Going back to the well with one of my all-time favorite indie books, Roachmill:
This is vol. 2 of the collected Roachmill issues, by creators Rich Hedden and Tom McWeeney. Published by Dark Horse Comics in 1989.
Here’s a company that I had a bit of history with in my early days of trying to break into the business…
Let’s just say I did a lot of unpaid work for them and leave it at that.
The cover for this book was done by Steven Hughes, who gained fame as the artist of Evil Ernie and Lady Death, before his untimely death at an early age. Published by Blue Comet Press in 1990.
Today’s cover is an early one from Brian Stelfreeze:
This issue was published in December 1991 by Innovation.
There’s an interesting story that goes along with the cover: I always thought there was something familiar about the texture of the background, especially the “ridges” on her collar. Years after this book came out, I was at a comic con and speaking to one of the artists who had worked on the book (I can’t remember who, unfortunately) and he said that he remembered this cover because Brian drew it on the inside of a pizza box after a show, just passing the time. Apparently that was good enough for Innovation, who used it as a cover.
It’s Kyle Baker appreciation week here on ICS, so I’ll start with one of my favorite works by the great cartoonist:
This book was one of the first to open my eyes to just how funny comic books could be in the right hands, since I tended to only associate laugh-out-loud humor with movies and stand-up.
Continuing a look at African American artists in the comics field, here’s an early superhero comic published by Dark Horse in 1987:
Cover art by Larry Stroman, who would go on to draw the second volume of Alien Legion (for Epic), the latest Alien Legion mini-series (for Titan), as well as his own very short-lived creator owned series Tribe.