February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
Through his newsletter, Warren Ellis has confirmed that he and Scatterlands collaborator Jason Howard are working on an Image title called Trees.
According to Ellis’ newsletter:
I’m finishing issue 4 today — Jason’s doing layouts on the first half while I fix a sticking point in the last half, and that’ll go out tonight or tomorrow. By the time May rolls around, we should have six complete lettered coloured issues in the can. We’ve been working on it since the early autumn of 2013, after all.
Plot-wise, it sounds like a bunch of trees have invaded Earth. Kind of like Triffids. But more subtle. And not real.
There’s more on the Ellis/Howard project at CBR.
January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
More experiments in ink-wash, this time with Captain America. I wanted to see how the technique might look with a comic book-style pinup, but I also wanted to try some sumi-e on an urban setting.
Though I want to create a ink-wash comic style looser than Ditko’s and Thomas Yeates’, this is a bit muddy for my taste. I didn’t really plan out the background as well as I should have, and the sky also looks like shit. I should’ve just keep the natural elements with the sumi-e style brushwork, and using the crow quill more in the foreground.
(That fist also reminds me a lot of Sam Kieth. I’ll probably try to go more cartoon-like in my character design.)
December 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
X-Men: Battle of the Atom was the big crossover event to mark the 50th anniversary of the X-Men. The original X-Men team from the 1960s, the featured cast of the monthly All-New X-Men, have been in the present time since Marvel NOW! began. To be as spoiler-free as possible, Battle of the Atom begins with some of the present day X-Men trying to send the originals back to their own time, though they don’t all want to go. Then some X-Men from the future arrive, and then some other X-Men from the future arrive. Then everybody fights.
If that sounds confusing, you’re not a regular reader of the X-Men comic book line, where time travel has become a really annoying staple of the series. And if you are a regular X-Men reader, you were probably disappointed with Battle of the Atom. The fact is, other than the addition of a few more characters to the Marvel Universe, nothing really major happens in this crossover. The few glimpses of the future that the crossover provides clearly illustrates that the X-Men of the future are still doing what the X-Men do best: fighting each other.
By the end of the crossover, I had missed a few characters’ deaths, and I couldn’t keep track of who was good or bad. It wasn’t because the story was hard to follow, but because I didn’t care. Your superhero team doesn’t matter if it spend more time fighting itself than it does fighting the bad guys.
November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’m loving me some Agents of SHIELD, and if you are, too, you’ll probably also dig The Fades.
Starring Iain De Caestecker, who plays Fitz in Agents of SHIELD, The Fades is about a kid who can see dead people and who is probably the world’s single best hope at saving the world from the apocalypse. He also sprouts wings when he orgasms. It’s a superpower.
If you couldn’t tell from the footage, the series aired on BBC America in 2011, but you can watch it now on Hulu Plus. The series also features Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
October 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
The long-awaited prequel to Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic The Sandman is out today! Gaiman’s plan is to use The Sandman: Overture to tell the story of what made it possible for Morpheus to be captured in The Sandman #1.