Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AV Club geeks out

Check out interviews with writer Grant Morrison, outgoing Dr. Who show runner Russell T. Davies and legendary Swamp Thing artist, Steve Bissette.

My favorite bit from Morrison's interview:

AVC: Speaking of British comics, if a British writer reaches a certain level of critical success, is he automatically inducted into a magic circle?

GM: Induction isn’t automatic, and involves a rigorous series of Harry Potter-style challenges involving hippogriff-wrangling, mer-wolf races, and all the usual folderol of an openly occult lifestyle. Marshall Law writer Pat Mills is also a magician of some infamy.

Davies on the Dr. Who format:
What I wanted to do was repeated patterns within the show, like every year we would go to the year five billion. Every year you’d go back in history and meet a famous figure, whether Queen Victoria or William Shakespeare or Dickens. Every year we’d come back to Earth and spend some time with the companion’s modern-day family. Not absolutely fixed within that, not a rigid path. But I think it’s important in an ever-changing show to have sort of little rocks or anchors that you can cling to and sort of say “Don’t worry, we’re still on the same show, I’m going to still always come back to what you like.”
Bissette on the creation of John Constantine:
And [John Totleben and I] wrote Alan [Moore], and said “We’re going to put Sting in the comic, and Alan, you better make it a character, because he’s not going to go away. We’re going to make him more and more visible, whether you like it or not.” So Alan made him John Constantine.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hurley shares his luck with us.

Bone again

Next year, Jeff Smith will be returning to Boneville!
Tall Tales, pictured above, is a major repackaging of a book I did with Tom Snigoski a few years ago called Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails. This new book, which takes place after the Bones have returned to Boneville, revolves around Smiley and Bartleby telling tales around a campfire to a group of young Bone Scouts (their names are Ringo, Bingo, & Todd!).
Tom Snigoski will also be writing a trilogy of novels entitled "Bone: Quest for the Spark." Jeff Smith will be providing the illustrations.

Read more here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Karasik interview

Stardust by Fletcher Hanks

Last Thursday at Desert Island, Paul Karasik, editor of You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!, was interviewed by Dan Nadel about artist Fletcher Hanks.

Listen to the interview here.

More about Fletcher Hanks here.


From the episode "Behind Closed Doors," Bobby Hill reads Invinc---er...Unvincible.
Watch King of the Hill here and here.
More about Invincible here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Miraculous Return of Marvelman

Marvelman (from left to right) by Mick Anglo, Garry Leach, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Joe Quesada

Yesterday Joe Quesada announced the return of Marvelman from years in copyright limbo. Marvelman, originally created in the 1950s as a Capt. Marvel analogue, was reimagined by Alan Moore (and later, Neil Gaiman) in the 1980s.

Read a Marvelman FAQ here.

A well-illustrated history and thorough of the character here.

Marvelman wiki here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heinz Edelmann (1934-2009)

Heinz Edelmann, art director and character designer for "Yellow Submarine," died on Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany. He was 75.

New York Times obit here.
Read a tribute from 2002 written by his former student Christoph Niemann here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

PETA outrage over Lady Gaga's muppet-skin coat

She's certainly figured out a way to get people's attention...you know, a way besides her music...
No comment yet from Miss Piggy.
More pics here.

New Doctor: Wet behind the ears?

Matt Smith's Dr. Who look has been revealed- bow tie, blazer, tight rolled pants and doc martens. I'm sure the look will become a fan favorite after an episode or two premieres. Steven Moffat won't do the Doctor wrong.

More pics, plus images with River Song(!) and his new companion Amy Pond , here. Lots more photos here.

"The Waters of Mars," the penultimate episode of the David Tennant-era Doctor Who, airs this fall.

Wait a minute...Waters of Mars... Amy Pond....River Song... I wonder what's up with the aquatic theme....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weaving her Web of Justice!

The much anticipated "Spider-woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D." by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev will be released simultaneously as a webcomic on iTunes and as a physical comic book. More info here.


Friday, July 17, 2009

All together now

"Image United" brings together six of the seven founding fathers of Image Comics for a collaborative book. Each artist draws his own character (with Image partner Robert Kirkman scripting).
[Erik] Larsen called [the comic] a coordination nightmare. "The big winner is Federal Express," he said.
Read the New York Times article here.
Download the first five pages here.
Production diary here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jon Boam

Visit Jon Boam's world here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wish you were here

Dean Motter's Radiant City (art by Los Bros Hernandez)

How can you beat a city called Mega City One? You don't.
Architect's Journal runs down a list of the top 10 comic book cities. A thorough image gallery appears with each entry.


What if Pee Wee went to Paris with Simone?

I just noticed who plays the Penguin's parents in Batman Returns. I know Tim Burton likes to reuse actors but the pairing of Paul Reubens and Diane Salinger suggests an alternate ending to Pee Wee's Big Adventure...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Direct from Pepperland

Happy Birthday, Nick!

Rob Liefeld, 1991

That Dennis Miller sure knows his comics!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Painter Dan Brereton is interviewed by CBR about his creator-owned series, "Nocturnals," here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Process posts

The process post is a staple for any artist with a blog. Here are some recent ones that caught my eye:

Paul Duffield walks us through his coloring process for Freak Angels as he prepares to hand those chores off to Kate Brown.

Sean Phillips gives a sneak peak at upcoming issues of Incognito from thumbnail to finish.

Paolo Rivera has plenty of informative posts- color studies, sketches and studies, step by step, tips and technique, tools of the trade, and, of course, wacky reference.

Saturday, July 4, 2009