The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair --- it's time to catch up on that greatest of all mediums: comics! What's been going on this week? NYCC has fallen upon us all like a giant comfy pillow filled with news, so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.
Hit the jump for all the links Friday has to offer.
Though he's hardly a household name here in the United States, even among the majority of comics fans, Hergé is a serious contender for the title of "all-time most influential comic artist". He created the globe-trotting boy reporter Tintin in 1929, and until his death in 1983, spun an ever-expanding saga that found the the intrepid lad and his supporting cast exploring the deep sea, landing on the moon, tangling with a yeti, and doing battle with an endless assortment of thieves, scoundrels, and ne'er-do-wells.
I have a theory about the future of archaeology. One day, after the Great Disaster that has been predicted for decades in the pages of Kamandi, future generations are going to look back at the artistic output of the 21st century and wonder just who "Cecil" and "Carlos" were, why they look so different, and where this "Night Vale" place that everyone was suddenly obsessed with actually was. And as they sift through the remains of our society, they will come across the work of Rachel Saunders, and think "perhaps this is why they wrote so much about this Carlos and his hair."
That might be a little dark for an introduction, but the fact remains that Saunder, an artist based in the UK, has been doing amazing work with digital art of characters like Tintin, the Simpsons and, of course, Night Vale's own Carlos and Cecil. You may have even seen her work as a variant cover for Regular Show #3, but even if you haven't, it's worth taking a look. Check out a few of our picks from her gallery below!
Possessed with an unusually strong command of layout and a mastery of multiple illustration styles, former Daredevil artist Paolo Rivera’s work is a favorite of not just other artists but also to fans of design and drawing. The artist caters to both on his blog, which is frequently updated with fascinating process pieces that include his own reference photographs and helpful discussions of technique. We've excerpted several of these on ComicsAlliance before, but none as fun as these wedding invitations Rivera created to pay homage to his new wife April but also the great characters -- notably Tintin creator Hergé -- for whom the couple shares a great love.
This just in from the Department of "What Were They Thinking?": The Brussels Appeal Court has upheld the decision to keep Herge's Tintin Au Congo (Tintin In The Congo) on the shelves, ruling -- somewhat amazingly -- that the 1931 comic strip isn't actually racist after all...
While other sites may be content to bring you Rocktober, Shocktober or Mohawktober, ComicsAlliance is committed to commemorating the things that really matter! That's why this month, we're bringing you 31 days of Tintin's nautical pal as we celebrate Captain Haddocktober...