Wow… what a month! Another Kickstarter!
The Crime of Monsters – Detective Grim/Orision, via @Kickstarter
This is a new gig I started inking on lat November early December. The artwork is very detailed and I enjoyed trying to make some justice to Gleidson pencils.
This is the first part of a miniseries created for Bradley Golden (whom I have lettered some comics in the past and it’s one of the members of the multiplatform bunch indie comic book publishers that is creating a huge multi-universe of comics with connections between them. It’s fun being part of this.
In Bradley’s own words:
You feel the cold chill going up your spine. You arise, in horror, seeing the monstrous grotesque entity in front of you. You try to scream, cry out for help but the cold, blistering air drys your every plea. The darkness takes you, rips you, gorge you…. Until there is nothing left but a puddle of thick red blood and hot….. Steamy….. Guts!!!!
This Kickstarter shares the book with another scary story: Detective Grim.
Please enjoy some of the inking artwork
Orision is a creation by Bradly Golden
Another big news. Zinnober has launched a Kickstarter for its first book in GERMAN!
Zinnober is the book I have been involved with since last year. A Tour de Force with lots of details and action in an apocalyptic world infested with dragons and guns.
Since Ralf (Series Creator and penciler ) and the editor Thomas are from Germany they decided to try a Kickstarter of the book in another language rather than English. And the backing has been incredible since the book has been funded in less than 12 hours.
The Kickstarter can be found here:
and you can find a preview of the first 10 pages here:
Zinnober is a series that in English will be published by Scout comics:
Created by Ralf Singh
Penciled by Ralf Singh
Inked by me.
Colors by Ilaria Fella
Letters by Taylor Esposito.
Cover by Nic Klein.
The Kickstarter page also features a small video of me inking a panel of issue 02.
mmm… Maybe a translation in Spanish soon?
Hello, my loved readers:
Allow me to introduce you to The Promise, a book that has been just recently released on ComiXology, vía ComiXology Submit.
I was approached by Thomas Conklin the comic book creator with the idea and I jumped right from the start. So far we have produced a number of comics so you will see right from issue 1 how catchy and appeal this story is.
The Promise, available on ComiXology can be found here,
The Thief and The Farm Girl
A notorious thief in the world of Fairie has stumbled into the clutches of an old business partner. While a farm girl with an affinity for nature finds a mysterious artifact that her father has kept hidden from her since birth.
Created by Thomas Conklin
Artwork by Jihad Akbar
Colors by Michael Woods
Lettering and logo design by me.
The requirement was to catch the fairie scent of the book and read it in a logo that will offer the reader the magic and the adventure. Right off the bat, I developed a series of ideas and sketches, and, as always, I kept the computer away from me. Old pencil and paper. Here are the first roughs I sent:
As you may see some of them has some sort of… Lord of The Rings bar-like vibe, and I used the gem, the jewelry which is part of the story. Those logos, which are more focused on elements were dropped. Thomas, instead decided that the fourth logo, since does not remind any object but keeps the idea, so it was the best and we developed from there.
After vectorizing it and fixing the proportions we choose this final version with a choice of the font for the “THE” part, which we decided to go with a font that reminds of the medieval scent of the book.
Thanks if you give The Promise a chance. it’s a great book and I think that adventure and LOTR fans will actually like it.
I take this moment to remind you to check this outstanding Kickstarter I am working on as letterer.
Glow, Issues 01 and 02 can be resumed as A coming of age story set in a world where magic caused the end of civilization.
Created by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, it features artwork by Colm Doyle, Alexandru Bucur, Anny Maulina, Dia Ja, Brian Valenza, Julia Frontoni and Kendrick See. Artwork is beyond this world!
You won’t regret it. I really love this kind of synergy towards creating something unique.
(borrowed from outrightgeekery.com)
There’s a peculiar new drug on the streets of Motocity. Its effects are unlike any other–an immersive psychedelic dreamscape with visions of animalistic abominations and god-like humanoids. This is bad news for Martin Comity, who lives for two things: playing jazz and getting his next fix. As Martin’s fascination with the drug turns to obsession, his loosening grip on reality becomes more evident by the day. An eccentric writer, the reclusive Benjamin Way, takes an odd interest in Martin’s predicament after experiencing visions of his own: A phantom specter with a single cryptic message: wake Martin to the nature of his “true” self, and quickly, or bear witness to the unraveling of that which bonds space and time. JAZZ LEGEND is a neo-noir meets cosmic fantasy inspired by the lives and works of jazz great Miles Davis, and the father of beat literature, William S Burroughs.
