Since we've been peeking at the zombie action lately, I thought I'd show a panel from some down time.
Calm before the storm!
Looks like quite the party! At least there's a fair amount of 80's action going on there...
It's actually a shot of our protagonist, Jen, having not quite a great time (looks like she'd rather be squaring off with hordes of coke-zombies!).
Time to do some winter art clean out, which means wrangling up all the loose artwork that's accumulated throughout the year and sell sell sell!
I've got a bunch of blank artist exclusive (return) sketch cards to get rid of, including; Painkiller Jane, Galax Gals, and more.
I sketched up a couple of the Painkiller Jane cards the other day and posted those on eBay (along with a couple others) with low opening bids...
I've also added a bunch of sketches/originals from various pieces to the for sale gallery in my DeviantArt gallery, as well as marking down old stuff, and offering a buy one get one free and other incentives. You can check those out and details on the offers HERE
Steve Frank runs the sketch card company 5finity, and every year he does a charity auction for March of Dimes. This year I contributed 5 cards to the auction, and they're now up on eBay for bidding.
I did my cards right as DC was doing their new 52 comics relaunch, so all the cards are inspired by the new takes on some of my faves...
Wonder-Woman, Batman, Superman (in his Action comics street Supes guise), Superman, and Supergirl
The Bronze Age, comics forgotten era.
In the 1970's comic companies pushed their content in new and wildly different directions inspired by the anything goes social attitudes of the times, while also balancing new fan fostered talent at the helms of post Comics Code adherent, kid friendly books.
While not much born of the era had lasting impressions, there's a cool factor to the books that's singular in style, and inescapable if one looks just a bit closer...
That's where I come in, with Bronzed Beauties, my weekly look at some of the books from the era, that feature more were-men, cyborgs, man-things, barbarians, sorceresses, dinosaurs, monsters, and damsels in distress than any other time, all in striking and vibrant (or should I say faded) four color ink!
Since it's been a few months since I last featured any bronze age beauties, before I get back into doing full weekly book reviews, I thought I'd do quick reviews of multiple bronze books I read through a while back, just highlighting some of the key bronze attributes for each, and not fully detailing them this time. With some cool new books in full review to follow, starting next week!
I recently created a new store with all my comics, sketchbooks, and items in it, including fan art prints (which until now I've never offered online) and more! You can check that out by clicking below here:
I plan to add more material moving forward, including more prints, and t-shirts.
Right now there aren't any t-shirts in there, but don't forget you can pick up some of my designs from my Redbubble store:
Ahhh yes, it's that special time of year, fall is here and the undead are shambling their way to Seattle for the second annual zombiepalooza know as ZOMbCON!!!
I'll once again be exhibiting, and though it's tough to beat last year's guest list (Romero, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks, Malcolm McDowell) this year's is pretty good: Tam Savini Bill Moseley Sid Haig
True Blood people
Walking Dead people
tons of zombie movie people
So, if you're in Seattle or the NW, make your way to the killer festivities at the Sea-Tac Hilton this Friday-Sunday (I'll be at booth 101).
I'll have a special preview version of my brand new zombie comic - NIGHT OF THE 80'S UNDEAD!
Okay, so back at San Diego I had a bunch of new project announcements, both personal and on the publishing side, that I said I'd go into more detail about. So, since I just got done finalizing some script pages on one the projects, my NIGHT OF THE 80'S UNDEAD, I thought I'd go ahead and go into some details about that now...
As you might guess from the title, it's a zombie story. I love zombies, and survival horror, but with a never ending stream of zombie comics I'd resisted writing my own for quite a while. Until I came up with my CON OF THE DEAD graphic novel (which is still in limbo, in need of an artist) a couple years back. However, already having one zombie story in the works, I felt no need to muse on further zombie comic ideas, that is until last year's ZomBcon. Something about debuting (Dan's) Zombie Tramp, taking part in a first ever all zombie convention, and meeting George Romero got my zombie juices flowing. Aside from CotD, and Zombie Tramp, I really wanted to do more zombie comics. So after many months of not actively doing anything about it, inspiration struck again and I started thinking about new zombie concepts.
