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Paolo Rivera, part of the creative team who have made Daredevil one of this year’s stellar comics, shares the somewhat-creepy cover to Daredevil #10. It looks like Daredevil crosses sticks with the Mole Man and his moloids (as he did on the cover to issue #9), who in recent months have popped up all over the Marvel Universe. These moloids don’t look near as friendly as the ones who adopted the Hulk, however.
Bat-villains ahoy! Artist Dennis Culver has been posting a sketch a day to his Flickr stream, and lately his subject has been Batman bad guys, and lots of ‘em. To date, he’s drawn (deep breath) Hush, Killer Croc, the Ventriloquist and Scarface, the Terrible Trio, Doctor Phosphorous, Mister Freeze, Poison Ivy, Lady Shiva, the Scarecrow, Egghead, Harley Quinn, Black Mask, Bane, Calendar Girl, Professor Hugo Strange, the Mad Monk, the Penguin, Jeremiah Arkham, Firefly, Solomon Grundy, and Clayface (phew) for the series, and given many of them sartorially stylish makeovers to boot. (Dig that Terrible Trio up top!) Plus, if you dig deeper into his archives, you can check out his takes on even more — Catwoman, Man-Bat, the Riddler, the Gentleman Ghost, the Mutant Leader, different versions of Grundy and the Penguin, (of course) the Joker, and even Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. (Haha, remember that bit of casting from the first Tim Burton Batmovie?) There are even some Bat-allies, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Obviously, there are plenty more second-stringers and big guns alike left for Culver to tackle in his new series. And given the gorgeousness of his efforts so far, I’ll be tuning in to see ‘em — same Bat-stream, same Bat-Flickr!
(Via Andy Khouri)
Via The Daily What
The illustrious Agent M directs us to this eye-melting gallery of blacklight posters based on Marvel Comics art from Third eye, Inc., assembled by cartoonist Nick Derington. In the comments for one image, Paul Pope reveals that DC’s Mark Chiarello has some of these in his office. But could even the most ardent pro-DC/anti-Marvel fan blame him? Look at these things!
As part of a series of posts on the racial attitudes that drove the United States into the Civil War, blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates has posted a small but powerful gallery of 19th-century anti-Irish cartoons and illustrations. As gorgeously drawn — by the all-time-great political cartoonist Thomas Nast in some cases — as they are jaw-droppingly benighted, they’re posted by Coates to demonstrate the ease with which today’s interested readers can access primary documents rather than relying on the potentially biased work of interpreters. Another silver lining: Given the total assimilation of Irish Americans, they’re proof that even the most stridently held prejudices can fall before their twin opponents truth and time.
This is what you might see if you are lucky enough to sit next to Roger Langridge on his flight to the States tomorrow to attend Heroes Con; he’s working on a ten-page story for Doctor Who magazine and figures he will be finishing it on the road. In the meantime, he shows off the pencils for one page on his blog. The story is called Planet Bollywood, which, as Roger says, just about says it all. If you’re heading to Heroes Con, go visit Roger at table 518, near the Boom! Studios booth, and see how it’s going.
The pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement activist group reports and the Baltimore Sun confirms that 21-year-old Jewish-American art student Emily Henochowicz was badly wounded Monday during a Jerusalem protest against Israel’s deadly raid on a relief flotilla headed for Gaza over the weekend. Hit directly in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli border policeman, Henochowicz lost her left eye and required substantial surgery to repair damage to the bones of her face and skull.
What makes the nature of her injuries sadder still, hopefully regardless of your thoughts on the underlying conflict, is that Henochowicz is clearly a talented visual artist and animator. You can visit her blog and Flickr page for everything from life-drawing sketches to visual chronicles of her experiences in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Via Andrew Sullivan, who has further information and links.
Enraged by the ongoing crisis in the gulf, and BP’s response (or lack thereof), artists have taken matters into their own hands and made … comics. io9 has a small gallery, featuring Aquaman, Spongebob, and the comics stylings of Kate Beaton.
Ahead of this weekend’s HeroesCon, artist Tom Fowler has posted a bunch of wonderful pre-ordered commissions, ranging from The Thing giving a piggy-back ride to the Richards children to Mysterius the Unfathomable chastising his assistant Delfi. But the best piece easily is this one, of Wildcat taunting an unhappy Robin during a boxing lesson. I’m jealous of the person who gets this commission. Fowler will be at booth 408, between Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker.
Super Punch presents some alternate covers for Wolverine: Netsuke, as reimagined by Jon Foster’s art class. Bonus post: If you liked this, check out these imaginary paintings of Wolverine as depicted by various artists.
A while back we told you about artist Ty Mattson’s rather stunning, gorgeously retro Lost-inspired art, created in part as invitations for a Season Six premiere party. Apparently we’re not the only people who dug ‘em: ABC is now selling merchandise featuring Mattson’s designs in its official Lost store, including silkscreened prints, t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, mousepads, even skateboard decks. Looks like even showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are getting in on the act…
His latest book Weathercraft just came out last week, but already Frank cartoonist Jim Woodring’s next graphic novel is making me deeply uncomfortable. Woodring is showing off images from and inspired by his forthcoming The Congress of the Animals on his own blog and over at the Fantagraphics blog, and they’re among the creepiest things I’ve ever seen him do. And if you’ve read the excellent Weathercraft, an early contender for book of the year, you know that’s pretty damn creepy.
The Blot author and and illustrator Tom Neely is no stranger to the metal or the macabre, and he combines the two — with sexy results! — in this NSFW painting of Robert E. Howard’s Conan commissioned for an upcoming issue of Dark Horse’s Conan comic.
If you’d like to see more of this kind of thing by Neely, I don’t blame you; fortunately, he’d like to do more of it. Says Neely: “I had a ton of fun drawing this and it kinda makes me wanna do more of this kind of illustration work… That’s a big hint to all you editors out there! Why hasn’t anyone asked me to do something for Marvel’s Strange Tales? Or a cover for the newly revived Creepy Comics? Or anything else… Hire me people!” Listen to the man, folks.
Fred Dekker’s 1987 cult-classic kids’ horror-comedy The Monster Squad is like a mash-up between the classic Universal Studios monsters and The Goonies. Boasting killer creatures courtesy of the legendary Stan Winston and filled with non sequitur catchphrases (“Creature stole my Twinkie,” “Mummy came in my house,” “My name…is Horace,” and of course “Wolfman’s got nards”), it’s also edgy enough to never get off the ground if it had been made in this hyper-niche-oriented demographically tested era of moviemaking. (Yeah, I’m not optimistic about the remake.)
Despite being a relative newcomer to the Squad, illustrator and sculptor Lou Romano is making up for lost time by crafting this lovely suite of portraits of the movie’s monstrous stars: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Gill Man, and the Mummy. Click here to see all five at full size from the comfort of your living room at 666 Shadowbrook Road or wherever you may reside.
(via Sam Walker)
Pixar story artist Josh Cooley likely has his hands plenty full at his day job, but fortunately for us he’s paying tribute to the non-animated, R-rated movies he loves by making Golden Book-style children’s picturebook-style images out of them. He’ll be collecting them in a Golden Book of his own in time for the San Diego Comic-Con. Until then, you can check out his inappropriately adorable take on The Godfather, Leon, The Graduate, The Terminator, The Silence of the Lambs and more in this Kotaku gallery — but I’d also recommend simply scrolling through Cooley’s blog, where you’ll also find sexy pin-ups, inappropriate antics involving He-Man and Falcor from The Neverending Story, and lots more.
(via Rob Humanick)