Quoted: Todd Klein on Gaspar Saladino

Klein remembers his “creative inspiration as a letterer” and friend, who passed away Aug. 4.

“When I started working at DC in 1977 I was blown away seeing and working with Gaspar’s lettering in person, such as the examples above. I learned a lot from the work of other letterers, but Gaspar was the one who constantly impressed me. At that time, Gaspar would come into the DC offices once a week to turn in work and pick up new assignments. He was doing lots of cover lettering and quite a bit of story page lettering regularly, and logo designs from time to time. Gaspar was always smiling and friendly, with a hearty laugh. Traces of Brooklyn remained in his voice, and he talked and joked with everyone. He was friendly and polite, a gentleman. I got to know him, and liked the person as much as the work. When he would sit down to do corrections or last minute cover lettering in the production room, I would sneak glances to see how he was doing what he did. I never actually asked him to show me how to do anything, but I absorbed what I could from those brief looks and the work itself. Gaspar was testy at times about the fact that so many letterers tried to copy his work, but he needn’t have worried. We could never copy his innate brilliance and talent.”

Letterer Todd Klein on Gaspar Saladino, his “creative inspiration as a letterer” and friend, who passed away on Aug. 4 at the age of 88. Klein shares a thorough obituary and tribute to his friend on his site that covers a lot of comic history as well.

Check out Sonny Liew’s ‘Stranger Things’ fan comics

The award-winning creator shares two comics inspired by the Duffer Brothers’ hit Netflix series.

If you’re a fan of the Duffer Brothers’ hit Netflix series Stranger Things, then you’ll probably appreciate these two fan comics that award-winning comics creator Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) created.

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Baltimore Comic-Con honors 75 years of ‘Archie’

A huge list of artists contribute their renditions of Archie and Friends for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook.

In past years the Baltimore Comic-Con has spotlighted an independent comic creation in their annual yearbook, available at the show and featuring a collection of pin-ups by other artists. Usagi Yojimbo, for instance, was featured in 2013 for the character’s 30th anniversary. This year the convention has chosen a whole line of characters to feature, as they honor Archie Comics’ 75th anniversary.

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Check out Todd Klein’s process for creating a retro ‘American Gods’ cover

Klein worked with legendary paperback and movie poster artist Robert McGinnis to create a new cover for Neil Gaiman’s book, the first of many from the Gaiman library.

With the American Gods TV show getting a lot of attention right now, demand for Neil Gaiman’s original novel about old gods facing new gods has skyrocketed. Luckily, Gaiman and his publisher were already discussing a new paperback printing of the book — one featuring a cover by Robert McGinnis.

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Delsante & Izaaske return to Kickstarter to give you more ‘Stray’

The duo discuss how the Kickstarter campaign is going, what to expect from the series, some news on back-ups and more.

After funding a miniseries featuring their independent superhero character in 2013, Stray co-creators Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse returned to Kickstarter this month to raise money for an ongoing series. They reached their goal fairly quickly, which is when the real work began.

The story focuses on Rodney Weller, the former teen sidekick to the superhero known as Doberman. When his mentor is killed, Rodney returns to action after five years to solve the murder as Stray. In addition to the miniseries, Stray also appeared in Action Lab‘s Actionverse crossover series with Molly Danger and Midnight Tiger. Joining the creative team for the first arc is artist Phil Cho. As the first arc takes place in both the past and present, Cho will draw the flashback sequences while Izaakse will draw the present-day story.

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Hear more than 20 comics-related panels from SDCC

Hear panels featuring Peter David, Daniel Clowes, Howard Chaykin and more.

If you missed Comic-Con International in San Diego last week, Jamie Coville has you covered. Like he’s done for the past several years, he attended and recorded several of the comic-related panels form the show. These include the spotlights on special guests Howard Chaykin and Peter David, some of the Comics Arts Conference sessions and “The Best and Woirst Manga of 2016” featuring our own Brigid Alverson.

You can find them all on Jamie’s website.

BOOM! drafts Dennis Hopeless to write WWE comic

BOOM! Studios will offer a more realistic take on the WWE superstars, starting with a comic about the Shield.

Before Comic-Con International kicked off, BOOM! Studios announced a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment to create comics based on WWE superstars. Not many details were revealed at the time, although they did share several comic images featuring WWE superstars. At the con itself, they revealed the focus of their first comic, their overall approach and the writer who will help bring it all to life.

IGN reports that during the con, BOOM! announced Spider-Woman writer — and WWE fan — Dennis Hopeless will write WWE: Then. Now. Forever., a 40-page one-shot starring Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins set during their Shield days. Shield, not SHIELD. So no, they won’t be cast as secret agents or space pirates or gladiators in Rome; the only Roman Empire that’ll be featured is the dwindling piece of the WWE Universe that still cheers for Reigns. The comics will be more realistic takes on the superstars, rather than putting them into a fictional universe like the last round of WWE comics did.

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Check out Tom Scioli’s ‘Super Powers’ artwork

Scioli will provide the back-up feature for the Young Animal title “Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye.”

As announced at last week’s Comic-Con International, Tom Scioli (American Barbarian, Godland, GI Joe vs. Transformers) will provide back-ups to the upcoming Young Animal series Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, featuring DC’s Super Powers comics and toy line. Today Scioli shared a piece of artwork — and its creative process — on his blog.

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Josie and the Pussycats head to ‘Cupcake Wars’ tonight

Archie Comics Creative Consultant Jesse Goldwater joins the judging team as celebrities create cupcakes for a Josie and the Pussycats-themed party.

Josie and the Pussycats’ whirlwind, worldwide tour pulls into Cupcake Wars tonight on the Food Channel.

Celebrities Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez, Charlie and Max Carver, Ron Funches, and Katherine McNamara and Emeraude Toubia will create cupcakes for a party celebrating Josie and the Pussycats, whose new ongoing series by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio and artist Audrey Mok debuts in September. Archie Comics Creative Consultant Jesse Goldwater joins the panel as a guest judge.

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