Comics are awesome

For years now, comics have gotten lost in the noise of Comic-Con — but this year felt like the worst example of that. The comic-book companies seemed to have a harder time than ever breaking through the clutter, and there weren’t really a lot of big announcements. We got more details about Spiderverse and Grant Morrison’s Multiversity, but a glut of alternate universe stories didn’t feel especially fresh at this point.

The Biggest Winners And Losers Of Comic-Con 2014!

I wish I knew which staffer wrote this paragraph, because I’d love to sit them down and tell them why they’re wrong. I was at the show this year and all I saw were people excited as HECK for comics. I spoke to several rooms packed FULL of people, with lines around the corner, who wanted to see Image creators. I was on a manga panel where a crowd of people cheered or gasped or laughed at our choices for best and worst manga. I personally spoke to several dozen of people a day who wanted to read Rocket Girl or Lazarus or Deadly Class or Kung Fu Bible Stories. I watched Jasons Aaron and Latour blow through their signing lines. I watched Scott Snyder hustle to make sure the fans were right. I watched Kelly Sue DeConnick do her thing with aplomb at what seemed like every single moment of the show, and I watched Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction make a couple hundred people a day smile goofily. People kept telling me how good the panels were and how it made them fans of authors they’d never heard of before. One cosplayer said that sneaking her into the Saga signing made her whole weekend.

And that was just the experience of one man working one booth. Boom! was hopping. Fantagraphics looked great. Vertical had some of the best books at the show.

If you were at SDCC and you don’t think comics had a fantastic presence, if you’re judging the significance of comics through whatever announcements to buy things that aren’t out yet came through, you need to adjust your sights. You’re aiming in the wrong direction.

Judge it by the smiles, not the capitalism.

(via iamdavidbrothers)

brianmichaelbendis:

Bill Sienkiewicz 1986: Epic Illustrated #34 — “Slow Dancer”

Another milestone: Sienkiewicz’s (1) first official writing credit, and (2) his first painted interiors — a sign of big things to come later in the year.

(Source: comicartistevolution)

marvel1980s:

Incredible Hulk Annual #5 cover recreation by Art Adams

themarvelageofcomics:

Cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores

themarvelageofcomics:

Cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores

Page from Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner and Frank Stack

Page from Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner and Frank Stack

Lovely panel from Burne Hogarth’s Tarzan

Lovely panel from Burne Hogarth’s Tarzan

Gorgeous page from a Dark Horse Comics Conan comic, with gorgeous coloring by Dave Stewart.

Gorgeous page from a Dark Horse Comics Conan comic, with gorgeous coloring by Dave Stewart.

Phil Seuling was one of the most important forces in the creation of the comic book direct market, which saved the industry when comics were at their lowest point. He was also an arrogant SOB, as you can see here.

Phil Seuling was one of the most important forces in the creation of the comic book direct market, which saved the industry when comics were at their lowest point. He was also an arrogant SOB, as you can see here.

Wonderful DC mystery comic splash page by Berni Wrightson

Wonderful DC mystery comic splash page by Berni Wrightson

Decent line-up at this convention, but ugh what a sterile and dull cover

Decent line-up at this convention, but ugh what a sterile and dull cover

In 1979, Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch adapted the Steven Spielberg - John Belushi film 1941, The film was OK, the comic was a crazy mashup of styles and approaches.

In 1979, Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch adapted the Steven Spielberg - John Belushi film 1941, The film was OK, the comic was a crazy mashup of styles and approaches.

First appearance of Howard the Duck in Fear #19, as a silly joke in the middle of a giant cosmic story. Steve Gerber was brilliant!

First appearance of Howard the Duck in Fear #19, as a silly joke in the middle of a giant cosmic story. Steve Gerber was brilliant!

Gorgeous painted cover by Berni Wrightson from very early in his career

Gorgeous painted cover by Berni Wrightson from very early in his career

In his New Gods stories, Jack Kirby created Funky Flashman and Houseroy as mocking parodies of Stan Lee and Roy Thomas

In his New Gods stories, Jack Kirby created Funky Flashman and Houseroy as mocking parodies of Stan Lee and Roy Thomas

In the mid-1970s Marvel created a monster comic starring the legendary Jewish figure of the Golem. It didn’t last long but it was very strange.

In the mid-1970s Marvel created a monster comic starring the legendary Jewish figure of the Golem. It didn’t last long but it was very strange.