Monday, November 9, 2009

HITTING THE STANDS

Out there at your comic shop this week is the second volume in Marvel's adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand :

http://talesofwonder.com/product-exec/product_id/58774/category_id/154/sc/1,21,154

Friday, November 6, 2009

DEATHLOK


I've been a massive fan of the concept and character of Deathlok for an eon and am glad to say that a new series - featuring the "Demolisher" version of the character rather than the "Pacifist" version - hit the stands last week. Written by the truly talented Charlie Huston and illustrated by Lan Medina this is The Deathlok I've wanted to see for a long, long time ; set in the future with harsh warfare and biting satire of both the corporation culture and reality television. I've been lucky enough that I've read the entire series in script form and I am loathe to say that THIS is the Deathlok I would have LOVED to have illustrated...and I was almost there... but then The Stand reared it's lovely head and set it's sights in my direction...who could resist?!! Anyway - here's a look at one of the interior pages and character studys I produced while the book was under consideration. Enjoy:
And just to prove my lifelong love of the character - here's a Deathlok illustration from wehn I was 7 or 8 years old!! Hopefully, I've improved a little.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

LILJA'S REVIEW


Out this week is the first issue of a new arc for The Stand - Soul Survivors and Lilja's Library has a review up here:


Sunday, August 30, 2009

SPREAD EAGLE


For this month's Wizard Magazine (#216) I've illustrated a double page Captain America spread highlighting the monumental moments in the highly acclaimed and lauded current run.

If you wish to own this wondrous piece of artwork scoot on over to http://www.comicbookartgallery.com/ and it should be up there soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

VARIANTPALOOZA!!



A couple of variant covers from me hitting the Stands this week - Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. The Guardians book is one of my favourites out there at the moment and I've been a Nova fan since his first comic came out. I'm glad I got to tackle these two covers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NOVEMBER SOLICITATIONS





Marvel solicitations for November. Including The Stand: Soul Survivors #2, House of M:Masters of Evil #4 and The Stand:American Nightmares hardback collection:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

HITTING THE STANDS

Out this week - The Stand:American Nightmares#5





For a preview of the first few pages on Comic Book Resources :

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=3203&disp=table

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ORBITAL SIGNING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5g7wkLb4uo

Here's a brief video of the beginning of my signing at Orbital comics in London. You'll notice that Mike Carey is diligently sitting down and working already. It was a fantastic day, starting with a booze up with some well respected colleagues and ending with a booze up, and balti, with more well respected colleagues. Thanks to all who came along and if you're featured in the video give me a shout out.

If any of you other creators happen to be in the area of Leicester Square Tube Station I'd highly recommend getting in touch with them to do a signing.

Additionaly, here's a short write up on Joel Meadow's TripWire site - complete with photos just to prove I was there!! :
http://www.tripwire-magazine.com/?p=410

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

MIKE CAREY INTERVIEW


A fascinating interview with my frequent collaborator and signing-mate, Mr Mike Carey up at GeekPlanetOnline :


Thursday, July 23, 2009

MIKETASTIC SIGNING

ORBITAL COMICS SIGNING WITH MIKE CAREY - AUGUST 1ST, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DEATHRAY PERKINS


People of Earth!


Rejoice! A new Death Ray awaits you and your visual organs in your nearest news outlet, and it is a mighty one indeed.


Firstly, Death Ray #20 is so packed with magical teens it risks thaumaturgical disassociation as takes you behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, where we treat you to interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, new wizard tutor Jim Broadbent and director David Yates! Then we board the Death Ray lunar express for a trip to the Moon, or at least Shepperton, where we take an in-depth look at how Earth's satellite was remade by cunning effects men for Duncan Jones' retro SF feature, Moon, and speak to the director himself. Also on the space front, Stephen Baxter, bard of grand cosmic operatics, reveals his influences in the Death Ray interview.

