CBR's Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2016
To celebrate the debut of its limited-edition Game of Thrones notebooks, Moleskine has released a spectacular stop-motion video tribute to the hit drama’s opening sequences, featuring King’s Landing made entirely out of paper.
After wowing us last April with a beautiful CG-animated video that mashed together the Game of Thrones opening credits with The Legend of Zelda, MegaSteakMan returns with the clever six-minute drama “Game of Hyrule.”
Combining the worst of Westeros and the best of Hyrule — or is it the other way around? — the slickly produced live-action fan film tells a tale of power, corruption, courage and … death by cucco.
Although Thor, with his flowing blond hair, fluttering cape and big hammer, may garner most of the screen time, it’s the god of mischief who’s getting the love.
Six boys born in Scotland last year were named Loki, according to the National Records of Scotland. That’s compared to just one named Thor.
Aritst Brian J. Davis has rendered famous literary characters in the form of police sketches — ensuring that if you run into one of these characters on the street, you know exactly what to expect.
Using “commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software,” Daivs drew accurate sketches based on the characters’ descriptions in their respective books. Take a look at each (eerie, yet accurate) interpretation below…
The worlds of Westeros and Hyrule collide in the best possible ways with this mesmerizing CG-animated video from MegaSteakMan that combines the opening credits of HBO’s Game of Thrones with the world map from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.
“Netflix should hire us to do the intro for their ‘canceled’ Hyrule romp,” states the comedy group’s YouTube page. “I hope you guys like it, and remember: in the Game of Hyrule you win … or you look up the answer to that puzzle online.”
The rivalry that’s been building for a while — at least since the pair met in the Mos Eisley cantina — finally boiled over into an intense, and surprisingly expressive, rap battle between Groot and Hodor.
Backed by Rocket Raccoon, Bran Stark and Osha in this new video from The Warp Zone, the gentle giants of Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones throw down some mad … not rhymes, exactly. However, they do appear mad, or at least mildly perturbed.
Few characters in modern sci-fi and fantasy are as misunderstood as Chewbacca, Groot and Hodor. It’s not that their motives indiscernible, mind you; they’re all upright guys. It’s that two of them have incredibly limited vocabulary — namely, “I am Groot” and “Hodor!” — while the third, well … how many people actually speak Wookiee?
So, you can imagine when these kindred spirits get together, they have a lot to talk about. A lot. That’s the premise of “No One Understands,” a video from Brotherhood Workshop that finds LEGO versions of trio from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones drowning its sorrows in the Mos Eisley cantina.
As fans of Game of Thrones can attest, Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an imposing figure. Standing at 6 feet 9 niches tall, the professional basketball player turned strongman competitor turned actor made his debut two weeks ago on the hit HBO series as the fearsome Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain. And with Sunday’s episode, his impact was truly felt (by some more than others).
But Björnsson has a softer side, one the people of Westeros will never see: For a 3-year-old’s birthday party, he fulfilled the child’s wish to meet his favorite Marvel superhero by having himself airbrushed to look the Incredible Hulk.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the video below, the sight of a real-life Green Goliath was a little too much for the birthday boy …
Within days of each other, we’ve had new seasons of Game of Thrones and Mad Men starting, here’s the inevitable mash-up, “Don Stark” by the great PJ McQuade. Don wouldn’t last five minutes in the Night’s Watch, of course. They may be the most stylish men in the Seven Kingdoms, but I couldn’t imagine him ever taking that vow of celibacy.
Anticipation for the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones continues apace among the more right-thinking sections of humanity, with less than two weeks now before its premiere. It’s a show that continues to make fans: Winter’s Knight/Dangeritis artist Robert Ball recently posted these vector portraits of some of the epic’s cast in character, and they’re great. Ball is a late convert to the show, explaining:
“I’ve been doing commissions for Wired magazine off and on, and this is the latest of those. I watched the first few episodes of Game of Thrones and found the whole thing clunky, adolescent and embarrassing. Then I got the humour and I’ve become completely obsessed with it. Can’t wait for series 3!”
