Want to share with you guys something I’ve been working on lately… and it started several years ago.
With Rodrigo Campos we developed the first El Viudo story named “el Fin Del Luto”, which can be translated as “The end of mourn” long 5 years ago. It was pitched on the NGI International Meeting where publishers like IDW’s Chris Ryall taught us the real chilean comic book artist status.
After publishing last june the El Viudo Book “La Cueca del Manco”, (Dogitía, 2014) – which also can be translated as “the One-handed man cueca” Oscar Salas, Dogitía’s publisher asked us to re-do that 12 page story.
Now, 4 years and more than 200 inked pages after, the change is ridiculously notorious. Here’s a small gallery for you to see.
Back in the day I used mostly a Pentel Brush Pen for all the El Viudo looks. this time I turned into my trustful Hunt 102 quill with some Windsor and Newton Series 7 #0 Brush only for the hair and water ground effects and some details.
This new issue will be presumably published next november in order to match with Chile’s book Fair.
Hope you like it.
From Kelly Bender. He will be attending STGCC with Starburn!
“Reminder that #Starburn will be premiering at Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) STGCC 2014 #STGCC on September 6 & 7!
I will be at Table #AA96 (AA96) selling signed copies of issue 1.
For all my #singapore friends who are fans of #GoTG #starwars #startrek #firefly #scifi come on down and get your copy.
Singapore Drink & Draw ACAS – Association of Comic Artists (Singapore), for Manga & Comic lovers SG Comic Chat
#comics #comiccon #comicbooks #comicbook #scifi”
Please, Kelly, take pictures of Olivier Coipel, Billy Tan and Humberto Ramos, among others and the fans with the book!
Things you find by chance on the internet.
Junction City Comics launched some time ago (+20 days ago) this PDF with the works of Luis Inzunza on pencils and Kote Carvajal on colors while I inked the 6 page pitch. This was made way back this year… I mean march or april were we three were doing some stuff together. Eventually, then I did a Top Cow pin up with Luis for the Top Cow Portfolio and then some Colateral Dee pages which, as I said recently ended with me off the drawing board.
This was fun to do, still lots of details to improve, but as a first time combined job, it matches the goal.
What happened with this comic back then?
Well, as for me, my wife framed page 1 along with a El Viudo, La Cueca del Manco page 22 and placed in her new office at her job. Actually looks cool every time I go there and see it quite formidable.
So. When the time comes and when it’s possible, we might bring you some news about this project.
So, here’s another one.
This time is something I am really proud of.
Let me make you a small summary. I could relive this project from the ashes and because I really hope this could make it big.
Last year in a three month hiatus where inking jobs were almost none I decided to help creators in something else than inking, this is, lettering. I know several lettering tools in my previous 9-5 job so I think I could manage this as an B side of my craft. Still not a good or a great letterer, but I really think it’s a beautiful craft and rarely credited.
I started lettering a soon-to-be a Kickstarter project named Alex: Enemy of Hell, where besides I suggested the main logo of the book. It was a 5 page pitch but then something happened that I really think is one of some Chilean artists worst attitudes: dropping a project because the sake of it. And this time it was huge, since the penciler was Marvel rated.
Creator Evan Clark was very disappointed and dropped the project.
Months later I teamed up with Luis Inzunza for several pitch (Vigilance, Top Cow themed portfolio, Collateral Dee) and testing things and I thought that, besides the fact that his style is quite different than the previous Marvel guy’s style I decided to suggest him to Evan as a penciler and give it a try. Evan liked his work and now we are doing the first pages of the pitch.
… and the results looks amazing! Luis has it all: he has a clear vision of what the book should like and he talks with the inker and gives him suggestions and does not impose his view. Great guy to team up. This book will have a Tim Bradstreet, Michael Lark style, without feathering, dramatic spotted blacks, not line weight, very realistic.
Besides this: he is a neat colorist who also gives a taste of how the colors should look like.
I really think this could have a chance, so I’ll be keeping you posted.
It’s amazing how a comic book process project can become itself a documentary stock material.
Here you will find the Marvel / Hulk / Ed McGuiness exclusively portfolio I did a couple of months ago. It was a suggestion by CB Cebulski after reviewed my portfolio last year and it took me some time to get Ed’s permission and assemble the pages.
Ed McGuiness was kind enough to let me do my best on the pages and I complimented the job with a Brian Balondo Hulk / Thor pin up he did some time ago to illustrate how the Starburn penciler manages the big emerald giant.
You can see the Kirby’s Monters piece step by step here:
Here’s the results.