Magic and the final frontier, two flavours of awesomeness for you, but there is a third, slightly more rancid, strand – horror! Death Ray suffers a major zombie outbreak this issue, with minor infestations in the features and book sections. Who other could we turn to to aid us in our hour of need than George A. Romero, wellspring of the entire zombie apocalypse genre? With zombies and a look behind the scenes at scary effects from Reaper and Supernatural, we've got all three points of the fantastical genre triangle covered this month.

Get an insight into comics with DC's creative head honcho, Dan Didio, and a look at the work of up-and-coming comics artist Mike Perkins. Sneak into the minds of Dan Akroyd, Anton Yelchin and Andy Serkis in New Gods, read in reverent silence as SF luminaries (and the Death Ray team) climb upon the giant soapbox of Deep Thought, uncover the secrets of our lunar neighbour in The Ten Minute Guide… It's all too much! Remember too that we are the only multi-media SF magazine to publish short stories, and this issue we have two original tales from Alastair Reynolds and Eric Brown!

This impressive list is but the barest spectrographic survey of the galaxy of entertainment that awaits you. To truly sample its multifarious delights, you will have to make a lengthy trip within yourself. £4.99 is but a low fare for such a voyage!

Death Ray #20 is out in all good newsagents now.

Monday, July 20, 2009

SOLICITATIONS FOR OCTOBER



A sexy Madam Masque heats up the cover of HouseofM:Masters of Evil #3.

...and a sneaky peek look at next month's variant for The Stand #5

Saturday, July 18, 2009

IN MEMORIUM

IDA GAMBLE

MAY 26TH 1916 - JULY 13TH 2009

My dear Nan lived life to the full until she reached the spectacular age of 93.

Just think about that - the number of changes this world has endured and evolved through for almost a century. Born halfway through a World War and growing up during an enormous world-wide recession and yet still finding the spirit to fall in love, get married and have three daughters - the second of which, my Mom, being born just before the onset of the Second World War. Since then there have been economic, technological and philosophical advancements - although sometimes this would be a veritable rollercoaster ride. She was born into a world of hardly any equality for women and walked through the growing pains of a world ready to embrace equality for all, holding down various jobs along the way but succeeding with great eminence in her creation of pastries, cakes and all forms of baking. She took advantage of the growing ease of travelling, seeing parts of the world that must have been unthinkable to her as a child - and, as such, became a great inspiration for me personally.


She inspired all of us. Through her resilience and independence of spirit. Through her strength and kindness and tenderness - having equal time for everyone, at anytime. She inspired us through her love - distributed evenly throughout her three children, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild as well as all their attendant families and friends.


Truly, she has left an astounding legacy. She was, without a doubt, one of the greatest people I have ever had the benefit of knowing and the privilege of loving.


She will always be remembered.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

ART PICK


Over at Comic Book Resources Brian Cronin has been asking artists to name a fellow professional who is deserving of more praise. here's my pick:

Monday, June 8, 2009

INTERVIEW REVIEW

An interview, quick-fire question style, conducted a few years back alongside Mike Maddox - writer of Radio 4's MayFlies, Doctor Who's Circular Time and Lion's The Graphic Bible :

If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

MADDOX:-
I always wanted to be Blade the Vampire Hunter, but I’m really a dreadful coward and scare easily. I’ve always had a soft spot for Captain America, and was very excited when Captain Britain came along., hoping Marvel would bring us Captain Cameroon, Captain Saudi Arabia, Captain Dominican Republic and so on. But they didn’t.

PERKINS:-
It would have to be a superhero with the abiltity to fly or become invisible. Bearing in mind that if I could fly I can be any number of amount of superheroes, yet with invisibility I would have to be the Invisible Girl. Mmmm... having breasts seems like a definate advantage so I'd opt for the invisibility option.

Your favourite six stories/eras/titles/issues, whatever.

