By Its Cover (Week Of 5.14.14): Q&A

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Being that it’s the column’s one month anniversary, I thought I’d do some reader questions. Except I don’t have any reader questions, so instead I’m going to ask you the questions. 1) What’s your favorite part of the column so far, the opening topics or the weekly cover picks? 2) How would you feel if the […]

On the Scene: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

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by Carolina Cooney The third annual Spectrum Fantastic Art Live took place this past weekend, and whether you came from the east coast, west coast, or places in between and beyond, it was well worth your travels. Taking place in charming Kansas City, Missouri, Spectrum showcased many of the best in brightest in illustration, fantasy, […]

Tainted Love: DC goes crotch first with The Art of Frank Quitely

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The good news is that the Frank Quitely art book is finally coming out! It’s called Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely and its out in June.

By Its Cover (Week Of 05.07.14): Rethinking The Traditional Trade Dress

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Last week I asked: “why does anyone still use this layout at all?” My question was answered via a link in the comments to a previous installment of Brian Hibb’s Tilting At Windmills. The short version is that there are still comic shops that overlap the covers of new comics out of necessity, though I recommend reading […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 04.30.14): Thoughts On The Traditional Trade Dress

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If you’ve been reading comics for more than a few years, you’re probably familiar with the traditional comics trade dress layout: publication information at upper left, maybe a character image or some floating heads, and title logo centered in the remaining space to the right. For many of us, that’s just how comics always looked. […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 04.23.14): Let’s Talk Comic Cover Design

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s never stopped us. We can’t help it. If we could, publishers wouldn’t be hiring the industry’s top names to illustrate them.  Covers are the first thing we see, and its important that they make a good first impression. Every week I’ll select a few […]

Nice art: The Mad Flatter shows how coloring creates abstract images

“Flattiong” is a stage of the coloring process wherein shapes are outlined in flat colors for later embellishment. it’s a tedious stage often parcelled out to “Flatters”—a sort of apprentice position whose practitioners often graduate to full colorist. Now someone known as The Mad Flatter has created a tumblr of these images, which are sort of beautiful […]

Dark Horse to Publish The Art of the Venture Brothers coffee-table book

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Yessss! The Art of the Venture Brothers will be a huge collection of original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from cocreators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. And as you know, those guys can commentate with the best of them. If you clicked the above link, you will have seen the list price is $39.99. Patton Oswalt pens a foreword. 


Nice art: Paul Smith has a website

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Comics veteran Paul Smith—X-Men, Leave it to Chance and The Rocketeer— has a website with lots of art to keep you busy for ages. Smith is perhaps best known as the artist who took over the X-men after John Byrne’s run so his take on Kitty Pryde, Lockheed and in particular Mohawk Storm remains a […]

Nice art: RUN DMC by Ed Piskor

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All the Lumberjanes #1 covers by Fink, Corsetto, Buscema etc

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Lumberjanes is a new comic from Boom! that came out yesterday and seems aimed squarely at the Adventure Time/Tumblr/Cutecore comics audience, with a story by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen and Shannon Watters. And to back it up there are no fewer than 12 variant covers for various stores and events. And here they […]

QMx releases DC Bombshells posters by Ant Lucia

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DC has been doing themed variant cover months such as the recent Steampunk on, and in June it’s Bombshells based on artist Ant Lucia’s popular figurines which recast DC heroines as WWII pin-ups. I just report the news, folks. And you know, different strokes. ANYWAY, collectibles company Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), is releasing posters based […]

Comics Sans has been updated!!!

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Comic Sans is the worst thing in history, and like many horrible things in history, its growth has spread unchecked, even marking the Papacy with its sinister sigil. But now some humanitarian has updated it! Designer Craig Rozynski has given it a kernlift as Comic Neue writing: Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s […]

Three Days Remain to enter the Dorkly Fan Art Contest

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Dorkly is a sister site of College Humor that offers a lot of comics and gaming-related humor, but in a positive, not mean spirited, way. They’re ramping up a lot of their offerings including launching a a series of events based around nerd-centric gatherings.

One of the first is the Dorkly Fan Art Expo , where fan art will be displayed at C2E2 April 25-27.

Scott Pilgrim art is selling fast…and relatively cheap

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We noted the other day that a new art dealer—Felix Comic Art— was offering rarely seen pages from Bryan Lee O’ Malley’s Scott Pilgrim books. Well, the sale is now live and as you can see the pages are flying off the site. Priced from about $200-500 I would have to say these are a […]

Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him before

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Speaking of Marvel and diversity, in 2002, Marvel published a Cage mini written by Brian Azzarello with art by Richard Corben. It was rough, gritty and unforgettable. However, on one page, Corben—known for his take-no-prisoners, wear-no-pants underground comics—drew Luke Cage au natural. Colorist Jose Villarubia played “Il Braghettone” to this particular incident, putting some shadows […]