Friday, May 11, 2012

The Comic Feed 5/11/12

Follow Lenore on the tweety pages and the facey books, a new dynamic duo, and a peek into the mind of an artist.

Happy Friday, folks! Let's take journey through the Comic Feed for May 11, 2012.

Tony DeZuniga, Jonah Hex Co-Creator Dies

I have added bits of information over the last few weeks about Jonah Hex co-creator Tony DeZuniga’s hospital stay and the efforts to aid with his medical costs, and I am sad to report that he has died from complications of a stroke. He was 79.

DeZuniga was the first Filipino artist to break into the American comics business, beginning his work in the industry in 1957 in the Philippines, later coming to the US in 1970, where he worked for DC, Marvel, and as a designer for game company Sega. He paved the way for many artists around the world through his break into the industry.

 Lenore’s on ComiXology and iVerse! 

As a tribute to the 20th Anniversary celebrations for Roman Dirge’s creepy creation, Lenore, Titan Comics announced that, for the first time, Lenore is available digitally on ComiXology and iVerse.

For those not introduced to Lenore, she's a 10-year-old undead girl who lives in a mansion with an assortment of weird and creepy friends, including Ragamuffin (a vicious vampire trapped in the body of a rag doll toy), Pooty (a former bounty hunter for the underworld), next-door neighbor Taxidermy, and her obsessive admirer Mr. Gosh.

The May 9th undead debut of Lenore on these digital platforms brought both the remastered color editions of Lenore Volume 1 #1-4 (‘Noogies’) and Volume 2 #1-4 (‘Swirlies’). This is a glimpse into the beginnings of Lenore and “the latest excretions from Roman Dirge’s fertile mind!”

Fans can also keep updated on the latest releases and the celebration of Lenore’s 20th anniversary by following her on Twitter and Facebook.

She-Buccaneer Goes Digital 

The return of Will Hughes wildly popular She-Buccaneer has brought her to the digital platform, thanks to Red 5 Comics. To begin The Adventures of She-Buccaneer, launch the Comixology or Comics+ app on your iOS or Android device, or visit the comiXology website and find the free comics link. For a limited time, you can begin your voyage by reading issue #1 for free.  

Phantom Lady Miniseries 

DC announced in a press release today that Phantom Lady is making her return to the comics world as part of the New 52, in her own 4 part mini-series, written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Cat Staggs and Rich Perotta. Joining her in this new series, is the king of little man syndrome, her partner-in-crimefighting, the “diminutive dynamo” Doll Man.

Justin Gray told The Source, “We took the best of their original core concepts and updated them with no relation to our previous work on Phantom Lady and Doll Man in the Freedom Fighters. You're getting in on the ground floor of the origin story of two people whose lives intersect and a common threat that transforms them into pretty amazing and engaging superheroes.”

According to Jimmy Palmiotti, “With this series, we dig into who Phantom Lady and Doll Man are, how they came to be and how they fit into DC Comics- The New 52. There is something for everyone here and we are having a blast!”

Look for Phantom Lady #1, with cover art by cover by Amanda Conner, on August 29th.

Taking Us through the Process

Creator and artist J.H. Williams III is taking readers of his blog on a walk through his process of creating the cover for Batwoman #12. Not only does it give a glimpse into a new guest star (yay, Wonder Woman!), but it gives a glimpse into the mind of a creator, which is invaluable.

It appears that regular visitors will be getting even more of a step by step look at his process, as he wrote on his blog, “Here is the cover to Batwoman 12. I had planned putting this up in micro stages of progress, but simply didn’t have the time to scan and save each phase meticulously like I said I would. That will have to wait for some other day.” This is definitely a good place to stay tuned.

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