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Veteran comic book artist Nick Cardy has died. He was 93 years old.
Cardy was best known for his work with DC Comics and his work drawing Teen Titans and Aquaman. According to NickCardy.com, Cardy worked for the Iger/Eisner studio drawing for Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, Kaanga Comics for Fiction House. In the fifties he drew the Tarzan comic strip. When he started his career at DC Comics, he drew The Legends of Daniel Boone, a comic with only a couple of issues. In the 1970s he created artwork for movie posters including: Apocalypse Now, Movie, Movie and California Suite.
In 2005, Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. (Via Comicbook.com)
Artist Audran Guerard and writer Daniel Roy hope to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter for their comics project, The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel.
The funds will be used to cover the costs of supplies, live models, editing fees, printing, and distribution. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel will be a graphic adaptation of Frederick Douglass’s life based on his two autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and My Bondage, My Freedom. The graphic novel will be composed of three 50-page volumes and will feature gorgeous watercolor art.”
I didn’t know Aaron Goldfarb wrote my memoir before I did. I’m totally embarrassed. I plan to read that guy’s book so I can learn more about my life, especially the college years that are a bit foggy. And once I am finished, apparently I never have to see another book in this genre. And for the record, I totally believe you read my entire book within a few hours of its release, and not just the title.
Comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing has launched IDW Entertainment, a division of the company that will develop television work inspired by the company’s collection of more than 300 original properties.
Television executive David Ozer will serve as publisher of the new division, working alongside publisher Ted Adams. Here’s more from the release:
A key focus for the division is the financing, development and production of television series with the goal of securing straight-to-series commitments from networks. Ozer’s background includes executive level roles at Sonar Entertainment, Starz Media/IDT Entertainment and DIC Entertainment …. Circle of Confusion, Executive Producer of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, will oversee packaging and creative development of the division and will executive produce the company’s projects. Rick Jacobs will continue to run point on these efforts.
After years without speaking to the press, Watterson admitted that he has no plans to adapt his beloved comic strip: “There’s no upside for me in adapting it.” Here’s more from the new interview:
Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on.
you’re going to want to watch it again because there’s a lot to take in. In fact, there’s so much going on that no one could blame you if missed a few references or if a few moments had you scratching your head. So to help you keep track of all of the details, nods and references in the short, we thought we’d put together a list of annotations. Seventy-five of them. That’s right, in honor of Superman’s 75th year, we present our 75 points of annotation about the Superman 75th Anniversary short.
Here’s the original post, it drew thousands of comments on the popular site: “I have a new book coming out, and so… for the next 6 hours, I’ll draw whatever you want … I did this a while back and was doing full color art. This time I’m gonna do quicker sketches so I can try to get to more people’s requests. A humble request: So I can get to more people, please keep it simple! No Jesus riding a pterodactyl who is also Batman and Batman is a jedi but he’s on fire and wearing Dr. Who’s scarf, which is also Batman.”
The founders explained that “TV, as a medium, doesn’t really work for what we want to do with a Cyanide & Happiness Show.” You can watch a sample short in the video embedded above. In all, 14,242 fans contributed to the campaign. Check it out:
The episodes will be released at the same time every week, with very limited advertising, on our own website, on YouTube, and on several other free streaming websites. You can also get the show in the form of DRM-free, ad-free downloads for a low price per season (in fact it’s one of the pledge rewards). You’ll get an email when a new episode is out, and be able to download it even before it hits YouTube. Do whatever you want with it once you download it. Take it to your friend’s house on a flash drive. Remix it. Print out each amazing frame and roll around naked on top of them. We don’t care.
Comic book hero Wolverine got a six-second teaser trailer on Twitter’s Vine, a “tweaser” that pushes the limits of how movie trailer brevity. Director James Mangoldjoked on Twitter: “I think teasers are going to keep getting shorter and shorter and shorter until they become one sheets.”
We’ve embedded the Vine above. What do you think–can a six-second movie trailer actually be satisfying? If you want more, MTV News has a 20-second trailer for the comic book adaptation. Mashable has more about the movie:
The flick stars Hugh Jackman and comes out July 26. Among the action-packed scenes in the Vine are glimpses of Viper and Silver Samurai, and a short clip of Jean Grey, hinting at the possible return of Famke Janssen‘s character (presumably in flashbacks).
The first issue of the Archie Meets Glee comic cross-over series, ARCHIE #641, has sold out. According to the release, “both the regular and variant covers proved equally popular, selling out simultaneously.”
