BEST COMIC BOOK COVERS EVER (THIS MONTH): AUGUST 2014
A great comic book cover is an advertisement, a work of art, a statement, and an invitation. A great comic book cover is a glimpse of another world through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the past month.
August offers a feast of shape and color, with striking covers by Scott Fischer, Victor Santos, Chrystin Garland, and Tula Lotay, some bold juxtaposition, and a quirky take on a pulp archetype or two — including a Nazi airship and some poor sap being held in a giant hand. It’s a classic!
JACK KIRBY: A ‘KING-SIZED’ 97TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SPECTACULAR, PART TWO!
Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
This week would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, so to celebrate, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comic pros to contribute their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and the response has been overwhelming. Yesterday, we posted the first set of these all-star tributes, and here’s the second, even more expansive selection including:
- Christian Ward
- Joe Keatinge
- Kris Anka
- Jim Rugg
- Scott McCloud
- Nick Pitarra
- Gabriel Hardman
- Fred Van Lente
- Andy Suriano
- Corey Lewis
- Nick Gazin
- Ramon Villalobos
- Andy Kuhn
- And more!
BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK) - 08.29.14
Compiled by Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Above: Wonder Woman by Alex Ross
SEE IT – TO BELIEVE IT: JACK KIRBY’S WILDEST DC COMICS COVERS IN HONOR OF THE KING’S 97TH BIRTHDAY
Jack Kirby is arguably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
This Thursday would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday. We’ve assembled some pieces to celebrating the life and work of the man American comics also knows as “the King.” This one focuses on Kirby’s strength as a cover illustrator.
Jack Kirby’s comics work is justly renowned, but one of the less-recognized aspects of his genius was his skill at crafting covers – even half-hidden on a supermarket spinner rack, or surrounded by other colorful titles on a vast magazine stand, his books could reach across the room to grab your attention. Once he left Marvel for DC in the early ’70s, Kirby took his designing skill with him. And even though DC tended to be less receptive to his input than Marvel had been (often bringing in other artists to rework his covers, or even replacing them entirely), when he was left to his own devices, Kirby produced a number of incredibly striking images for DC that eclipse even his Marvel highs, full of colorful and confounding characters.
ALE GIORGINI DRAWS CHARACTERS FROM YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED
By Chris Sims
When you’re trying to spotlight an artist like Ale Giorgini, it’s difficult to figure out what to focus on. He’s done so much great stuff built on so many themes, from minimalist portraits of celebrities (a roster that includes both Charlie Brown and David Lynch) to pairing off some of cinema’s greatest couples in a series called “That’s Amore,” and it’s all worth seeing.
In the end, though, it was the pieces inspired by some of my favorite movies that hooked me, full of sleepy-eyed characters from The Big Lebowski, Ghostbusters, The Goonies and more.
HIRE THIS WOMAN: ARTIST NEN
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.”
Painter Nen has primarily worked on things like trading cards, gaming art, and character designs, but is currently working on her own fully painted graphic novel, Iscariot. Nen is also a graduate of Savannah’s College of Art and Design with a degree in Sequential Art.
DAVID GOH GIVES A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN SENSE TO HARRY POTTER, FINAL FANTASY, ATTACK ON TITAN AND MORE
By Chris Sims
We are living in a cynical age, my friends. A few short decades ago, if you had told someone that they could have virtually unlimited access to art inspired by their favorite pieces of pop culture and the only thing they’d have to worry about was accidentally seeing some very romantic drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog, they would’ve been starry-eyed with the possibilities. But here in the future, we see that sort of thing all the time, to the point where we’ve become a little jaded by the whole experience. But sometimes, every now and then, you see someone doing it beautifully, and it is still breathtaking.
Case in point, David Goh, a Singapore-based artist whose posters and prints bring a truly phenomenal design sense to art inspired by Harry Potter, Frozen, and even the classic Final Fantasy VII! Check it out below, but spoiler warning: Aeris dies.
BEST COMIC BOOK COVERS EVER (THIS MONTH): JULY 2014
July’s comic book covers bring some gorgeous high contrast images and striking character portraits. There’s a moment of grief; a moment of action; a moment of reflection; and a moment of revelation. Check out amazing work from Christian Ward, Eleanor Davis, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Lucy Knisley.
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