Cliff Chiang talks about drawing Zatanna (and a sneak peek at an epic puppet battle)

Next week's ZATANNA #9 is part 2 of Paul Dini's "Pupaphobia" story arc - with art duties covered by the always-terrific Cliff Chiang. Cliff shared a few words with The Source about his experience working with Paul Dini on the Zatanna comic:
"It's easy to fall back on the obvious stuff when you've got a woman in fishnets and thigh-high boots, but Paul writes Zatanna with so much personality and humor. It's been a pleasure and a challenge to bring that character to life. I'm really glad to hear people are enjoying my work on it."

Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!

Emmy award winning writer Paul Dini has penned an episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD that should certainly appeal to SOURCE readers when the show returns with new episodes in a few weeks. It's called "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" and fans of the series have been salivating for it since details first emerged. So, OK, Paul Dini's writing it and Bat-Mite returns to host a series of Batman's most bizarre adventure. You're already excited, right? Well, check out this image of the Mad Magazine-inspired Batboy and Rubin.

What is pupaphobia, and why does Zatanna suffer from it?

After clowns, puppets are the most unnecessarily terrifying thing on the planet. Fear of puppets is so common that the phobia has a scientific name: "pupaphobia". It turns out Zatanna also suffers - but why should a sorceress be afraid of little wooden men in cheap suits? Paul Dini and the always-sensational Cliff Chiang kick off "Pupaphobia" -- a three-part story beginning in ZATANNA #8, on sale Wednesday. [gallery link="file"]

Pardon me while I gush over The Spirit for a moment

spv2_9_dylux-2-copy I eagerly anticipate the next issues of Green Lantern, Action, Detective and Brightest Day each month as much as the next guy, but I'll take a few paragraphs here to talk about a book that's quietly snuck its way to the top of my read pile each week it's been released.

Zatanna and Zachary take a demonic gamble

Writer Paul Dini and artist Chad Hardin present a tale of family in the fifth issue of the series. Zatanna and her cousin Zachary might have their differences – and get on each other’s nerves with regularity – but if they don't stick together, they'll be down for the count against some of Hell’s Finest. And they’re betting the house on Zatanna’s soul. And if you know anything about Vegas, you know odds are they house wins. ZATANNA #5 hits Wednesday. [gallery link="file"]

It’s Las Vegas – Zatanna-style

Zatanna loves Vegas, and Vegas loves her – but should Zee be wary of the attentions of a handsome, well-connected casino owner? She can hold her own against the most ridiculous Royal Flush Gang ever assembled, and she can just about cope with her cousin Zachary's immature antics, but how about a horde of fire demons? ZATANNA #4, courtesy of writer Paul Dini and artist Chad Hardin, hits 8/11. [gallery link="file"]

A look at BATMAN in September

September marks the conclusion of BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE — but what does that mean for the Dark Knight? We’re not telling, but click below for a few clues. bm_cv703_solicitcmyk BATMAN #703 Written by PETER MILLIGAN Art and cover by TONY DANIEL 1:10 “DC 75th Anniversary” Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN

Close out your day with a look at some upcoming variant covers

Lovely covers by amazing artists. Simple enough, right? So, here, for your end-of-day clicking are the variant covers for ZATANNA #2 by Brian Bolland, GREEN ARROW #2 by Ethan Van Sciver, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #4 by Tony Harris and THE FLASH #3 by Greg Horn. [gallery link="file"]


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