Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In stores now!

Our first issue of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" just arrived in stores. It seems like a long time since we had a new release. Particularly when you consider the volume of work we've been doing. I'm up to the May issue of Batman with scripts and the January (or later) issue of the Incredibles.

FYI: Yeah... our Catman is a bit different from the one on the show. This book was actually finished before that episode aired. However, that doesn't mean we don't have a plan...

Doesn't mean we do have a plan either.

Anyway, new issue. Go get it. Read it.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Batman... before Brave and the Bold.

We're now less than two weeks away from the release of our first issue of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. So it seemed like this would be the appropriate time to start making some Batman related posts.

When we announced our work on this book, I mentioned that Eric and I had already been developing something conceptually similar to the current Brave and Bold animated series. Well, I found some of the images. This was very much a work in progress, but I'm going to share it anyway.



Above is the first batch of images Eric created. He was shooting for a 1960's approach. But I wanted to see a bit more of a 1950's lantern jaw look. So this was his next batch:



I was of the opinion that this Batman was to smiley.

We envisioned the series would be titled: Batman and Robin. Robin would have been a key player in the series. But, having just come off of a Supergirl series, we would likely have avoided Batgirl.

Our intent was to revive some of the long lost TV show Batman villains, along with certain iconic trappings of 1950's-60's Batman. It would start off as goofy weird fun, but edge a little to the creepy side by the end of the series. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a different animal. As it is based off of the current cartoon, we have a little less latitude than we might on a series we created. But sometimes imposed structure strengthens artwork rather than curtailing it. Eric and I work well with guidelines, and we're having tremendous fun on the series. Eric just finished drawing his third issue, and I'm writing my 6th, with at least 3 more mapped out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Zombie gallery.

SLG recently held a zombie themed gallery show in their lounge like studio/office. Featured heavily at the show was the work of Belinda Adams and Pannel  Vaughn.

It was a good sized turn out, despite the fact that one of the other galleries had arranged to have the street in front of us closed to promote their event.





Branwyn and Drew. Branwyn has no idea the horrible fate that will soon befall her.





Pannel discussing his work. I think this is when he sold on of his paintings.





Jose harassing Belinda as she tries to work.





Me harassing Belinda as she tries to work. But I'm allowed as I'm going to marry her.





Branwyn meets her dark fate. Captured on canvas forever as a zombie (painted by Belinda during the show).


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Comix4Sight auction!

During the madness that is San Diego ComicCon, Gail Simone approached Eric about creating an original illustration for the Comix4Sight auction benefiting comics writer John Ostrander. John has been battling glaucoma for years now. And s it says on the Comixs4sight website, if he loses the battle he loses his eyesight.

John has undergone surgery, and so far things seem to be going well. But the medical costs are quite high. Hence: the auction.

So Eric has illustrated a full splash page image of Supergirl from our Cosmic Adventures series.



This is now up on eBay, and the bidding his pushing the piece forward fast. To date, Eric has sold very little original art. This is an
opportunity to own a a rare original image (not reproduced in print anywhere) and help a comics writer very much in need.

Even if this particular piece is out of your range, check the other items listed. There's a Tiny Titans original drawing by Franco Aureliani, a Daredevil study by Bruce Timm, original Mickey Mouse Sunday comics art by Jim Engel and much more. Apparently you can even be written into a comic by Ed Brubaker.

And if you don't want to
participate in the auction, you can also donate directly via the PayPal "Pay" link on the website sidebar.

And please: Spread the word!




PAX (Penny Arcade Expo)

Eric is currently in a Seattle, conducting a live demonstration of Nintendo's new Flipnote Studio software for the DSi. My understanding is this event should be uploaded somewhere online by Nintendo. If and when I find it, I'll post it for anyone reading this blog to see.

In the land of people not being flown to conventions in Seattle, I have just returned from the convention I was flown to in Michigan. I participated on a breaking into comics a writer panel with Daniel Way - a man who is possibly the strangest combination of congenial and intimidating. I had a great time, it's rare I get to socialize with other writers.

Here's a photo of the panel, as seen through my eyes:



I also got to stay up late hanging out with Tommy Lee Edwards. One of three people I have met personally who truly appreciate the artistry of Doctor Who. I took a picture of Tommy, but all that the camera captured was a swirl of time and space.

Speaking of Doctor Who, here's a shot from my birthday a couple of nights ago:



My friend Jon provided the cake and the alcohol. Good times.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More on the subject of the Disney Marvel purchase.

I see many people in many places speculating that Disney purchasing Marvel will result in a "softer" Marvel. On one hand, I must point out that in one of our Disney comics, we included:

A son killing his father.
A man beating his wife.
A woman transforming into a haggard corpse shrieking for the death of her child.
A man having his eyeball removed.
Physical torture.
Psychological torture.
Police brutality.
War. Death. Insanity.
And more...

On the other hand, I must say: Great. Let's scale it back a notch. What is wrong with making these comics acceptable for all-ages again? It worked fine for decades. Now we face a dwindling and aging readership. A medium that is a shadow of what it once was. And what do people cry out against? The idea that characters that were created as all-ages entertainment might actually cater to all-ages again?

Seriously?

I'm all for adult entertainment. Personally, I like to read comics where girls with ridiculously inflated breasts in chain mail bikini's kill their enemies with razor sharp weapons carved from baby skulls. Or whatever. But there is an appropriate time and place. I'm not sure that the mainstream comics world is where the "edge" people fear Disney will curtail should have ever been honed.

It really doesn't matter. Disney isn't going to force mouse ears on Wolverine and Spider-man won't be in the next High School whatever. But maybe down the road we'll see the company edge back over the line a bit.

How the Disney/Marvel deal will affect the world of comics...

OMG!! The sky has fallen!!

And I should know. I've been on airplanes all day.

Seriously Internet... There are fun things to do. You can't survive on hyperbole alone!