Saturday, June 30, 2012

New Crusaders #1 Variant and SDCC Covers

I just handed in the last few pages of colors on New Crusaders #3 last week - the best looking book yet! This has been an incredibly rewarding book to work on... I'm finally coloring superheroes!

The books officially go to print in August - featuring a variant cover I got to color! But Archie Comics is putting together a special print-preview for SDCC with another cover I colored! So I thought it would be rad to share some of the raw artwork for those...

New Crusaders #1 variant cover, pencils by Ryan Jampole.
Cover to San Diego ComiCon 2012 preview comic, pencils by Mike Norton. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

September 2012 Solicits

Hey guys! Solicits for September are up, so here's a first looks at some of the books fom Archie Comics that are coming out that I worked on!
“Proto-Type” Part Two: The origin of Mega Man's wayward brother, Proto Man, continues! What happened to the robot named “Blues” after he left Dr. Light? And how did he make is fateful encounter with Dr. Wily? Then, in “Cold Feat, ” Guts Man comes to Ice Man's aid, but is the buff robot the bigger threat?

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Chad Thomas, Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Mike Norton and Matt Herms
Variant Cover: Sanford Greene

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/10
32-page, full color comic
“Ashes to Ashes” Part Two: Tragedy strikes the town of Red Circle! Shaken by the devastation to their town and families, the heirs to the Crusaders legacy face one more surprise: Joe Higgins, aka The Shield, is their legal guardian! But secret bunkers, talking space monkeys and hidden weapon caches aren't exactly the best way to make a first impression. Who knew? The kids made it through a battle with the murderous Brain Emperor - but can they get past Joe Higgins?

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover and Hero Variant: Ben Bates
Variant Cover: Chris Cross and Thomas Mason

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US. 
“Blast from the Past!”: Team Freedom has battled the Eggman away from New Mobotropolis, and now it's up to Sonic and Team Fighters to finish the job! The seeds of destruction may have been sown aboard the Death Egg, but what NEW evil has sprung? Meanwhile, in “Game On!”, Sonic and friends prepare for the ultimate competition in this super special Sega tie-in!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Yardley!, Austin and Herms
Variant Cover: Greg Horn

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/3
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.
For the Sonic fan on the go and those who want to know it like the pros, this is the long-anticipated official source for Sonic the Hedgehog comic info! Includes new, exclusive information not yet revealed in the comic itself and packed with entertaining character and location listings that definitively explain Sonic's world, Mobius. It's a big place that has been featured in hundreds of issues of stories—the longest running video-game inspired hit comic ever! Who is Sonic? Why do they call Dr. Robotnik “Eggman”? What is a Chaos Emerald, and what exactly does it do? It's all here.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley!, Steven Butler, Jamal Peppers, Matt Herms & more!
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/10
192-page, 6 x 9” Trade Paperback
Sonic must face Dr. Eggman’s deadliest creation in this - the “Death Egg Saga!” Here you’ll get the complete “Sonic Quest” trilogy telling of Sonic’s first confrontation with the famous battle station - the Death Egg! Sonic and Tails must race against time to stop the monstrous flying fortress before it turns everyone into robot slaves! Also collected in this volume are the first hints and the dramatic reveal of the Death Egg II! Sonic Select vol. 6 collects the ultra-rare “Sonic Quest” three part mini-series, Free Comic Book Day issues from 2010-2011, and selections from Sonic the Hedgehog #224.

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 9/26
128-page, 6 x 9” Trade Paperback

Friday, June 22, 2012

E3 2012

So in addition to my crazy-hectic career as a comic book colorist-extraordinaire, I've done some part-time illustration work for a company called SoMoGa Games, most specifically on some graphics for the iOS ports of Sega CD classics Vay and (the still unreleased) Lunar: The Silver Star. The gents at SoMoGa were kind enough to fly me out to LA for this year's E3 for a day and it was an awesome, surreal and exciting experience!
Headed into E3's last day, I figured there were still gonna' be crazy lines - almost all the biggest announcements had already happened and at this point most everything was playable. But actually E3 seemed to - most of the time - keep things moving like clockwork. It was pretty rad! By the end of the day, I'd actually managed to get my hands on every game that I was really interested in. So if you're interested, I thought I might share thoughts on a few:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sonic Anniversary

Yes! I finally managed to sneak in a few extra hours of coloring last week on this piece and get it done! It was super refreshing to work on my own thing start-to-finish again, and I'm very energized by the idea of getting a few more pieces like this done and ready to do maybe a convention or two later in the year.

It may be the year after now, but happy 20th, Sonic the Hedgehog! 

Cover Round-Up

I've been coloring up alotta' covers recently! And a few of my new favorites - including two of Archie Comics' San Diego ComiCon exclusives - just got released this week via Capcom Unity, Bleeding Cool, and Comic Book Resources. Check 'em out!

The variant cover to Mega Man #18 and the SDCC-exclusive New Crusaders #1 were drawn by Mike Norton, and the Life with Archie #16 SDCC variant was illustrated by Phil Jimenez. Will post up some raw artwork of these things when solicits/conventions happen.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Life with Archie 22 Cover

A couple months ago my editors at Archie Comics sent me a couple of covers with a rush turnaround time that were a little bit... Out of my wheelhouse? Actually, this wasn't the first time I'd gotten to work with the Archie brand, but I do usually stick to most of our superhero/licensed stuff. So it was really great to be asked to fill in on these!

It was also a chance to try out another colorist's style, too, as these needed to match Tito Pena's color style on previous covers as much as possible. Very fun! I hope I get to do some more of these in the future! (I've already knocked out another special one, actually - but I can't tell ya' anything about it yet. I am super excited for it though!)

(Regular Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy; Variant Cover: Fernando Ruiz and Bob Smith)