By David Seidman Writers and artists are born enemies. “That stupid artist didn’t draw what I wrote!” echoes down the halls of comics history. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To write comics, you need to know how to work with artists just as much as you need to know plotting, characterization, and […]
In June 2016, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well. […]
Back in 2004, Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen did a comic called Superman: Secret Identity, about a fellow named Clark Kent in a world without superheroes where Superman is just a comic book character… and then Clark Kent discovers he can fly. 13 years later, Busiek has returned with a sort of “spiritual companion” in Batman: Creature […]
Here’s another basic comics shelf no brainer: Astro City, the fictional superhero universe created by writer Kurt Busiek, artist Brent Anderson and cover artist/designer Alex Ross. Something of a conceptual spin-off of Marvels by Busiek and Ross, Astro City takes place in the titular city, in a world where superheroes are commonplace, and follows […]
More thoughts on the future of comics, the intersection of media, conventions and just sitting at a table drawing, by folks ranging from publishers to creators to journalists. What will 2015 bring? Surprises, like yesterday IDW/Top Shelf deal, which no one saw coming.
At the summer Image Expo one of the most notable announcements was Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey. Not only did it mark the return of Busiek with a new comic for the first time in years, but Dewey’s art looked amazing. The story involves high fantasy, with animal protagonists and Game of Thrones level intrigue. The first issue is on sale today in a bargain format: just $2.99 for 40 pages of story. As you can see from the preview pagesk, this is one spectacular comic.
One of the best things comics do is world-building and this looks to be a strong examples of that by Busiek and Dewey.
DC have announced that Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City will be returning in June! Oh, and look who’s doing the covers: This will be an ongoing series from the creative team, starting with a shiny new issue #1. The press release notes that returning characters such as Samaritan and Honor Guard will be […]
While laid up with medical issues that preclude him doing serious writing, Kurt Busiek has set up a Formspring account, and, as you could extrapolate from reading his calm, well-reasoned* answers here at The Beat, there’s lots of info: