Mini photo shoot from yesterday! We’ll be at MegaCon all day today, say hello!
Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
How cool is this?? One of my studio mates is the astonishing Dustin Weaver, who has contributed this rather spectacular portrait of Mercy to the Avalon Bay Pin-up section. And hey— the Avalon Bay TPB comes out NEXT WEDNESDAY!!
Dustin’s amazing flair for epic sci-fi can be seen in his two web comics, Sagittarius A* , and Amnia Cycle. Oh— that’s when he’s not busy doing little jobs drawing covers and stories on books like S.H.E.I.L.D., Avengers, and Inhumans! You can follow all of Dustin’s colorful adventures from his Blog.
A pin-up I did in support of Ron Randall’s TREKKER!!
Check out the new Trekker book— The Train To Avalon Bay
Character designs for the Bold Riley series by Leia Weathington
For those of you who would love to see more fabulous characters from Bold Riley, be sure to check out the new Kickstarter for the second volume (which will feature a pinup from Ormes’ own Ashleigh Ekari)!
Rachel Cole-Alves character introduction post
Marine Sergeant Rachel Cole returned home from her second tour of duty to marry Daniel Alves. He and the rest of her family were gunned down in crime-ring crossfire at their wedding reception; Rachel comes out of critical care to discover all her loved ones are now dead.
Rachel soon takes a similar approach to that of Frank Castle: hunting down everyone in the crime world connected to the massacre. She and Castle cross paths (mafia vengeance-killing is a small world, evidently); Castle, upon discovering that she is a fellow Marine with a similar story, takes her on as an ally and protege. (Cue the most heartwrenching, least uplifting pep-talk in the history of everything. “The dead don’t feel,” he tells her—she must forget her love for and grief over her husband if she is to be effective in avenging his death.)
Her story touches on the themes of vengeance, love, redemption—there’s a flicker of hope and an internal struggle she faces when Daredevil offers her an alternative to a life obsessed with revenge.
Alves is eventually arrested, tried for murder and—because of her refusal to help the authorities find Castle—found guilty on all counts. Castle breaks her out and, in a last-ditch effort to ensure she goes free, stays behind to face the Avengers while she escapes.
The last we see of Alves, she is in the white-skull vest and has taken over the mission of a now-imprisoned Frank Castle. She is, for all intents and purposes, the Punisher now.
WHERE TO READ HER:
Punisher vol. 8 (2011) and
Punisher War Zone (2013),
both by Greg Rucka and both staggeringly, heartbreakingly good.
Feminist Graffiti from the 1970s [x]I haven’t seen this in a while. It never gets old.
Mike: In addition to the many, many larger conversations that sprung up in the wake of the reveal of Star Wars Rebels’ main cast of characters last month, some of us here at Eleven-ThirtyEight noti…
Hey, geek community: DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS
One of my favorite guest posters, Tim Hanley, has taken his love of comics to a new level. This week his book about Wonder Woman becomes available. I’ve read a copy and if you like Wonder Woman or woman in comics, you need to read this book. Buy it here. To celebrate the release, Tim is guest posting again and this time he takes on some misconceptions about Wonder Woman and her world.
Tim’s thoughts follow.