Saturday, April 5, 2014

H-U-G-E Update

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  Evileye Books (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 !

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Archer Coe, the Mind's Arrow

ROBOT 6 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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Black Panther


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 :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Riposte: Back to Black

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:



Friday, September 27, 2013

Paranormal/Jazz

Here is a commission I recently did for a friend of mine, who asked to see some of my characters from Paranormal in a retro-jazz club setting. As you can imagine, I had a blast drawing them again (who knew the Ogre played the saxophone?)...

And speaking of Paranormal, I should have some good news to pass on regarding the release of vol.1 very soon. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Aces Weekly: Vol.5!

Just a quick reminder that RUN--my spy story in Aces Weekly--launches TODAY!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Aces Weekly: RUN

About a year ago, David Lloyd invited me to draw a 21-page story for Aces Weekly,  the online comics art magazine he was putting together with creators from around the world.

Having the opportunity to write & draw a story about anything I wanted--and seeing it appear in a unique format next to the work of artists whom I respect--sounded like a lot of fun. For the past few years, I’d been seriously considering the idea of drawing a weekly adventure webcomic, and here--finally-- was my chance. When I was a kid I loved reading newspaper comic strips like Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes and Steve Canyon, and was itching to draw one of my own. Now I just needed to figure out what kind of story I wanted to tell...

I have a soft spot for noir crime fiction and superhero comics, but was already working on those kinds of stories for other publishers... so I looked to my bookshelf for inspiration. I saw John Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, Smiley’s People, A Call For The Dead, Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist, Greg Rucka’s fabulous Queen & Country novels and comics,  as well as Tom Rob Smith’s Agent 66 (among others)… the choice was suddenly clear:

An espionage story.

There is something about protagonists in spy stories that really appeals to me. They are ordinary people faced with difficult decisions, torn between loyalty to their country and their own conscience. To me, that's what makes Alec Leamas, George Smiley, Jim Prideaux, Milo Weaver, Tara Chace, Tom Wallace, Paul Crocker and Leo Demidov some of the most interesting, endearing and complex characters to ever come to life on paper.

I already had a lot on my plate when I agreed to join Aces, but whenever I'd get a free minute, I’d fill up pages in my sketchbook or jot down story ideas in notebooks… and the result of all that scribbling is RUN, a futuristic, wordless story about an agent whose cover has just been blown behind enemy lines .

On June 10th, RUN will be released in Volume 5 of Aces Weekly  and will appear in three-page installments over the next seven weeks. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to Volume 5 for $9.99/£6.99/€7.99 on the Aces website. I’ll be joining artists Val Mayerik, Jim Hudnall, Bambos Georgiou, Mychailo Kazybrid, Dave Hine, Shaky Kane, Batton Lash and others to bring you nearly 200 comic book pages in just a few short weeks.

See you in the funny books!