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Melanie Gillman’s Desert Diary

Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies, Stage Dreams) is currently publishing their experience at a wilderness artist residency in a series of diary pages at TCJ.com. Gillman is known for their colored pencil work, and the soft shades work well with the sparse desert landscape. The first page was May 20, and they will run for 10 days. You can follow new pages at the site’s author page. My favorite so far is the one with the dog:
Tags: Art, Comics, Gillman, Melanie Gillman, TCJ


Argon Zark! remastered

A long time ago (on an internet far far away), I created one of the earliest webcomics, Argon Zark!, a cyberpunk humor/adventure story about a computer geek who has invented a way to be physically transported into and through the World Wide Web. For a long time I thought it was the very first online comic — simply because I couldn’t find any others for comparison or inspiration — but as search and internet history improved over time, I found there were a couple of others that preceded it by a...
Tags: Art, Comics, Webcomics, Argon Zark


What Birds Would Say If They Could Talk

Humor writer and artist Jimmy Craig (previously) offers 100 colorful comics, including the inner thoughts of creatures from across the animal kingdom — from misunderstood sharks and trouble making bears to the often complicated relationship between you and your pet cat. “If you’ve ever wondered what our feathered friends might be saying, check out these comics by me. Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Animals, Birds, Humor, Inspirations, Jimmy Craig


Li-An

[For some time, I’ve wanted to feature more comics artists from non-English speaking countries — particularly Belgian and French comics (bandes-dessinées) — but I’ve been put off by the challenges of providing links to images and information across language barriers. With this article, I’m going to try a method of providing both original language and Google Translate links to relevant sites and pages.] Li-An (Jean-Michel Meyer) is a French comics artist perhaps best known for his work on The T...
Tags: Google, Art, Comics, Illustration, Google Translate, Gauguin, Tahiti, Andr, Guy de Maupassant, Jack Vance, Franquin, Jean Giraud Moebius, Li An, Li An Jean Michel Meyer, Jean David Morvan Li An, Boule de Suif Translate


A Visual History of Captain Marvel’s Costumes

I’m a bit late posting this, since the movie came out almost two months ago, but it’s always fun to see how a long-lasting character’s outfits have changed over the years, particularly since this is a case where the Captain Marvel movie costume doesn’t quite match any of the comic book ones. (That’s more likely with female characters, of course, since their costumes quite often ignore practicality until it’s time to put it on a real-life woman.) Image Created by [...]
Tags: Art, Comics


Artist Visualizes Freddie Mercury As The Protagonist Of Vintage Comic Book Covers

Artist Butcher Billy decided to create a fictional comic series called ‘Planet Mercury comics’, and you guessed right – we will be seeing a lot of the legendary band Queen’s charismatic frontman Freddie Mercury! To make it even more exciting, the artist used excerpts and titles from Queen’s songs and created each comic book cover with a different song from the... Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Queen, Freddie Mercury, Retro, Vintage, Inspirations, Billy, Butcher Billy


Halifax! I'm speaking at Atlseccon on April 24 (then Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin and Houston!)

I'm coming to Halifax to give the closing keynote on day one of Atlseccon on April 24th: it's only my second-ever visit to the city and the first time I've given a talk there, so I really hope you can make it! From there, I'm headed to Toronto, where I'm giving a keynote called The Internet Isn’t What We Fight FOR, It’s What We Fight WITH on April 29th at the FITC Technology and Creativity Conference. Then I'm appearing at the Ottawa Writers Festival on May 4, presenting my newest book, R...
Tags: Security, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Comics, Usa, Texas, Design, News, Germany, Berlin, Toronto, Events, Canada, Infosec, Houston


Mac Smith, Scurry

Mac Smith is is a concept artist and illustrator who has largely put aside his work in the gaming industry to concentrate on his own comics project. Scurry is a post-apocalyptic survival story in which the protagonists are mice. The setting is an abandoned house and the surrounding woods, now mysteriously devoid of humans. With the disappearance of the humans has gone the availability of food their presence provided. The mouse colony, within which Smith has developed distinct characters and p...
Tags: Art, Comics, Smith, PSD, Concept & Visual Dev, Mac Smith Scurry, Mac Smith


