July 22, 2014 | 4:16 p.m.
Fifteen years ago in San Diego, IDW wasn’t publishing comics and Comic-Con drew about 45,000 people. How times have changed. The company that Ted Adams co-founded in 1999 with three fellow comic industry veterans has evolved into one of the top four comic book publishers, competing with 22-year-old indie innovator Image Comics for No. 3, albeit well behind superhero stalwarts Marvel and DC, both at least five times its age. Last year, IDW sold more than 1 million graphic novels. And the pop-culture phenom of a convention it shares a city with? A long-ago sold-out crowd of 130,000 is expected this week. IDW – publisher of original horror hits “30 Days of Night” and “Locke & Key,” and comics home to brands as realities-apart as “The X-Files” and “My Little Pony” – is celebrating 15 years of slow-and-steady but risk-taking […]
July 22, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.
It’s been a busy time in the Archie universe. Last week marked a milestone in Riverdale, as the beloved redhead died in the pages of the future-set “Life With Archie,” taking a bullet for his friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Now “Afterlife With Archie” keeps the ball rolling with a new story set to hit stores Wednesday that promises to raise the drama quotient as well as mark the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the series. Hero Complex has a preview of the issue, which hits stores this week. You can view them in the gallery above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Comic-Con Cover Sabrina hasn’t been seen since Issue […]
July 22, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
“Comics isn’t like being a doctor, where you need to have all this schooling and technical knowledge,” David Lapham says. “You just have to put in the work.” The creator of the acclaimed crime series “Stray Bullets,” Lapham has certainly logged the hours, getting his start drawing comics for the first incarnation of Valiant Comics before beginning his seminal independent series in 1995. A comic-book fan from an early age, Lapham devoted a year to sharpening his craft and sending out samples to publishers, a strategy that put him on Valiant’s radar. He received a major comics education at the publisher, where he was immediately put to work drawing such comics as “Ultimate Warrior’s Ultimate Workout.” “When I left that day, they didn’t think I was going to come back,” Lapham says regarding his first day at Valiant. “Everyone was […]
July 22, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Good news for those with Bruce Wayne tastes but discount budgets: The celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary continues this week with the largest digital sale ever from DC Comics. Starting today, fans can buy 750 Batman titles for 99 cents a pop. Some of the titles included in the sale: “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Batman: The Long Halloween,” “Batman: No Man’s Land” and “Batman: Year One.”(Check out the other titles for sale in the poster to the right.) The sale, which lasts for one week, celebrates Batman Day on July 23 as well as the weekend festivities planned for San Diego’s Comic-Con International. One of the hallmark celebrations will be “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” which will get a preview at the confab with a panel on Thursday featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The revival of the campy but beloved TV program isn’t the only fete for the DC comics superhero. Throughout the […]
July 21, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Joe Casey is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. The long heralded scribe of such popular titles as “Uncanny X-Men” and “Adventures of Superman,” Casey began producing his own creator-owned work in 2001 at Image and made a name for himself as a writer unafraid to explore mature themes and taboo subjects. As of late, he’s been making waves with creations like “Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker,” about an all-too-realistic hero coming out of retirement, and “Bounce,” which stars a drug-using slacker-type, Jasper Jenkins, as the costumed protagonist. He’s also been busy with his work as a collaborator with the Man of Action collective of creators, which includes Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, who, as a team, created the wildly popular series “Ben 10,” and serve as producers and story editors on Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” […]
July 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
When Hero Complex talked with “Batman and Robin” writer Peter J. Tomasi earlier this year about his upcoming plans for the series, he didn’t mince words about the importance of the Boy Wonder to the Dark Knight. “Batman needs a Robin and Robin needs a Batman,” he said. With this week’s release of “Batman and Robin” No. 33, it appears readers will get one step closer to that necessary relationship as Bruce Wayne is more determined than ever to retrieve the coffin of the last Robin, his son Damian Wayne. You can grab a sneak peek at Issue no. 33, from Tomasi and his longtime artist ally Patrick Gleason, in the galley above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 Last week […]
July 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Batman and the Riddler are finally face to face for their final showdown – but the hero isn’t going to just slug Gotham City’s brilliant tormentor. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s sweeping, bestselling “Zero Year” story line, a 12-issue re-imagining of how the orphaned Bruce Wayne became the Bat in DC Comics’ New 52 reality reset, concludes in Wednesday’s “Batman” No. 33 with a battle that the Eisner Award-winning Snyder says is more about brains than brawn. Hero Complex readers can get a sneak peek at scenes from the 48-page finale in the gallery above – which also includes a look back at scenes from throughout “Zero Year” — and via the links below. “Batman” No. 33: Moment of Truth | Lucius | Reboot | Signal The Riddler, a.k.a. Edward Nygma, has turned Gotham into a wild, postapocalyptic […]
July 18, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Over the course of four decades, San Diego’s Comic-Con International has grown from modest roots to become a powerful marketing machine for Hollywood — so much so that the A-list actors and filmmakers who attend can overshadow the creative professionals doing groundbreaking work in comic books and graphic novels. That’s especially disappointing given that the medium is thriving as never before. With the annual pop culture expo expected to draw more than 125,000 visitors to downtown San Diego this week, the following is a look at 12 vital creators working in different areas of the industry: writing, drawing, coloring and cartooning, some of whom are vying for prizes at the annual Eisner Awards — essentially the Academy Awards of comics — which are handed out at Comic-Con each year. Jordie Bellaire A first-time Eisner nominee this year for her work […]
July 17, 2014 | 8:10 a.m.
When Steve Rogers can’t continue as Captain America, his longtime ally Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, will pick up the iconic shield – and, heavier still, the heroic name. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada announced the comic-book news Wednesday night to Cap fan Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” continuing a shakeup of some of the House of Ideas’ most successful concepts. “Steve Rogers saved the world again, but not without personal sacrifice,” Quesada told the arch comic host before naming the World War II veteran’s replacement (which, to Colbert’s disappointment wasn’t him) and unveiling the new Cap’s look. “But let me ask you something,” Colbert’s mock-reactionary pundit began. “This guy’s, this guy’s, this new guy is black — doesn’t that make him Captain African America?” Quesada shook his head and replied, “I don’t see colors.” (This being […]
July 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Riverdale’s beloved scion Archie Andrews will be headed for that big Pop Tate’s in the sky, as announced earlier this year, with the character set to meet his demise in “Life With Archie” No. 36, which hits stores Wednesday. Archie Comics shared new details of the story earlier this week, revealing that Archie will die in the future-set title saving the life of friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Issue No. 37, which will conclude the “Life With Archie” series, will take place a year after the slaying, revolving around how the remaining members of the core gang — Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie — are coping with the loss of their red-haired prince. Both stories will be collected in a double-sized commemorative magazine and upcoming trade paperback collecting the entire tragedy, written by regular “Life With […]