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Archive for February 2014

The first sighting of The Flash

We’ve been waiting to see what Grant Gustin would look like in his Flash costume for the upcoming appearance of the character on Arrow and later on The Flash series. Warner Bros. and The CW have given us our first peek at it tonight. My first reaction is, “Yup. That is the Flash.” Upon closer […]

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‘Patience Is An Artistic Virtue’ – Watch Joseph Remnant Working On New Graphic Novel Cartoon Clouds

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Joseph Remnant is a cartoonist from Ohio that currently lives in Southern California, and is the groundbreaking artistic talent behind Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland from Z2 Comics.  You can view Joseph Remnant’s artwork up close at “The Season of Spring” exhibit at Flower Pepper Gallery at 121 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 from March 1st – April 4th, 2014.

The work Joseph is creating in the video is for his upcoming graphic novel, Cartoon Clouds, which you can purchase soon from his website.

“Joseph Remnant – Patience Is An Artistic Virtue” is the second episode of “For Art Fans By Art Fans” [FAFBAF] – a collaborative web-series produced by filmmaker Casey Christopher  and reputedly the world’s “most adorable” art critic, Daniel Rolnik.

DIRECTOR/EDITOR
Casey Christopher

WRITER
Daniel Rolnik

GEAR
Canon Cameras (5D Mark ii & T3i)
Final Cut Pro

‘Patience Is An Artistic Virtue’ – Watch Joseph Remnant Working On New Graphic Novel Cartoon Clouds

Valiant Unleashes Chromium Covers This Summer

Valiant comics has a new retailer incentive push that involve 5 wraparound chromium covers for their big Armor Hunters 18-part event this summer. The covers will come out in June and July and will feature the art of Jorge Molina, Mico Suayah, Clayton Crain, Philip Tan and Lewis LaRosa. Each Chromium cover is a jumping on point for the event.

“Valiant introduced Chromium to comics and we won a slew of innovation awards for Joe Quesada’s beautiful Chromium cover to the original X-O Manowar #0. We’ve received countless requests to bring Chromium back since our return in 2012, but wanted to wait until we had a story that justified its return. Now, with Armor Hunters, we have that story. In the wake of the announcement of Valiant First and Rai #1, the timing couldn’t be better to launch our biggest crossover event yet with the armor-plated opening salvo it deserves,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

Retailers have to “unlock Chromium” to get the five specially manufactured, limited edition Chromium covers for Armor Hunters #1 (of 4)Unity #8, and X-O Manowar #26 in June; and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3) and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (of 3) in July. There will of course be non-chromium standard editions of all five titles.

Initial orders of Armor Hunters #1 (of 4), Unity #8, X-O Manowar #26, Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3), and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (of 3) will “unlock” each separate title, qualifying retailers to order as many Chromium editions of the corresponding title as they like. Due to the lead time needed to manufacture the covers, print runs for all five Armor Hunters Chromium editions have already been set. If allocations are necessary, they will be made based on initial orders.

Valiant Unleashes Chromium Covers This Summer

Episode 150: Who The Asterisk Question Mark At Sign Is This?

Very little was planned to celebrate this episode.  Then Mojo showed up.

Very special thanks to Timothy Jones for his ridiculously good Mojo work, and we're very sorry for everything else. Seriously, all of it.

Download the episode right here or on iTunes.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! You can leave voicemails at 765-NEFARIA


Episode 150: Who The Asterisk Question Mark At Sign Is This?

Very little was planned to celebrate this episode.  Then Mojo showed up.

Very special thanks to Timothy Jones for his ridiculously good Mojo work, and we're very sorry for everything else. Seriously, all of it.

Download the episode right here or on iTunes.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! You can leave voicemails at 765-NEFARIA

Kidwell, Zornow And Fotos Return To War – ’68: Rule Of War

Image Comics is going back to the zombies of the Vietnam War in the latest offering from Meatgrinder Studios, ’68: Rule of War. The four-issue mini-series by Mark Kidwell, Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos changes the focus from the zombies to more human monsters.

The new series follows CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his dog Nero as they hunt down a neurosurgeon who is using POW’s for grisly and inhuman experiments.

“Readers will see how a human imagination, backed up by years of medical and scientific education, can take a threat like a shambling, cannibalistic demon and make it worse by wiring it to a radio transmitter frequency, packing it with high explosives and aiming it at an unsuspecting opposition,” said Kidwell. “Also, with the dead, surgical application and augmentation could be performed without boundaries. The threat of ‘losing’ a patient due to lab table trauma is zero as long as you don’t destroy the brain. Think Frankenstein on steroids with the bedside manner of Joseph Stalin and you’re getting warm.”

