Yesterday I attended the very first Smudge! Expo, and I hope that it will be the first of many. It was a lovely and very creator focused show, the kind we need more of, especially as the big conventions grow into larger and larger media spectacles. The expo is the creation of comic creator Matt Dembicki and event manager Tina Henry, and was hosted at Artisphere in Arlington, VA (an excellent venue, by the way). The whole thing lasted from noon until 6pm, and featured exhibitors and great programming both in terms of presenters and classroom-like workshops. At 7:30 it was capped by a screening of Dear Mr. Watterson, which also included a short performance by We Were Pirates, who composed the score of the documentary. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and only wish it had lasted longer than just a single day – an in depth description of my day-long venture follows below. Read More
Kilian Eng, also known as DW Design, is a Swedish artist known for his original art prints and digital artwork. I first stumbled across his works on tumblr, and was drawn in by scifi elements that immediately brought to mind the work of Moebius. Naturally I had to explore further, and what I discovered was equal parts cosmic wonder, equal parts fantasy, and at times delved into a surrealism all its own. Absolutely worth a look, you can find more on debutart, behance, and facebook, plus find art for sale, here. Read More
Yet more new number ones coming out this week, seems as though the comic-book industry lives off of them these days. Less frequent are the series that last well into their 60th or 75th issue. In other news DC does something really silly, or maybe does, since it hasn’t been confirmed yet. Plus lots of new projects you should be excited for!
Moon Knight #1 - Marvel has been trying to get Moon Knight to work for some time, and failing, but surely not for lack of talent or trying. This latest attempt teams up Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. Likely bolstered by the success of Hawkeye this series will see Marc Spector turned into a sleuth investigating bizarre mysteries in New York. Frankly, it sounds and looks amazing, plus it’s freakin’ Warren Ellis. If there is a must buy comic coming out this week, it’s this one! Read More
I can’t honestly recall how I stumbled across the work of Melissa Pagluica. Except that I did and a link to her website has been lingering in my notes (yeah I keep such things) waiting patiently for me to write this feature. Anyway, not only is her artwork fantastic, but she’s also been working on a webcomic called Above the Clouds, which you should be reading! Read More
Slowly getting fully in the swing of this again, so that’s awesome (even though I’m currently sick, but details). Anyway, some great comics coming out this week, and you should probably check them out. Other comics are unfortunately coming to an end. In better news if you’re a Becky Cloonan fan you should be ecstatic!
Fantastic Four #1 - Jonathan Hickman got me reading the Fantastic Four, and while Matt Fraction’s work on the title was not as good, his stuff on FF was brilliant. Suffice to say that James Robinson and Leonard Kirk’s job of following all of that up will not be easy. But, if anyone can do it, it’s these guys! Robinson’s recent DC work has been a tad hit or miss, but I really enjoyed Earth 2, and his work on Starman speaks for itself. Kirk brings exactly the kind of high-flying art that should be right at home here. The premier superhero family is back, and you should check it out! Read More