Warren Ellis has a new ebook debuting June 15 called Dead Pig Collector, and Sunday, via his Machine Vision email list, he revealed the book’s cover, by his Fell collaborator Ben Templesmith.
Dead Pig Collector, Ellis says, is “a love story. It is also about killing people and effectively disposing of their bodies.” Check out the complete cover after the jump.
Last week Marvel unveiled Dave Johnson’s terrific homage to the Battle Royale movie poster with his cover for the first issue of Avengers Arena, a series launching as part of Marvel NOW! in which 16 young heroes are pitted against each other for entertainment by Arcade. Continuing the brutal theme of child versus child, The Beat now has the first look at Chris Bachalo’s cover for Issue 2, a clever ode to Baron Storrey’s illustration for the 1980 Perigree edition of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.
Maybe we should’ve expected more homages when editor Bill Rosemann dropped a handful of allusions in a Q&A last week at Marvel.com: “Avengers Arena gives a high concept itch a superhuman scratch. Throughout history, societies have sent their young adults against one another in competition, whether that’s in war, sports or American Idol. Likewise, art has examined this phenomenon of the older generation sacrificing the younger generation—and also of young warring gangs wanting to prove who’s #1—in everything from the myth of Theseus vs. the Minotaur to Lord of the Flies to Battle Royale to Starship Troopers to Survivor to Hunger Games. Teen vs. teen competition is as old as storytelling—but now it’s time to give it the Marvel twist.”
Perhaps then we should look for those Starship Troopers and Hunger Games (ahem) tributes with issues 3 and 4. Avengers Arena, by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, debuts in December.
At the Behance Network, Davide De Cubellis has posted an impressive gallery of his cover art for the Italian comic John Doe. De Cubellis’s approach to the series changes, with each cover clearly influenced by a different modern classic artist. I think I can spot tributes to the styles of Duncan Fegredo, James Jean, Tony Harris, J.H. Williams III, Massimo Carnevale, Lee Bermejo, Javier Pulido and others. De Cubellis has a desktop wallpaper of the complete set on his blog. You can see much more below.
You may have heard that America will hold another presidential election in November. You might also remember four years ago, when we last held one of these big events that ran through all 50 titles, er, states, and everyone and their brother featured Barack Obama on the cover of their comic or within its pages.
We haven’t seen quite the frenzy from the comic industry this election season, but Todd McFarlane is jumping in feet first. As noted in the Image Comics solicitations that came out earlier this week, Spawn #225 will feature two different endings based on the results of the election. Here’s the text:
Chew #30 marks the halfway point of the series, according to writer John Layman. If you paid attention to the previous 29 issues, here’s a fun treat … a sneak preview of the tri-fold cover by Rob Guillory. The colors are unfinished, but the colorful cast is all there, along with a few Easter eggs.
Check out the cover in full below.
A second Walking Dead Compendium will arrive just in time for Halloween and, of course, the next season of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. The massive volume, collecting issues #49-96 of the Walking Dead comic book, arrives Oct. 3 and retails for $59.99.
Robert Kirkman told USA Today it’s his favorite format for the comic. “It’s just such a big, huge book that really offers a lot of bang for your buck,” he said. “The idea of having Volume 1 and 2 sitting next to each other on a reinforced shelf really excites me.”
Like its predecessor, it collects eight trade paperbacks into one 1,068-page volume. It also sports a similar cover to the first volume, featuring the main characters at the top and “zombiefied” mirror images of them below.
Check out the full cover by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn after the jump.
Last year DC Comics collected all the first issues of the New 52 into one big honkin’ omnibus, which retailed for $150–a little less than what it would cost to buy all 52 first issues if you paid full price.
Apparently it must have done well for DC, or at least well enough, because they announced today on their Source blog that they plan to release a similar collection of all the “zero” issues coming out in September. DC Comics The New 52 Zero will collect all 55 zero issues into “a massive 1,328-page deluxe hardcover compilation.” Like its predecessor, it looks like it’ll cost $150 retail as well. It’s due out Dec. 12.
Check out the full cover by artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado below.
