Thursday, June 30, 2011
For anyone living in Southern California planning to see the Haunted Mansion Tribute show at the Parlour Gallery at Halloween Town in Burbank, you are running out of time. The show ends Sunday, July 3rd. I'm told it's a spectacular show. Unfortunately, the gallery has not updated its site with pictures or video from the show, so I haven't even seen it virtually, myself, yet.
The three pieces I did for the show can be viewed here. For the other pieces you'll have to attend in person, or search the websites of the other listed artists participating, at least for now. If you do go, let them know I sent you. I'd love to be invited back in the future.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Twenty pages of people having breakfast never looked as good as it does in the exciting new issue of Xombi, which goes on sale today. If you don't believe me, you can view the first three pages as beautifully rendered by Frazer Irving, lettered by Dave Sharpe, and written by me, by visiting the exclusive preview at IGN.
Here's what DC's solicitation text (which I provided) says happens this issue:
Written by JOHN ROZUM; Art and cover by FRAZER IRVINGThe secrets of Roland Finch and the Ninth Stronghold are uncovered. As David and his companions set out to forge an alliance against Finch, David takes his first steps toward a destiny he's determined to avoid.
On Sale June 29, 2011
This is all true but veiled so as not to ruin any surprises before you read them in the actual story.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Just a reminder to those of you with Cinemax, "Haunted" the episode of Femmes Fatales I co-wrote with the series' creator and executive producer, Steve Kriozere airs tonight at 11:00 pm.
As the title implies, the episode involves a group of ghost hunters who find more than they bargain for during one of their investigations.
Update: Here are a couple of interviews in support of tonight's episode with Actresses Tiffany Brouwer and Annie Lynne Melchor and episode director, Darin Scott and series star, Tanit Phoenix. There is also a clip from"Haunted" .
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This Friday on Femmes Fatales a group of ghost hunters investigating an allegedly haunted house find evidence of more than just cold spots and strange noises, but will they make out out alive in order to share what they've discovered?
This episode was concocted by myself and Steve Kriozere, one of Femmes Fatales' creators and executive producers under an alias forged by combining the names of the two central characters of my favorite comic books of all time.
The Femmes Fatales episode "Haunted" airs at 11:00 PM on Cinemax this Friday. For more information on the series visit the official website.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
It's been a bit since I've posted anything regarding Xombi. To make up for it here's a page of art from issue #4 which goes on sale June 29, 2011. Everyone gets to take a bit of a breather in this issue which includes the best twenty pages ever rendered of people having breakfast courtesy of Frazer Irving.
If that's not enough to convince you to pick up a copy, read this.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The above is the piece that I created for the Static Shock Special which came out a couple of weeks ago. The issue was a tribute to my close friend Dwayne McDuffie who passed away in February and was also one of the four founders of Milestone Media, the comic book company that published Static, Icon, Hardware, The Shadow Cabinet, as well as other titles including Xombi and Kobalt which I wrote. Dwayne also had a hand in created most of the characters in the Milestone stable including Static, and Icon and Rocket who are featured in the piece above. This piece is essentially a modified recreation of the cover to The Marvel Family #28, October 1948 as seen below.
I finally decided on this cover both because Dwayne was a fan of comics from their golden and silver age, and because I thought it represented Dwayne's position in the comic book industry of constantly being attacked and challenged yet never yielding and instead striving to overcome these challenges and to produce the best work possible.
The piece itself was created as a collage in three dimensions using cut paper.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Above are the pieces I did for the 2nd Annual Tribute to the Haunted Mansion show at the Parlour Gallery in Burbank, California. On top is "The Singing Busts" and the pair below is "Dracula" a reproduction of unused concept art by Marc Davis for one of the changing portraits.
The pieces were done as cut paper collage assemblages and can be purchased through the Parlour Gallery at Halloween Town. The show runs through July 3, 2011.
Click on the images to make them larger.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
DC Comics has been getting a lot of coverage as they've unveiled news of their forthcoming reboot of their universe of super heroes which will begin in September. All week, they've been unveiling which titles and creative teams will be involved in the reboot.
Today came more announcements including which project I'll be working on. To find out more visit the official announcement at i09.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Do you have any burning questions you'd like me to answer? Something bugging you about Xombi? Well, now's your chance to find out the answer. It's the first Monday of the month which means it's time for "Ask Me Anything," where you can in fact ask me anything. Anything at all. Whether you want to know what I'm reading, what I'm writing, what I had for lunch, or really anything at all, here's your opportunity to find out the answer to whatever question you have for me. Head down to the comment section and post your question. I'll either post my answer in the comment section as well, or answer it in a special post all its own sometime later in the month.
Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything #1, #2 , #3, #4, #5, #6 , #7 , #8 and #9. Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month.
Now ask away.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
For anyone in the Burbank, CA area the Parlour Gallery at Halloweentown will be holding the opening of their 2nd Annual Tribute to the Haunted Mansion group show tonight form 7-11. The show runs through July 3rd, 2011. I will not be in attendance, but I have two pieces in the show, one featuring the singing busts and the other based on an unused changing portrait concept by Marc Davis. For further details visit the website.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
The above is a portrait of Lydia Lunch created by J. K. Potter whose strange photographic illustrations were created without the use of a computer which makes them all the more remarkable. I met him when I was buying a large photographic print of the above piece at a gallery show of his work in New York City in the mid-1990s. He was a very likeable guy, and was pleased when I informed him that this piece inspired the creation of two characters from the then current original run of Xombi (he was more pleased to discover that I'd actually credited him in print for this); Manuel Dexterity and his sinister sister Manuella.
Manuel Dexterity and Manuella were two of the more popular creations from the original run, though their appearances were brief. Manuel was the focus of a single issue, while Manuella was seeded through a few subsequent issues in the same storyline. As characters there wasn't much to them. Both were bizarre assassins, and neither spoke their own words. Manuel only spoke the innermost regrets of his victims. But as visual elements, these hand-centaurs were pretty cool to look at. They would have made some truly creepy action figures.
The scene depicting their birth led to the only real incidence of censorship that I encountered while working at Milestone, but that as they say is a story for another day.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Here's the actual cover to the Static Shock Special I discussed in the previous post. There's also a preview of it available here with pages from the story by Felicia Henderson and Denys Cowan. This issue also contains a page of art that I created specifically for this issue.
The Static Shock Special hits stores today. Starring the popular Milestone Media character of Static, this issue is a tribute to Static's creator, Dwayne McDuffie, who was also one of my closest friends, who died earlier this year. This issue features the work of a number of Milestone alumni and friends of Dwayne's, including myself. Instead of contributing a story for this issue, I provided a page of pin-up art featuring Icon and Rocket, two more characters created by Dwayne for Milestone. My piece, which reinterprets an old Marvel Family cover, is more of a symbolic tribute to Dwayne, the characters he created, and Milestone Media.
Here is the solicitation info from DC Comics:
Written by FELICIA D. HENDERSON; Art by DENYS COWAN, PRENTIS ROLLINS and others; Cover by DEREC DONOVAN
A special one-shot paying homage to Dwayne McDuffie and the world of Milestone Media, with tribute material from Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan and other Milestone alumni.
• DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US
On Sale June 1, 2011