Chris Arrant, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources
Mail-order comics services have been around for decades, but with the Internet they’ve grown by leaps and bounds. Still, when you put together the words “online” and “comics,” many people naturally think digital, but a new online mail-order business is putting print — and comics as a physical product — squarely into the limelight.
Launched earlier this summer, Comic Cartel has the standard offerings of other online mail-order services, with the ability to shop for individual issues and graphic novels, as well to create subscriptions. But what sets Comics Cartel apart is its attention to detail when it comes to comics as a physical object — one worthy of high care and exceptional packaging.
Polish expat Andre Krayewski has had a long and interesting life. Born in 1933 in Stalinist Poland, de Krayeski dreamed of America and jazz music, and he expressed himself through art. With his Art Deco style, he became known in his home country for creating Polish movie posters, and he later moved to America, where he found success in the art scene. He’s best known for creating the 1997 Panasonic Jazz Festival poster, as well as paintings for the New York Film Academy.
The artist put pen to paper and wrote a-semi autobiographic novel titled Skyliner relating his jazz-loving youth in 1950s Poland. And now, at age 80, Krayewski is adapting that work for comics.
Described by his son Ed Krayewski as “a love letter to the American myth,” Skyliner is the story of a Polish teenager coming of age behind the Iron Curtain as the influence of American culture spread around the world. Krayewski adapted his story over the past two years with help from his son while undergoing dialysis treatments.
We’ve seen superheroes with all sorts of abilities, and now a new comic is introducing one hero who uses his own autism to save people.
First mentioned here a year ago, Face Value Comics is now available in comic stores and online, and features a young man named Michael with a keen mathematical mind in a steampunk world. Created by writer Dave Kot and illustrated by Sky Owens, the story and the message of Face Value Comics has struck a chord with its depiction of what’s believed to be the first autistic superhero in comic books.
Film company Framelight Productions has launched a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund Sword of Wood, a graphic novel based on an unpublished medieval horror story by Chuck Dixon. Framelight acquired the film and transmedia rights to Dixon’s story in 2010, and has hired the writer and artist Estève Polls to create the graphic novel.
Set during the First Crusade, Sword of Wood follows a holy knight named Lord Corrington who returns to his hometown to find the village ransacked by a swarm of vampires led by a villainous lord dubbed “the Apostle.”
Marko Djurdjević took comics by storm when he arrived in 2007, producing regal artwork for Marvel. But within three years, he returned to video-game concept art and founded his own company. Now the Serbian artist is creating something new out of something old with Degenesis: Rebirth Edition.
Degenesis is a tabletop role-playing game he created in 2003 with Christian Guenther, and while it faded into memory for some fans it’s something Djurdjević has never forgotten. Now, with his company SIXMOREVODKA, he’s revising and reissuing Degenesis: Rebirth Edition.
Kris Anka stays pretty busy as one of the regular rotating artists of Uncanny X-Men, but you want to see him take a spin on another of Marvel’s marquee franchises, look no further than his depiction of the Sentinel of Liberty and his supporting cast from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Although Anka debuted the artwork only last week on his blog, it was produced a few years ago and never released. He explained it was intended to accompany Sideshow Collectibles’ Captain America Premium Format statue, but it wasn’t approved in time to be included in the packaging.
Capturing readers’ imaginations with DC Comics’ New 52 series Animal Man, artist Travel Foreman has displayed an ability to create pitch-perfect superhero drama while inserting some gut-wrenching weirdness. And now, after working for most of his career for Marvel and DC, Foreman is putting the finishing touches on an anthology featuring stories written and drawn by him — including the provocatively titled “The New A-Holes.”
Called Zuerst Science Fiction Magazine, the anthology has been mentioned on social media by Foreman for years, but in a recent blog post, the artist says it should debut in “late 2014, early 2015.” Why should you be excited? Just take a look at the New A-Holes …
In what other medium can a someone get an original work of art made just for them by a creator whose career they’ve followed? Not movies, television, music or fine art, unless you’re a millionaire. But in comics, many of today’s artists are for hire to fans looking to own a piece of their work — and even commission something especially for them. Comics are crazy that way, but that’s a good thing.
