2014 was a very busy year for me, and I broke my all-time record of Blog Neglect by only posting new drawings 3 times last year. But I had good reasons for it. A lot of stuff happened.
For example,Archer Coe & the Thousand Natural Shocks(Oni Press)hit stores in July, and I began work on volume two in early December, right after finishing a series of interesting and challenging translation assignments for Ankama éditions.
I was supposed to finish Riposte (Scutella éditions) before the year was out, but... well... I didn't. Believe it or not, drawing two graphic novels at the same time, teaching weekly comic-book classes, and translating a series of graphic novels is kind of time-consuming. I still have two chapters to go on Riposte, and I hope to have it completely finished (drawn & toned) before summer. I really am working as fast as I can, so please be patient. :)
The Kindle version of Paranormal vol.1: The Ogre (Evileye Books) was released last October, just in time for Halloween, and the paper version will hopefully be released sometime this year.
And right before the year ended, I drew a picture of Marcus Lopez, my favorite character from the very, very cool Deadly Class (Image Comics) series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, for the February 7th charity auction to be held by my friend Charlie Harris, the owner of Charlie's Comic Books in Tucson, Arizona.
So there ya go. I hope you all had a happy, safe holiday season. Stay tuned, with any luck I'll be posting more often this year! As always, thanks for stopping by and supporting my work. It's much appreciated.
Yeah, I know... it's been a long time since I've posted anything around here. But there’s a lot of cool stuff coming up soon, so I thought I’d take a minute to do a little (okay, a big) update:
The first chapter of Archer Coe, the Mind’s Arrow & the Thousand Natural Shocks, the book I created with writer Jamie S. Rich, is going to be released digitally on Comixology on Tuesday, April 8th, and the remaining thirteen chapters will be available for download twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) until May 22!
The softcover edition of Archer Coe is scheduled for release on June 18, and Oni Press has prepared a handy little order form that you can print, fill out, and give to your local comic book shop. The deadline for pre-orders is coming up fast, (May 26, 2014) so if you're interested in the book, you might want to hurry :) !
As you may have seen if you come around here much, a few months ago I contributed a Black Panther drawing to a charity auction event held by my friend Charlie Harris, the owner of Charlie’s Comic Books in Tucson, Arizona. He's hosting another event on May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day, and this time around I drew the Ra’s al Ghul /Batman clan. Here are the black & white and colored versions :
If you’re interested in purchasing the original drawing (and if you’re in Tucson on May 3rd), feel free to get in touch with Charlie or stop by the store! The winning bidder also gets a free hi-res color copy of the drawing, and all proceeds from the auctions go to help out the Tucson chapter of the Salvation Army, who provides help and support to the needy.
The digital version of Paranormal vol.1 will also be released soon, and Evileye Books has already begun a really cool teaser/promo campaign on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Here are the first three images:
So go be friends with EvileyeBooks (or follow them), because subscribers to Insider@EvileyeBooks.com can sign up to receive a 17-page digital preview of the book, which will be released in May! More info can be found on the publisher's FB/Twitter pages.
Right now I’m hard at work on my noir/fencing story, Riposte, and am making good progress. The book is scheduled for release (in France) in January 2015, and I’m doing my best to make that happen.
I may also have some good news soon in regards to an English version, too, so keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned!
The minute I finish Riposte, I’ll be getting started on Archer Coe, the Mind’s Arrow volume 2. I have a big red folder with the script inside it next to my drawing table, and every time I sit down to work, I swear I can hear it saying, "Draaaaaawwwww meeeeee!" I dunno if I'm hearing things or not, but the sooner I get started, the better. It’s starting to get a little creepy around here.
And let’s not forget: RUN, my wordless spy story that appeared in volume 5 of Aces Weekly last June is still available.
If you subscribe to volume 5, drop me an e-mail and let me know what name you used to create your subscription account. As soon as I get confirmation from Aces, I’ll be happy to send you an original drawing of one of the characters from RUN on an official Aces Weekly sketchcard, free of charge. I’ll even spring for postage.
Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by !
just posted an interview with Jamie S. Rich and I, where we talk about Archer Coe, The Mind’s Arrow and The Thousand Natural Shocks, our upcoming graphic novel with Oni Press. I’m thrilled to announce that the book will be published in June (and solicited in the February issue of Previews--tell your favorite comic shop!).
In other news, the first volume of my noir/superhero trilogy, Paranormal, will be released soon by Evileye Books (official release dates to follow shortly) in both paper and Kindle formats.
I’m also making steady progress on my Riposte graphic novel,(Scutella éditions) and will be beginning work on the second volume of Archer Coe before the year is out, so I’m definitely staying busy.
Thanks to everyone who stops by the blog to look at my drawings and read my ramblings. I hope 2014 is off to a great start for you.
My friend Charlie Harris, the owner of Charlie's Comics in Tucson, Arizona, is holding a fundraising event on November 9, 2013 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. to benefit the Primavera Foundation, which provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. He asked some local Tucson* artists to contribute a drawing of our favorite member of Marvel Comics’ superhero team The Avengers for the silent auction that will be held at the end of the event.
I’ll let you guess who I chose.
I won’t be able to attend the event this time around, but the drawing is already on its way across the Atlantic. The original art is about 8 x 10, drawn & inked on bristol board, (see above) and if the person who goes home with it sends me an e-mail, I’ll be happy to send him or her a high-resolution digital copy of the drawing in full color (see below).
So if you’re interested in supporting a worthy cause, reading comics and hanging out with some good people, (and if you live in or near Tucson, Arizona) don’t forget to stop by Charlie’s Comics on November 9th !
*for the record, even though I live in France, I still consider myself a local Tucson artist :)
Riposte, the fencing book I've been working on for the past few years, went through some changes last week. I was finishing up colors on the first chapter when I realized that I had taken a wrong turn somewhere. Riposte is a crime story, inspired by some of my favorite noir films from the 30's and 40's: Out of the Past, Gilda, The Phantom Lady, The Killers, and Double Indemnity. It's about revenge, betrayal, and murder... so why did I want it to be in color? I decided to start over. I replaced the blue with gray tones on the first four pages, and showed them to Soline Scutella, my editor/publisher. We came to the conclusion that the gray tones did indeed fit the story better, giving it a sharper edge that was closer to the original mood I'd intended to convey when I wrote the story. So... long story short: Riposte will now be in black & white (with gray tones)! Here is one of the "color vs. black & white" pages I sent to my editor, so you can see the difference between the two versions: