Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Black Coat/Athena Voltaire Special

The next step in the project—Jason Millet adds his brilliant colors to the piece!

And here are the covers with logos and trade dress in place! I'll post some solicitation information next week and will come clean with everything at that time!

This should be in the issue of Diamond Distributors' Previews catalog that comes out this Wednesday:

Find out what a Revolutionary-era Crusader and 1930's Aviatrix have in common, besides their status as two of Ape's most exciting heroes. An adventure spanning two centuries: from the Black Coat facing down a pirate attack to Athena Voltaire encountering the horrifying consequences of the treasure they sought. The two variant covers by Eisner-award nominee Steve Bryant combine to form a poster image.

Try 2 complete adventures from 2 of Ape's greatest heroes for only $2.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In Previews Tomorrow: The Black Coat/Athena Voltaire Special!

It's time to start showing some artwork! This is for a special one-shot that will be solicited in the December issue of Diamond Distributors' Previews catalog (in comic shops tomorrow).

Shown here are a concept sketch by Ben Lichius (co-creator of The Black Coat) and a penciled version of that sketch by me.

Together, the two cover images will form a poster. Ben did a great job on the design.

Next up, we have how it looks inked (by me).

Thanks to all who have waited patiently for the return of Athena Voltaire as we sort out legalities and publishing schedules. I appreciate it greatly and hope that you enjoy all of the stuff that I have planned for 2009.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Ghost Sneaks Around

Is that a ghost? Look out--he's got a gun!

This book is turning out to be a blast!

Friday, November 21, 2008

New York: 1930-something

It's Athena, and she's dressed all fancy! Here's page one of the Athena Voltaire/Black Coat event that I've been hinting at for a while.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More new Athena Voltaire

Here are the pencils to the page I posted a panel from on Wednesday.

I scrapped the plane in panel 1 and drew a long shot of it instead. You can see it when I post the inks...or maybe I'll just make you buy the book! ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Ghost is Sad

Here's another panel from the Canterville Ghost. I inked this page last week. Or was it at the beginning of this week? Dates blur together the closer I get to a deadline...

It's not there yet, but sometimes I feel like I'm getting closer to incorporating the effortless quality that an Al Williamson figure has in his/her stance. Like I said, I'm nowhere near that yet, but this panel made me feel like I might actually come close in 30 years.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today's Athena Voltare Teaser

Here's another panel from the forthcoming book. Check the Athena Voltaire blog for more preview. I've posted the cover pencils and inks. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I'll post the colored version.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A (semi) recent commission

The list of interesting commission concepts continues! The Headless Horseman versus (Green Arrow's sidekick) Speedy! I actually finished this up around Halloween. Appropriate.

I kinda wish that I had inked it, though.

Over at the Athena Voltaire blog, I update the mystery project a little more.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A little more from that new Athena Voltaire project

Another teaser image from the upcoming Athena Voltaire book that I talked about yesterday (and showed cover sketches from at the AV blog).

I know, I know...a couple of shots of dudes in diving suits—big deal. Waddaya expect? It's the weekend and I don't want to give everything away just yet.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Miss Me?

Okay, if you're looking at the posts here, it would appear that I was devastated by the loss of my li'l mutt, which I was. But I wasn't devastated to the tune of 6 weeks off. Deadlines—and life in general—conspired to kick my ass. Thanks to all of my friends who posted and/or sent me emails of condolences, though.

I've still been producing a lot of artwork, I just haven't posted much of it.

Here's some recent Canterville Ghost work. I'll post what's new with Athena Voltaire and Ursula Wilde next week. I just posted a glimpse of things to come over at the Athena Voltaire blog.