BARRY BLANKENSHIP’S POSTERS ARE BRIGHT, POPPY AND AWESOME
By Chris Sims
I’ve been thinking a lot about picking up some new art lately to decorate these old walls. I mean, don’t worry, that framed theatrical poster for The Goonies ain’t going nowhere, but I’ve had it for years and it’s getting a little stale. Perhaps the Gooies r only Good Enuf.
Either way, I’m seriously considering decking out every flat surface in this place with the art of Barry Blankenship. His work is beautifully bright, fantastically clever, focused on detailed, poppy representations of stuff like Monster Squad, Scott Pilgrim and, of course, the Batman, and that means it’s right up my alley.
MONDO PRESENTS MIKE MITCHELL’S NEW MARVEL PORTRAITS IN SPECIAL GALLERY SHOW
Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations (such as the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 20th anniversary screening), Mondo has announced its next comic book-inspired event will be an exhibition of portraits of Marvel Comics characters illustrated by artist Mike MItchell. Running from April 25 through May 17 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, Mitchell’s show, officially called “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo,” will include pieces inspired by the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and more.
THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO LIVE OR DIE: ‘DAYTRIPPER: THE DELUXE EDITION’ SKETCHBOOK
By Andy Khouri
Originally serialized in ten issues by Vertigo throughout 2010, Daytripper has since become known as the master work of Brazilian cartoonists and brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. The gorgeously illustrated Daytripper employs (and in some cases innovates) the special language of comics to ends that are at once uplifting and devastating, creating a truly emotional journey into the soul of a man whose life, loves and home seem as intimate as your own.
Daytripper’s original issues won Eisner, Harvey and Eagle Awards, and its paperback collection became a New York Times bestseller. Soon to be available as a hardcover for the first time in the US, Vertigo’s Daytripper: The Deluxe Edition recompiles the story in an oversized edition with improved paper stock, a wraparound cover and a behind-the-scenes section containing sketches, layouts and other artwork by Bá and Moon from throughout the Daytripper creative process. Courtesy of Vertigo, ComicsAlliance is pleased to present an advanced look at that very special material in the gallery below, including the very first drawings created for Daytripper.
SEAN DOVE KICKSTARTS JAMES BOND-INSPIRED ‘LAST DAYS OF DANGER’ ART BOOK
I’ve been getting back into James Bond movies pretty heavily over the past few months, but my interest in the world’s most famous spy is clearly small change compared to Sean Dove. In December, Dove took on a project called “#Decembond,” where he drew a piece of art inspired by all 23 James Bond movies. Now, he’s collecting them all in a hardcover called Last Days of Danger and using Kickstarter to fund the printing.
At 56 pages, the book not only includes the art, but also commentary for each film based on Dove’s experience watching them for the project, but really, that’s just icing on the cake. The art alone is worth the price of admission.
ARCHIE COMICS RELEASES ALL-STAR SERIES OF VARIANT COVERS, WEIRDLY THEY’RE TO COMMEMORATE ARCHIE ANDREWS’ DEATH
What is assuredly the weirdest sentence I’ll have written in all my years at this website: Archie Andrews will heroically sacrifice his life to save that of a deae friend in the penultimate issue of Life With Archie in July.
Written by Paul Kupperberg with art by Pat & Tim Kennedy and Fernando Ruiz, Life With Archie #36 will depict the title character’s death and come with a plethora of variant covers by some of our favorite artists like Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples, Ramón Pérez, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards and Alex Ross.
ASK CHRIS: THE BEST FIRST THREE COMIC BOOK PAGES EVER
By Chris Sims
Q: Supposedly it takes three pages to hook a reader before they drop off, so what are the best opening three pages in a comic? — @shutupadiran
A: Huh. I don’t think it’s going to surprise anyone to find out that I’m a dude who thinks a lot about how comic books are structured and what you can do within that structure, but I’ve never heard that bit about the first three pages being where you have to hook the reader. It makes sense, though — when you look at it, those first three pages, along with the cover, form a distinct storytelling unit, and it’s the first thing you see when you pick up and pop open a comic
Thinking back on comics that I love, there’s a really distinct pattern there. I like stuff that builds to a big last page just fine, but the ones that I tend to rave about when those first issues hit always open up strong. It’s like the first five seconds of a song. Some of them might build to a crescendo as they go along, but when you have something like the famous beat from “Be My Baby” or the opening harmonics from “I Get Around,” you know instantly that you’ve got something.
BEST COMIC BOOK COVERS EVER (THIS MONTH): MARCH 2014
Tea parties. Spaceways. Rooftops. The best comic book covers of March 2014 take us to some strange and familiar places, and introduce us to new Fables cover artist Nimit Malavia, upcoming cover talents Pascal Campion and Emily Hu, and the latest striking creations by Francesco Francavilla, Mike Del Mundo and more.