If you’re into comics, you’re most likely already aware that today is Free Comic Book Day, and my good friend Charlie Harris, owner of Charlie’s Comic Books in Tucson, Arizona, is celebrating it by holding a charity event in his store. He asked some local artists to contribute an original drawing for a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Primavera Foundation. This year's theme was "Arch Enemies", so I dediced to draw the final battle between Matt Wagner's Grendel and his nemesis, Argent the Wolf.
If you’re interested in buying the drawing (and if you’re in Tucson today), feel free to stop by Charlie's store! As always, the winning bidder also gets a hi-res, color copy of the drawing.
RIPOSTE: Riposte was released in France in late January, and I’m pleased to announce that as of this writing, the distributor AND publisher have both sold out of the 1st printing. The book has received excellent reviews, which can be read here: (if you read French, that is)
Chris Thompson, from London’s Orbital Comics, was kind enough to interview me about Riposte and my other projects last January during the Angoulême comic book festival. The podcast can be found here: (my interview starts around 38:00)
Riposte will be going back to the printers soon, and the new edition is scheduled for release in late summer/early fall, as I understand it. Until then, you can still find the book at French comic shops, and even on the internet.
The book has been warmly received by local French bookstores, and I’ve had the opportunity of doing some signings at some great shops, including Gréfine (La Rochelle), BD FLASH (Chartres), and Bulles en Cavale (Rochefort), among others. I don’t have any more signings scheduled until Fall, when the French comic book convention season starts (St. Malo, Creil, Rochefort, Angoulême, etc.) so in the meantime, I’ll be hard at work on…
ARCHER COE & THE WAY TO DUSTY DEATH:
Chapter 4 (A.K.A. “the horse-filled chapter that still gives me nightmares when I think about it”) is finished, and I’m currently working on Chapter 5. I'm making slow (but steady) progress. More sneak peeks to come soon!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a some (mostly) good news to announce:
RIPOSTE: In just a little over one week from now, Riposte will be available for purchase in finer comic book shops and bookstores everywhere (well, especially in France and Belgium). From what I’ve seen so far, the book looks fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to signing copies at the FIBD (Festival International de la Bande Dessinée) in Angoulême from Friday, January 29th, through Sunday, January 31st. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by the Scutella éditions booth and say hello. Hope to see you there! (but if you can’t make it to the festival, I’ll be announcing other dates soon)
ARCHER COE & THE WAY TO DUSTY DEATH: I'm back to work on Archer Coe vol.2! I just finished Chapter 3 today, and will be starting Chapter 4 soon. In order to finish Riposte on time, I had to temporarily put Archer on the back-burner, and I’m thrilled to be working full-time on the book once again (I kinda missed my pal Archer). Jamie S. Rich’s story is amazing (Not to mention challenging: he asked me to draw HORSES. As in, more than one. AND THEY ARE ALL RUNNING.), and it’s been a lot of fun working on this second book. I’ll post more teaser images as I make progress over the next few months. I am hoping to finish The Way To Dusty Death by early December of this year, so feel free to stop by often for updates…
DUELS: The long out-of-print book of short stories I wrote and drew for French publisher Treize étrange back in 2000, Duels, is now back in print. I had copies published through the online printing platform BLURB, and it looks pretty good. If you are interested in purchasing a copy (in French), feel free to click HERE
PARANORMAL: I am sad to say that my Paranormal trilogy, which was supposed to be published last year by Evileye Books, is currently on standby. Due to the demands of today’s ever-changing book publishing industry, Evileye Books has undergone some huge changes over the past year, and they have decided to concentrate their publishing efforts exclusively on supernatural/horror prose fiction. So, long story short, Paranormal didn’t make the cut, and Evileye has graciously returned publication rights to me. I’m not quite sure what to do with the book right now, but I’ll let you know once I’ve figured it out. Since Duels turned out so well, I may consider self-publishing the trilogy, as well as future stories, through BLURB as well. Unless, of course, some publisher kicks down my door and begs to publish it before I do.
OTHER STUFF: As if the above projects weren’t already keeping me busy, I am currently working on a series of translations for French publisher ANKAMA (The Grocery, FREAKS’squeele), and I recently finished English-language translations for two of their animated feature films, DOFUS Book 1: The Return of Julith, and MUTAFUKAZ. I hope they hit an English-speaking movie theatre near you soon. They were a lot of fun to work on.
In other news, I'm still (slowly but surely) organizing my ideas for an espionage-themed comic book mini-series, as well as a daily online comic strip, both of which I am hoping to pitch to American publishers once I've finished work on Archer Coe vol.2. I kinda have a lot on my plate, but I’d rather have too much to do than not enough.
Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to meeting some of you at future comic book conventions or bookstore signings. Talk to you soon!
Well, after nearly seven years, Riposte is finally finished.
The book is scheduled for a January 2016 release, just in time for the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême. If you are a fan of film noir and fencing, this is the book for you, and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it.
I have some stuff to announce, but I’ll do that later, when my head is a bit clearer. For now, I’m just barely realizing that I won’t be drawing these characters anymore, nor will I be telling their story ever again… and to tell you the truth, it’s making me kind of nostalgic. I’m relieved and a little sad at the same time; it’s kinda strange. Anyway… no time to get all teary-eyed, I have other projects that I need to get back to (Archer Coe vol.2, which I’ve had to put on hold for the past few months in order to finish Riposte on time, as well as some graphic novels to translate for Ankama, among others…)