Russ Heath has had a stellar career in comics for decades, and in the new issue of Comic Book Creator, editor Jon B. Cooke spotlights the multi-talented artist, who’s still producing wonderful work to this day. CBC #4 is officially shipping from us today, and will be in stores next Wednesday. And you can get a juicy taste of his work in the free CBC #4 BONUS PDF we’re offering to everyone, available HERE.
Through April 1, we’re offering 50% off Print Editions, DVDs, and Bundles of our Modern Masters series. Since we’ve just completed adding Digital Editions of ALL our MM books, you’ll get 10% off those too.
And while you’re at it, dribble on down to the Modern Masters Facebook Page, and fill out a bracket ranking your favorite Modern Masters artists, and earn a chance to win a FREE book! Editor Eric Nolen-Weathington explains how it works:
“I’ve seeded the bracket based on where the artists finished up last year. Your job is to vote in each round to determine who advances to the next round (only one vote per person, please). To make things more interesting, you can enter a COMPLETELY FILLED OUT bracket, which will be scored based on how many “wins” you guess correctly. You get 1 point for a first round win, 2 points for a second round win, 3 points for a third round win, etc. Whoever ends up with the most points at the end of the tournament gets a free Modern Masters volume of their choice. In the event of a tie, each person with the highest point total gets a free book.”
Okay, my subject title is a nod to Tom Hanks’ charming film That Thing You Do, which is a perennial favorite of mine. But if you’ve seen that film, you know it’s apropos, as the new Back Issue (#71) is all about “Tryouts, One-Shots, and One-Hit Wonders”. We’re talking comics like Marvel Premiere, Marvel Spotlight, Marvel Feature, Strange Tales, Showcase, First Issue Special, and New Talent Showcase. Editor Michael Eury even covers DC’s Dick Tracy tabloid, Sherlock Holmes, and Marvel’s Generic Comic Book one-shots… and do you remember the one-hit wonders Bat-Squad, Crusader, and Swashbuckler? If not, give the ish a try; it’s now shipping from us, and in stores this Wednesday.
And is there a more fascinating artistic style than Arthur Adams’ in comics? Check out that Clea cover!
I just took my daughters to see The LEGO® Movie last weekend. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the surprise ending (which I won’t spoil for anyone). They didn’t get most of the pop culture references that I did (especially the super-hero related ones), but still had a blast. I was really impressed with the overall message, but if nothing else, you should see it just for the experience of hearing LEGO Batman sing his edgy (and hilarious) songs. Like the best old Warner Bros. cartoons, there’s something there for the grown-ups as well as the kids.
The movie’s already grossed more than $360 million worldwide, which I think probably surprises a lot of people. I figured from the trailers, it’d either be great, or lousy. Thankfully, EVERTHING IS AWESOME (and if you haven’t seen it yet, once you do, you’ll understand that reference, and like me, probably have it running through your head for a week afterward).
BrickJournal #28 is at the printer now, and ships March 26, with a big feature behind the bricks of The LEGO Movie. If you’d like a sneak peek, check out the free preview HERE.
If like us, you’re getting hit with a big winter storm today (for like, the third time in the last couple of weeks), take heart in knowing that we’ve got a couple of treats to keep you warm! I’m talking about:
Draw #27 (shipping today from TwoMorrows), wherein top comics cover artist Dave Johnson demos his creative process, Stephen Silver shows how he designs characters for top animated series, plus new columnist Jerry Ordway presents “The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the ORDWAY!”, “Crusty Critic” Jamar Nicholas reviews art supplies, and you can even spend some time at “Comic Art Bootcamp” with Draw editor Mike Manley and Bret Blevins! Mature readers only, cause there’s some naked people in it (for figure drawing demonstrations only, nothing lurid).
Our Spring 2014 Catalog Update, where you can see all the awesome releases we’ve got planned for you over the next few months.
So click on the links, cuddle up in front of the fireplace, and enjoy!
In ALTER EGO #123, we’ve got a special focus on DENNY O’NEIL’s Silver Age career through the mid-1970s, from Marvel (Dr. Strange, S.H.I.E.L.D.) to Charlton (Wander, “Children of Doom”) to DC (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Batman, The Shadow, Wonder Woman, Superman, JLA)—with assorted cool artifacts from ADAMS, KALUTA, SEKOWSKY, LEE, GIORDANO, THOMAS, SCHWARTZ, APARO, BOYETTE, DILLIN, SWAN, DITKO, and others. See what editor ROY THOMAS has dug up on the Denster; the issue is shipping now, and can be ordered HERE.
Issue #62 of my pride and joy, the Jack Kirby Collector, just shipped. It focuses on Kirby’s 1970s DC work, which is my favorite stuff he ever produced. Hop in a Boom Tube and check out the free preview HERE.
And editor Michael Eury’s Back Issue #70 is also shipping this week, with a focus on the Hulk in the Bronze Age. The cover is by the unlikely but awesome combo of Herb Trimpe and “Cerebus’” Gerhard. You can preview it HERE.
And hey, subscribers: we’ve been experimenting with new, more durable packaging for subscription copies, and I think we’ve hit on a winner. Let me know at email@example.com if the new combination shrinkwrap/backing board/padded envelope does the trick for getting your mag there in one piece!
As the artist of DC’s New 52 Wonder Woman series, Cliff Chiang’s work really caught my eye, and his recent cover for the Comic-Con International program book convinced me that he needed to be the subject of our Modern Masters series. So I discussed it with editor Eric Nolen-Weathington, and he in turn worked with Chris Arrant to pen what I think is a fascinating book about this mega-talented artist, who started in comics as an assistant editor (!) before finding stardom drawing.
Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang will arrive in comic book stores and booksellers on February 5, 2014, and is available for pre-order now at our website. The 120-page trade paperback includes some great color work, and retails for $15.95, and a digital edition is also available from our website and new App Store app.
A free preview can be found at THIS LINK.
Or order at any comic book shop using Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: OCT131328
and through major booksellers and Amazon.com with ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-050-2
If you’ve enjoyed Jared K. Burks’ regular column on minifigure customizing in BrickJournal magazine, and his first book for Lego® fans, you can learn more of his secrets in Minifigure Customization2: Why Live in the Box?
Jared’s new sequel takes an advanced look at the hobby, introducing more complex techniques to alter the lovable Lego® minifigure, and building on the techniques introduced in the first book. It features tutorials on virtual customization; designing decals and advanced decal application; custom part modification and creation, including 3-D printing; advanced painting techniques; lighting figures with LEDs or EL wire; tips on minifigure displays; and digital photography tips to capture your custom figures in the best light. Essential tools used to create custom figures are identified and updated, and it even includes a Gallery of custom minifigures from top customizers, where they share their favorite tips and tricks. Why live in the box? Populate your world with any alien, superhero, historical, action, horror, or science-fiction figure you can “Just Imagine!”
It’s NOW SHIPPING (at 15% off) at this link!
And through December 15, Jared’s original book, Minifigure Customization: Populate Your World!, is available at 40% during our current book sale. Here’s that link!