For the past six months I’ve been working on this book with Nick Abadzis, of Laika fame. Nick wrote it, I am illustrating it, and Laurel Lynn Leake is doing the color. It’s been officially announced today and I’m so very very very excited to share. There is an article up on Comics Alliance that says it all a lot better than I can. And with oodles of concept art.
So in researching prewar motorcycles, looking for inspiration for “Junker” I came across this neat little number that I just had to draw.
Pen and ink
It’s a DKW RT125, Circa 1930. DKW was a german auto manufacturer and the largest motorcycle manufacturer of the era. The company began life building steam fittings and was founded almost 100 years ago. The DKW standing for Dampf Kraft Wagen or Steam Driven Car. After the great Great Depression the company merged with 3 other auto manufacturers to form “Auto Union”. It’s logo of 4 interlocking rings you might recognize, as this company would later become the ubiquitous Audi. Each of the four companies originally manufactured within one market as to avoid competition. DKW focusing on inexpensive cars and motorcycles. The RT series had a two-stroke enigine and was derivative of the company’s first motorcycle nicknamed Das Kleine Wunder which is german for The Little Wonder. See what they did there… cute.
So no Whirly this week. I’ve been a little pressed for time working on other projects at the moment. Instead I have here a couple of concept art pieces from Junker. The new comic that I’m working on that takes place in the world of whirlies. These two pieces are stage settings for the story. I don’t want to say too much more at this point, but you can guess that much of the story takes place on a farm.
These drawings with done with pen and ink, and marker. I don’t have a lot of experience with markers so this was a fun opportunity to practice with them.
My comic adaptation of an ancient Mayan myth is now available for FREE(!) Check out that snazzy new cover up there. Brush up on your Mayan mythology before the end of the world, and find out about the trials and tribulations the gods Hurricane and Plumed Serpent had after creating the world.
You can get it for your iPhone or iPad using Emanata, or download it as a pdf right here! Hurray! This story originally premiered in the Boston Comics Roundtable anthology, Inbound 5, and if you haven’t checked out that anthology do yourself a favor and get a copy! Great gift for foodies (do people still call people foodies?) and comics lovers!
This is my editorial debut. I worked as the story editor for the volume, working closely with artists and writers to get the best stories in the anthology as we could. I very pleased with the result. 11 wonderfully crafted stories with some of the best comic art you can find in New England! Thanks go to the art editor, Kimball Anderson, and the who put it in motion and kept everything running smoothly, Roho!
Some information on the book from the Hellbound site:
64 pages ~ $25 | Black and White | 8.5 x 11 inches
The Art Edition features a wraparound full color cover nearly a yard long, designed by Roho and featuring art by Jerel Dye. This volume continues in the same horrifying tradition with eleven chilling tales that examine the darkness that lies within all of us. These gruesome narratives feature some of New England’s best artists and writers: a quick taste of zombies, a story set in a mortuary, the dark side of high-school overachievers. Even baseball gets the horror treatment, The creators work in a variety of styles: totally black backgrounds, light and airy hiding terror underneath, a nightmarish character sketch, and some of the artist explore the woods at night. Also two nearly wordless stories, with one story taking place on a whaling ship and the other in a modern city. Closing out the volume with the chilling words of a criminal. This volume was Edited by Jerel Dye and Kimbal Anderson.
Hey everyone! Just wanted to inform you that my new mini, From the Clouds is getting ready to go to the printers! Hurray! I’ll have it at MICE (of course!), and it should be hitting Boston comics shops and my etsy shop after that. The book is my first full color endeavor and each page was done in watercolor and ink. Here’s a sample of some of it.
So this Saturday AKA Free Comic Book Day. I will be at Million Year Picnic in Cambridge signing copies of the recently released Hellbound II book. In which I did the art for the opening story. So come and chat, pitch a story idea for Hellbound III get some free comics, pick up your own copy of Hellbound II and get it signed!
Here is some information and a schedule for the days events at Million Year Picnic.
When: May 5th, 2012. Million Year Picnic’s Saturday Schedulle is 10 AM to 10 PM
Where: Million Year Picnic:
99 MT Auburn ST
Cambridge, MA 02138
Limited Free copies of Hellbound #1!
Hellbound 2 premier with creators signing during the whole day.
- 11:00 AM – Lindsay Moore: writer of “Dolly” ( Hellbound II) and “Faking it” (Hellbound) and Gregery Miller author of “Nostalgia”.
- 12:00 PM – EJ Barnes: artist of “The Plage” (Hellbound II) and creator of “A House with a Past” (Hellbound).
- 1:00 PM – Jerel Dye: artist of “Necrocomicon” (Hellbound II) and Story Editior for Hellbound III (you can pitch your stories to him live!).
Nathan Kitler writer of “Necrocomicon” and “The Bloody Curse of Sarah Goode” for Hellbound.
- 4:00 PM – Patrick Flaherty writer of “The Plague” (Hellbound II) and
- Dan Mazur ( Ninth Art Press) creator of “What really happened to Betty and Barney Hill?” and publisher of Hellbound II.
- 6:00 PM – Jesse Lonergan story editor and cover artist for Hellbound II. Author of “Sweet Dreams” (Hellbound).
P.S. if you want to get your own copy of Hellbound II and can’t make it to the event you can buy it online! Yeah… technology!
Welcome to “From the Clouds,” a webcomic in a slightly differentformat than you are probably used too, but I’m trying this out. There’s a chance I’ll build a seperate page for this project down the line more in tune with standard webcomic formats. Anyway, keep visiting to see new pages as they are finished. Admittedly the process for this has been pretty slow. So easy to get sidetracked.
A short run Web Comic:
Humanity is faced with odd choice when strange visitors suddenly descend from the clouds.
One Android Stories: Tide Lines is now available on Etsy.
Or if you live in the Boston area you can pick it up at a variety of comics sellers. If you’re at a store and you don’t see it, let them know, and let me know and we’ll remedy that situation immediately!