HIRE THIS WOMAN: ARTIST NEN
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.”
Painter Nen has primarily worked on things like trading cards, gaming art, and character designs, but is currently working on her own fully painted graphic novel, Iscariot. Nen is also a graduate of Savannah’s College of Art and Design with a degree in Sequential Art.
DAVID GOH GIVES A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN SENSE TO HARRY POTTER, FINAL FANTASY, ATTACK ON TITAN AND MORE
By Chris Sims
We are living in a cynical age, my friends. A few short decades ago, if you had told someone that they could have virtually unlimited access to art inspired by their favorite pieces of pop culture and the only thing they’d have to worry about was accidentally seeing some very romantic drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog, they would’ve been starry-eyed with the possibilities. But here in the future, we see that sort of thing all the time, to the point where we’ve become a little jaded by the whole experience. But sometimes, every now and then, you see someone doing it beautifully, and it is still breathtaking.
Case in point, David Goh, a Singapore-based artist whose posters and prints bring a truly phenomenal design sense to art inspired by Harry Potter, Frozen, and even the classic Final Fantasy VII! Check it out below, but spoiler warning: Aeris dies.
BEST COMIC BOOK COVERS EVER (THIS MONTH): JULY 2014
July’s comic book covers bring some gorgeous high contrast images and striking character portraits. There’s a moment of grief; a moment of action; a moment of reflection; and a moment of revelation. Check out amazing work from Christian Ward, Eleanor Davis, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Lucy Knisley.
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BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK): EMMA FROST, BATGIRL, ASTRO BOY, LOBO, SAGA, MORE BATGIRL
Compiled 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, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Above: Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel by Lan.
COMICS UNMASKED: UK COMICS’ REBEL EDGE AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY
Comics have seized center stage at the venerable British Library in London this summer in an exhibition celebrating the history of British comics and the work of British creators. Subtitled, ‘Art and Anarchy in the UK’, the Comics Unmasked exhibition places an emphasis on protest, outsider culture, and anti-authoritarian voices.
Curated by Adrian Edwards, Paul Gravett, and John Harris Dunning, Comics Unmasked draws heavily on the British Library’s own collection to establish and define Britain’s relationship to the comics art form — stirring up nostalgia, scandal, and some surprising discoveries along the way.
BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK): NEW-LOOK BATGIRL FAN ART EDITION
Compiled by Andrew Wheeler
It’s always nice to have a good news day in the comic book biz — and DC Comics probably agrees after the rapturous reception to yesterday’s announcement of the new direction for Batgirl from the new creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Jordie Bellaire, and new discovery Babs Tarr (who we’ve been telling you about for aaages).
Judging by all the Batgirl fan-art produced since yesterday’s announcement, we feel sure there’s a big appetite out there for a Batgirl comic deliberately designed to appeal to a female and family audience — and for Batgirl’s smartly designed and stylish new costume. With credit to Batgirl fan ComixBookGurl for her Twitter call-to-action, we collected all the new Batgirl fan art we could find in order to celebrate what may be the best Batgirl… ever?
Above: Batgirl by Sam Logan
THE ‘DREDD’ MOVIE’S COMIC BOOK SEQUEL GETS A THIRD PRINTING, THIS ONE WITH A COVER BY TREVOR HAIRSINE
By Chris Sims
2012′s Dredd, based on the long-running comic about the stone-faced lawman of the future from the pages of 2000 AD, was essentially Die Hard in one of Mega City One’s towering city blocks, which is to say that it was completely awesome. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby’s performances as Judges Dredd and Anderson, respectively, were fantastic, and left both long-time Dredd readers and new fans wanting to see more from them, which is why Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint provided a comic book sequel set in the world of the movie called Underbelly, where Dredd had to tackle a new drug that gave crooks the ability to see into the future.
Underbelly was a pretty huge success. The first and second printings both sold out at the distributor level, and this October, it’s getting a third, featuring a new cover by artist Trevor Hairsine that you’re seeing for the first time here.
ONE-SHOT GALLERY’S IMAGE COMICS TRIBUTE SHOW FEATURES ART INSPIRED BY SPAWN, WILDC.A.T.S, SAGA AND MORE
By Chris Sims
Ever since it was founded back in 1992, Image Comics has been one of the driving forces in American comic books. Whether it was those early days of Spawn and Youngblood or the more recent critically acclaimed hits like Powers, Saga and The Manhattan Projects, the publisher’s a vital part of the rise and enduring popularity of creator-owned comics, often releasing some of the best things going.
This week, New York’s One-Shot Gallery kicked off a show celebrating 22 years of Image with art inspired by the publisher’s long roster of titles. Curiously, The Rob’s work seems to be underrepresented, but there’s still a lot of great stuff from artists like Paigey, Amy Reeder and Hoang Tran, whose carved crayon sculptures are basically amazing.