Thursday, July 23, 2009

Entry 68: Preview-They'll Bury You Where You Stand!

I am not going to comic con this week, but if you are and you happen to run into Jeremy Barlow you might have an opportunity to see a sneak peak at our western comic, They'll Bury You Where You Stand!

It's a short story that will be published in Outlaw Territory Volume 2, which doesn't yet have a release date.
This story is an exciting project for me for a few reasons:

For starters, It's the first thing I've worked on in my professional career where I've been involved with it's creation from the start. Everything I've worked on up to this point has at least had a story and script done before I get to put my stamp on it. TBYWYS! has my stamp on it from the very start.

Second, it's the first story I've done that I've colored myself. From the inception of this story color played an important part. In fact I knew how I wanted to color it even before there was a story.

Third, I got to collaborate with my friend Jeremy. He got me into Spaghetti Westerns. I was a fan of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly but I really hadn't delved into that genre until Jeremy started suggesting titles. And in general, western stories have been an ongoing topic in our friendship. So when the opportunity to do this story came up we booth jumped at it.

Another reason I'm excited about this story is that I think it's pretty cool. We really wanted to do a western that was different than any western we've seen. I think that we were able to make it everything I was hoping it would be.

I'll have a lot more to say about it when it comes out. When I know the release date I'll let you know. I'll be excited to hear what you think of it.

Here is a page from They'll Bury You Where You Stand!


  1. Real nice, looks like a page of Blueberry drawn with more Moebius than Giraud usually uses.

  2. Before I had started this project that exactly what I would tell people to describe how I wanted this thing to look. "More Moebius than Giraud." Or "Like Moebius but more Incal than Blueberry." Most of the time all I got was a blank stare. I'm not sure if that meant they couldn't imagine it, or if they didn't think I could do it, or if they didn't know who Moebius is, or if they weren't listening.

  3. Wow, I'm really impressed by your ability to change your style to suit what you're drawing.
    This is fantastic work.
    How many pages is it?

  4. Oh shit that looks GOOD.
    I love spaghetti westerns, by the way. If you ever happen to want some more recommendations for good ones to hunt down, just ask! ^_^
    For instance, if you haven't seen BLINDMAN yet, you need to! I loves it!

  5. Looks like you got exactly the look you were going for then

  6. It's 10 pages.
    It's always been my feeling that different styles tell different stories better. (Although, Tezuka blows that theory out of the water. But I'm no Tezuka. So I resort whatever tricks I can.)
    I would say that this style is probably the most comfortable to me. I did something really similar on a couple issues of Star Wars.

  7. RINGO STARR!? Wow that looks GREAT! I'll have to check that out! Yeah, I'll take what ever recommendations you got:)

  8. Wow, this is impressive! Beautiful page!
    I feel that every comic artist should have their say in the creation process from the beginning, unless they choose not to.

  9. Hey, thanks!
    I think your stuff is fantastic. Every time you post anything I think "what the hell am I doing."
    Unfortunately, I haven't had much choice in the jobs I've done so far. The only choice I've really had is if I want a job or not. But I try to put as much of myself as I can into everything.