Creator cancels on con to take care of adorable kittens

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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 one […]

ELCAF Previews Night: Robert Ball’s ‘Dark Times’

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Responsible for some of last year’s most visually arresting comics in the form of Winter’s Knight: Year One, Robert Ball’s next project is going to be launched at ELCAF: ‘Dark Times’.

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

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Astounding 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 […]

ELCAF Previews Night: Isabel Greenberg

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Isabel Greenberg, who can’t walk five minutes down the road without another well-deserved award being lobbed at her head, will be debuting a new zine at ELCAF. Spinning off from her Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, this one is called “Rites, Customs and Histories of the Great Empire of Migdal Bave”.

To do tonight: Reception and Awards Ceremony for SoI’s Comic and Cartoon Art Annual

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Tonight it’s a shindig for the Society of Illustrators first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual. Winners from the Long Form and Comic Strip categories will be on the walls (up until the 21st) and there will be a cash bar a buffet. Tickets are $15, but winners get two free tickets. As we strive to expand […]

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

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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 of […]

Interview: Nicola Scott on Wonder Woman and more

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Wonder Woman has always been a part of Nicola Scott’s life, in fact it might seem like she was destined to work with the heroine’s, be as an artist or an actress. Scott came late to comics and in fact, it was the simple desire to draw Wonder Woman every day that set her on her path to DC.
Her pursuit of her dream is a study in determination and will cause no small amount of awe given the fiercely competitive industry she wanted to break into. Below Nicola discusses her Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman’s appearance in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, and how a failed Wonder Woman pilot set her on her path to comic success.

INTERVIEW: Dylan Todd on Designing Monkeybrain, Creating Covers, and Art Direction in Comics

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Comics design is something everybody appreciates whenever they walk into a store – in many cases, it’s one of the central reasons why they try a comic series they’ve never seen before. And yet it’s something which doesn’t get discussed as much as it perhaps should do, considering the importance of a good logo or […]

Yes, there is a Google Doodles archive

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Today’s Google Doodle is pretty wild—it’s based on the winner of the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition—but did you know there is a Google Doodles archive? Here you can see ALL the doodles, including the localized ones. For instance, when Eleanor Davis did one for the first day of Spring here, in the southern […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 5.28.14): Requests & Tangents

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[No one has guessed my challenge from the other week, so I'll hold off a few more weeks before revealing the answer.] A few people have asked if I take requests. I think I’m up for the challenge. Let me know if there are any older covers you’d really like to see analyzed/discussed, or any recent […]

2014 Russ Manning Award nominees announced

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The year creepeth on and now the Russ Manning Award nominees has just been announced. Presented to “the most talented newcomer” this award, named after the legendary Tarzan artist, salutes up and coming artists. Nominees are selected by a committee consisting of representatives of the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International. The winner is […]

Society of Illustrators announces participants of the first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual exhibit

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Earlier this year, the Society of Illustrators announced that for the first time they would be holding a juried show for Comics and Cartoon Art, and the winners—a Gold Medal and one to three Silver Medals in each category—have now been announced. The works selected will be on display at the SOI at three exhibitors, […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 05.21.14): Warm & Cool

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  One of the toughest things about picking covers each week is how many fantastic illustrations I have to leave out because the text laid over it just didn’t serve it well. I make a point to only display covers here that have all their text elements, because that’s just as important to the whole […]

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 […]

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 […]