Dark Horse has posted another Star Wars cover I did for them, this time it's for a Clone Wars digest. So
I thought I'd show the process behind it. I have to admit I kind of
liked some of the other layouts better than the one they chose, but I do
this one told the story best in one image.
Also, the Suart Ng online bookstore carries the Comix Buro sketchbooks. They don't have mine yet, I assume because my book just came out, but I hope they carry it soon. If you're not comfortable ordering from Europe then feel free to contact them and ask them to carry it.
PS - I'm hoping to offer a limited amount of special edition sketchbooks with
personalized sketches in them. They'll be pricier than the Comix Buro
or Stuart Ng stores, but I'll make them worth it. No news on when this will happen though, and if it does it will be in very limited numbers.
I wanted to tell you about my friend Samax's independently produce art magazine Ghetto Manga. I contribute to the magazine every chance I get, and this new issue is no exception. For this special "Undead Celebrities" issue I drew my favorite rapper, O.D.B.
Since I'm a contributor I got a special deal from Samax for any of you that might want to cop a copy of the magazine. If you use the following codes you can get either a 99 cent digital copy of the mag, or 10% off a purchase.
HAWT99 (digital downloads for 99 cents each)
HAWT10 (10% off total order before shipping)
Samax explains about the discount codes, "All people have to do is enter the coupon code and they will get their
discount. The 10% code will work on anything in the store, in case they
decide to order other stuff, like previous issues. The 99 cent code will
work on any downloads, but right now Undead Celebs is the only download available. Your codes don't expire either, so they will work for future issues."
Here's a little more info on the magazine. "GhettoManga Quarterly Magazine is a comics anthology, street culture
magazine, and unpretentious art rag all rolled into one. The "Undead
Celebrities" issue of GhettoManga Quarterly is 64 pages, featuring a
gallery of artists (including Mike Hawthorne, DTM Flores, Craig FLUX
Singleton, and GoldiGold) resurrecting their favorite dearly departed
icons for your viewing pleasure."
Check out this killer Thriller cover by Howard Russel!
Consider supporting Ghetto Manga. These dudes pour a lot of love into it, and are doing it all on their own!
Here is a
cool video from the Quai des Bulles festival I attended recently. There
is a tour of the Comix Buro/Ankama art exhibition, the Comix Buro and
Ankama booths, as well as some interviews with Olivier Vatine, Jean-David JD Morvan, and myself.
I'm back from France where I was a guest of the comic festival Quai des Bulles in beautiful St. Malo, France. I had a great time, and met many wonderful people! Everyone in France welcomed me with nothing but generosity and kindness. I can't thank them all enough for their welcoming me, and all the love they're are heaping onto Oms en Série!
Oms en Série and Niourk were a big hit at the festival, but Comix Buro
also debuted my new sketchbook at the show. I can't say enough about how
great the book came out! I also found out that people can now order the
book from the Comix Buro store.
I won't bore you with all that happened during my trip, but I'll share some of the highlights.
Oms en Série writer Jean David and I posing for a pic while signing books.
JD and I during a TV interview.
Personalizing a book for a fan.
Olivier Vatine and I drawing the lovely Lady Lada during a live figure drawing event at the Comix Buro art exhibit.
In a surprise twist of fate Lada and I discovered we had the same friend from Philly! Small world. Here is us hamming it up for the camera.
On a train from St. Malo to Paris, left to right - My partner on Oms, writer Jean-David JD Morvan, my fantastic editor Elsa Sztulcman, me, legendary artist Olivier Vatine, Ankama publisher and good friend Olivier Jalabert, and lastly amazing artist (who is also contributing a book to the Stefan Wul line) Mathieu Reynes.
Both Stefan Wul books were in full display at the Ankama booth! I couldn't believe how cool their set up was.
Just a small part of the large Comix Buro art exhibition area, which was separate from their booth. It was full of amazing original art from many Comix Buro artists as well as work from the folks working on the Stefan Wul books.
So, there you go. My trip in a very small nut shell. Besides St. Malo I spent a few days in Paris and Brussels, but didn't take many pictures. Sorry. Still, I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into my trip.
Just a note to any French fans out there, I will be appearing at this years Quai des Bulles comic festival in St. Malo, France. I believe I'll be floating between the Ankama and Comix Buro booths, with new books at both booths.
For all my American friends and fans, I'll be posting pics from the festival. In addition to the festival there will be an art show, the release of my new sketchbook, as well as a slew of interviews (7 at my last counting) going on during the show, so I'll have plenty to share once I'm back home.
Well, as you know my first french BD is officially in French comic shops. The reception has been absolutely amazing! I'm so bowled over by the enthusiasm for the book that I can hardly put it into words, English or French! I'm so honored and flatter by how the French fans have welcomed me and can't thank them all enough!
I'm going to write a post about the whole experience, as well as a few process posts, when I have some time. But for now I'll leave you with this incredible list of great reviews for the book, sent to me by series writer JD Morvan:
I'll be taking part in 24 hour comic day tonight! I'm a late addition to their plans, but I'll be at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design tonight along with a gang of other artists to make us some comics!
Every year around this time I get to thinking about a project I did a few years back called Monster-A-Day, or M.A.D. for short. Done purely for the fun of it, and as a way to challenge myself. At the time I felt overworked and worried it would make my art stagnant. I wanted to force myself to, well, be more creative.
So my wife and I went through a dictionary and found any word that even remotely sounded like a name and I came up with a monster for that name. I did this every day for a year, with a color one on Sundays.
In the end, it didn't catch on with fans so much, but that wasn't the point. The point was to open up creatively, to have fun, and to see if I could actually do it.
And I did. High five to myself :-)
So, I think I'll revisit some of those ol' Monsters over the course of the month. For some of you long time followers it'll be a nice trip down memory lane, and for those of you new to the blog I hope you see a side of my work that maybe you weren't aware of.
The Stefan Wul fanpage on Facebook is posting lots of pictures of the first two graphic novels in the line (mine, and Olivier Vatine's "Niourk") at the printer, as well as cool pictures and videos of Olivier painting and sculpting.
I'm really loving this stuff! But then I'm such a geek for this kind of thing.
Oms en Série is officially at the printer and
work is underway to get the book out by October. I'm a big dork for
printing of any kind, so seeing these pictures of huge, pre-cut pages made me geek out a little!
Frequent visitors to the blog will remember my plan to release a sketchbook, either a printed book or a digital file or both.
After mulling it over for a while, I had decided on a free digital sketchbook. But after discussing it with the wonderful Olivier Vatine he suggested I do a print one through his Comix Buro collective. He sent me some of the sketchbooks and I was bowled over by the amazing artists involved (including him!), the production value, and top shelf design! I was completely sold on the idea, and decided to focus on that one before releasing the digital version. (You'll still get a digital sketchbook, just at a later date than I had planned)
Curious about the sketchbooks? Check out the Comix Buro blog for some pictures of the actual sketchbooks.
Now, they will be partly in French, and I'm not certain of how we'll work out the shipping to the US, but I will find out and report back when I have news. Right now we're packaging up the book it's self and getting it ready for printing.
Here are some sketches for the cover. Olivier and I discussed using the Comix Buro logo/cover girl in the book, and I liked the idea of combining her with the classic Rosie the Riveter image.
More soon, promise!
PS - For an idea of what might be in the sketchbook, just click here or just click the "Sketchbook" label below.