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Craft of Comics: Freddie E. Williams II on How to Digitally Draw Batman, Part Two of Two

Posted by on December 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Williams II concludes his video demonstration. For Part One of this video, go here. Click here for Part One and Part Two of Nathan Wilson's accompanying interview.

Craft of Comics: Freddie E. Williams II on How to Digitally Draw Batman, Part One of Two

Posted by on December 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Click here for Part One of Nathan Wilson's accompanying Williams II interview.

Freddie E. Williams II Talks Digital Part 1 of 2

Posted by on December 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Freddie E. Williams II's broke into the “big two” came with Grant Morrison’s four-issue Seven Soldiers of Victory: Mister Miracle #2. In addition to his continued DC work with Robin, Freddie illustrated one-shots and shorter runs on titles such as 52, Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, The Outsiders, Blue Beetle, Countdown and The Flash. In 2009, Williams teamed with Matt Sturges on DC’s six-issue Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! and in early 2010 continued with Sturges on JSA All-Stars for 11 issues. Williams attributes his success and abilities to his 1999 conversion from traditional pencil-and-ink work to a completely digital art environment. Working digitally for more than years now, a transition and process that he describes in great detail with instructions and guidance in his The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics (2009), Williams took time away from his hectic schedule to speak with me about his digital canvas artwork and to record a video of his process. — Nathan Wilson To view the accompanying video, click here.

Posted by on November 7th, 2010 at 6:36 AM
Grant Morrison, Architecture, and Mythology: Batman: Gothic (Legends of the Dark Knight #6-10)

Here and at GutterGeek, I continue to look back at Grant Morrison's DC Comics superhero work. This time we're re-reading Batman: Gothic: Sometimes it’s easy to get so wrapped up in subtext, allusions, and external meaning that I forget to recognize when a story is just good. At its core, that’s what Batman: Gothic is. It’s a really well-told story. Whereas Arkham Asylum was an effective psychological examination without much plot to speak of, Gothic is a plot-driven mystery with a healthy dose of action, adventure, and crime drama thrown in....

Jerry Robinson Interviewed by Chris Mautner

Posted by on November 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Even if Jerry Robinson had initially left comics for a career in journalism as he had originally intended, he'd still be fondly remembered for his work on Batman, particularly in creating the arch-villain the Joker. Thankfully, the comics bug proved to hard to shake off, and Robinson subsequently spent the next 70 years or so working in some aspect of the industry — in comic books, in comic strips (Jet Scott and Flubbs & Fluffs), as an editorial cartoonist, as an author and biographer (The Comics) and as the head of his self-created Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate. Abrams' newest book, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics by N.C. Christopher Couch, covers his career and biography in detail, with scads of drawings, sketches, photography and paintings Robinson has done over the years. I talked with Robinson over the phone about the new book, how he got into comics and the current, miserable state of editorial cartooning.

GutterGeek Column: ARKHAM ASYLUM

Posted by on October 30th, 2010 at 11:41 PM

I posted a column over at GutterGeek last week explaining that Matt Kleinert and I are going to start an ongoing column/conversation focused on the DC Comics superhero work of Grant Morrison. We're starting at the beginning and reading systematically through all of Morrison's work in an attempt to put the larger mythology together. Today I kicked off the conversation with a look at Arkham Asylum. Please feel free to drop in and work through it with us. Oh, and Happy Halloween.

The Thanos Imperative #3

Posted by on October 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Headache at the edge of the universe.

Thor: For Asgard #1-2

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Is it any good? Not really. Marvel's wool-mouthed version of Shakespeare is always heavy going, and no other kind of speech is provided here. Sometimes the writer connects. I liked this well enough: "Each has attracted a faction of similar minds from whom they hear nothing but the merit of their own words." Neatly expressed, I think. But you don't read a comic, or anything, to find one neat expression of a secondary idea.

A Weisinger Resources List Part Three (of Three): Websites and Blog Posts

Posted by on October 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Weisinger Resources List concludes with Internet materials concerning Mort Weisinger, the self-hating mastermind behind the baby boomers' Superman.

A Weisinger Resources List Part Two (of Three): Books

Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Weisinger Resources List continues, this time with books by or about Mort Weisinger, the most feared and renowned editor of the Silver Age.

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