This Artist Illustrated Her Everyday Problems With Relatable Comics

Prudence is a 27-year-old Belgian illustrator and the creator of the “Planet Prudence” comic series. In her comics, the artist illustrates all of the funny and awkward moments she experiences every day that we’re pretty sure most people will be able to relate to. The artist says she started creating the illustrations as a comic diary but soon after many people started relating to her work and now... Source
Tags: Daily, Comics, Design, Life, Problems, Humor, Inspirations, Prudence, Belgia


The Double Standards Of Our Society Revealed In 47 Comics

Source While many of our societies take pride in the accomplishments made in the field of equal treatment for everybody, there is still a lot of work to be done. And who better can reveal these absurd injustices than the illustrators, who are always on a lookout for those funny and sometimes painfully real contrasts? Below you’ll find a list of the most striking examples of double standards in... Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Society, Feminism, Humor, Standards, Inspirations, Double


Comics About An Ice Cube Which Artist Created At The Lowest Point Of His Creative Career

According to Peng Ven Wong: “Like all artists, I aspire to create something that the world will fall in love with. Ironically, the inspiration for CubeMelt came at the lowest point of my creative career. I was lost on where my work was taking me and did not know what I should be focusing on to establish my career at the age of 36. It was during one of the regular moments of self-doubt that I... Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Sad, Ice, Cube, Inspirations, Peng Ven Wong


Not So Scary Monsters exhibit

Here's the official flyer, designed by the amazing and lovely Kris Loya for my upcoming solo art exhibit at Artists & Makers Studios! The exhibit, called "Not So Scary Monsters" will take place from April 5th, through April 24th, with the opening reception happening on Friday night, April 5th, from 6-9 PM. There are two Artists & Makers Studios locations, both in Rockville, MD, about a mile away from each other. Not So Scary Monsters will be on display at the Parklawn location (aka Artists &...
Tags: Art, Comics, Steve, Rockville, Art Exhibit, Cartoon Art, Artists and Makers Studios, Monster Art, Splotch Monsters, Kris Loya, Artists Makers Studios


When Modern Love Meets Classic Comic Books

Peter Nidzgorski is the artist provocateur behind the site This isn’t Happiness. Under the name Peteski, he blogs about art, photography, design, and disappointment. One of the big attractions of his site is his clever manipulation of images like these altered panels from classic love story comic books. Nidzgorski asks his followers to suggest sentences or quotes which he then adds to a specific... Source
Tags: Quotes, Books, Comics, Design, Humor, Retro, Classic, Inspirations, Peter Nidzgorski, Peteski, Nidzgorski


Artist Fran Krause Perfectly Illustrates Your Deepest, Darkest Fears

Illustrator, animator, teacher, and comic artist Fran Krause has touched a collective nerve with his wildly popular web comic series and subsequent book Deep Dark Fears. Here he brings readers more of the creepy, funny, and idiosyncratic fears they love illustrated in comic form–such as the fear that your pets will tell other animals all your embarrassing secrets, or that someone uses your... Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Dark, Inspirations, Fears, Fran Krause


Does This Look Like a God to You?

