2016 So Far
I’m working very hard, so forgive me if I’m not very communicative these days. Here’s what’s up.
I’m deep into the final stages of Neil Gaiman’s TROLL BRIDGE, a fully painted graphic novel adaptation of Neil’s story that I’ve been working on part time for years now. Oh, the odyssey this has been. The book will be available from DARK HORSE COMICS shipping September 2016, but I think it goes on sale October 3.
I think we’ve created a work that looks nothing like most of the comics today. It’s both fun and creepy, and I’ve learned a lot doing it.
In its 11th week, AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE STAN LEE tops the New York Times bestseller list once again.
If you haven’t gotten it yet, most of the online bookstores have it on sale right now at a GREAT price. Yes, you can get it signed direct from me at my bookstore, but you can get it for a very low price at Amazon. I can’t sell it to you for a better price than that.
CBS News did a feature on Stan in honor of his 93rd birthday, and you can see an article here! The feature spotlighted many pages from the book! It was great to see that on a bright Sunday morning!
Incidentally, I’m often asked about what it is like to work with different writers. One of the things I like best about working with Peter David (with whom I’ve worked on a number of projects including the STAN LEE book,) is that Peter is incredibly considerate of his artist collaborators. He is very careful to provide reference sources in the script. Many work hours go down the rabbit hole trying to chase pictures to match what the writer wants.
I mentioned this tip to some young artists and writers who’ve never considered this as an issue. But whenever you work with someone else, try to get them to put reference sources directly in the script so your peeps don’t have to read your mind or track things down.
Also with regard to the STAN LEE book, Allan Harvey, my production assistant and letterer, is a noted comics historian and collector. Many of the classic comics in the book were referenced from Allan’s personal archive. I can only imagine what a tough time I’d have tracking all of these things down without Allan’s hard work.
Speaking of hard work, I just sent Allan the first payment on work for the restoration of A DISTANT SOIL Volume III. OMG.
Over at ELECTRICOMICS, more great news, as it was chosen by PIPEDREAM as the best digital comics app of 2015!
THE GUARDIAN UK also chose ELECTRICOMICS as one of the best iPhone and iPad apps of 2015.
And the piece by Alan Moore that I illustrated, BIG NEMO, placed 4th in the PIPEDREAM best webcomics poll of 2015! Not bad for a short story!
I have two short works coming out in upcoming issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001: issue (EDIT) #9 and 10. Pencils and inks. I hope you will watch for them!
I also have cover art for SPECTRUM coming out soon. SPECTRUM is a comic based on the web tv series CON MAN starring FIREFLY actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Tudyk. Check out this story from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
And I have yet another cover coming out, this time for SQUIRREL GIRL #7 and MARVEL COMICS!
I love this book, it’s super-cute and fun! Coming in April!
I’m also looking forward to getting started on a project with Top Cow, and I am juggling other offers as well. I’m going to have to make some hard choices, because I just can’t accept everything that’s coming my way. It’s good problem to have, surely! I just have to stay organized and focused. Easy, right?
I’m also doing some convention appearances this year in places I’ve never been so check them out.
INDIANA COMIC CON, April 29-May 1, featuring actors from Game of Thrones and Star Wars, as well as comic creators including George Perez, Jim Shooter, Mark Waid and more!
WIZARD WORLD DesMoines, May 13-15, featuring HERCULES actor Kevin Sorbo! Writer Peter David and I will be signing copies of AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE STAN LEE!
At least one more to be announced.
And don’t forget, pages from A DISTANT SOIL are loaded five days a week on this website! The main page features a new pinup every week, but the graphic novel chapters are loaded in chronological order. Click HERE to start. Thanks!