Friday, November 18, 2011

Issue Zero Cover!

Backup no more--Hoax Hunters is (or, rather, soon will be) its very own comic, coming in 2012. Suffice to say, Steve and I are thrilled to be embarking further into the Hoax Hunters universe; we have plenty of stories in mind, and a lot of unexpected ground to cover. Expect a mix of sci-fi, horror, and drama, all rolled into one cohesive package.

But that's getting ahead of things. There is plenty of time to talk about what's to come--and a lot of announcements/news to share--but for right now, the focus is on Steve Seeley's cover to Hoax Hunters, issue zero.

Going into designing the cover, Steve and I both agreed that we wanted something that didn't look like your typical comic book cover. Not that there's anything wrong with traditional covers, but our ambition is to match the tone of Hoax Hunters itself, which is meant to be odd. We have a wish list, in fact, of artists we'd love to have contribute Hoax Hunters covers; some work in comics, others do not.

That all being said, Steve's cover, in my opinion, is fantastic (and for those who don't know, Steve is a gallery artist in addition to comic creator). The character of Murder was always meant to be this really strange being that is both heroic and tragic--not to mention him sharing the consciousness of crows, which is bizarre enough. He embodies what Steve and I want Hoax Hunters to be: odd, yet endearing in its own way.  And we wanted the cover to match that, to be recognizable as a comic cover (meaning it isn't too abstract), while still managing to be a little off. And that's exactly what Steve perfectly delivered.

There's more Hoax Hunters news to come, including the all-important Diamond order code, issue zero's exact release date, and more! There's still one more backup story to come--look for it in Hack/Slash #10, from Image Comics, later this month.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Wave Noir

I was first introduced to New Wave Noir back when I was on a fevered Hitchcock spree. My wife (then girlfriend) had bought me Hitchcock on Hitchcock, a book that traced Hitch's career from its early theater days in the U.K. to his mastery of filmmaking. It's a terrific read for any fan.

Getting to the point, though, that book lead me to another, the wildly popular Hitchcock/Truffuat interview collection. At the time, this book was pretty hard to track down--we're talking pre-Amazon here, after all. And, to be honest, I can't even recall how I got my hands on it. I tend to think I bought at the Columbia bookstore, that it was part of a course I wasn't enrolled in but I snagged it nonetheless. I could be wrong.

The book not only opened up a wealth of Hitch's history, methods, insights, and character, but it also introduced me to Francois Truffaut, who would eventually amaze me in ways similar to Hitchcock, especially in their controlled sensibilities and willingness to take risks. From there, I was down the rabbit hole of French New Wave, which I enjoy well enough. What really appealed to my own aesthetics and interests, though, was the pocket of New Wave Noir--these dark, existential, wonderfully charismatic films. Over the years, this has become one of my favorite film collections of all time. One of my fondest film-going experiences is seeing Le Doulos--Jean-Pierre Melville's fantastic byzantine gangster film from 1962--at The Music Box Theatre here in Chicago.

With New Wave Noir on my mind--for no particular reason--I decided to list a few of my favorites. They are:

1. Le Samourai

2. Rififi

3. Shoot the Piano Player

4. Le Doulos

5. Band of Outsiders

6. Blast of Silence (no, it isn't French, but it carries the same existential dread and similar aesthetic sensibilities) 

7. Elevator to the Gallows

8. Le Trou

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Too Awesome Not To Show

Seeing that Hoax Hunters is only two pages long, showing a preview page is always a tricky thing to do--after all, show a page and that's half the monthly installment.

But, this page from JM is way too good not to preview. Seriously. It comes from part nine of the series, which happens to be the penultimate chapter (appearing, as always, in Hack/Slash). Only one more to go! It's been a great ride, I can say that, and I can't thank the people who have supported us along the way enough.

Big things await the future of Hoax Hunters, and Steve and I can't wait to share what's ahead. But for the time being, check out page 19 of the backup run--JM channeling the best of his own abilities, with some Kirby Krackle mixed in. Awesomeness abounds!