Black Friday has come and gone, and whether you were one of those who waited in line or simply scoffed at those who did, you’ll surely get a kick out of this great one-off comic strip by a storyboard artist known online as Sairobee. In this one-page strip, titlted “Happy Belated Black Friday, Y’All!”, the Los Angeles-based artist depicts an engaging and imaginative scenario: What if the Avengers went to Black Friday?
Brown, the artist of the forthcoming biographical graphic novel Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, was commissioned by Paste magazine talk about video games for its monthly feature the Leaderboard. Some people write for this monthly slot, but Brown draws — and tells an existential tale of the little hero of Hyrule. Check it out:
It looks like Erik Larsen‘s Savage Dragon is going on a road trip.
This February, Larsen’s fin-headed fan-favorite is taking a siesta from Image Comics and heading to Spain-based Amigo Comics for a crossover titled Nancy: A Dragon in Hell. In the full-color one-shot, the new “Savage” Dragon, Malcolm Dragon, meets Amigo founder El Torres’ Nancy in Hell universe, with promises of “plenty of demons, blood splashes and brain-dead zombies being ripped apart by a chainsaw.” Nancy in Hell was originally published at Image, but now Torres is relaunching the title at his own company.
“The son of the original Savage Dragon, Malcolm Dragon, is dragged to Hell by a Pig-Nun demon who arrived to Earth (Dragon’s Earth) answering the call of a High School goth chick,” the publisher states on its website. “Malcolm is transported into that hellish dimension, where he meets Nancy… and Lucifer. And they will meet one of the old foes of The Savage Dragon: The Entity, sent away to the pits of Hell in the famous saga S. So, Nancy and Malcolm must rescue of Lucifer, captive of the Entity and Pig-Nun … riding a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.”
Comics fan may not have heard of Don Hertzfeldt, but within the walls of animation houses he’s a legend. In 2008, a Comedy Central said his work “influenced an entire generation of filmmakers,” and much of the aesthetic of Adult Swim is rooted in Hertzfeldt’s work. And now the animator is breaking out into comics.
Debuting in December from indie book publisher ANTIBOOKCLUB, the 216-page graphic novel The End of the World is a project Hertzfeldt has been working on for a decade between animation projects.
It seems every comics fan wants superpowers, but artist Chris Panda has pulled back the curtain to show the seedy side of X-ray vision in these comic book drawings from kids’ coloring books with the heroes’ skeletons drawn in. Panda drew three superheroes — Batman, Iron Man and Spider-Man, as well as prominent cartoon characters from Disney and Looney Tunes lore. Check out those other two superheroes below, and go to his website for more.
When DC Comics relaunched its superhero titles in 2011 with the New 52, one of the effects was the integration of characters from the former Wildstorm imprint into the DC Universe. Those Wildstorm heroes had a good showing in Flashpoint and in the New 52′s debut titles, but by way of attrition, their presence soon dwindled.
After already seeing series like Voodoo, Grifter,Team 7 and the Wildstorm-esque Ravagers canceled, today we learned that Stormwatch will end in April with Issue 30. It gives a little bit of time for recently hired series writer Jim Starlin to wrap up, but its cancellation is another bad sign for fans of Wildstorm.
Shirts based on comics characters isn’t anything new, but Judge Dredd and 2000AD publisher Rebellion recently partnered with the U.K. T-shirt boutique Last Exit to Nowhere to produce this amazing-looking design. Although it’s based on the film iteration of Dredd rather than the comic itself, it’s still a shirt well worth owning — even with the additional expense of shipping outside the United Kingdom.
Cartoonist Cameron Stewart is touring North America (with a stop in the United Kingdom) in support of his recently released graphic novel Sin Titulo, and he’s been hiding pieces of original art during each of his stops — along with hints as to where he deposited them. So far Stewart has visited 10 cities in the United States and Canada, with another signing tonight at Chicago’s Challenger Comics + Conversation. The Windy City art already been found, but people in Columbus, Ohio, New York City and Leeds, England, need to stay tuned to Stewart’s blog as he drops more clues. Here are the details of Stewart’s tour so you can get ready.
Former Vertigo editor Casey Seijas has a story he wants to tell — a story about Jamaican gangsters, Rastafarian ghost stories and the dark summer of 1978 in Kingston.
In the upcoming graphic novel Duppy ’78, by Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, a group of Jamaican crime lords are fighting to control ancient and malevolent Rastafarian spirits known as the Duppy. When one of the crime lords is killed over control of these spirits, the Kingston underworld erupts as the remaining players vie for control over the Duppy and the young mystics who are said to be able to control them. Mixing Jamaican history and Rastafarian religious ideas, Duppy ’78 looks to meld two distinct genres into something that could be surprises.
