Cover gallery: The Comic Book History of Animation

IDW Publishing is releasing The Comic Book History of Animation by writer Fred Van Lente, and myself as a 5 issue comic book series, with a trade paperback collection to follow in July 2021. IDW likes to release 2 different covers per issue - a regular and a variant - and I got to draw, design and color all 10, plus the trade paperback collection (which actually I drew first). Each cover had to:

  • Represent the time period and historical events of the chapter

  • NOT use any trademarked characters

  • Be visually funny and/or clever

Here's some of my favorites:





It was a challenge both to stick to these rules, AND come up with ideas I liked AND worked for the issue, but I'm really happy with how they all turned out!

Ryan Dunlavey is a cartoonist and author based in New York City.

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