Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Help Wanted At The Hideout Bar & Grill

January 5, 2009

Just quietly sneaking this out there for any artist types that might be interested in drawing an issue or two of Hero Happy Hour and happen along my blog before I go more public…

Drop me a line if that might be you.

The Book To Pick Up Tomorrow

August 26, 2008

Listen up, folks. I’m officially decreeing that you must pick up a copy of Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse available beginning tomorrow. Ben doesn’t need me to hawk his wares — his talent speaks for itself — but here’s the official press release…

Ben Templesmith’s “Art of Wormwood” coming from IDW

IDW Publishing will release Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse on August 27. The book collects all the notable art plus a large amount of sketches, unpublished ideas and never-before-seen paintings from his semi-regular, off-beat serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. It includes an original Wormwood short story.

Templesmith’s visual approach, which has been described as “daring, horrific, and sometimes just plain perverse” has gained a cult following for his work in graphic novels including 30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood,Gentleman Corpse and more recently Welcome to Hoxford. He has said he is influenced by the science-fantasy cosmos of H.P. Lovecraft’s Old Ones and the work of H.R. Giger. Templesmith’s black sense of humor, his delicate yet vigorous style, his nuanced but bold use of color, and knack for finding just the right detail to make a panel or page come to life have given Wormwood a huge fan base.

“Wormwood is really just me having fun and trying to throw in as many disgusting perversions of my old childhood influences. I call it my riff on Doctor Who, if it were more demonologically oriented and written for very juvenile adults with a sick sense of humor”, says Templesmith.
TPB * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $19.99 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-327-8

Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse S&N HC
Is a special hardcover edition is strictly limited to 500 copies and comes with a numbered tip-in plate signed by artist Ben Templesmith.
HC * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $49.99 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-330-8

Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse S&N HC
This deluxe limited edition hardcover is strictly limited to only 100 copies. Each copy will include an all-new, hand-drawn Wormwood sketch by artist Ben Templesmith.
HC * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $100 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-331-5

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at

Having worked as an editor on the earlier Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse issues I can honestly tell you that it is some of the most beautifully twisted art that I have ever seen — whimsical in a horrific kind of way. No bookshelf will be complete without this tomb prominently displayed. Now, if one of the limited edition signed and numbered edition hardcover copies were to fall off of a truck and find its way to me that would be very awesome.

On Warren’s Advice: Let’s Form A Band

August 12, 2008

From Warren Ellis’ Bad Signal email “Building The Imperfect Beast”…

Okay, I’m pretty sure I did do this last year, but I think it’s reconfigured in my head since then. So.

What you need is one writer and three artists. Essentially, you decide to Form A Band.

And you decide up front that all the money from the anthology comic is divided 4 ways equally. This is for simplicity’s sake — people argue this point with me all the time, but I have had publishers say to my face that they avoid anthologies, especially creator-owned ones, because THE SUMS ARE TOO HARD. Keep it simple. 25% for everybody.

What you’re going to do, you see, is one writer writing three serials for three artists.

You’re doing a two-dollar book. That’s FELL format. A 24pp unit, all on the same paperstock, including covers. “Guts” of 20pp, with the “cover”, constituting 4pp, wrapped around it, yes?

Three 6pp episodes is 18 pages. Your cover and inside front cover for indicia etc are 2pp. So that leaves you 4pp, including the back cover, to play with. Use them to interleave the serials, use them as backmatter, let the artists take turns doing full-page pieces, whatever.

The cover art is a rotating job between the three artists.

Collect it every six months as a 128pp book (therefore still splitting everything four ways) or collect each serial on its own as best fitting (each book therefore splitting 50/50). (As is blatantly obvious, but people like to ask these questions instead of thinking for themselves.)

Go and do it. I need something to read.

Form a band, boys and girls. Form a band.

I’ve been meaning to pull something together along these lines for awhile now. Then the latest Bad Signal email from Ellis shows up in my inbox this morning. I figure this could serve as the kick in the ass to actually get working on such an endeavor.

It’s pretty straight forward — I’m a writer looking for three artists to “form a band.” The exact subject matter of the project is to be determined. Hit me back if you’re interested or have any questions. Thanks.

