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HELLBLAZER—Save the Date
You’re invited to the wedding of
John Constantine and Epiphany Greaves
Exclusive first look at inks from issue #275:
I asked author Chris Roberson to give us a rundown of what’s happening in the world of iZOMBIE this year and here’s what he had to say, “The second storyline of iZOMBIE has just gotten started, and all of the characters and plotlines from the first arc are just starting to collide. Once this second arc wraps up, we'll have a spotlight issue featuring a surprise guest artist, and then dive right into the third arc, which features ghostly pulp avengers, undead spies, teen Frankensteins, and more.” And artist Mike Allred is super excited about what’s ahead, “I get to draw all this! Comic book heaven in a world of monsters.”
Jason Aaron starts 2011 back on The Rez with a new storyline called Running to Stand Still. Red Crow is facing a new challenger for tribal leadership, Dash is hunting down his mother’s killer and much more. Check out the cover of issue #45 by Jock and here’s an exclusive first look at an interior page by R.M. Guera.
It’s the end of the year and, if you’re like me this year, that means there’s still some last minute shopping to be done. Need help seeking out the perfect gift for your comic book loving friends and family? Just check out the latest and greatest best of 2010 lists...
USA TODAY 's list of Essential 2010 Graphic Novels recommends some top notch DC books like WEDNESDAY COMICS, A GOD SOMEWHERE, BATGIRL: BATGIRL RISING, and THE UNWRITTEN. FRESH INK’s Best of 2010 list includes ABSOLUTE ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, BATWOMAN: ELEGY, SCALPED, and DAYTRIPPER. Finally, TECHLAND’s Ten Best Comic Books of 2010 and Best Graphic Novels of 2010 salute ACTION COMICS, DAYTRIPPER, BATMAN AND ROBIN and HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS.
Give the gift of comics this year.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jason Aaron and artist R.M Guera at New York Comic Con a couple of weekends ago. Coincidentally, it was the first time both writer and artist of SCALPED ever met! Can you believe it?
Check out their amazing work together in the gut-wrenching conclusion to "The Unwanted."
The Harvey Awards have announced their nominees for this year's awards. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the awards will be presented August 28 in Baltimore, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.
Vertigo has nominees in a number of categories; see below. To view the full list and for more info on voting, visit the Harvey Awards website.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Jason Aaron, "SCALPED", Vertigo/DC Comics
BEST NEW SERIES
"SWEET TOOTH", Vertigo/DC Comics
"UNWRITTEN", Vertigo/DC Comics
BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES
"SCALPED", Vertigo/DC Comics
Back in the 1970’s, DC war comics like SGT ROCK started quietly featuring a slug at the end of the issue that read “MAKE WAR NO MORE.” It was a simple and honest appeal on the part of the creators and the company to a nation still trying to heal itself from the wounds of The Vietnam War.
DC has had a long tradition of publishing war comics right up to the present day as evidenced recently by Joe Kubert’s DONG XOAI - VIETNAM 1965, DMZ, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, recent issues of SCALPED and more. And while these comics are often action-packed, adventure stories, there’s always been a strong message that war has a horrible – and too high -- price. It takes a heart-breaking toll on all of us – the civilian and the soldier alike.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in battle. In that spirit, I’d ask you to take a moment away from your picnics and parties to reflect on what this day really means and work towards a day when war is just a distant memory of a more uncivilized time.
Until that day...MAKE WAR NO MORE.
-- will dennis
Now here's an excerpt from DONG XOAI, Vietnam 1965 by Joe Kubert (The Joe Kubert Library):
Over on THE SOURCE, The DCU is celebrating 75 years of DC Comics by revealing a bunch of amazing variant covers. But these aren’t just any variant covers, they are of some of the most classic and iconic images from DC’s illustrious history re-imagined by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Well, GRAPHIC CONTENT couldn’t just sit back, so, along with THE SOURCE and THE BLEED, we’re all taking a look back today. We’ve asked some of our current writers and artists to pick their favorite DC COMICS cover, be it from the DCU, Vertigo or Wildstorm and tell us what it means to them.
So, without further ado, let’s read what they have to say!
