DC RELAUNCHES ‘KLARION’ AND GOES OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH GENEVIEVE VALENTINE & GARRY BROWN ON ‘CATWOMAN’
By Chris Sims
The Comic-Con 2014 season of big announcements is definitely upon us, and today, DC Comics has two that are very interesting. The first is that Catwoman is getting a new creative team in the form of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Five Ghosts artist Garry Brown, tying into the big shakeups coming to Gotham from the pages of Batman Eternal.
As for the previous writer of Catwoman, Ann Nocenti, she’ll be joined by artist Trevor McCarthy (Batwoman, Nightwing) in a new title, relaunching Jack Kirby’s Klarion the Witch Boy for the New 52, with a focus on using magic as a metaphor for technology.
As revealed at io9, Valentine and Brown’s arrival on Catwoman (along with Jae Lee on covers) comes in the middle of a pretty big change-up for the Batman titles since they became the responsibility of new group editor Mark Doyle. Not just in terms of story, although the impending end of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Zero Year” and the ongoing storyline of Eternal are certainly building to some pretty big things. More telling — and to be honest, more exciting — than that, though, has been the debut of Grayson and the announcement of titles like Gotham Academy and Arkham Manor seem to be pushing the actual direction of the titles into new and interesting things.
By Betty Felon
After the success of their previous Star Wars collections, Australian fashion brand Black Milk Clothing has launched their first comics-inspired collection with a number of likened Batman items. Taking a cue from the popularity of their limited Harley Quinn-inspired leggings, Black Milk Clothing designed a collection in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. that combines their signature spandex apparel with Gotham’s Finest — artists, that is, with clothing designed around images created by fan favorites including Jock, Brian Bolland, Terry Dodson, Neal Adams and Andy Kubert. The Black Milk Clothing x Batman collection combines comics, cosplay, and style with a trompe-l’oeil Batman swimsuit (detachable cape included), a Stephanie Brown-inspired bodysuit, a Killing Joke bomber jacket and more.
There are a lot of toy options on the market, but only QMx has been putting a customizable word balloon spin on franchises such as Star Trek and other comics-friendly fare with its unique Q-Pop line. This month at Toy Fair, the company will officially unveil its furthest foray into the world of superhero pop culture yet, with the release of four new DC Comics Q-Pop figures. But you don’t have to wait until next Sunday to see the upcoming toys, ComicsAlliance has been provided with a first-look at an unpainted prototype of the Catwoman Q-Pop, along with color concept art of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Q-Pops are roughly 3.75″ PVC figures that stand atop special mini-diorama bases, complete with optional word balloon effect parts. The word balloons act as a dry-erase board, giving collectors the chance to personalize the figure’s dialogue with a given Q-Pop’s included marker. It’s a clever accessory that I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen pop up until now.
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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
ABOVE: Catwoman, by Darwyn Cooke
By Joe Hughes
As part of next year’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics recently announced that the upcoming Detective Comics #27, the original version of which featured the first appearance of the Dark Knight in 1939, would include contributions from several notable creators, including Frank Miller. And on Tuesday, the publisher revealed Miller’s cover for the issue which, it turns out, is not actually a new piece of art.
By Bethany Fong
Just in time for Fall/Winter vigilantism, Forever 21 has launched the Bats and Cats Collection of apparel, accessories and cosmetics, featuring the iconic motifs of Batman and Catwoman. After the success of previous licensed collections showcasing the designs of Hello Kitty/Sanrio and Minnie Mouse, the Bats and Cats line is the first comic-centric collection that Forever 21 has released. Although Forever 21 has occasionally carried DC and Marvel apparel (primarily graphic tees), this collection features a wider variety of merchandise, including Bat-emblem leggings, Catwoman sweaters, and purses covered in gold bat-shaped studs, and more.
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: Catwoman by Mario Chavez
By Lauren Davis
Benjamin Wright is an artist who works in a variety of media. Sometimes he transforms old Playmobil toys into Wookiees and gang members from The Warriors; sometimes he builds his own toys. He creates installations of hidden corners from alternate universes. And he makes comics and illustrations, from sophisticated globetrotting women to a version of Batman with much sadder rogues.