Comics Alliance Presents Tom Scioli’s ‘New Comics’ in ‘Episode One: The Star Wars Ride’
ComicsAlliance Presents “New Comics,” an exclusive comic strip by acclaimed writer and cartoonist --- and ComicsAlliance favorite --- Tom Scioli. With The Force Awakens arriving in theaters, Tom recalls an experience from his childhood when he found an unorthodox way to immerse himself in the Star Wars universe while waiting between sequels.
Plot Is Overrated: ‘Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe’ Cartoonist Tom Scioli Reviews ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’
I love my job. I make Transformers vs. G.I.Joe comics on a monthly basis (with the help of my co-writer John Barber). As part of due diligence, it's my duty to see Transformers: Age of Extinction. My ticket is a business expense. I'm making my comic not just for fans of Transformers and G.I.Joe, but for the rest of planet Earth, too. As a Transformers author I need to know how the larger world percieves Transformers so that I can play up to certain expectations and run counter to preconceived notions. In that capacity, I documented my observations about the film.
Comics by Chance: Not So Random Edition – ‘G.I. Joe’
It was announced recently, on this very site, that I'll be co-writing, with John Barber, and drawing Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series for IDW. While my car was being inspected, I stopped at a nearby comics shop and bought $70 worth of dollar back issues of Larry Hama's Marvel G.I. Joe comic. It's since become one of my all-time favorite comics. I wish I would've read these sooner, but I'm kind of
Cartoonist Ed Piskor On ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ And The Importance Of Creative Freedom [Interview]
Ed Piskor has been having a good year. His hacker culture graphic novel telling the story of Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle, Wizzywig, was nominated for an Eisner Award for the cartoonist's distinctive book design, and was recently translated into a handsome French-language edition from Dargaud. Piskor also became the second recipient of the Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House 2013 Gra
Comics By Chance: Reviewing Cheap, Random Buys [August 2013]
I think the intuition/thought process of buying cheap comics is interesting. There's a combination of randomness, curatorial sense and instinct at play. You end up with a group of comics that would ordinarily never be linked together, from different times, artists and publishers, but links and common themes are there and just need to be unearthed. You end up with a vantage point on the artform you
Whatever Happened To Barry Windsor-Smith In The Comics Conversation?
When a comics creator quietly disappears from the scene, I assume they've moved on to bigger and better things. Comics is a weird, frustrating business maybe most especially for the creative people at the top of the field. I assume an artist of Barry Windsor-Smith's caliber has been working quietly on well-paying, non-disclosure agreement art jobs in film, video games, high end commissions, or alt
‘World War Z’ and Jack Kirby’s Mindless Mass of Humanity
It's a hit. Shockingly enough, zombie fans slinked and dragged their way to Brad Pitt's new movie World War Z this past weekend. I just got done writing about Masters of the Universe villain Hordak and his Evil Horde. Now I'm writing about Jack Kirby's The Horde, which judging by the WWZ trailer, looked very similar to his unfinished apocalyptic disaster novel.
Honoring Jack Kirby In Keith Giffen’s ‘Masters of the Universe: Origin of Hordak’
Keith Giffen has had a long career, almost 40 years in the comics business. He's gone through several creative iterations, but one mode that was there at the beginning and keeps coming back is his all-out Jack Kirby drawing style. As a penciller, he's DC's equivalent to Marvel's John Romita Jr. Both are bold Kirbyesque stylists at companies that favor photoreference, whose work evokes a generation prior to their own. I wish DC utilized Giffen as well as Marvel utilizes Romita. Perhaps that's because DC values Giffen the writer more than Giffen the artist.
I Teach You The Superman: Tom Scioli Talks ‘Man Of Steel’ [Spoilers]
It's kind of weird when your generation takes over. I just saw a movie made by a guy who obviously grew up with all the same stuff I did. It's as if the movie was made based on my own notes on what I'd like to see in a Superman movie, but getting exactly what you ask for isn't the same as getting what you want.