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

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Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet “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 […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

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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TweetLumberjanes 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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TweetDC 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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Tweet 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 […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetSpeaking 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 […]

Felix Comic Art offers rare Scott Pilgrim art

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Tweet Felix Lu writes to tell us he’s just opened Felix Comic Art, as art rep for Garry Brown, Nick Dragotta, Chris Mooneyham, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Nick Pitarra, Riley Rossmo, Cody Schibi, Ramon Villalobos and others. O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim art in particular isn’t offered much and after ECCC Lu will have several pages available (only one is up now, with price TBD), so […]

Awesomeness alert: Todd Spence’s True Detective Hardy Boys Mashup

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So this is why God gave us the internet: Todd Spence created these True Detective homages in the form of Hardy Boys detective novel covers. More in the link.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kitty Kelly

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Above art by Jill Bauman, a World Fantasy Award nominated artist who specializes in horror and fantasy. Bauman has a whole set of cat holiday paintings in the link. Confession: back in the day I had a bunch of these prints hanging up in my office at Vertigo. Bauman is an accomplished artist but I find these cats a bit more disturbing than endearing! I’m not sure if that was the intent or not, but one thing is certain: YOU CAN’T LOOK AWAY.

Jimmie Robinson on Five Weapons, the Convention Craze and Digital Challenges

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TweetBy Bruce Lidl The Sacramento Wizard World convention was an opportunity for comic fans in Northern California to gather and celebrate their passions with other fans and celebrities. It was also a chance for Jimmie Robinson, a veteran Bay Area comic book creator (and frequent commentator at The Beat) to meet his readers and spread […]

Nice Art: Marvel Reveals Alex Ross Miracleman variant cover

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Tweet I know you were wondering to yourself, “When is Alex Ross going to do a variant cover for Marvel’s reprints of MIRACLEMAN?” I KNOW you were so don’t try to hide it. The answer is: May! With issue #5 of the reprint series, Alex Ross has given MM a fantastic dragon suit that would […]