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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Moon Lake Vol 2: Cave Girl

Today, Nov 27, Moon Lake Vol 2 is being released in all the comic shops. Moon Lake is the brain child of Dan Fogler, who created and wrote all the stories in the anthology. One of his stories, Cave Girl, is illustrated by me. It's a long, 50 page tale with barbarians, zombies, zombie T-rex, and of course  (cave) girls.
Those that are in New York, come and join Dan at Forbidden Plant at 7pm to celebrate!

Friday, November 01, 2013

APE 2013

APE was great this year and I want to thank everyone who stopped by to chat and look through the artwork. This year I had both Dark Crystal volumes and I hope to be able to bring the third and final volume to APE 2014!

I had a wonderful time sharing a table with Charles Yoakum (my "partner in crime" at APE for a couple of years now). Charles was showing folks original pages from his upcoming second installment of his creator owned Carnival. It looks like it is going to be an amazing book and I can't wait to see it completed...again, APE 2014!

Flesk Publishing had an amazing set-up this year with all their publications and guests like Terryl Whitlatch, Craig Elliott (doing a painting demonstration!), and Iain McCaig (who I regretfully missed). Check-out the video of the show (and see my "guest appearance" at the end :))

This month I will be finishing up the Kristo project and contributing to White Wolf's "Dark Ages" manual, I'll post art as it comes off my drawing table:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

APE, Moon Lake 2, and Kickstarter Kristo

I will be attending APE convention in San Francisco this weekend, Oct 12 and 13. The convention is open 11am to 6 pm and I am planning on being there for the duration, so please do come by and see the originals for "Cave Girl" and "Dark Crystal". I will be sharing a table with Charles Yoakum, who will have the second installment of his most excellent "Carnival" series. Come by Table #824 and check it out!

I would also be happy to show anyone who is interested the new page from the Kickstarter project "Kristo". I feel that in the last few days I got a good handle on the working together with Sam and we have completed 10 new pages. Just 20 more pages to go.

In other news, the 50 page "Cave Girl" story will be published in "Moon Lake 2" from Archaia/BOOM!. The print date has been set to December 7. This was lots of fun to draw: barbarians, dinosaurs, zombies, shamans...zombie dinosaurs!

Monday, August 05, 2013

I want to thank everyone who has contributed and made the Kickstarter campaign a success!

Our "Kristo" Kickstarter has been funded and I have started working on the layouts for the new pages. Doing the Kickstarter was a long shot, and I am very grateful that we have received such wonderful support.

I am very excited about the upcoming pages and have decided that I will experiment with working in bigger size than usual and also doing a full blown inked and toned artwork. I want to make Kristo a milestone in my journey, and I will try my hardest to make it the best looking book out on the shelves.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Kicking into gear with Kickstarter

Since the last post a number of new developments!

Outlaw Territory #3 is out from Image comics and it has a story written by Ryan Sook and drawn by me. I am proud of the work on that.

I finished a 51 page story titled "Cave Girl". It was written by Dan Fogler and will be colored by Lizzy John (my collaborator on Dark Crystal books) and published by Archaia. To those who are going to San Diego and are curious, stop by Archaia's table, they should have ashcan editions available:
My next assignment are the character template designs for White Wolf. I am currently in the initial stages of concept sketches, but I am having a wonderful time working in their World of Darkness!

After that I will be drawing "Kristo". What is "Kristo"?

A few years ago I published a Kindle book called "Monte Cristo 1943" through Amazon. The published portion represented a fraction of the whole story that I wanted to tell, but not having a publisher or the funds to finish it I let it out into the world as it was...undone and unscripted. I invited writers to script my published "silent" story.  Time went on and I got a few very good scripts, but there were no prospects of having the story published and/or getting any funds to finish it, so it just sat in my drawer, until Sam Roads got in touch with me. Sam loved the idea and wanted to develop it further along, he also brought along a lot of energy, business acumen, a talented team consisting of colorist, letterer, editor, and connections to the comic book publishers in Britain. So Sam and I became creative partners and the project has been renamed "Kristo". We have a Kickstarter to help get us going, so if you would like to visit and send the word along to any of your other friends who might be interested, here it is:
Kristo Graphic Novel

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Old projects

A1 Annual to be published by Titan Books this summer will feature a short story by Norman Felchle and me. The title is "Odd Ball" and is something that we completed about 3 years ago (it was first printed in black/white in my 2010 sketchbook). For the A1 book, Norman colored the whole thing and it looks awesome.

