Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Entry 252: S.H.IE.L.D. update #7

I last posted a S.H.I.E.L.D. Update back in January 2014. It was just an image of the title page of Jonathan Hickman's script for the final issue. At that time he was finally finding the time to return to writing Shield. It was the beginning of our progress on the final issue.

So, what has happened since then? In March I started receiving those pages of script from Jonathan and I began working on them. While doing covers for New Avengers, a  Shutter #1 variant cover, and moving to a new studio I worked on the first pages of the last Shield issue. When I was about ten pages in I got the opportunity to write and draw an issue of Edge of Spider-Verse. I knew it would be a major distraction from Shield, but I believe it was a worth while distraction. At first I did get some Shield pages done even as I worked on my Spider-verse issue. After completing Edge of Spider-Verse #3 and my pages for Avengers 35 I was finally free to finish Shield…. Almost. There was one last distraction. I'll post about that soon.  I'll also point out that during all of this I've done a lot of Amnia Cycle pages. Anyway, to make a long story short-- I've been chipping away at this final issue of Shield for seven months and I'm excited to tell you that


I drew the last panels just the day before yesterday. I'm not totally out of the woods yet. I'll still be communicating with Sonia Oback about colors and being involved in whatever way I can to make the final product as good as it can be. It isn't over till it's over. So it doesn't quite feel real yet.

Speaking of Sonia Oback on colors-- here is a sequence of panels from the second to last issue with Sonia's colors.

Neat! Huh?

The image at the top of this entry is a panel from the final issue.  Here is another.

And, what the hell, here is a photo of a panel also from the final issue.

So there you have it. And you thought it was never going to happen. How dare you doubt me. 

This is not my last S.H.I.E.L.D. update entry. I'll be back to show you how things progress with the colors and to let you know about a release schedule.

As always, thanks to everyone who has been waiting patiently for this. I look forward to it all being out for you guys to see.

Till next time.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Entry 251: Avengers #35

No Amnia Cycle this week. I've been busy on other things. Hopefully I'll be back on track next week. In the meantime, here's an entry about Avengers #35.

Since my work on Avengers and Infinity I've been trying to focus on Shield, Amnia Cycle, and my Edge of Spider-Verse issue, but there have been several instances of the editors of the Avengers comics asking me to come back to do stuff. I've been asked to do things from whole story arks to single covers. Most of these job offers I've turned down because I've wanted to stay focused on the things I mentioned above. But recently they asked me to do some fill in pages. It was only three pages, they seemed simple enough, and I felt bad for continually saying no. So I said yes.

The 3 pages were the first pages for Avengers #35 which came out a few weeks back.
Here are my pencils/"inks"

I was right in the middle of my Spider-verse issue when I did these. The pages were fairly easy. I didn't ink them. I did tight pencils then adjusted them and created all the space stuff in photoshop.  It didn't take to long, but the moment I was done I got an email from the Spider-verse editor wondering how my Spider-verse issue was going. Turns out, I thought I had more time on my spider-verse issue than I actually did.

These three pages took valuable time out of my Spider-verse issue. I met my deadline on the Edge of Spider-Verse issue, but it was not easy. I'll talk more about that in a different entry. Ultimately, I kind wish I hadn't taken on these pages… Oh well.

Here are my layouts followed by colors by Frank Martin.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Entry 250: Amnia Cycle pages 74-75

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

What can I say about this weeks pages?... The Library is owls. 

I suppose I can mention that I'm actually putting together some extra Amnia material for a printed version of Amnia Cycle that will happen when I feel like I'm ready to take things to that level. 

I might not have new pages next week because I'm almost done with S.H.I.E.L.D. and I'm focusing on that right now. So I might show you guys a panel from the Amnia print bonus material.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Entry 249: Amnia Cycle pages 72 & 73

Chapter 3
Chapter 4


For a long time this scene looked different in my mind. It looked and felt like things I've seen before in other comics. It looked and felt like a kind of Moebius version of a person travailing across an alien world to an alien city. The images start creating themselves in my mind so easily. It would have been so easy to do it that way. But the idea of it made me bored. This couldn't be boring. 

One day my daughter was making a giraffe out of blocks. I asked her what she was building. She told me it was a building. I said, "It looks like a giraffe." And she told me "No. It's a building." And I realized, holy shit, she's right! What am I? An idiot. It's a building! It was an amazing building. A pretty lame giraffe, but an amazing building. Thus, Zoohurst was born.

Another thing I wanted to capture here was not the feeling of an alien world, but instead a familiar world. To me, it's super exciting to arrive in a city. When you are driving on the highway and the traffic starts getting thick. You know that you are getting close to a center of activity. Then you go around a bend in the road or you come over a hill and suddenly you see the buildings off in the distance. I get excited every time… I wanted that. 

I hope you are ready to explore Zoohurst with me!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Entry 248: Amnia Cycle pages 70,71

Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Does that thing look familiar? (hint: the end of chapter 2)

In time, this will all make perfect sense… I hope.

Also, in chapter 3, I knew I drew that hood on that first officer for a reason. He's a Nuriel! (Comic making tip: If you are making your comic up as you go, put a hood on someone. You never know who they could end up being.)

Join me next week for more Amnia Cycle

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Entry 247: Edge of Spider-Verse IS OUT!

Edge of Spider-Verse #3
Is Out Now
Hello, my friends, good people still checking in on my blog, I have a new comic out today!

That's right, my Edge of Spider-Verse issue is now out! This is the comic where I have written, drawn, and colored it all myself. It's a big deal for me. Please pick it up from your local comic shop or buy it digitally or whatever.

It's new reader friendly. It is a complete, stand alone story. You don't need to know anything about the Marvel universe to appreciate this story.

Thank You.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Entry 246: Amnia Cycle pages 67,68,69

Chapter 3
And so begins Chapter 4 of Amnia Cycle.

It feels really good to be getting Amnia pages out again. In this chapter we'll be exploring this new setting and learning about what's going on in the Shadow Zone. Turns out they've got  their own conflict happening. We'll learn something about that strange energy ball that Byzner fell into, and things will get even more strange when Tara tracks down one of the names on her list. 

In other news-- Edge of Spider-Verse #3 is out this week (9/24) I wrote, drew, and colored the whole issue myself. Please check it out. 

Also, for everyone wondering about S.H.I.E.L.D.-- I'm back to working on it now. The last issue is being drawn. As I type this page 14 is on my desk. So, we're close! I've seen colors for the second to last issue. Sonia Oback is back and it's looking great. I'll put together a post with some preview images soon. So check back for that.

New Amnia Cycle pages next Monday.

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