Portfolio is on the former and the current Marvel’s talent scout hands.
If you want to see the full set of images I took during the process of making this portfolio, please take a look at this gallery below.
From Kelly Bender’s Facebook page.
(which should say#SNARL and Alterna Comics – Creator-Owned Graphic Novel Publisher) and I can also read (house dad) which I am positive I said “Trophy Husband” as that’s the term I prefer
I am sure it also says “Handsome Calgarian comic book writer moves to Singapore and is going to debut his sci-fi hit series “STARBURN” at the #STGCC”
Kelly Bender is Starburn’s writter, he’s my friend who invited me to pitch Celestial Corps with Brian Balondo last year and whom we meet at NYCC. At the picture he’s holding a tablet with Starburn #1 cover and Splash Pages 13-14 are displayed next to him. Just like him I don’t really know what it says, but it’s great valued document he is kind enough to share with us and I’d stole from his FB to also share it with you, guys. I guess that could help sell the book in Asia.
He is Canadian, and moved to Singapore last year shortly after our meeting in October, with his wife and daughter.
So, believe me when I say that Starburn is a gathering of nationalities (A Canadian in Singapore, a Philippino and a Catalonian in Chile) on the creative team.
Congrats, Kelly! Well deserved! Love ya, man!
Article excerpt taken from the original at CBR. Credit by Marc Buxton.
As pop culture pushes forward with an unprecedented amount of genre films, television and publishing endeavors on the way, it’s important to remember the forerunners of today’s popular characters. At Comic-Con International in San Diego, fans and professionals gathered to honor the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the prolific author that created such seminal characters and concepts such as “Carson of Venus,” “John Carter of Mars,” “The World of Pellucidar” and the granddaddy of them all, “Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle,” all of which live on today in one form or another.
The panel of experts on all things Burroughs consisted of moderator Scott Tracy Griffin, author of “Tarzan, the Centennial Celebration,” the artist of the “Cave Girl” comic strip Diana Leto, Dynamite Entertainment Senior editor Joe Rybandt and president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Jim Sullus. Sullus called the company he oversees “a small, family run company ran by the Burroughs heirs, committed to not allow the properties to go stale.” Rounding out the panel was writer of the online Burroughs comic strips “Korak the Killer” and “The Mucker,” Ron Marz, and long time Burroughs World artist Thomas Yates.
The annual panel kicked off discussing the biggest current event of the Burroughs world, the 2016 Warner Brothers “Tarzan” film, which was greeted warmly by the Burroughs faithful in attendance. Sullus informed the audience that the film will feature “True Blood” star Alexander Skaarsgard as Tarzan, Margot Robbie (“Wolf of Wall Street”), Samuel L. Jackson as Tarzan’s “sidekick,” as Sullus called him, and Christoph Waltz as the film’s antagonist. Sullus described the film’s plot as, “Tarzan is the lord of the jungle but now he is also lord of Parliament. He is tapped by the Queen to go to Africa — and Samuel L. Jackson is a U.S. Marshall — together, these guys go to Africa and solve some problems.”
Sullus then updated the audiences on the Constantine “Tarzan,” Animated film which has been released in Europe and South Africa with sporadic showings in the U.S. Sullus proudly announced that the film “will soon be shown in China, in 5000 theaters, and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. on August 5.
After mentioning some newer business ventures, like “Tarzan” slot machines and online games, Sullus moved to the publishing world. The first book up was the “Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs” an anthology by top genre authors like Peter David, F. Paul Wilson, Mercedes Lackey and Kevin J. Anderson. The book features many of Burroughs creations like Tarzan and the “World of Mars,” “and there is a talk of doing a second one,” according to Sullus.
Sullus then plugged the upcoming second volume of the “Russ Manning ‘Tarzan'” by IDW Publishing, calling Manning “a master of ‘Tarzan’ art.
Moving away from the world of “Tarzan” to Burroughs’ other major property, “John Carter,” Sullus showed those in attendance the upcoming new edition of “Princess of Mars” with 20 new paintings by Mike Kaluta. According to Sullus, “We had to get special permission from Disney Worldwide Publishing, because they have the publishing rights for us, but when they found out Mike Kaluta was going to be the artist, they were like, ‘You bet.'” Sullus said. “They don’t give that permission easily, but because of the artist, they felt it was a great idea to do it.”
