Looking back, my 10 faved comic series of the 2010s

The 2010s decade has been a pivitol time for comic publishers, as a direction for changes were needed in this time of digital transference and increased competition with other mediums.

In a nutshell, lots of reboots, retcons, crossovers influence from successful movies have noth helped and hurt the mainstream stuff, depending on fan tolerance. The average price of comics climbed from around $2.99 to $4.99, which has influenced my buying decisions and willingness to delve into new titles for sure. Digital comics sales have now risen to over half a billion dollars in comics, much thanks to the Comixology online service.

Still, the right series with great writing and matching excellent sequential art can transcend prices, format, and popularity towards its marketability and sustainability as a longtime treasure. The 2010s, I felt presented an opportunity for a creative team to truly stand our and shine, be noticed for their great work in this new age, where the advancements in streaming technology and interactive games are capturing far more attention per human. Image Comics, Dark Horse, IDW, Boom!, Aftershock publishers have stepped up there game for creative powered fresh universes, with much appreciation returned from dedicated comic readers.

So below, are 10 best comic book series that I felt not only stood to my eyes, but helped define the best of the 2010s, as an era of creative thinking, original art direction, and reinvention of what I enjoy about comics, in an age where the industry is still fighting to redefine itself for the years ahead…

Saga

by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

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Hands down, the best series that feeds the epic space opera feel, with an interesting, very unique supporting cast revolving around the life of a growing child and her loving parents. There is a feeling of less restraint by the creative team to present a unique and fresh science fantasy vibe that turns pretty far out at times, and can push the envelope of violence and sex when the narrative fits. There are amazing twists, and emotional moments, furthering an ongoing epic worth enjoying and seeing through the next decade.

Batman vol 2 (new 52)

by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)

Batman is still my favorite mainstream superhero, in terms of the costumed person focused on ideals of justice and the greater good through unconventional means and extraordinary talents. Scott Snyder took the reins of the world of Batman, and turned him upside down, shaking a new expanded mythos that reaches far the Gotham City into the very darkest depths of the DCU. The Court of the Owls, a very different Joker, a more complex Riddler, Bloom, all add to more complex and compelling picture that remains interesting and challenging to our ages old, generational spanning hero. Greg Capullo’s art gives a unique, fresh feel to the world of our Caped Crusader, adding expression and cinematic quality to each issue. I loved the hell out it all.

Locke and Key

by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Locke And Key

A surprise hit, that grew from praise and a Free Comic Day preview that captured my attention. This series builds its own story around the troubles of a small family moving to a big fancy mansion, slowly expanding to a strange supernatural world of strange keys connected to otherworldly terrors. The building and pacing is awesome, adding mystery and tension to continuous developments affecting an expanding cast and revealing a deep history. As a reader, I felt more attached, connected to various characters, and excited for each new issue. All this, with some great art and original designs. I enjoyed it all to the very end, which I felt wrapped up nicely.

Animosity

by Marguerite Bennett, Mike Marts, Rafael de Lator (Aftershock)

This is a very underrated series, that I feel will only get noticed if it gets adapted into a TV show or movie…which I think is sad for this era of comics. Animosity is a strange, twisted concept where the sudden intelligence of animals changes the world, opens a post apocalypse and twists the relationships of how humans treat animals into an interesting story and that can go pretty much anywhere. But with Animosity, I feel there is a logical believable path, that The Walking Dead did well (as a comic, more than the TV). It’s wonderfully written, with a mix of emotions and tensity resulting from an otherwise silly situation. I love the mix of dark humor, drama, tension, and sudden violence, with a surprise amount of great world building and great writing for an otherwise ludicrous concept.

Hawkeye

by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

Hawkeye is one of my least favorite Marvel Comics superheroes over my many years of reading Marvel Comics. He’s just boring to me, with an ineffective talent to me in a world of iron machines and concrete breaking super powers. Yet here with this series, changed all of that to use that for a compelling and deep narrative, of an every-man using his archery talent to find his place in the complex Marvel universe. The awesome covers, great sequential art use, and stellar writing with a mix of humor kept me aboard, identifying more with the imperfect character and all his flaws as a true hero and worth knowing.

Chew

by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image Comics)

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Chew is a strange, most over-the-top, brilliantly throughout comic serial that captivate me from the start to very end. It’s story involves humans with food-related powers, strange animals, aliens, cults, conspiracies, and original concepts. It’s comedic writing enhances the art of the twist, character development, unpredictable twists, and ridiculous world-building. The art is immense, detailed, and uniquely expressionistic with a cartoon flavor that brings smile, yet conveys emotion. Chew is awesome, and memorable.

