Ben Caldwell’s Wonderful Wondy

More dope Wonder Woman art from artist Ben Caldwell.

 

Ben Caldwell's sketch for Wonder Woman Day V

 

We know artist Ben Caldwell draws a gorgeous, distinctive Wonder Woman, and he’s using his talent to support a good cause. Caldwell is one of the artists who has donated artwork that will be auctioned for Wonder Woman Day V, an annual event supporting anti-domestic violence programs. There’s a ton of stuff being auctioned, ranging from the seriously cool (including Caldwell’s sketch above) to the quirky to the, ah, different. In other words, something for everyone.

For those of us still drooling over Caldwell’s pitch for a series about our favorite superheroine, there’s a special treat below — another sketch from the passion project that captivated Wonder Woman fans across the blogosphere. The sword! The big eyes! The flowing locks! Sigh. So pretty.

 

WANT!

 

Many thanks to Ben for sharing these lovely images with Girls Gone Geek! If you’re anywhere near Portland or Flemington, N.J., on Oct. 24, check out the Wonder Woman Day V events, which include artist signings, displays of Wonder Woman collectibles, festivities, plentiful cosplay and, of course, silent art auctions. Online pre-bidding runs Oct. 16-23, and there’s lots more information on the Wonder Woman Museum site here.


Wanted: Ben Caldwell’s Wonder Woman

Ben Caldwell's Wonder Woman: Gorgeous

I am completely enamored with Ben Caldwell’s pitch for a youth-skewing Wonder Woman comic, which is getting plenty of other props online. I’m generally not a fan of manga-style illustration, but Caldwell’s concept is fresh, playful and modern without being silly (*Cough* jeggings on Wonder Woman *Cough*).

A page from Caldwell's pitch

If the work looks familiar, it’s because Caldwell was behind the ethereal Wonder Woman arc in Wednesday Comics. He has posted his vision (with notes) on his blog, and what’s particularly nice is that he’s thinking about younger readers. I love his take on Etta Candy as a curvy, thrill-seeking sorority girl and his sulky/hot Batman is adorable. The idea of Bruce Wayne as “a notorious playboy who wants to see and be seen with the Amazon princess” is like catnip to those of us on team BatWondy. It seems like a well thought-out idea with more than a little personal passion behind it — and it just looks freaking cool.

Alas, Caldwell told readers to curb their enthusiasm (or ire) because this book “will certainly never happen.” I’ve been reading mainstream comics long enough to know that he’s probably right. That’s a damned shame, because the spontaneous response to Caldwell’s pitch tells me that there’s a pent-up demand for this kind of creativity and accessibility. While comic-book reading has become an adult hobby (at last year’s Dragon*Con, Darwyn Cooke correctly called it “an over-35 club”), kids still dig them if a) they can find them and b) they’re good. My children read comics, but only because I ferret out the titles that are age-appropriate and bring them home. I have a feeling that my 10-year-old son would like Caldwell’s Wonder Woman comic, even though it’s about a “girl.” But first, he’d have to wrest it from my hands.

What do you think? Would you buy this book for yourself or the kids in your life?