Photo by Abigail Huller, via Oakland Museum of California Q. Do you still work the same way you did 25 years ago, drawing by hand at a table? A. Yes. I was just at an antiquarian book fair, and I picked up this catalog for a cartooning correspondence course from 1921. There was a photo […]
[Editor’s note: The release this week of March Book Two by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell has already made headlines with its story of the fight for civil rights in the 60s, and the covers to both volumes have become iconic in their own right. The message of the courage to fight for equality for all in the face of violent opposition is as relevant and needed today as it was 50 years ago. But powerful images to cover powerful times don’t always spring up fully formed. Here Powell and Top Shelf designer Chris Ross with an in-depth breakdown of how they created these covers and combined imagery to capture both history and ideals.]
NATE: March was originally a single, massive volume, so the initial front and back covers were intended to house the entire narrative: the front introduced the basic visual theme of opposition, with two elements facing off against each other, though a contingent of riot-ready white supremacist police were prominently featured across the bottom. After some discussion with Chris Ross, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman Lewis, we all agreed that we should shift some of that focus to the folks on the front lines, and away from Jim Crow police forces. Around that time, we decided to release the saga as a trilogy, so Chris and I jumped in to further develop the oppositional themes, but playing with different angles and approaches to the cover’s division.
Wow speaking of comics crafts, coloring is definitely one of the key components of today’s comics golden age, yet one of the least understood, and Nathan Fairbairn presents a fascinating process post on how he colored Pax Americana, which has art by Frank Quitely. Among the insights—because Quitely’s coloring on his highly detailed art is […]
Eisner-nomintaed As the Crow Flies cartoonist Melanie Gillman has a cute, simple intro to the basics of color theory, which will help you understand why movies are all orange and teal and European-style coloring look way more pleasing than rando pseudo CGI.
The nominees for the Inkwell Awards, which recognize the stars of inking, have been announced and they are below. You can find out more about the awards, which will be presented at this year’s Heroes Con, at their website.
Inking may be one of the more fragile vocations in the comics ecosystem, but these talenetd people deserve all the recognition they can get.
Out this April comes a one-shot from Image Comics by the creative team of Nathan Edmondson, Alison Sampson and Jason Wordie. Called Genesis, this is a story is all about imagination and creation, and restriction, and limits. When given unfettered ability to shape and create the world in your own imagination, how far would you […]
If you like comics, you’ve almost certainly seen Matthew Wilson’s work. Colourist for many of the most acclaimed comics of the last few years, his work has been seen on Wonder Woman, Young Avengers, Swamp Thing, Phonogram, Secret Avengers and many more comics. Colouring is getting more attention now than it has ever done before, […]
The Irish comics scene is one of the busiest in the world right now, and almost certainly one of the fastest growing. Spurred on by creators like PJ Holden and Declan Shalvey, more and more writers and artists are making a name for themselves in comics. And one of the newest of those is colourist […]
Mark Morales is a comic book superstar. Having worked on many of the best-selling Marvel titles of the last few years, he’s worked as an inker alongside artists like Olivier Coipel, Jim Cheung, and Leinil Yu on comics like Infinity, Avengers Vs X-Men, Children’s Crusade, Fear Itself… if Marvel have a big storyline they want […]
Colourist Appreciation Day started last year, essentially, from the mind of Jordie Bellaire – who subsequently spent the rest of the year becoming one of the most famous and well-known colourists in comics. In celebration of the anniversary, I’ve compiled a short list of prominent and brilliant comic colorists – who they are, where you […]
This is a good one to leave the year on, I think, a 4000 word essay by Becky Cloonan on the evolution and execution of her self-published minis, which have won Eisner awards and sold thousands of copies. The piece covers some of the intangibles, but mostly the practical side, from living with tons of […]
If you wonder who is the hardest working man in comics biz, there is only one answer: Charles Soule, currently scripting seven monthly titles and running a law firm. As he admits in this post, people are always asking him “HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS???”—in fact I asked him that the last time I saw him—so he has written a blog post to explain so he doesn’t have to waste precious time answering that question any more.
Fearless Defenders, the Marvel series from Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney, is drawing to a close. After twelve issues with the characters, next month’s issue will be the last. Which is sad – but it also gives us just enough time for Will to offer another character profile! We ran five of these back at […]