As Fulcrum Publishing approaches its thirtieth anniversary, the Golden-based publishing house is intensifying its new focus on educational graphic novels, which teachers around the country are using with more regularity to get students interested in reading. The topics of these publications range fr ... More >>
The graphic novel Wild Ocean dives into the plight of endangered animals by giving readers a glimpse of life in the deep sea. The collection of stories looks at twelve sea creaters that are dangerously close to extinction, from sea turtles to albatrosses.The book, edited by Matt Dembicki, was create ... More >>
May is here, and let's hope you geeks like Star Wars. This month is packed with events tied to everyone's favorite franchise set in a galaxy far, far away since May 4 -- as in May the Fourth be with you, because geeks love puns -- is a Star Wars holiday and May marks the anniversary of the original ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.
In a comparatively short period of time, Troy Walker one of Denver most sought-after comedians, a designation he'd likely dismiss with a modest scoff despite its accuracy. A regular at Comedy Works, Walker has opened for some of the most prom ... More >>
Captain America made me the patriot I am today. I'm sure there were some other influences. Probably a little Red Dawn, a splash of GI Joe and perhaps even some stuff that didn't come from comic books, movies or after-school cartoons. But it was Captain America, specifically a two-year story arc tha ... More >>
Deacon Gray, an Oklahoman transplant who honed his comedic expertise through years of taking thankless road dog gigs. Westword sat down with Deacon recently to discuss comedy, comic books and how the book The Artist's Way has shaped his career. In addition to functioning as Comedy Work's benevolent ... More >>
Westword's comics issue is on the street, the first in what we hope will be an annual series. Noah Van Sciver, the creator of our weekly 4 Questions cartoon (and the artist shown at right), had approached us with the idea of a comics contest before last year's Denver Comic Con, but there wasn't enou ... More >>
Exactly 75 years ago today, the first Superman comic was published -- and to mark the occasion, the City of Cleveland, where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the Man of Steel, is officially designating April 18 as "Superman Day." We don't know of similar festivities planned in Boulder, but perh ... More >>
The surviving victims of the Aurora theater shooting and their families have had well-documented issues with the charitable support coming from around the state and the country. The problems got so bad that Governor John Hickenlooper was forced to step in and appoint Ken Feinberg to serve as a "spe ... More >>
Some people need a phone booth to become super heroes. Others need a mask and a utility belt or just a lot of stress and anger-management issues. But in Denver, it takes a little something different to turn a man into a myth: their local brewery. On Thursday, the heroes of Denver Comic Con, who wil ... More >>
Denver Comic Con streaked out the gate last summer in its inaugural year; in 2013, the popular fan convention is already on track to surpass last year's success, at least from the looks of the guest list. Yesterday, DCC announced that New York Times bestselling graphic novelist and illustrator Chri ... More >>
Mother Mind Studios is turning into a motherlode of creativity. The new digital media company, which promotes and produces feature films, comic books and other artistic endeavors, has developed a strong team including visual artist Daniel Crosier, director/producer Dane Bernhardt, writer Cuyler Mort ... More >>
Stan Yan always had a fascination with comics. Even before he understood what they really were, he would draw stick figures in frames. And since then, he's been a bit obsessed. "All of the stories I think up in my head are in comic form," he says. Yan recently took a break from dreaming up graphic ... More >>
Invocation of Light
The Prix Fixe EP
Instead of cutting entire comic strips and losing more readers the Denver Post could save space (and money) by splicing together different strips to create comic cut-ups that are immensely more funny...
Once upon a time, a newspaper cut comic strips knowing it could be unleashing the hounds by way of calls and letters from readers angered by a disruption of cherished routines. But this far, the Post hasn't been deluged after cutting a baker's dozen of strips, including iconic favorites like ... More >>
Films based on comic books can really suck. But every once in a while, the stars align and the movies manage to translate a graphic novel into a film that actually works on its own. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one of those successes, an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel seri ... More >>
Janelle Monáe (due Sunday, May 29 at 1STBANK Center with Bruno Mars and Mayer Hawthorne), like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, grew up in Kansas, and like that character, Monáe left home to go on something of a fantastic journey. But instead of Oz, Monáe landed in Atlanta, Georgia, where she met u ... More >>
If you've ever wanted to be a comic artist, you should probably reconsider because there's no money in it. But if you're anything like a comic book artist, you're stubborn and you will not listen, so you might as well get off on the right foot -- and Illiterate's Talk & Draw series is a good ... More >>
Author Benjamin Percy has his feet in pretty much every pair of shoes on the writing track: he's a novelist, a short story writer and an essayist, he's worked on graphic novels and short films and he teaches on top of all that. Since he's in town tonight at St. Cajetan's Center, we took the o ... More >>
This could be you!This I know is true: Comic books aren't easy. Banish the idea that they are from your minds immediately before you proceed. Sure, artists like Noah Van Sciver (creator of Westword's weekly 4 Questions strip) make it look easy, but a comic artist is kind of like a god-figure ... More >>
So present-unwrapping is over and you're freshly stocked up on new socks, kitchen utensils and copies of the soundtrack to Glee, but is there a tiny, immature part of you that's still hungering for something that's just pure fun? If so, Graphic.ly is your answer. The Boulder-based start-up is ... More >>
It seems like each holiday season is accented by a new, heavily researched American history novel. We'd venture a guess that it's because they sell well as Christmas presents, usually given to the mom or dad that simply "likes history." What else are you going to buy these folks, a time trave ... More >>
Amy Reeder Hadley spices up the Local Flavor Fest.
Free Comic Book Day, which takes place on Saturday, May 2, is a nationwide celebration of the form, which, like other print mediums, is struggling to survive in today's techno-happy world. And Time Warp in Boulder is pulling out all the stops. Daniel Crosier, an event organizer and co-creator of the ... More >>
It's time to stop the Army's costly expansion plans and start turning the Pinon Canyon military training site into a money-making family vacation destination... Renaming the site "Camp Swampy at Pinon Canyon" and hiring costumed characters from the Beetle Bailey comic strip will help to soften th ... More >>
When it comes to Art Spiegelman, were not worthy!
Marc Hughes has the heart of a super hero.
Los Comicos Super HIlariosos is a monthly gathering of Denver's best underground comics for a celebration of cheap booze and jokes. And last was ... well, it was interesting. Transplant Tig Notaro (who you can see tonight at the Oriental Theater, and I highly recommend that you do) absolutely kille ... More >>
The Children's Hour, a group show from four West Coast painters features incredibly fresh interpretations of classic fairy tails. Informed by the less traditional media of graffiti, graphic novel illustration, and even contemporary graphic design, these works are anything but child's play. The show ... More >>
The People & Prime Time page of today's Rocky Mountain News features a blurb headlined "'FoxTrot' Cartoonist Ending Daily Strip." The copy references a press release revealing that Bill Amend, the creator of this popular (and actually entertaining) family comic strip, has decided to discontinue dail ... More >>
Denver Post Sunday comics
Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee.
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Out of financial and creative bankruptcy, Marvel Comics is mighty once more.
Can superheroes and alternative comic authors really get along?
Marvel Comics isn't going to give Joe Simon his son, Captain America, without a fight
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place.
DC Comics places its superheroes in the RealWorlds.