PERKINS:-
V For Vendetta
"Gaze into the face of fear!"......"Gaze into the fist of Dredd!!"
Who is Donna Troy? ( New Teen Titans #38) - totally redefining comics for me
Harry Twenty on the High Rock
Smith and Weston's Killing Time.
Miller and Mazzucelli's Daredevil

MADDOX:-
Grant Morrison’s Animal Man.
Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.
Brian Bolland doing the Dark Judges stories in 2000 AD.
Frank Miller’s Daredevil.
The Numbskulls.
Steve Parkhouse and John Ridgeway’s run on Doctor Who magazine.

What comics did you read as a kid?

PERKINS:-
I was introduced to comics not through the Beano and Dandy but through the hard hitting "Titans" reprints that Marvel brought out - printed in that really long format with two comic pages per page. Followed by "The Mighty World of Marvel" which really got me hooked on to Captain Britain with the silhouette teaser ads it ran. Then came Star Wars weekly and Dr Who weekly - especially when it contained the Gibbons fourth Doctor stories and Steve Dillon's Absalom Daak-Dalek Killer. I discovered 2000ad round about the time of The Apocalypse War - although I do remember buying the second issue and fooling everyone with the bionic stickers.

MADDOX:-
Mainly TV tie-in stuff. TV21, Countdown, the Daleks, that kind of thing. I mean, you had artists like Frank Bellamy reinventing Gerry Anderson, and it doesn’t get much better than that really. What else… The Trigan Empire in Look and Learn. But all that went out the window when “The Mighty World of Marvel” UK reprint titles were launched in the early seventies. The first few issues had Lee and Kirby’s FF and Hulk, and Ditko’s Spiderman. I have never really recovered. Johnny Storm shouts “Flame on!” and bursts into flames, Spidey grapples with guilt and the Thing and the Hulk throw office blocks at each other while fighting. And then there was Warlord. “Cop this, sausage noshers!” shouted D-Day Dawson as he brought the Bren gun to bear on the Nazi brutes.
But long before all this, I really loved Twinkle.

Are comics actually any good?

MADDOX:-
It’s like saying “Are films any good?”, or “Are paintings any good?”. Bit of a nonsense really. Saying that, just like any other artform/media, 95% of them are probably a pile of pooh. It’s like Telly. Every now and then something beautiful and astonishing and challenging comes along that takes your breath away, but the majority of it’s rubbish. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it- I’m very fond of rubbish.

PERKINS:
Of course they are.

What do you like best about comics?

MADDOX:
Pretty much everything, when they’re done well. In a good comic, each page is a joy to read, each picture tells a thousand words.

PERKINS:
Drawing a rollicking good story when I'm pencilling. When I'm inking I don't normally get to see the script, so sometimes the pages I receive end on a cliffhanger - even halfway through the book. There's always the hope that the reader will get as much excitement from the finished product as you have from creating it. That and the conventions.


What do you like least?

MADDOX:
This sounds like the anorak from Hell, but I don’t like the paper a lot of them get printed on, and the computer colour process. I really do think that publishers went overboard when the technology became available in the early/mid nineties, and now colourists swamp artwork with a million trillion zillion shades of colour when they really don’t need to. I actually prefer the soft, muted tones of some comics made with older technology. Also, I hate it when continuity gets in the way of stories.

PERKINS:
The price hike in the last ten years or so which discourages kids today from buying them, I could also break into a long and tiring discussion on distribution - which causes a lot of problems when one distributor controls 95% of the market - but I won't because its,..erm.. a long and tiring discussion. But in general I love comics!

Monday, June 1, 2009

UPCOMING SIGNINGS

Spread the word -

Got a signing coming up on Saturday August 1st at 2.00pm in London's Orbital Comics : http://www.orbitalcomics.com/ . As far as I know I'll be joined by the magnificent Mr. Mike Carey and , well, who knows which other comic luminaries might wander along!

