I'll be stepping out of the studio to do some signing/sketching at All Star Comics in Melbourne for 2 consecutive weekends. The first is Saturday 28th April (12pm) for the launch of Velocity #2 (an anthology comic that includes my story "The Devil's Mark"). The following weekend I'll be returning for Free Comic Book Day (not sure what times I'll be around for that yet, but I'll have more details to post next week). Hope to see you there.
Below is the main section of art for the upcoming Crippled Black Phoenix "Live" album. It's a triple vinyl release, with the cover being quite different to the traditional gatefold packaging. To try and explain it would be as confusing as it was for me to design it, so I'll just post some photos of it once my copies arrive. The recording for this album is outstanding, definitely worth getting your hands on (if you can, it's a limited release, but I'll post info soon on where/when/how you can get it).
I'll have some new limited edition prints available soon as well, featuring all new art that hasn't been available elsewhere before. I've got some other things cooking on the print front as well which I should have info on soon.
One of my sisters, Kylie, has been running a great website dedicated to "A Year Of TED". As part of this I've been contributing artwork to accompany certain posts on the site. What she's doing over there is very cool and I'd recommend checking it out (just click on the below link).
When I started working on the art for the recent CBP album (Mankind) The Crafty Ape we originally planned to have a double page comic sequence representing each track off the album. As the work progressed the page count for the accompanying booklet was cut in half, so the comic pages had to be edited quite heavily as they also needed to include the song credits, notes, and lyrics. All the original double page spreads will be included in their original form in the upcoming Remain Vigilant book. Below is one of my personal favourites from the whole batch.
I'd seen his work in a few books in my youth, but it was "Gotham By Gaslight" that really grabbed me. A tale of Batman set during the days of Jack The Ripper, the story was cool, but it was the art that really hit me. From that day forward I grabbed anything Mignola worked on and devoured it. The combination of his unique artwork and stunning compositions set him apart from so many others in the comic world, and has continued to do so.
Hellboy is, of course, one of his greatest achievements in the world of comics. And reading it from the start will take you on a great journey of an artist's evolution (both in regards to his writing and art). The Amazing Screw-On Head, originally a one-shot comic, has since been released in a hardcover book with other works and is definitely worth getting your hands on. This is Mignola at his finest, an imagination run wild.
There are many artists in the world whose work has influenced me, but Mignola will always be at the top of that ladder. Here are some images that will help to explain why.You can find these and much more by clicking on his name at the top of this post.
I'm currently in the process of putting together a new book, Remain Vigilant, which will be the first in an ongoing series collecting all the work I've done (and continue to do) with Justin Greaves/Crippled Black Phoenix. This first volume will include art originally produced for t-shirts and posters, as well as all the comic pages produced for the album (Mankind) The Crafty Ape (in an altered format as the album pages also included all the song notes, credit info, and more). More info soon.
Back in 2007 I started working on a comic titled "Lonely Monsters". Initially it was going to be a mini-series, but then evolved into a 140 page graphic novel. One of the characters created for the book was a gas mask wearing gentleman named "Leroy", who was initially going to die a few pages after he appeared. That changed however, and he went on to become the main character of the story, and is the central character of a new comic series that I'm currently working on.
But a lot has changed since Lonely Monsters was made, both in relation to the character of Leroy and my own approach to art and writing. The new series delves into his past, present, and also presents a small taste of his future. The character has grown into something far beyond my initial plans for him (which were simply me wanting to draw a slightly unhinged guy in a hoodie, gas mask and sneakers). For these and a number of other reasons Lonely Monsters will soon be ending its run as a published comic.
It's been a fun and interesting journey, and the book has traveled quite a bit. After selling out of the initial print run the book was put up on Lulu, where it outsold the initial run, before then going over to be part of FEC comics for their launch in early 2011. The current print run through FEC will be the final print run of Lonely Monsters in its current form, so if you're wanting to get a copy of Leroy's first comic appearance in print then this could possibly be your last chance.
And to make the final run a bit more interesting I'm going to run a competition (for anyone who already owns a copy of Lonely Monsters and anyone who now buys one). Email a photo of yourself holding the book to lonelymonsters(at)gmail.com and, once the final print run is sold out, I'll pull 2 photos out of a hat. The owner of the first photo will receive a page of original art from Lonely Monsters (which is a rare moment as I've clung onto most of the original art from the series), and the second person will receive a copy of the sold-out first printing of Lonely Monsters (which had over 50 pages of bonus art) that will have a sketch inside the front cover.
You can purchase copies of Lonely Monsters online HERE or pick it up at most Melbourne-based comic shops.
In the near future I'll start to share some of the work from the new Leroy comic. I'm incredibly excited about where this one is going, and I'm thrilled to have inker Mick Gray working with me on the flashback sequences that appear throughout the book. Mick's currently working on Batman & Robin, and has previously inked a number of my favourite comics including Promethea and Chase.
Thank you to everyone who has ever supported Lonely Monsters from day one. I hope you all stick for Leroy's next adventure, it's a doozy.