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After 12 years and more than 1,200 strips, the photo webcomic A Softer World is coming to an end
Creators Emily Horne and Joey Comeau have announced the series will conclude on June 1, coinciding with the conclusion of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a “best of” collection called Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World.
And a new website is looking to bring together webcomic creators under one roof to build an audience and a business for them.
Describes as a “curated not-for-profit comic-sharing” website, Zco.mx was inspired by the community nature of artist-oriented conventions like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Using a straightforward web design (both for readers and participating cartoonists), Zco.mx aims to provide a hassle-free, high-quality anthology-like approach to webcomics, in part by using file-sharing systems like BitTorrent.
Superheroes sprang from the era of pulp icons like The Phantom and Doc Savage, and now cartoonist Chris Schweizer has some of today’s most popular costumed characters back to their roots.
In a project undertaken just for fun, the creator of The Crogan Adventures imagined some of the Avengers and X-Men as they might’ve appeared in the 1920s and 1930s in a series called “Marvel Pulp.”
It’s been said the Hulk acts like a baby as he reverts to his base instincts, but now one artist has actually transformed the Green Goliath into one.
Artist Ron English recently completed a mural in New York City called Temper Tot that depicts Hulk as a baby — or a baby as the Hulk, depending on how you look at it. Behind the baby Hulk is an American flag collage that English calls his Propoganda series. An earlier version of the piece can still be seen on the Lower East Side on Mulberry Street.
Couples get together over shared interests, and meetings at conventions aren’t uncommon — but they can be something, special as Zen Pencils cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates in this heartwarming Star Wars-themed comic.
Veteran creator Steve Lightle is busy contributing covers to DC Comics, but also spending much of his time on a new series, Justin Zane. Described as a comic “set in the future but made for the NOW!,” Justin Zane is a sci-fi romp reminscent more of Barbarella than Lightle’s work on The Legion of Super-Heroes.
Centering on a patient who adopts the name Justin Zayne while under the care of psychiatrist Glimmer Starborn, involves a TV host named Catrina Fellina, rock bands called the Idle Reich, and more. Part of an effort by Lightle to control his own destiny and creativity, Justine Zane is in need of support on Patreon.
Comics historian Trina Robbins is taking a look back at World War II heroines and the female artists who created them in Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During the Second World War, to be released later this year by Hermes Press.
Clocking in at more than 300 pages, the book collects the wartime comics of four female cartoonists: Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper. Some might call them the original Carol Corps, but I like to borrow a name from one of Hall’s earliest comics, Girl Commandos.
South Africa has a new defender in the recently launched comic series Kwezi.
Created by South African artist Loyiso Mkize, Kwezi uses the classic idea of a young hero coming of age while dealing with his own insecurities and braggadocios. Whereas DC Comics heroes operate in fictional cities such as Gotham and Metropolis, Kwezi is based in Gold City, a stand-in for Johannesburg, South Africa.
Russian artist Artyom Trakhanov broke into American comics with his nuanced and idiosyncratic work on the 2014 Image Comics series Undertow with writer Steve Orlando. Since then he’s contributed covers and short stories to several titles while working on multiple new projects, both with writers and on his own.
ROBOT 6 spoke with Trakhanov about working in the English-language market from his home in Novosibirsk, Russia, balancing his professional and his home lives, and what the comics scene is like in his own country. Trakhanov also revealed the first pages from an English translation of his long-running Russian webcomic MadBlade.
If you thought teaser images and announcements of announcements were strictly the domain of superhero publishers, think again.
Fantagraphics Books raised the subject of Daniel Clowes’ next graphic novel with a teaser image posted on its Twitter page:
Music and comics are frequently overlapping, from the storied creation of Marvel’s Dazzler to numerous comic biographies and comics about musicians, but artist Uwe de Witt is taking it one step further.
Evocative of Cliff Chiang’s appropriation of Prince’s Purple Rain for a Batgirl illustration, de Witt has taken popular album covers from the past 40 years and reinterpreted them with Marvel and DC Comics characters. De Witt, who has worked for German comics publisher EEE, goes for the deep cuts, with the Doctor Doom variants of Doctor Dre and Pink Floyd covers being particularly striking.
Wolverine has worn many different costumes over the years, from the classic yellow-and-blue to the more nuanced orange-and-brown to the black-leather biker ensemble. A few have achieved an iconic look, while some others are perhaps best forgotten.
Recalling a comic from his childhood in which Logan donned “very short cutoff jean shorts,” Zita The Spacegirl‘s Ben Hatke has depicted Wolverine in a series of “wrong” outfits, from Superman’s and Vampirella’s to Skeletor’s and Harry Potter’s.
By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.
Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.
The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.
Enter Post-It notes.
Taking on the issue of gender equality, a United Nations organization has launched a competition intended to spotlight women’s rights through comics.
Organized by UN Women, with the help of the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, Gender Equality: Picture It! is open to residents of the European Union ages 18 to 28. “Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women’s rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men,” the website states.