Rounding out our look this week at indie comics I know nothing about, here’s a fantasy book called Dragon Knights:
Published in 1998 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics), the book is by Jeremy Tinker and Paul Way, who provides the cover as well. It looks like only 1 issue was ever published.
This week, I’ll be featuring a couple of books I don’t know anything about. The first is Halo & Sprocket:
Created, written, and drawn by cartoonist Kerry Callen, and published in 2003 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics). From what I can tell, it’s about an angel and a robot bestie.
Here’s a look at The Elementals #6:
Art by series creator Bill Willingham. Published by Comico, February 1986.
Merry Christmas, loyal blog readers. In honor of today’s holiday, here’s a bevy of weird independent comic book covers that have something to do with Christmas:
Art: Dan Fraga. Published: 1996, Maximum press
Art: James O’Barr. Published: 1989, Caliber Press.
Art: unknown. Published: 1991, Vortex.
Art: Dave Stevens. Published: 1988, Comico.
Art: Dan Day . Published: 1999, ACG.
Art: Mike Deodato Jr. Published: 1995, Image Comics.
I don’t know which cover is more disturbing, the Christmas Horror Special, or the horrible anatomy on the Glory cover where she’s giving a handjob to a snowman…
This week I’ll be spotlighting the Elementals again, the book that put Bill Willingham on the map:
Cover art by Bill Willingham, published by Comico, June 1985. A lot of Comico’s early books had wrap-around covers, which I loved.
This week, I’m revisiting a title I’ve featured several times before, the high adventure series Dragonring, from Aircel publishing:
This issue came out in November of 1987, and featured some of the earliest artwork of Dale Keown, who would go on to a short-lived superstardom on Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, and his own indie series, The Pitt.
Continuing the painted cover spotlight (does airbrushing count as painting?), here’s a book I’ve featured here before, Lost Heroes:
And yes, all 3 characters are based on actors, most prominently Mark Hammill.
Art by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts.
A couple of painted covers in the spotlight this week, starting with Dan Brereton’s The Nocturnals #2:
Published in 1995 by Bravura, the creator-owned imprint of Malibu. Brereton was probably the highest profile painter when it came to comics in the 90s, doing works for Eclipse, Malibu, DC, Marvel, and more. I loved this series, with its gorgeous visuals and fun occult/horror storylines.
Yeah, yeah, I know it’s a stretch. But I couldn’t find any indie comics that had to do with Thanksgiving or an actual turkey.
I know nothing about this comic book, other than it’s from 1953.
Today’s featured cover is from 1982, the Eclipse monthly magazine/anthology:
Cover art by Carl Potts, probably best known for his works at Marvel. Published by Eclipse comics, and featuring the works of Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, Hunt Emerson, Trina Robbins, Don McGregor, and more.
One of my favorite fantasy titles, from the immensely talented Zander Cannon:
This is the cover to the trade paperback collecting the first story arc. Published by Slave labor in 1997. It follows the adventures of a slave boy named Knute, his many attempts at escape from a dungeon, and an epic story involving finding a replacement for the God of Death. The story was funny and poignant and adventurous, with expressive artwork by Cannon.
This week, I’ll be revisiting some series I’ve featured here before, starting with Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting:
This charming series was originally self-published in 1997 by her own Olio imprint, before being picked up by Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books in 2000. Fantagraphics also did a stint as publisher.