Astonishing X-Men has been in the news lately, bringing some much-deserved exposure for the covers that Dustin Weaver has been doing for the comic. Take, for instance, the cover to issue #52, featuring Karma giving her robotic leg a tune-up.
“Not your typical X-Men cover, I think. Convincing the editors to let me go with this idea took some doing,” Weaver said on his blog. “You know how they tell you to pick your battles, well I picked one. But now I’m left to wonder, if I’ve only got so many battles I can fight, did I pick the right one?”
I’d say yes.
Check out the complete cover (with a bunch of fun background details) after the jump, and head over to Dustin’s blog for more on the process he used to create it.
Saga artist Fiona Staples takes Josie and the Pussycats from bubblegum idols to real rockers in her variant cover for October’s Life with Archie #24. ” This storyline take place about ten years into the future, so I did a grown-up version of the band!” Staples writes on her blog “It was inspired in part by the 2001 Pussycats movie, and Alison Mosshart from The Kills, who wears a lot of animal print.”
It’s also a very different look from the standard Life with Archie cover dress, but in a way it reflects the contents better. The comic is already a weird combination of indy and Archie — it would be cool to see the creators take it even further in the indy direction.
Organizations | Tom Spurgeon reports that The Hero Initiative has now received close to $3,000 so far due to campaigns asking those people who watch Marvel’s The Avengers to donate money to the organization. The Jack Kirby Museum, meanwhile, reports it has received $1,300 from Avengers-related giving. [The Comics Reporter, The Kirby Museum]
Conventions | Chris Butcher, co-founder and director of the Toronto Comics Art Festival, reports that about 18,000 people attended this year’s TCAF-related events: “TCAF 2012 was the most ambitious festival yet, and my most ambitious personal undertaking. With more off-site and lead-up events than ever before, more partnerships than in previous years, an additional day of programming, and more than 20 featured guests, I worried in the weeks leading up to the show that perhaps we’d bit off a bit more than we could chew. Luckily through the talent and support of some wonderful folks we had varying levels of success on every front, and as always, lessons were learned and we think 2013 will be even stronger.” [Comics212]
August brings the preludes to the Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover that writers Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire have been talking about for awhile now, as Team Red and Team Green take on The Rot. According to Lemire, the crossover, Rotworld, is an “epic superhero/horror story” that he’s been working with Snyder on for the past year. “Buddy Baker and Alec Holland join forces to lead a pre-emptive strike deep into The Rot, the consequences of which will tear both of their worlds apart forever,” he said on his blog.
The crossover runs through each title’s 17th issue and will feature art by regular series artists Yanick Paquette and Steve Pugh, who worked together on the above joining covers for Animal Man #12 and Swamp Thing #12.
DC’s The Source blog provides a look at the variant cover to Action Comics #10, featuring artwork by famed The Ultimates and America’s Got Powers artist Bryan Hitch, with colors by Paul Mounts.
Check it out after the jump.
Artist Skottie Young makes our dreams come true with the above variant Avengers vs. X-Men #1 cover he created for New York retailer Midtown Comics. Their online site has it available for pre-order for $5.10, which isn’t a bad price for all that cuteness.
If you’ve enjoyed Brandon Graham’s work so far on the revived Prophet for Extreme Studios but keep asking yourself when he might draw an issue in addition to writing it, wonder no more–Graham said that he will write and draw issue #26. He also shares the cover, above, along with some other fun but NSFW stuff on his blog.
Back at the New York Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics announced a “digital first” series for one of their newly licensed properties–the popular Dragon Age video game series. The Electronic Arts franchise has already produced two video games, an expansion, lots of extra downloadable game content, a Facebook game, three novels, a tabletop role-playing game and even a previous comic series published by IDW Publishing.
I’m a huge fan of the game and, with the exception of the tabletop game, I’ve read or played all of the above. The reason I like the game and the universe its set in comes down to the characters–noble, but somewhat goofy Alistar; dark and mysterious Morrigan; the likable liar Varric; brooding bad ass Fenris–unfortunately, the IDW series didn’t delve into further tales about any of these guys. While it was set in the same world and put the spotlight on one of the primary conflicts of the game (mages vs. templars), the characters were all-new creations. It wasn’t a bad comic, but it felt flat and lacked that one key ingredient.