This is followed by a smaller Megacon in Orlando over the weekend of August 22nd-23rd : http://www.megaconvention.com/mini.asp

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

The Lincoln Tunnel scene and the walk through Manhattan beforehand are two of the most visceral scenes in the novel of The Stand. I knew I had to get these scenes spot-on with no guessing and assuming of settings ; this sequence had to be as realistic as possible and there was only ONE way to do that:

When I was in Manhattan for the New York ComicCon last year I made a point of re-tracing Larry’s journey from Central Park, down Fifth Avenue, right on 39th Street and continuing on to the Lincoln Tunnel – making sure I took plenty of photographs along the way that I could use for exact reference. What made it even more poignant was when Bill Rosemann excitedly pointed out to me that Larry took his turn from Fifth Avenue right around the corner from the Marvel offices. I believe his words were “ You see… it’s destiny that Marvel are doing the adaptation to The Stand!!”

I believe this extra effort at authenticity has paid off – especially when you get the sense that this sequence is taking place in a real environment through the illustrations. Below are a few of the photographs alongside the resulting panel illustrations:


IMAGE 1: Here we find our unfortunate Looter swinging from a lamp-post on Fifth Avenue. I knew, at some point, I would need a “worms eye view” of things and snapped away accordingly.



IMAGE 2: The point where Larry and Rita turn into 39th Street HAD to be exact – and yet I’ve attempted to set moments throughout the adaptation in the time frame of the unabridged version of the novel – at the beginning of the 90’s ( Thus, the disappearance of that eerie shiny canister thing by the crossing!). Admittedly, some of the shops and building work may not have been there at the time but I guess I utilized the well worn artistic license. Here I’ve combined two separate elements form the photos ; the street scene itself, and the ubiquitous New York hot dog stand.


IMAGE 3 and 4:

New York street scenes can be notoriously hard to illustrate from memory. There are too many elements in the real street environment for you to take in visually – this is where the photo reference invariably helps ( and simultaneously giving you more work in the long run!)


IMAGES 5 AND 6

I took many, many photos of The Lincoln Tunnel entrance (adding a lot more decay, grit and damge along the way). A lot of these images I used to portray the panorama of the variant covers for the first volume of The Stand – Captain Trips. I can’t emphasize enough the need for me to get these settings exactly right and present the reader with a true vision of the events. I hope you feel it’s worked out.

THE STAND:AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #3 OUT THIS WEEK


A review here :

http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/124335018586886.htm

and here:

http://www.liljas-library.com/showreview.php?id=203

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Solicitations for August

HOUSE OF M: MASTERS OF EVIL #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE
Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by MIKE PERKINS
Hot on the heels of the last two acclaimed minis, House of M returns! You've seen how the mutants and the heroes were changed in the world ruled by Magneto...but what about the villains? Their story stands revealed at last as The Hood assembles a gang of the deadliest Sapien super-criminals: Madame Masque, The Absorbing Man, Titania, The Wrecking Crew, Nitro,Constrictor, The Sandman, Crossbones and more! At first, their goal is simple: get rich and get away with it. But their very first job may lead somewhere none of them expected...and incur the wrath of the House of M itself!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99


THE STAND: AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #5 (of 5)
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Variant Cover by MIKE PERKINS
Sketch Variant Cover by LEE BERMEJO
It's the Fourth of July, the first holiday post-plague, but none of the survivors are celebrating. While Nick Andros hovers between life and death--and between the influence of Randall Flagg and Mother Abigail--Larry Underwood makes a shocking discovery in his tent... And Stu Redmond's path intersects with Harold and Frannie's, but immediately a conflict (that will have enormous ramifications for all our players) immediately erupts among the three. The second mini-series adapting Stephen King's horror epic ends here, True Believers, setting stage for Volume Three: "SOUL SURVIVORS."
32 PGS./Cardstock Cover/Parental Advisory...$3.99
(c)2009 Stephen King. All rights reserved.
Published by arrangement with The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
This graphic novel is produced under license from The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group and Stephen King.

Monday, May 4, 2009

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Saturday was "Free Comic Book Day" and I spent the time signing at Yancy Street Comics in New Port Richey, Florida. It was really quite busy with a constant flow of sketches being knocked out between 11.00 and 3.30.