Her Name Is Serenity

June 27, 2008

My partner in crime, Chris Fason, is showing her off on his site, so I figured I would as well. I have to tell you, I am absolutely in love with her. Her name is Serenity, and she is one of the characters in a new project that Chris and I are cooking up to follow on the heels of the new Hero Happy Hour that’s currently in the works. When I first got the b/w sketch from Chris in my email inbox I was already crushing. Now that he’s worked ups some colors — I’m in love.

Does her name represent a certain nod to anything in particular? Maybe. Stay tuned.

Fresh Art

June 5, 2008

One of the coolest things about writing and/or editing comic books is when you get fresh, spanking new art waiting for you in your email inbox. Recently, I’ve had a number of killer pages and covers filter through my email to brighten my day. I really want to show off a lot more than I’m offering below — bigger images with all the details — but I’ve got to save something for later. Anybody who know of the current projects that I’ve got cooking can figure out what the images below are for. I will tell you this… Upper left image is from Andy B. Upper right image is from Chris Moreno. Lower left image is from Orlando Baez. Lower right image is from Chris Fason.

Sci-Fi Artists Update

January 16, 2008

Blog@Newsarama posts a link regarding my request for science fiction artists and hits to my humble blog nearly triple for a couple of days. I’ve gotten a lot of responses, and I’m doing my best to stay on top of them and get back to everybody (while I juggle the chore of finishing up two scripts right now). Some of the talent that expressed interest is exactly what I was looking for and it looks like I’ve got about four or five artist on board for this little sci-fi anthology comic experiment. I’m still keeping an eye out for more artist — though my criteria (if criteria is really the right word — maybe preference is better suited since I’m looking for collaborators) has gotten a bit more defined. This is in order to “click” better with the art styles I’ve lined up. Basically, they tend to be neat with a definite “style” and leaning toward the lighter or somewhat animated look I was shown some really great pencil shading and cross-hatching type of styles that would be better suited for another project. It’s still great to be shown a wide range of artistic talent though.


Attention Sci-Fi Artists

January 10, 2008

Attention sequential artists with an interest in science-fiction. I’m a writer looking to collaborate with you on short sequential sci-fi stories that emphasize your strong-points. If you’re good at dueling spacecrafts, let’s collaborate on a stellar dogfight story. If your good at nitty-gritty cyberpunk, let’s do a street samurai story. Far out alien beings your thing, let’s explore strange new worlds.

My goal is to put together a showcase for six to twelve talented artists doing approximately four-page stories each — combined in a single collection of black and white. My role is to write each short script according to your strengths. I don’t know why, but after leaving my editorial position I’m itching to put together a small anthology. Maybe I’m gearing up for a yet to be announced Hero Happy Hour project.

Now for the “what’s in it for you” portion… Not a lot monetarily. I’m looking to publish this as POD and offer it for sale via the web. All artist will receive an equal share for their artistic contribution. Also, artists will be free to purchase the final product at costs and sell at shows or personal web sites. In addition to writing, I’m looking to act as editor and publisher to produce a finished project that you can be proud to be a part of. And remember, you’ll also have that warm fuzzy feeling of being part of a collective endeavor with your fellow creative types to enhance your exposure in the ever competing field of comics that we all know and love.

If this might not be your bag, but you know someone that it might be suited for, please pass it along. I know I have probably raised more questions than provided answers, but if this sounds like a project that you might be interested in please drop me a line and I can fill you in on more details and we can discuss further. Thanks for your time.

Under The Influence In L.A.

January 9, 2008

1988xmen.jpgI braved leaving the sanctuary of my not-so-hidden fortress behind the Orange Curtain to attend the opening of an art exhibit at Gallery 1988 on Melrose Ave.

The exhibit was called Under The Influence: A Tribute To Stan Lee and it featured original paintings from about a 100 various artists of various styles and techniques. There were some incredible pieces on display that ranged from the truly inspiring to the completely whacked — but all were unique. Some of the artists featured included Chris Reccardi, Cameron Tiede, Amanda Visell, and many more. Stan Lee was supposedly there for about 15 minutes, but left before my friend Lance and I managed to get inside of the packed gallery. As much as I loved most of the art it made me that much more aware of how broke I am. Ah, if only I could afford one of those 1.5K pop masterpieces. Of course I didn’t bother to take any pictures to share with you in regards to my post — so you’ll have to take my word for it.

I also realized that I really need to get out more often.