The next strip that will be introduced to the online World of Burroughs will be “The Monster Men,” which Sullus described as, “a professor and his beautiful daughter go to the island in the South Pacific to create human beings — but create twelve miserable monsters who don’t have any capacity other than brutal force — and the thirteenth is a perfect individual.” Looking to the future of the online Burroughs strips, Sullus said, “We’re not done. We want to expand this program, we do need subscribers. It really is the bargain of the century, $1.99 a month or $21.99 a year — we can have as many as thirty individual web comic programs from Edgar Rice Burroughs.” They’re considering launching strips based on Burroughs properties “The Lost Continent,” “The Girl From Hollywood” and “Beyond the Farthest Star.”
That’s my first ever mention of a work of mine in a MAJOR comic book news site.
As you may know, El Viudo is being penciled by Rodrigo Campos. He is a chilean artist with long time on the drawing board and he is eager to work in the comic book industry.
And he is the penciler whom i have inked the most. We share working hours in more than 100 pages in the last 5 years, since he asked me to help him with the Age of Oblivion graphic novel.
Please, take a look at his incredible portfolio by clicking the image below.
Here are his contacts:
Name: Rodrigo Campos Ponce
DA Page: http://rodrigocamposp.deviantart.com
if you are looking for a classy, noir, Gene Colan detective 60’s style, he’s your guy and even better, I’m his inker.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “The Monster Men”
an All-New Digital WebComic Launch!
The Monster Men – the Launch of an Exciting New Adventure – A Web Comic Strip based on a book by the author of Tarzan – Edgar Rice Burroughs! In English and Spanish! see ERBCOMICS for Adventure!
(August 15, 2014 – Tarzana, CA) University Professor Arthur Maxon has been experimenting with the creation of artificial life—and he is afraid of what he created. If life can be created from lifeless chemicals with no assurance that anything other than mindless monsters could be created, the safest place to pursue this gruesome research is far away from upstate New York. A remote island off the coast of Borneo is the perfect place to continue his experiments. So, Maxon departs for the East Indies – taking his beautiful daughter, Virginia, with him. Adventure awaits that neither could have ever imagined!
Maxon recruits Dr. Carl von Horn to be his fellow scientist and Captain of his yacht, the Ithaca. As the crew prepares for their voyage, a young man, Townsend J. Harper, Jr., becomes smitten by Virginia. Plus, unbeknownst to Maxon and Virginia, Dr. von Horn also hopes to marry Virginia.
On the island, Maxon and von Horn begin their experiments and grow several living creatures in chemical vats. They are humanoid but, mindless and ugly. Maxon hopes Experiment Number Thirteen will result in the perfect human being, and in his fanatic obsession, believes Virginia should wed his ultimate creation. But is this perfectly created human capable of feelings, or is he A Man Without a Soul?
Before that question is answered, Experiment Number One escapes and abducts Virginia. Maxon and von Horn are in pursuit, as is Number Thirteen. During their pursuit, they encounter pirates who believe Maxon has a hidden treasure – a rumor started by the ship’s crew. Evading the pirates temporarily, they stumble upon the now dead Number One, killed by Number Thirteen. And, Virginia begins to look at Number Thirteen, her rescuer, in a different light.
After dealing with pirates, kidnappings, native warriors, and the eleven ungodly horrors of escaped experiments Numbers Two to Twelve, can Maxon be convinced to abandon his obsession with artificial life? Can Virginia be sure of her emotions as she confronts madmen and dubious suitors? Only Sing Lee knows for sure, and he’s not talking…..yet! Read these exciting new comic strips, learn of their fate, and enjoy the adventures that only Edgar Rice Burroughs can create and vividly describe.
As with all the series featured at edgarriceburroughs.com/comics, the first four episodes of “The Monster Men” will be available at no charge. Fans can gain unlimited access to the entire site and all the strips from the beginning for only $1.99 per month or $21.99 per year.
About the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strips Service
Regularly updated and expertly curated, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strips service offers all new web comic adventures based on the classic characters and stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Current offerings include:
THE MONSTER MEN™ by Tom Simmons, Erik Roman, L Jamal Walton
and Cristian Docolomansky
TARZAN OF THE APES™ by Roy Thomas, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez
JOHN CARTER WARLORD OF MARS™ by Roy Thomas, Pegaso, Salvador López,
Carolina Sánchez, Guadalupe Rivera and Olivia Peña
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN™ by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
PELLUCIDAR™ by Chuck Dixion and Gary Kwapisz
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT™ by Martin Powell, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez
KORAK THE KILLER™ by Ron Marz, Rick Leonardi, Neeraj Menon and Troy Peteri
THE MUCKER™ by Ron Marz, Lee Moder, Neeraj Menon and Troy Peteri
CARSON OF VENUS™ by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE™ by Martin Powell and Steven E. Gordon
THE WAR CHIEF™ by Martin Powell and Nik Poliwko
THE CAVE GIRL™ by Martin Powell and Diana Leto
About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Founded in 1923 by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. holds numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author still protected by copyright. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in publishing, film, television, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising. The company is still a very active enterprise and manages and licenses the vast archive of Mr. Burroughs’ literary works, fictional characters and corresponding artworks that have grown for over a century. The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs’ family and remains headquartered in Tarzana, California, the town named after the Tarzana Ranch Mr. Burroughs purchased there in 1918 which led to the town’s future development. For more information, please visit EdgarRiceBurroughs.com.
