Guest Column | Creating the actual comic ‘industry’ – Bharath Murthy
6:15 pm PDT 04/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

There is no doubt that the comics medium has grown and diversified in India over the last 10 to 15 years. However, it has been a slow process and much needs to be done to nurture it in the years to come. On one hand, we have a handful of graphic novel releases every year and a few monthly magazines that have continued to survive despite the odds. On the other, there are a growing number of artists who make their … Read More

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ComiXology Originals titles offered through Amazon print-on-demand
3:30 pm PDT 04/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

After procrastinating the announcement for several weeks, news about ComiXology Originals program via a live-streaming event on Twitch. ComiXology, which is an Amazon subsidiary, announced a new line-up of creator-owned comics and graphic novels. As a part of its ComiXology Originals program, it plans to put a foot in the stagnant markets and expand the reader-base through Amazon’s vast resources and market reach. This is a pivotal moment for the comic book industry as ComiXology dips its toes into print … Read More

Netflix releases the trailer of their first ever comic book, ‘The Magic Order’
1:00 pm PDT 31/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Online streaming service, Netflix, which has produced numerous series based on comic books, has released the trailer of their first ever comic book, titled The Magic Order.  Written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Civil War) and illustrated by Marvel’s artist Olivier Coipel (Thor, Avengers), the book will be available in comic shops from 13 June. Published by Image Comics, The Magic Order is the first franchise created by Millar since Netflix acquired his entertainment company Millarworld. As … Read More

Netflix takes up Joe Hill’s ‘Locke & Key’ for a TV series
6:30 pm PDT 30/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

After a string of production changes, Locke & Key will be finally coming on small screen through Netflix, according to THR. The live-action supernatural thriller is an adaptation of a comics series written by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son and the author of novels, NOS4A2 and The Fireman) and drawn by Gabriel Rodríguez. Launched in 2008 (ran until 2013), by IDW Publishing, Locke & Key is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings (Jack Mulhern, Megan Carpentier, Jackson Robert Scott … Read More

Jamie Foxx to star as Spawn in the film adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s comics
1:00 pm PDT 30/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Jamie Foxx is confirmed to star in the latest Spawn film from Blumhouse Productions which will mark the directorial debut of  the creator of the original comic, Todd McFarlane (according to Deadline). McFarlane will also write and co-produce with Jason Blum. McFarlane said that Foxx was the actor in his mind when he wrote the script. “Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it. I never forgot him, and … Read More

Guest Column | How promising does a career in comic industry look? – Rajeev Tamhankar
6:30 pm PDT 28/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Comics industry for the early part of this decade wasn’t growing and hence the artists were also reluctant to choose this as a career option. However, the later half of this decade looks quite promising as several new companies have cropped up. Few comic companies have raised funding rounds as well. The artist now can choose to freelance or join a studio or even consider starting his or her own entrepreneurial venture. This, thus makes for an interesting option. Indian … Read More

What does it take to be a soldier and a patriot? – Chariot Comics’ ‘VRICA: Descension Pact’ peeks deep into it.
6:00 pm PDT 26/05/2018 By Sharmindrila Paul

Meticulously honest, positively secular and completely apolitical, a soldier is generally considered to be a role model for many. With a spirit of working hard, he is the epitome of courage and unflinching devotion to duty. More than any other group or community in India, an Indian soldier embodies valour and indelible patriotism. But Chariot Comics’ founder Aniruddho Chakraborty has different views about a ‘patriot’ and a ‘soldier’. His VRICA: Descension Pact reflects that it takes much more to be … Read More

DC Comics reveals brand new costumes for Catwoman and Supergirl
5:30 pm PDT 23/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Comic giant, DC Comics has unveiled brand new costumes for the popular superheroines – Catwoman and Supergirl. Written and drawn by Joëlle Jones, Catwoman’s solo comic book will debut this summer which will feature a new look for Selina Kyle and the new costume on the cover of Catwoman #2. DC Comics has also offered the following commentary about it: “Selina’s sticking with the black, but gone are the goggles in favor of a cowl, along with some much sleeker, more … Read More

Simon Kinberg’s ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ will be mostly adhered to comics
5:00 pm PDT 21/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

During Deadpool 2’s premiere in New York, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that his directorial debut, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be much more grounded to the comic version, than the divisive X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Originally slated to release this November, the movie is now pushed to 14 February 2019. X-Men: Dark Phoenix marks Kinberg’s directorial debut, after spending more than a decade contributing to this X-Men franchise. He wrote and produced X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future … Read More

Meet Rahul Bhandare, the comic therapist
3:00 pm PDT 14/05/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

When an engineering student after working as an assistant manager for a leading brand for two long years suddenly feels something is amiss, he tries giving himself a THERAPY! Rahul Bhandare, a graduate from Bhavans college realised his love for comics while he was still pursuing engineering. Thinking of it as just a hobby, he continued creating comics on his website The Comic Space. After doodling and drawing since school, Bhandare realised his liking towards story telling. And eureka! The idea … Read More

From an urban horror series to an aquatic superhero tale and much more, TBS Planet has its bags full of exciting new releases
1:00 pm PDT 08/05/2018 By Sharmindrila Paul

Imagination is perhaps the best gift human beings are endowed with. It acts as a medium of escape from the otherwise monotonous world of reality. Going hand-in-hand with storytelling it has given birth to numerous pieces of art, including comics. Thus, when an IIT Roorkee alumnus with a vivid imagination, Rajeev Tamhankar chose to follow his passion of storytelling, TBS (Thought Bubble Studio) Planet was born. Post the launch of his first book, Get Corporated before you get fired! he … Read More

Indie Comix Fest: Where art follows passion
12:00 pm PDT 03/05/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

With a successful start in 2017, the second Indie Comix Fest took place on 1 May at YMCA, Colaba in Mumbai. A perfect platform that the new comics need, comic artists gathered from various nooks and corners making the event a hit. The event was a contemporary cultural melting pot with over 25 comic book artists, writers, illustrators and self-publishing labels displaying their works. Anthologies, serialised floppies, hand-pressed zines, fold-out comics, screen-printed comics, posters, and a ton of other self-published … Read More