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In the world of comic books, there exist legendary comic book artists. Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, George Pérez, and Joe Kubert are just a few names this idea brings to mind. However, before they were legends, they were up-and-coming talents who grew, evolved, and developed over time to reach the heights they eventually achieved. It has become fairly commonplace in this day to identify these new developing superstars and to push them creatively to realize their potential. One such young gun is Nick Bradshaw. Son of the honorable and revered politician Claudette Bradshaw, Nick was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was at a young age he developed his love for comics when his father Doug bought him Archie comics sold at the local grocery store. Eventually, this lead to expanding into superhero and horror comics (as Bradshaw also became an avid horror film fanatic). Bradshaw developed an interest in animation, moving into the Ontario area after transferring from his local community college to attend Algonquin College (based out of the capitol city Ottawa, where his mother lived most of the year as part of her career). For one of his class projects, Bradshaw was developing something based on the film Army of Darkness. When he was younger, his brother Chris and his friends had rented Evil Dead II which Nick went behind his sibling’s back to watch. It would be this moment that really helped Nick become a horror film fan, especially of the Evil Dead series. Doodling since the days when he first discovered Archie, Nick produced some hand drawn cartoony Army of Darkness art and published it online. As fate would have it, Dynamic Forces had acquired a license to make Army of Darkness-based comics and came across Bradshaw’s art while they were looking for someone to draw their new title. Dynamic contacted him and Bradshaw saw his first professional printed work in 2004’s mini-series Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes. Bradshaw’s career in comics had begun.Read More
While vacationing with his wife Jan in the Cayman Islands, comic book inker Norman Lee went missing. Snorkeling 250 yards off of the Grand Cayman, the couple became separated and Jan returned to shore believing her husband would be there waiting for her. The authorities believe strong currents in the water may have taken Lee and have since called off the search, believing it’s unlikely he will ever be recovered. Lee graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University (known today as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) with a degree in Illustration/Design in 1990 and went to work in fashion design. A comic book fan as a child, Lee decided to try his hand at comics taking a portfolio on the convention circuit. The move eventually led to his finding work at Marvel Comics inking Wolverine Annual 1996. Ever since, Lee has worked in comics predominantly at Marvel with notable runs on titles like Deadpool, Dark Horse Extra (featuring SpyBoy), SpyBoy, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, GeNext, DC Universe Online: Legends, and Wolverine & The X-Men from his home in North Weymouth, MA. The inker’s legacy, however, will likely be with how fondly he will be remembered by his friends. According to his loved ones, Lee had a warm personality that within five minutes of meeting him made you feel like you knew him your whole life. Norman and Jan have been married for five and a half years and he became a second father to her children. Lee’s vacation was the first he’s reportedly taken in ten years.Read More
Announced last week, Disney will be rebooting its high profile animated series DuckTales in 2017 for its station Disney XD. Detailing the adventures of wealthy adventurer Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they span the globe (and beyond) looking for treasure, the series was hugely popular for its Disney Afternoon line-up in the late-1980s/early-1990s (so far as getting its own feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, and spin-off in Darkwing Duck). However, what many may not know, is that the series’ origins derives from comic books beginning in the Golden Age. Carl Barks, a rancher, cowboy, and drifter turned artist (via correspondence courses) became an in-between animator at Disney in 1935 until health problems caused him to quit in 1942. That same year, he migrated to comic book artist when he helped produce a Donald Duck story for Dell’s Four Color Comics called “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold.” The job led to Barks becoming the ongoing artist for Donald’s comic stories including one such fateful tale entitled “Christmas on Bear Mountain” five years later.Read More
Announced earlier this month, renewed interest in producing a live action film based on the animated series Robotech has been reported with the team behind the 300 films tackling the project. Bounced around since 2007 when Warner Bros. acquired the film rights with Tobey Maguire set to produce (and perhaps star), the project has repeatedly run into problems with several scripts produced that seemingly have yet to satisfy the studio’s higher-ups (while in 2013 it was revealed Leonardo DiCaprio has shown interest in the film, perhaps in a featured acting role, as he reportedly turned down an opportunity to be in the latest Star Wars film series so he could be available). Among the various hit franchises created in the 1980s, Robotech was one that proved extremely successfully and profitable but ended prematurely (in terms of its popularity) due to a number of extraordinary circumstances. Since then, it has repeatedly arisen in various ways with varying degrees of success (most recently, as a tabletop RPG). Lets examine what a Robotech film could entail.Read More
For every age of the comic book industry, a crop of artists emerge that define their generation. At Marvel, the days of Kirby and Ditko gave rise to Romita, Byrne, Miller, and the Buscemas which lead to Lee, McFarlane, and Liefeld. The Modern Age of Marvel was lead by artists like Romita Jr, Epting, and the Kuberts but perhaps one of the brightest stars to emerge in the last ten years is Steve McNiven. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but raised mostly in and around Ontario, Canada, McNiven’s mother was an art teacher which inspired him to obtain a traditional education in art by attending Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he earned a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Sculpture. McNiven and his wife spent some time in Seattle before she was offered a job in Toronto leading the couple to move back to Canada as McNiven began working part-time as a visual arts teacher at the high school North Toronto Collegiate Institute. McNiven, unfamiliar with anyone in the area, would stumble upon a comic shop with a co-op art studio and befriend a group of local comic book artists. A fan of comics, anime, and manga, McNiven decided to try his skill at hand drawn art working in a cartoony style inspired by his interests. After almost five years teaching and while developing a strong passion for comic art, McNiven’s wife wanted him to pursue his interest and bought him a ticket to the San Diego Comic-Con in 1999. Making a small portfolio of his art and technique, McNiven attended the event displaying his work to any company looking for talent. Eventually, a chance encounter with the Lai brothers led to the artist being hired at Florida-based company CrossGen.Read More
