Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scene 6 - finally ready for reading

I always mean to update each page as they're ready - but I just haven't gotten to it, BUT I have managed to get a few more pages done when no one was looking. So, scene 6, I tend to agree with your partner, is ready to read.

So, follow the link: Scene 6

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

page 19 - I tend to agree with yor partner

Here's page 19 of the Tomb of the Undead. It's coming along, I haven't wrapped up page 20 yet, but it's coming along!

You can visit the latest update here, where you can increase the size of the image.

Graphic Novel News
Batman vs. Robin
Primary Ignition

Oh, Grant Morrison. You anger me so much with confusing, convoluted crap like Final Crisis. But then you write stuff like this and I just can’t hate you.

This is the second volume of Morrison’s Batman & Robin title, in which he writes about Dick Grayson and Damian’s adventures as the Dynamic Duo. Continuing with the pattern the first volume set, the book contains two 3-issue story arcs, both with a different artist.

In the first story, Grayson tries to resurrect Bruce Wayne using the skeleton that was found during Final Crisis. With help from Knight and Squire, and some incidental help from Batwoman, he uses a Lazarus Pit to try and bring the original Batman back to the land of the living. The results are disastrous, and all parties involved must fight for their lives. But ultimately, it will be Damian who faces the greatest danger. Read more.
Loving the Hate
Museum of Mistakes
Julia Wertz

This is an interesting blog post where the author, Julia, publishes negative/hateful reviews of her own graphic novel. It's funny, and she obviously takes it with a grain of salt. This would be a post I'd be proud of if I made something people hated.
Since I just posted "the Insidious Nature of Book Reviews" I thought I'd share a few of my favorite bad reviews of my books. To be honest, I don't react to bad reviews in the way I portrayed in the comic. I understand that my work is rather specific and appeals to a certain audience. My humor and writing isn't for everyone, and for that I'm grateful. How boring would it be if we all liked the same stuff? So over the years, I've gone from taking bad quips personally, to accepting them, and ultimately to reveling in them. My attitude towards negativity is most adequately summed up in this brief, veracious review: "Wertz doesn't give a shit and neither do I." -Carrie L.

So, on with the hate! These are some of my favorite from Goodreads: (all spelling/grammer errors included, and reviews are truncated.) Read the reviews!

Graphic Books Best-Sellers: Charles Burns on ‘X’ed Out’
The New York Times
Adam Kelper

Five years after his graphic-novel magnum opus “Black Hole,” Charles Burns returns to the medium with his first full-color work, “X’ed Out,” which lands at No. 1 on the hardcover list.

The protagonist of Mr. Burns’s latest story is a drug-addled teenager with a healthy William S. Burroughs obsession, who also suffers from an unspecified head injury — not exactly the character traits of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. “X’ed Out” takes Doug and his familiar fantasy world counterpart, Nitnit, through memories and dreams or perhaps dreamed memories — or possibly something else entirely. Read more of the interview.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

page 18 - No Guts, no glory

Yeah - here's the next page in the comic - I've just finished inking page 20, and I hope to get the shading done shortly and then onto the next page. The 20 page mark has been important to me, I'm not sure why. But I've been looking forward to it for a while - I think it demonstrates a pretty significant commitment.

Anyhow - here's the latest scene.

I'm getting a lot more comfortable drawing thees characters, too - which helps a lot.

Stay tuned for the beginning of the next scene, "I tend to agree with your partner."

Graphic Novel News
Atalanta: The Race Against Destiny
Sterg Botzakis
Graphic Novel Resources

This book tells a pretty exceptional Greek myth: girl is born and rejected by father who wanted a boy. She is left in the wilderness to die but is raised by a she-bear. Afterward, a family of hunters take her in and teach her to be human, but she is the fastest, strongest human ever. S0 she becomes a great hunter and goes to the Oracle at Delphi to hear her fortune. Warned of a disaster that would accompany marriage, she decides she does not need any man.

BUT, she is so beautiful that men throw themselves at her. So to give herself some peace she makes a contest where any man who beats her in a race gets to marry her, but anyone who loses is put to death. Not many men take her up on this opportunity, but still there is a fellow named Hippomenes, who has a plan and a few golden apples... click to read more.
I'd post some more links, but my ISP seems to be lagging considerably.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Page 17 - finally

This scene has taken way too long to finish. I hope I don't have many more 5-page scenes, they just take too long to draw and post - thus making updates seem to take quite a long time. Granted, I think there was plenty to learn in those five pages that go to introducing new characters, a major plot point and it gave me some more time to get comfortable with drawing Dr. Miller & Dr. Bolam.

I'm having fun, and looking forward to reaching the 20-page milestone. Maybe even by the end of this next week!

Check out the finished scene!

Stay tuned for the next scene. It's going to be called ... "No guts, no glory" and it's going to be nice and short!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Superman, Dorian Gray reviews - interview with Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2)

Pow! Managed to get another one of these pages done. I've even penciled a whole bunch of the next page, too - might be a few days before it's inked and shaded. Cool part - this scene will be finally finished - it's long! The next few scenes are much shorter - and in fact, the very next scene will only be one page.

Anyhow - check out this link to see the latest page of Tomb of the Undead!

Hope you like it. I almost didn't have any backgrounds on this page - it surprisingly didn't take long to add them in, which is good. I might add the backgrounds in last as a regular practice next time. I kind of like the results.

An Interview with Darren Lynn Bousman | Abattoir graphic novel
Darren Lynn Bousman has spent the past decade, give or take a year or two, making movies. But it was in 2004, after pitching an ultra-violent screenplay titled “The Desperate” to H-wood execs, that Bousman was contacted by James Wan and Leigh Whannell to direct “Saw II.” Seems that although “The Desperate” closely resembled the plot of “Saw,” it was creative – and bloody crazy enough – to capture Wan’s attention. The story was adapted and, under Bousman’s lens, became the second in the “Saw” franchise.

Needless to say, work came quickly for the Kansas native after that, including a Mudvayne video, another “Saw” film and the cult hit musical “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” And he has a grab bag of various film projects in the works, including a sort-of-remake of “Mother’s Day.” But Bousman has taken a new direction of late.

He and pal Michael Peterson had an idea for a film, but the project was “too big,” so they scaled it down into separate packages, one of which is the upcoming graphic novel “Abattoir,” published through Radical Comics. Rather than belabor the point in a lengthy expository introduction, we’ll let Bousman tell the story.

This exclusive interview with Bousman is brought to you as part of our latest Horror Channel “What Scares You?” essay writing contest. The winner gets a free copy of the first issue of the six-part serial “Abattoir” (due in stores on Oct. 27), along with other Radical (pun intended) prizes. Read more here: click here.

The Picture of Dorian Gray : A Graphic Novel
I had no idea this was written by Oscar Wilde - none. I'd like to read this some time. Not the necessarily the comic, but the real thing.

“Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world worth having but youth!”

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a graphic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic work, stunningly re-imagined by writer Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard. This Gothic morality tale is the story of a man who, taken by his own beauty, pledges his soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. But when his wish is granted, things go terribly wrong. A painting of Dorian begins to age in his place, while Dorian himself becomes a dangerous narcissist who destroys everyone standing in his way until the day he is forced to come face to face with the ugliness of his own conscience.

Superman: Earth One (a Graphic Novel Slugfest)
Thom Young

Twenty years ago, a strange visitor from a parallel Krypton arrived as an infant on a parallel Earth possessing powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Now an envoy of the race that destroyed his homeworld has come looking for him . . . with his adopted planet as the battleground.

Click on this to see some reviews.