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Mar 31, 2020 at 22:15. 8 comments

The Rise of Skywalker Could've Given Us a Giant Tank Shaped Like BB-8

The Rise of Skywalker Could've Given Us a Giant Tank Shaped Like BB-8

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker already had so much going on , but our exclusive look at some of the concept art behind making it reveals the film could’ve had even more, including something truly delightful. Three words, my friends: BB-8. Battle. Tank.

This wonderful reveal is part of io9's exclusive look inside Phil Szostak’s The Art of The Rise of Skywalker , the latest Star Wars art book...

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Mar 26, 2020. 1 comments

DC Kids Camp Wants to Inspire Young Readers to Become Creators

DC Kids Camp Wants to Inspire Young Readers to Become Creators

With more and more schools across the world mandating that students of all ages stay home amid the ongoing covid-19 epidemic , many parents are finding themselves having to find activities to occupy their children’s time. With that in mind, DC Comics has just launched DC Kids Camp, a series of fun courses to inspire them to create things while at home .

Beginning today, DC Kids’ social...

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Mar 17, 2020. 12 comments

Celebrate Ray Harryhausen's 100th Birthday With This Amazing 7th Voyage of Sinbad Merch

Celebrate Ray Harryhausen's 100th Birthday With This Amazing 7th Voyage of Sinbad Merch
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The year 2020 would have marked the 100th birthday of Ray Harryhausen, the filmmaking legend who helped pioneer the art form known as stop-motion animation. And though Harryhausen passed away back in 2013 , fans can still celebrate a...

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Mar 07, 2020. 5 comments

Emerald City Comic Con Is Officially Delayed Due to Coronavirus Worries

Emerald City Comic Con Is Officially Delayed Due to Coronavirus Worries

As more and more people announced their plans to skip Emerald City Comic Con because of concerns regarding COVID-19 , one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds was whether the convention would actually go on as planned next week. While ECCC isn’t being canceled outright, things are changing for the convention.

Today, Reed Exhibitions released a public statement announcing that ECCC is...

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Mar 04, 2020. 6 comments

Publishers and Creators Are Dropping Out of Emerald City Comic Con as Coronavirus Fears Rise

Publishers and Creators Are Dropping Out of Emerald City Comic Con as Coronavirus Fears Rise

As more cases of coronavirus infections have been identified and reported around the world, the organizers of conventions expected to draw massive crowds—like Google I/O and Mobile World Congress —have begun canceling the events in order avoid them becoming hotbeds for viral transmission. While the upcoming Emerald City Comic Con hasn’t announced the same as of yet, we’re starting to see...

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Mar 03, 2020. 9 comments

A Movie as Epic as Avengers: Endgame Deserves an Equally Epic Painting

A Movie as Epic as Avengers: Endgame Deserves an Equally Epic Painting
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If ever a showdown could be described as “great,”  Avengers: Endgame would be it. You’ve got the Avengers, you’ve got Thanos, you’ve got ships, aliens, and resurrected beings. It’s got it all . Capturing that gigantic sequence in one...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Oct 18, 2019. 5 comments

Metal Men Artist Shane Davis Reflects on the Lies That Make Heroes Tick

Metal Men Artist Shane Davis Reflects on the Lies That Make Heroes Tick

Writer Dan DiDio and artist Shane Davis’ new Metal Men series, out this week, is drenched in bright splashes of gleaming color that hide a dark, human truth. It binds the comic’s team of heroes and their creator together in ways that devastate them all. The book still features the Metal Men series’ signature camp and sight gags, but in between the moments when the team is facing off against...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jul 26, 2019. 6 comments

There Is No One Face of San Diego Comic-Con

There Is No One Face of San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con celebrated its 50-year anniversary this year. That’s half a century of panels, cosplay, friendship, and joining together in fandom. We wanted to commemorate this historic event, and we chose to do it by celebrating you.

The fan . The artist. The writer. The cosplayer . The volunteer. The supportive parent. The friend.

Video producer Raul Marrero has put together a beautiful...

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Arturo R. Garcia Arturo R. Garcia Jul 18, 2019. 12 comments

IDW’s President Wants to Unearth Spider-Man’s Hidden Mexican History

IDW’s President Wants to Unearth Spider-Man’s Hidden Mexican History

Even as moviegoers get reacquainted with Peter Parker Marvel Studios’ latest release, Spider-Man: Far From Home , a piece of the character’s comic book history was only uncovered earlier this year for American fans thanks to IDW Publishing President Chris Ryall.

Ryall—who has been nominated for Eisner and Eagle awards for his work as a comics writer and co-wrote IDW’s revival of Rom the...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jul 12, 2019. 5 comments

Batman Gets Hushed, Alien Gets Soft, and More Exclusive Mondo Comic-Con Posters [Updated]

Batman Gets Hushed, Alien Gets Soft, and More Exclusive Mondo Comic-Con Posters [Updated]
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San Diego Comic-Con is all about doing, seeing, and buying things you can’t do, see, or buy anywhere else . However, Mondo has found a great way to keep Comic-Con attendees happy with exclusive items but also satisfying fans who...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jun 05, 2019. 4 comments

The Films of Amblin Gets a Deservedly Beautiful and Nostalgic Art Show

The Films of Amblin Gets a Deservedly Beautiful and Nostalgic Art Show
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The Amblin projects of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s are more than mere films. They’re our memories, our fears, our dreams. Jaws scared us from going into the water. The Goonies got us to jump on our bikes and go off on an adventure....

