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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
DARKNESS 101 IN STORES TODAY!
I've been waiting on this for a long time. After months of hard work, issue 101 of The Darkness hits the stands. I got to see a physical copy for the first time, last night and it looks goooood. I've been lucky in my career to work with some amazingly talented co-creators, but I have to say, this book stands out. Writer, David Hine is a kindred spirit. He is telling a story that I can't wait to read. And when I get the script...it scares me a little. John Rauch is a genius. Plain and simple. My work has never looked so good. He is easily one of the best colorists working in comics today. Top Cow letterer Troy Peteri is a hell of an artist himself. Lettering is a under-appreciated art. Troy moves you through the page seamlessly. He balances the artwork and the words. Lastly there's Filip Sablik, our editor. Poor-poor, Filip. Not only is he one of my best friends, the dude is a rock. I don't think I've ever had more support working on a book. How he does it is beyond me.
So, now that I'm done being all weepy, I'll encourage to you check out our first issue of The Darkness. We're all on for the long haul.
Even though I posted the eight page preview, I wanted to go ahead and throw another little added bonus up there. As much as I love the book with the full trade dress, I thought I'd give you a peek at the cover art all on it's own. I'm REALLY happy with the way this turned out. Like I said before. John Rauch. Genius.
Well, as much as I'd like got gab on, I've got pages to draw. More delightfully twisted Darkness.
Talk to you soon!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
DARKNESS #101 8 PAGE PREVIEW!
The first issue of my ongoing run on Top Cow's The Darkness hits stands today. I'm so proud of this book. Writer David Hine, colorist John Rauch, and I worked hard to tell this next chapter in the journey of Jackie Estacado.
Just in case you're on the fence about the book, at all, here are the first full eight pages. I hope you dig them!
If you enjoyed this eight page preview, drop by your local comic shop and pick up a copy. If they don't have it, just ask and they can easily re-0rder you one.
As for me, I'd better get back to work. Pages to draw before I sleep.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
DARKNESS INKING TIME LAPSE!
I thought I'd be all cool recently, while doing some inking on The Darkness, and shot some time lapse images of the inking process.
What you're seeing here is about a days worth of work. Some pretty intricate stuff. I'm not sure there is a lot of method to how I do things. It's kind of all over the place. Still, in spite of jostling the tripod a couple of times and some lighting changes, I had a lot of fun doing it. I think I'll definitely try and do this sort of thing more often.
Alright, it's back to work for me! Pages to pencil. Pages to ink.
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
It's been...quite a while since I've done an Instagram photo dump. I set these up and then just honestly got horribly sidetracked with work. I'm going to put up this one and then one more, then I'm going to change the format a bit and limit it to just some of my favorites. As it is, I've logged in a few thousand photos and at this rate, I'm never going to catch up posting them all.
This set is almost a year old. It was taken on the way back from Planet Comic Con in Kansas City last March and in the days after. See...I told you I was behind.
Snow. Lucky I brought my peacoat.
Driving home in the yuck.
Possibly the most amazing random roadside stop EVER!
Some time went into these classy displays.
The bazaar of the bizarre.
Through the front glass.
Possibly the craziest donut shop in the midwest.
Night driving in the rain.
Venti cafe americano (with just a bit of ice, because I'm a weenie.)
Round and round.
View from the second floor.
Angry Redneck fries-- half sweet potato/half shoestring fries, chili, blue cheese coleslaw, and jalapenos. Delicious and evil.
Soooooo much temptation.
Alright, so there you have it. I'll post the other set later this week and then move on to regularly posting "favorites".
Until then, it's back to work for me!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
2012 CONVENTION SCHEDULE INSANITY!
It's that time once again, folks. Con season. ...though I'm pretty sure it's safe to say "con season" is a bit of a misnomer now-a-days. March kicks of a list of some amazing, back to back cons that goes through almost straight through until October. Not only are there just more shows than ever, but they keep getting better and better. It's getting hard to turn down an opportunity to go to these shows, promote books, and most of all, see the fans. This year, I'm hitting a TON of shows-- easily my favorites spread out across the nation. Hopefully I'll be at a convention near you!
3/24-25 PLANET COMIC CON (Kansas City)
3/30-4/1 ECCC (Seattle)
4/12-15 C2E2 (Chicago)
6/9-10 PROJECT COMIC CON (St. Louis)
6/22-24 HEROES (Charlotte)
7/11-15 SDCC (San Diego)
10/11-14 NYCC (New York)
I'll be posting more info about each show as it draws nearer and probably even be adding a couple more cons to this list soon. For more information on any of these conventions please do check out the links.
Alright, I'm going to get back to work. Darkness 103 is a doozy.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
THE PASSING OF GENIUS
I woke up this morning to hear about the passing of Jean "Moebius" Giraud. There have been several deaths recently in the comics community. Far too many and nearly all too soon. Today though, we lost an icon. One of the true great minds. Genius.
As silly as it seems, my first real exposure to Moebius was the conceptual art he did for the Masters of the Universe live action film. I'd picked up the movie magazine and more than anything was obsessed with the few drawings done by this guy with a strange last name. Those images came at just the right time in my creative development. I was a twelve year old sponge. I drew and redrew Moebius' concept design of He-Man.
Not long after that initial exposure, Randy, the comic guy at the local shop realized my interest in art and comics and began to show me work of the greats: guys like Wally Wood, Will Eisner, and of course Moebius. Needless to say, I've followed his work ever since.
Moebius' creativity and breadth of work has been a constant source of inspiration in my art. He was 74 years old. He was a true genius and his work will live on.
Rest in peace, sir.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
DESK SHOT DELUGE!
I need to be posting Desk Shots on here more often. Sorry about that. I manage to get them onto Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pretty frequently. I'll get better at it. In the meantime, here are a ton of recent desk shots. Hope you dig 'em!
A lot of close ups. I know. I can't give too much away, you know. As you can see by these shots, I'm having a hell of a good time on this book. I'm growing a lot as an artist on The Darkness. I'm glad I get to share the ride with you all.
More fun stuff coming your way soon!