Evangeline Lilly is a familiar name to sci-fi and genre fans – she broke into Hollywood's major leagues playing Kate Austen in Lost, she was the female lead in 2011's supremely fun Rocky-meets-Rock 'Em Sock 'Em flick Real Steel, and most recently, she's risen to new heights of fame for her role as elven warrior Tauriel in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films.
But while she's best known for on-camera appearances, acting is merely one of facet of her creative impulse. Lilly's first authorial effort is premiering at San Diego Comic-Con this week: a creepy crawly children's picture book entitled The Squickerwonkers, that tells a story-in-verse of a terrible child and the puppet people she encounters and antagonizes. It's a quick and delightfully dark read, illustrated in at once unsettling and beautiful fashion by WETA designer Johnny Fraser-Allen – and thanks to the fine folks at Titan Books, we recently had the opportunity to speak with Lilly about the long and convoluted path that this tale has taken on the road to publication.
"Aware that he was going to work for a competing syndicate, Foster sought to leave Tarzan on such an artistic high note that he would be impossible to replace.
"He hadn't reckoned on 25-year-old Burne Hogarth."
That passage from Scott Tracy Griffin's introduction to Tarzan In The City Of Gold is as bold a statement as any I can think of to compel a comics and illustration fan to pay attention. The young Hogarth did indeed hold his own against the legendary Prince Valiant creator Foster, going on to illustrate (and sometimes write) nearly 600 Tarzan strips between 1937 and 1950, of which the first 150 or so are beautifully restored and reprinted in a new deluxe volume from Titan Books.
ComicsAlliance presents an exclusive four-strip preview of Tarzan In The City Of Gold, a story that's at once a treat for aficionados of classic comic strip illustration and a gorgeous introduction to the form courtesy of one of its most accomplished masters.
Most comics readers are pretty familiar with Jack Kirby and Joe Simon from their work in superhero comics -- they were, after all, the team that created Captain America and gave Marvel its first and most enduring hit character -- but in the period between the Golden Age and Kirby's work building the Marvel Universe with Stan Lee, they dabbled in all sorts of different genres. Working as a team, Simon and Kirby not only created the first romance comics, but they also tried their hand at classic comic book horror -- and if you've never read any of that stuff, today is your lucky day.
While the 1950s Simon and Kirby stories are often overlooked, Titan Books is putting the spotlight back on them in a series of beautiful hardcovers under the banner of The Simon and Kirby Library. To mark release of the volume focused on their horror stories, they've offered CA the chance to bring you eight pages of sheer terror (or at least rad artwork of Kirby drawing creepy skeletons) in a complete story with the slightly unfortunate title "Dead Man's Lode!"
Jim Lee's come a long way over the course of his comic book career. In just two decades he's progressed from illustrating Marvel's Alpha Flight to founding Wildstorm and, most recently, becoming the Co-Publisher of DC Comics itself...
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