STAFF PICKS :: 47 RONIN HC :: MARCH 12, 2014

March 07, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: 47 RONIN HC: No, this isn’t a movie adaptation; rather, it’s yet another variation on Japan’s “national legend”, which has actual, historical basis. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson – who has a healthy, long-running fascination with the Land of the Rising Sun and its culture – pens this particular take, with the art deftly handled by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.

Currently the Comic Art Professional Society auctioning some great art donated by many industry giants and friends of Stan to help offset health care costs for his ailing wife Sharon. Stan is well-respected in the industry for his dedication to and consistency of craft (he also letters Groo; if that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is). If you’ve never picked up an Usagi book, well, there’s one solid recommendation. 47 Ronin is another. Help a brother out.




September 05, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes

What is the one true drawback to good old-fashioned four-color comic books we love so much?  It is that the art has to be reduced in size to make the mass produced comic affordable and easier to handle and store.  If everything was produced at it’s original size, we’d need mylar by the yard!!
Many of us wander around HeroesCon Artist Alley every year and gaze with awe at comic art presented at it’s original full-size. It can induce goose-bumps and at times, if the art is the work of a really great craftsman, it can take your breath away.
Ahh, if only there was a way to enjoy this full bodied art without having to fork over hundreds (and sometimes thousands) for original art.  Well folks, that day has arrived.