The Unclothed Man

Don’t be scared off by that title. Writer/artist Dash Shaw’s breakthrough book was last year’s  Bottomless Belly Button and now he’s teaming up with IFC (the Independent Film Channel) for his latest project. Press release and funky art below.

Five -Episode Series will Premiere Exclusively on IFC.com in Conjunction with Fantagraphics Books Release in November 2009

shawifcteaser1THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35th CENTURY A.D., by DASH SHAW, will be promoted at the 2009 Book Expo America in New York City, May 29-31, with an appearance by the author on Friday, May 29, at 1:00PM at the Fantagraphics Booth and 4:00PM in the Autographing Area.

IFC.com announced today that it will premiere an original animated web series based on graphic novelist and comic book artist Dash Shaw’s latest book The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D., set for release mid-November, 2009 with the web series following. Shaw’s animation has been widely praised for its eclectic style, innovative design and emotional depth.

Each short episode of this five-part web series chronicles Rebel X-6, a man who works for a well-funded anti-droid organization. The fifth episode will provide behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. The premiere on IFC.com marks Dash Shaw’s first animated series and will be based on a story line he has developed for several years.  Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books is set to publish a book by the same name and characters.
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“Dash Shaw is a known entity in the comic book realm with a cult following.  We’re excited to bring him, his art and his fans to IFC.com, a platform that recognizes and broadens the reach of up-and-coming, independent content makers,” said Craig Parks, vice president of digital media at IFC. “Shaw’s work on IFC.com will offer a fresh and completely unique take on the animation genre; the type of approach that defines our brand.”
The series features an animated hero, Rebel X-6, and his quest to bring out change in the 35th century A.D.. Rebel X-6 works for an anti-droid organization that opposes the use of droids in all sectors of modern society.  An artist guild that opposes the use of droids in art class hires Rebel X-6. They believe living people should model for life drawings.  Rebel X-6’s assignment is to enter Art School 46 posing as “Model-Droid #343.”  Model droids appear life-like but do not laugh, cry, swear or exhibit other human shortcomings.  His mission is to subvert the school’s ban on drawings of real humans by tricking the students into drawing him.

Bluewater’s Logan’s Run Comic

Logan's Run ComicIt’s a good time to be a fan of classic sci-fi novels. BOOM! Studios are releasing Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (which became Blade Runner) and now Bluewater are turning their attention to another dystopian future that was the basis for a much loved film. Press release below.

Bluewater Productions proudly announces an exciting new partnership with bestselling author William F. Nolan. The Washington based comic book company has contracted to do three titles with Nolan including the iconic “Logan’s Run”. Bluewater’s new franchise will also include another of his timeless novels “Seven For Space”, and an exclusive new title that Nolan will create specifically for the publisher.

William F. Nolan’s masterpiece of dystopian future once again races into the 23rd Century with an all-new comic book adaptation of “Logan’s Run”.  Working in collaboration with William F. Nolan himself, “Logan’s Run: Lastday” re-imagines the classic trilogy and continues forward with all new adventures. The new ongoing series written by Hollywood screenwriter Paul J. Salamoff with art by Daniel Gete is a terrifying look at a world gone mad. When Lastday comes, will you lie down and die…or run!

“I’m excited to be partnered with Bluewater on this latest trek with Logan,” said William Nolan “It has the potential to be a successful new chapter in the Logan saga. Logan lives!”

“Having been a lifelong fan of “Logan’s Run”, it’s a dream come true to not only be asked to re-launch and re-imagine the trilogy of classic books as Graphic Novels, but to collaborate with William F. Nolan himself.” Said writer Paul J. Salamoff.

“Logan’s Run: Lastday” is scheduled for a 2009 release. “Seven For Space” which features Nolan’s futuristic private eye, Sam Space and the new untitled series are scheduled for 2010. 

Impaler #3 Review

impaler3At Broken Frontier is my review for this week’s Impaler #3 from the fine folks at Image. What’s it all about you ask? Basically, Vlad the Impaler comes to our century to help the overwhelmed military kill as many vampires as possible. This has been a great series so far, and certainly not one for the kids. Blood and profanity flow freely, and it looks superbly gothic thanks to artist Matt Timson. This is the kind of comic you read while listening to Metallica, if you’re into that sort of thing. Here’s a peek at my review.

Vlad’s stoic resolve seem to project an aura of confidence, but never arrogance. Harms writes him as the only man to rely upon to escape the bloody mess and his old school, low-tech existence doesn’t jar at all with the gung-ho military boys. His inclusion is more than a gimmick, but as he’s connected so deeply to the menace attacking his new home, he’s essentially the subtle driving force behind this series. Vlad appears very little, considering it’s his name on the cover, yet when he does appear it’s always at just the right moment.

Read the rest here and see a few pages of the art here.

Perty Pics For You

For your ocular pleasure, below are a few of this week’s new release covers from Marvel, as well as the variant cover for Image’s Olympus #2 out late next month, which is by new Batman and Robin artist, Frank Quitely.

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