Friday, June 29, 2012

HALLOWEEN EVE + Kickstarter!

Today I announced officially that I'm working on a creator-owned project with writer/editor Brandon Montclare!  It's a single, 40-page issue called Halloween Eve that'll be coming out in mid-October.  Here's the cover:

It has been so rewarding to work on this.  If I could give one person the biggest responsibility for my career at this point, it would be Brandon...he basically discovered me and helped me get work both when he was at Tokyopop and then Vertigo.  And, he's my best friend.  So it's nice that we have a great working relationship and to know that I'm not alone as I venture out into the creator-owned world.  He really knows his stuff.

The story's AMAZING (and it has a little bit of Wizard of Oz mixed in).  I'm inking/coloring/lettering the book.

We have a publisher lined up, and we can't say who, but we're grateful to have gotten them involved.  Still, they aren't a publisher who regularly pays upfront, so we are shouldering the costs.  To lessen that, we have begun a Kickstarter, which I hope you'll check out!  We have some cool rewards in there and if you'd like to go basic, you can get the book with a greeting card mailed to you for $10.  What we want most is for people to the book!

And, please spread the word to anyone you can.  We are writing this to be friendly to new readers, female readers, all readers.

Thank you, as always, for your support!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

This is probably a long over-due "thanks", but I hope that doesn't lessen it: Thank you all for the kind words and outpouring of support over the Batwoman thing.  It was incredibly reassuring!

I probably shouldn't have been so silent.  But I didn't want to dwell--I just wanted to be happy, and move on...and make some really awesome comics.  Which is exactly what I've been doing!  Ever since my last blog post, I have been drawing like mad, and it feels wonderful.  I'm addicted to art!

Look forward to October; I should have two comics out by then.  One is a short story that's part of a Vertigo thing, another I will probably give you more information on in the next couple weeks.

But here's a panel from the Vertigo thing that I've kept devoid of spoilers:

It was a ton of fun to work on; in it I played around with levels of rendering...from pencils, to inks/colors, to a colored wash.  It just happened to work well with the sort of story I was drawing.

Which reminds me--both of these I am inking and coloring myself.  Haven't done that (aside from covers) in five years, and it's something I've been hoping to get to do for a long time.  I have worked with some amazing collaborators and I'm having an all-new appreciation for them as I try to get my inking and coloring skills to catch up with my penciling ones.

Batwoman was a great opportunity for me and I cared about the character; it's a shame it didn't work out.  But I am so, so happy right now.  I hope you are, too.