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Monday
May112015

History of the Batmobile

History of the Batmobile infographic

Batmobile Feature infographic

Comic Book Resources has added 3 Batmobile infographics to reveal some interesting trivia. In 75 years, there have been many different Batmobiles over the years. These infographics show past designs, a feature comparison between the 1966 and 2005 model, and final a cost comparison chart ranging from the $13,000s to $4.5 Million.

After 75 years of omnipresence, one can make a very strong case that the Batmobile is the most iconic automobile in all of pop culture history. Since Batman’s debut back in 1939’s “Detective Comics” #27, the caped crusader has always relied on a car — usually a stylish, feature-loaded one — to get him from his cave to crime scenes. As a crucial part of the Bat-mythos, the Batmobile — dubbed such in 1941’s “Detective Comics” #48 — has appeared in everything from comics and cartoons to films and video games. Wherever you see Batman, odds are the Batmobile is parked just a few blocks away. 

Zack Snyder Shares Partial Look at New Batmobile

With the Batmobile poised to make it’s eighth big-screen appearance in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” former CBR editor Steve Sunu set about researching the most intimidating car on DC Comics’ streets. Did you know that the original Batmobile was red? Or that the “Batman ‘66” version had an “emergency bat-turn parachute”? Or that you could buy almost three “Dark Knight” tumblers for the cost one one Lamborghini Veneno Roadster? Graphic artist and COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD contributor Sonia Harris brought all these facts together in the three infographics below, designed to get you up to speed on the fiction’s most notable car.

Peruse CBR’s three Batmobile infographics and broaden your knowledge of comics’ most famous car — and feel free to share and discusses these infographics on social media with #CBRBatmobile!

I would have put all three of these together into one infographic, but the smaller, separate designs might be easier to share in social media. In the Cost Comparison bar chart, I would like to see images or silhouettes of the different cars represented.

Thanks to Mike Wirth for sharing on Facebook.

Tuesday
Apr282015

Avengers Comic Book Cover Colors Data Visualization

Avengers Comic Book Cover Colors Data Visualization

Jon Keegan at the Wall Street Journal has created a fascinating interactive data visualization of the last 50 Years of ‘Avengers’ Comic Book Covers Through Color

When Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters next month, a familiar set of iconic colors will be splashed across movie screens world-wide: The gamma ray-induced green of the Hulk, Iron Man’s red and gold armor, and Captain America’s red, white and blue uniform.

How the Avengers look today differs significantly from their appearance in classic comic-book versions, thanks to advancements in technology and a shift to a more cinematic aesthetic. As Marvel’s characters started to appear in big-budget superhero films such as “X-Men” in 2000, the darker, muted colors of the movies began to creep into the look of the comics. Explore this shift in color palettes and browse more than 50 years of “Avengers” cover artwork below. Read more about this shift in color.

Each cover illustration is broken down into its own color band that displays the amount of each color used.

The data visualization is a fantastic display of how the color use has changed over the last 50 years. The left column has the full waterfall of colors, and the center column displays the color breakdown of each specific color. You can see each cover illustration by hovering over any specific color band.

Here’s the whole 50+ years in the full color waterfall. I can see the overall trend has moved to darker colors and more black in the cover illustrations.

 

Wednesday
Mar252015

Ten Classic Superhero Vehicles

Ten Classic Superhero Vehicles infographic

There are many popular superheroes from comic books, but not all of their vehicles are well known. The Ten Classic Superhero Vehicles infographic from Cherished Number Plates has illustrated a few of the lesser known choices of transportations of our heroes.

Here is an infographic we have created that takes a look at some of the less common classic superhero vehicles, from The Punisher’s Battle Van to The Flash’s rather unusual Cosmic Treadmill. Each vehicle - with the obvious exception of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane - is lovingly illustrated and presented in this infographic.

Light, fun content. Tangentially related to license plates.

The infographic footer is missing both a copyright (or Creative Commons) statement and the URL directly to the infographic landing page so readers can find the original, full-size version.

Thanks to Dave for sending in the link!

Wednesday
Feb042015

The Evolution of Spawn

The Evolution of Spawn infographic

The Evolution of Spawn infographic is a fantastic design. Not fan art, this official infographic was designed by Todd McFarlane, Creator of Spawn and Co-Founder and President of Image Comics!

From Todd’s Facebook post:

THE EVOLUTION OF Spawn!!!!!

With Spawn issue #250 coming up at the end of the month…. I thought it would be COOL to put together all the different costumes Spawn has had over the years.

And if you’re doing the math, that’s 24 YEARS. TWENTY-FOUR!!!!!!!! It’s cool to look back and see how things have changed since 1992….it’s hard to believe we’re already coming up on our #250th issue.

Thanks for all your support over the years!!! I’ll be doing a giveaway with these, soon.

TODD

P.S.- There have been a few requests for a downloadable poster (and higher res)… You should be able to download the poster from this link: https://flic.kr/p/qKcR9q

Found on GeekTyrant

Tuesday
Nov042014

Supermovies: Calendar of Comic Movies

Supermovies: Calendar of Comic Movies infographic

Supermovies is a calendar infographic created by graphic artist Dylan Todd (in collaboration with Comics Alliance).