Vision

by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

This series is a work of brilliance, that put writer Tom King to the forefront of the most prolific writers of the decade. Like Hawkeye, Vision is another underappreciated, underwritten Marvel character, with great potential. Here, he puts forth his pursuit of humanity, and creates a robot family. What follows are awesome twists and turns, combined with social topics and parallels to our real world, building drama and tension towards an emotional and thought-provoking climax. The art and coloring do well to enhance the writing, making this maxi-series a worthwhile addition to anyone’s reading list for their comic shelf.

Zero

by Aleš Kot and various artists (Image Comics)

Here’s a very underappreciated hit of the 2010’s, revolving around the personal struggles of a big-time international spy. Consequences, developments, and heavy does of reality follow in what becomes brilliant storytelling mixed with some often inventive (and changing) sequential art. There’s action, violence, heavy emotions, in-depth details all wrapped inside 18 issues.

The Flintstones

by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC)

Flinstones

If you told me in 2009 that The Flintstones, would be a top pic for the decade, I would say get the hell out of Bedrock….really. Yet, here we are and holy wow, Mark Russell’s take on America’s first cartoon family took me for a whirl for its 12-issue run. It’s a huge mix of dark comedy, very in-depth character building on Fred and those around them as they struggle in a changing stone-age world where its strange workings make sense, but practical and present familiar challenges. Topics of war, faith, social status, economy, education, servitude are brilliantly explored. Overall, a brilliant must read for any Age.

Alex + Ada

by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vauhgn (Image)

Another under-appreciated comics story of this decade, a sci-fi romance drama focused on a relationships between man and machine. Alex bonds with a new model of a female android, whose complexity can mimic emotions, therefore eventually feel. There are conflicts within and around in troubled less-tolerant society. It’s very conversational, and presents prospects on where real life-AI could go, with far more intellectual depth than my other favorite android tale on this list, Vision. The writing and art for all 15 issues are wonderfully different, atmospheric, and very expressive.

Image Comics, The Hero Initiative team up to support creators in need, with special variant art

Image Comics recently unveiled the first thirteen variants in a line of sixteen covers to support the Hero Initiative non-profit, which helps fund comic book creators in medical and financial need. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by these Hero Initiative variant covers will go toward supporting the non-profit.

Series featuring Hero Initiative variant covers will highlight the artistic contributions of: Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas, Ryan Browne, Andy Suriano, Howard Chaykin, Ray Fawkes, Manda Schank, Jacopo Camagni, Danny Luckert, Marcelo Costa, Benjamin Roman, Raffaele Ienco, Dennis Culver, Lee Garbett, Brandon Graham, John McCrea, and Jeff Lemire.

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 5th:
THE LAST SIEGE #7 by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood, Cover B by Andy Suriano
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #40 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Cover C by Ray Fawkes
BLACKBIRD #3 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel, Cover C by Manda Schank
UNNATURAL #5 by Mirka Andolfo, Cover C by Jacopo Camagn
SELF/MADE #1 by Mat Groom & Eduardo Ferigato, Cover B by Marcelo Costa
THE FREEZE #1 by Dan Wickline & Phillip Sevy, Cover B by Raffaele Ienco
DEAD RABBIT #3 by Gerry Duggan & John McCrea, Cover C by McCrea

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 12th:
BIRTHRIGHT #34 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas, Cover B by Bressan & Lucas
HEY KIDS! COMICS! #5 by Howard Chaykin, Cover B by Chaykin
AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS by Keith Giffen & Benjamin Roman, Cover B by Roman
SKYWARD #9 by Joe Henderson & Lee Garbett, Cover B by Garbett

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 19th”
CURSE WORDS #19 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, Cover C by Browne
REGRESSION #14 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, Cover B by Luckert
BURNOUTS #4 by by Dennis Culver & Geoffo, Cover C by Culver
GIDEON FALLS #9 by Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino, Cover C by Lemire
RUMBLE #10 by John Arcudi & David Rubín, Cover C by Brandon Graham

Here are the featured variants.

Stranger Readings, Comics Review – Saga #50

Saga #50 (Image) by Fiona Staples (artist), Brian K. Vaughan (writer)

(contains minor spoilers)

Six years ago, and still going strong…

Saga has reached its 50th issue, winning awards and still gaining new fandom. Such is impressive, as we live in a time where mainstream comics sales pull from brand or pop-culture recognition, living off the fame off of wide-released movies and TV adaptations. This usually means, a softening of the brand to appeal to the wider audience. But not Saga, keeping intimate with its fans from page one of every issue.

