As promised, PATCHWORK COMICS has begun its diffusion into the collective comic psyche:
The Mask of Manolo
Issue #1, 28pgs, b&w, color cover.
In the wake of his Mother’s suicide a young man falls into the delusional world of El Fabuloso Caballero, a quixotic crusader on a quest to save the world from itself. After falling in love with a precocious young girl with cancer, Manolo embarks on an adventure to save his symbolic sweetheart and redeem himself of his past misfortunes. Meanwhile his hapless father sets out to find his runaway son and return him to reality.
This 12-part series blends a poetic story by Alveraz Ricardez with poignant and clean pencils by John Amor. With letters by Ed Brisson these three cohesive artists come together and drive a passionate albeit quirky stake through the heart of all indie-lovers seeking unique characters and a breathtaking adventure.
Also available at the site are Karl Slominski’s ballsy sci-fi tale RAYGUN COWBOYS, a whole slew of retarded-fresh webcomics, and some nifty loot. So get on over there and put one of us through college.
Got a fair amount of work sorted out this week, schedule-wise, which (and you gotta give me this, at least) is no small feat, given that it’s Christmas time. I may not be the most disciplined guy around when it comes to sticking to time tables, but god damn it I can juggle like you wouldn’t believe.
Also, I’m a douche.
Promised myself I’d put a real effort into getting more indies in 2008, and I think I’ve pretty much succeeded, on the most part. Tail end of 2007 saw me get that Cebulski project, my first gig, through a ridiculously coincidental series of events — one of those right-place-right-time type deals — so ridiculous in fact that it involves my quitting law school, my working in a call center, and even a messy break-up some two-three years ago. Shit you not. It’s a Bendis plot, is what it is. But you only get lucky once, right? So this year had me working for it. And well… I like to think I tried hard enough.
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Didn’t make it into Marvel just yet, but they know my name… that’s as good a start as any, I suppose.
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To my three returning readers, here’s some stuff to watch out for: My first solo book, The MASK of MANOLO, from Patchwork comics should be hitting the stands within the next month or so. Alveraz and the gang are cranking out the proofs and working through the Christmas season to make sure Slominski and I start polluting the scene early next year.
First issue of OVERTHROW! is just about wrapped up; As I’m writing this, I’m finalizing the inks for the last page… with my feet. Took longer than I care to admit, but Justin’s been a real sport about it. Of course, he’s probably just lulling me into a false sense of security before he strikes. The book goes to pitch early next year, so we’re both holding on to our skirts about that.
First few pages of the yet unnamable horror project are beginning to zygotize in my thought-peach. It’s a bit of a departure from my super hero and modern fantasy stuff, so it’s taking a bit of doing. I’m to expect a box of reference material in the mail, a cheery package of crime scene photos from Victorian London (hint, hint), but it’s Christmas… so yeah, that’ll have to wait I guess. The script is in though, and it’s a mean mother. Like OVERTHROW!, this will probably go to pitch early next year as well.
These are all collabs though. Should devote some real time to properly scripting my solo OGNs this year as well. INSTRUMENTS is chugging along nicely with Matt being sober most of the time these days, so that’s cool. Speaking of personal projects though…
The Horror Classics series is on hold until I get a proper foot-hold on the books i’m whored out to, timeframe-wise. Though I really should get back to that soon, coz the scary faces in the noggin aren’t exactly helping me relax much on my downtime.
I quit my office job precisely so I wouldn’t have to deal with scary faces anymore, right?
So yeah, it’s been more or less a pretty good year. Dark Knight kicked ass, Obama won the election, and I drew a gutted elephant.
Just posting some process screenshots of the little online poster I did for Alveraz Ricardez’s MASK of MANOLO. I’m incredibly unorganized when I work in Photoshop, which is probably why I don’t do it very often, but I’m happy with how this piece came out.
Anyone see what I was listening to on Winamp? Haha.
Anyway, the final piece can be viewed (along with other Patchwork Comic covers) here.