ComicsAlliance’s own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced. For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it’s an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment.

Our timeline makes the assumption that the Warner Bros movies will be released in the order listed in their press release, which seems a safe assumption. We can also assume that some of the “year unknown” movies on the bottom tier, like Thor 3 and Gambit, may eventually be placed in some of the existing slots in the timeline, and that Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia will announce further dates in 2019 and 2020.

The above graphic was updated October 28 to reflect the confirmed Marvel Studios Phase 3 releases

Love it. The design minimizes text and gives you only the most basic information to keep it simple. Icon-Date-Title-Comic Publisher.

I don’t like the years wrapping around the edge at all. This would be much easier to understand if each year were shown as its own row.

Knowing that this will update over time, the URL to infographic landing page where updates will be posted (not the Comics Alliance front page) would be immensely helpful to readers. The text URL included in the footer of the infographic image would ensure that readers can find the current, full-size verison.

Found on GeekTyrant!

Friday
May092014

Comics That Ask "What If?"

Randall Monroe, author of my favorite web comic XKCD, gave a great TEDTalk about answering science and math questions with his comics.  One of the best parts of this video, and the web comic series in general, is that he uses hand-drawn data visualizations and illustrations to answer them, which makes them easier to understand.

Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.

Pre-order or watch for his new book, “What If?” to be released in September 2014!

Friday
Jan032014

The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an Icon

The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an Icon infographic

If you want to dress up like Superman, it is important to understand which Superman your going to be. The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an Icon infographic from HalloweenCostumes.com provides visuals and a brief synopsis of each Superman logo in the comics and pop culture.

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Superman! Well, not Superman himself, but it IS a super awesome Superman infographic.

2013 is THE year for everyone’s favorite Man of Steel. Between it being the hero’s 75th anniversary, and Man of Steel hitting the silver screen on June 14th, we’re bursting with red and blue excitement! Thankfully, we were able to use our energy for good rather than evil, and create a visual guide to the evolution of Superman’s iconic emblem.

We cover the logo’s various incarnations in both comics and popular culture, starting with its first appearance in 1938 and culminating with what the famed “S” will look like when Henry Cavill reveals it on on his Clark Kent-ee chest in theaters in a little over a week!

Love this.  The visual images clearly show the readers how dramatically the logo has changed over the years in both comics and film.  

The footer should include a copyright statement and the URL link back to the infographic landing page.  Readers need to be able to find the original full-size version from the publisher when people share the infographic on other sites without linking back.

Which one was your favorite?

Found on http://www.infographicsarchive.com

Friday
Oct112013

xkcd - Tall Infographics

xkcd - Tall Infographics

The Tall Infographics design from Randall Munroe at xkcd literally made me laugh out loud.  As he mentions in the text:

“‘Big Data’ doesn’t just mean increasing the font size.”

Very similar to something I repeat here on Cool Infographics all the time.  “Big fonts are not data visualizations!”

However, the format of the Tall Infographic is here to stay.  The tall format fits nicely in the content area of most websites and blogs, and the user experience of scrolling vertically is much easier than scrolling horizontally.

Found on Gizmodo and Stats Chat

Thursday
Aug292013

Comic Tribute to Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes)

Comic Tribute to Bill Watterson

Calvin & Hobbes is easily my all-time favorite comic, and Bill Watterson was able to beautifully offer thousands of life lessons through the 10 years of C&H comic strips.  Freelance cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has designed this fantastic Comic Tribute to Bill Watterson, and posted it on his site, Zen Pencils.

The quote used in the comic is taken from a graduation speech Watterson gave at his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990. Brain Pickings has a nice article about it. The comic is basically the story of my life, except I’m a stay-at-home-dad to two dogs. My ex-boss even asked me if I wanted to return to my old job.

My style is already influenced by Watterson, but this is the first time I’ve intentionally tried to mimic his work. It’s been fun poring through Calvin and Hobbes strips the past week while working on this comic and it was a humbling reminder that I still have a long way to go.

The quotes I’ve used in the write-up above are taken from the introduction to The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, which sits proudly on my desk.

So, why am I posting this on Cool Infographics?  I want to pose the question: Should we consider this to be an infographic?

There’s no numeric data.  No charts.  No data visualizations.  No call to action.

However, there is information.  The information source is Bill Watterson’s speech from 1990, and the illustrations do a great job of communicating the message visually.  The image layout follows the tall infographic style that is easy to share online.

My own opinion is that “Yes” this is an infographic.  What do you think?

Found on LifeHacker

 

 

  I miss Calvin & Hobbes…

Monday
Jul012013

The Geek Zodiac

The Geek Zodiac infographic poster

Very cool poster of the 12 aspects of geekdom.  The Geek Zodiac was designed by James Wright & Joshua G. Eckert from the GeekZodiac.com.  

Soon to be available as a poster on The Geek Zodiac Store.

I was able to find the poster image on the Doctor Who and the T.A.R.D.I.S. feed on Facebook, but not on the GeekZodiac.com site.