seeing the booths, checking out new collectibles, and putting faces to names of your favorite creators. Thankfully talented photographer Pat Loika is on hand to document as much as he can for your enjoyment.
The folks at Marvel know that it's never too late to take a chance to tweak their distinguished competitors at fancy Southern California comic publisher DC. Back in April 2013, DC ran a month of covers under the 'WTF Certified' banner, with 'shocking' twist reveals on fold-out covers. The F in WTF is of course a naughty word, which made some retailers uncomfortable, and DC shuffled its feet and said it would not put the ribald WTF branding on its actual covers.
A whole two years later in April 2015, Marvel has decided to remind the world of DC's embarrassed walk-back with What The Duck month, featuring twenty comics with variant Howard the Duck-themed covers inspired by iconic images. In the PR, Marvel boasts that the covers will be 'WTD Certified', so this is not a simple coincidence. This is mock-making in the classic Marvel manner.
If you're a fan of the King of Sports, professional wrestling, then you may have wondered what CM Punk has been up to since he left the WWE the day after last January's Royal Rumble. Punk, occasionally known outside the ring as Phil Brooks, has been quiet about his plans for the future, but this week it was announced that he'll be writing a story for February's Thor Annual #1, with art by Chew's Rob Guillory, who will also be making his debut at Marvel.
Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack didn't conclude after its 52nd episode on Cartoon Network in October of 2004. It unfortunately kind of just stopped in the middle of its narrative due to cancellation. Nine years and no new Jack... just jack. That changes this Wednesday, though, as Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and original SJ cartoon series character designer Andy Suriano pick up where the time-displaced warrior's adventures left off on TV in Samurai Jack #1, the first of a five-issue comic book series from IDW. Tartakovsky himself is even contributing a variant cover, with other covers being illustrated by artists including Chew's Rob Guillory.
You knew it was coming. When Valiant first announced it was launching a new Quantum & Woody series, it was only a matter of time before their sidekick, the teleporting Vincent Van Goat, made his triumphant return. Readers didn't have to wait long, as the goat will reappear in October's Quantum And Woody #4, written by James Asmus and illustrated by Tom Fowler, and featuring a variant cover by Chew artist Rob Guillory. You can check out the cover, as well as some early art from Fowler, below.
Hopes for John Layman and Rob Guillory's Image Comics series about banned chicken and food-based powers, Chew, coming to Showtime as a live-action series were dashed back in February, but at least one screen adaptation is definitely happening, and it'll be animated.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quality Transmedia, the company of producer Jeff Krelitz, snatched up Chew when Showtime opted not to pursue a series beyond the pilot stage. Krelitz is planning to take Chew on a similar route to the one he took with Image series Peter Panzerfaust, which he first adapted into a motion comic before it was picked up by BBC Worldwide for TV development.
Every year around this time, shops and advertisers start harshing the collective mellow of millions of youngsters by rolling out back-to-school gear. But have heart, students! There's still several weeks of summer left and you can readily savor the spirit of fun-in-the-sun with next Wednesday's Adventure Time: Summer Special 2013 #1. Containing stories by Noelle Stevenson, Ryan Pequin, Emily Partridge and the team of Frank Gibson and Becky Dreisdat, the issue promises sunburnless stories starring heroes who are on an eternal summer vacation (although Finn could probably use some math lessons, if we're all being honest with ourselves). Boom! has provided us with an early look at the special issue, and you can read it all after the jump.
Venerable nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock is back with another of his trademark comic book tracks, this time inspired by the trials and tribulations of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Titled "Stark Industries," the song and accompanying music video begin WarRock's latest donation drive to raise money to tour, create new music and basically do all the decadent and glamorous things one associates with writing songs about superheroes.
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