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier May 29, 2019. 13 comments

Lost Boys Fans Will Vamp Out for These Never-Before-Printed Posters and Comic Book Replica

Lost Boys Fans Will Vamp Out for These Never-Before-Printed Posters and Comic Book Replica

The journey for an iconic movie poster is often long and difficult. Artists can make dozens, maybe even hundreds, of different concepts before landing on the right one. Most, if not all, of those other concepts are usually buried forever. This week though, two such creations for The Lost Boys are, appropriately, coming back to life—and io9 got to learn more about them.

The Bottleneck...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Feb 13, 2019. 16 comments

There Will Never Be Another George Perez

There Will Never Be Another George Perez

If superhero comics have anything like Michaelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chapel—awe-inspiring work that communicates celestial grandeur and human drama on a grand scale—it’s probably something drawn by George Perez.

When George Perez announced his retirement a few weeks ago , the unanimous consensus was that the light across multiple fictional universes got significantly dimmer. Perez’s...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Dec 06, 2018. 9 comments

Spider-Man and Deadpool Just Took the Piss Out of DC's Mister Miracle in the Best Way

Spider-Man and Deadpool Just Took the Piss Out of DC's Mister Miracle in the Best Way

A series like Robbie Thompson, Jim Towe, Sean Parsons, and Brian Reber’s Spider-Man/Deadpool is exactly where you’d expect to see Marvel gently poking fun at its fellow comics houses, but it’s going to be difficult to top the jabs put on display in this week’s new issue.

As tends to be the case whenever Spider-Man and Deadpool end up having to partner with each another, the heroes have...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Nov 23, 2018. 6 comments

This Artist's Movie Poster Concepts Will Blow Your Mind

This Artist's Movie Poster Concepts Will Blow Your Mind

There was once a time when movie posters—not movie trailers—did all the heavy lifting to convey the magic and wonder promised by a film’s upcoming release. Portugal-based artist Luis Melo does the kind of illustration work that speaks to those wonderful posters of yesteryear in a truly masterful way.

Though Melo’s influences are vast and varied, the idea running through all of his art is to...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Oct 10, 2018. 9 comments

Pennywise Is Krusty? Pikachu Is Blanka? Pop Culture Icons Cross Over in a New Art Show

Pennywise Is Krusty? Pikachu Is Blanka? Pop Culture Icons Cross Over in a New Art Show
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In pop culture, even unrelated characters can have something significant in common. They’re both clowns. They’re both purple . They’re both cyborgs . And that middle ground is where artist Alex Solis likes to play.

Solis just opened a...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Sep 14, 2018. 9 comments

Artist Jen Bartel on Turning Fan Art Into a Comics Career and Paying It Forward

Artist Jen Bartel on Turning Fan Art Into a Comics Career and Paying It Forward

Artist Jen Bartel may have started out drawing Sailor Moon, X-Men, and Ghostbusters fan art, but now she’s creating covers for some of today’s biggest comic books. Black Panther: World of Wakanda , Josie and the Pussycats, Marvel’s Jessica Jones , just to name a few.

In a video interview with io9, Bartel talks about turning her fan work into a full-time job, learning to draw black hair, and...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 14, 2018. 15 comments

We've Got a Sneak Peek at Anne Rice's New Vampire Lestat Tale, Blood Communion

We've Got a Sneak Peek at Anne Rice's New Vampire Lestat Tale, Blood Communion

Anne Rice has a much-anticipated Vampire Chronicles TV show in the works at Hulu, and now she’s got a new book in the series starring her most beloved character: Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat. It’s the first Rice novel to include illustrations—and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt and some image reveals to share.

First, here’s some words from the author herself, explaining a little...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Sep 08, 2018. 7 comments

An Artist Inspired by Ukiyo-e Creates Absolutely Stunning Illustrations of Superheroes

An Artist Inspired by Ukiyo-e Creates Absolutely Stunning Illustrations of Superheroes

As a kid, Gifu City artist Dakota Alexander developed a lifelong love for ukiyo-e , a style of traditional Japanese woodblock painting that became popular during the Edo period. Like many young people, Alexander also happened to have a fondness for comic books and superheroes.

Ukiyo-e paintings have traditionally depicted epic, dramatic scenes plucked from significant moments in history,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Sep 03, 2018.

I Must Own These Daft Punk Figures With Light-Up LED Helmets

I Must Own These Daft Punk Figures With Light-Up LED Helmets

Medicom has been creating Daft Punk figures for a while now, including versions of the secretive duo as they appeared promoting their latest album, Random Access Memories . But the toymaker is now introducing versions of the figures dating back to their 2001 album Discovery, which for the first time will include light-up helmets.

Standing just shy of 12 inches, the Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo...

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