What if an alien invasion was … but wasn’t? At its core, that’s the concept of the upcoming graphic novel Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone. Created by Scott Fogg and by Marc Thomas, the upcoming graphic novel follows scientist Phileas Reid as he looks to redeem himself after being pigeon-holed as a crazy person for speculating there are aliens. Reid finds his potential salvation when he meets an alien runaway from the the moons of Jupiter, but ends up in the middle of an interstellar face-off as the runaway’s people come looking for her and the Earth’s military thinks she’s the first soldier in an invasion.
“Phileas Reid Knows We’re Not Alone is an all-ages graphic novel with its sights set on action and adventure, but that doesn’t mean the book isn’t without a message: You are not alone,” Fogg wrote on the project’s Kickstarter page. ” Wherever you are, whoever you are, no matter what age you are, people have gone before you and people are with you now. Just because you feel alone, doesn’t mean you are. This knowledge is supposed to be comforting, but it’s also a challenge. You not being alone in the world also means your way of doing things and your way of thinking things isn’t the only way.”
If you’ve only seen Jim Mahfood’s comics, you’ve only experienced half of the fun.
Los Angeles’ Hero Complex Gallery and the Last Bookstore are partnering for a unique two-part event showcasing the artist’s work. The Last Bookstore will host a book signing and Q&A for Mahfood’s Visual Funk art book, while Hero Complex Gallery will showcase a retrospective of Mahfood’s work from comics as well as animation, advertising, murals and even some body painting and live art. The signing and Q&A will take place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5.p.m., while the art exhibit will run from Nov. 15 through Nov. 23.
Here’s a poster Mahfood created for the event:
The idea of playing as your favorite superhero in a video game world is catnip for comics fans, and the MMORPG City of Heroes was one of the earliest to offer that chance in an immersive, free-ranging world. But after eight years of continuous operations, the studio behind City of Heroes shuttered the game late last year. However, as comics fans can attest, good heroes never die — even if you don’t have the rights to them.
A group of ardent City of Heroes fans recently rallied under the name the Phoenix Project and started a Kickstarter to fund a “spiritual successor” to City of Heroes called City of Titans, hoping to raise $320,000 to create a near-identical home for themselves and other fans of comic book video games. This week, they achieved their goal and then some, raising $678,189. Now all they have to do is make the game.
It’s hard following up after the class act that’s Superman, with him being “Super” and all. However, former Walt Disney storyboard artist Brittney Williams is showing off the other side of the Man of Steel’s life in a great piece of fan art dubbed The Daily Planet Files.
These comics and illustrations show the meek Clark Kent and the gregarious staff at Metropolis’ Daily Planet as if they were a comic series you never knew existed. Working as a spirital kin to the Lois Lane, Girl Reporter pitch by Dean Trippe and the never-realized Wonder Womwn series by Tintin Pantoja, Williams’ The Daily Planet Files shows the Justice League isn’t the only interesting group he’s part of.
Cartoonist Josh Neufeld is no stranger to calamity. His best-known work, A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge, saw him working as a comics journalist telling the stories of survivors of Hurricane Katrina in the wreckage of the the Big Easy. And now he’s back, telling a story closer to home in SuperStorm Stories: A Red Hook Family for Medium‘s comic blog The Nib. Serialized in two parts, Neufeld’s comic depicts the remembrances of a Red Hook family of three talking about how their house was flooded during Sandy.
Cartoonist Ron Wimberly is a busy man — but not too busy to try something new.
For the past few weeks, the Prince of Cats creator has been working with Nike and advertising agency Weiden & Kennedy comic strip about Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Launched in September, Calvin & Johnson tells the story of Calvin and how he uses his alter ego (named Johnson) to help manage his life off the field and unleash his speed on the field. The Johnson alter ego is more than just another side of Calvin, as Wimberly states it’s played — in comic form — by rapper/media mogul P. Diddy. If that doesn’t sound like a traditional comic, that’s on purpose; Wimberly says that’s one of the reasons he chose to do it.
“What’s cool about this job is that it’s a comic that you won’t find in a comic book store. It’s not about superheroes,” he told ROBOT 6. “Hell, it’s kind of in the style of yonkoma manga. It stars people of color, made by a person of color. And it’s produced by Nike; they see the value in the medium for everyday folk who are not necessarily initiated in the language of comics. And none of that was deliberate … just happened that way. So that’s cool … rare, but hopefully not for long.”