James J. Sullos, Jr. | President | Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
PO Box 570277 | Tarzana CA 91357 | 818.344.0181
www.edgarriceburroughs.comThe Monster Men Team
WRITER Tom Simmons
Long-standing Edgar Rice Burroughs fan Tom Simmons wrote for the antiquities market before turning to screenwriting. “I read my first Burroughs novel – Pirates of Venus – at the age of 12 back in the 1960s. I’ve been an avid devotee ever since. I’d always thought it would be great fun to adapt a Burroughs book for the screen or other format. Then, as fate would have it, the opportunity to do The Monster Men strip presented itself. There was never going to be a question about my enthusiasm for the project.”
Tom admits to experiencing “a somewhat eerie feeling” as he adapts the 100-year-old story for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. “Apart from the distinct privilege and honor, as far as I’m aware the story itself has never been adapted and published as a comic strip from the original, which was first published in 1913 in All-Story Magazine. There’s an uncanny sense of being a direct link back to Burroughs himself as I adapt the story to fit the illustrated panels and pages of the TMM strip.”
At the top of Tom’s other projects list is Crispus Caesar, a graphic novel set in the Age of Constantine and adapted from his 2009 screenplay, featuring art work by Jake Bilbao and colors by Jamal Walton. The story will be published as an e-book in late 2014. Tom’s list of writing credits includes nominations in five screenwriting categories at the 2010 Action on Film Festival.
ARTIST Erik Roman
Erik Roman is an illustrator and cartoonist living in the wilds of Southwest Michigan with his wife, daughter and three African Water Frogs. Erik discovered comic books on a spinner rack at a grocery store at the ripe young age of 7, and ever since that moment has drawn superheroes, science fiction and fantasy trying to recreate the wonder and feeling of awe when he first opened and read an old issue of Iron Man.
Erik works primarily with traditional media like graphite, charcoal and ink and only uses digital programs like Photoshop for cleaning up images. A primarily self-taught illustrator, Erik’s work has appeared in comic books, role playing game books, websites, magazines and newspapers since 2002. A huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs characters like John Carter and Tarzan, Erik is honored to be included in the stellar lineup of talent who work on some of the coolest adventure properties in the world.
COLOR and LETTERS L Jamal Walton
L Jamal Walton is a web and graphic designer, illustrator, colorist, and letterer currently based in Durham, NC. He has worked on projects big and small: Fist of Justice; Once Upon A Time Machine, Masters of the Universe; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to name a few.
More recently, Jamal has focused more of his time working on his own comic creations: Warmageddon; Ungoodwise; and Captain Evil & Diabla. He is always looking for opportunities to display his art at art exhibits and conventions, and to share his experience and skills in the craft of making comics via camps and workshops.
INKS Cristian Docolomansky Bio
“Being a small part of the tribute of Edgar Rice Burroughs is a dream come true for a fan of space fiction and a history aficionado. When Erik asked me to be part of the The Monster Men artistic team, I felt honored” Cristian describes. Freelance inker, Cristian Docolomansky has 5 year experiencing comicbook inking and one as a full time inker. “Inking adds life to pencils.”
Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1977, Moved to Santiago, Chile in 1995. Long time involved on the Chilean Scene, Cristian was the editor of the comic book news website www.doscafesyunamesa.com, and PR manager on Chilean Association of Comic Book artists www.ngi.cl, and producer and co-writer of the upcoming Chilean documetary “La Ruta Del Comiquero” which is “the next step of put the Chilean brand of comic books artists where it belongs.”
Cristian has been published both in Chile (El Viudo: La Cueca del Manco, Dogitía, 2014) and abroad, with books in several publishers as Beyond Reality Media (New Zealand), Bluewater Productions, Emerald Star Comics and ECV Press (USA).
Today he inks the whole day with his assistant, his dog Facundo.
For free sample strips and subscription information, please visit EdgarRiceBurroughs.com/comics.