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Perry Maple adds a dose of whimsy to Gotham City

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This is particularly timely, considering today’s television casting news: Project: Rooftop showcases Perry Maple’s whimsical redesign of Batman and his allies and enemies, from Robin to Scarecrow to Two-Face.

“The aim for this redesign was to create a colorful, simple, and playful reimagining of the Gotham city universe,” the artist explains on his deviantART page. I think he achieved that goal, too, particularly with Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, who look as if they stepped out of a fairy tale. However, I also really like is older take on Selina Kyle in a decidedly different style.

Check out close-ups of some of Maple’s redesigns below, and visit his deviantART page for more.

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Ruliffson sets her sights on fellow cartoonists in portrait series

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New York artist Jess Ruliffson is turning the table on her fellow cartoonists: Last year, she set out to paint 100 portraits of her comic book peers for a one-day exhibition at a local gallery. That show has come and gone, sadly, but after interest in seeing these works continued, Ruliffson partnered with Paper Rocket Comics to publish 50 of those pieces in a book titled Characters: Fifty Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists.

Of the 50 cartoonists profiled, you can see comic stalwarts like Reilly Brown, Dean Haspiel, Lara Antal, Josh Neufeld and Nick Bertozzi. Ruliffson even relented and included a self-portrait to complete the book.

Paper Rocket and Ruliffson took to Kickstarter to help make this project a reality, and with the fundraising period ending Saturday the publisher has already exceeded its modest $600 goal. Plans are to publish the book in early March. Paper Rocket used Kickstarter as both a capital campaign and a back-door pre-ordering system.

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Original art from Wolverine’s debut heads to auction

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Long believed lost, the original page from 1974′s The Incredible Hulk #180 featuring the first appearance of Wolverine will be auctioned in May to benefit The Hero Initiative.

The Associated Press reports that Heritage Auctions was contacted by the owner, who said he has had the page since 1983, when it was given to him by artist Herb Trimpe. The auction house describes it as “one of the most significant pieces of original comic art to ever appear on the market.”

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Humanoids buys original company logo drawn by Moebius

humanoids logo-originalHumanoids has announced it bought the company’s long-missing original logo, hand-drawn in 1974 by co-founder Jean “Moebius” Giraud.

The inked piece, measuring 4.25 inches by 6 inches, was purchased Friday for $6,572.50 in the same Heritage Auctions sale that featured the earliest Superman cover art known to exist.

Moebius teamed with Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Philippe Druillet and Bernard Farkas in December 1974 to form the Paris art collective Les Humanoïdes Associés in order to publish Métal Hurlant, the revolutionary sci-fi anthology that spawned several foreign versions, including the U.S. magazine Heavy Metal.

Now called simply Humanoids, the graphic novel publisher relocated it headquarters last year to Los Angeles and opened an office in Tokyo.

Moebius, the enormously influential artist whose works included The Airtight Garage, The Incal and Blueberry, died in May 2012 at age 73.


Comics-inspired typographic prints might look good on your wall

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Comics fans searching for a visually bold yet affordable way to liven up a room may find something that suits their tastes, and their budgets, from GeekMyWall, which offers a line of striking typographic posters inspired by comics characters.

Harley Quinn, Batman, Green Lantern, Rorschach, V — they’re all represented in prints beginning at 11 inches by 17 inches or $25. Each figure is created from character-appropriate quotes. For instance, Wonder Woman is, “Of all people, you know who I am … …who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” And The Flash: “‘I’m getting lectured on child safety from a man who’s gone through four Robins?”

They’re also available as T-shirts. And if the comic characters aren’t for you, there are plenty of television- and movie-themed options.

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New York City bar menu blends comics and cocktails

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The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York City may not only be one of the best bars in the country, it may also have one of the best bar menus. For evidence, look no further than Esquire‘s spotlight on what can only be called a book — or, in the magazine’s words, “half-menu, half-graphic novel.”

On the right-hand pages are the bar’s numerous cocktails; on the left-hand pages, a comic detailing the story of John Morrissey, aka Old Smoke, a 19th-century Irish immigrant who in his colorful lifetime was a petty thief, a bouncer at a brothel, a prizefighter, a member of the notorious New York City gang the Dead Rabbits (from which the bar takes its name), a casino owner, a state senator and a U.S. congressman.

The menu was designed by Drinksology and Mark Reihill, and it looks pretty great.

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‘The Wicked & the Divine’ covers get limited-edition prints

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Following their debut this afternoon at ComicsAlliance, Jamie McKelvie is offering limited-edition giclee prints of the covers for the first issue of The Wicked & the Divine, his upcoming Image Comics series with Phonogram and Young Avengers collaborator Kieron Gillen.

