Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quarantine Artist Announcement

When Nic Wilkinson from Insomnia sent this sketch to me, it all clicked. Monty Borror was the Quarantine artist. Monty got it; he was the exact style I'd been seeking. Since then, Monty has signed, and the book is a go--very, very exciting times ahead.

Monty has done some very cool work prior to Quarantine. In fact, he recently won a Bronze medal at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his work work in Cold Blooded Chillers, a horror anthology. We've had some brief discussions regarding the book, and Monty already has contributed some unique, original ideas. I'm confident his art is going to make Quarantine great.

Whew...June has been a busy month. And there's more to come in July, including a preview page of 'Wolf Like Me' and perhaps some Quarantine sketches.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Superheroes + Anarchy

Oh yeah.

As some of you already know, this Sunday I'll be speaking on a panel at the annual Think Galacticon. I can't wait. Basically, it's about the nature of superheroes in relation to the real world: vigilantism, global politics, etc. What happens when heroes govern themselves? What do you make of a character like Captain America--does he represent freedom and justice, or violent imperialism? We'll be talking about Cap, Wolverine, Warren Ellis's The Authority, Watchmen, Superman, V for Vendetta...all sorts of stuff. And with Terry Gant (of Third Coast Comics) there, who is a comic book encyclopedia, there's sure to be plenty of material.

So mark it down: Sunday, from 1030am until 1145am, at Roosevelt University. For information, tickets, directions, etc., visit the Think Galacticon site here (there's plenty of other cool stuff going on all weekend long). Hope to see some of you there.

Monday, June 22, 2009

(Lettered) Underworld Preview

Way back when (February) I posted a preview of a forthcoming short of mine, 'Underworld.' It wasn't lettered yet, but now it is. Again, the art is by the excellent Keith Burns, who is currently doing pencils and inks for Garth Ennis's Herogasm (and a fill in for The Boys) as well as the art for The Police Channel and the covers for my OGN with Insomnia, Quarantine.

As for 'Underworld', it's a short I wrote out of an idea for a longer work that is still kicking around in my head. Now, the first page seems to indicate that the story is another in the ever-increasing line of hard-boiled noir; it's a bit different than that (well, at least in my opinion). Still, one of my main ambitions was to have fun with writing the script--a lot of my work has been political of late, and I wanted to do something that was focused completely on comics (visuals, storytelling, etc.).

The entire 5-page comic will be available in Something Wicked in the fall. For those interested, the magazine can purchased through the good folks at FutureQuake.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Comics 101, a 'Gasm'

Let's get to the 'gasm' part first, okay? My oft-collaborator Keith Burns is currently doing partial pencils and inks for Dynamite's Herogasm, a spin-off of The Boys. The debut issue opened a world full of stuff that, truth be told, made me blush a bit. Issue 2's cover pretty much says it all (those aren't Wolverine's claw marks). The second issue comes out tomorrow, and I imagine will be as strong as the first. Check it out.

And if you plan on doing so, why not pick up Herogasm #2 at Third Coast Comics at, oh, say 700pm on Wednesday night? Terry Gant, TCC owner, is hosting Comics 101 an event that is meant to assist anyone interested in comics but not quite sure where/how to enter. Terry always hosts a good gathering of die-hards and casual fans alike.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Kronos City Preview

This is the first colored page from art team Alex Willmore and Lauren Sharp, from their forthcoming Insomnia Publications OGN Kronos City (written by Andrew Croskery). I think it's going to be a while before this book is released, but it's still very cool to see it take shape; I very much enjoy the process of seeing a comic produced, from script to concept to sketches to panel to inks and colors. Here's a synopsis of the book:

In Kronos City it's not water running through the canals - it's time. It's possible to submerge your head to see visions of the past and future, although it’s risky. If you know how you can even manipulate future events, not just watch them unfold. Some say you can even change not only time, but fate. Finnegan Vedant, being an enterprising individual, sees here a business opportunity like no other, but when a mysterious client puts him on a case with bizarre consequences, he’s forced to face harsh truths about himself and the world around him. The game he’s playing is for much higher stakes than it at first appeared.

Alex and Lauren also recently conducted a radio interview on Resonance FM. In addition to discussing their own work and futures, they were kind enough to give a nod to Quarantine and, I shit you not, pronounced my name correctly in the process. A rare event. They also mentioned the short we're collaborating on for Accent UK, "Wolf Like Me", which I've seen the first page of--very great. Hopefully I'll be sharing it here soon.

Skulls, Murder, and Irishmen

That pretty much sums up, as succinctly as possible, the debut release from Insomnia Publications' Virgil imprint, Burke and Hare. Here's what they say:

"Over a 12 month period from 1827-1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland, two Irishmen by the names of William Burke and William Hare murdered 16 people and disposed of their bodies to the eminent dissectionist Dr Robert Knox at 10 Surgeon's Square. Delve into the murky, misquoted history of Scotland's most notorious serial killers with a research-based graphic novel that unravels a ghoulish story of medicine, murder and money."

Sounds intriguing to me, a bit like Alan Moore's From Hell (which, admittedly, I have not read; but, in my defense, I didn't see the supposedly horrid film version either).

The book has a foreword from Alan Grant, and interior art form a host of artists, including one of my very, very favorites Frank Quitely (New X-Men, All-Star Superman, Batman and Robin). Some of the book's pages have already been previewed and look terrific.

Since we're on the topic of Insomnia Publications, Cancertown was officially released, and is garnering great reviews and selling like hotcakes, from what I hear. I have a copy, but am yet to read it (trying to finish the brilliant Y: The Last Man right now). So that's another book mentioned in this post that I haven't read. I also never read Moby Dick. So there.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rose = Power Girl

Last night, I attended a signing at Challengers Comics with the awesome Gene Ha, who was promoting his latest work, JSA vs. Kobra. Now, as cool as it was to meet Ha (and have dinner with him, even if I was about six seats away), there was something else to note about last night's event. Two of the models were there--Mr. Fantastic and Power Girl. Playing the role of Power Girl for Ha was none other than my friend Rose Miller, who is now officially immortalized in a comic book cover (way to go Rose). Very cool stuff, even though it's pretty bizarre to look at the cover art and see Rose's face in Power Girl. Anyway, I now have a signed JSA vs. Kobra #1, signed by Rose (as Rose!).