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!