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A few months back Utah-based freelance designer and comics artist Jake Parker revealed a series of Marvel characters he drew–Captain America, Wolverine and Iron Man among them — for his followers to enjoy. At that time, he asked readers to suggest other characters to add to the series. The past week and this week he revealed Spider-Man and Hulk pieces he completed in response to feedback.
It is particularly interesting to see how Parker uses one dominant color to tie each piece together with the respective characters’ costumes.
The villains of Gotham City have proved to be some of the most colorful and imaginative characters in superhero fiction, and now a New York art gallery is looking to enshrine the rogues on its walls.
One-Shot Gallery, located inside St. Marks Comics, is hosting an exhibit titled “Great Villains of Gotham: A Cowardly & Superstitious Lot,” which “aims to give these devils their due” in a stunning collection of fine art pieces by modern artists. The show includes James White’s “Starkade: Rogues,” above, in addition to work by HR-FM, Veronica Fish, Blake Wheeler and others. A surprising name in the mix is comics writer John Rozum, who created two cut paper collages that will be on display. The show opens Saturday, and continues throughout February.
Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
Wednesday marks the release of Furious, the Dark Horse superhero series from Bryan J.L. Glass and Victor Santos. As a follow-up to the interview ROBOT 6 conducted with the creators during our fifth-anniversary celebration, Dark Horse Associate Editor Jim Gibbons offered a look at the design process for the cover, promotional material and costume design.
J.H. Williams III has made a career out of taking comics art to the next level — and now he’s taking it from comic pages to the museum wall.
On March 15, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host “Overture: An Evening With J.H. Williams III,” showcasing his original work, including selections from The Sandman: Overture, including the above cover from Issue 3. The museum has already installed several of Williams’ pieces in its gallery, but the artist promises “many more” leading up to the formal event on March 15.
Considering that we spotlighted the Clown Prince of Crime, it seems only right that we make a little room for his arch-nemesis — not that we need an excuse to showcase the work of Paolo Rivera, of course.
Posting on the Muddy Colors blog, the Eisner Award-winning artist walks through his process for a page from his collaboration with writer Ivan Brandon in the recent Batman Black and White #5. As you would expect, it’s informative and beautiful (the use of the “curve ahead” sign is particularly clever). He also includes a terrific Batman character study.
See some of the art below, and the rest at the Muddy Colors fantasy art collective.
Italian artist Denis Medri has made a name for himself on the comics Internet for his various series of themed superhero portraits, from 1950s Rockabilly Batman to steampunk Spider-Man. As it turns out, this fanart attracted the attention of DC Entertainment.
Although Medri said the company balked at making an official comic based on his art, saying it would “create confusion,” an editor asked him to submit sample pages for the then-forthcoming Batman ’66 digital-first series. Medri did a number of samples specifically for the project, but never heard back. Undeterred, Medri has posted these samples online:
Readers of DC’s Batwoman have had their fair share of surprises, but this month’s Batwoman #27 has another — but it’s a good one.
Former Flash co-writer/artist Francis Manapul is making a surprise appearance in this month’s issue, and it’s no simple fill-in. It all began as some last-minute help during the holidays but turned into something unique for everyone involved.
“Just before the holidays I got a call from one of my editors asking me for a favor,” Manapul writes on his website. “Now usually that’s followed up by a last-minute cover request with a quick turn-around time. Instead, she opened by telling me her request was rather unconventional. With the holiday season shortening many of the deadlines, regular Batwoman artist Jeremy Haun came up with a neat solution to that problem.”
You may recall in late October we spotlighted The Daily Planet Files, a fan project by Brittney Williams that focuses a bit more on the less-super aspects of the Man of Steel’s life, namely his day job at Metropolis’ premier newspaper. Williams is back now with even more art, including adorable character designs for Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Superman and Jimmy Olsen, and a cast shot that adds Steve Lombard, Perry White, Ron Troupe and Cat Grant into the mix.
“After working on what has now become The Daily Planet Files since May of 2013, I’m finally happy with the designs and what this has developed into,” Williams writes on her blog. “Who know what surprises 2014 holds for these guys.”
See some of the art below, and even more on Williams’ blog.
On his Facebook page, Body Bags creator Jason Pearson has debuted his steampunk variant cover for February’s Teen Titans #28, one of 20 scattered across DC Comics titles that month. Other artists providing variants include Howard Chaykin, Tommy Lee Edwards, Dave Johnson, J.G. Jones and Klaus Janson.
Teen Titans #28, by Scott Lobdell, Tyler Kirkham and Art Thibert, arrives Feb. 26.
We’ve already seen Mesmo Delivery creator Rafael Grampa step into the spotlight for an Absolut vodka television and print campaign, but now we get a look at the label the artist designed for the limited-edition Absolut Karnival. You can see the bottle from different sides below.
According to Absolut Collectors World, although the bottle will make its official debut later this month in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, in time Carnival, it’s already making the rounds among collectors.
If, like me, you’re a big fan of The Private Eye, the digital comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, you may be pleased to learn Panel Syndicate has opened a store where you can buy prints from the acclaimed sci-fi mystery set in a world where privacy is at a premium.
So now you can get 17.7-inch by 12.6-inch prints of Martin and colorist Muntsa Vicente’s covers for issues 1 and 4, or pages from Issue 1; there’s also a limited-edition black-and-white print. They’re $20 each, plus $10 shipping (except for that last one, which will set you back $50).
Last year Black Beetle creator Francesco Francavilla blew minds with his rendition of “Batman ’72,” the first case of “BATPLOITATION,” as he put it. Now he’s back with a few more images, including a ’70s-era car for Gotham’s Finest and a groovy Two-Face.
“GROOVIEST COMICBOOK OF 2014? (let’s hope it happens),” he said on Tumblr. Yes, let’s hope!
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.
While much of the comics industry is caught in that bubble between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso is busy tweeting sneak peeks at art from a handful of titles, including the debut issue of Moon Knight by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey.
Among the other offerings are pages from All-New Ghost Rider #2 by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1 by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi, and All-New Invaders #2 by James Robinson and Steve Pugh. Check them out below.
Kevin Blankenship used to be a newspaper cartoonist — you might have seen his strip @random in your local paper, and there’s a hefty sample of his work at his website — but we all know that’s a tough field nowadays. So a few years ago, when he had kids, Blankenship put away his pen and focused on his day job in advertising.
He still manages to be creative every Sunday morning, however, when he makes his kids’ favorite breakfast: pancakes. He has turned it into sort of a cartoon challenge — the children tell him what to draw, and he sketches it on a hot griddle, using thinned-out pancake batter in a squeeze bottle. Over time he has refined his technique to create a three-toned look by putting down the darkest lines first, letting them brown a bit, then adding two more layers, one at a time. He started posting his pancake creations on Instagram and Twitter, and now he’s on Tumblr as well.
Pancakes turn out to be a rather forgiving medium. “As long as the pancakes taste good,” he told Business Insider, “you don’t have to worry too much about messing up the shape.”
Check out Blankenship’s Tumblr for more images like the ones above and below; he has been on a roll with Christmas pancakes lately, including two versions of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story.