Announced last month at Image Expo, the comic tells the story of gods reincarnated every 90 years into bodies and roam the Earth as pop stars and artists for two brief years, followed and adored by some and hated by others. The Wicked and the Divine premieres in June.

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BOOM! Studios tweets its Valentine’s cards

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BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes valentine

The folks at BOOM! Studios are celebrating Valentine’s Day on Twitter with a flurry of cards based on their comics, including Lumberjanes, Two Guns and The Midas Flesh, as well as Archaia properties like Royden Lepp’s Rust. So if you forgot to get your Valentines (or got snowed in), check out the hashtag #youmakemyheartgoBOOM on Twitter and download some comics lovin’ Valentine’s cards.

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Yale Stewart’s ‘JL8′ comes to the rescue on Valentine’s Day

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Cartoonist Yale Stewart, creator of the popular fan comic JL8 and apparent author of an upcoming licensed Superman’s book, has released a series of Valentine’s Day cards featuring seven of his li’l Justice Leaguers.

He encourages fans to print them out and “share these with your special someone/someones,” which might be a particularly good idea for anyone who forget this is the Big Day. Heck, even if you did remember, it wouldn’t hurt to stick one of these in the bouquet.

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Francesco Francavilla gets into the Winter Olympics spirit

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ROBOT 6 favorite Francesco Francavilla is well known for his series of themed art posts, ranging from Breaking Bad episode posters to Justified character images to his “Batploitation” renditions of the Batman cast. In keeping with current events, the Eisner Award-winning artist has turned his attention to the Sochi Olympics, posting daily illustrations that insert Marvel and DC characters into the winter games.

And so we’re treated to a bobsledding Fantastic Four (well, three), a snowboarding Silver Surfer and, above, a cross-country skiing Black Racer. See more on Francavilla’s blog.

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Express your love with X-Men Valentine’s Day cards

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Although the kind of comics Matt Bors is best known for are far removed from the superhero genre, the political cartoonist has an unabashed love for the characters — and that’s showing through in these great illustrations he’s releasing for Valentine’s Day. Bearing the subtitle “protecting a world that hugs and smooches them,” Bors’ X-Men Valentines really hit the mutant-loving hearts of X-Men fans, and show he really knows his characters.

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Rivera reveals secrets behind Psylocke & Wolverine cake topper

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You may recall Paolo Rivera’s incredible Herge-inspired wedding invitations and save-the-date cards, to say nothing of the Psylocke and Wolverine cake-topper that would put some of the competitors on Food Network Challenge to shame. Now the Eisner Award-winning artist is revealing how he sculpted the characters in a video that condenses the process from about 40 hours to three minutes and 17 seconds.

“Even taking shortcuts, I barely finished in time,” Rivera writes. “I had to bake Wolverine before I finished his arm so I could make a flight (to my wedding). I carried them on the plane with me in a small box (and the TSA didn’t even stop me — guess they don’t mind adamantium).”

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Take a peek inside Dustin Harbin’s sketchbook

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Many artists utilize Tumblr primarily as a promotional platform, but I find Dustin Harbin’s blog to be a little more layered, as he also uses it as a process/teaching tool.

He frequently shares pages from his sketchbooks, and includes the size of the pieces and the tools he used to draw them. Below are a few of his sketchbook pages.

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The Hero Initiative unveils ‘The Uncanny X-Men 100 Project’

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Art by Ryan Cody

In the tradition of its Fantastic Four and Walking Dead “100 Projects,” The Hero Initiative has unveiled some of the first entries for its next venture, featuring contributions by Alan Davis, Khoi Pham, Mike Perkins and more.

This time, Marvel provided blank covers for Uncanny X-Men #12, and The Hero Initiative asked 100 artists to create a drawing on each of those covers. The original artwork will be auctioned on eBay; the organization will also collect the covers in hardcover and paperback editions.

Check out more of the art below, and see more still on the Hero Initiative website. Auction dates will be announced soon.

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Shelton Drum’s original art collection goes on display

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Shelton Drum, owner of the Charlotte, North Carolina, comics store Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and founder of HeroesCon, has been collecting original art for years from such creators as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, John Romita and Frank Miller — but that’s only for starters. And beginning Friday, the public will be able to say that art on display for the first time in an exhibit at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia.

Called “Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: the Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum,” the exhibit features private commissions and original pages spanning from the 1950s to today; there’s also original HeroesCon promotional artwork from the likes of Mike Mignola, Darwyn Cooke and James Jean.

“I’m apprehensive, but excited,” Drum said. “I’m honored and pleased that I can share my collection but it wasn’t something that I thought was going to happen anytime soon.”

Staged with the help of the Out of Step Arts Collective, the exhibit continues through June 29. An opening reception is scheduled for Feb. 6.

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