|April 13, 2012 1:00 pm||to||April 15, 2012 5:00 pm|
Dunno where my heads been at lately but somehow I forgot to mention I’ll be at this years C2E2 in Chicago, April 13-15th. I’ll be in Artists alley at table K20. I’ll have full color copies of “Asshole” as well as tons of new original art and prints! Hope to see you guys there.
The table is set, the books are out, New York Comic Con lets do this!
Well they took a bit longer than I planned to be delivered, but as you can see, the very first issue of Asshole has arrived! I cannot wait to get this book in front of you guys! A true labor of love, there’s nothing like holding in my hands and I hope you all will feel the same way. And don’t forget, New York Comic Con is the ONLY place to get your copy, once they sell out it’ll be available as a digital download only. Anyway, that’s all for me. This post is gonna be short and sweet, since I wanna spend a lil more time drooling over (not on) these babies
See You At The Show!
- New York Comic Con (battlegrip.com)
Ok so it’d been a ridiculously long time since I posted but I can assure you it’s with good reason. I’ve spent the last few months getting everything ready for NYCC 2011 and I’m hapy to say all projects are ready to go! What projects would those be? Well aside from releasing my first full length comic, I’ll also be releasing my first sketchbook entitled: Impact – The Art of Ejay Russell. Its a 32 page collection of sketches, finished art and references to upcoming projects. I wanted to wait to announce its release until I was sure it’d be ready for the show, as in addition to the art contained in the book, it will also feature a sketch cover on the reverse side to further personalize it. As for news on my comic, Asshole, it too will be released with 32 pages, 24 pages of story and 8 pages of production art. Its currently going to be in a black & white “rough cut” form since I’m still working on the colors and the final color version will be digital only (though that may be subject to change.) As it stands both books with be New York Comic Con Excusives, once they’re gone, they’re gone. If I have remaining copies of either I’ll list them for sale here on the site. Lastly, I’ll be sitting in Artist’s Alley again this year, you can find me at table L10 alongside Fred Haynes of Green Lantern and War Machine fame. Until
It was just a short time ago that I posted the completed artwork for the cover to A$$hole #1 and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the result. The image came out exactly as I had imagined it in my head, something that rarely happens for me, and the overall design was well received. But only a few days after posting it I came across an article on comicbookresources.com where they held a convention panel discussion with some of todays top cover artists about what goes into a great cover. I knew this would be a perfect article for me to read as I wanted to continue to have all my covers to have a great degree of impact. Frank Quitely was one of the panelists, and when I scrolled down the page to view his work they were discussing I nearly fell over when I saw this:
How could this have happened I thought to myself? In the entire time I had been planning my cover I had done months of research not only into what could make a cover great, but also to make sure this did not happen. I wanted to craft an image that was entirely original and now here I was left with a great cover that bore a striking resemblance to another great cover. Well after the feeling of dismay and nausea wore off it was time to get to work on a redesign. Fortunately I already had an idea in mind so I wasn’t going to have to spend too much time agonizing over what to draw.
I had already begun preliminary work on designing the back cover for the comic, which would now be bumped up to the main cover. And in this instance I felt comfortable in knowing if someone saw this new cover and felt they’d seen something like it before its because they should, as it references the classic James Bond movies I’d loved as a kid. There was a certain amount of trepidation however, as I didn’t want to give too much away in terms of the upcoming story-line or confuse readers by what they saw on the cover. But the more I thought it over the more I knew I was going in the right direction. So folks, without further adieu, I present to you the new (and improved) cover to A$$hole #1!
Now I don’t want anyone to think that with this cover that I’ve completely scrapped the original, as thats not the case. For the sake of the printed book the original cover now becomes the back cover, and for the digital version it will still be the main cover. I still love that image and have no plans to abandon it, ever. But hopefully you guys will enjoy this version just as much, if not more so than the original, as always let me know what you think!
Well it took me some time, but after what seems like months of planning and conceptualizing (and a helluva lot of time coloring) I present to you the cover to Asshole #1! As you’ll notice its dated for October of this year to coincide with NYCC, when it will be available for a limited print run during the show, but also available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and here on my site as well. Hope you dig the cover, I’ll also release a few teaser images in the months leading up to the show and any news or updates regarding the book. Let me know what you guys think, enjoy!
Here’s an advanced preview of the next page of Asshole. I took a photograph instead of a scan since the page is only about 70% complete and I’m finishing the pencils on this and two more pages today. I’ve decided to try to get as many pages in the can before officially beginning a weekly post starting November 3rd. So this is just to whet the appetite in the meantime. Hope you guys like it, as usual, let me know what you think!