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Years before this whole Internet thing, there was scrapbooking, and while for many this method of collecting and organizing has fallen by the wayside, Ron Murphy has kept at it, focusing on his favorite moments from comics, cataloged by theme. The above example of kissing from various comics showcase just one page from the 1,200 he’s collected. Crazy? Maybe. But cool? Definitely.
Spotlighted by Mitch O’Connell, Murphy has amassed 12 volumes of scrapbooks similar to the page above, with each volume containing 100 pages. You can see scans of Murphy’s collage pages, as well as other unique artwork he’s collected, on his Flickr page.
Pennsylvania jeweler Paul Bierker sure knows the way to the hearts of fanboys and fangirlt: After previously creating rings based on Star Wars and Adventure Time, the SUNY grad’s latest work is literally wonderful.
That’s real gold — and five real rubies. Unlike some other comic-themed adornments you’ve seen online, this isn’t a mock-up; this is real, and available now. You can buy this ring, starting from $595, at Bierker’s Etsy store; it’s available in sterling, gold, palladium and platinum alloys. You can check out some of his earlier creations below, and even more at Etsy.
New York-based cartoonist Gregory Benton has had a whirlwind of a year, with his self-published graphic novel B+F winning the 2013 MoCCA Award of Excellence and getting picked up for a joint French/English publication.
However, the ideas for what became B+F were created in the middle of Benton losing almost everything. The characters of B+F (“B” is the yellow dog and “F” is the woman) were first dreamed up by him in the aftermath of a massive storm in 2011 that flooded his studio, washing away years of his most precious art. That very real conflict of man versus nature lit a fire in Benton, leading him to doodle those two characters.
Fast-forward to today and Benton is back on top, with AdHouse Books and Éditions çà et là partnering to publish the mostly worldless graphic novel with its scheduled premiere in a matter of days.
B+F follows the titular dog and human as they trek across an otherworldly landscape of mountains, monsters, and fiery fauna. B and F face many obstacles, and find unique ways to overcome them — even sometimes involving dying and being reborn.
ROBOT 6 spoke with Benton about the unique path B+F took to creation, and how he won MoCCA’s Award of Excellence but was too busy printing the book to attend the awards ceremony.
Cartoonist Sam Alden has had quite a year in 2013 — and 2014 looks to be in even better.
The artist, who won this year’s Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent for his work on Haunter and Hawaii 1997, will release Wicked Chicken Queen through Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics. Debuting in February, Wicked Chicken Queen will be Retrofit’s flagship book for spring 2014, to be joined by comics from Zac Gorman and Madeleine Flores.
Retrofit has given ROBOT 6 the exclusive first look at the cover to Alden’s next work, which we’re happy to show off here.
If you’re a fan of superheroes, there’s been some point where you wished you had superpowers. But in the 2014 graphic novel Average Joe from Com.X, you’ll find out what happens when everyone had superpowers.
Created by longtime Ain’t It Cool writer Rob Patey (aka Optimous Douche) and illustrated by Stephen Andrade, Average Joe showcases a world in which superpowers aren’t too super any more, but just the status quo. According to the writer, Average Joe asks, “What if the whole world had superpowers, yet we never became better as a result?” Com.X has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at this full-color graphic novel, along with an official description:
When you run out of bullets and bombs, a sword is a good thing to have at your side. Provided you take care of it, a blade can last you a lifetime — and make your lifetime longer, if you know how to wield it.
In April, Darby Pop (under the umbrella of IDW) will release The 7th Sword, a series that centers on the power of the sword even in futuristic times. Created by screenwriter John Raffo (The Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Relic), The 7th Sword takes his love for Akira Kurosawa’s feudal Japanese dramas and creates a new story, set in the future.
The 7th Sword uses the filmmaker’s work as launchpad to tell the story of a itinerant swordsman named Daniel Cray, who wanders from port to port, planet to planet, until he discovers a remote settlement named ZenZion in need of saving from criminal warlords using an army of robots and mercenaries in an effort to seize the enclave’s resources. Illustrated by frequent Top Cow artist Nelson Blake II, The 7th Sword mixes samurai drama with the dirty, lived-in worlds of a space frontier.
ROBOT 6 spoke with Raffo about this comics debut, the inspirations for the story, and of course, the series itself. Darby Pop has provided us with four exclusive pages from The 7th Sword #1.
In February, former Vertigo editor Casey Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan are taking comics fans to 1970s Jamaica with the Com.X graphic novel Duppy ’78. Into the capital of Kingston to be exact, to follow a fictional gang war that runs the gamut from drugs to guns to voodoo. The situation goes from bad to worse when one of the crime lords is assassinated, putting into play a child practitioner of voodoo arts and master of what Rastafarian religion calls ghosts, duppy.
Seijas has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive five-page preview of the graphic novel, as well as a description of the book and this excerpt:
Cartoonist Box Brown has toured the (comics) world, from major conventions to local festivals. Along the way he’s won over fans, and recently finished a graphic novel for First Second Books titled Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. While that book is still months away, Brown has already gotten a second wind for his unique brand of wrestling comic, and he turned to ROBOT 6 to break the news.
