Chris Arrant, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources
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.
There was more to World War II comics than the classic American heroes most U.S. readers associate with the era. Comics’ Golden Age stretched north to Canada, with a unique faction of adventurer comics that, for the most part, haven’t been seen in 70 years. However, Hope Nicholson is out to change that. After her success last year reprinting Nelvana of the Northern Lights with some help from Kickstarter, she’s back back with another Canadian hero: Brok Windsor.
Introduced in 1944 by Jon Stables in the anthology Better Comics, Brok Windsor was a French-Canadian doctor/adventurer, somewhat in the vein of John Carter and Doc Savage, who found a secret world lost to the ages dubbed Tarqua, or as he puts it, “beyond the mists.” Windsor fell in with the natives, who used futuristic technology, and went on a series of adventure mixing science fiction, fantasy and Westerns in a pulp-y 1940s style.
Brok Windsor’s stories, like Nelvana’s,are part of a subset of comics published in the 1940s dubbed the “Canadian Whites.” These black-and-white comics were created to fill a void in the country left when the Canadian government instituted the War Exchange Conservation Act, which restricted the import of non-essential goods from the United States.
Marvel’s X-Men titles have by far the highest number of iconic female characters in all of comics — whether it be the superhero genre or elsewhere. It’s thanks in no small part to the work of writer Chris Claremont and artists like John Byrne and Paul Smith, but man others followed, and added to the ensemble, including Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, who created Abigail Brand. And now artist Kris Anka is paying tribute to these X-Men in an expansive, limited-edition print called “Ladies of X 2.”
Some comic book heroes enjoyed their heydays well before toymakers began churning out action figures, and therefore never found a place on shelves beside the likes of Superman, Batman and Captain America. However, Bill Murphy hopes to change that with his Amazing Heroes Kickstarter campaign.
With a goal of $30,000, Murphy plans to produce a line of action figures based on the Black Terror, the original Daredevil, Stardust and other Golden Age heroes that have lapsed into the public domain. He says he even has the permission of the rights holders of Captain Action, a toy introduced in the mid-’60s, to produce a figure based on that character.
With the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman, there’s been a resurgence of interest in the Tim Burton movie. As part of that, James at 1989Batman.com has pulled together some excellent threads examining DC Comics’ 1990 redesign of Robin, a project undertaken at the behest of filmmakers.
Out went the elfish garb of the original as DC searched for something more modern — befitting the time, and also primed to be translated into a future Batman film. To accomplish that task, DC turned to several of its top artists at the time, including Neal Adams, Norm Breyfogle, Stephen De Stefano, George Perez and Jim Aparo. DC didn’t tell the artists what it was for; simply, they were asked to redesign the Boy Wonder.
Dan Brereton was one of the first creators to bring painted art from the covers of comics to their interiors, and now he wants to put some of that art onto bookshelves and coffee tables. He’s putting the finishing touches on his fourth hardcover art collection, titled Enchantress, and is offering a limited edition to 250 of his most ardent fans.
Brereton and art collector Steve Morger have taken to Kickstarter looking to raise $3,000 to publish and, in effect, sell these limited edition versions of Enchantress — and they’ve already met their goal five times over. The limited-edition Enchantress Kickstarter has raised more than $17,000, with 19 days to go, with many of the supporters jumping in on the high-dollar rewards like original paintings. Brereton and Morger plan to announce stretch goals after they return from Comic-Con International
Here’s an example of some of the art from Enchantress:
Tony Moore has unveiled the Comic-Con International-exclusive poster he created with Angry Blue, to be released in conjunction with the Friday premiere of the Assassin’s Creed: Unity-inspired animated short he produced with musician-turned-director Rob Zombie.
The short will be screened Friday at 2 p.m. in Room 6BCF as part of a presentation that includes a demo of the upcoming Ubisoft video game and a Q&A. Just 500 copies of the silkscreened print will be given away at the convention, but Moore and Angry Blue will each have 100 available for sale on their websites.
In the litany of announcements, teasers and other media bombarding comics fans, it’s easy for some pieces of news to slip beneath the radar (even for those covering comics such as myself). So when I caught on Aaron Lopresti’s DeviantArt page that he’s working on a creator-owned series, it was news to me — and apparently most everyone else.
Lopresti has spent the past 20-plus years as an in-demand journeyman artist for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel, but now he’s looking for a change. On his DeviantArt blog, he announced he’s working on a new creator-owned series for Dark Horse titled Power Cubed that will make an informal print debut in his 2014 sketchbook, which will be released next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) may have passed away more than two years ago, but his works, and advice, lives on. Thanks to a translation by artist Xurxo g Penalta, English speakers now have the opportunity to read Moebius’ 18 tips for fellow cartoonists, from a 1996 interview with the Mexican magazine La Jornada Semanal.
Penalto’s studio mate Brandon Graham has posted the European master’s “brief manual” for cartoonists on his blog. This last tip is oddly prescient for 2014 despite being offered nearly two decades ago: “Now it is possible to find [a] reader in any part of the planet. We must have this present. To begin with, drawing is a way of personal communication, but this does not imply that the artist must envelop himself in a bubble; it’s communication with the beings near us, with oneself, but also with unknown people. Drawing is a medium to communicate with the great family we have not met, the public, the world.”
In 1991 Steven Spielberg directed a sequel of sorts to Peter Pan and Wendy called Hook, starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Don’t be upset if you haven’t seen it; it wasn’t that great. But a recent discovery has uncovered a hidden comics connection that makes the film a little more interesting.
Thanks to Billy Ingram, we can now see two paintings Neal Adams created for Hook that were shelved and then thrown away by the production company that commissioned them. Ingram, who worked for the company, saved the two 11-inch by 17-inch paintings in 1989 but forgot about them until earlier this year.
Christian Dior is best known in modern times as a fashion brand, but before that it was a man — and one of France’s foremost cartoonists tells his life story in the graphic novel Girl in Dior. The latest work of Annie Goetzinger, and the first to be published in English, it’s set for release in February by NBM Publishing.
First published last year in France by by Dargaud, Girl in Dior looks at the fashion couturier through the eyes of a young woman named Clara. Beginning with Dior’s first show in 1947 and continuing through his life’s work, the graphic novel mixes straightforward biographical storytelling with an intensive look at the fashion world and the fashions of Dior himself.