I’m glad to see a woman writing Wonder Woman, given that this is the time where the character should be getting more attention. In my opinion, G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) is taking some time to find her feet, but the current storyline, pitting Veronica Cale against the Amazon Princess, shows promise. Cale, created by Greg Rucka to be Wonder Woman’s “Lex Luthor”, is a high-powered executive whose daughter was kidnapped by gods in order to blackmail her. She’s a [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Cale, Lex Luthor, Greg Rucka, Amazon Princess, Veronica Cale, G Willow Wilson Ms Marvel


Unnatural Art Focuses on Breasts

I previously panned Unnatural by Mirka Andolfo for letting its tendency for salacious images get in the way of the story. I flipped through the most recent issue, #7, and discovered little had changed. The pig-girl is now the long-lost fated savior, or something, and there’s a rebel group telling her what to do (because she has little direction on her own). However, her powers take her over during a raid and she rips a guy’s arm off. This scares [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Mirka Andolfo


Rock n Roll Comic Covers

Long time no blog. I wanted to share a few things I’ve been working on that have given me a lot of pleasure. I’ve combined two of my favorite interests (rock-n-roll and comic books) to create a series of comic covers inspired by songs from rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. Below is a series of images I’ve created over the past month. Some of these designs are available on my Threadless store. Check ’em out! Led Zeppelin Black Sabbath Judas Priest ...
Tags: Art, Comics, News, Classic Rock, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Comic Book Covers, Zeppelin Judas Priest and Black Sabbath Below


Graphic Fiction 'Roaming Foliage' Digs into the Undergrowth

None It's difficult to describe the exceptional weirdness of Patrick Kyle's Roaming Foliage. For once, the adjective "unique" is accurate. I've literally never read anything like it. Explaining why that's such a wonderful thing -- not just for Kyle but for comics generally -- will take some explaining. First, consider the physical book. It's the height of a standard graphic novel (picture anything from Marvel, DC, Image, etc.), but it's oddly wider—which, for me, recalls the dimensions of a ch...
Tags: Art, Comics, Music, Review, Fantasy, Book Review, House, Calvin, Kyle, Hobbes, Koyama, Wile E Coyote, Koyama Press, Patrick Kyle, Graphic fiction, Nathan Gelgud


Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass the First OGN for Series

Recently released is Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, the first original graphic novel for the franchise (which has already expanded from comics to original prose novels). It’s written by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by polterink with a cover by Alexa Sharpe. The premise is that the five scouts learn about orienteering from their guide, Jen. April quickly gets separated from the group. There’s a mystical compass, steampunk robot butlers, character development — Molly is insecure about her rel...
Tags: Art, Comics, Molly, Lilah Sturges, Alexa Sharpe


Scooby-Doo Team-Up #44 Preview: Dastardly and Muttley!

Out today is the latest installment of one of the comics I most enjoy reading these days: Scooby-Doo Team-Up. Issue #44 puts the characters in contact with a Hanna-Barbera favorite: fiendish Dick Dastardly and his oddly human-like snickering dog Muttley. They starred in a 1969 cartoon, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, which spun out of Wacky Races. You probably know it best from the theme song, “Stop the Pigeon“. DC has provided the following preview pages from the [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Scooby Doo, Hanna Barbera, Dick Dastardly, Scooby Doo Team, Muttley


Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor Comic Will Have 13 Covers (Duh)

Titan Comics is excited by the new Doctor Who, played by Jodie Whittaker. They’re launching a new series, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, which will debut with a #1 on November 7. It’s written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Rachael Stott. No plot information is available — before the new Doctor’s show debuts, I would imagine the BBC would be cross with that — but we know that she’ll be accompanied by her TV companions: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Bbc, Jody Houser, Titan Comics, Jodie Whittaker, Rachael Stott, Graham Bradley Walsh Yasmin


Oni Wants to Draw Out the Vote

Bravo! Oni Press has created Draw Out the Vote, “a free state-by-state comics voting guide”. For each state, there’s a page with a comic by a different artist from that area about an election topic as well as information on how to register and vote in that state and community organizations to get involved with. Fifty-two different artists explore what voting, politics, and living in American mean to them in this collection of black-and-white comics. Cartoonists from each state (plus [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Bravo Oni Press


Age of Bronze Reissued in Color

When it came out last decade, Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze was a masterwork. Retelling the Trojan War humanized it and brought the history to life, and his gorgeously detailed art was a pleasure to read. On Wednesday, the first collection, A Thousand Ships, will be reissued in color, done by colorist John Dallaire, which should expose the story to a new audience. You can see some of this beautiful work in the selection of preview pages below.
Tags: Art, Comics, Eric Shanower, John Dallaire