My favorite cover would be ANIMAL MAN #5. Grant Morrison's early Vertigo work blew my mind in a way no comic ever had. And this issue of ANIMAL MAN, and this cover in particular, are perfect examples of the craziness and irreverence that inspired me to wanna write comics of my own. –Jason Aaron, writer SCALPED
Ronin Book One - Frank Miller. The comic shop was small and dark, located in the mall's basement, and this book, high up on the wall in the back, kept calling out to my 10-year-old brain. The color and design promised something strange and new, and when my older brother finally bought it, it didn't disappoint. For me, comics couldn't just be about superheroes any more. --Cliff Chiang, artist NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE
My fave is this or any other Basil Wolverton cover for PLOP Magazine from the 1970s (though Sergio Aragones designed the boarder images). I bought every issue of this title JUST for the cover, with no regard to what was inside -- the ONLY time I bought something regularly for the cover alone! --Peter Bagge, OTHER LIVES
I'm going to go for GREEN LANTERN #70, which I think dates from 1968. The cover, which was by Gil Kane, showed a tall, slender, subtly inhuman alien standing over the body of Green Lantern, and lamenting "But I only wanted to make him laugh... not die!!" The cover itself, which I saw long before I ever got to read the story, suggested in itself some terrible cosmic irony, and it preyed on my mind to the point where I must have gone through a couple of dozen scenarios in my head before I got to read the actual issue. That was what reading comics was like for me as a kid: an explosion of ideas vivid enough to derail reality. My mind was psychotically focused to the point where the actual story was sometimes frustrating because it killed a million possible alternatives. And cover artists played shamelessly to my demographic by producing images which were sometimes only tangentially relevant to content... --Mike Carey, co-creator and writer, THE UNWRITTEN
So many covers to choose from. Really impossible to choose a definitive favorite. There are so many contemporaries who light me up today, and so as not to alienate any of them I'll dig into the farthest deepest corners of my little kid memories to the Rose Elementary School carnival where I threw a fishing line over a wall and pulled back a rolled up copy of TEEN TITANS no.17 with a very psychedelic trippy character called the Mad Mod. Like a british and ghostly King Kong he loomed over London with Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad in his gigantic grip. It blew my mind Daddy-O! And continues to resonate in my fevered brain today. --Mike Allred, co-creator and artist I,ZOMBIE
KAMANDI #28 APRIL 1975 Art by JACK KIRBY
I missed all Jack’s DC comics in the 70's. DC imports were hard to find in the UK and I was only 8 when this came out. However in the late eighties, whilst I was at college and working on small press strips in my spare time, my friend/collaborator Chris Ski gave me a bunch of Kirby's DC comics. KAMANDI #28 was one of them. I fell in love immediately with it's style, dynamics and the vast cast of animal characters. This comic has been a treasured possession ever since. It frequently influences my work, most obviously in FABLES : THE GOOD PRINCE. As I write this it is still sat atop a pile of comics next to my desk. –Mark Buckingham, artist FABLES
SHADE THE CHANGING MAN #1 drawn by Brendan McCarthy. I know it’s terribly self-indulgent, but I’m going to choose a cover of one of my own books, by the inimitable Brendan McCarthy. It’s number one of Shade The Changing man and it brings back so many memories, not least of travelling across America looking for the “madness” of the country. I remember Brendan telling me he was putting in some Twin Peaks style picket-fences, representing the surface normality that the book so feverishly ripped apart. I don’t think he’d even seen the show at the time… --Peter Milligan, writer HELLBLAZER and THE BRONX KILL
ANIMAL MAN #5: The Coyote Gospel
Not just because of the amazing Bolland imagery that launched the most well-known meta-story arc in comics, but also because The Coyote Gospel is one of the most important single issues in my development as a creative person. This comic book still speaks truth directly to my soul. –Josh Dysart, writer UNKNOWN SOLDIER and NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE
SUPERMAN RED SON 3. I can’t tell if it’s my favorite DC cover ever, cause, well... I haven’t seen them all, but I saw this one a long long time ago, and it’s still fresh in my mind, even after all those years. Dave Johnson is a complete master on the cover art craft, and the way he uses design, colors, and comic language here, is just too phenomenal. –Rafael Albuquerque, artist AMERICAN VAMPIRE
Favorite cover? It's a tie- Dave Johnson's 100 BULLETS cover for the Once Upon a Crime trade paperback and issue #98 of 100 Bullets! Graphic, incredible and iconic! Dave Johnson is the best cover artist out in comicsland!” –Jill Thompson, DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook
This one--not because it showed the "shocking truth about drugs!" but because when I was a young kid reading comics, Neal Adams was the first artist that really blew me away and made me realize there were actually real artists with names who drew these books. I devoured everything I could find by Adams and my goal of being a comic artist was set! –Peter Gross, co-creator and artist THE UNWRITTEN
My favorite is BATMAN #205. This included everything essential on the cover but completely broke the mold of the covers that came before and after. Totally stands out, even today. –Matt Kindt, REVOLVER
My favorite DC Comics cover was Joe Kubert's first DC Tarzan cover. I'd always been an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and to see his greatest character realized so wonderfully in the comics format was just a special moment for me. And this issue was contemporary with a terrific DC Renaissance. Neal Adams and Denny O'Neal were doing their run on Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Jack Kirby had just come over to DC to do his Fourth World. It was a magic moment for DC in particular and comics in general. --Bill Willingham, writer FABLES
DONG XOAI has received wonderful reviews from the likes of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, THE RECORD, THE ONION/AV Club, THE OKLAHOMA GAZETTE, to BLOG@NEWSARAMA, and it's been chosen as IFANBOY's Book of the Month. And features with Joe Kubert have appeared in the LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, CBR, and GRAPHIC NOVEL REPORTER with more to come! You can also listen to Joe Kubert discuss the book on IFANBOY's Talksplode.
As for SCALPED #38, this stand alone issue features a flashback with a surprise main character – one whose legacy looms large in the world of SCALPED, but whose story has never been told...until now. Pick up a copy on May 26th.
Both are perfect for Memorial Day reading!