Hey, Look! Comics! (4/22/14)

Justice League United #0

Justice League United #0

So, AwesomeCon happened this weekend, and it was great! I’ll be writing about it in due time, but sadly it’s also why this post is coming a bit late. Anyway, three new comics this week that I’ll be picking up, and two ongoing series that I’m still raving about. Meanwhile, let’s talk about some recent announcements from DC. And, what is this about Scalped on TV? Also, Marc Ellebery’s Chloe Noonan, read it! Finally, Warren Ellis is everywhere all of a sudden, and this is a good thing!

Reading List

Justice League: United #0 - Justice League Canada is here! Or is it United? Either way, here’s a new title from Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone that looks amazing, and is set to bring something new to the DC Universe. Yes, the big guns are popular, and some great stories have starred them. However, the very best, to me, are those showing the breadth of the DCU, whether here on Earth, or in space! Much of that was wiped out with the New 52, but maybe we’ll start getting some of it back in the pages of this comic. I can only hope, and if nothing else there’s Equinox! The first Cree hero! Which is by all means a welcome addition to what is already an interesting cast of Animal Man, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, and Adam Strange. Oh, and if you enjoyed Lemire’s Animal Man this might be a good place to continue following his adventures. In short, you should get this comic! Read More

The Art of Michael Dialynas

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Michael Dialynas is an artist and illustrator from Athens, Greece. His work was featured in the second and third volumes of Spera. Also, alongside writer Steve Horton he is responsible for Amala’s Blade, which was first serialized in Dark Horse Presents Vol. 2 #9-11, then got a four issue mini-series, and finally was collected in Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaronwhich just came out in February. There seems to be a second collected edition on the horizon, sometime in December, Amala’s Blade: Powers of Naamaron. Finally, you may have noticed his artwork in Superior Spider-man Team-Up Special #1, from a little while back.

More immediately, Dialynas will be doing the art on the upcoming The Woods, written by James Tynion IV, and coming from BOOM! Studios in May. Which I will certainly be picking up, and am rather excited for! Anyway, suffice to say he’s a busy guy, and that his artwork is fantastic. Check it out! You can find him on deviantArt, facebook, tumblr, twitter, and of course his main blog, plus some favorites below. Read More

[Retrospective] The Art of Sheilah Beckett

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Sheilah Beckett (1913-2013) was an American illustrator. She provided artwork for magazines, advertisements, paperback covers, record albums, murals, greeting cards, and most notably, fairy-tale and children’s books. She is responsible for illustrating more than 70 books, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, initially published in 1954, and which was just brought back into print. In 2005, through Xlibris she self-published The Six Wives of Henry the VIII.

Finally, she was also the first woman employed by the Charles E. Cooper studio as an illustrator, and amazingly enough, much like the artist spotlighted last week, entirely self-taught! She passed away on November 17th, 2013, and despite her advanced age stayed active until the very last moment. At the time she was was illustrating a retelling of Thelated for Sep. 9th, 2014, and on which she worked digitally, with a Wacom tablet in Photoshop!

You can find more about her life here and here, and some galleries of her work, here and here, the latter link is a Facebook page dedicated to her memory and art. For your enjoyment I’ve selected some favorites below. Absolutely worth your time! Read More

The Art of Filip Acovic

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Filip Acovic is a Serbian artist whose painted work is equal parts amazing and chilling. You can find his takes on anything from comic-book characters to video games on deviantArt. I stumbled across his work thanks to his excellent rendition of Norgal from Andrew MacLean’s Head LopperSome favorites below, and definitely make sure to check out more of his work, definitely well worth it! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (4/16/14)

Dark Horse Presents #35

Dark Horse Presents #35

Nice mix of comics this week, a couple of new ones, and some older. Plus, just what is DC thinking with some of their recently announced relaunches? Finally, some other neat comics you should check out.

Reading List

Dark Horse Presents #35 - For longer than I’ve been alive Stan Sakai has been writing and illustrating Usagi Yojimbo, and yet it wasn’t until recently that I actually read the first two volumes (published by Fantagraphics). It was all I could hope for, and more. A wandering samurai, and all that entails, plus anthropomorphic characters that make the world visually interesting. If you haven’t yet experienced the rabbit ronin, than this is your chance! Plus comics from the likes of Brendan McCarthy, Darrin Grimwood, Justin Aclin, Nicolás Daniel Selma, Marlac, Christopher Sebela, Brian Churilla, Dave Stewart, Dean Motter, Michael T. Gilbert, Dennis Culver, Sloane Leong, Chad Lambert, Apri Kusbiantoro, Jamie S. Rich, Brent Schoonover, and more! The anthology everyone should be reading! Read More

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