I was cleaning up last night and came across a big stack of comic books and I thought I’d post these. These are four alternate covers from Astonishing X-men, and I absolutely love them. The artwork is by John Cassaday, whom I’ve already ooo’ed and aww’ed over, but these covers are like comic book pop art. It would be so cool if Marvel made prints of these, I would certainly buy them.
I’m not as big of a comic book fan as I used to be, but when I read Astonishing X-Men, I get that loving feel again. The series is written by Joss Whedon, who most people will know as the writer and creator of the Buffy TV show. Also, it’s drawn by the amazing John Cassaday, who is definitely the best artist in comic books, these days. His style is pretty realistic and and gritty at times. Together, the book is completely realistic feeling, with Joss bringing his witty and clever writing style to comics and John’s art really making you believe it.
Sadly, their series is coming to and end, with the upcoming Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1, which looks like it’s going to feature the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. And I guess that one of the X-Men is going to die? It better not the be the new girl, Shield. She’s a rad, new, Kitty Pryde or Jubilee for Wolverine. It’s going to such a bummer to not have this to look forward too!
I popped over to Ash Wood’s blog earlier today, and he posted a pretty sweet homage image to Frank Frazetta, something he came up with for his newest edition of Swallow. I clicked the image to see it in a much larger, more beautiful way, and what immediately caught my eye was the fact that Paul Pope is going to contribute!
I really can’t believe it, I’m so excited. Ashley Wood should just take the money out of my bank account, right now. They’re two of my absolute favorite artists, and their working together. I need more of this, all the time… and for Ash to bring back Automatic Kafka, damn that was good.
When I posted last week about Tobias Wong’s ccPhone, it made me think of the movie Ghost World. The scene I kept thinking of is when Enid is in her summer school art class, and oneof her fellow classmates brings in a project and presents it to the class. Her piece is a tampon, in a teacup, which the girl says is her, “response to the issue of a woman’s right to choose… it’s something I feel super-strongly about.”
Daniel Clowes, the writer of both the comic book and the movie, obviously understands the concept of bullshit. A tampon in a tea cup or an iPhone painted black, either way it’s not art, it’s a half-ass attempt at someone telling you you’re a visionary.
Continuing with the comic book theme this morning, I just thought I’d comment on the new Captain America, and his ultra-shitty new costume. To give you the backstory, there’s going to be a new Captain America, coming in January. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, was sniped and is totally dead (for the time being). I think it’s cool that they’re finally having someone else take up the mantle of Captain America, and it should be a good story.
My problem comes with this new costume, which was designed by a guy named Alex Ross. Ross is an incredible painter, and has told some of the most iconic comic book stories of the last 15 years. But I also think he’s an ego-maniacal asshole. The guy thinks he’s the savior of comic books, but 15 years later, his style really hasn’t changed and he’s still drawing the same “iconic” way… basically he’s a one trick pony.
And now he’s redesigned the new Captain America costume. Just look at it. It’s black pants, a black shirt, and then some god awful, ultra shiny, metal head/chest piece thing-y. I think what really bothers me is how unrealistic this is. Not that comic books are firmly rooted in reality, but I feel like Marvel tries harder than the other companies to keep things in a more realistic world.
My point being, how the hell would anyone fight in a giant metal head and chest piece?! If he bends over to touch his toes, he’s going to gore himself in the abdomen! How is he going to lift his arms above his head?!?! it makes no sense at all that anyone would ever try to fight in a silly get-up like this.
It also looks like all of the character designs he did for Kingdom Come, and that JLA thing where they got those metal costumes. Seriously, Alex? This is the best you could do? Stop being a one trick pony, and start doing edgy, creative things like Uncle Sam again.
*END NERD RANT*
I’m so frigging excited for this! Here are the two covers for the Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall’s next big thing, Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons. I know I’ve posted about this project before, but I can’t get enough of Ashley Wood’s art, and so I’ll take any reason to post about it.
I’m guessing that this comes out in the next couple months? This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for your children.
I saw this earlier today when I was in Secret Headquarters and thought I’d give a mention about it. Akira Club is a collection of rare and unseen sketches that went along with the original manga. This is the first time it’s all been collected together in English. I spent some time looking through, and it was really rad to see Otomo’s ideas and thinking in putting together images, as well as the process of getting to a final image.
Definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of Akira, or amazing illustration in general.
Newsarama has gotten a preview of the artwork for Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall’s newest project, Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons. The series picks up where Zombies vs. Robots left off, basically the world being blown up, only now you have half-naked Amazons. The creators also mention that there’s going to be a zombie minotaur in the story… awesome.
Look out for the first issue at your nearest comic book shop in late October or early November.
I know for a fact, the next time I’m in New York, I’m going to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. They sell all sorts of awesome (read: fake) superhero related things like invisibility dust, and capes, and all sorts of great things for your inner child (read: nerd). It’s really too bad they don’t have more pictures of the things they sell and their signage.
BUT! I did find this great Flickr set with a lot of images of the crazy things they sell. Definitely give it a look!
This might possibly the coolest, most clever t-shirt I’ve bought all year. Perhaps this entire decade!
The t-shirt was made by the fine folks over at Secret Headquarters, undoubtedly the finest comic shop in all of Los Angeles. Paying homage to the classic Sex Pistols graphic, the Queen has been kicked out by the King and grandfather of comic books.
This easily could have been made to look like shit. They could have tried using a ton of colors, or doing some sort of comic book looking font, but they didn’t. They stuck with a black shirt and tan colored ink, and made it just as rough and gritty as the original.
I’m not sure hwo many they have left of these, but I’m sure you could e-mail the awesome people over there and order one if you really want one… because I’m sure you do.
Check under the cut for a couple more pictures!