JAZZ LEGEND is written by JC Lacek with art by Vasco Duarte and Cristian Docolomansky.
JC’s published comic credits include several releases on the southern-gothic themed, Whiskey Tango Comics, with titles including Dogs Days of Raleigh Bottom, Andy Griffith Must Die, and The Devil’s Share. In addition, JC’s one-off, Northern Exposure, was featured in GrayHaven Comics’ graphic novel anthology, Kaiju. JC also currently works as resident playwright for The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre in southern West Virginia. His original play, Abomination on Bolt Mountain, has been produced nationwide and headlined San Francisco’s Greenhouse Theatre Festival in 2016.
The Diamond order code for issue #1 is MAR181866.
JAZZ LEGEND will be published monthly by Scout Comics.
Please visit us at www.ScoutComics.com!
News #2 – Jan 18.
Two books with my help on it released almost at the same time.
BEYOND REALITY MEDIA proudly releases the next step of their books.
Created by Richard Fairgray and Bill Geradts
Illustrated by Gonzalo Martínez
Colors by Juan Moraga
Letters by me.
ATTICA Vol 3,
Created by Christian Gossett and Bill Geradts
Illustrated and digitally painted by Lucho Inzunza
Colors by Kóte Carvajal
Inks and Letters by me.
News #1 – Jan 18.
Happy New Year everyone!
I have some news that I’ll be uploading here.
First one was a long due one. Tapastic is now the digital publishing house of “In.jvsticia” in its English version. You can find it up on page 6 HERE. I decided to publish my comic book in English (corrections and suggestions are obviously more than welcomed) because of a couple of things:
- To keep a constant flow of creator-owned material. Every Thursday I will be uploading a new page. That will also put the pressure on me to keep the flow on issue 02.
- To be able to appear in other formats. I know Tapastic for about 10 years but I haven’t been consistent on it. Adapting In.jvsticia digitally wasn’t as easy as I expected. Besides the more than possible grammar mistakes, I didn’t know that the reading experience is different from the physical to the digital versions. I had to adapt each page to a new format which has turned different the experience and created a new way to understand my comic on this “new” platform. Now I can play with the format, the space between the panels, creating silent moments and increase the drama effect. It is a learning curve, but a very interesting one.
- Spanish version? Not yet. I want to have the second issue done before launching this in Spanish.
We are ending the year and that means to do some of 2017’s recap.
What we did and what we learned.
Some years ago I even did a detailed list of all the pages I inked.
That was before, Maybe it was as a show-off of the control I did want to show I had over my work. Nah. Not list this year, but I can say that I inked a lettered a whole bunch of pages.
I learned a lot this year. Some of the things I learned was the realization of some traditions I was doing wrong and that helped me to change or mold my professional view towards some things of my job.
First thing I learned:
Being only an inker or also working as a letterer is not economically viable. Sorry, but that’s the truth about it. Job offers are each time scarcer (Deviantart is quite closing these days; Digital Webbing is pretty much inactive; Pencijack disappeared and the Facebook job offer pages aren’t in sight). So in that environment, you should overcome your fears and jump over those obstacles.
To me, it’s graphic design and more important, penciling is my biggest fear to overcome. My constant inferiority complex was finally overcome with a little help of some pencilers that gave me their suggestions. Publishing my comic-book “In.jvsticia” was also a good move towards facing my inner demons and keep penciling. I left the dense forest of doubts I had and I am learning to grow as a penciler with each new piece. I must thank my friend and somehow mentor Danny Jiménez on that. I also took the Inktober 2017 challenge and I think I did it… well. Some pieces I like, some others not, but it was a good lesson.
Another phase of diversification is to start working beside comics and do other things. Working in comics provides not a steady income, so this year I kept on teaching how to make digital comics to schools. I also took an album cover gig.
I finally published after 22 years my first story as an integral author. It’s the first part of 3 issued miniseries. It’s weird. If there is something I claim I don’t do, but I ultimately do is to push things ahead. But this year I turned 40, and I vigorously desired to finish at least the first issue of In.jvsticia by my birthday. It wasn’t a record sale because the first and second print was small, but it was a great and eye-opening situation. The sensation that the book wasn’t mine (as closely and some sort of a leak-proof thing only to my eyes) and started to belong to some people (some friends, some truly new readers) was amazing and frightening at the same time. The message behind all of that was to do the deed. Do things, even it takes 22 years to excruciatingly finish the first issue, leave a message behind. Don’t be someone without a message to the world. If not thousands, at least dozens of people will want to hear what you have to say and that’s encouraged to my goals.