Ball’s self-published Winter Knight was one of my favorite comics from last year, and had a certain superficial level of similarity with Game of Thrones anyway, being a medieval-set story with certain spooky fantasy elements creeping in at the edges.
His likenesses and expressions here are spot on: the stoicism of Arya Stark and Jon Snow, the haughtiness of the Lannisters, especially that hint of a sneer on Cersei’s lips. And if Ball’s style looks familiar to you, it’s probably because he’s the artist who came up with the much-ripped-off Fifty Baddies print.
It’s week two of the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and ROBOT 6 favorite Warwick Johnson Cadwell is being featured in Mondo’s Game of Thrones gallery show (Arrested Motion has some great images from the show on its blog). This is the latest prestigious gig in WJC’s long march to stardom, following his appointment last year as the new Tank Girl artist. We caught up with Warwick, who provided us with a series of drawings taking us through his process as he worked up his commission from the design house.
Warwick began by drawing both his favorite characters from the multi-award winning HBO fantasy drama: “I did Samwell first: it was sketched out, then lightboxed with a variety of brush pens (fancy, knackered, cheap and drying out).”
The new season of Game Of Thrones may not be released until March, but until then I have something that’ll keep you warm and giggly on the cold nights: a A Song Of Ice & Fire comic strips. No, not an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novels or an adaptation of the television show; rather, it’s a comedic look at the world Martin created with all the characters played up for hilarious intent. Published under the banner Comics of Ice & Fire on Tumblr, these comics come by way of cartoonist Azad Injejikian, veteran of the Flight anthology and creator of the 2004 graphic novel A Very Sammy Day.
Launched four months ago, Comics of Fire & Ice has a great collection of one-off strip pages ranging from Daenerys Targaryen’s pompousness, portends of winter, and covers the rampant sexiness pervading the novels. Injejikian is showing himself to be an excellent cartoonist, understanding the characters and knowing where the humor is — I just hope he keeps it going!
Check out the strips he’s created so far at coiaf.tumblr.com.
Brazilian artist Miguel Lokia has created a series of Game of Thrones-inspired house banners for several pop-culture characters, including a few superheroes. That’s only one of the House Wayne banners above; continue below to see Houses Banner, Kent, Parker, Rogers, and a non-comics one I threw in just because it made me laugh. There are even more on Lokia’s deviantART page.
Most devotees of HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones will know that a significant chunk of the drama’s filming and production work is done in Northern Ireland, but one fact that may have passed comic fans by is that the Northern Irish-native comic book artist Will Simpson (2000AD/Hellblazer/Transformers/Vamps/Punisher 2099) is the lead storyboard artist. Things get just a little NSFW below, as you might expect from anything related to Game of Thrones.
George R.R. Martin, author of the bestselling fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, is a Marvel fan from way back, with a letter in 1964’s Avengers #12 counted among his earliest published writing (he was a New Jersey teen at the time). So it probably should come as little surprise that, in theory at least, he wouldn’t mind taking a crack at writing Doctor Strange, whom he says “was always one of my favorites.”
A comic with “From the Creator of Game of Thrones” slapped across the cover would seem like a license for Marvel to print money. However, before Martin would even consider tackling the Master of the Mystic Arts, he would require an unlikely guarantee from the publisher.
“Before I would ever do that, I would have to have my lawyers to meet with Marvel’s lawyers and work out an absolutely iron-clad contract that would say whatever I did in the story would continue to be canon forever, and would never be retconned, rebooted or reimagined out of the universe when some later writer decided to mess around with it,” Martin tells MTV Geek in an interview recorded at Worldcon. “Because I hate that, I hate — I’ve always hated reboots and retcons and the fact that a writer comes in and undoes what a previous writer did and, y’know, brings dead characters back to life, kills new characters that weren’t intended to die. That’s the one thing I don’t like about comics. That drives me crazy.”