Sitting next to me was the magnificent Mike Deodato Jr. and his wonderful wife - having been flown in from Brazil for the signing . It's the first time I've met him and , hopefully, not the last. We got on extremely well and even managed to jam on a few pieces.




I also got to meet up with a few friends and colleagues and had a great time all round - even when I was choked by Darth Vader himself. He really must get that asthma seen to.

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF

He's the best there is at what he does, and what he does—is wear lots of neat outfits.

The Secret Cabal already revealed their favorites of Wolverine's many costumes, so this week we asked various Marvel creators and editors to share their picks.It's Friday, so kick back, relax and enjoy.

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7766.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_Wolverine%7Eapos%7Es_Costumes

LINCOLN MEMORIAL


There's an interview up on the Marvel site whereupon I chat about the upcoming Lincoln Tunnel scene in The Stand: American Nightmares #3 :

Friday, April 10, 2009

TGIF

Wolverine's the best he is at what he does and he'll be back in movie theaters on Friday, May 1 in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"!

Here on Marvel.com, we're celebrating the Canucklehead's return to the silver screen all month long with COMPLETE Wolverine stories in Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, ever-present updates on the upcoming movie with all the latest photos, videos and more!

So sharpen your claws and dig in, True Believers—Marvel.com's the place to be!

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7589.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_Wolverine%7Eapos%7Es_Teams

and from last week :

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7495.TGIF%7Ecolon%7E_WrestleMania

Thursday, April 2, 2009

FX FACTS

A quick reminder that in a couple of weeks I'll be attending the FX Show. Also in attendance will be my co-conspirators Christos Gage and Laura Martin, so bring along your comics and collections to get signed and defaced. There'll be a whole plethora of film and TV guests there too, including:

Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), James Marsters (Buffy) , Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek : TNG) , Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Morena Baccarin and Jewel Staite (Firefly) etc etc. Check out the whole list at :

http://www.fxshow.com/index.htm

Friday, March 27, 2009

FUTURE STAR

Last Saturday I spent an hour or so at my local library ( Austin Davis Public Library ) talking about what I do, showing artwork and taking questions from a varied group of about thirty people - just the right amount to chat to on a Saturday afternoon, I feel! One of the best parts about doing these talks is meeting the children who read the books - especially if they're doing that alongside their parents.

While I was yakking on and on one of the chidren - Joey - drew a Captain America picture for me and...well...it was really fantastic and I reckon more people should be exposed to this young talent - so here you go:


Thursday, March 19, 2009

TAKING OUT THE TRASH


There's an interview with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The Stand:American Nigtmares, writer up on the Marvel web site :


He's interviewed about one of the most original and distinct charcters in the novel - The Trashcan Man himself.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A QUICK REMINDER

Mike Maddox's Mayflies.

Friday 2.15 GMT http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/


MARVEL MOVIES


Sony Pictures’ and Marvel Studios’ SPIDER-MAN 4 is slated for May 6, 2011.
To date, all three motion pictures in the phenomenally successful SPIDER-MAN franchise have generated nearly $2.5 billion worldwide theatrically.

Below is Marvel Studios’ 2010-2012 updated release schedule for its slate of self-produced and financed feature films:


Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline

Film/Character - Prior Release Date - Current Release Date

IRON MAN 2 - May 7, 2010 - May 7, 2010

THOR - July 16, 2010 - June 17, 2011

THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA - May 6, 2011 - July 22, 2011

THE AVENGERS - July 15, 2011 - May 4, 2012

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

VARIANT VARIETY


Thought you'd apprecaiate a small look - and I do mean "small", you can see bigger versions up at Marvel.com ( http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7160.The_Stand%7Ecolon%7E_American_Nightmares_Begins )- of the covers for the first issue of The Stand:American Nightmares OUT TODAY!!


I'll bet you can also scoot over to http://www.comicbookartgallery.com/ and actually purchase the cover itself as well as the interior pages.