The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
If Sex is Joe Casey's seedy, R rated take on Batman, then The Bounce is the writer's attempt at a modern portrayal of Spider-Man. Created by Casey and artist David Messina and published by Image, The Bounce stars Jasper Jenkins, a slacker who spends a good chunk of his day getting high. But at night, Jenkins is the Bounce, a superhero blessed with the ability to, well... bounce (think the New Warrior's Speedball, but minus the colorful bubbles). Certainly, the differences between Spider-Man and The Bounce are profound -- at one point Jenkins tries a new drug from street villain the Fog -- but as the story evolves, you see there's much more to the character and the title than that. Like Spider-Man, Jenkins is a young, funny, engaging, and relatable hero. Unlike Spider-Man, he smokes a lot of weed.
In issue #4, the Bounce takes on the Horror, and fights through a language barrier to figure out whether or not he's really his enemy. Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of The Bounce #4, which you can view below.
Comic-Con 2012 has featured a few big announcements from several publishers. Not to be outdone, Image dropped a few of their own. At their panel on Saturday, Editor-in-Chief EricStephenson was joined on stage by Matt Fraction, Joe Casey, Darick Robertson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Howard Chaykin, Chris Roberson, James Robinson and Greg Rucka, each of whom will be doing new projects for the publisher in the coming year.
Stephenson opened the panel by himself and announced a f
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