It is official-- Battling Boy v.1 is completed and in production. There is a set release date for BBv.1, although it is up to my publisher First Second to make that announcement, in conjunction with their larger marketing plan for BB. I begin work on BBv.2 in December 2012, with a 9-10 month production schedule locked in for 2013. I am currently working on another project, which will be most of my creative concern for November 2012. Details to come.
Above is one of my many cover concepts for BBv.1. Battling Boy and Dad.
Floating World's exuberant comics-art magazine DIAMOND drops this week, I did the cover design for this, the 6th issue. It looks like a great line up.
The image was made for the upcoming THEE HYPNOTICS music documentary, coming later this year. My mate Phil from Thee Hypnotics tells this story about a Spanish stripper in Madrid who did an act with a boa constrictor...I was watching Masks Of Fu Manchu at the time I drew this (released 1932, with Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy) (if you see it, see the uncensored version), and researching Native American portraits for another project...all these things blended and out came this...
I have some of my 2007-2010 screenprint work with Axelle Arts in a group show in Chelsea NYC this month, details below:
10th Anniversary of Axelle Editions featuring a collection of serigraphs by master printer Luther Davis.
BERTRAND DELACROIX GALLERY
535 west 25th street, new york :: 212.627.4444 :: BDGNY.com
Jan 18th – Feb 19th 2010 /OPENING RECEPTION JAN 20th 6-9pm
Artists: Glen Baldridge :: Tomory Dodge :: Elise Ferguson :: Amze Emmons :: Angela Dufresne :: Milton Rosa-Ortiz :: Ian Pedigo :: Sara Greenberger Rafferty :: Tim Lokiec :: Carl Fudge :: Kate Shepherd :: Matthew Benedict :: Torben Giehler :: Pat Steir :: Sue WIlliams :: John Wesley :: Richard Estes :: Matthew Brannon :: Kaws :: David Ellis :: Ena Swansea :: Brian Alfred :: Pon :: Russell Young :: Steven Gagnon :: Paul Pope :: Bob Beck :: Robert Indiana :: Alex Dodge :: Shazia Sikander :: Rudolf Stingel :: Cory Arcangel :: Brian Ewing :: Ian Cooper :: Adam Helms :: Lisa Sandtiz :: Allison Smith :: Frances Stark :: John Tremblay :: Luther Davis :: Jeffrey Burke
The line art for ELECTRIC ANT, an adaptation of the PK Dick short story of the same name. EA is published by Marvel Comics and scripted by David Mack. This was one of those simple drawings-- it literally took about three hours from start to finish. They're not always this easy. I love drawing animals.
The first three pages of the proposed MISTER X comic, written by Dean Motter and drawn by Paul Rivoche. This is some of the finest, most stylish "ligne claire" cartooning to ever be produced outside of Belgium. You can see traces of EP Jacobs, Herge, and Yves Challand in these pages, added with a sense of FW Murau and Fritz Lang's grand deco guignol. I never asked Dean or Paul, but I have a suspicion the title character is named for the song "Mister X" from Ultravox's 1980 album Vienna. Mister X first appeared in print on the cover of a little known anthology title called Vortex Comics #2, although Dean had previously used the character on a design he did for an album by Canadian musician Patrick Cowley. Vortex published a series of visually stunning posters to promote the series and those of us reading comics in the early '80s, including Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, eagerly awaited the first issue. Little did the Hernandez brothers know at the time that they would be the ones writing and drawing the first issue, which debuted in 1984.