2014 BRITISH COMIC AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The nominees for the third annual British Comic Awards were announced last Friday, and it’s a noticeably more mixed bunch of books than previous years. The awards are divided into five categories: Best Book, Best Comic, Young People’s Comic Award, Emerging Talent and Hall of Fame; the latter is decided upon by the members of the committee, whilst the Young People’s Comic Award is voted upon by children in participating schools. Winners for the remaining 3 categories are chosen by a panel of judges. The award ceremony takes place on the Saturday evening of Thought Bubble comic convention, one of the UK’s premier festivals.
MONDO’S BATMAN ANNIVERSARY PORTRAITS ARE MAXIMUM RAD
By Chris Sims
It’s not often, but every now and then have to look at things that aren’t covered by pictures of Batman, and this is clearly the biggest problem in my life. Fortunately, Mondo is taking steps to minimize this problem in the best way possible.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we’ve been excited about this ever since it was announced a few months back, but on October 24, they’re kicking off their gallery show in Austin celebrating the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. There are some some truly incredible portraits, continuing a long year of great comics and pop-culture inspired art that’s included stuff like the Batman: The Animated Series and Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks. We’ve seen a sample of what they have to offer, and they are beautiful.
DC AND VERTIGO COMIC BOOK RELEASES FOR JANUARY 2015 [SOLICITATIONS]
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, graphic novels, toys, statues and other collectibles going on sale in January 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line; the mature readers Vertigo imprint; the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles; and the limited edition products from DC Collectibles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘KATE OR DIE’ AND HALLOWEEN HORRORS
By Kate Leth
Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate anticipates some truly terrifying Halloween horrors.
THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 5×10: THE FIFTH HORSEMAN
By Chris Sims
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, it’s the return of Apocalypse and Fabian Cortez, so if you want to stop reading now, I’ll understand.
BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK): BATGIRL’S JAWBREAKERS, GOD OF WAR, LEGOLAS, MS. MARVEL, PEGGY CARTER AND MORE
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
THE DEADLY POWER OF IDEAS: JAMES TYNION IV AND ERYK DONOVAN GO IN-DEPTH ON ‘MEMETIC’
Later this month, BOOM! Studios will release the first issue of Memetic, an oversized-format, three-part limited series by the team of James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods) and Eryk Donovan (The House In The Wall) with colorist Adam Guzowski that puts a distinctly modern spin on classic apocalyptic fiction formulas. The title is an adjective referring to memes — self-replicating ideas or entities that start with an individual before spreading to more people and across various media.
The story of Memetic is kicked into motion by the unleashing of the kind of adorable animal image many of us have seen and shared. In this case, it’s “Good Times Sloth,” and it becomes the most viral piece of internet content in history. Unfortunately, Good Times Sloth turns out to be weaponized meme that leads straight to the end of the human world as we know it.
It’s a fascinating and unique concept, and to get a bit more insight, we spoke to Tynion and Donovan about the project’s inception from initial idea to finished product.
‘BIRDMAN’ DIRECTOR SAYS SUPERHERO MOVIES ARE ‘CULTURAL GENOCIDE’
Birdman, the movie in which former Batman actor Michael Keaton stars as an actor who rose to superstardom playing the titular superhero, comes out today, and it looks to be a pretty strong dark comedy.
If you’re looking for a little context before you head off to see it, the movie’s director, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, minced no words when asked about his opinion of superhero movies in a Deadline interview this week. The key soundbite would be “cultural genocide.” There’s a little more to it than that, though.
SKETCHBOOK SPOTLIGHT: DECLAN SHALVEY’S NYCC 2014 COMMISSIONS
By Chris Sims
Around here, New York Comic-Con marks the end of convention season, capping off a long summer of announcements, reveals, and other assorted fun. As such, it’s also one of the last big places for fans to get amazing sketches and commission pieces from artists, who tend to cap off the season with some truly amazing art.
For Declan Shalvey, producing amazing art is pretty much just a standard operating procedure. Books like Moon Knight, Deadpool and Venom have shown fans how great he is at sequential art, but the sketches he produced at cons are every bit as next-level as his pages. Seriously: There’s a Batman he drew that is one of the best Batman sketches I’ve ever seen. Check out our favorites, gathered from Shalvey’s Twitter feed, and then visit his website to see more beautiful art and inquire about getting an original piece of your own.