‘THE NOBLE APPROACH’ DOCUMENTS THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ANIMATION ARTIST MAURICE NOBLE [REVIEW]
By Patrick A. Reed
This is something of a golden age for pop culture-themed art books. It seems like every week, a new volume comes on the market that illuminates some aspect of the history of popular art. In fact, there’s so many great titles out there right now that it can be tough to figure out which are worth your time — so we figured it would be a good idea to shine the ComicsAlliance spotlight on a few of the best things we’ve recently read.
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble And The Zen Of Animation Design is a sweeping retrospective of Maurice Noble’s art and legacy. It also offers a thought-provoking treatise on principles of animation design, compiled by author Tod Polson from Noble’s notes.
JIM GIBBONS AND CALEB GOELLNER LAUNCH SASQUATCH REVENGE MYSTERY ‘BIRCHSQUATCH’ ON GUMROAD
By Chris Sims
Those of you who pay attention to such things may have been wondering just what our former senior editor Caleb Goellner has been up to since he left ComicsAlliance earlier this year. Personally, I would’ve guessed that he’d spent the last few months swimming in a Scrooge McDuckian bin of Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles action figures, but that is not the case. It turns out that he’s been working on a new comic, alongside writer Jim Gibbons, the Eisner-winning editor of Dark Horse Presents.
The book is called Birchsquatch, and it is quite possibly the greatest sasquatch-based sci-fi revenge mystery of autumn 2014, and it’s available now on Gumroad as a pay-what-you-want download. Check out a preview below!
A MODEST AND BELATED BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO LATE, GREAT WRITER AND EDITOR ARCHIE GOODWIN
By Patrick A. Reed
While his name isn’t hugely well-known outside fan circles, the late Archie Goodwin played a huge role in the world of comics for over four decades. Born on September 8th, 1937, he started out writing stories for Warren Publishing in the early ’60s before moving on to key editorial roles first at Marvel and then at DC.
His good humor and kindness provided an inspiration to generations of fans and creators, and his influence is felt to this day – and in that spirit, a trio of our favorite creators reached out to offer tributes to the man and his legacy:
THE JACK KIRBY OF PORN: CELEBRATING THE HAPPY HUNKS OF TOM OF FINLAND
By Andrew Wheeler
The Finnish postal service launched its most successful limited edition stamps of all time last week — featuring a pair of pertly muscular buttocks and a naked man being straddled by a biker. Advance orders for the stamp came in from 178 countries worldwide, and people lined up on launch day like the stamps had an Apple logo on them.
The reason for the stamps’ appeal — beyond the objective appeal of buttocks — was the artist responsible, one of the nation’s most successful comic book creators: the legendary homoerotic artist Tom of Finland. In the first of a very important series of articles exploring comics’ treatment of hot dudes, which we’re calling ‘The New Hotness’, ComicsAlliance explores the work and legacy of Tom.
SONY TV’S ‘POWERS’: FIRST PHOTO OF SHARLTO COPLEY AND SUSAN HEYWARD’S CHRISTIAN AND DEENA
HIRE THIS WOMAN: WRITER SARAH VAUGHN
By Janelle Asselin
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Sarah Vaughn initially started in comics as an artist, working on the webcomic Sparkshooter (full disclosure: she also illustrated one installment of a comic strip I wrote for Bitch Media called Don’t Be A Dick). When forced to cut back on drawing for health reasons, Vaughn switched gears to concentrate on writing instead. Her current project is the Image series Alex + Ada, where she is the head writer and co-creator with Jonathan Luna.
‘FUN HOME’ CREATOR ALISON BECHDEL RECEIVES MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT
By Chris Sims
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is virtually a household name at this point. Her comics, including Fun Home and Dykes To Watch Out For, are deservedly critically acclaimed, and ‘The Bechdel Test’ has become an increasingly relevant shorthand for analysis of gender diversity in fiction. In other words, she’s a genius, and today, that became official.
Bechdel is one of the latest recipients of The MacArthur Foundation‘s “Genius Grant,” which honors “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” and comes with an award of $625,000 that can be spent any way the recipient sees fit.