A beautiful or striking cover is always the work of someone who is both a smart designer and a gifted artist. Comic cover artists need to know how to use what little space they have to not only make an impression but also hint at a compelling story.
In these final weeks of 2013, ComicsAlliance is going to look back at our picks of the best cover artists working in comics today with a small selection of each of their covers. This week we showcase the work of Brian Churilla (Blackacre), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mahmud A. Asrar (Supergirl) and Declan Shalvey (Winter Soldier.)
ABOVE: Winter Soldier #16, cover by Declan Shalvey
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such asCosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
ABOVE: Wonder Woman, photographed by Andrew Michael Phillips
Ever wondered what exactly happened when Image Comics' founders told Marvel Comics they were leaving to start their own company? (And as a bonus, wanted to hear Rob Liefeld do a Southern accent?)
Well, you can get the story straight from three of those founders themselves — Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, and Marc Silvestri — in the below clip from the upcoming documentary The Image Revolution.
About the General Zod Memorial Awards
Genetically bred and specifically reared to become the supreme military commander of the Planet Krypton, General Zod was encased in an enormous dildo and exiled to the Phantom Zone for waging a civil war on his home world, which he did for some reason. Among Zod’s crimes was the killing of scientist Jor-El just after he’d launched his infant son Kal-El into outer space, which he did for some reason. The son of Jor-El landed on planet Earth, where by virtue of an evolutionary fluke Kryptonians enjoy tremendous powers such as flight and invulnerability. Alas, Kal-El was forbidden to use them, for some reason. Consequently Kal-El wandered the earth in existential malaise before discovering a Kryptonian spaceship which had crashed on Earth thousands of years earlier, for some reason, and unwittingly activated a beacon which alerted the since freed General Zod to his presence. Ultimately Kal-El revealed himself and discovered that, for some reason, Zod planned to eradicate all life on Earth and terraform it into a new Kyrpton. Now known as Superman and collaborating with human agents, Kal-El bravely defeated the forces of General Zod. However, in so doing, Superman triggered some kind of Kryptonian tech support failure which, for some reason, ensured that no more Kryptonians could ever be born. The genocide of his entire race being quite literally the worst case scenario for someone specifically charged with protecting it, General Zod became upset. In a violent final battle in which both Kryptonians expressed a breathtaking disregard for human life, General Zod was murdered by Superman.
In this first of a multi-part feature, we honor General Zod’s completely fictional memory with this comprehensive recognition of the work we at ComicsAlliance enjoyed most in the year that was.
By Chris Sims
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
If there’s one thing that we can all agree on this holiday season, it’s that your wintertime needs more Batman. Even if you think your wintertime has the maximum allowable amount of Batman in it, there can always be more — and Funko’s Batman Boxox paper craft set is a pretty nice way to add a little without spending a lot.
If you’re anything like Clark and Jimmy caroling away full of festive cheer, Happy Holidays!
If you understand the holidays are only good for seasonal coffee, and you’ve seriously considered drop-kicking anyone else who tells you to have a Merry Christmas, then you and Lois are on the same page.