Review – The Walking Dead #116 (Image / Skybound, 2013)

Really not sure about these new style covers. This one in particular looks wrong, with Holly sort of plonked in the middle there. Glad to say that the art inside, with the inks of Stefano Gaudiano giving Charlie Adlards art a bit more polish and a vibrancy, really stands out. It’s like Adlards art has gone from SD to HD.

The art is the highlight of the issue as things begin to heat up in the ‘all out war’. Lots of battles, lots of zombies, and characters being moved to the forefront of the action (Holly, Dwight) who seem to have important parts to play in issue #117.

It zips along, there is nothing to really bog it down, its part 2 of a 12 issue series so its hard to give much more of a review than to say its shaping up to be interesting, but the new art is the highlight here, I really hope this continues beyond ‘All Out War’.

Pen & Pixel Album Cover Art (mainly the 90’s)

Pen & Pixel is a Houston, Texas-based graphics design firm that specializes in musical album covers, especially for gangsta hip hop artists in the Southern US. For a long time it was the house design firm for the famous No Limit Records label.Pen & Pixel is famous for its identifiable design vernacular of gaudy 3D- and effects-laden text like album titles and rapper stage names which are often “studded” with diamonds or made to look like marble through heavily layered PhotoShop-filtered graphics. These typically overlay a scene depicting the album artist ostentatiously surrounded by women, liquor, gold- and diamond-coated material effects, and other signifiers of a gangster lifestyle.

 The company’s CD cover art usually includes paraphernalia associated with wealth like luxury cars, helicopters, candlesticks, dollar bills, and women. Such displays often contrast said wealth against the woes of poverty amin New Orleans and the American south. Beyond materialism, common themes discussed in the company’s oeuvre include: death, violence, criminal guilt, manhood, persecution (especially by police), and urban paranoia.

(source –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_&_Pixel)