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Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out.
I should add that this post contains SPOILERS for Batman #28 and All-New X-Men #23, so read at your own risk. Now let’s get to it …
The folks at BOOM! Studios are celebrating Valentine’s Day on Twitter with a flurry of cards based on their comics, including Lumberjanes, Two Guns and The Midas Flesh, as well as Archaia properties like Royden Lepp’s Rust. So if you forgot to get your Valentines (or got snowed in), check out the hashtag #youmakemyheartgoBOOM on Twitter and download some comics lovin’ Valentine’s cards.
Although the kind of comics Matt Bors is best known for are far removed from the superhero genre, the political cartoonist has an unabashed love for the characters — and that’s showing through in these great illustrations he’s releasing for Valentine’s Day. Bearing the subtitle “protecting a world that hugs and smooches them,” Bors’ X-Men Valentines really hit the mutant-loving hearts of X-Men fans, and show he really knows his characters.
It’s getting close to that time of the year when the assorted nerds of Earth have to make grand gestures to their significant others, in order to remind them that we’re worth holding onto, despite us insisting on filling the attic with longboxes full of musty old copies of Teen Titans. And what could be grander than these Valentine’s Day card designs by PJ McQuade? You may already be familiar with the Brooklyn illustrator’s Star Wars-themed Christmas cards, but he’s now branching out into that most
cynical romantic of holidays. Maybe he’ll keep rolling these out for every upcoming festivity — I dread to think of what he could come up with for St. Patrick’s Day.
McQuade also produced a couple of great Star Wars tribute prints for the recent show Gadgets and Gizmos at Brooklyn’s pop-culture specialists the Bottleneck Gallery. I love this relic-ed box art for a Dejarik Holochess board game that never was. Let the Wookiee win!
If you’ve waited until the last minute and don’t want to brave the crowds at hallmark to find a card for your sweetheart today, Dark Horse has posted several comic-themed cards on their blog, featuring Hellboy, Usagi Yokimbo and more. Because nothing says “I love you” like an imprisoned Goon.
She first garnered major attention right around Halloween with her short, sharp shock of a horror comic, “His Face All Red.” Now, in honor of what Blanche Devereaux once referred to as “the most romantic day of the ye-ah,” cartoonist Emily Carroll has posted another all-new webcomic, “Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter,” and this time around, love is in the air rather than bloodspatter. This story of an amorous shape-shifting goddess and her beloved’s beautiful hair is so convincingly authentic an evocation of ancient legend that you’ll probably be stunned to learn that it wasn’t drawn from some dusty library book of world myths, but from a world-building project completely of her own creation. It’s also makes excellent use of the web’s scrolling capabilities, and there are a couple of formal tricks at play in terms of how Yir’s Daughter is portrayed and referred to that made me say “dang, that’s smart” once I cottoned to them. Read it with someone you love!
In case all of the candy hearts and flower shop window displays didn’t clue you in, it’s Valentine’s Day today, or as I like to call the holiday, “Oh Christ, not that again.”
In our past life we looked at our favorite comics couples, but this we thought we’d have a bit of fun and play matchmaker by picking characters we’d most like to see shack up, regardless of genre or sexual orientation.
Below is our results. See if you can come up with some of your own unique romantic pairings in the comments section.
Aquaman and the Sub-Mariner – They have so much in common.
Little Lulu and Charlie Brown – After spending so much of her youth surrounded by hooligans like Tubby and Alvin, I’m sure Lulu would greatly appreciate a sensitive soul like Charlie Brown.
Jimmy Corrigan and the She-Hulk — Call it a hunch, but I get the feeling Jimmy’s got a thing for aggressive women.
Astro Boy and Jocasta – Robot love baby! Robot love!