New York Comic Con is unique in the fact that not only do fans get to meet amazing artists, but we can also watch them work. Every year at NYCC, Artist Alley is erected in order to corral the incredible talent visiting the city. This year artists sketched while sitting at tables, standing at easels and even kneeling next to a car. While strolling through Artist Alley, I was happy to see a few of my favorite author/artists, so I stopped in to check out their creative processes and also ask them what they are currently work on.
Today was the first day of the 2011 New York Comic Con, the biggest comic and graphic novel convention on the East Coast. RT's web team was there hanging out with fellow booklovers, meeting authors and, of course, snapping photos.
Comic Con 2011
We saw lots of heroes and villains...
Beautiful face painting...
A fallen angel...
Bestselling author Anne Rice has thrilled readers with her vampire world and her fictional series about the life of Christ. Now Rice will be adapting the second book in her Christ the Lord series into a new medium with the help of graphic novel author (and RT Contributor) Anne Elizabeth. The adaptation of Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana will feature art by Siya Oum and be published by Sea Lion books.
Although this is the series second, we anticipate that readers will have no problem diving into this re-telling of an already familiar tale as it features many of the characters of the classic Biblical tales. Says Rice, "The characters you know will be there — Jesus, Mary, Joseph — in the rich colors and beautiful forms that only artists can draw."
Film producer Aron Warner's newest project, a co-written comic book series about teens who are the result of a genetic mutation experiment, has been on our radar since it was first announced in February. We brought you more news of the series in the June issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS when author and RT Senior Contributor Anne Elizabeth got a chance to talk with Warner.
Finally, this week the much-anticipated comic series will be debuting at the San Diego Comic Con with Pariah!
DC Comics is rebooting classic comic franchises including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Over 50 superheroes will be getting new stories, costumes and, in some cases, different sidekicks.
DC will soon be releasing new #1 issues of these series, which in some cases will completely rewrite the pasts of some of the world’s greatest fictional heroes.
The first set of characters to get a makeover is the Justice League of America. A new version of the League will be releasing in comic form at the end of August. Another title slated to release is a reboot of Superman who will be eschewing his iconic red trunks for solid blue pants.
DC is courting a younger reading audience with these changes, hoping to make inroads with new readers. And while some see this move as a fresh start, others consider these rewritten comics a blow to the legacy of childhood role models. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Today graphic novel author Anne Elizabeth, who is also the RT BOOK REVIEWS Columnist on Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, shares a special look into the world of the comic character Ziggy.
In a rare interview, I spoke with Tom Wilson II, the son of Ziggy creator and the artist of the popular newspaper comic strip for the past few decades. “I took over for my dad years ago. I suppose it was a natural progression. I grew up with Ziggy who was like an older brother to me. He taught me a lot...” said Wilson. “Ziggy was a loner, a sad sack if you will, who was able to speak directly to the audience about his issues and upsets. He could look the world in the eye and impart his wisdom.” This candidness melted hearts of readers around the globe.
Author Michael Barson has just released Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics, a collection of romance comics that were popular in the 1940s and '50s. With titles like "Flame of Jealousy" and "Was I a Wicked Wife?" as well as quizzes, reader letters and articles on romance, this is a collection that is sure to please die-hard romantics, comic enthusiasts, art lovers and history buffs. Today Barson chats with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about what "Love Comics" are and why these tales are relevant to contemporary readers even though stories like these are no longer published.
Are you a fan of the television show Castle? (Or maybe in love with hunky Nathan Fillion?) Viewers will be getting another look inside the Castle series with an upcoming graphic novel.
Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios have just announced that they will be publishing Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm as a hardcover graphic novel. While readers won’t be getting any more Nathan Fillion, we will get to meet the dark and dangerous Derrick Storm, the character from Richard Castle’s books.
Veteran comic book writers Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick are currently working on the 100+ page graphic novel with Lan Medina set to illustrate the story. The new project joins the Castle franchise which already includes the TV series as well as two Richard Castle novels Heat Wave and Naked Heat. Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm is set to be released this September. And make sure to check out the September issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine for an exclusive interview with the graphic novel’s creators.
For more about Castle universe check out the fan-centric site RichardCastle.Net.
Graphic novel author Laura Lee Gulledge gives readers an insider look at her debut work Page by Paige. This story which got 4 1/2 stars from RT's Dawn Crowne, follows a young teen trying to find a place for herself in New York City. In this video interview with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus the author shares her thoughts about the way that art can help people push through many different types of emotional issues, including the lonliness that heroine Page faces in Page by Paige.