’68: Rule Of War #1 will be available April 2nd with covers by Nat Jones and Clayton Crain plus there will be a blank sketch cover as well.

Kidwell, Zornow And Fotos Return To War – ’68: Rule Of War

Swipe File: J Bone Vs Uncle Deadward

Accomplished cartoonist J Bone (currently seen drawing Saviors from Image) is currently fighting a certain Uncle Deadward (or Edward Wihnan) over what seems to be some pretty blatant swiping, which Uncle Deadward uses to sell t-shorts and apparel on his RedBubble site.

Since these came to light, Uncle Deadward seems to have been deleting these images without actually addressing what he’s been up to, as this changing Redbubble homepage shows, as well as removing his deviantART gallery.

Possibly the actions of someone with his hand caught in the till…?

 

Swipe File: J Bone Vs Uncle Deadward

Swipe File: J Bone Vs Uncle Deadward

Accomplished cartoonist J Bone (currently seen drawing Saviors from Image) is currently fighting a certain Uncle Deadward (or Edward Wihnan) over what seems to be some pretty blatant swiping, which Uncle Deadward uses to sell t-shorts and apparel on his RedBubble site.

Since these came to light, Uncle Deadward seems to have been deleting these images without actually addressing what he’s been up to, as this changing Redbubble homepage shows, as well as removing his deviantART gallery.

Possibly the actions of someone with his hand caught in the till…?

 

Swipe File: J Bone Vs Uncle Deadward

We Prep You For Future Comic Book TV Shows

The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are all comic properties that made the jump from comic page to TV screen. With a new comic being adapted for television seemingly every other day, we decided to show you what to read if you want to know what's in store for the next wave of comic book TV shows. What's cooler than saying you knew it before it was popular?

While some of these shows are guaranteed to make it to the small screen -- Netflix's Marvel bundle, for example -- a lot of these are still in development. Some haven't been cast, some haven't had their pilots shot, and others are still in the early stages of production. While we certainly hope for the best, the reality is that some of the properties listed here might not make it to television.

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New Drawn & Quarterly Book Beautiful Darkness Is A Fairytale Fallout

By Ed Saul

Rival critics have compared Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet’s Beautiful Darkness favorably to other works in a “high-concept pitch” format – “it’s Tove Jansson meets Joseph Conrad”, sort of thing. I read those reviews immediately after my first reading of the book, and I have to say that wasn’t my first impression at all.

True, there are several incidental shades of other works – The Borrowers most obviously, but also a bit of Studio Ghibli – but what struck me initially was the situation of the story rather than the plot. In that sense Beautiful Darkness has more in common with Kenji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen or Raymond Briggs’ When the Wind Blows than The Moomins. It’s a story about a disaster, and what happens to people in its aftermath.

Vehlmann’s writing focuses on the beautiful Aurora, a naive innocent living in a cartoonishly twee world; one which comes crashing down on her. She and her kin are driven out of their home, which turns out to be the head of a small child lost in the woods. The child is dead and already decaying, and the tiny fairy-creatures that once lived inside her are homeless. How she died, where she came from or indeed what the fairy-creatures are becomes entirely irrelevant. The most important question is now: how are they going to survive?

Though we start off with Aurora’s perspective, the narrative is more communal, choosing to  portray different aspects of trauma, loneliness and friendship through small character-based arcs. The characters are mentally decaying just as their once-host is rotting away nonchalantly in the background; yet they seem unable to fully let her go, remaining in her vicinity (or in one case, going to more extreme lengths). We find people becoming compassionate or selfish to different degrees, all in reaction to the situation in which they find themselves – one which they never fully discuss, perhaps because they have no words for it.

The most shocking thing, though, is how realistic a story this is in spite of the characters. Artistic spouse-team Kerascoet properly flex their muscles in creating a brilliant contrast between the reality of the forest settings and the absurdly adorable characters, cleverly using simplistic, bright tones to contrast against the more complex browns and greens of the wildlife around them. The grim reality of death portrayed through the little girl erases any idea of a moral order – when Aurora is hurt, she finds out the hard way that she must take matters into her own hands if she ever wants to be avenged.

It’s a soft-impact story, in any case. Like all disasters, you’re never quite prepared for what happens when it strikes, just as the characters aren’t prepared for its aftermath: and, down to the story’s ending with its shades of the Holocaust, you never know quite what to expect from these once-innocent-looking characters.

Beautiful Darkness is being released by Drawn & Quarterly in March, a 96 page full-color hardback graphic novel. You can preview it here.

Check out globe-trotting Ed Saul’s blog, http://aboxofbones.com

New Drawn & Quarterly Book Beautiful Darkness Is A Fairytale Fallout