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BIG NEWS ON THE COMICS FRONT

I am thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of Maximum Minimum Wage, a massive 9 X 12 hardcover incorporating Beg the Question, plus the original 72-page “pilot” graphic novel, Minimum Wage: Book One and the first chapter of its serial run (“Realty Gap”), which wasn’t included in BTQ (for stylistic reasons). All that, plus a color section featuring the cover art from the comic books, sketches and a gallery section of pinups, including all-new ones by Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Roger Langridge, Guy Davis, Dave Johnson, Peter Bagge, Peter Kuper, Hilary Barta, Hunt Emerson, Dean Haspiel and maybe more (including classic pinups by Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Dave Cooper, Jill Thompson and more). It will also include surprise bonus material (the “DVD extras,” if you will) to be announced later). This will be THE definitive edition, boasting many newly redrawn panels (and some whole pages), bringing the art up to my current standards. Some of the dialogue has been tweaked, too (as I think I have improved as a writer in the intervening years). It will be released early Spring 2013, from Image Comics, under the aegis of longtime MW fan, friend and comics bigwig, Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman. The whole package will weigh in at approximately 372 pages! I am currently working on designing the cover. Here’s a tease. Stay tuned!

I’m in a Hell Frame of Mind….

So, I’ve started working on my book The Hell of It (working title) as a straight prose novel, having basically abandoned the notion of it being a graphic novel. With Pariah due to hit the shelves (and internet outlets) on August 3rd, 2010 (so order yours now, in either spiffy trade paperback or spiffier hardcover!), I’m just feeling more and more that prose is the way to go. I enjoy writing novels enormously and I think I’m good at it. That said, I am doing some more prep art for The Hell of It, just to get me in that headspace; to help picture it. Here’s a couple of quick sketches I just did. I’ll post more later.

hellscape001-tonedI like this one well enough, but it was more of a warm-up.

hellscape002-tonedThis one I quite like. Done very quickly (whole thing maybe 90 minutes).

MORE HELL

The character Dot works as a registrar in Hell. Impatient demons tap their hooves and expect miracles from her.

dot-workspace-tonal

DEMON SKETCHES FOR THE HELL OF IT

Still working up some sketches to help sell my Hell GN. Going to work on some more, but thought I’d share these of some demon types.

demon-sketches-1

MORE THE HELL OF IT

First sketches of 2010, Joe the Half-dog.

joe-sketches

BELATED BALTIMORE COMIC-CON CABOOSE

Oops. Found this as an unposted draft, so this is my final post for 2009. I was a guest of the Baltimore Comic-Con (thanks, Marc Nathan!). I manned my table and signed, sold and sketched for two days. One of the attendees commissioned me to draw “a big butt girl,” and this was the result. I like the way it came out, so let’s end the year on a big, shapely, butt. Happy New Year, everyone!

big-butt

THE HELL OF IT

These might be the final sketches of 2009. Maybe not, but they’re probably the final ones I’ll post this year. These are character design sketches for the book I want to do set in Hell. I am hoping to finally find a home for this baby in 2010. I’ve wanted to do this story for many years, though its earlier outlines were quite different. The plot has finally gelled, so let’s hope that I finally set it to paper soon.

merv-sketches

Dot-sketches

Bookshelf

Quick sketch from a while back of some of my bookcase.

bookshelf

Cerberus

Not much to say. Three-headed dog. Angry. ‘Nuff said.

Dog

I’m in the final stages of completing Connective Tissue. I don’t want to ruin any of the story, so I won’t explain what the dog is eating here, but I wanted this cartoon pooch to be grotesque and somewhat monstrous (yet still somewhat “cute”). I started off drawing a more realistic dog to work out the anatomy, and then moved on to deforming him.

Normal pooch.

Monster pooch (version in book).

Rejected version. I like the face, but the body is bad, especially the forepaws. It looks like Clifford the Big Red Dog after huffing a snootful of speed.

Final version. (Thanks to my friend Mikey P. for sending me pix of his pit bull, Hiro.)

For an Atheist…

…I think about Hell a lot. Not as a reality. I just like the concept. What can I say? I liked the Inferno portion of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Lot of good art’s been inspired by Hell. I still hope that someday I’ll do my epic set there, be it a prose novel, or graphic one. Something. I’d really like to do it. Here’s a drawing I did a while ago, just playing with demons, etc.

Really, though, what kind of “artist” would I be if I didn’t think about demons?

Girls and Demons

Two great tastes that taste great together. Or something like that. I love drawing this stuff. Maybe I’m a bad person.

Papa Bear

Here’s a quick sketch (about five minutes) I did today of one of my personal Top Ten Most Loathesome People in America: Bill O’Reilly. He came out oddly sweet-faced, which is troubling, considering what a toxic personage he is. More on why I drew him when the opportune moment presents itself.

Michele, My Belle…

Sorry about the gap between posts. I’ve been bedeviled by my computers since early December. Here’s a drawing of my wife, Michele, when she was very sleepy.


¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year, all. Here’s the last piece of art I did in 2007: new cover for the Spanish edition of my graphic novel, Beg the Question. The title will be different, though. BTQ, already idiomatic, doesn’t translate well. It might revert to the original series title, Minimum Wage. We’ll see. At any rate, here’s the drawing and final color version.


DUCKY

Drawing of my friend, Ducky.

MONKEYBICYCLE 5

Hey, all. Here’s the thumbnail sketch and final art for the cover of the upcoming “Dirty Humor Issue” of the literary magazine Monkeybicycle. I also have a story inside. Should be out in late December or early January.


LOVECRAFT LOVE

It was that or “Tentaclehead”. I don’t know what to call these entries sometimes and I haven’t really titled this drawing. I just hit the paper with the pencil and this emerged, no game plan, no forethought. It just happened. Go figure. But I like it.

QUICK CROWD SCENE

A quick sketch of city sidewalk traffic. Just for fun.

NEW PEN

Just a quick sketch to try out a new pen.

THE HELL OF IT

These are some prep drawings I did for a graphic novel that I’d proposed, tentatively titled, The Hell of It. I’ve been nursing the idea for many years, and it keeps evolving. I might just write it as a prose novel, as has been my wont of late. Maybe I’ll do an illustrated novel, like Mignola’s latest effort, Baltimore. We’ll see.




RECESS PIECES THUMBNAILS, PART 1

Here’s the first of what might be a series of posts featuring some of my prep work. These are the first 20 pages of thumbnails for my graphic novel, Recess Pieces, which came out summer 2006.