Also Outlaw Territory #3 has been announced by Image and should be out this summer with a story that I collaborated on with Ryan Sook called "Heaven Sent". Ryan not only wrote and laid out the story, but also supplied the color.

Currently I am working on a story titled "Cave Girl" written by Dan Fogler. It is a crazy homage to the sword and sorcery genre with barbarians, zombies, saber tooth tigers, and zombie dinosaurs. I am not sure if it will be a stand alone graphic novel or will be a part of "Moon Lake" volume 2 (Dan published volume 1, back in 2010 through Archaia). The story is almost 50 pages and will keep me busy into early summer.

And Michael Golden's GI Joe Portfolio is supposed to come out May 1!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

50 Girls 50 and other stories by Al Williamson (Fantagraphics 2013)

I have received the new collection of Al Williamson EC stories. It has a lot of short stories that Williamson did for EC with some wonderful inking assistance from Angelo Torres, Roy Krenkel, and Frank Frazetta.

There wil be other reviewers who will do a wonderful job talking about the content of the book and the significance that each story in the content of EC, I just want to make one observation. What struck me about the artwork for all the stories (and that includes the stories that I did not enjoy much), is that unlike the current over stylized comic book approach utilized at Marvel and DC, all the artwork was very "accessible" to everyone who would pick-up the books. Currently, most of the superhero titles being published, are so dependent on the reader being versed in comic book "conventions" (in depiction of environments, anatomy, facial expressions, and storytelling) that only someone like me, who has been reading comic books for 2 decades, can decipher an issue.

The stories here are so easy to read and the artwork is very easy to relate to. Most of the artwork would be considered excellent by today's standards...which is incredible considering that it was created almost 70 years ago.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

James Harren...Wow!

A while back I stopped buying monthly floppies and started waiting for collections. I like collections because I get to see all the cover (even the rare ones), sketches, and sometimes even penciled pre-inked pages....and it's easier to store collections.

Before, I would go to the comic book store on weekly basis and look through everything that came out that week to see what was interesting. I am not sure how to shop for collections. I hear about something, or amazon recommends something because I bought something else, or maybe I saw an issue somewhere that looked interesting and I look for it in some collection...The negative aspect of that, is my inability to closely follow new voices in comics. There might be artists and writers working in comics for years before I discover their work.

Recently I saw an issue of Conan from Dark Horse illustrated by James Harren. I was impressed and went to the comic store to buy the rest of his Conan issues...I did not want to wait for a collection! After that I looked him up and saw that his work is contained in 2 Hellboy collections: Abe Sapien Vol 2 and BPRD Vol 4. This week I bought both and I am so glad that I did. Mr. Harren is a fresh voice in comics and I love how he draws. His style has a great dynamic feel to it, with all the figures being very expressive and wonderfully rendered. Also excellent monster designs!

I will be looking for his work from now on (and hoping that he would someday take over Swamp Thing over at DC!).

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monstrum page 5...and Dark Crystal Vol 2!

That is the end of the fan fiction section...for now...

Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol 2 is out (and is recommended by Bud Plant Illustrated Books!). Epic story by Joshua Dysart, lush colors by Lizzy John, and drawing and tones by me :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Page 2 inspired by Marshall Rogers (among others)

The experiment in mixed media continues: blue pencil, red pencil, gray wash, water color wash, and (of course) pen/brush with india ink.

One of the great comic book artists, Marshall Rogers, when doing his best work, was able to use architecture to bring the reader into the story. I thought about that before I started working on this Marquis 5 page piece and I tried (in my own way) to follow his example.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Practice, practice, practice.....

Next few posts will be a short "fan fiction" for Guy Davis' "The Marquis". I am a big fan of the character, and thus Page 1:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Dejah Thoris

With the start of the new year, I started trying to loosen up a bit and focus more on drawing rather than just inking. 

First up is, Dejah Thoris with a kitty friend. Blue pencil construction, followed by lead pencil tracing picking out the lines that I liked, followed by an ink pen to beef-up the outline.