Friday, January 01, 2010

No resolutions, just plans - 2010

First let me say Happy New Years to all of you out there! Much love!

I wanted to take a moment and talk about my plans for 2010. You may remember my Mantra for 2009 post. If you don't want to read the rest of this post, just read the Mantra post and plug "2010" in where you see "2009".

But if you want details on my plans for 2010, then read on.

In 2009 I pushed myself and my work. I started being a cartoonist again, writing and drawing my new book at Vertigo.

I got wot work with color, and control the final look of my work, with Star Trek and. G.I. JOE.

I also started penciling Fear Agent, and am getting to work with a great inker. I accomplished just about everything I set out to do. Thing is, most of you haven't seen any of it. My actual comic out put was way down in 2009. Not to say I wasn't drawing like hell, because I was. It's just that you're not seeing it yet.

That's going to start to change in 2010. You'll begin to see some of the stuff I've been busting my hump on last year, including the new Fear Agent series. My new graphic novel won't ship till 2011, but you'll be hearing more details on it this year.

I have some specific plans for 2010 too. Let me touch on each one individually.

All City quarterly -

This one has been in the works for years, and the original plan was to put it out as one big 200 to 300 page sketchbook.

Instead I'm going to be putting it out as a quarterly sketchbook in 2010. It will feature all the art and sketches you see on this blog, as well as new stuff I'm working on. It will allow me to share what's going on in my studio.

Besides the art and sketches you may see short comics and my print work (like the Sweet Science girls) in each issue. Every issue should be around 45 pages or so, and I will begin taking pre-orders in a few months.


I'll be doing some covers in 2010. One is for a book called BITERS, which is a brilliant idea by my pal Jamar Nicholas. Up and comer Samax (of ) is going to do the art, and I jumped at the chance to do some covers for the series.

I've been asked about doing covers for a second series, oddly enough another Zombie comic, but I can't let that cat out of the bag just yet. But you're gonna love it :)

My son's webcomic -

People have been hammering at me to do a comic about my son's crazy antics, so I'm going to take their advice and start that in 2010. Hopefully very soon. This boy is hysterical, and it's about time some good comes from madness.

Skullface art show -

John G. and I are planning an art show/comic featuring his character Skullface. This thing has been years in the making, and I'm planning on some really experimental stuff I've been itching to do. Stay tuned for more details on that.


I'm going to start pitching t-shirt ideas to manufacturers this year, and if all goes well you'll see those in 2010. Cross your fingers ;)

Of course there is also stuff I can't talk about yet. For instance, there is another series that's been offered to me, in one of the few genres I haven't worked in yet, that I've wanted to draw for a long time. I'm still not sure I can't fit it into my schedule, but if I can it will be freaking glorious. Lots of exciting shit is in store for 2010, and I hope you fine folks will choose to share the year with me.


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Shane White said...

Go man, go! :)


Craig Zablo said...

You have quite a year mapped out. Looking forward to all...

Oh, and I reposted your report on my Facebook page to help spread the word.

Mike Hawthorne said...

Shane - Thanks man! Will do :)

Craig - Thanks, pal! I really appreciate it!

Unknown said...

You got a heavy plate of goods, but I know you can do it...and do it well!

Good luck, Mike...hope your 2010 is fantastic and successful!


Mike Hawthorne said...

Thanks! Let's hope you're right ;)


PatrickWedge said...

This is awesome news. Seems like you are always doing something, whether comic work, pinups, t-shirts, etc., you've kept you feet firmly on the ground, and that's pretty damn cool.

I'm looking forward to the sketchbooks for sure. Kelsey Shannon did one awhile back and I loved it. It was ordered through Diamond so hopefully you're running that route for the book. If not, no biggie, you got my money either way.

And the son's webcomic really reminds me of the fun that Kyle Baker seems to have with his Bakers series. Pure fun.

Good luck on those, actions.

Mike Hawthorne said...

Thanks Pat!

Yeah, I'm more then likely just gonna do the sketchbook online. If it goes really well, maybe I'll do a big collected edition through comic shops, but who knows?

Anyway, thanks again! You're a good dude :)