This week’s Tuesday Tonic is a salute to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Why? Because there’s nothing quite as captivating as the graphic power of high contrast. FAIREST #2, page 18 Pencil by Phil Jimenez, Ink by Andy Lanning When this page popped up on my screen, I practically took flight. it rocketed my chair backwards, punching me through the office walls of a moody colleague (Hi, Will!) and top DC executives. But don’t start a pity party collection on Kickstarter. I’ve already paid the piper and the ride was worth it. HELLBLAZER #292, page 13 Guest artist Gael Bertrand illustrates the epilogue to “Another Season in Hell.” But who in hell is this woman and why am I glad that I’m not stage left?!? IZOMBIE #23 When Allred puts lead on paper, you know the color will do it justice X 10. But seeing the image in black and white still gives you a serious symphony of pedal and metal. The Girl Most Likely to be Unabashedly Random, Shelly
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Hey! Lucky you. You’re just in time for a Tuesday Tonic! The definition may vary from week to week, but you can be sure that at the very least, it will be “ An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence.” and/or “The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote.” If you stopped by yesterday, you know the official drill. Each Vertigo editor is assigned one day per week to post the most sordid, scandalous, sanctimonious scraps of ephemera that best exploit the inner mechanics of his/her own comic book arena. In other words: If it’s in my proverbial clutches, it’s fair game. HELLBLAZER – New Storyline/New colorist -- Another Season in Hell Exciting news on the HB front. Colorist extraordinaire Brian Buccellato joins the monthly team and brings a verdant grit to the series as writer Milligan and artists Camuncoli, Landini and Bisley drag a none-too-enthusiastic John Constantine down under for “Another Season in Hell.” Check out the double-page spread from issue #287 and tell me that you don’t pity our poor old mage. IZOMBIE #24 – cover sensationalist! Dead President Kennedy takes a walk on the wild side circa the 1970s in this solo adventure. It’s her first job as a zombie secret agent and it’s obvious that cover artist Mike Allred, frontman of the mod rock band, THE GEAR, can wield a Windsor and Newton series 7 #1 ink brush and a 12-string Rickenbacker 360 with equal aplomb! (or a plain old Sharpie and a Gretsch Superaxe with a bigsby whammy in a pinch!) And finally, here’s a note to my loyal, favorite freelancers: If you tried to get me fired, forgot to buy me a birthday present, or missed a deadline (ANY deadline), you had it coming. Shelly Bond Editor--FABLES, HELLBLAZER, iZOMBIE, FAIREST etc, etc.
IZombie Vol. 2 (on sale now) by Chris Roberson and artist Mike Allred collects issues #6-12 of the Eisner Award-nominated series.
In uVAMPIRE, Gwen Dylan dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child – and things quickly get complicated. Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy; Spot the were-terrier meets someone from Gwen's past, Galatea engages in some grave-robbing; and monster-hunters tackle the town's vampire problem.
Superstar artist Mike Allred admired the vintage wallpaper of a bar he was patronizing one night.
Unable to get the wallpaper out of his mind, he hit the drawing board. Mike imagined creepy things coming out of the paper’s repetitive pattern and was inspired to create the cover of iZombie #19. No copy and pasting here, Mike drew every single one of the scrollwork images by hand!
Check out the sketch and final cover below.
I,ZOMBIE #13 begins the storyline "Six Feet Under & Rising." Zombie girl Gwen and her friends solve a mystery just in time to keep an even more mysterious appointment with Amon, the sexy mummy. What could he possibly want to tell Gwen today of all days?
And, this lucky issue number 13 includes the first of a series of backup stories where we meet a group of government agents who will soon be making life very difficult for Gwen and company. Just who are the Dead Presidents?
BOING BOING recently reviewed iZombie Volume 1 calling Chris Roberson and Michael Allred's invention a “smart, sassy supernatural thriller comic about a crime-solving zombie gravedigger and her cadre of supernatural pals.”
Well, in issue 12, on sale this Wednesday, Ellie the Ghost Girl is in the spotlight as secrets are revealed in a series of "Ghost Stories." Lovecraftian creatures from beyond space and time, monster-hunting gunslingers of the Old West and something that still haunts Ellie beyond the grave are brought to life by superstar guest artist Gilbert Hernandez.
Here’s a peek at the first page with pencils by Gilbert Hernandez:
And colors by Laura Allred:
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.
Good. Get ready for iZombie #7, part 1 of "Vampires Suck." Hungry, zombie girl Gwen dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child-–and things quickly get complicated… Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy, Spot the were-terrier goes to the comic shop and meets someone from Gwen's past, the mad scientist Galatea engages in a bit of grave-robbing, and the monster-hunters tackle the town's vampire problem once and for all.