Story and Art by Eric Powell
Colors Eric and Robin Powell
Before running away to the Midnight Circus, Hellboy showed great interest in finding out what a real circus is like. Unfortunatelly that doesn’t happen here. But we still get to see Hellboy’s guardians: Professor Bruttenholm and General Norton Ricker.
From Hellboy: Weird Tales #2 a short and endearing story.
Young Hellboy is such a great kid.
The Hellboy: Weird Tales are full of stories like this one.
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Justice League Beyond #16, page 9 by Ben Caldwell
Here are the pencils of a gorgeous page from Ben Caldwell’s Beyond Origins: Barda. What you see here isn’t Barda however, but her mother, Big Breeda. These pages were drawn in landscape format to work as a digital comic, while also being arranged two on top of each other for the printed comics. The bluelines you see in the background are from a rough Ben did and printed out as a guide for the pencils.
Size: 28 x 22 cm (11 x 8.7 inches)
Edition: Original art
The Rise of Aurora West Fanart Contest and Give-away!
After the success of The Battling Boy Magical T-Shirt Contest First Second and I organized for the release of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy this past October, we’re teaming again to announce The Rise of Aurora West Fanart Contest and Give-Away! Paul Pope’s friend and talented cartoonist David Mack will help judge the contest again!
In the next few months, comics has a few exciting rebrandings of established heroes starring female leads with Spider-Gwen and Batgirl, but First Second is offering up an original kid superhero in The Rise of Aurora West from the brushes of Paul Pope and David Rubin .
The Rise of Aurora West is the first in two prequel books to Battling Boy written by Paul Pope and JT Petty and drawn by the amazing David Rubin (Beowulf)! The prequel centers on Aurora West and how her relationship with her father and her past develop her into the character we see her as in the Battling Boy book.
Fanart Guidelines: Simply draw Aurora West. You can play with her design as you see fit. You can do straight-forward illustrations, comic strips, anything you want so long as Aurora West is the subject. Tag your piece #RiseAuroraWest. Winners will recieve a signed copy of The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope (TBC)!
Giveaways! We’ll be randomly giving away several galleys of The Rise of Aurora West for the first two weeks of the contest based on who likes and reblogs this post. After those two weeks are up, the next two weeks will feature the same process, but the random few will win copies of the final book! You don’t have to follow this blog, but I recommend you do!
If you wish to buy a signed and skip the contest/give-away, Paul Pope is signing copies to be sent out from Word in New York.
Aug. 26th to Sept. 9th- Galley Give-Away Winners are randomly selected.
Sept. 9th to Sept. 23rd- Book Winners are randomly selected.
Aug. 26th to Sept. 30th-All fanart entries must be submitted and tagged (If you don’t have tumblr email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Winners will be selected and announced soon after.
Follow JT Petty: Twitter
Contest poster by David Zissou
We all can’t wait to see what you can bring to Aurora West! Go and have fun!
"The Ten Best Image Comics Books, Right Now," Multiversity Comics
This here title looks mighty promising!
(True blue Texan here, so I can get away with that.)
Lady Blackhawk by Cliff Chiang
Spider-man 2099 #3 Cover by Francesco Mattina
On the “Big-Two”
As a life-long fan of Marvel and DC comics, it’s worth noting that both companies are making it awful tough to stick with the few books that I’m interested in reading these days.
If it wasn’t already the insane costs, and rapidly changing creative teams; they continue to talk about company-wide reboots, new #1 issues, and raising prices. With this in mind, it appears I’ll just keep dropping the books like flies. Seriously,  comics for ~ $15 (which used to be about 15-18 comics) and all the drama that goes with the reboots, creative changes, etc.? It’s insane, and I can justify very little these days from the big-two, and usually only in a collected form. Something has to give for the better.
That said, the Independent side of things has probably never been better, so at least there’s always something great to look forward to there!
…I post the image above as things are not looking good for Richard Rider, either. “But, y’know, thanks for all your help with Annihilation and rekindling the cosmic portion of our company line!” Don’t get me started on Captain America (with all due respect to Sam who is more than worthy of the title, I’m just tired of these angles having gone through them a dozen times)…
…this too shall pass.
Eureka: ADVANCED - Marek Okon
As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.
While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.
Planet Stories, March 1951.
And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.
Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.
Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.