Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Halloween ComicFest interview: Vampblade

My new comic series, Vampblade, will debut this Halloween as part of Halloween ComicFest (Free Comic Book Day for Halloween) in participating comic book shops. Here's an interview I did for the event (and preview of the book, with artwork by Winston Young):

HCF2015: Jason Martin Throws a Monster Bash in Vampblade 
 Straight from the pages of Zombie Tramp and now the star of her own series, Action Lab's Danger Zone presents Vampblade! Get a sneak peek at this new series before it launches in 2016 with the Halloween ComicFest special issue! She's a comic slinger by day and an inter-dimensional monster slayer by night... or whenever they feel like attacking (monsters have no regard for work hours). 

Halloween ComicFest: What is your favorite part about your Halloween ComicFest comic?
Jason Martin: Well, aside from truly loving the story I’m building with this concept, hands down, it has to be my main artist on the title, Winston Young (Zombie Tramp, Zombie Tramp VS Vampblade). The man can flat out draw. Not only does he have a mastery of perspective, and ability for detail, but it’s all filtered through an amazing knack for storytelling and style. He truly brings Vampblade and her world to exciting and engrossing life! And when telling a story that traffics in both the real world, as well as the fantastic, but can also be at times gory and just crazy, you need an artist that can handle all of that.
Hopefully people will be rightfully impressed when they see his Halloween ComicFest pages.
Halloween ComicFest: What can we expect to see in terms of story and art in your Halloween ComicFest title?
Jason MartinI just spoke about our insanely cool artist in the last question, so here I’ll speak to the story a bit. Vampblade on the surface may seem like a potentially derivative “bad girl” book, and while it is to an extent, it’s also much more than that. I love pop culture and comics, I’m a junkie, and kinda like Tarantino does in film, I like to build new things from the bones of all the coolest stuff I see. So while Vampbladewas born from a literal 90s bad girl mash-up design, I just worked that into her story. So when she wields these supposed prop blades from an 90s indie comic, they actually transform her into that forgotten character, who happens to be crazy, sexy, and powerful, and allow her the ability to use them to destroy other-dimensional parasites secretly feeding on humanity. So, comic book shop employee/geek by day, badass cosplayer/slayer by night!
Halloween ComicFest: Tell HCF fans why they should pick up your comic first during the event.
Jason MartinIf its anything like the Free Comic Book day book we at Action Lab: Danger Zone did last year, it will be one of the most sought after. Since it’s a mature readers book, it will be quite different from the majority of the other ComicFest offerings, and fans looking for something a bit cooler will possibly gravitate towards it. So act fast!
Halloween ComicFest: What are your favorite Halloween, Monster or Horror-themed comics?
I’m a big horror and genre fan, but first and foremost I have to mention Zombie Tramp. Not only do I co-write and color that book, but Vampblade launched from the pages of that title, and shares a similar appeal. Plus, it’s a really fun book, and I was a big fan before I started working on it. I also did a horror-themed book previously, called Night of the 80s Undead, with artist Bill McKay, and I’m kind of partial to that! So yes, fans of horror, Halloween, and monsters will have no shortage of craziness to love in the pages of Vampblade. She dresses up and fights other dimensional monsters, a.k.a. “space vampires!"
What other titles would you associate with your HCF book? “If a comic readers likes___, they should pick up my HCF Title?”
Vampblade has a similar setup to some beloved cult classics: one, Rom Spaceknight, a comic, and the other, They Live, a John Carpenter film. Both of those feature a protagonist that can see deadly threats to humanity all around them, via some device, that otherwise go unseen, and both left a lasting impression on pop culture. Vampblade looks to play with similar themes in the 21st century landscape.
Outside of that, a good example of a current comic whose fanbase may like Vampblade would be Harley Quinn.
Click the images below to view larger. Be sure to also check out the
Vampblade Facebook Page and Action Lab: Danger Zone Tumblr for more info!

Monday, August 31, 2015

PRINCE-S STARthief Kickstarter: final days!

My Kickstarter with the amazing Celor is in its final days, and we're closing in on our second stretch goal!

We just posted some more of Celor's amazing page work to the tumblr

But here's a look at the covers we have for the book (only available with the Kickstarter edition):

(Left to Right): Celor regular cover, Celor Variant cover (limited to 100), Mendoza (Zombie Tramp) variant cover (limited to 50), and Balabanov (Bo Plushy Gangsta) variant cover (limited to 50)

Get full info on the Kickstarter HERE

Thursday, August 06, 2015

PRINCE-S STARthief Kickstarter live!

My Kickstarter (with artist Celor) is live!!!!
Check it out, spread the word...

