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Although he’s long since departed this mortal plane, author H.P. Lovecraft left an indelible mark on people — Ben Templesmith among them.
A noted horror writer and artist in his own right, Templesmith is tackling a graphic novel adaptation of one of Lovecraft’s earliest published works. Just four days after launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, he’s already raised more than five times his $14,800 goal. In the wake of such overwhelming success, Templesmith has expanded the graphic novel’s size from 48 to 72 pages, and added in a Lovecraft portrait print with any book order.
Brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá have finally pulled back the curtain on the follow-up to their award-winning Daytripper collaboration: Two Brothers, due in October from Dark Horse.
An adaptation of the novel The Brothers by Brazilian author Milton Hatoum, the graphic novel centers on a strained family relationship.
Fans often have their own ideas about who should play their favorite comic book characters on screen. But what if they could also do a little bit of gender-bending?
Ming Doyle, artist of The Kitchen and the upcoming Dark Universe, recently released a series of illustrations featuring popular DC Comics characters reimagined as women, even going so far as to cast popular actresses in the likenesses: Sigourney Weaver as Batman, Winona Ryder as Dick Grayson, and more. Then other artists got in on the kick.
That’s the story of the upcoming comic series Shrinkage, but as you can tell from the title, it has an extra helping of humor. Akin to Tim Burton’s adaptation of Mars Attacks, Shrinkage mixes political humor with anxiety over alien invasion — and it comes from one of the writers of The Daily Show and Conan.
The Greek gods are well-known for inserting themselves into the lives of mortals like you and me, but never quite like this.
During the Angouleme International Comics Festival last week, French artist Boulet created a comic in a 24-hour span pitting Zeus and Hades in a war of words and power that’s interrupted by a meager elderly widow. Titled The Gaeneviad, the comic brings this supernatural struggle down to eye level, featuring an infectiously warm woman and some unique behavior as the Greek gods try to woo her to their side.
Speaking up is a hard thing to do for many creators, because as freelancers they often work at the whim of others. But Sean Murphy has made a name for himself beyond his actual work as an outspoken member of the artist community. Recently, he took to his deviantART page to pull back the curtain on an overlooked aspect of a creator’s life — one rife with doubts and unfulfilled promises, but with the occasional bright spot: conventions.
“While many of my pro friends are eternally grateful for their careers and for these generous invites, some of the shows are taking advantage of creators — ALL levels of creators — and not following through with what’s promised,” Murphy wrote. “Believe me, I love traveling and I want to visit all my readers in every country I can, but there’s nothing worse than getting to the ‘convention reserved’ hotel room and finding out you wasted your money staying in some foreign ghetto.”
While Murphy might now be in the upper echelon of creators vied for by conventions and stores, the New England artist has been attending cons for more than a decade.
Murphy is doing more than just complaining, however; he’s offering a solution — what he calls a list of “Creator’s Rights” pertaining to conventions.
Tony Moore is among the most versatile artists in comics, and after returning recently from a sabbatical he’s producing some excellent chipboard sketches that showcase his range.
Posted on his blog (and available for sale as original art!), these headshot sketches shine a spotlight on the nuance of Moore’s abilities. He seems able to find richness in characters ranging from Batman to Beetlejuice to Tina Belcher in these pieces.
The best superheroes aren’t those who are slick and perfectly formed. They’re the ones with some humanity and nuance. And the digital series Infinite Wonders delivers that in style, story and substance, particularly with the inkwash artwork of Nick Cagnetti.
Infinite Wonders, written by Tristen Bagnall, follows a young man name Nolan Brooks who sets out to become, in his words, a “superguy” after being bombarded by something called Infinite Energy. There are no gauntlets here, but this hero — dubbed Infinite — faces some real-world problems as he enters this new line of work. It’s a story about a person’s first day on the job, when the job happens to be that of superhero.
Following Marvel’s Secret Wars press conference on Tuesday, fans were left to speculate what a combined Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe might look like. We already have some pretty intriguing ideas, courtesy of an enterprising cartoonist named Calvin.
Getting the jump on the official announcement, he’s reimagined the Marvel Universe in a series of of illustrations called Supreme Marvel. Described as his “own little reboot” of Marvel, Calvin comes to this with a mission in mind: “One of the main driving points of this project was to introduce more diversity in the Marvel Universe, as well as highlight existing diverse characters!”
With the Internet, a variety of comics are available at your fingertips — the hard part is finding the best ones for you. And now Jesse Lucas is curating alternative comics like that for his new venture with Medium, Darling Sleeper.
Described as a “publication featuring comics, art and other independent thought,” Darling Sleeper is just less than a month old and has already posted some fantastic comics by Lucas and others, such as the one excerpted above, Cash & Bubs. In addition to standalone comics such as that, Darling Sleeper is also serializing comics such as The Veil: Lifted by J Johnny and Lucas’ Mercury in Retrograde.
This is Medium’s second foray into comics following the Matt Bors-edited The Nib, which runs political comic strips on a daily basis.
Ever wonder how superheroes stay in shape? And more importantly, ever wonder how you can get into superhero shape? Well, now we have some tips from the fitness enthusiasts of the NR Project.
Headed up by Neila Rey, the NR Project describes itself as an “independent fitness resource” to make fitness accessible and fun. To that end, they’ve created visual workouts themed after 29 superheroes, including Superman, Captain America, Batgirl and The Hulk.
What if I told you that you could get a sculpture of Saga‘s Lying Cat? No, not “Lying.”
Mike Bauerlein recently shared online the details of a 3D modeling commission he undertook of the fan-favorite character from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ hit series. Using ZBrush and reference pulled from the comic, Bauerlein captured the details of Lying Cat while staying true to Staples’ art.
Being a superhero may be a full-time job, but everyone’s got to have a life outside of work … right? Artist Des Taylor, creator of the upcoming series Scarlett Couture, answered that question recently with illustrations featuring the likes of Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Batgirl and Lois Lane, and they don’t disappoint.
“There are enough artists drawing them kicking the hell out of each other,” Taylor writes on his deviantART page. “I like to illustrate my favourite heroes doing everyday casual stuff.”
There’s a mountain of comic book projects that were solicited, advertised and told that never saw the light of day, and now we have one more lost treasure to add to that list: a Final Fantasy series by Kurt Busiek, Del Barras and Mike Mignola.
Commissioned by the defunct Disney imprint Hollywood Comics, the story was to be a four-issue adaptation of the video game Final Fantasy IV (released in 1991 in North America as Final Fantasy II). Busiek got the job by pitching an original story set in the Final Fantasy universe, with publisher Square (now Square Enix) then shifting him over to the adaptation of the then-forthcoming video game.
The Dark Knight has been depicted in numerous mediums, but what about wood? Sure, comics are technically made out of wood — but this is on a different level.
Chainsaw carver Thomas Earing has taken his tools to a silver maple, creating this 7-foot tall piece he calls, fittingly enough, The Bark Knight. The Washington-based artist has been making these types of sculptures for 12 years, according to an interview with KOMO News, and estimates that pieces such as this take at least 30 hours to complete.