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REVIVAL, REINVENTION, RESURRECTION: THE POWER OF GREAT SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN
By Andrew Wheeler
We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that’s making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants.
Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don’t even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do — and the special skills required to do it.
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comicsalliance:

REVIVAL, REINVENTION, RESURRECTION: THE POWER OF GREAT SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN

By Andrew Wheeler

We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that’s making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants.

Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don’t even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do — and the special skills required to do it.

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TBT! A dryad I drew for the Green Ronin Warhammer FRPG waaaay back in 2005. It was for Warhammer, so she had to be bloodthirsty, covered with skulls, and basically pure heavy metal. 
It was shortly after I showed this image online that the much-beloved Groot adopted a similar look in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy monthly (sans skulls). I’ll probably never know if this little lady helped inspire any new interest in the character, but it’s nice to think she did. 

TBT! A dryad I drew for the Green Ronin Warhammer FRPG waaaay back in 2005. It was for Warhammer, so she had to be bloodthirsty, covered with skulls, and basically pure heavy metal. 

It was shortly after I showed this image online that the much-beloved Groot adopted a similar look in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy monthly (sans skulls). I’ll probably never know if this little lady helped inspire any new interest in the character, but it’s nice to think she did. 

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victoriaying:

A week ago, I was privileged enough to attend a conference by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One of the keynote speakers was Judy Schachner, author of many character driven books including “Skippyjon Jones.” She talked about her process of thinking about her…

I missed out on the chance to attend SCBWI, but @victoriaying fills us in on some insight she received on the power of investing in characters.