Over the past month or so, it seems like everybody and their mother has become obsessed with the latest hit Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The '80s-inspired horror series blends the likes of Stand By Me and ET: The Extraterrestrial with elements of eldritch horror and X-Files-style conspiracies and the lead cast of kids is one of the most engaging group of youngster on television.
If you've found yourself craving more stories in a similar vein, we've put together a list of five of the best independent comics that deal with similar themes of horror, nostalgia, friendship and conspiracy. Love that? Try this!
Last year Tyler Crook, artist on Harrow County at Dark Horse with writer Cullen Bunn, shared a series of process videos with ComicsAlliance, breaking down his pencilling, inking, and coloring as three time-lapse videos, and offering a look at just how he constructs a page --- and just how long it takes for a book like Harrow County to come to life.
With issue #11 of the series in stores now, Crook has returned to record another video of his artistic process --- and this time round, ComicsAlliance spoke to him about his work on the series, looking particularly at his working life as an artist. What's it like to be at that desk for hours on end, every day, and how does he approach an ongoing story like the dark, woodland horror of Harrow County?
In this bountiful week of San Diego-related comics news, Dark Horse has announced a first-look deal with Universal Cable to develop television shows based on Dark Horse properties past and present, including Umbrella Academy, Harrow County and Concrete.
This week sees the release of the first issue of the new Dark Horse horror series Harrow County, from B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn. A southern gothic story about a teen girl who discovers her unexpected connection to the things that lurk in the woods, it promises to be fantastically spooky in the way we've come to expect from Dark Horse's industry-leading line of horror comics.
To mark the book's release, Dark Horse has given ComicsAlliance an exclusive glimpse at Crook's artistic process. A series of time-lapse videos show Crook penciling, inking, and hand-watercoloring pages from the fourth issue --- which we don't think gives away any spoilers! The videos also features suitably haunting music composed by Crook himself.
Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart, a new Hellboy series from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich's Lady Killer.
Also in the mix; new series from Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Rafael Albuquerque, and Cullen Bunn, and sequels to Colder, from Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, and Alabaster, from Caitlin R. Kiernan and Joëlle Jones.
We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon...
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, Tyler Crook and a number of similarly excellent artists, B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth follows the adventures of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, a variously freakish team of supernatural investigators on a mission to protect the world from infernal forces of every kind...
For my money, Mike Mignola's BPRD is one of the most consistent comics on the stands. In the past, writer John Arcudi and artist Guy Davis formed the backbone of the creative team for the paranormal investigator series and created some of the best adventure comics of the past few years...
On sale this week is Petrograd, an Oni Press graphic novel that's been long anticipated by those of us who've been following its production. Written by Philip Gelatt with artwork by Tyler Crook, the 250-page book depicts the famously difficult assassination of Gregorii Rasputin from a particularly creative angle: what if the mad monk's death was orchestrated by British spies...
Dark Horse decided to rock a few B.P.R.D. fans' worlds last week when they announced that Tyler Crook would be replacing Guy Davis as the go-to artist on its Hellboy spinoffs. Though you certainly won't find yourself mistaking him for Davis, a few sniffs around Crook's blog and website may reveal some strong hints of inspiration from his predecessor, as well as similarities to Jeff Lemire and Fabio Moon...
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