That's when this image hit me...
The simple stark silhouette of the iPod ads, converted to a zombie with a Walkman... a zombie story with an 80's theme. I didn't have a story, but damn if that image didn't work and perfectly capture and inform what could be a zombie story. One set in the 80's, like so many of the classic films (like one of my all time faves, Return of the Living Dead), but written with the fetishistic hindsight of 80's nostalgia and pop culture reverence that those films couldn't have. The story itself had to be quintessential 80's. And so that's when Night of the 80's Undead really took off.
What if it was a story about Regan era cold war, drugs, celebrities, and of course, zombies? Wouldn't that capture everything?
And what if aside from the 80's celebrities, the story touched on 80's youth, a la John Hughes?
Wouldn't that be even cooler?
So yeah. Walkmans, Swatch watches, coked-out zombies, mall-rats, and 80's icons, all mixing it up in a blast of VHS B-movie carnage. That's Night of the 80's Undead (aka Night of the Coke Heads)!!!
The plan is to include Not80'sU as part of a new zombie anthology, to start being released at this year's ZomBcon. But it may just be released all on it's own to start with, but definitely upon completion as it's own graphic novel. Production is already underway, with a teaser script (similar to a trailer) being completed in time for San Diego Comic-Con (with a limited amount of copies still available HERE), and the first full part already underway.
For this project I'm scripting, but working with another artist. Someone I'd considered for CotD, but knew instantly fit perfectly here... Bill McKay. Bill has been working quite a bit recently with 5finity on their Zombies VS Cheerleaders comics, and brings a great indie toonish horror vibe to his stuff, that's big on detail and great at illustrating offbeat zombies. With his attention to detail, and style to an extent, also great at conveying real world stories, like zombie comics, where things are all very rooted in reality. No, it's not photo-realistic by any stretch, it's very stylized, but still very much grounded in reality.
Take a look at some of his work, I'm lucky to have him!
And while Bill does great inks, at this point I'm leaning towards leaving the line work at his ultra-detailed pencil stage, and coloring straight from that. As, besides being a big time pencil honk (inks? bah!), I think the gritty linework serves the zombie story well...
I intend to color the artwork myself, and am considering a couple different options. Either using a limited neon color palette (in keeping with the 80's), or a subdued tonal wash style... We'll see!
Night of the 80's Undead will be a crazy fun time, and I can't wait to get you more of it as soon as possible!
Stay tuned for more coke-fueled, Aqua-Net soaked undead previews and info!
Well, since it's been wrapped for a week, it must be past time to post anything I plan to share about the world's craziest comic show!
It was a great year for SRG, with Zombie Tramp continuing it's strong performance at shows. And then also with our many debuts and previews for upcoming works (see the previous post about the show, and stay tuned for more to come with more details on the various projects!)!!!
I'll once again be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con International, setting up to exhibit Super Real Graphics, as well as my art, along with Zombie Tramp creator Dan Mendoza.
The show runs from Wednesday preview night, til Sunday, and you can find us in the small press area at L-02.
This will be the debut of the Zombie Tramp graphic novel in San Diego, so we'll have a brand new limited edition print for those who pick up the book.
Plus we'll be debuting a new zombie preview flip book, a limited edition run of 100 copies featuring preview pages from Zombie Tramp volume 2 (by Dan) on one side, and a preview of a new project of mine on the other, NIGHT OF THE 80'S UNDEAD.
Night of the 80's Undead is a new comic created and written by me, and featuring epic zombie artwork from Bill McKay (Zombies VS Cheerleaders). What's the book about? Grab a copy of the preview book to find out!
For those who can't make it to the show, you can pick up a copy from me directly via PayPal for $7 with shipping in the US: 12 pages
color and black and white
complete story intros from both books
Plus I may have another top secret preview for another project of mine...
However, on the art side, I'll have some new prints...
And a brand new 2011 JMart sketchbook:
28 full color pages
featuring fan art, t-shirt designs, and comic book pinups and commissions from the past year
hand made for $10 each
- or $12 online with domestic shipping: