Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Umbra trade cover fight

I usually end up fighting for a long time with a cover for a trade paper back (I did something like 8 revisions for the trade to Queen & Country, Vol. 6). Umbra is no exception. PLUS, we have offers from 3 other countries to put out translated versions so I want a really strong, iconic cover.

Anyway, here are a few initial attempts. The bit on the left side is the spine. Normally I try and design the entire book cover at once (front, spine, and back) but I'm only showing the front and spine here for now.

You may not be able to tell, but on the first version the light source is a head lamp the figure is wearing.

Many, MANY more revisions to go through and new ideas to cook up.




Best,
Mike

Monday, November 27, 2006

Frank and a pork pie hat



You may remember this sketch from the Halloween post. Click here if you missed it.I had wanted to make a Halloween card to send out to pals, and fans but didn't quite get it done in time. Anyway, here's the unfinished digital painting of Frank.



AND, here's an early design of Agent Kilcrop from the Unmen (from Vertigo, written by John Whalen). I think this guy is one of the more interesting, likable characters I've worked on in a while.

Best,
Mike

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'm thankful for...

... all of you guys. Seriously. I don't have as many fans as some artists, but I can really count of a small, devoted group to follow me from one hair brained project to another without missing a beat.

Thanks to you, folks. I loves ya' all.

I'm also thankful for my family, especially my wife. I had dinner at my father-in-law's small diner today. Just us, in a booth, eating the normal Turkey day stuff, after the place had closed. While we're eating we see this homeless guy walking up, and my wife jumps up (without any hesitation) and says to me "tell him to come in, we have food for him". So, he sat two booths down, eating quietly, and would mumble "thank you" softly every so often. She even warmed up his coffee with a refill and a smile.

I'm lucky to have her.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all had your self a great time with who ever is important to you.

best,
Mike

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Un-men preview




Sneak peek for Un-men, from Vertigo. I'm just about finished #1, and starting #2, and trust me this is going to be a great series. John's writing some fantastic stuff.

Check out the interviews/previews-
Newsarama
CBR

Best,
Mike

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

My OTHER book...



When not working on The Un-men, and wrapping up Hysteria, I'm working on my OTHER book... Sturgeon, with Umbra writer Steve Murphy.

This'll be a small format graphic novel, and will run about 120 some pages. Set in the 70's, it's a coming of age book Steve's been cooking up for years.

Hope you dig it.

Best,
mike

Friday, November 03, 2006

This one's for you. Bill!

Preview of Exterminators #12. Hope you all got #11 ;)





Mike

PS - This preview is dedicated to everyone that ever wanted to see a guy with a mole in a comic... I'm looking at YOU Bill! ;)