By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images 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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
ABOVE: Wonder Woman and Batwoman by axeeeee
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.”
Today we’re talking to comic artist Yasmin Liang. You may know Liang’s work from BOOM! Studios’ Steed and Mrs. Peel or anthologies like Shattered: The Asian American Anthology, and of course from ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week).
It’s a rough time to be a fan of DC’s comics. The publisher has made so many problematic moves in the past couple of years that the brand is now as strongly associated with disgruntled talent and unhappy readers as it is with iconic characters like Superman and Batman.
In the wake of the inauspicious departure of the Batwoman creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, I intended to write something about DC’s editorial troubles. I got as far into the opening paragraph as noting, “I have to write quickly because there’ll be another fiasco along any minute,” before another fiasco came along - the Harley Quinn try-out controversy.
At this stage, talking about any individual incident at DC as a blip seems too narrow. A good week is now a blip for DC. The company has profound problems, and the question we have to ask is, can it be fixed?
By Andy Khouri
In a posting to JH Williams III’s website late Wednesday night, the acclaimed artist and his Batwoman co-writer W. Haden Blackman announced that due to what they described as a preponderance of “eleventh-hour changes” to stories that had been planned a year or more in advance, they’re walking off the book. Among the grievances alleged by Williams and Blackman was publisher DC Comics’ refusal to allow principal characters Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) and her fiancé Maggie Sawyer to get married.
Asked to expand on the marriage note, Williams said the following via Twitter: “Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual — We fought to get [Kate and Maggie] engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result.” He added, “But must clarify— [the decision] was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.”
@andykhouri Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result. — J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
@andykhouri But must clarify- was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage. — J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
By Andy Khouri
One of our favorite comic book artists, JH Williams III routinely bewilders us with the always beautiful illustrations and impressive designs he creates for Batwoman, the DC Comics series he also co-writes with W. Haden Blackman that was among our selections of the best comics of 2012. Having had the pleasure of seeing Williams’ original art in person at last year’s MorrisonCon, I can confirm that all the delicate and precise intricacies of the Batwoman artwork are right there on the page, which for those of us not gifted with drawing talent seems impossible to believe and invites the question: how the hell does he even do that?
Fortunately, Williams elaborated on the process behind his most recent Batwoman cover, issue #21. As it turns out, it’s remarkably simple, as you can see below.
Batwoman & Boston: Strong
As you may well be aware, I took on a few pre-con commissions last week, in preparation for Boston Comic Con. Due to the horrors that occurred in Boston last Monday, as well as the tense pursuit of the suspects involved, the convention was cancelled. I was however still left with a stack of drawings to do, which I’ve slowly been working my way through. Above is the first.
Please do contemplate donating to One Fund - Boston in support of those affected by the awful events of last week.