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 […]

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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TweetComics 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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet [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 […]

2014 Russ Manning Award nominees announced

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TweetThe 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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TweetEarlier 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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Tweet  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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Tweet 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 […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

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 […]

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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