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After winning over the comics faithful with Street Angel and Afrodisiac, Jim Rugg has become a pencil-carrying force in independent comics. He was enlisted by major publishers to draw books like DC’s PLAIN Janes and Dark Horse’s The Guild series, and even partnered with rock stars such as in the book One Model Nation. Next […]
Many [artists], in fact, are effectively entrepreneurs, but have little of the regard of the lavishly paid, mythically potent CEO. A working artist is seen neither as the salt of the earth by the left, nor as a “job creator” by the right — but as a kind of self-indulgent parasite by both sides. […]
Afrodisiac and Street Angel‘s Jim Rugg is the subject of an upcoming art exhibit, This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh March 29-May 6. This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny features Rugg’s work on Street Angel and Afrodisiac, as well new and seldom seen pieces. You can find the press release and some […]
Publishing | Longtime industry hand Jason Thompson has written a thoughtful essay on why the manga industry is in trouble, going beyond the American scene to point out structural problems in the Japanese market: An aging readership, the decline of print and the reluctance of Japanese publishers to embrace digital publishing in any coherent way. […]
Creators | Former Judge Dredd artist Brett Ewins suffered serious head injuries Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a police officer who responded to complaints about a man shouting throughout the night. Police say when they arrived the 56-year-old Ewins attacked them with a knife. One of the officers received minor wounds during the struggle, but […]
Movies | National Public Radio commentator John Ridley critiques Hollywood for being even less diverse than the Big Two when it comes to diversity in lead characters, and demolishes their blame-the-audience theory that white people won’t go to see a movie with a black lead by pointing to a study by Indiana University professor Andrew […]
Jim Rugg’s made himself known through a series of thrilling projects both creator-owned and work-for-hire, doing work for Vertigo’s Minx line, collaborating with the frontman of the Dandy Warhols on a graphic novel, and doing two excellent books of his own (Afrodisiac and Street Angel). And now he’s bringing it to Detroit for one night […]
If you’ve ever thought that our whole al-Qaeda problem was nothing a little team-up between George W. Bush and John J. Rambo couldn’t fix, then have I got the comic for you. Over on his blog, Afrodisiac/Street Angel artist Jim Rugg is offering free copies of his celebrated, Ignatz Award-nominated minicomic Rambo 3.5, in convenient […]
I’m not even sure where this will be available, but I really, really need one … artist Jim Rugg shares artwork he created for a limited edition Marvel vs. Capcom 3 T-shirt that’ll be available in San Diego this week. That’s the front of the shirt up top; click over to his blog to see […]
This weekend’s HeroesCon will feature an art auction, and artist Jim Rugg is showing off his submission — featuring everyone from Lobo and Hellboy to the friggin’ Road Warriors — on his blog. On an unrelated note, why the hell do I not have this convention in my travel plans every year?
Regular readers of Robot 6 will not be surprised to read we’re fans of Jim Rugg‘s work. Rugg and I recently did an email interview regarding his latest collaboration with Brian Maruca, Afrodisiac (AdHouse). The book is described here as: “Inspired by the blaxploitation films of the 1970s and classic superhero comics, the Afrodisiac collects […]
Artist Jim Rugg shares a couple of pieces he did for McSweeney’s that never saw the light of day, due to the article being cut. Above you’ll see a cornucopia of ninjas, from Elektra and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Stormshadow and Zen. Click on over to his site to see another fun one, […]
Artist Jim Rugg shares the dust jacket that will wrap around the deluxe limited edition of Afrodisiac, his upcoming release from AdHouse Books. Smokin’!
Jim Rugg announced on his LiveJournal that AdHouse will publish a trade collection of his and Brian Maruca’s tongue-in-cheek Blaxploitation-styled Afrodisiac stories this December. The book will be 96 pages and cost you $14.95. The AdHouse site has more details, as well as a preview: The crew behind Street Angel hits the ghetto with the […]
On his LiveJournal, Street Angel and Plain Janes artist Jim Rugg has posted some art related to two projects he’s working on. First, while some details, like a name or description or publisher, may be lacking, this post by Jim Rugg makes up for that in spades with a whole bunch of sketches and test […]