Hey, it’s that time again… we look back the week and go WTF happened in comics this week!
Let’s start with the not so good. There’s an artist out there who gets work at Marvel regularly, by all accounts this individual is friendly, pleasant to deal with, and never misses a deadline, at least based on the research that I’ve done and the accounts I’ve heard from people who have had direct interaction with this individual. This individual though has a reputation as a tracer and a tracer that has also used porn for mainstream comics. Now, this isn’t news and quite frankly as much as the internet doesn’t like it, hasn’t stopped the artist from drawing numerous covers for Marvel as well as several Spider-books recently and he even drew covers for one of my favorite mutant related series ever in the last couple of years. However this week it’s emerged that this guy has gone and traced parts of another artist’s creative work for a cover involving a certain acid-bleeding Xenomorph.
The evidence presented in tweets by the aggrieved artist is beyond being merely compelling and it’s obvious what happened here. Now it’s one thing to trace a photograph or even reference adult entertainment but this is straight-up thievery. The question is, what is Marvel going to do about it? I honestly cant blame the editor cause this guys really good at frankensteining multiple parts of different images together, I mean I liked that cover till I discovered what had happened. There’s also no way Marvel are not aware of it now. The comic industry likes to pat itself on the back when it does something good but like so many other industries tends to be dead silent when things like this happen. So the idiot of the week goes to our thief artist and I would encourage people not to support this person’s work as he clearly has no respect for anyone else’s.
On a much more positive note. DC Comics revealed the cover and amazing creative team line up for an anthology book honoring 18 real-life woman heroes who have made a positive impact in the real world. Curated by acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and featuring the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Rashida Tlaib, Serena Williams, this is exactly the kind of positive role model book young readers should be exposed to. You can get a look at the full creative line up and some of the art right HERE!
Scott Snyder and Tony Daniels’s new kickstarter book NOCTERRA got some limited edition collectors prints and our own Cody White actually got to interview Scott about the upcoming project in a video interview which if you missed it you can find right here along with the limited edition print artwork revealed earier this week as well just click HERE
As for a hero of the week, I am late on this as there wasn’t a column last week but I would like to honor Chadwick Boseman, The Black Panther, who by putting on that suit, mask and taking on the role and was a shining beacon of representation to so many and was taken from the world way to soon. May he rest in power. Fuck cancer!