Feb. 03, 2015 | 3:31 p.m.
If you could trade decades of your life for the chance to achieve your dreams, would you? It’s the deal that Death offers a young artist named David in Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, “The Sculptor” — 200 days to live in exchange for unfettered creative ability. David is granted the power to sculpt with his bare hands “at the speed of thought,” McCloud explains, and the intensely focused protagonist races against his death countdown to create something lasting and important. But when he struck the bargain to end his life, he didn’t expect to fall in love. In “The Sculptor,” which is out today from First Second, McCloud inks a heartbreaking tale of the meaning of life, the impact of art and the transformative influence of love in gorgeous black, white and blue. The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 4:31 p.m.
Jeff Lemire’s “Descender” is coming to the big screen. Sony announced on Friday that it had acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming Image comic series from Lemire (“Sweet Tooth,” “Trillium”) and artist Dustin Nguyen. The comic book, which was announced last year, is described as a sprawling space opera centering on an artificial boy, TIM-21, who might hold the key to the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots. Before long, he becomes the subject of a galactic search, and soon bands together with unlikely companions to travel to distant planets to flee his foes. The first issue will be published March 4. “It was a competitive situation for ‘Descender’…” said Lemire and Nguyen in a statement released by Sony. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
The Goon has never had too much trouble with things he can punch — zombies, robots, hobos. But the coven terrorizing his town is striking at his soul. In writer-artist Eric Powell’s four-part “The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time,” which picks up right after the heartbreaking, hell-raising end of the recent miniseries “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge,” the big guy is on a collision course with the supernatural enemies who want to add his spirit to the power of the unnamed town’s curse. Among the many Eisner Awards that Powell has won with his tough-to-not-like crime-boss creation is one for humor publication — but that was 10 years ago, and as the Goon enters his 50th issue at his longtime Dark Horse Comics home, it’s a dark time. It might even be the end. Hero Complex readers can get […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 11:55 a.m.
Key members of the Avengers Now! team are battling it out with the villainous Ultron in artist Ryan Stegman’s new poster for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. Known for his work on Marvel titles including “Superior Spider-Man,” “Wolverine” and “Fantastic Four,” among other projects, Stegman created the custom image for the convention. The event is set to take place April 24-26 in the South Building at McCormick Place, just days before the release of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Set for release May 1, “Age of Ultron” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest (and most profitable) superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against the technological villain Ultron (James Spader). The film arrives as writer-director […]
Jan. 13, 2015 | 7:30 a.m.
Cartoonist Kate Beaton, the author of 2011’s acclaimed “Hark! A Vagrant” and the wildly popular webcomic on which it is based, is announcing a follow-up to her bestselling debut. “Step Aside, Pops,” due out in September from independent comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly, will feature Beaton’s sharp wit and cheeky takes on literary and historical figures — Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince and Benito Juárez are just a few. “Step Aside, Pops,” named after Beaton’s cartoon featuring a feisty velocipedestrienne, boasts more than 150 pages of her work, mixing new material and cartoons previously published on the webcomic she began in 2007. Beaton started posting her comic strips online to show her friends, but rapidly gained devoted followers (nearly 100,000 on Twitter alone) drawn to the Canadian cartoonist’s offbeat and irreverent humor. Her illustrations have also appeared in The New […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:34 p.m.
Brian K. Vaughan showed at Image Expo on Thursday that he’d meant it when he said comics are a “vastly superior medium” to film and television, announcing two new projects he’ll write in addition to continuing the award-winning, bestselling “Saga.” The acclaimed comics creator – who brought Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” to television and was a producer on “Lost” – has followed up on his proclamation from last year’s Eisner Awards by taking on more work in the medium than he has in years, teaming up with artist Steve Skroce on the limited series “We Stand on Guard,” which finds Canadian freedom fighters resisting an invasion of U.S. forces (including “giant … robots”), and with artist Cliff Chiang (“Wonder Woman”) on the ongoing story “Paper Girls,” about 12-year-old suburban newspaper delivery girls who encounter strange happenings. Vaughan’s announcements came […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
A group of incoming Princeton freshmen heading to Central America to build schools may mean well, but they’ll find “No Mercy” abroad in Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil’s new series at Image Comics. The privileged, carefree teens are confronted with tragedy in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming land that separates them from their creature comforts. There will be blood. And emoji. Writer De Campi (“Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight,” “Smoke/Ashes”) and Eisner- and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning artist McNeil (“Finder”), with color artist Jenn Manley Lee (“Dicebox”), are creating eight issues (before a break and then more issues) with as many twists and turns as a narrow mountain road. “No Mercy” No. 1 is scheduled for an April release. Hero Complex readers get an early look at the debut issue’s first six pages — and a look at […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
“Little Robot,” an upcoming graphic novel from Ben Hatke, is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a lost, childlike robot and the little girl who helps him explore the world. The all-ages graphic novel is due out Sept. 1 from First Second, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at the book’s cover, which features the diminutive heroes. Hatke is best known for his bestselling “Zita the Spacegirl” graphic novel series, which introduced a galaxy-trotting superheroine on a mission to save her best friend from an intergalactic doomsday cult. Hatke has also contributed to the “Flight” anthology series and is the author of the children’s book “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” In “Little Robot,” which began as a series of watercolor cartoon strips Hatke published on his website, a curious robot befriends a shy girl who’s handy with […]
Jan. 05, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
For those who enjoy the spine-breaking, disemboweling fun of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, the new “MKX” game from NetherRealm Studios can’t come fast enough (March 15 — 69 days, give or take a few hours). To help mitigate the wait, the first chapter of a new weekly digital comic “Mortal Kombat X” arrives Tuesday from DC Comics, introducing new characters and more fatalities. Shawn Kittelsen will write the series, which will feature Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn and a cast of other characters; after Tuesday’s premiere installment, subsequent chapters will be released on Sundays and be available for download on the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, iBooks and iVerse ComicsPLUS. ———— FOR THE RECORD The Mortal Kombat X video game release date of March 15 is incorrect. The game is set to debut worldwide April 15. […]
Dec. 18, 2014 | 12:40 p.m.
While interviewing writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila Del Duca about their creator-owned Image Comics series “Shutter,” the first thing that stands out is how often they make each other laugh. There’s a relaxed, friendly energy between the two collaborators that is clearly evident, even through the filter of a conference call, and that personal connection has translated to outstanding creative chemistry on the comic-book page. Keatinge and Del Duca have two very different histories with the medium. A Los Angeles native, Keatinge grew up in an area heavily populated with comic shops, and can’t recall a time when comics weren’t a part of his life. Del Duca was raised in Missoula and Billings, Mont., where comic shops were scarce. She was exposed to the medium through the Internet and the early days of webcomics, but it wasn’t until college […]