Nice Art: Jeff Smith covers Rocket Raccoon for SDCC Marvel exclusive

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I’ve wondered in the past if Rocket Raccoon would get overexposed before Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Well as long as that exposure is swell variant covers by Jeff Smith, I have no worries about that.

By Its Cover (06.25.14 – 07.02.14)

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Tweet This is me still sort of figuring out where I want to go with this column. A side effect of so much comics output being monthly serials is that I often don’t have anything new to say in terms of design if a series has locked onto a solid trade dress. Maybe this is a […]

Nice art: Luke Pearson covers Charlie Mortdecai

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Tweet I gotta admit, I never heard of the Charlie Mortdecai books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, but I am tickled with the covers to new editions by Luke Pearson. The Mortdecai books, originally published in the 70s, involve the comedic adventures of a shifty art dealer, and are described as Wodehouse-esque. Penguin UK is releasing the […]

Bat-Man and Superman get all selfie-tastic

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Tweet August is variant cover Selfie month at DC comics, and to get everyone in a good mood, DC released their first selfie-variant cover on Instagram. The art for Batman/Superman #14 is by Paulo Siqueira and this is either the end of decency across the universe or a smart move to liven up a 75 […]

Neely and Keller offer zero issue of soon-to-be-announced THE HUMANS

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Tweet Hm well, according to this, THE HUMANS, by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom (The Blot, Henry and Glenn) Neely will be announced as an ongoing series by a major publisher at San Diego. BUT BEFORE THAT, they are offering their OWN #0 issue with pin-ups by Kristina Collantes, which you can buy at their […]

Adrian Tomine covers The New Yorker with 9/11 Memorial

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Tweet This week’s New Yorker has a cover by Adrian Tomine, and he discusses it inside the magazine: “When I heard that the 9/11 memorial and museum were going to be the top tourist attractions in New York this summer,” Adrian Tomine says about this week’s cover, “I first sketched only tourists going about their […]

Most gruesome cover of the day: The Worst of Eerie Publications

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Tweet Craig Yoe’s Yoe Books imprint at IDW has been a repository of some delightful cartooning, like Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein and Christmas Comics and the like. But he’s gone gory on us with The Worst of Eerie Publications. It’s a follow up to 2010′s The Weird World of Eerie Publications, also written by Mike HOwlett […]

The cover to Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor is unveiled

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Every year seems to bring an eagerly awaited, long brewing graphic novel by an industry master — and in 2015 that book looks to be Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, which has been in the works for years and years. It’s currently slated to be released in February, and USA Today has the first look at the cover as well as some chat from McCloud on the subject matter:

Kickstarter success story: Little Nemo anthology funded and you will want a copy

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Locust Moon Comics in Philadelphia has been putting together ran all-star anthology celebrating Winsor McCay’s LIttle Nemo with contemporary artists going nuts artistically. The above strip by David “Mouse Guard” Petersen is but one example of many jaw-droppers. The Kickstarter for the book launched Monday and has already been funded, but you will probably want a copy of it, anyway. Here some more art just to add to the persuasion.

By Its Cover (Week Of 06.18.14): Elektra Blindness

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Tweet While I try to point out aspects of good design some consider objective, art as a whole is pretty subjective. It’s unavoidable that the covers I pick each week reflect my personal tastes and biases. Every now and then someone will point out a cover that makes me think “how did I overlook that?” For […]

Nice Art: Skottie Young, Paolo Rivera cover various Marvel comics

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Tweet Marvel is always generous with artwork in their emails, some of it quite notable. Over the last 24 hours they released this nice cover by Paolo Rivera for their Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, an anthology celebrating the release of Marvel Comics #1 back in the day. The interior of the book includes Bruce […]

Paris Comics Expo changes artists’ sketching policy

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Tweet [A shot from the Indie tent at Angoulême] It is generally accepted among those who have been to both that European comics festivals are superior to US comic-cons in the respect paid to artists, the quality of exhibits, the treatment of guests and the fact that some take place in ancient castles. All the […]

Creator cancels on con to take care of adorable kittens

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Tweet While the party is going on here at HeroesCon, a few faces are missing, among them writer Steve Niles, who had to cancel due to deadlines, and also the fact that he is caring for two young rescue kittens. Niles has been plastering his Facebook page with pictures of the young cats and after […]

ELCAF Previews Night: Kristyna Baczynski’s ‘A Measure of Space’

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TweetAstounding designer and comic-maker Kristyna Baczynski will be at ELCAF, debuting what look to be a number of new pieces. One will be her zine ‘Intrepid’ which she says mixes a short existential story with “jungle girl drawings”. Which, now there’s a combination nobody could refuse, right? She’ll also be launching a new comic called […]

To do tonight: It’s About Comics at the Scott Eder Gallery

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Tweet As part of Special Edition week, Brooklyn’s Ecott Eder gallery is having a special show, It’s About Comics featuring art by Phil Hale | Ashley Wood | Jeremy Geddes | Jim Woodring | Robert Crumb | Will Eisner | Jeffrey Brown | Jim Mahfood | Basil Wolverton | Tom Taggart | Jaime Hernandez | […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 06.11.14): Design Vs. Illustration

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Tweet For anyone who was still curious, here’s the answer to which covers were used in the By Its Cover title. I tried to include several different genres and eras. My focus on design each week has led to my skipping over illustrations that were unfortunate enough to be ruined by the text laid on top […]