#50 stays in tradition, holding nothing back and keeping it real for the very mature audiences.

(recall page 1-3)

Moving forward, the pages are a bit quiet with no game-changes to the overall world-building to the Sagaverse. But we do have great connecting moments, of what Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples do best together. Relationships are development driven by the real desires of relatable characters, whether for the good or bad; they make interesting differences in this strange, fantastic universe.

Alana and Marko still drive the main story along for the readers, as the caring parents to Hazel. But now together and happy, I can only hope will last. But, I get a little nervous about that stability, with the narration of Hazel (because it’s really her story). Prince Robot is somewhat normal and sane again. We get to know Upsher and Doff a bit more, though I feel there is a tragedy in store for them as well. Petrichor is moving on with Prince Robot, along with Squire (who has moving plans of his own). The Will (for now, the Help) is dealing with his own struggle, being in a very screwed up situation.

But the biggest thrill is seeing Hazel, being the most developed so far. She can fight, blast, and think for herself. She is a legitimate badass, dangerous to anyone who messes with her and those cared for. This moment says it all, with a bit more.

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The art remains consistent stylish, as Fiona Staples displaying each expression of sentient feeling, every setting beautiful yet alien, every sequential transition with a natural flow, and fantastic colors. The 50th issue continues on an epic story that is important in visual storytelling to match the words we find within.

That all being said, this wonderful 50th issue reminds me of why I love comics and will look forward to the next 50 more. The story is long, but compelling because time is taken to get to know our characters. Can’t wait (but also a little afraid), of where that will take us.

Image Comics reveals more Walking Dead tribute variant covers

Image Comics unveiled more of its special The Walking Dead tribute covers scheduled for special release for, this coming October.

See below for select images.

The upcoming time will be the last of the company’s 25th-anniversary variant collection theme; this time in dedication to its hit coming first published back in 2003, The Walking Dead.

This final month of variants in homage to Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running series will be released in the following schedule. Consult your local comics dealer for more information.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th:

ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley
EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson
I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young
POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart
REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert
SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan
SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th:

BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas
BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren
ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie
Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th:

CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne
DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen
GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer
KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu
MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni
THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun
ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison
SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th:

ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard
COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley
CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes
HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg
THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel
SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane
UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes
WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland

Here is a peek of the recently revealed upcoming variants…

 

And more previously unveiled…

Image Comics to release 30 The Walking Dead tribute cover variants…

Image Comics will show much love for The Walking Dead, this coming October…

The upcoming time will be the last of the company’s 25th-anniversary variant collection theme; this time in dedication to its hit coming first published back in 2003, The Walking Dead.

This final month of variants will pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series that went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th:

ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley
EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson
I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young
POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart
REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert
SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan
SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th:

BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas
BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren
ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie
Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th:

CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne
DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen
GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer
KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu
MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni
THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun
ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison
SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th:

ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard
COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley
CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes
HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg
THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel
SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane
UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes
WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland

Here is a peek at some of the upcoming variants…

Image/Skybound reveals De Felici comic cover variants, for September

Image/Skybound Entertainment recently revealed new variant covers for their September monthly releases, all done by Italian comic artist Lorenzo De Felici. De Felici is also the artist of a new, ongoing Skybound series, soon to be announced.

Skybound is proud of his work and making his work the variant theme ahead.  Below, are the variants hitting comic book stores in the following weeks (consult your comics dealer ASAP, if interested)…

THE WALKING DEAD #171, De Felici variant cover
by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
In stores on Wednesday, September 6th

BIRTHRIGHT #26, De Felici variant cover
by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas
In stores on Wednesday, September 13th

GASOLINA #1, De Felici variant cover
by Sean Mackiewicz, Niko Walter & Mat Lopes
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

INVINCIBLE #140, De Felici variant cover
by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn, Cover B by De Felici
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

MANIFEST DESTINY #31, De Felici variant cover
by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Tony Akins & Owen Gieni
In stores on Wednesday, September 27th

KILL THE MINOTAUR #4, De Felici variant cover
by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner & Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

HORIZON #14, De Felici variant cover
by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer
in stores Wednesday, September 20th

REDNECK #6, De Felici variant cover
by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren & Dee Cunniffe
in stores on Wednesday, September 27

 

The 2017 Ringo Comic Industry Award Nominees are..

