February 1, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
More than anything, Family Ties is a book about the deterioration of a dysfunctional family. But as the finished art rolled in: to be honest, I was a little taken aback by just how much action there actually is. I know I wrote the thing, but I think I’d forgotten that (true to the Shakespearean play it’s based on), Family Ties turns into quite a bloodbath near the close. It’s pretty safe to say, if you’re a fan of violent crime stories — there will be something for you too. There’s a lot of family drama that unfolds early, but eventually that turns to gunplay.
Here are a few preview pages to give you a sense of what I mean.
I hope everyone can appreciate just how great the final panel in that last preview page is. Noel absolutely killed it on this book. I can’t wait to share it with you guys!
January 27, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
Hey, man, this is my thought process.
So these two guys, Carl and Esden, are about to go to this rager of a party, but before the party there is this little quiet moment of them chatting in the car, not a super serious conversation, just a couple of dudes talking.
I thought I could just write whatever, and whatever would be random enough, but what I found was that in a book everything takes on a little more meaning.
This dialogue seems to reveal something personal about the main character Carl and his struggles with girls. And he is a little bit awkward around girls, but it never comes up again, so to me this dialogue seems a little misleading.
It hints at too much.
But I really like the look and flow of the panels.
Which created the task of writing new dialogue, random dialogue, that would fit into the word balloons.
And so, an intellectually stimulating discussion of the respective values of Milla Jovavich and Denise Richards in the minds of seventeen year old boys in 1998. It doesn’t raise any expectations but does further cement the time the story takes place and the age and maturity levels of the characters.
You can see the whole thing when All Star comes out.
January 24, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
This week, Yiri and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Every relationship has its own “creation myth”, so to speak; its own tale of How It All Began, to be told at dinner tables using all-encompassing gestures and eliciting “Aawww”s from the audience – here is ours:
January 15, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got planned for March that’s presently being solicited for in comics stores.
Jesse LONERGAN of Flower & Fade and Joe & Azat is back with:
It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s Closing Time is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
6×9, 176pp., B&W trade pb. $13.99,
AND TED RALL’S SILK ROAD TO RUIN long out of print is back, now in paperback!
SILK ROAD TO RUIN
Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East
2nd Edition, updated with an additional chapter
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
“A rollicking, subversive and satirical portrait of the region that is part travelogue, part graphic novel. It’s fresh and edgy and neatly captures the reality of travel in the region.”
-Lonely Planet Guide for Central Asia
“As a ticking package, the visual and verbal delivery is irreplaceable. This is wrenching stuff. I admire the hell out of the way Rall walks the walk.”
-Rich Kreiner, Comics Journal
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January 13, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
Well, we’re almost there. It’s been a bit since I updated the blog with news that Family Ties was delayed, but I’m excited to say that we are almost there. Noel has finished with the artwork and our letterer, Jaymes Reed, is making his pass over things now.
I’ll be stopping in occasionally to remind everyone why we’re so excited for this follow-up to The Broadcast. Until then, I thought I’d offer proof that we’re about to cross the finish line: the book’s final page. It’s spoiler free (as spoiler free as an adaptation of Shakespeare can get, anyway). That said, there was a time when this page seemed a thousand miles away so it’s kinda nice to see. Not to mention, gorgeous. I think everyone is going to love what Noel did with this book. It’s the best work I’ve ever seen with him — but, of course, I’m a little biased.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
FAMILY TIES is an Alaskan Crime Drama. Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
January 13, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
I love baseball. I love going to games and watching them on TV. I love movies about baseball and books about baseball. I like the names of baseball players: Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Coco Crisp, Cool Papa Bell, Vida Blue (baseball is a gold mine for character names). Baseball is also a game just filled with stories. Dock Ellis pitching a no-hitter on acid. Rickey Henderson framing a million dollar check.
I also love the movement of baseball: the pacing, the timing, sequence of events. It’s that movement that I really wanted to capture in my book All Star. Baseball is a game all about anticipation. With baseball, you can see a play develop; you know what it is going to come, but there are all of these little steps along the way; you have to wait. It’s those little steps that make baseball great.
January 12, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Today it is exactly 99 years ago that the United States House of Representatives rejected an amendment to give women the right to vote. A representative of Ohio illuminated his position by explaining: “The women of this smart capital are beautiful. Their beauty is disturbing to business; their feet are beautiful; their ankles are beautiful, but here I must pause — for they are not interested in the state.”
The idea that women belong exclusively to the realm of beauty, bearing and raising children and running households, kept females out of important jobs for ages. The same goed for the realm of science. Fortunately there have always been women who were lucky, intelligent and stubborn enough to make themselves heard and make significant contributions.
In my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, I highlighted some of these women in their historical context:
January 6, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
Here a few versions of the cover for my upcoming book. Covers do not come easily for me. Perhaps it’s all in my head, and I just get myself all wound up and stressed out thinking, “This cover has to be awesome; otherwise no one will bother to pick the book off the shelf.” Attempting awesome can be rather paralyzing. I’m much happier drawing a comic book page. Or perhaps I struggle because this is my idea of a fantastic cover.
January 6, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
For the holidays I got a Nintendo WiiU – that awesome game device you can use to play all kinds of entertainment directly on your TV screen, or, in this new version, on a beautiful touchscreen pad, which lets you enjoy features such as Art Academy, which is basically a digital drawing set of pencils and crayons.
Drawing on this device is remarkably easy. And the fun thing is I could immediately upload my pictures to the so-called MiiVerse, which is sort of like Facebook for Nintendo players. Only they give “Yeahs” instead of “Likes”, which really made me feel like the whole world was cheering me on. It’s a very friendly place, the MiiVerse. Here are some of the doodles I started out with:
Then I realized I could also access the MiiVerse from my Nintendo 3DS XL, which is this device:
I could not run the drawing program on this handheld, but I could use the sketchpad to draw messages and then post them to the Art Academy Community on the MiiVerse. It looks rather crude, just black and white pixels, but I found this sketchpad to be pretty workable, giving nice “loose” results. Here are some of the sketches I started out with:
This became addictive pretty quick. Soon I was sketching a “status update” every minute and posting them to the MiiVerse:
Yiri is trying it out as well. He has more experience than me since he often draws on a Wacom Cintiq, a touchscreen computer which he also uses for coloring my comics. Besides, he has a really nice drawing style that lends itself perfectly for these kinds of experiments:
Yes, then the holidays hit. As well as a new wave of drawings:
And this is the last one I drew yesterday. It already has 23 Yeahs! Yay!
The New Year is starting out well. New toys, new perspectives, new experiments.
December 30, 2013 by Margreet de Heer