The Time Museum Sequel Release Date, Cover Released

I really enjoyed Matthew Loux’s The Time Museum when I read it almost two years ago. It’s got plenty of adventure and humor in the story of a girl making discoveries and friends throughout time. Publisher First Second has just announced that the sequel will be available on June 11, 2019, and here’s the cover. So glad to see there will be more!
Tags: Art, Comics, Time Museum, Matthew Loux


Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men Preview Pages

I’m late running this, but the art is so lovely I don’t think it matters that Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1 came out two weeks ago. Written by Evan Dorkin and illustrated by Benjamin Dewey, the four-issue miniseries continues the Eisner-winning series about dogs that fight magical creatures. Here are the two covers as well as five preview pages. Dewey does a terrific job capturing realistic dogs while giving them the expressiveness they need for the [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Dewey, Eisner, Evan Dorkin, Benjamin Dewey, Eldritch Men Preview Pages


See Kittens Decide to Run a Construction Company in These Preview Pages

Out next week is Kitten Construction Company: Meet the House Kittens, the first in a charming new series by John Patrick Green. It’s exactly what it sounds like: little cats want to build houses, but no one takes them seriously. The publisher has provided these preview pages to give you an idea of just how adorable the whole thing is. And the format aims to “bridge the gap between picture book and chapter book for kids 5-8.” You can get [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, Construction Company, John Patrick Green, Kitten Construction Company


Cues: Detroit innovator Alan Oldham talks to us about techno, creation

It’s easy to forget if we get too deep into hero worship and seriousness, but real creativity is fun and boundless. So nothing energizes like talking to people like Alan Oldham, the multidisciplinary Detroit techno artist. Oldham, sometimes DJing as DJ T-1000, had a multifaceted series of roles in techno. So he’s served in Underground Resistance – including as “Minister of Information.” He did artwork for Derrik May’s legendary Transmat label. He’s a comic artist as well as a producer, savvy e...
Tags: Art, Comics, Music, Usa, Germany, Berlin, Inspiration, Artists, Stories, Andy Warhol, Ellen, Alan, Detroit, Cues, MPC, Listening


Not Just Good Art, But Neat Web Presentation

The New Yorker has an online article about a little-known painting by Charles Addams featuring his famous Addams Family characters at the beach. It’s a nifty little discovery, and I always enjoy seeing more of his work. (The Addams characters first appeared in The New Yorker, by the way, in 1938.) What’s neat, beyond seeing a cartoon-ish seasonal piece of art, is how the site presents the painting. The second half of the article analyzes the layout and some of [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, New Yorker, Charles Addams


The Weird of Wendy Pini

The Weird Of Wendy Pini Voices from another world spoke with sublime otherness, helping an indie cartoonist face down prudes, pain and the patriarchy. By Rob Beschizza It’s night and the trees are whispering. Wendy Pini approaches a young oak, its branches bare in winter. The artist behind the long-running fantasy series Elfquest, she took me here to understand something of our relationship to art. Though Wendy’s work flows from the line of beauty, a...
Tags: Art, Feature, Comics, News, Special, Wendy, Rob Beschizza, William Hogarth, Profile, EYVIND EARLE, Wendy Pini, Wendy Pini Voices


Should Sex Work Be Illegal? A Comic

Erika Moen and Lux Alptraum put together a comic called “Feminists Should Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. Here’s Why.” It’s great cartooning and insightful education on a topic many people haven’t thought about. To keep the focus on the content instead of prurient images, sex work is represented as a red umbrella, an excellent choice of symbolism. Although there’s a lot of text in this piece, as there needs to be, the images contribute understanding instead of simply illustrating what’s being ...
Tags: Art, Comics, Erika Moen, Lux Alptraum



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