May 14, 2015 | 9:43 a.m.
Comic books have proved to be an exceptional medium for autobiographical material, allowing creators to interpret their lives through a combination of words and pictures unique to their individual perspectives. After a few years working on one-off gag comics, cartoonist Dustin Harbin began exploring more personal storytelling by chronicling his life from 2010 to 2012, a project that began as a creative exercise and ultimately became a valuable, therapeutic part of Harbin’s life. Choice installments from those two years are collected in “Diary Comics,” from Koyama Press, which debuted at this past weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival and hits comic stores this month. A native of North Carolina who grew up just outside of Charlotte, Harbin says his introduction to comics came from his mother, who would pick up random issues from yard sales. “If there was one with Spider-Man […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Saga’s” Alana and Marko, lovers from warring alien races, may always be on the run with their daughter, but the truly out-there science-fiction adventure was once again welcomed with open arms at the Eisner Awards. Brian K. Vaughan’s and Fiona Staples’ Image Comics series continued to dominate in its second year as a contender, winning its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer, and adding the painter prize for Staples. Responsible for bringing the CBS show “Under the Dome” to television and also a former “Lost” producer in addition to his comics work, Vaughan told the crowd Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom, “People always ask, ‘What have you learned working in film and television?’ I guess I’ve learned that comics are not an equal medium — that we are a vastly superior medium.” Trying […]
April 15, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.
Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” DC/Vertigo’s “The Wake” and Image’s “Saga” topped the roster of Eisner Award nominations, which honor outstanding work in the comics field. The nominations for the 2014 awards were announced Tuesday, marking the 26th year of the ceremony, long considered to be the Oscars for comics. Image Comics topped the list of publishers with 17 nominations plus three shared; Fantagraphics received 18 noms. “Hawkeye” and its creative team received five nominations for writer Matt Fraction, continuing series, single issue, cover artist (David Aja) and colorist (Matt Hollingsworth). Fraction was nominated for best writer for several series, including “Sex Criminals,” which was hailed by Time as “comic series of the year.” Fraction will square off in the category against Kelly Sue DeConnick, who was nominated for her work on two series — Image’s “Pretty Deadly,” which earned several nominations and Marvel’s “Captain […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Scott Snyder wants you to be terrified of “Wytches,” Bill Willingham is inciting a catastrophic “Restoration” of magic, and Ed Brubaker will be plotting crimes at Image Comics for years to come. Those three Eisner Award-winning writers were surprise guests among a robust roster of comics talents who announced new projects with the company Thursday at Image Expo, a one-day media, retailer and fan event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “We want you to be afraid to go to bed at night,” Snyder told the sold-out crowd of 600 about his and onetime “Detective Comics” artist partner Jock’s new series. The writer of “Batman” and “American Vampire” at DC and its mature imprint Vertigo, respectively, said he felt witches were ripe for a remake. In the world of “Wytches,” the people who have been historically persecuted […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Matt Fraction’s creator-owned Image Comics series “Satellite Sam” and “Sex Criminals” both have sex appeal — but in wildly different ways. In the former, sex is scandalous. In the latter, it’s hilarious. Fraction, a 2009 Eisner Award winner who was nominated for three this year, teams with iconoclastic artist (and idol-turned-friend) Howard Chaykin on “Satellite Sam,” which debuted last month. Set in the profane, behind-the-scenes world of 1950s television, the black-and-white series starts with the mysterious death of children’s sci-fi show star Carlyle White, whose apartment holds a large collection of photos of women in various states of undress. His son Mikey, a production crew worker, is thrust in front of the camera during the live broadcast with a last-minute script change after his father doesn’t show for work. The mature-readers series’ second issue lands Wednesday, as does the second […]
Jan. 30, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Matt Fraction used to live in the New York area that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. To help out the community, the Marvel Comics scribe did one of the things he does best: He wrote an issue of “Hawkeye.” The new comic book about the heroic archer/super spy has been seen as one of the best coming out of Marvel lately, and it is Fraction’s fresh take on Clint Barton and his downtime away from the Avengers that draws readers. In “Hawkeye” No. 7, which is drawn by Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber and artist Jesse Hamm, Fraction humanizes the most human of Avengers even more by putting him in a situation that many had to face — albeit without trick arrows and S.H.I.E.L.D. training. Fraction had to act fast, banging out the book over his Thanksgiving holiday, and recruiting […]
March 18, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: A 70-YEAR SALUTE It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand. He also gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and to mark the moment we’ll be talking to writers, artists, actors, directors and musicians about the star-spangled icon’s legacy and future. Today: Matt Fraction For a hero created during the Roosevelt era, Captain America is aging quite well, according to Matt Fraction, the star comic-book writer. The reason, in his view, is nothing less than the enduring appeal of the American dream. “I think there’s a reason why people from all over the world come to America — it’s what America means,” Fraction said. “It’s got nothing to do with borders or language or skin […]
Jan. 17, 2011 | 7:55 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE Matt Fraction knows that some fans, after following their favorite characters for years or decades, read the latest issues with the stern intensity of a fact-checker looking for canonical lapses. Those aren’t the fans the writer aims to please with the new Marvel series The Mighty Thor — although he does invite them to relax and take a look for fun. “It shouldn’t be homework, it should be entertainment,” the star writer says. “I don’t have to prove to anybody how deep my long box goes.” Issue No. 1 of The Mighty Thor hits stores in April — featuring art by Olivier Coipel — as a synergy project keyed to the release of the Marvel Studios film “Thor” in May, and Fraction is candid in saying the goal is to present a wide and welcoming adventure that will satisfy curious new readers […]