For this week's Needless Character Analysis, I went for a non-mainstream character, Katchoo of Strangers In Paradise. This is one of those series that, while it ended several years ago, it still remains popular due to its complex characters a strong story. Because Katchoo is one of the central characters, consider this a spoiler warning for the series, if you haven't read it yet.
I got turned onto the art of Alexander Serra through of the various Legion of Super-Heroes groups that I follow on Facebook. In Googling this artist, I found precious little, but noticed that he has had some published work over the years, but his blog is a great repository for some fantastic artwork. He also produced a couple of great little comics for Saturday Morning Webtoons, Lopopo's Lost Sock and The Tried And Failed Gang which are both available to download FOR FREE.
Jennie Breeden has been at this webcomics thing for a little while. She started The Devils Panties in 2001, and pretty much hasn't stopped. As you would expect, the quality has gotten better over time, and today we have a polished, daily webcomic about a young married couple, that just happen to make comics.
Tim Dixon is helping to redefine what we refer to when talk of "Comic Book Art." Normally that phrase indicates that we are talking about drawings that are either part of the comic-making progress or illustrations that are directly inspired by comic books. As any artist will tell you, the definition of "art" is very broad. Today, we're featuring an artist that starts pulling us in the direction of the "Arts & Crafts" part of the definition, but his focus on emphasizing the great cover art of comics is what makes him worthy of inclusion in our list of Artists of the Week.
Amigo has some impressive looking offerings for March. While we haven't read any preview copies yet, what we're seeing in the preview for Unleash, which we've included below, is very impressive and worth a consideration. Check out the solicitations and preview of Unleash #1 below for a peek at a small publisher trying to make some good comics. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT AND LANGUAGE AHEAD
Matthew Rosenberg has a great new series coming out from Black Mask in April, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. First reported by io9, the new series follows on Rosenberg's success with We Can Never Go Home, which became one of the surprise hits of 2015.
Legendary comic book artist Rich Buckler, co-creator of Deathlok, has agreed to become an ambassador for the Inkwell Awards. The Inkwells celebrate the artists that work as inkers in the comic book industry, often unappreciated for the contribution that they make to the comics medium.
It's nice to contacted by people that genuinely want to know what we think of their work, and I'm happy that Scott Duvall, writer of Narcopolis: Continuum #1 was one of them. He contacted us early on and maintained contact with us in a professional and friendly manner. Also, we don't many chances to review comics published by Heavy Metal, so I was intrigued.
It's that time for us here at Needless Essentials Online to pick our favorites for the End of the Year Awards. This is the comic book section of the sort-of-second annual NEsO Awards. The first year was split up into two lists, the top 10 of 2014 and comic book films. If you want to see what won last year, just check out those links, and then come back to see this year's awards. The way it works is that I'll give the runners-up and then the winner. If we were having an End of the Year Awards banquet, we would list of all of them and then announce like a real awards show. Instead, we're a website and this is the way we decided to do it this year.
This week’s Needless Character Analysis in Maddie Munroe, from We Can Never Go Home. She’s a character that really has a great mystery around her, and took control of her life once it spun out of control. If you haven’t read it, then do so, because there are spoilers in this character analysis. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Just in time for Christmas, We Can Never Go Home is getting the TPB treatment next week, arriving in local comic shops. Black Mask Studios has published one of the biggest surprise hits of the year, with issues going into multiple printings to meet demand. That demand has also seen first printings in high demand and fetching high prices on the back issue market.