PLUS: The best cover designs this week!
Changes Ahead for IDW’s Comic Art Gallery IDW’s San Diego Comic Art Gallery has been a showcase for the comic book and graphic arts since 2015, when the company moved its offices to Liberty Station. The gallery also features a retail space and as their website boasts, “actual working artists on the premises.” However, with […]
Hm, an interesting cross-platform marketing idea here, as Valiant is working with game development studio Ninja Theory and artist Ben Templesmith to create a digital comic for an upcoming game. Hellblade: Senua’s Song #1 will be written by Ninja Theory Co- Founder & Chief Creative Director Tameem Antoniades and be available as a preorder bonus for all orders of […]
It’s been a busy day for art reveals here at The Beat. Can you stand some more? We think so! Here’s three more exclusive covers commissioned by Fried Pie and available at 2nd & Charles stores, Books-a-million and other outlets. Here’s the art both dressed and virgin: · Black Mask – Quantum Teens Are […]
VINES by Mike Geszel, Ben McCool*** and Inaki Miranda in a project thaht’s been in the works for a while, and though Miranda remains as concept artist and art director project, he’s left behind a bunch of spectacular concept art and covers, and hand picked his protegé Chuma Hill (link NSFW) to actually draw the series, which is being […]
by Pamela Auditore Anyone familiar with Spike TV Scream Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling Artist/Writer Ben Templesmith’s work knows he is profoundly influenced by HP Lovecraft. Even a cursorary glance at his art makes this apparent. Lovecraft’s influence is most directly on display in Templesmith’s most recent graphic novel Squidder. A tale of […]
Renowned horror/fantasy artist Templesmith has been experimenting with hand-painted covers for several books, and this is an original one of a kind oil painting done on a copy of The Walking Dead Volume 1. The painting was varnished, and I don’t know if you can read the book inside, but it seems to me that this is a pretty darned sweet collectible…especially for Halloween.
Also…Christmas is coming.
More Templesmith stuff at the 78Squid retail website.
Fall is in the air, bringing a crisp step and the crunch of leaves under foot, and the inevitable—perhaps inescapable—presence of Pumpkin Spice everything all around us! Yes, it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween, The Beat’s annual tribute to our MOST FAVORITEST TIME OF YEAR. And let’s get things going with probably the most obvious link possible…but I have ever written about painter/cartoonist/musician Menton3 on The Beat before so here goes!
Based in Chicago, Menton3—aka Menton J Matthews III—is a painter of atmospheric and disturbing images. While you can find a lot of his work at his website, he’s probably best known these days as a partner in 44Flood, a publishing company that has teamed with IDW to put out art books and comics. Along with fellow artists Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith and Nick Idell, 44Flood has put out Tome, an artbook which was mostly Kickstarted, Templesmith’s The Squidder, the comic Monocyte, which you see on this page, and Libretto, an anthology of eerieness centering on vampirism. A new volume of Tome is on its way or already here (I couldn’t find a lot of solid news about the bunch.)
The Bat office continues to break the mold! FINALLY a Bat book drawn by Ben Templesmith! People in my comic book circle have been suggesting this as a no brainer for about five years. His creepy, moody work is tailor made for Gotham. It’s a horror book natch, called Gotham by Midnight, featuring a bunch […]
by Pam Auditore Traditional line art is the most utilized method for making comics, relying on a multiplicity of styles to produce variety in the art form. It is the most economically graphic way to tell a visual story. Which is possibly why few in the field attempt an expressive painterly method to produce sequential panels. […]