Dynamite has just announced an art book covering their popular cover artist Alex Ross, and although they didn’t include the entire interior of the book in their PR mailing, they did include a healthy chunk.
This morning Tom Spurgeon had the dramatic story of the CCS Library being threatened by a flood. Seen above in more idyllic times, the Charles Schulz LIbrary is part of the Center for Cartoon Studies campus in White River Junction, VT, and as the name suggests, it is located close to a river, which in the Irene aftermath, flooded its banks.
Just as a reminder, today and tomorrow Floating Worlds in Portland is holding a Dylan Williams Benefit Sale
. The Sparkplug publisher is in the hospital battling cancer — with no health insurance, so he can use all the help from his friends he can get.
Speaking of LA comic-cons, Wizard World has tweeted an update about its postponed LA show.
Spanish comics enabler David Macho has been doing a great job of promoting the DC relaunch comics his stable of artists is involved with, last week via tons of preview art. This week he’s doing somethign even more ambitious — trailers! And not motion comics trailers, either. Here’s the one for STORMWATCH by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepúlveda.
After a hurricane, the sun usually comes out resulting in sparkling skies for the clean-up. As the East Coast attempts to clean up and dry off from a storm that could have been much worse (but was still pretty bad in spots) we wake up to a fairly epochal week in the history of comics. Because the internet wasn’t around, we didn’t know that the 1980 arrival of SUPERBOY SPECTACULAR or DAZZLER #1 — the first comics produced by DC and Marvel that were direct market-only — would mark the beginning of a whole new era for the comics industry, and — despite the protestations of imminent death at every turn — usher in a era of undreamed of creative fertility and energy.
Wednesday at 12:01 am the new era begins. Not the era of the New 52 — despite any declarations to the contrary, that’s really business as usual, just jump started in the manner of a car battery. No, it’s the era of digital comics. While everyone has been transfixed over whether GREEN LANTERN by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy will be better than GREEN LANTERN by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy; or how Tony Daniels’ DETECTIVE COMICS is going to vastly improve on his Batman comics, the real revolution has quietly been dawning on retailers and readers: DC’s decision to go with simultaneous digital and print release of their comics.
Chris Illuminati at TheFW marshals the evidence, and it is quite compelling.
Artist Rafael Kayanan (and one-time Beat UFC color commentator) is probably best known for his work on Conan, but in recent years he’s also drawn the Punisher and Spider-Man. He’s a busy guy outside of strictly comics though– he also produces concept art for movies, and stages fights for stage and screen. Hurricane Irene found him inside and tweeting some drawings to stay busy like this Thark from the John Carter books. Check out his Twitter stream for more sketches.
With both their #3 characters, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, sitting on the bench in the Hollywood Bowl for now, DC Entertainment must turn to their thousands of other characters for someone to enter the game and score some points. Luckily there are many of them, and several are as colorful as Deadman, who is being developed as a possible TV show for the CW. ‘Supernatural’ producer Eric Kripke is doing the developing for Warner Bros TV.
Although on the East Coast, public displays were limited to looking like a crazy stormchaser in a raincoat. it was indeed Read Comics in Public Day yesterday. A parade of participants is on view in the link. There was also a women’s division, at Women Read Comics in Public, too! which produced several photos, as well.