According to rumor website Bleeding Cool, following the success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and considering Warner Bros’ desire to mimic Disney’s success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rumor has it a Legion of Super-Heroes film is being considered for development. Originally infrequent supporting characters to Superboy (Superman’s adventures as a teenager), the Legion grew into its own franchise initially featuring teenage aliens from the future who would jaunt to the past to summon Superboy for their extraordinary adventures. Over the years, the Legion developed into a vast cast of characters that became something of a joke to older readers as for every conceivable super power, there seemed to be a unique Legionnaire who represented it (like Matter-Eater Lad, Antennae Boy, and Arm Fall Off Boy). During the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, the Legion underwent a Renaissance under the direction of Paul Levitz that made the title one of the best comics of its time with the underrated “Earthwar” followed by the much-lauded, critically acclaimed “The Great Darkness Saga” (featuring the emergence of Darkseid in the 30th century). Arguably this was the greatest height of the Legion, another bright spot being following the events of Zero Hour under the direction of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (DnA, whose reinvention of the Guardians of the Galaxy was the basis of the Marvel film). Lets take a look at what an adaptation of the Legion of Super-Heroes could entail.Read More
Recently, the pilot script for TNT’s upcoming television series The Titans based on DC Comics’ Teen Titans has reportedly been leaked. Likely the biggest reveal from this leak is the roster for the group which features a blend of the classic team with some more obscure characters and a familiar face from the Batman family. It should be noted, however, the cast may yet change for the series (especially considering actors are still yet being cast) but that seems unlikely considering TNT has rushed production of the series. Also, yet known is if the series will tie into the greater DC Television Universe (teased by CW president Mark Pedowitz) which already includes Arrow, Flash, and the upcoming animated Vixen series and rumor has it will include CBS’ upcoming Supergirl series. So, characters like Arsenal, Speedy, Kid Flash, and Supergirl could very well find their way to the series (not to mention villains like Deathstroke, Brother Blood, and Clock King). Until speculation becomes proved or disproved, however, lets look at what the series will start with.Read More
In the realm of professional wrestling in the United States, the undisputed king is the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. However, today the company rests in a precarious position. While viewership of its television programming has diminished in recent years, it nonetheless remains strong for the channels that air such programs. But in terms of business, remaining stagnant is not an ideal model. In an effort to take advantage of its expansive library of content and to cut out the middleman in pay-per-view (PPV) programming, the company started an online streaming service called the WWE Network. Not only has the development produced less than desirable results, its created an economic strain on the company that has forced the WWE to cut corners in its budget. Making matters worse, in the last few years, fan satisfaction in the product has diminished to the point that the creative forces behind the company have been in something of a tailspin unable to distinguish how to tell compelling stories, create images that can be heavily merchandised (which has largely been the fuel that has kept the company thriving), and what talent should be placed in the forefront. In a very real way, these issues converged in last month’s 2015 Royal Rumble which saw the crowd turn on the event during its finale and spurred an on-line movement towards a mass exodus of subscribers from the WWE Network (something that trended worldwide in #CancelWWENetwork for almost a full day). As industry insiders and fans alike try to pin down ways in which the bad fortunes of the WWE can be reversed before the future of the company is placed in jeopardy, its salvation may lie in comic books.Read More
Three years ago this month, the comic book industry lost one of its stars. On the short list of modern day “good girl art” masters, illustrator Al Rio passed away in January 2012 leaving behind a wife and three children. Following his loss, steps were taken to support his family in a tribute art book put together by Rio’s friends and collaborators resulting in a Kickstarter campaign last summer. With a goal of raising $5,500 to finance publication, the book went beyond the goal amassing over $8,800. Further, with a projected publication date of April 2015, the book instead saw print last month. Available to the public now through Al Rio’s website, the Al Rio Tribute Art Book – Volume One (2003-2005) opens with a brief biography of the artist followed by three chapters each outlining selected pieces of art Al Rio produced during the years 2003, 2004, and 2005. The hardcover book’s three chapters feature seventy all color pages of art including sketches and finished art with characters from many of the industry’s most well-known publishers.Read More
On the heels of the release of Nocturnals: Legend, an art book by Big Wow! Art celebrating twenty years of Dan Brereton’s Nocturnals, a Kickstarter campaign to fund Nocturnals: The Sinister Path has recently gone live. The first original story centering around Brereton’s band of Halloween-inspired pulp/horror characters since 2008, the Nocturnals tells the story of occult adventurer Doc Horror, his clairvoyant daughter Eve (aka Halloween Girl), her silent guardian Gunwitch, and their band of monstrous allies as they deal with aliens, mobsters, and, of course, creatures of the night. For Sinister Path, a new band of elder Nocturnals emerge in the Children of the Judge, a malevolent mirror version of Horror’s group, as Eve is haunted by alien spirits in her dreams terrorizing her from the nether realm. First published in 1994, the Nocturnals have become the greatest work produced yet by painter and writer Dan Brereton, also known for his work on Batman: Thrillkiller, Superman and Batman: Legends of the World’s Finest, and JLA: Seven Caskets. Sinister Path will see the return of favorites like Polychrome, Starfish, Firelion, and the Raccoon as well as the addition of Jammybottoms, another doll in Eve’s menagerie of possessed poppets linked to the phantasms that now stalk her.Read More
The artists at Comic Art Commissions were asked to share their Holiday art and here are the ones I received from all kinds of artists – both traditional and digital. If you like the art you see – go to their Comic Art Commissions page and “Send Message” to them asking about commissions!Read More