The third is patience. Which I don’t have, but controlling your impulses to rush things out has turned to me only but good things. Ok, there always are sometimes where you have to push things (for instance reminding clients to pay for my services). But the focus on this third lesson of the year is closer than the money. My lines are nervous and it takes the world to control the impulse to throw lines quickly. Sketching, penciling… actually, doing art is a state of mind, an emotional process, and in my honest opinion controlling emotions – at least those that urges me to finish things up – helps to have a clean, steadier and smoother line. It looks more professional and … uff.. it takes a lot of mental processes to deal with that while doing art. Maybe it’s the most challenging situation for me, professionally.
WELL, NUMBERS, BUT NOT NUMBERS:
Actually, this year has not been a prolific year in terms of published material.
Almost all of the current work I have been involved with – both inking and lettering – is still to be scheduled for publishing. Some of them has assigned a publisher (Scout Comics, Advent Comics, and Beyond Reality Media), but the only titles that are out are either published in Spanish (in Chile) or webcomics:
- La Senda del Errante: Calvario, for Ariete Producciones (Chile): Lettering in the whole graphic novel and inks on one story.
- Controll: 20 pp for Ariete Producciones (Chile): Jon Parrish, Diego Toro y Kóte Carvajal
- In.jvstice #1: My first creator-owned comic for Ariete Producciones (Chile).
- James Bong: Christmas Special and Medicine Man 4 part short story has been recently published in webcomic format in Stoner Days Magazine
So far pre-scheduled or about to be released are the following titles:
- Jazz Legend, for Scout Comics (USA). Inks and letters. Ongoing series.
- NowPocalypse, for Beyond Reality Media (New Zealand), Graphic Novel, Letters
- Attica Vol 3, for Beyond Reality Media (New Zealand), Graphic Novel, Letters and some inks.
TOP 5 MOMENTS OF THE YEAR:
5- Inktober: I wanted to take part years ago but I lacked confidence. This year I set some pencils in advance and even thou some of the submissions does not make the cut to my eye, I think some others had shown something interesting.
4- First official inking commission and it was inking Brett Booth! First time I saw Brett Booth’s art was in 1994 in Italy, reading Wildcats #0 in the Italian Star Comics edition. Brett’s and some other tier 2 early Wildstorm studios artist ‘s career experiences were actually what I wanted to live as an artist, so 23 years after that moment, long time Wildstorm collector Brian Hartless, contacted me to ink a piece he commissioned to Brett. It was an incredible experience it was an honor to do that. I can’t wait to have another opportunity to ink another commission.
3- Saber Vivir: I have always wanted to do a podcast, so being part of Diego Toro’s Saber Vivir was an incredible experience.
2- Inking Dheeraj Verma: 2017 started incredibly. On Dec 31st, 2016, (I swear it!) I was contacted by a publisher, Advent Comics offering me inking a penciler from India named Dheeraj Verma. I knew his art before and I was excited to see that this gig was in front of me. This was one of my best professional moments of 2017. The Comic? Still is TBA, so… no news.
1- In.jvsticia response from the readers. The incredible moment was this, (by reader James Fairlie).
What do I WISH for 2018?
More comic book related work. There are some talks, and some projects that may be aligned to be work next year, but I’d love for the experience of working for a bigger publisher (Big two, Big indie, whatever). I want to ink a monthly title, feel the deadline, or lettering a couple of monthly titles. I’d also love to keep working with most of the talented pencilers I teamed up with this year.
WHAT DO I LIKE TO CHANGE IN 2018?
Stop working on Back-end Projects, Kickstarters and that kind of gigs. I have, I must focus on paid work and I need to learn to say no to those gigs. It’s pretty much disappointing to work hard on projects that are either not published, not back in their Kickstarters and takes forever to see the light of day.
Overall it’s been a pretty hectic year.
I hope that your year has been good as well
Hello: Some of you know that I work from time to time inking and lettering a comic strip named James Bong. Just what its name suggests, it features a James Bond-type of adventurer that fights for justice and the normalization of cannabis.
It has just been released its latest adventure on the Magazine Stoner Days (original post here), so I am sharing this with you.
Created by James Longshore and Bianca Mina
Penciled by Joaquin GR
Colors by the great Luca Romano
Inks and letters by me.