British comic book artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 53/54. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Dillon’s brother Glyn. No information about the cause of death has been released.
Born in 1962, Dillon entered comics as a teenager working on British properties such as Judge Dredd and Doctor Who. The early 90s brought him to DC where he worked on Hellblazer and Animal Man. A few years later for Vertigo, he co-created Preacher with writer Garth Ennis. Ennis and Dillon would later reteam for Ennis’ acclaimed Punisher MAX series. In recent years, Dillon continued to work for Marvel; in the past year he has contributed art for James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch series and the current Becky Cloonan Punisher title.
Ten years ago, Marvel was publishing a comic series to coincide with the title character’s live-screen appearance. Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven was blowing up sales while a big screen Iron Man adaptation was right around the corner. In the present, the latest character to be called Ghost Rider is currently appearing on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Civil War II is costing Marvel in the sales charts they dominated scant weeks ago and Doctor Strange is less than a month away. All of which is to say, the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2006, Johnny Blaze would take the last long ride he would see for some time. It was, more or less, a fitting one. Continue reading Ghost Rider: Vicious Cycles and Revelations→
Superhero teams, like many a professional association, at times resemble families. There is the same jockeying for prominence and dread of disappointment. There is the long-term proximity which produces that awkward mixture of friendship and annoyance. Yet, in the best cases, all the members are there for each other in their times of need. From the beginning, this interrelation between heroes and family has been an undercurrent of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s recent Dark Horse series Black Hammer. For #4, however, writer Lemire shifts the subtext to the foreground using the mundane details surrounding a seemingly modest dinner party to illuminate the bonds amongst some rather extraordinary individuals. In doing so, Lemire and artist Ormston craft a poignant portrait of human relations.
In today’s podcast, we talk to Juan Ferreyra, Matthew Rosenberg, Stephanie Hans & Marco Rudy; comics pro’s whose distinct voice and aesthetic remains across the many books they do no matter what they are. Click below for the audio and more on the interviews Continue reading NYCC Podcast Special Episode Four→