Recently, the annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards (also known as the Ringo Awards), released its list for this year’s nominees.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards recently replaced the long-standing Harvey Awards. The name honors Mike Wieringo (aka Ringo), a celebrated American comics artist best-known for his work on DC Comics’ The Flash and Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four. Ringo passed away in 2007, with much-celebrated work among many publishers. The Ringo awards mark its début this year as part of the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

The nominees were chosen by both pros, and fans open to sending in their award considerations. The voting for the winners among the nominees is to be chosen by professionals in the comic book industry creative community. Voting will close on August 16, 2017. For info and voting participation, visit ringoawards.com.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday, September 23. Here are the nominees:

Best Series

  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Paper Girls (Image Comics)
  • Saga (Image Comics)
  • Spectrum (Automatic Pictures)
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)

Best Single Issue or Story

  • Deadly Hands of Criminal (Image Comics)
  • DC Universe Rebirth#1 (DC Comics)
  • Emancipation Day (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Faith #1 (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Locke & Key: Small World (IDW Publishing)

Best Original Graphic Novel

  • Ghosts (Scholastic/Graphix)
  • March: Book III (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Patience (Daniel Clowes, Fantagraphics)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC Comics)

Best Anthology

  • Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Island (Image Comics)
  • Love is Love (DC Comics/IDW Publishing)
  • ReDistrictedComics.com (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special (DC Comics)

Best Humor Comic

  • Adventures of God (Line Webtoons)
  • Blue Chair (Line Webtoons)
  • Giant Days (BOOM! Studios)
  • I Hate Fairyland (Image Comics)
  • Jughead (Archie Comics)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)

Best Non-Fiction Comic Work

  • Cooking Comically (www.cookingcomically.com)
  • Dark Night, A True Batman Story (DC Comics)
  • March: Book Three (Top Shelf)
  • ReDistrictedComics.com (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Rolling Blackouts (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)

Best Presentation in Design

  • Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist Edition (IDW Publishing)
  • Britannia (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Legacy of Luther Strode (Image Comics)
  • Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover (IDW Publishing)
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena (Dark Horse Books)
  • The ODY-C: Cycle One Hardcover (Image Comics)
  • Spectrum (Automatic Pictures)

Best Comic Strip or Panel

  • Bloom County (Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick)
  • Dick Tracy (Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services)
  • Foxtrot (Bill Amend, Universal Press Syndicate)
  • Mutts (Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate)
  • Pearls Before Swine (Stephan Pastis, Universal Uclick)

Best Webcomic

Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)

  • Daniel Clowes
  • Steve Conley
  • Hernandez Brothers
  • Aydin Anh Huynh (Snailords)
  • Kaitlyn Narvaza (instantmiso)
  • Skottie Young

Best Writer

  • P.J. Haarsma
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Jody Houser
  • Tom King
  • Robert Kirkman
  • Jeff Lemire
  • Alan Moore
  • Mark Waid
  • David Walker
  • Gerard Way

Best Artist or Penciller

  • Kaare Andrews
  • Cliff Chiang
  • Rafael de Latorre
  • Mitch Gerards
  • Jason Johnson
  • Jason Latour
  • Dustin Nguyen
  • Fiona Staples

Best Inker

  • Mark Brooks
  • Jeremy Freeman
  • Jonathan Glapion
  • Jason Latour
  • Jae Lee
  • Danny Miki
  • Sean Murphy
  • Victor Olazaba

Best Letterer

  • Clayton Cowles
  • Taylor Esposito
  • Todd Klein
  • Troy Peterl
  • John Workman

Best Colorist

  • Jordie Bellaire
  • Tamra Bonvillain
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser
  • Laura Martin
  • Rico Renzi
  • Sarah Stone
  • Matt Wilson

Best Cover Artist

  • Frank Cho
  • Mike Del Mundo
  • J.G. Jones
  • Phil Noto
  • Ryan Sook
  • Fiona Staples
  • Sana Takeda

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 1 – Amusements of the Exhibit Floor

Last week, I was again attended the San Diego Comic Con, again.

Such was my 23rd year, as I look forward to all that is great of this continuous show.  I love nearly everything about this convergence of pop-culture geekness, the fandom dedications in many forms, the awesome presentations of art and literature in many forms. There is also the abundance of merch, swag, and interesting experiences; much of which involves long lines.

There is much more to say, especially of this year. Of that, I share the following in pictures and notes across multiple postings. The first round starts below, detailing initial impressions of the Exhibit Hall.

Welcome to the Exhibit Hall, where the crowds are ridiculous around the big production booths, for those with the promise of exclusives, swag, and celeb sightings.

First off, one of many booths in the center of the Exhibit Hall, sadly having not much to do with comic books. I do like Legos, and their giant screen does help bring attention, so YAY!

The Nickelodeon booth, which gets major props for making each year’s display different and very creative.

