Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Recommended Reading

We have a couple interesting links this week, highlighted in bold.

As we reported last week, Velvet #12 is in stores today. Comic Book Resources just posted a four-page preview for part two of "The Man Who Stole the World," the third arc in Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Elizabeth Breitweiser's retro spy thriller.

We've earlier reported on Sean Phillips' continued work with the Criterion Collection, and through Twitter, Sean pointed out a brief piece in American Illustration - American Photography, profiling the Criterion Collection's art director Eric Skillman.  He mentions his "incredibly fruitful collaborations" with Phillips and other artists, and the profile (and the re-tweeted Tweet) highlights Phillips' moody cover for On The Waterfront.

Through its own Twitter account, the Criterion Collection also recently highlighted a story by The Paris Review.  Criterion's art directors walk through the process of creating the cover art and packaging for the series, in a story prompted by last year's release of the coffee-table book Criterion Designs, released for the company's thirtieth anniversary.  Phillips isn't singled out here, but the piece is definitely worth reading for those who appreciate the work behind the company's high-quality home-video releases of acclaimed films.

And, I noticed last week the release of a magazine-sized variant for another Image Comics debut, The Witch written by Greg Rucka, who co-created Gotham Central with Ed Brubaker.  With its extra-large size, unique cover art, and loads of bonus content for the premium price, the variant very much resembles the magazine-sized variants for The Fade Out #1 and the Criminal Special Edition.

The incident in the issue is a fairly self-contained introduction to what is obviously a much larger story, and I thought it was a good read that would probably be appealing to quite a few fans of Fatale and Gotham Central, especially fans of the character of Renee Montoya from the latter.

(Still, it doesn't hold a candle to the Criminal one-shot's magazine variant, which remains the single best comic book I've read in ages.  I wouldn't be surprised if it's nominated for multiple Eisners next year, including Best Single Issue and Best Publication Design.)

I haven't seen any comparisons online to the Brubaker/Phillips magazine variants, but writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott are featured in an interview at the Image Comics website, and Rucka is an another interview at Comics Bulletin.

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