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[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
Note: This post contains potential spoilers for Rocket Raccoon #5
Rocket Raccoon is one of several comics coming out of Marvel right now where they’ve paired the perfect creator — in this case Skottie Young — with the perfect character, and just let them go wild. (See also: Kaare Andrews on Iron Fist). So when you hear that an issue is going to have a fill-in artist, you have to wonder what kind of effect that’s going to have, if it’s really going to work or not. It all just depends on who they choose, right?
Although it may not be as big as National Novel Writing Month, over the past five years InkTober has grown into a global event. What’s InkTober, you ask? It’s a challenge created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker to help improve inking skills and work habits — and this year’s edition starts tomorrow.
If the date sneaked up on you, don’t panic: All that’s required is a pen or brush and paper — but you’ll probably also need an Internet connection, and either a scanner or digital camera.
Each day throughout October, you simply make an ink drawing and upload to your blog, Facebook page, or Twitter or Instagram account, accompanied by the hashtag #inktober. (Or, as Parker suggests, you can simply pin it to your wall.)
That’s it: 31 drawings in 31 days. Parker breaks down the rules, and provides a list of resources, on his website.
Comics | Almost half the attendees at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego were women, writes Yael Kohen in an article about the growing importance of women to the comics industry. He cites statistics showing that young women are the fastest-growing segment of the comics audience, talks to Image Comics President Eric Stephenson and a woman who works in a comic shop, and mentions the enduring popularity of manga and Marvel’s recent introduction of more interesting female characters. With all that material to work with, it’s too bad he started with a lead right out of the 1950s, something about a fashion show at Comic-Con, as if that’s what all those women were there for. [BloombergBusinessweek]
Creators | Writer Jen Van Meter discusses her newest project, Valiant’s first female-led series, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage. [Hero Complex]
Have you ever wanted to discover a piece of original art in the wild? Well, now’s your chance. Today is World Art Drop Day, an initiative begun by Missile Mouse creator Jake Parker that encourages all artists — whether it’s professional or amateur — to drop a piece of art wherever they find themselves and provide clues on social media to help people find it. The inspiration came from Parker’s own art drop, in which he left sketches around the United States for enterprising fans to discover.
Among the many artists participating are Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, Ben Caldwell (who most recently drew the Gen-13 backup story in Supergirl #33) and Who is Jake Ellis? artist Tonci Zonjic. Many more are participating across the globe. Clues and posts about the initiative can currently be found using the hashtag #artdropday.
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 beautiful and fantastical Flight anthologies put together by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and his friends may be no more, but their spirit lives on in Explorer. The first volume, Flight: Explorer, was Kibuishi’s stab at assembling an anthology for kids using many of the same artists who’d worked on Flight. He followed that up by dropping the Flight label and putting together Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, but if a third volume was ever announced, I missed it.
That third volume is coming soon, though. Amazon is taking pre-orders for Explorer: The Lost Islands, a hardcover to be released Oct. 8. Again edited by Kibuishi, this volume features stories around the theme of “hidden places.” Contributors include Kibuishi, Jason Caffoe (Flight), Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Michel Gagné (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (Flight, Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales), and new artist Chrystin Garland.
Now that Jake Parker’s (Missile Mouse) Kickstarter campaign has closed for Antler Boy and Other Stories, he’s hard at work finishing the short-story collection. To tide us over in the meantime, he’s been posting the uncolored version of the book’s final story “Secret of the Spacecave.” The finished version will be full color, but Parker writes, “I thought these black, white and purple pages looked pretty good.” I agree. He’s posted three parts of the story so far, with one more part to go. Stay tuned to his website for that, as well as details about ordering Antler Boy and Other Stories. Parker promises that readers who missed the Kickstarter campaign will still be able to get copies in the fall.
Jake Parker was always one of my favorite parts of the Flight and Out of Picture anthologies, and his Missile Mouse graphic novels showed that he knows how to make great longer-form stories as well. Robot 6 readers may also remember that he’s also a great designer of Batmobiles. Now Parker’s wanting to collect all of his short stories — both Missile Mouse and otherwise — into one place in a collection called The Antler Boy and Other Stories.
There’s a Kickstarter for the book, and with almost a month left to go, Parker’s already passed his initial goal of $6,000. He hasn’t identified any stretch goals yet, but the easiest way to get the nine-story volume is to pledge $25. Larger pledges get you more books and original art, so whatever Parker uses the extra money for, your contribution will get you cool stuff at a reasonable price. Check out the page for a full list of the stories and all the details.
Jake Parker (Missile Mouse) posted this drawing on his blog and I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to see him draw more like it. If DC Comics ever does another Bizarro Comics anthology, I hope someone gives Parker a call.
(via The Comics Reporter)
Welcome to What Are You Reading?, where we talk about what comics and other stuff we’ve been reading lately.
Today’s special guest is Joe Keatinge, writer and co-creator of the upcoming Image comic Brutal with Frank Cho. He’s also the writer of the final “Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies” installment in April’s Savage Dragon #171, drawn by Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, Billy Dogma’s Dean Haspiel, Nikolai Dante’s Simon Fraser, Parade (With Fireworks)’s Mike Cavallaro, The Transmigration of Ultra Lad’s Joe Infurnari, Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation’s Tim Hamilton and Olympians’ George O’Connor. He’s also executive editor of the PopGun anthology, he’s got an ongoing series coming soon that he can’t say anything else about and with his fellow studio members at Tranquility Base, regularly beats up on 13 year olds at laser tag.
To see what Joe and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below.