At the LA Zine Fest in February, Brown will launch the anthology series Number, published under his Retrofit Comics banner. The lead feature of the debut issue is “Kayfabe Quarterly,” which follows a teenage boy who awkwardly comes of age while being an ardent fan of professional wrestling. A chance meeting with fictional wrestler Diamond Dick leaves him with some surprising words of advice, which changes how he leads his life.
Brown has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive preview of Number #1′s “Kayfabe Quarterly,” as well as one page from a second story in the second story, “The Documentarian.” He is also having a sale on his original art through the end of 2013.
Comics and video games. Chances are if you like one, you like the other to some degree. And if that’s the case, a lovingly old-school graphics to an upcoming comic series might hit that sweet spot and win you over.
Writer Matthew Ritter and artist Adam Elbahtimy’s Nova Phase is a six-issue seriescoming by way of SLG Publishing that uses the nostalgic 8-bit pixelated graphics to create a new sci-fi story. Described by Ritter as “full of pixel art, adventure and crushed dreams,” Nova Phase will premiere in January as a digital-first release through comiXology, with subsequent issues released monthly and a print collections of the first two issues in February.
Nova Phase is a treasure hunt through the blackness of space, with these pixelated heroes and villains going after one goal: a mythical world bearing untold wealth called Una Tesara. On one side is a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter named Veronica Darkwater, who’s vying for the treasure with a crazy military commander seemingly pulled straight out of the original Metal Gear or Bionic Commando.
So suit up, commandos! Here’s an extensive preview provided by the creators to get you dialed in.
Every year, incoming Captain Marvel artist David Lopez takes time out of his schedule to create a comic for the holidays. You won’t see these at Marvel or DC, but only on his website. This year’s installment, the 18th, is a four-page black-and-white comic that again stars Lopez’s own character Espiral, whom he created in the late 1990s. Take a read, but make sure to read Lopez’s introduction if you’re not acquainted with Spanish culture.
There’s more than one kind of comic, and there’s more than one way to print it. And three Swedish artists have partnered as PEOW! Studio to publish their work, and that of others, using a Risograph. Launched in 2012, PEOW! Studio is a small press publisher, print shop and artist collective in Stockholm, releasing the works of founding artists Patrick Crotty, Elliot Alfredius and Olle Forsslöf, as well as that of others, through anthologies, art books, zines and prints. To date, its most popular release has been Jane Mai‘s Pond Smelt, a 32-page comic inspired by a popular social video game.
“Pond Smelt is based a bit on this video game called Animal Crossing, but it’s mostly about being an outsider and not fitting in, also friendship and love and stuff,” Forsslöf tells ROBOT 6. “It sounds a bit gloomy but it’s actually really cute and funny and if you’ve seen Jane Mai’s other stuff you know what to expect from it.”
There’s often a thin line between comics and other entertainment media, and we’ve seen a plethora of comic-book adventures translate successfully to television, film and video games. But it’s a two-way street: A number of other-media properties find immense success in comics. But in all of that back-and-forth action, there are six epic worlds of storytelling from other media that could be bestsellers, given the right creators and the right format. With that in mind, we take a look at a group of top-tier movie, video game and television franchises, and imagine what could happen if and when they make a jump to comics.
Sex and superheroes are a potentially dangerous combination, as controversies over the past couple of years involving depictions of Superman and Wonder Woman, Batman and Catwoman, and Starfire have demonstrated time and again. However, Stjepan Sejic isn’t afraid of jumping into the fire, and adding a dash of humor.
Sejic, artist of the Top Cow series Aphrodite IX as well as his graphic novel series Ravine, frequently posts amusing sketches, pin-ups and editorial cartoons such as the above on his DeviantArt page. He’s well aware of the fetishism aspects of superhero genre, specifically that of women, and even pokes fun at it in his work.
Cartoonist Emily Carroll is a favorite at ROBOT 6, and now we’ have something from her to look forward to next year: her first standalone book.
In July McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) will release Through the Woods, a collection of previously released webcomics like the popular “His Face All Red” as well as unseen stories Carroll has been working on. This is poised to be a major entry into comics for Carroll, and will act as a precursor to several other new longer-format projects the Canadian artist has in the works.
Carroll got her start in webcomics, and has made notable appearances in anthologies as varied as DC’s The Unexpected and The Witching Hour, Dark Horse’s Creepy s well as the kid-friendly Flight spinoff Explorer. Professionally trained as an animator, Carroll does work for comics, animation, and even video games.
Here’s a look at the cover to Through The Woods, available July 2014. You can see a preview at Comics & Cola.
Some people compare superheroes to mythical gods because of their supernatural powers (and for their all-too-human squabbles), and Marvel has made a mint on translating a Norse deity into a superhero with Thor. But beyond the borders of Asgard is a cornucopia of gods and demigods in the Marvel pantheon just waiting to be reawakened and put back into the fight. And I’m not talking about Marvel movies (although that’d be nice, too!). I’m talking about Marvel Comics’ staff bringing these heroes (and villains) of lore back into the mix.