This is a preview for The Watcher, a long-thought-out graphic novel project I’ve been writing. I started it once but it hadn’t matured enough to become what I needed it to be and so I scrapped it and started again.
2014 will be the year I start this. It will come out full-issue by full-issue because many of the stories within are self-contained. It will explore mythology and religion, human rights and politics and of course, people and their histories. There will be action stories, love stories, tragic stories and pointless stories, as told by a wandering stranger.
We have Yeshua, a man who loves all he sees. Mayet, a courageous vigilante who won’t rest until all are free. Kaliope and Ashtad, dark fighters for truth. Dogma, a thoughtful inventor who distrusts the world of humans. Yeshua’s children, who have grand destinies laid out before them, Linea, the creature who swallowed the Universe and Mercy, one who brings light where there is none. Every story, big and small, will be told.
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away when they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel
When a guy asks you what you’re wearing, the correct answer is “a suit of human skin”.
So, bad news.
I was working on finishing PoS’s next page today and all was going fine until suddenly, for no reason, the tablet driver uninstalled itself.
Now, I’ve dealt with that before, so I closed the Gimp, reinstalled the driver and restarted the computer. Driver said it’s there, but it isn’t, and it won’t allow me to work with pressure in any program.
So after banging my head for about an hour, I gave up. I have to go out of town tonight, so there will be no page this week. I’m so sorry. :( I’m really upset about this and hope to solve the problem soon. :(
Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…
As the comic book industry grows and is exposed to more and more people who are not typical superhero readers, I hope this behavior will be regarded for what it is: unprofessional nonsense, not to be tolerated by the industry. I hope publishers will come to expect a standard of behavior from the artists and writers they hire, and will not tolerate harassment and dismissal of women in the industry.
Comic book professionals, you are PROFESSIONALS. It’s time to start acting like it.
Sorry for the radio silence guys, I just started a job today! Things went well but I’m having trouble adjusting to a new schedule. I’ll start making an ass of myself online soon enough. :)
Saturday reblog! Crazy Pelor and his crazy dreams. Maybe he should lay off the drugs, amirite?
Oh, and because no one asked - Larry manages to steal an enchanted trenchcoat off of his father in one of their major confrontations (long story). The inside of the coat burns with the fires of Hell, so he never worries about being too cold* again, though McCoy is very careful not to stack papers too close to him.
*Comfortable temperature for Larry is about 35C/95F minimum.
This is a really poor sketch, but I couldn’t let myself get away without drawing these two any longer. (One day, I hope to see them better, since they’re still a little off). They’re both members of the Interdimensional Police (hopefully Pelor doesn’t run into them, yikes).
Lawrence “Larry” Yredelemnul is a literal demon from literal hell. Born with a strange black eye, a mutation only seen in his estranged uncle as well, he is the youngest son of Manah, the Crowned King of Akem, a hellish dimension of fire and brimstone. In an act of teenaged rebellion against his overbearing father, he joined the IDP’s academy at 15, lying about his age. It turns out he rather enjoyed it, and was promised a position when he came back at 18.
Larry’s always been considered too “soft” for hell, but was chagrined to find out he’s considered too “unruly and vicious” for the rest of the world. He balances this precariously, and when he gets in trouble for things like “borrowing cars” for “police business” or being too hot headed with a suspect, it’s generally forgiven after reparations are made. He’s always too cold, he loves punk and metal bands with disgusting names (his t-shirts are the source of many a write up at work) and he’s a big Hellboy fan though he hesitates to admit it’s because he looks up to him. (Those are Hellboy boots).
Lindsey McCoy (known as McCoy and nothing else, he begs) is an all-star cop with hydromantic abilities (able to control water). A human mutant, his father was also a police officer and he continues this proud tradition cheerfully, almost excitedly. He loves law enforcement, justice and all things decent, and is easily the most proud officer on the force.
McCoy never steps over the line, always thinking of the safety of his fellow officers, perps and the law itself with every move he makes. He admires Chief Arnassus, their boss and is considered a lameass by a lot of other members, though none of them can argue with his sense of right and wrong. McCoy played football in school and is still an avid sports fan - he grew up in a small town and still attends all local games when he can.
Larry and McCoy act as partners regularly since despite not getting along too well personally (as you can plainly imagine), they have an incredible sense of teamwork between them. They are also really fun to write.
Announcement: I’ll only be posting one page of PoS this week (as in, in a few hours), because I have a crazy busy weekend/week ahead of me.
I’m moving on Sunday and starting a new job on Monday, but it IS my intention to finish this chapter with two pages each Friday after today. Let’s hope it all works out! We’re very close to the end, my loves.
These are for kaijuslayer because all of his characters are awesome. We have (in order L - R) Varian, Alkurah, Atriya and Masano, all of whom don’t get enough love but especially the latter (I’ve never drawn the last 3 before at all, which is why I’m sorry in advance if I got the colours or outfits or anything wrong yikes).
4/7 - There will be 3 more soon, when I blow through some other work, but these were literally the most fun I’ve ever had doing portraiture. :D His characters are all so gorgeous and wildly different from one another. Go follow him if you don’t!
(Hope you like them Jake!)