"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
An Indiegogo campaign to fund an anthology to benefit veteran artist Norm Breyfogle in nearly halfway to its $10,000 goal, but there are just 14 days left.
ROBOT 6 has an exclusive first look at art from a new Grimjack story by John Ostrander, Timothy Truman and Lovern Kinzierski that will be included in the book if the fundraising effort reaches $15,000.
Veteran artist Timothy Truman recently revealed on his Facebook page the first of several paintings he was commissioned to create for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary celebration. The veteran illustrator worked with the band in their active years on album covers, T-shirts, and even comics for an almanac series.
Truman hasn’t said how this painting will be used, but he’s also creating art for an acoustic guitar produced by Alvarez for the anniversary.
Blues musician Johnny Winter passed away Wednesday in a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 70. Although details are scant, Variety reports that the Texas-born singer and guitarist had been touring in Europe, and had performed Saturday in Austria.
While Winter’s passing is noteworthy due to his contributions to music, he also has a connection to comics: He and his brother Edgar Winter famously sued DC Comics in 1996, claiming they were defamed, and their rights to privacy and publicity violated, by Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such, a miniseries by Joe Lansdale, Timothy Truman and Sam Glanzman.
The Winter brothers, who were born with albinism, objected to the “villainous half-worm, half-human” characters the Autumn brothers, who share not only the musicians’ first names but also their distinctive physical traits — long white hair and an absence of skin pigment. They argued their reputations were damaged because the characters were depicted as “vile, depraved, stupid, cowardly, subhuman individuals who engage in wanton acts of violence, murder, and bestiality for pleasure and who should be killed.”
The Forever Evil and “Gothtopia” crossovers don’t exactly dominate DC Comics’ January solicitations, but compared to the more mundane goings-on in the other series, they tend to stand out. For that matter, Forever Evil doesn’t sound like it’s promising much more than a lot of clenched jaws, dark humor and grim spectacle.
Still, if it has to happen sometime, it might as well be in January. I don’t mind January so much; it’s the darkest month of the year, but after a hectic holiday season it’s a chance to catch one’s breath. Going back to work after New Year’s Day and realizing there’s not much more to do but look forward to spring is like waking up at the crack of dawn and surveying a wide, flat, featureless plain — gray from the winter cold and just barely lit by the first rays of the distant sun — and realizing that if you’re going to make it across that plain, you’d better start walking.
Sometimes you just have to get through January, is what I’m saying — but sometimes getting through it isn’t so bad.
Whew! How was that for an intro? Weren’t we talking about comics?
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Dark Horse will adapt one of Robert E. Howard’s last published Conan stories beginning in May with the debut of King Conan: Hour of the Dragon.
MTV Geek reports the new ongoing series, by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello and José Villarrubia, will be based on the 1935-36 serial The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror. It centers on a middle-aged Conan, now king of Aquilonia, as his throne is threatened by conspirators who hope to depose him in favor of the kingdom’s rightful heir by resurrecting Xaltotun, an ancient sorcerer from the empire of Acheron.
King Conan: Hour of the Dragon, which features covers by Gerald Parel and Sanjulian, debuts May 29.