Laurent Durieux was named as one of the world’s 200 best artists. His poster for The Godfather is an excellent example of why.
Source: Andreas Grabe.
Matt Childers is “comic book artist, illustrator, designer, sometimes writer and most of all a storyteller.” I first became aware of Matt through a story that he drew called Dick Ruby and the Case of the Little Green Men (written by Brett Harris). That led me to other of Matt’s comics and commissions. I was hopeful that Matt would be up for a Stallone sketch. As you can see, he was.
I liked it so much, I immediately requested a Childers’ Jack Carter. You’ll see that here next weekend.
If you’re a sketch collector, Matt gets my highest recommendation.
Spaceship Rocket recently posted six of Frank Miller’s Sin City covers. Of the six, the one above is my favorite. Following closely behind is the cover to Dark Horse 51. You can see all six by clicking over.
Man, I miss Miller’s Sin City yarns. If you know of any great crime comics that I may have missed, please respond in the comments.
Jarrod Alberich aka The Yard Sale Artist explains how he got started in independent comics. It’s an interesting listen.
Mars Attacks trading cards came out in 1962. The set consisted of 55 cards telling the story of a Martian invasion of Earth. Although designed for children, the cards depicted humans and animals being killed by the Martian invaders in graphic detail. If the only Mars Attacks you know is Tim Burton’s comedy, then you’re missing out.
Josh Weiss, from Syfy.com, recently interviewed Len Brown one of the co-developers of the Mars Attacks cards. Check out ACK! ACK! ACK! MARS ATTACKS CO-CREATOR LEN BROWN LOOKS BACK ON THE ICONIC TRADING CARDS.
Abraham Riesman recently spoke with Frank Miller to discover why Why Frank Miller Is Revisiting the World of 300 With His New Xerxes. Here are a few tidbits…
Did you go back and reread 300 in preparation for Xerxes? I know a lot of creators don’t like looking at their old work.
Oh, I have to refer to it. I’m very, very proud of 300. I look at it and I don’t think, Well, what would I do differently? I simply accept it as what it is. It was very much a product of the time I did it, but it was the best story I ever had my hands on, and I did my very best by it.
But the Athenians can hold their own in the battlefield. Honestly, in junior high, I mostly just learned about them as paragons of democracy and culture.
They were brilliant in battle and they were a culture that succeeded on every level. The Spartans, essentially, became so culturally paranoid that they kind of ceased to exist because they didn’t read. They built for war while the Athenians built for progress. What we have from the Greeks is basically Athenian: the art, the learning, the culture, the sense of democracy.
Any interview with Frank Miller is worth a read especially when it contains (more) preview art.
Bermie Wrightson is a legend. If you’re reading this, you probably know that. If not, Google Wrightson and then come back.
Wrightson is mostly remembered for his work in the horror genre, specifically Frankenstein. Wrightson’s final project was Frankenstein Alive, Alive! with writer Steve Niles. When Wrightson realized he couldn’t finish the project, he asked artist Kelley Jones to finish it.
Jones’ interview with Alex Dueben at Comic Book Resources is one of the most moving, touching and emotional interviews I can ever remember: Kelley Jones on Swamp Thing, Completing Wrightson’s Frankenstein