Next month, the world's most famous fictional Private Dick / Sex Machine / Bad MotherSHUTYOURMOUTH will make his first-ever appearance on comic shop shelves, when Dynamite Entertainment releases the premiere issue of Shaft, by the creative team of David Walker and Bilquis Evely. And while John Shaft is a well known figure to moviegoers and soul music listeners worldwide, this title promises to focus on the rough-and-tumble version of the character that originated in Ernest Tidyman's series of novels. We spoke to series writer Walker about the character's long history in multiple media, and his plans for the comic incarnation.
So it turns out that, defying any expectations that we may have had five years ago, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are the most popular characters in the most popular movie of the summer. In other words, get used to seeing them literally everywhere -- starting with 20 of Marvel's comics for November, where the talking tree and his surly procyonid pal are taking over with a series of variant covers.
Even better, the variants are homages to classic Marvel covers, ranging from classics like Captain America's reappearance in the Marvel Universe back in Avengers #4 to one of the most obscure and self-referential homages that I've ever seen. It's actually pretty amazing.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations 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, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
I first came across Sanford Greene's art in a Wonder Girl miniseries he illustrated for DC Comics in 2007, and I've been a fan ever since. In the years since that story was published, it's been a pleasure to watch his growth as an artist. There's a kinetic aspect to his work, and a kind of joy, that's charming and undeniable. Greene's designs are imaginative; he completely embraces the medium, and that's evident in everything he illustrates. Simply put, his art is fun.
So whenever Greene has a new project out, it's worth taking a look, and last week the cartoonist launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the fourth volume in his Deadline series of sketchbooks.
For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
Archie's Red Circle app continues to deliver the ongoing adventures of the latest incarnation of its flagship heroes in Ian Flynn and Ben Bates' New Crusaders series and Archie Comics has given us a first-look at covers to the book's upcoming third issue. Collecting acts 9-12 from Archie's iVerse-powered Red Circle iOS and desktop
On sale now from BOOM! Studios is Higher Earth #1, beginning a new ongoing series from writer Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Our Love Is Real) and artist Francesco Biagini (Elric: The Balance Lost). The story is set across multiple Earths whose citizens serve (whether they k
On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #2, continuing the celebration of Dark Horse Comics' 25th anniversary and the relaunch of the prestigious anthology series. The 80-page second issue continues stories from creators like Howard Chaykin, Richard Corben, Paul Chadwick, and Carla Speed McNeil and introduces new work from newer talents including Patrick Alexander, Sanford Greene, and Robert Love.
Below you can check out a six-page preview of Dark Horse Presents #2, including variant cov