The Ugly Dolls booth, always a welcome sight for being here for many years in the same spot

The Viz Comics booth, which I think is the last standing of the great primarily manga publishers to have a huge presence at Comic Con.

The Image Comics booth, my favorite publisher of modern times. The company still commands a huge presence, sticking to its creators and the original content they bring to the show.

The Marvel Comics Booth, sadly not adverting much on its comics. But, you will hear much on the movies and TV shows from it here. I am looking forward to Blank Panther.

The Fantastical World of Rhode Montijo booth. I like its style, and proof that a creative presentation can make a great impression.

Peppa Pig, I was told. Nice to see Comic Con can be very kid-friendly

A Teen Titans mural at the Warner Bros booth, when not covered by a massive line.

The Netflix booth, being a bit questionable in its presentation. One walks through the corridor after a long line. Walk through some vague imagery and trailers for upcoming shows, then collect some swag you will likely not need in life.

The Mattel booth, supporting the new Batmobile in life-sized form, from the recent DCU movies, and the Justice League upcoming.

The CFX booth, with some awesome (and pricy) masks for sale.

The small press area, still the most genuine of spots for those looking for a true Comic Con experience, where you discover something new directly from the creative source.

The MOnster Scouts booth, doing a great job of presenting its art and product on large banners…

One merchant here sports some price Star Wars vintage figures

For those with less money to spend, there is another stand with an awesome selection of loose vintage comics and magazines. There is something wonderful here, to see them free of their plastic prisons

Fidget spinners are a big thing this year, and probably gone by the next…

Woah, comic books at a comic book convention!! Sadly, areas with these for sale by merchants are the least crowded of the Exhibit Hall. There is a lot of buried treasure within. Some of which I will share later..

That’s all for now. Here, we have another great part of the show…cosplayers!! Next part, we shall turn away from the stands and toward the attendees who dress up and showcase pop-culture favorites (and some obscurities).

Image Comics reveals “Images of Tomorrow” variant covers for July

This coming July month, Image Comics will continue its 25th-anniversary celebration with another monthly theme of special variant covers for many popular monthly titles. This theme will be “Images of Tomorrow,” where such  variants will celebrate the longevity of Image Comics’ series with covers speculating possible future events in their storylines

(SEE PREVIEW BELOW)

Here is the release schedule and artist info for each cover. Consult your comic store for order info, as quantities for each are very limited.

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 5th:

  • RAT QUEENS #4 by Kurtis Wiebe & Owen Gieni, cover by Jim Valentino & Chance Wolf
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #7 by Rick Remender & James Harren, cover by Farel Dalrymple
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #29 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie
Available in stores on Wednesday, July 12th:
  • CURSE WORDS #6 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne
  • THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #2 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin
  • REGRESSION #3 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert
  • ROSE #4 by Meredith Finch & Ig Guara, cover by Guara
Available in stores on Wednesday, July 19th:
  • DESCENDER #22 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen
  • GENERATION GONE #1 by Ales Kot & André Lima Araújo, cover by Araújo
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #14 by Skottie Young, cover by Young
  • ROYAL CITY #5 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire
Available in stores on Wednesday, July 26th:
  • CROSSWIND #2 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
  • POSTAL #21 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Linda Sejic
  • SHUTTER #30 by Joseph Keatinge & Leila Del Duca, cover by Del Duca
  • SPAWN #276 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane
  • UNDERWINTER #5 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes
  • WAYWARD #22 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings
Available in stores on Wednesday, August 2nd (final order cutoff deadline Monday, July 10th):
  • SAMARITAN: VERITAS #3 by Matt Hawkins & Atilio Rojo, by Stjepan Sejic

Here are 6 of the 11 featured covers:

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Image Comics reveals all Pride Month variant covers for June…

 

This June, Image Comics will celebrate Pride month with a variety of special variant covers among its popular monthly titles, and donate profits of each sold to the Human Rights Campaign.

(SEE PREVIEWS BELOW)

The Pride Month carries on the overall 25th-anniversary monthly variant cover theme.” This time, the alternate covers will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.

Earlier this month, Image Comics unveiled 6 of the variant covers. now all are revealed.

Consult your favorite comic book dealer for order info. Here is the schedule and additional info for each issue:

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th:

  • The Walking Dead #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain
  • The Divided States Of Hysteria #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th:

  • Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro
  • Rose #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st:

  • Crosswind #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
  • Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
  • The Old Guard #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th:

  • Black Magick #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott
  • Deadly Class #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig
  • Shutter #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca
  • Redneck #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce

Here are all 11 featured covers (5 newly revealed to the 6 shown in a recent post):