Making Darth Vader: The Best Star Wars Comic There’s Ever Been

Kieron Gillen, The Phonogram and Wicked + Divine scribe, is also the writer behind the bestselling Darth Vader solo series from Marvel. Rich Edwards finds out more about taking on an icon... Read More >>

From The Walking Dead to Saga: How Publisher Image Comics Took Over the Comic Book World

In 1933, two teenagers from Cleveland – writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster – created a character called Superman. You might have heard of him. Five years later they sold him to Detective Comics – later to become DC Comics – for $130 ($10 a page) and a contract to work for the company. They made a living for several years, admittedly, but realised as early as 1941 that they had lost control over their creation, who had already birthed an entire industry. In 1946 they sued, and lost. They sued again in 1967. And lost. Both fell on hard times. In 1975, by which time Shuster was legally blind, a number of prominent figures in the comics industry took up their cause. Fearing adverse publicity with the first Superman movie imminent, DC settled, granting Siegel and Shuster creator credit and a pension for life, but not ownership. Read More >>

How the V for Vendetta Co-Creator is Revolutionising Digital Comics With Aces Weekly

Had David Lloyd given the world – and the postmillennial anti-capitalism movement – nothing other than the iconic look for Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, his place would still be assured in comics history. Read More >>

The 25 Coolest Comic Book Characters of All Time

What is the essence of cool? That’s a problem that has plagued philosophers since Clarkson and co tried to use a “Cool Wall” as an objective measure in Top Gear. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a go at trying to define it. Who decides what’s cool? We do, of course, Which is why we’ve compiled our picks of the 25 coolest characters in comics. These aren’t characters chosen for their heritage (sorry Superman, you’re just too earnest), these are characters picked because they don’t just look awesome, but they break rules and grab our attention. Read More >>

Laika: Turning the Story of the First Dog in Space Into a Graphic Novel

In 2002, at the World Space Congress in Houston, Texas, one of the founding myths of the Space Race was finally exposed. Dr Dimitri Malashenkov, who had been part of the team working on Sputnik 2 in November 1957, revealed that, contrary to the official statements issued by the Soviet Union, the dog on board the satellite had not survived in orbit for a week. In truth, she had died about five hours after take-off, in a highly panicked state, falling victim to a combination of stress and a cabin temperature exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Read More >>

Chuck Palahniuk on Making Fight Club 2 a Comic Book

Chuck Palahniuk has something of a reputation. The author of 1996’s Fight Club writes blisteringly bleak comedies that satirise contemporary life while pushing the boundaries of taste. That novel mixed anti-capitalism, underground fighting and soap made from human fat into a molotov cocktail of a novel that exploded across the culture at the turn of the millennium – aided by David Fincher’s brilliant film adaptation, of which Palahniuk is a self-confessed fan. Read More >>