An all new SCI-FI comic book BLAST from writer Jason Martin (Super Real, 80s Undead, Zombie Tramp) and artist Huseyn Celal Koc (a.k.a. Celor)! 
It’s the future and society has become enslaved by massive corporations. These corporations have in turn become warring Monarchies that have spread into the galaxy oppressing everything in their path to fuel their power. Our protagonist, the daughter to the powerful PEP-C corporation, instead of following through with her arranged marriage, rebels and wields the large resources of the monarchy to f@$# around, stir up trouble, and have a good time. 
From her own personal Starcraft carrier - stocked with a fleet of ships, mechs, and weaponry at her disposal – she slips through corporate fingers to steal and stockpile the galaxies' most lethal tech. She is PRINCE-S STARthief! 
It's Star Wars meets Tomb Raider by way of Aeon Flux!
Or you can follow the PRINCE-S STARthief tumblr HERE

This is a really cool new project I've been working on for a long while that I'd love to see come to life! As you'll see, Celor is a truly amazing artist, and his work here really takes things to another level!!!

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Zombie Tramp VS: Vampblade issue 2

Out today in comic shops, the second issue of the crossover mini series written and colored by me, and featuring my character, Vampblade!

You can see a 6 page preview HERE

Or follow Vampblade HERE

Vampblade will be getting her own series starting in January... more info to come!

Monday, July 06, 2015

FAN ART: Walking Dead new guys

So I've done a couple cast lineup fan arts for THE WALKING DEAD, roughly speaking I did a season 2 (classic) lineup, and a season 4 to season 5 (current) lineup.

I watched the season finale anxious to see if many of them got slaughtered, and surprisingly, they did not. So I've created this new small piece to stand alongside the existing one.

It features, Eugene, Rosita, Abraham, and Tara, who have all joined the larger group in the last season or two.

Here are the two previous lineups!

We'll see how long it takes for the newer ones to become completely outdated!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Zombie Tramp VS Vampblade

Out in comic book stores this week, Zombie Tramp VS: Vampblade issue 1
Written and colored by me
Featuring my character Vampblade
(co-written by Dan Mendoza, with artwork by Winston Young, and letters by Adam Wollet)

You can see more about the series on the Danger Zone tumblr HERE
including a six page preview HERE

Big things coming with this character, I'll post about it soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Emerald City Comic Con 2015

Was the best Emerald City ever!!

Great show!

I had a few new prints, and a killer spot, but the show was as good as ever.

Look for these two as new tee designs soon...

And here's some Agent Carter fan art...

Its simply one of the best shows bar none.
They pack in an amazing crowd of comic fans every year, so here's hoping new owners Reed Pop don't change it too radically.

We stayed in the con hotel this year and got to see many of the guests, often while walking the dog (including Stan the Man), which doesn't normally happen while being behind the table at shows, so that was fun. And we got to spend time with many of our friends old and new, and sample some truly amazing restaurants to celebrate my wife's birthday in style.

The Icon Grill is always a must for us.
But we happened onto Quinn's, which is on Pike street about a mile north of the con, and it has a truly amazing offbeat pub menu, and super tasty house beverages. Highly recommend seeking them out... and you must get the spiced bacon caramel corn ;)
And of course, the Taphouse, just a block from the con is always good!

Here's some of the cooler cosplay I saw (the gender-bent Wolverine was too cool)...

And finally, here's a Rocket Raccoon sketch cover I did at the show...

Friday, October 03, 2014

TEE DESIGN: new shirts on TeePublic!

Just added a couple previous designs, and one that I hadn't made available online yet to my TeePbulic t-shirt store!

Now you can finally get my Breaking Bad HEISENDEVIL design on a shirt...
Plus you can get my Tyrion/Dinklage/Game of Thrones design pIMP too...
Or the classic FROG BROS. as well!!

Head on over and check out all the designs HERE

Thursday, October 02, 2014

ZOMBIE TRAMP: more samples

As I've mentioned before, I'm currently working on Zombie Tramp, the new ongoing monthly series that we're publishing at Action Lab: Danger Zone (for which I am the publisher). The creator Dan Mendoza is still writing the series, but I am now co-writing it with him, as well as coloring the book.

I've shared some samples here, and continue to do so on my DeviantArt gallery, but thought I'd show some more color samples here on the blog.

Here are some pages from the recently released issue 2
And issue 3 is due out shortly, so here's some work from that.
I'm currently finishing up colors on issue 4, which is the completion of our first story arc. All of the samples you've seen here so far are from our main series artist TMChu, but after issue 4 we have a few guest artists lined up, who are all also amazing, and I look forward to working on their art too!
Also, with issue 5, the next few issues feature my writing more prominently, with the stories being fully scripted by me, with Dan's input (mainly on Zombie Tramps dialogue and behavior). It's been an interesting give and take so far with our partnership on sharing these creative duties (the writing). With a natural ebb and flow to things depending on the issue/story/circumstance. Its definitely not a pre-determined formula, but its served the book really well so far, as its been a lot of fun to write, and we've come up with some really great stuff.

