The Norm Breyfogle Whisper campaign is a can’t miss deal

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In December, artist Norm Breyfogle suffered a stroke which left his drawing hand impaired. He’ll need months of therapy to hopefully regain his mobility to be able to walk, draw and hopefully work again. And the comcis industry being what it is, generous folks have set up

an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 to help with Norm’s therapy.

BUT it is not just a feel good campaign (although that would be enough. The Nrm Breyfogle Whisper Campaign also gets you a reprint of Whisper, an early kick ass woman comic from the 80s. Written by Steven Grant, this is a solid book of the era.

Truly Outrageous art: Stephanie Hans does Jem and the Holograms

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Via Tumblr, the amazing painter Stephanie Hans has gone totally pink for this variant cover for IDW’s Jem comic. Written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Sophie Campbell, this comic is a nice throwback to the Jem and the Holograms most Gen Xers remember as opposed to the Pitch perfect 3 treatment the movie is […]

Harvey Pekar Park: the complete banners

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Specifically Derf Backderf’s Facebook photos which show the event held on Saturday and the transformation of a dilapidated Cleveland park into a new, vibrant space, all honoring one of Cleveland’s not memorable citizens. The park has a plaque (above) but also six banners drawn by Joseph Remnant and designed by Pekar’s widow, Joyce Brabner, that tell […]

Matt Fraction speaks on collaborators and credit

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Can NO ONE get this “credit” thing right? A few days ago we noted artist Chip Zdarsky standing up for Matt Fraction, writing of Sex Criminals, after only Zdarsky was mentioned on the Harvey Awards ballot. Now an io9 article entitled 6 Reasons Why Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye Is One of Marvel’s Greatest Comics touched off another […]

Does anyone care about the artists on comics any more?

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Yet another discussion of what happened to the artist being the big dogs of comics, and a chance to make your feelings known via a survey!

Interview: Jennifer Crute Opens Up in Jennifer’s Journal

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By Nick Eskey Jennifer Crute is a native New York City artist, turned comic creator. She began her love for making art at an early age, surrounded by other creative people such as her mother and brother. Jennifer spent years drawing and painting, and later graphic design. From some prompting from friends, she found herself […]

All-New By Its Cover #5 (Covers For May 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). Note: Apologies for the delay this month. I’ll try to get the next installment out super quick!   Ninjak #3 by Lewis Larosa Wow, that is an extreme […]

HeroesCon Interview: Kevin Wada Talks Style, Process, and the Future

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by Harper W. Harris Kevin Wada has been one of my favorite cover artists since he started on She-Hulk; it was one of those rare but wonderful circumstances where the cover artist seemed to really play a key role in the creative team, and his unique style was part of what made that book such […]

RIP Earl Norem

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Prolific cover artist and painter Earl Norem has passed away at age 91 as reported on Facebook by family members including his daughter: As my son has so eloquently posted, it is true that my father, Earl Norem, a member of the greatest generation, has passed on. He was a true super hero to me […]

Nice Art: Chris Ware tackles Minecraft

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Or rather, his 10-year-old daughter Clara does. In commentary on his cover for this week’s New Yorker the Building Stories master—and the graphic novelist whose name is most often connected to the word “genius— discusses the game the way any parent over a child in the 4-14 range does. Clara has spent hours, days, weeks […]

SDCC and San Diego Public Library announce the Art of Comic-Con exhibit

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While the San Diego Convention Center expansion looks to be dead in the water, Comic-Con International isn’t stopping on its moves to expand the footprint of the convention by expanding to other venues. Last year a couple of SDCC events were held at the San Diego Public Library, and this year the library will host […]

RIP: Glen Orbik

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Artist and teacher Glen Orbik passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer,. He was either 51 or 52 (Wikipedia says he was born in 1963.) Orbik was well known for his modern-day pulp-styled covers, and some striking work on several Marvel, DC and Vertigo titles, including the original run of Howard Chaykin’s American Century. […]

All-New By Its Cover #4 (Covers For April 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Deep State #5 by Matt Taylor There are a lot of things working really well in this cover. The core image is very simple, while […]

Hugo Pratt: Artist as Adventurer now at the Society of Illustrators

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I’ve been raving about all the great comics art that was up at the Society of Illustrators during April for the MoCCA fest, but they’re not stopping with Alt.Comix, Little Nemo and Craig Yoe. The new exhibit is a show of Hugo Pratt art. The creator of Corto Maltese is one of the all time great comics illustrators and this sounds like a must see. The show runs until June 13th, so get on down!

All-New By Its Cover #3 (March 2015 Covers)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). The Empty #2 by Jimmie Robinson & Ei8ht #2 by Rafael Albuquerque Last month I featured the first issues of The Empty and Ei8ht, which both used […]

Miami Vice: Remix by Casey and Mahfood continues to be wilder than it has any reason to be

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It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.

Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.