Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quarantined Cover!

This may be tweaked a little here and there, but this is basically it. The cover to the book--the book that is actually now coming out. In the real world. In shops. Online. In the trunk of my car. You name it.

The art is by my Reincar(Nate) co-hort Keith Burns. Monty and I both flipped when we saw it, right away. There's something so striking about the image. As Monty said to me, it's reminiscent of the kind of art you'd find in horror posters and fanzines from the '60s and '70s. It's iconic, and I love it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Terminus, Lettered

I've been going pretty in-depth over on the Teminus blog, so I'll keep this brief so not to repeat myself (even though I love the sight of my own writing).

JM and Jim are cranking out some top-notch work on this book, and I feel privileged, really, to be working with them. Like I said before, I knew JM's art coming in--I was dizzy with excitement to work with him as I had an idea of what to expect. Those expectations have well be exceeded; everything we've done on this book has been a natural fit on all levels, and I think that shows in the finished work.

I've included the second page here, seen above, lettered and ready to go (where, exactly, I'm not sure yet). If you want to see both pages though, head to the Terminus blog and check out today's post, or the completed pages page.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Comics, Games, and Public Speaking

A natural blend for me...though maybe not the public speaking. Regardless, this Wednesday, I'll be at the International Academy of Design and Technology. I'm very grateful to have been invited, and am excited to talk to about comics and games to people who actually want to hear me talk about comics and games. Unfortunately, it isn't open to the public, but the flier was much too cool not to share.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Reincar(Nate)

About a month ago, I posted the first look at Reincar(Nate), a series I'm working on with artist Keith Burns, colorist Chris Beckett, and letterer Jim Campbell. Since, then, I've also posted some designs of the main characters. So, being the generous guy I am--and having some downtime from the new stuff I'm working on--I wanted to share the second page as well.

I love all these pages, all the work Keith, Chris, and Jim have done. Keith really captured, quite nicely, a very unique snapshot of both Jameson (panel 1) and Alan (panel 2). And his detail, as always, is so amazingly deep and exact. Chris's colors really lend a vibrancy to the entire page, from the fading sunset in panel one to the urban glow in panel 2. All of it combines to really create something special, in my opinion. I can't speak highly enough of their work.

Keith will soon be able to jump back into Reincar(Nate) in earnest, once his Highland Laddie run concludes, so expect more soon!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back from the Dead

I suppose it's fitting that a book about zombies had to be killed in order to truly exist. So it was with Quarantined, signed way back in March of last year with Insomnia Publications. The dead horse that is Insomnia has been beat well and good, by myself and many others, so need to dig all that up again here. The short point is this: for awhile, Quarantined was dead. My writing, Monty's art, Lauren's colors, Jim's letters--all of it nearly went for naught.

But now we're back.

I'm happy--thrilled, actually--to announce that Quarantined has been saved by Markosia, and will be released in spring/summer 2011!

This is, to say the least, an exciting time for Quarantined. I've been receiving edits, excellent edits, from GM Jordan, and have been working to make the book as tight, thought-provoking, and entertaining as possible. Jordan and I have had many exchanges, and it's great to work with someone who really gets the book--the pacing, tone, and themes--and knows how to play to its strengths and weaknesses.

Right now, Monty is working on updating some of the art while Lauren and Jim wrap up the remaining pages of the book. We're hoping to see a May release.

Now, it's worth taking a moment to sing the praises of Harry Markos, the man behind Markosia. While I'm still a relative newbie to the comics industry, I know enough to realize that Harry is a rare find. Harry represents pretty much anything I'd want from a publisher--he's open, honest, attentive, and truly cares about his creators and their work. I can't thank him enough.

From this point on, Quarantined is back in full force. We'll all be busy in the coming weeks, and I'll have plenty of updates and insights into where we are and the future of the book.

More soon! But for now, check out a super-cool cover rough from Keith Burns, seen at right!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Terminus Page 1 Preview

I posted a pretty extensive inside look regarding the first page of Terminus, the book JM Ringuet and I are currently working, over at the Terminus production blog (makes sense, right?). But, I wanted to post the page here, though without lettering--that's still to come from Jim Campbell. JM Is currently working on the fourth page; what he's done thus far--pages 1, 2, and 3, inked and colored--is terrific. I'll have more previews soon!