It’s nothing new, of course. The idea itself goes back into the roots of fine art, but with the advent of conventions and now the internet it’s available to virtually everyone — with some creators even reaching out to fans to make it happen.
For the past few months, Frank Cho has talked in semi-veiled fashion about his plans to return to creator-owned comics, and earlier this week he put a name to it. On his website ApesandBabes.com, the artist announced two series he plans to launch 2015, as well as eight additional projects he’ll roll out over the next four years.
Cho’s formal return to creator-owned comics is targeted to begin next spring with World of Payne, which the artist has described as a “quirky adventure story with heavy doses of comedy and horror.” Cho created this series with Thomas E. Sniegoski, and previously revealed his designs for the book’s unique reptilian monsters.
Back-issue bins are a treasure trove of oddities and forgotten treasures, and one rarity from the United Kingdom may be making its return.
During a special Comica Conversations event held Sunday at the British Library, veteran writer Pat Mills revealed there’s been talk of collecting serials from the long out-of-print horror anthology Misty — “Moonchild” by Mills and John Armstrong, and “The Four Faces of Eve” by Malcolm Shaw and Brian Delaney. If successful, this would be the first proper printing of material from Misty since the magazine’s closing in 1984; in 2009 Titan announced a collection, but sadly it never materialized.
New Zealand cartoonists Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, The Muppet Show), Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville) and Tim Gibson (Moth City) are likely familiar are familiar names to many comics readers, but there are plenty more where they came from. And several of them are showcased in the pages of Faction.
“Faction is a showcase of the best of New Zealand comics,” Damon Keen, who edits the biannual anthology with Amie Maxwell, writes in an email to ROBOT 6. “Comic readership here isn’t high; most NZers are completely unaware of the huge renaissance comics have gone through of late, or indeed of the local comic scene at all. And internationally, apart from a few bright stars (Tim Gibson, Roger Langridge, Colin Wilson and Dylan Horrocks) NZ comic artist still remain relatively unknown.”
Rocket Raccoon certainly wasn’t an overnight success, but the character’s soaring popularity caught some off-guard — from his big-screen appeal in Guardians of the Galaxy to his new comic series topping the sales chart last month with more than 300,000 copies. With Rocket Raccoon now a mainstream hit, we can’t help but wonder whether he could save some of the funny-animal comics from DC and Marvel’s pasts from extinction.
Although the Rocket we see in the Guardians of the Galaxy film and comic series don’t fall easily into that funny animal genre, Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon relishes in it.
After a series of short stories in anthologies like MySpace Dark Horse Presents, Chameleon and The Anthology Project Vol. 2, cartoonist Roman Muradov is making his debut as a long-form storyteller next month with (In a Sense) Lost and Found.
In the graphic novel, from boutique publisher Nobrow, Muradov uses his flowing illustrative style to follow a young woman on a quest to find something she lost and tries to decide whether she even wants it to begin with. Saying more about the plot would spoil the book, but it’s only part of the appeal of the cartoonist’s work here.
When Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting revived Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier, the character once best described as a plot device was elevated to a fan-favorite superhero — and a movie headliner. And now, he’s been immortalized in stained glass.
Based on an illustration by Axeeeee, this stained glass piece by Etsy artist RavingsAside uses authentic Murano glass for the snow-like background, German antique red glass for the Soviet star, and silverfoil glass the cybernetic arm. The artist has posted pictures of the piece during production on Tumblr to showcase how it was done. Here’s a look at the finished piece:
Even superheroes need to go to the doctor once in a while. And in an inventive advertising campaign from stock photography agency Shutterstock, they’re prescribed a host of medicinal cures.
Created with illustrator Ryan Quickfall, Shutterstock’s RxMen offers treatment for “comically exaggerated ailments” some heroes might experience. From Cerebrex migraine meds for Professor X to Purple Smash mood-swing remedies for the Hulk to Noiroprine insomnia spray for Batman, there’s something for just about any super-sufferer. If symptoms persist, please consult Night Nurse.