Wednesday, November 30, 2011

'Everlast'ing brothers, oringal launches and students

Here's page 61 of Tomb of the Undead - part of a pivotal moment in the escape from customs at the airport - I thought it was particularly useful to have Starkwood's character be a motivational factor that delayed the detective from contacting France to intercept our heroes.

In any case - they sneak through without any complications, even though they should have been taken into custody. No doubt, the story is better with our characters acting on their free will, rather than being in detention.

For the record - Detention is a bad word. Shouldn't someone in "detention" be in "retention," or "detainment?" Where does "Detention" even come from? Sounds stupid to me - but that's hardly relevant.

Graphic Novel News
Student designs, relaunching all DC's original books and 'Everlasting' brothers.

Students design comic books
Andrew Nelson

Springtime Atlanta is heyday for comics, with MomoCon just in March and Free Comic Book Day in May. At Tech, local artists and students met at the first Annual Atlanta Comics Symposium to host panels on comics from their nature and creation to the industry’s ambivalent future.
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DC Comics to relaunch line; Geoff Johns, Jim Lee to create Justice League

As USA Today and the DC Comics Source blog are reporting, the publisher is relaunching its entire line starting in August, with 52 No. 1 issues across the line.

This relaunch will start with a new “Justice League” No. 1 on Aug. 31, and all DC’s superhero titles will be offered digitally on the same day from there forward.
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Chad Michael Murray updates us on his graphic novel, ‘Everlast’

Chad Michael Murray’s been in town this month, filming “Renee,” the new drama about Rene Yohe. He plays Jamie Tworkowski, founder of “To Write Love on Her Arms,” and “I picked up some of his mannerisms, but I didn’t want to imitate him, any more than Kat (Dennings) is doing the ‘real’ Renee,” Murray (left, with the real Jamie) says.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hush, Hush - Serenity (vol. 3) for a Heachache

Some exposition of the mythology of this story begins with our protagonists searching out their contact in Marseilles - and this story gets them away from the airport, into France, and closer to the answers they're searching for.

I hope you enjoy this - I was never much of an artist when it comes to vehicles - so I was relatively pleased to see some of these cars turning out relatively well. I hope you enjoy it!

Read more at Stretch My Legs. I hope you like it.

Graphic Novel News

'Hush, Hush' Author Becca Fitzpatrick (And Fans) Help Shape Graphic Novel
Sabrina Rojas Weiss in Page Turners

Are fans of traditional YA novels eager to pick up graphic novel versions of their favorite books? Judging by the feedback "Hush, Hush" author Becca Fitzpatrick gets on her blog every time she posts a sketch from Sea Lion Books' upcoming adaptation of her fallen angel stories, due out in October, that's a resounding "yes."
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Graphic Novel Review: Serenity Volume 3: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon

I just loved how the life-story of Shepherd Book was structured - starting from the moment of his death (on planet Haven, as we well know from the movie 'Serenity') and going backwards to the unknown parts of his life. All the defining moments of Book's life are presented as a chain of events that we uncover from end to origin, as each short chapter delves deeper into his past.
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Joy and Athena Give The Gods A "Headache"
Josie Campbell,

Last year, brand new comic book company Kickstart Comics, founded by film producer Jason Netter, promised to change the face of comic sales and distribution by rolling out original graphic novels in both comic stores and Walmarts across the country. This month sees the release of their latest original comics property, "Headache," written by "Pushing Daisies" and "Burn Notice" scribe Lisa Joy with art by Jim Fern, Vertigo artist for "Crossing Midnight" and "Fables."
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Homeless in San Fransisco, Mr. Wonderful and the Uncanny X-Force

On page 60 I remember the new challenge - after having the characters trapped in an airplane for a few pages, they were suddenly in a crowded airport ... which wasn't any easier to conceive or draw. Check it out at "Just a Little Escape"

Graphic Novel News
Check out some graphic novel news - first, a graphic novel that's inspired by local homeless, which leads to "Transient Man," learn more about the introverted world of graphic novelist Danny Clowes and meet the Uncanny X-Force!

Homeless in San Fransisco, Mr. Wonderful and the Uncanny X-Force

Artist's graphic novel inspired by homeless people in San Francisco
Alexis Terrazas

Justin Kaufman, art director of Massive Black, recently completed his graphic novel “Transient Man,” which is based on The City’s homeless. For more information, visit or

What inspired you to write “Transient Man”? I’ve lived in The City for like 15 years, in and around the downtown area for most of that. And you know, you see these homeless people sometimes talking to themselves. I work in the GFX industry and I got obsessed with this idea. I talked about it to a few of my co-workers and it kind of spawned into [this]. I hope that it will encourage people to look at homeless people in a positive light.
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Graphic Novelist Daniel Clowes on What Makes ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Wonderful
Dennis Nishi
Speakeasy (blog)

If you’ve read the graphic novels of Dan Clowes, you already know the artist. The characters from such work as “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” which have both been turned into movies, are reflections of the 50-year-old and his close circle of introverted but creative friends. He describes them all, and himself, as having a seething anger that surfaces during some social situations but who are very likable once you get them to relax.

His latest graphic novel is entitled “Mr. Wonderful” and it follows a middle-aged divorced man named Marshall that has been set up on a blind date. Of course, the evening spins off into some unexpected directions. “Mr. Wonderful” was originally commissioned as a serialized 20-episode comic strip for the New York Times Magazine back in 2008. The story has since been expanded and turned into a hardcover book that was released earlier this month by Pantheon Press. Speakeasy spoke with Clowes at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
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Wednesday Comics Review: Uncanny X-Force 8 And Super Dinosaur 1
Rich Johnston

For weeks I’ve watched Aaron and Mike going on and on and on and on and on about the new Uncanny X-Force series from Marvel by Rick Remender and Billy Tan. I picked up an early issue and, aside from a gorgeous scene with Deadpool and a still-framed assailant, wasn’t overly impressed. But it’s time to go back.

Ostensibly, this is a black ops group, but it’s more about pawns that have lost their king. They act independently, with great ferocity, but in the end are being placed in a position where they can do their thing. Expect these pawns get back on the board after they’ve been sacrficed and start moving each other around the place. Which makes for a very interesting game of chess, even as it’s embedded in Claremontian X-Men with the return of Shadow King, astral battles, possession, the price one must pay to win, the demons unleashed in the process and all that jazz, given a very pleasant painted execution of Billy Tan’s art.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

back in the saddle

I was on a great pace, and things were rockin' but I hit a major slump in production at Tomb of the Undead.

But I'm back at it, after like three weeks - not having the time to work on it made me feel really frustrated, so I'm glad to be back at it.

The hiatus seems to have coincided with me finishing rewatching Lost all over again on DVD. So, let's get back in the swing of things and start it all over again.

On to the pilot ... and back to updating with some regularity, if I have anything to say about it.