Radiant: A Radium Girl’s Love Story

Slate does this thing called a 12-Panel Pitch, where a movie is storyboarded in a 12-panel comic strip. The first installment explains the concept, coming out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and features a cross-cultural dance romance illustrated by Lena Chandhok. The second one really caught my attention, though, because it’s a heart-breaking true story illustrated by one of my favorite artists (because of the colored pencil technique), Melanie Gillman. It’s called Radiant, it’s written by noted novelist Tom […]

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A Visual History of Superman in Two Minutes

Entertainment Weekly has posted this two-minute history of Superman, based around his most famous visuals, done by Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder. Of course, the commenters aren’t happy. They don’t like Jimmy Olsen getting more of a cameo than Lois Lane. They don’t like how Dean Cain wasn’t included at all, when Lois and Clark was the first exposure to Superman for some current viewers. I tend to agree with both criticisms (particularly when they made […]

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My Wall of Food Recipe Art

I’m showing off. At SPX, I got three more pieces for my wall of food art by women. Left to right, top to bottom, there’s original art by Lucy Knisley – full English breakfast print by Sarah Becan – how to poach an egg original art by Lucy Knisley – microwave poached egg original art by Lea Hernandez original commission by Alisa Harris – asparagus with walnuts I’m hoping, eventually, to get an artichoke by Erika Moen and a recipe […]

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Man at Arms Recreates Movie Weapons

If you’re interested in how comic book and other fantasy creations might work in the real world, you’ll want to try the YouTube series Man at Arms, in which blacksmith Tony Swatton, who’s experienced in making weapons for movies, tries recreating all kinds of famous weapons, from Batman’s batarangs (from sharpened steel) to He-Man’s sword and even Oddjob’s hat! The latest episode features Captain America’s shield (done in layers, not paint), as shown here: There’s a lot of “I’m doing […]

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Noelle Stevenson’s Illustrated Year in Review

What a story! Noelle Stevenson has posted an illustrated look back at 2012. In that year, she went from someone who “hadn’t made a comic longer than four pages” to having a book deal with HarperCollins for her webcomic Nimona. She also, last year, interned at BOOM! Studios, drew some terrific movie satire cartoons, went to her first San Diego Comic-Con … and turned 21. My gracious. That’s a year to brag about for anyone, let alone someone so young. […]

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Easy Pieces Stretches the Definition of Comic

Even if I don’t immediately warm to the subject matter, I have a fondness for works that play with formalism and make me ponder how we define comics. Neil Dvorak’s Easy Pieces is the latest example. Eschewing the paneled page, he’s posted a set of short pieces that ask philosophical questions, executed as single line-art images symbolic of his text ponderings. It’s all rather mind-boggling, yet certainly, as a combination of art and words to convey a message, it’s all […]

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