Category Archives: Comic Books

The 4-Color Process: Controversial Batgirl 41 Cover

Comic artist Rafael Albuquerque created a BATGIRL variant comic cover for issue 41 of the DC Comics‘ series. Said cover, when previewed for pre-orders, stirred up a maelstrom of controversy; social media was raisin’ hell… as they say.

Batgirl #41 Joker varient © 2015 DC Comics
Batgirl #41 Joker varient © 2015 DC Comics

The comic book cover in question is part of the 75th anniversary of the Joker (is he really that old). Its imagery is perhaps sexualized and it most certainly hints at violence toward Batgirl (the blood smeared Joker smile… that’s a deliciously sadistic touch). Thus, in the eyes of hectoring feminists it is celebrating, if not outright championing, violence toward women.

Which, of course, it’s not.

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DUSTED – Evolution of a Comic Book Cover

Here’s the concept sketch and the the final verison of the comic book cover for the premier issue of DUSTED.

Dusted is going to be equal parts depravity and sexy; it’s about the sinners in a plutocratic future world. A world right before dystopia takes over society.

Comic Book Pitching

One of our favorite comic book writers is Warren Ellis (Planetary, Trees, FreakAngels and Supreme: Blue Rose); not only is his work potent and inspiring and engaging and forward-thinking, it’s damn fun.

However, he also has a great capacity to engage with his audience, and specifically talk about the craft of comic book writing, and the business of comic book creating. Below is a reprint of an article he wrote on pitching comic books from his COME IN ALONE e-column from… from a long time ago.

Some people will tell you that you don’t have a chance without knowing an editor or some other bigwig at one of the companies, and introduction will do you wonders.

Others claim that a solid pitch will rise and get noticed, and if that’s the route you’re taking, here’s some advice from one of the masters…


All right. You’ve got your story. Now you want to try and sell it to someone.

You poor doomed bastard.

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THE DARK ARTS – comic book cover

I love the process of making art… seeing ideas get tested, rejected, and then finalized is illuminating.

So we wanted to show the Anatomy of Cover for the for first issue of THE DARK ARTS…

As tarot cards are a key element to the first story arc, we wanted to give a nod to that…

We’re lucky to get the exceptionally gifted veteran colorist Lovern Kindzierski to add his magic to Oscar’s wonderful and haunting pencils & inks.