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Comic Artists at American Illustration + Photography Party
Last night was the annual American Illustration and American Photography party and it was just as fun as years past. Food, booze, dancing, networking, not to mention two walls filled with award-winning photographs and illustrations (two of which I art-directed, thank you very much). There were also several comic artists there — those rare few who make the crossover between editorial illustrator and comic artist — including James Jean, Koren Shadmi, Nathan Fox and Ward Sutton.Posted by Tim Leong on November 9th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Party, Blog |
James mentioned a few interesting tidbits:
1) That as much as he loves it, issue 6 will be his last cover of Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy comic.
2) He just did a mural for the Prada store in Soho. Watch out Paul Pope and your Diesel prints! You’re not the only comic artist that can do clothing stores.
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Manga Cover Story in Wired Magazine
Hey all, check out the new issue of Wired Magazine. The cover story is about the manga explosion. It talks about how big it is in Japan, fan fiction and there’s even a 10-page comic written by Jason Thompson. Definitely worth checking out.Posted by Tim Leong on October 19th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog | 1 Comment »
Comics In Magazines
Anyone see the new GQ? There’s nice write-up on Matt Fraction and Casanova in there.
What about Wired? Anyone see that? There’s a very lengthy piece on the guys behind Penny Arcade.Posted by Tim Leong on August 16th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog | 1 Comment »
Paul Pope Illustrations
It’s very uncommon to see Paul Pope to do an editorial illo for a magazine. Even more uncommon is it to see him do TWO in the same month. This morning I picked up the latest issues of GQ and Wired to find full-page Pope illos in both.
Being a mag guy and a comic guy, I’m always fascinated with who magazines are assigning work to, especially when it’s a comics person. I’m not sure why they both went to Pope, though. It’s unfortunate for the magazines they both have him because neither really has those exclusive bragging rights about scoring a cool illustrator. But it IS good for the readers, though, since you get two doses of Pope goodness.Posted by Tim Leong on June 20th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Holy Costume Update, Batman!
I’m a resounding “eh” on this preview in the new EW. The new suit feels way too reminiscent of Joel Schumacher to me.Posted by Tim Leong on June 15th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Movies, Blog |
Niko Henrichon illo in Complex Magazine
The new issue of Complex Magazine is out! If you haven’t seen it, it’s got Rihanna and Seth Rogen on the covers. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m the Deputy Art Director at the magazine, so this post is obviously a bit biased. And by a bit I mean completely.
BUT, there is some great stuff in here, including the Complex Comic Package. The concept was, our readers were into comics 10 years ago in the heyday before the crash, but grew out of them for whatever reason. But comics kick all kinds of ass now, and it’s the best time to get back in. So the package is a primer on what you missed, what’s going on now and what to buy.
My favorite part of it all is an AMAZING opener illustration we got Niko Henrichon to do (pictured above). Working with illustrators is one of the best parts about my job, and this time did not disappoint. The idea was to show the popular heroes of yesteryear contrasted with who the cool heroes are now (from Powers, Ex Machina and Daredevil). Niko knocked it clear out of the park.
Laura Hudson did the picks and wrote the majority of text, with me and an editor chiming in and helping guide it through. It was originally supposed to be a few pages longer, but shuffling the page count is a fact of life in the mag world, and hopefully we can get that content in the book later.
And PS - my editor was talking to Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) at the photo shoot about comics and the only thing I remember him mentioning specifically was that he loved Superman Red Son.Posted by Tim Leong on June 8th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Sin City + SLAM Magazine
The new SLAM magazine is out and it totally hearts Sin City.Posted by Tim Leong on May 31st, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Brian K. Vaughan in Complex Magazine
The new issue of Complex Magazine hit the stands this week. In it, not only can you find a cool story about James Franco and Spider-Man 3, but you can also find my very first print magazine byline. I wrote a profile on some guy named Brian K. Vaughan. Perhaps you’ve heard of him?
The piece was trimmed down significantly, which gave me a taste of my own editing medicine. The story was written more for the Complex reader demo, not hardcore comics fans like you. Yes, you. But you do get some cool original photography of BKV. Go to your local B&N and pick one up.Posted by Tim Leong on April 12th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
More on Scott Gramling, the new EIC at Wizard
From the presser (real thoughts when I catch a free minute):
Gramling's primary goal will be to continue building on the success ofWizard with eyes on growing the readership across all medium and seeking togain more of a market share in the pop culture category. “It goes without saying that the Wizard brand is remarkably strong and has agreat track record. I’m a longtime admirer of the company and am veryexcited to be returning to the family,” said Gramling. Gramling returns to Wizard after 12 years, where he began as an associateeditor. Since 2000 he served as Sections Editor, Deputy Editor andEditor-In-Chief at FHM, where he was also a frequent contributor to themagazine, conducting interviews with celebrity notables including AnnaKournikova, Shaquille O’Neal and Ozzy Osbourne. Previously, he was theAssociate Editor of Sports Illustrated For Kids’ book division.Posted by Tim Leong on February 21st, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog | 2 Comments »
News Briefs/Press Releases
NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF AT WIZARD
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT NAMES SCOTT GRAMLING AS NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF(Congers, NY, February 21, 2007) Wizard Entertainment announced today ScottGramling as the new Editor-In-Chief of Wizard. Gramling will take the helmeffective immediately overseeing all content for the company, including thefour publications; Wizard, InQuest Gamer, ToyFare and Anime Insider as wellas wizarduniverse.com and The Wizard World Tour, which kicks off March 16 inLos Angeles. 2006 HARVEY AWARDS NOMINATING BALLOTS AVAILABLEPlease go to www.harveyawards.org for ballot and submission details. BALTIMORE, MD (February 21, 2007) — The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awardsand the Baltimore Comic-Con are proud to present the official Nomination Ballot forthis year’s Harvey Awards. Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selectedexclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit,or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. Named inhonor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents,the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They arethe only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comicbook professionals.Posted by Tim Leong on February 21st, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog, Press Release |
The second issue of Geek Monthly hit the stands this week and I was lured into picking it up. Let’s be honest: it was because of Kristen Bell.
The mag is very comics-friendly and does some reviews of Astonishing X-Men, DMZ and Zombies: Feast. There’s also a story about Lost Girls. If that seems dated, it’s because it is. By a lot. In reading it, you can tell a lot of their interviews went down last Summer/Fall.
I was actually really disappointed with the Kristen Bell feature. The photos are a bit lackluster and repetetive. And the story is really more about Veronica Mars than Kristen Bell. Which is fine in theory, but they really sold the story to be more about Bell.
It’s obvious they’re operating on a shoestring budget, as 90 percent of their art is pickup, but they’re making the most out of it. It can definitely use some more up-top editing and and closer looks at heirarchy, but I just picked it up this morning and haven’t been able to go through everything yet. It seems like an okay start with potential.Posted by Tim Leong on February 14th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Check them out online and decide for yourself.