One of the big selling points of Iron Man 3, other than Ben Kingsley’s crazy and wonderful Mandarin voice, was the sheer volume of Iron Man armors that appeared in the film. There were a ton. Considering the likely weight of the armor, probably more than a ton. But not every armor designed by artist Josh Nizzi was used in the movie, and he was kind enough to share some of his unused designs, including one that I can only call the Metal Gear Solid/Metroid armor.
You love charts. You love superheroes. But you don’t know of any media that combines the two, like so much peanut butter and jelly. Your suffering has come to an end.
Or at least it will August 3, when former ComicsAlliance contributor, Comic Foundry founder and noted design maestro for Complex and Wired Tim Leong's new book, Super Graphic, makes all your superhero-y infographic dreams come true. (There’s info about other comics, too, such as The Walking Dead.) You can sample the book’s full cover, and get a quick look at three of the graphs that you’ll find in the new book after the jump.
In case you missed it, my first book, Super Graphic, will debut from Chronicle Books this Fall. It’s an infographic look at the comic book industry, from superheroes to indie comics to manga. It was a blast to work on and I learned a lot about comics and infographics along the way. You can learn more about it here.
By Andy Khouri
Researched and designed by Kate Willaert at the behest of HalloweenCostues.com, what follows is perhaps the most comprehensive cataloguing of the Superman emblem variations that we’ve ever seen, and certainly the best Photoshopped. Placing the numerous emblems on photorealistic models of Clark Kent tearing his shirt open, Willaert explains the differences from the earliest Superman design by co-creator Joe Shuster to the latest refit created for the Man of Steel film, going into great detail about shapes, serifs and materials. This is superhero comics so doubtlessly she’s missed a few that ComicsAlliance readers will be eager to point out in the comments below, but this is nevertheless a marvelous resource (for cosplayers in particular?) and tribute to American comics’ most enduring emblem.
The folks at Blackmeal, a video production company, have produced a slick animation homage to Marvel Comics characters. Specifically, their logos. No characters appear in the video, but rather logos representing nearly every major hero or team from the Marvel cannon.
At Comic-Con in 2008, I stepped onto a hotel elevator and instantly found myself in the sky. At least, it felt that way. It was actually a very creative ad for Pixar’s Up that involved painting the inside of the elevator to look like the sky from the film, with Carl’s balloon-powered flying house in the corner, looking to be off in the distance. The ad always stuck with me, as I thought it was an imaginative — and very effective — way to promote a film, and easily the best use of advertising in an elevator I’d ever seen.
That is, until I saw this proposed ad for this summer’s Man of Steel, submitted to the Chip Shop Awards by Jon Massey and Ryan Brown. Massey and Brown take advantage of elevator design to present the classic image of Clark Kent opening his shirt to reveal the Superman logo underneath.
You’ve heard of MISTER X but you don’t know who or what he is, right?
ComicsAlliance’s Andy Khouri thinks it’s only one of the best comic books ever and offers a primer along with this preview of the new Dark Horse miniseries Mister X: Eviction by visionary creator Dean Motter.
Something is wrong in the city of Somnopolis: everybody is insane. Designed, financed and constructed by an enigmatic cadre of geniuses, visionaries and villains using the sleep-defeating drug insomnalin and employing the theory of pschetecture, the city itself — the buildings, the materials, the angles and even the light — has driven the citizenry to acts of madness, crime and suicide. It wasn’t meant to be this way, and the terrible nature of what was once envisioned as Radiant City — “The City of Dreams” — weighs heavily on the conscious of Mister X. To describe the character as “mysterious” is like describing the universe as “big,” but what is known for certain is that Mister X was in some way instrumental in Somnopolis’ creation and decay, and he toils sleeplessly to save Radiant citizens from his corrupted creation.