JORGE CORONA’S ‘FEATHERS’: A DARK AND BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE ABOUT FRIENDSHIP COMING FROM ARCHAIA NEXT YEAR
By Chris Sims
Now that this whole vampire trend that’s been dominating media has finally started to cool down, it’s time for us to predict what’s going to be next. Werewolves have been done and mummies seem pretty unlikely, so if I had to guess, I’d say that the next big thing is going to be bird people. Just folks covered in feathers everywhere 2K15, you mark my words.
Or at least, that’s the impression that I’m getting from the announcement of Archaia’s newest comic, Jorge Corona’s Feathers, which launches in January with a six-issue miniseries. Corona will tell the story of a feather-covered boy named Poe who makes a friend for the first time in his life, and attempts to guide her home through a world of twisted back alleys and smoky chimneys, and it looks amazing.
‘ARROW’ SEASON THREE ADDS VINNIE JONES AS DC VILLAIN BRICK
Arrow season 3 has played host to a wealth of DC comics additions in only its first few weeks, with plenty more on the way, so why not keep adding to the list? Fresh off supervillainous turns in The Cape and X-Men universes, Vinnie Jones will take up his next comic baddie role in Arrow season three as DC villain Brick.
Per Variety, Jones will appear in the 10th, 11th and 12th episodes of the third season as Danny “Brick” Brickwell, a ruthless gang leader who brings the government of Star City (yes, it’s “Star” now) to its knees. And where the DC comics villain gets his name from his invulnerable hide, Arrow‘s less Flash-y original will see Brick so named because he’s been shot dozens of times, but never put down.
LIVE-ACTION ‘STATIC SHOCK’ WILL BE PART OF WARNER BROS.’ BLUE RIBBON CONTENT DIGITAL STUDIO
By Chris Sims
A few weeks ago, we covered the announcement that Warner Bros. Animation and Bruce Timm were working on creating a virtual reality Batcave (and, to a lesser extent, the announcement that I would be moving to the Matrix in order to live in it full time), but what we didn’t know then was that it was part of a larger project in the works at WB. Today, that project has a name: Blue Ribbon Content, a “short-form digital division, which will develop and produce live-action and animated series for digital platforms.”
Along with creators like Akiva Goldsman (the writer of Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, among other things) and Reginald Hudlin (of Marvel’s Black Panther), Blue Ribbon has already announced that they’ll be focusing on DC comics properties, most notably the VR Batcave and a live-action version of Static, the Milestone Media/DC Comics superhero created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III and John Paul Leon.
AN ILLUSTRATED BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT MARY BLAIR, LEGENDARY WALT DISNEY ARTIST
While not a household name to most, Mary Blair‘s star looms large in the fields of animation, illustration, comics, and character/scenic design. She’s an “artist’s artist”, someone whose designs for Walt Disney reached countless millions — yet she worked in relative anonymity through most of her lifetime.
Blair’s first major assignment for Disney was as supervisor and concept artist for Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, and she went on to produce designs, concepts, and color stylings for many of the studio’s best-loved films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice In Wonderland.
RIOT IN THE STREETS WITH A HOT CUP OF COFFEE (AND AN EARTH-SHATTERING LIGHTNING PUNCH) IN ‘THE WICKED + THE DIVINE’ #5
By Chris Sims
As someone who will argue vehemently against the very existence of a second Pipettes album, I’ve been a fan of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s comics about the (literal) magic of pop music since day one. The only problem I’ve had with them is that they tend to lack the true indicators of quality literature: Explosions and people getting punched in the head with lightning bolts. This, incidentally, is why Street Fighter remains the high point of modern art.
Fortunately, The Wicked + The Divine is out to remedy that with as much explosion-based storytelling as Gillen and McKelvie can cram into it, and this week’s issue takes things to the extreme. Not only are there finger-snapping kabooms and electric Falcon punches, there’s a full-on riot in the streets going down. And also, I suppose, minor vandalism, but that’s a little less impressive in the scheme of things.
SKETCHBOOK SPOTLIGHT: JAMES HARREN’S NYCC 2014 COMMISSIONS
Compiled by Chris Sims
Around here, New York Comic-Con marks the end of convention season, capping off a long summer of announcements, reveals, and other assorted fun. As such, it’s also one of the last big places for fans to get amazing sketches and commission pieces from artists, who tend to cap off the season with some truly amazing art.
You may already know the amazing James Harren from his work on Dark Horse’s BPRD and Conan. If you don’t, get ready to have your mind blown by a few of the commissions that he did at NYCC, including a bullet-riddled Wolverine, a Right Hook of Doom from Hellboy, and Deadpool rocking a gun so large that even Cable thinks that it might be a little excessive.
MARVEL AND ICON COMIC BOOK RELEASES FOR JANUARY 2015 [SOLICITATIONS]
Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, Ultimate Comics, the mature readers MAX imprint and the creator-owned label Icon. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy.
‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED ON CASSETTE TAPE IN NOVEMBER
By Mike Sampson
As successful as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ was at the box-office (and, as the highest-grossing film of the year, it certainly was that), the film’s iconic soundtrack was equally as successful. “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is currently the 10th largest selling album of 2014. You’ve been able to buy the digital album, the CD, vinyl and even a “Deluxe Edition,” but so far, no actual cassette like the mix tape in the film. But, that’s all about to change.
MANCALENDAR: WEBCOMIC ARTISTS UNITE FOR COUNTERSHOT PRESS’ BEEFCAKE PINUP CALENDAR [INTERVIEW]
One of the great strengths of webcomics is that they can offer a corrective to mainstream media. Rather than pandering to the interests of the perceived common majority, webcomics can target under-served audiences, embrace alternative heroes, and present a non-traditional view of the world. And sometimes that philosophy can manifest in surprising places. Like a beefcake calendar.
Mancalendar is a project put together by Countershot Press, a collective of five webcomic creators from Canada, the US and the UK, which brings together twelve talented illustrators to present their refreshingly different takes on the pin-up.
2014 BRITISH COMIC AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The nominees for the third annual British Comic Awards were announced last Friday, and it’s a noticeably more mixed bunch of books than previous years. The awards are divided into five categories: Best Book, Best Comic, Young People’s Comic Award, Emerging Talent and Hall of Fame; the latter is decided upon by the members of the committee, whilst the Young People’s Comic Award is voted upon by children in participating schools. Winners for the remaining 3 categories are chosen by a panel of judges. The award ceremony takes place on the Saturday evening of Thought Bubble comic convention, one of the UK’s premier festivals.