The CollegeHumor illustrator known for such features as The X-Men Guide To Puberty, Superhero Sex Moves and What If Superheroes Were Hipsters?, Caldwell Tanner is a reliably funny cartoonist who, like your ComicsAlliance staff, has a big soft spot for dogs (we cannot testify to his estimation of other humans — we think you can guess ours). As part of the Sidekicks series of animal rescue advocacy shorts, tanner details not just his history with and affection for dogs, but also why they are uniquely fascinating to draw and what role The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy had in Tanner’s adoption of his pet and muse, Harriet.
What The Flock: Stuart Immonen On The Story Behind That Deadpool Bird Cover [Interview]
By Andrew Wheeler
Comics Alliance: How did this extraordinary cover come to be?
Stuart Immonen: Like most good things in my working life, I found out about it in an email from editor Nick Lowe, this one with the subject line: BIZARRE COVER OFFER. Nick told me that Marvel wanted to use Deadpool to send up a certain variant cover program of the Distinguished Competition. Marvel had — for reasons not passed on to me — settled on the idea of Deadpool surrounded by all the state birds, and Nick, knowing that I had a hobby interest in birding, thought I might go for it and of course he was right.
It took a few days for me to get some other things out of the way before I could start; before I had sketched a line, the brief had changed; when it became evident that there were only 30 or so birds in the list, Nick asked if I would be up to adding enough species to get it up to 53, so as to out-do the competition by one. Still, I said yes.
'Superman's Best Friend' Sees Krypto Do His Dirty Doggy Business
By Caleb Goellner
There’s nothing quite like the cognitive dissonance dog owners every time they take their pooch out to, uh… eliminate. On one hand, you’re proud of your pup — especially if you house trained it yourself — for doing its thing outside. On the other hand “its thing” is totally pooping. It’s weird, man. That’s why it’s a relief (HAW!) to see that Superman deals with the same disparity when he takes Krypto on a walk to unleash his sheesh in Brett Underhill's animated short, Super Man’s Best Friend. As described by Underhill, “After a long day working two jobs, Superman’s duties never seem to end when Krypto decides that this must be the place.” In this short, however, something totally unexpected happens when Krypto finds just the right spot to unload. You can catch Krypto’s adventures in elimination after the cut. Just be warned: It’s a wonderfully gross and NSFW.
Katie Cook’s Portraits of ComicsAlliance Staff and Their Pets
By Laura Hudson
There’s no Christmas gift quite like personalized, original art from a comics illustrator, which is why I turned to CA favorite Katie Cook to commission some very special holiday gifts: incredibly adorable portraits of ComicsAlliance senior staff and their pets, including Pearl the Pug, the New 52 hardcover-sized Ariel, and Pomeranian duo Yoshi and Harley. In the case of Senior Writer Chris Sims, who has no pets, we used the only fitting substitute: Batman. Click through for the full series, and check out more of Cook’s work on ComicsAlliance and her website or online store.
On sale now from First Second Books is MUSH: Sled Dogs With Issues, a new graphic novel written by Glenn Eichler, whose work you know from The Colbert Report and a little MTV animated series he created called Daria. Illustrated by Joe Infurnari (ACT-I-VATE), the 128-page book offers a look into the office politics (and romances) of Alaskan sled dogs, some of whom live only to run and some of whom yearn for a more creative existence. MUSH’s talking dog characters are as well-developed as they are cute, and their story parallels the tense relationship between their misanthropic mountain man owner and his homesick companion.
MUSH was given a plug on a recent episode of The Colbert Report, whose host Stephen Colbert described the graphic novel as ”talking Alaskan sled dogs jostling for power,” which is really quite accurate.
First Second provided ComicsAlliance with a 27-page preview of MUSH that you can read right here.
By Laura Hudson
We recently received a rather weighty package here at ComicsAlliance International Headquarters containing the DC Comics New 52 hardcover collection, which compiles every #1 issue from the recent DC Comics relaunch into one $150 book. Given that it contains literally 52 comics, a little math will tell you that this is a massive, massive tome, clocking in at 1216 pages and 7.5 pounds. While it may be hard to conceptualize just how enormous this is until you actually hold it is your hands, I have discovered a rather useful comparison for scale: It is roughly the size and weight of my cat. I have photographed it accordingly.
The hardcover is basically everything it sounds like: all 52 #1 issues with a spine. It’s the perfect gift for… someone who wants that? What makes hardcover and trade paperback editions of most superhero comics appealing is that they collect a full story, transcending the slow parcel of the serial format by consolidating into something complete and self-contained that you can put on a shelf. This, on the other hand, is a collection of 52 story fragments — many of which end in cliffhangers — and feels like a thin, horizontal slice across a long row of assorted comics rather than something that begins and ends.
Read more at ComicsAlliance.
As far as authentic superhero cosplay goes, this cat dressed up as the Red Lantern kitty Dex-Starr for Comikaze Expo 2011 pretty much takes the cake, as it is both 1) an actual cat and 2) angry as hell. Since pretty much any cat you try to dress up like a human will instantly turn into a Red Lantern, this seems like a rich, untapped vein of cosplay that I very much hope other fans will explore and photograph for my amusement. (via DTJAAAAM and Geektrooper)
I don’t know where this came from originally, or whether it is natural, but I choose to believe that this bear with a Batman symbol on its chest has been gifted and cursed with a sacred mission of vengeance, to serve as the silent protector and Dark Knight of whatever zoo, forest, or arctic tundra he roams. And we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not a hero… He’s a bear.
By Chris Sims
Around here, we see people in costume pretty much all the time, to the point where we’ve even got a weekly feature devoted to them. At Halloween, however, the entire world goes costume crazy, and people even start dressing up their dogs.
Why do they do it? I have no idea. But just like last year, I’ve looked around for the questionable best and definite weirdest costumes from the world of super-heroics, sci-fi and fantasy to bring you another spooktacular look at Dog Costumes!
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