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 an author, comic book creator and illustrator for hire based in New York City.

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