Dan Parent, long-time Archie Comics illustrator and the creator of the Kevin Keller character, worked with colleagues Rich Koslowski and Tito Penaon the covers and the interior art. Glee TV series writer/producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the story.
The second part was released on April 3rd. Part three will hit comicbook stores on May 1st and the final installment will follow on May 29th.
Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s Saga #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing s***.
What personal writing rules do you follow when writing emails?
22-year old comic creator Dominic (aka Domz) created the video embedded above–an exploration of his personal email writing etiquette. He has already earned more than 280,000 views on YouTube for his hilarious animation. Here’s more about his creative process:
[I use] Adobe Flash CS6 for both comics and animation. I also use Adobe Premier Pro CS6 to export my animations … any of my comics pretty much reflect life experiences I’ve had, which is why I can understand how you guys can relate to them lol. Often times, I’d start off asking myself, “I hate it when…” and keep going from there.
In 1991, artist Jeff Smith founded Cartoon Books to self-publish his comic book work, releasing his critically acclaimed series Bone.
Cartoon Books published a hardcover graphic novel of his Rasl story this week, a book following an ex-military engineer who uses the journals of Nikola Tesla to pull of mind-bending capers. We caught up with Smith to find out how comic book self publishing has evolved over the last 20 years. Smith explained:
Self-publishing has been a badge of honor in the comics community for two decades now, since the early 1990s. The Self-publishing Movement was a loosely affiliated group of like-minded writer-artists, who believed that the cartoonist was an author who’s work should be controlled by him or her, and should be read by the widest possible audience. We were on a quest for equal shelf space, equal critical reviews, the ability to sell our work beyond the confines of the comic book retail shops, and perhaps most important, the ability to print our own work and to keep it in print.
You seriously don’t want to miss this video. I know, I know, you probably think you’re over Christian Bale’s Batman voice jokes — I thought I was too — but Batdad will prove you wrong, and if he doesn’t his kids will. Promise. His wife, on the other hand, seems somewhat less amused at her husband’s Bat-antics. I sense a Bat-divorce in his future if he doesn’t want to end up as Single Batdad.
Elliott created Weirding Willows, a fantasy comic book that blended scores of heroes and creatures from classic books. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:
Marvel and DC look towards IDW, Boomstudios, Dark Horse and Image Comics for their talent. They do that because there is no hiding when a creator can’t keep their deadlines or has an emotional meltdown … If you want to draw something in particular, you’re going to have to do some samples of that character. You can always get more eyeballs on your pages by doing mash-ups where characters meet who couldn’t in their own books. Have Batman meet the new Sherlock. Draw how you would imagine the Justice League would look in J. R. Tolkien’s world. Have Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters.
The panelists include Boxers & Saints graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, The Shark King graphic novelist R. Kikuo Johnson, education expert Professor Barbara Tversky, and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly.
If you are a comic creator looking to submit your comics to this prestigious anthology, the window is now open for the 2015 volume is open from now until August 31, 2014. Here’s more about submissions guidelines from this year’s issue:
Printed submissions can be sent to the address below. Digital submissions can be made in the form of a PDF of the comics published in the eligibility window with each comic labeled with the exact date it was published online. Better yet, you might make a sub-selection of what you consider your best strips from the year or send a self-contained continuity, as long as it appeared in the eligibility period.
Tyler Crook, an Eisner Award winner, will do the artwork. The announcement, made during New York Comic Con, revealed that the first installment will be released on January 01, 2014. Maberry gave this statement in the press release:
Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them.
Marvel has partnered with Feld Entertainment, a production company, to conceive and develop the “Marvel Universe LIVE!” arena show. Marvel made the announcement at New York Comic Con.
The traveling show will kick off in July 2014, complete with pyrotechnics and martial arts performances. The video embedded above features a teaser trailer–what do you think? Here’s more from the press release:
“Marvel Universe LIVE! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and fearsome villains to life like never before during a live-action arena spectacular that will tour 85 North American cities in its first two years. Officially kicking off in July 2014, Marvel Universe LIVE! will redefine the live show experience by integrating a Marvel character driven story with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and countless other show elements.”
Card has been an outspoken critic of gay marriage, drawing criticism from some fans. Zeus Comics in Dallas has already decided not carry the print edition of the comic. Here’s an excerpt from the online petition:
He’s written publicly that he believes marriage equality would lead to the end of civilization. He’s also on the board of a notorious anti-equality organization. We need to let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens. They know they’re accountable to their fans, so if enough of us speak out now, they’ll hear us loud and clear. Sign and share!