The breakdown on the next few issues is:
Issue 5 - "ROADSIDE ATTRACTION": Motorcycles, werewolf truckers, zombie bikers, and death proof big rigs! - Artwork by Dennis Budd
Issue 6 - "ILLEGAL FIGHT CLUB": Zombie Tramp pulls into an Arizona truck stop with a secret fight club that forces Mexican illegals to fight to the death! - Artwork by Anna Lencioni
Issue 7 - "'FAST' FOOD": Stopping in the wrong Southwest chicken joint lands Janey in the nugget grinder! - Artwork by Winston Young

 Covers for issue 5-7, by Dennis Budd, and TMChu (all with my colors)

 As you'll see, we've got some truly talented artists lined up on the book (be sure to click the links on their names). And I can tell you, they are doing some amazing work! Its all very exciting.

I'm currently scripting the 8th issue, and Dan has finished issue 9 and working on issue 10... so we're already working into April 2015! So stay tuned into my social for updates, and here as well.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


I'm loving the new season of DR WHO, and also quite like the new 12th Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

Earlier this year, during the 50th anniversary celebration, I started a fan art cast lineup of all 12 Doctors, but got pulled away and only ever finished the first Doctor. Upon returning to work on it just recently, I decided it was best to work my way from the most current Doctors back in time. So, I've recently completed my take on number 12, the new Peter Capaldi Doctor...
And also Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor.
I'd watched a little bit of Doctor Who when it was on PBS in my youth, with the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker (he of the frizz fro and the impossibly long scarf). And I tried to watch it when the new series began several years ago and it was airing on Sci-Fi (back before it was SYFY)... but couldn't get into it. As the show went on however, I kept hearing folks rave about it, so when they rebooted with the new Matt Smith 11th Doctor regeneration I decided to give it another shot, and absolutely fell in love. It's truly a quirky, and very British, treat of a show, and Matt Smith was incredible in the role. That said, its great how the show reboots itself and casts new actors in the role, so I'm fine with the companions, and even the Doctor himself changing.

At any rate, here are the two I have fully finished, and I hope to get to the rest of the Doctors farily soon (David Tennant is already on his way)!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SDCC 14 wrap up

Just to record some stuff that I posted around the socials here on the blog for prosperity...

At San Diego this year, not only did Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple stop by the table and check out my fan art, he was cool enough to pose and endorse JMart ;)
Also, a fan took my cast fan art to be signed by all of the cast, and Lauren Cohan posted a shot of her (and Steven Yeun) posing with it to her Instagram...
And to finish off here with a Walking Dead wrap-up trifecta, here's a Daryl commission I did at the show (which is an homage to the classic Spider-Man issue featuring the first appearance of Punisher)...
It was the best show ever, and I can't wait to go back next year!

Be sure to check out my social feeds from late July for tons of cosplay and show floor pics!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Lucky number 11 for me.
Been exhibiting since 2003, it was in fact, my first show ever. Almost had a movie deal the first night. The show long ago doubled in size from what it was that first year for me, and has become such a giant chaotic beast, but I still love it. So many good times and good friends had and made.
I'll be in the small press area again, space L16.
This year I'm lucky enough to table next to my good friend and partner-in-crime Dave Dwonch.
Yep, look out San Diego convention center!!!
I'll have some brand new fan art prints, and most all of the Danger Zone books. As well as the debuting in mere hours Zombie Tramp issue number 1 - co-written by yours truly (and colored, and lettered).
So now I'm off to some last minute items and then in the air first thing tomorrow AM for sunny San Diego.
See you there!

Friday, June 20, 2014

TEE DESIGN: Kobra Phett 2.0

He's back... in black!
There's a new variation on my popular KOBRA PHETT tee design, available now for the limited time price of $14 on TeePublic

The shirt will be $20 after 72hours.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Zombie Tramp

I've been working on a new comic for some time that's starting to come out now, Zombie Tramp.

There was just a special origin story in the Action Lab: Danger Zone Free Comic Book Day book this past weekend, and there's a new ongoing monthly series due out this July, that you can pre-order now via comic shops. I'm co-writing, coloring, and lettering the book. And since it's Danger Zone, I'm also publishing it!

My buddy Dan Mendoza is the creator of Zombie Tramp, and you may recall, I previously published the book via my Super Real Graphics imprint a couple years back. Well now we're rebooting the book with some help for Dan (who's still writing it), including an amazing new artist, TMChu. I'll be helping Dan plot and script the book, and even have a stand alone issue that I fully wrote coming up with issue 5 (along with an old, and awesome, partner in crime on art).

I've been a fan of the book since I first read it (after initial skepticism at the title/concept), as it truly is an inspired mash-up of zombies, horror, fetish, grindhouse, and supernatural mythology. A super sexy uber violent fun time!

Here's a look at the issue 1 (regular) cover (note, these aren't my colors here)

and a page from the FCBD story, with lines by TMChu, and colors by me

I'm also excited to say the book features some variant covers by old friends and collaborators, Jerry Gaylord, and Josh Howard!

You can pre-order the brand new issue 1 in Previews now for release to comic shops this July - Diamond order code MAY14 0974

Or stay tuned to full info on the series at the Danger Zone tumblr HERE