The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part One
By Andrew Wheeler
A beautiful or striking cover is always the work of someone who is both a smart designer and a gifted artist. Comic cover artists need to know how to use what little space they have to not only make an impression but also hint at a compelling story.
In these final weeks of 2013, ComicsAlliance is going to look back at our picks of the best cover artists working in comics today with a small selection of each of their covers. This week we showcase the work of Brian Churilla (Blackacre), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mahmud A. Asrar (Supergirl) and Declan Shalvey (Winter Soldier.)
ABOVE: Winter Soldier #16, cover by Declan Shalvey
A little Ivy piece in ink and gouache ♥
Best Cosplay Ever (This Week)
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 asCosplay.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.
Check out this week’s Best Cosplay Ever on ComicsAlliance!
ABOVE: Wonder Woman, photographed by Andrew Michael Phillips
Art: Even if you missed Sweet Streets’ “20 Rangers for 20 Years” Power Rangers gallery in LA, you can still purchase original art from the show, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. [Toy Art Gallery]
THE BEST COMIC BOOKS OF 2013, PART ONE
About the General Zod Memorial Awards
Genetically bred and specifically reared to become the supreme military commander of the Planet Krypton, General Zod was encased in an enormous dildo and exiled to the Phantom Zone for waging a civil war on his home world, which he did for some reason. Among Zod’s crimes was the killing of scientist Jor-El just after he’d launched his infant son Kal-El into outer space, which he did for some reason. The son of Jor-El landed on planet Earth, where by virtue of an evolutionary fluke Kryptonians enjoy tremendous powers such as flight and invulnerability. Alas, Kal-El was forbidden to use them, for some reason. Consequently Kal-El wandered the earth in existential malaise before discovering a Kryptonian spaceship which had crashed on Earth thousands of years earlier, for some reason, and unwittingly activated a beacon which alerted the since freed General Zod to his presence. Ultimately Kal-El revealed himself and discovered that, for some reason, Zod planned to eradicate all life on Earth and terraform it into a new Kyrpton. Now known as Superman and collaborating with human agents, Kal-El bravely defeated the forces of General Zod. However, in so doing, Superman triggered some kind of Kryptonian tech support failure which, for some reason, ensured that no more Kryptonians could ever be born. The genocide of his entire race being quite literally the worst case scenario for someone specifically charged with protecting it, General Zod became upset. In a violent final battle in which both Kryptonians expressed a breathtaking disregard for human life, General Zod was murdered by Superman.
In this first of a multi-part feature, we honor General Zod’s completely fictional memory with this comprehensive recognition of the work we at ComicsAlliance enjoyed most in the year that was.
READ PART ONE OF THE LIST AT COMICS ALLIANCE
Webcomics: Box Brown’s new The Legend of Zelda comic will fill either fill your heart meter or maybe just crack your psyche. [Paste]
Can Appropriate Artist Credit Co-exist With Tumblr And Buzzfeed?
By Matt D. Wilson
Last week, cartoonist Rachel Dukes posted some eye-opening statistics to her Tumblr about a comic she made about what life as a cat owner is like. She originally published the comic with a copyright notice and a URL to her website. That version of the comic has been seen about 81,600 times.
Another version, from which someone removed the URL and copyright info, has been seen nearly 600,000 times, mostly on Tumblr and Facebook. This problem of lack of credit is one that lots of artists have dealt with and quite a few have talked about over the past several years, but it continues to persist. It makes me wonder if there could be some kind of fix.