Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three Against the Stars - now on Amazon

On the distant alien planet of Rhajnara a conspiracy created by the facist Khandra Regime is set into motion to overthrow the rightful Rhajni Republic and instigate a policy of ethnic-cleansing. The conspirators are cunning and it seems nothing in the universe can derail their mad apocalyptic scheme. Nothing that is but three rambunctious Space Marines from the Third Regiment Company E of the United States Space Marines assigned to Rhajnara with the Terran Expeditionary Force. Sergeants Fernado Cortez, Seamus O’Hara and Claudia Akira are the most unlikely trio ever to don jarhead camouflage and become military heroes. To their superiors they are wild, reckless and incessant troublemakers always in the thick of things. Yet their courage, loyalty and devotion to duty prove them to be the toughest Devil Dogs in the Corp. Now, with the aid of a Medical Corpsman named Makki Doon, a young Felisian native proto-feline humanoid, these three futuristic musketeers are about to become the one factor capable of exposing the traitorous Khandra coup. But to do so they will have to put their lives on the line one more time and risk all to save the day facing off against incredible odds. To save an empire they will truly become…THREE AGAINST THE STARS - The latest book to which I've contributed interior illustrations is now available at amazon. What are you waiting for? Go grab it while it lasts - it'll make for a wonderful late Christmas gift :-D

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THREE AGAINST THE STARS

The most recent book from Airship 27 to which I've contributed interior illustrations has been released. Here's the PR for it: THREE AGAINST THE STARS by Chicago based writer Joe Bonadonna. Best known for his sword and sorcery fantasies, Bonadonna now steps into a whole new arena to deliver a truly fast paced futurist pulp adventure. On the distant alien planet of Rhajnara a conspiracy created by the facist Khandra Regime is set into motion to overthrow the rightful Rhajni Republic and instigate a policy of ethnic-cleansing. The conspirators are cunning and it seems nothing in the universe can derail their mad apocalyptic scheme. Nothing that is but three rambunctious Space Marines from the Third Regiment Company E of the United States Space Marines assigned to Rhajnara with the Terran Expeditionary Force. Sergeants Fernado Cortez, Seamus O’Hara and Claudia Akira are the most unlikely trio ever to don jarhead camouflage and become military heroes. To their superiors they are wild, reckless and incessant troublemakers always in the thick of things. Yet their courage, loyalty and devotion to duty prove them to be the toughest Devil Dogs in the Corp. Now, with the aid of a Medical Corpsman named Makki Doon, a young Felisian native proto-feline humanoid, these three futuristic musketeers are about to become the one factor capable of exposing the traitorous Khandra coup. But to do so they will have to put their lives on the line one more time and risk all to save the day facing off against incredible odds. To save an empire they will truly become…THREE AGAINST THE STARS. “This is old school space opera,” cheered Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “From Buck Rogers to the Space Patrol, the classic elements in this book make for a fun read from start to finish.” The book features interior illustrations by the popular Pedro Cruz with a dynamic cover by Laura Givens and is designed by Art Director, Rob Davis. “In the end, Joe Bonadonna delivers an action packed space opera fans of Edmond Hamilton and E.E. “Doc” Smith will not soon forget.” Here's one of the nine illustrations I've done for the book:
THREE AGAINST THE STARS is available now at Create Space. Also available as a digital PDF download here. In another week you'll be able to get it at Amazon & Kindle. And in two weeks from www.IndyPlanet.com

Saturday, June 09, 2012

New Comix!

Earlier this year, I promised a return to presenting my own original creations here. Well, next week, I’ll finally start posting my latest comic here in this very same blog where my previous comic stories have been serialized in weekly installments of one page at a time.

This latest story will finish what I like to think of as a trilogy of sorts that includes my previous comics WHYM and Metanoia. In a certain way, this new comic closes a personal creative cycle too, which is quite gratifying.

I hope you join me and enjoy it!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dr. Watson's American Adventure

A new book that I've done illustrations for is now available. Here's the press release: Airship 27 Productions announces the release of their latest title and the second in their series of adventures starring Dr.Watson, the brave, stout hearted ally and companion to the World’s Greatest Detective. When Sherlock Holmes, who was presumed dead at the hands of his arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, returned in the story Dr.Watson chronicles as “The Adventure of the Empty House,” we were told how the Great Detective had spent the intervening years abroad in disguise as a secret agent for England. For the devoted Holmes fan, that seemed sufficient to close this chapter of the duo’s life and move on to new adventure. But when a heavy locker box arrives at 221 B Baker St. from the United States addressed to Dr. Watson, it is Holmes who finds his curiosity piqued. What is in the mysterious box? Who sent it and why? Holmes summons his loyal companion who in turn sets about telling Holmes of his own unique adventure abroad during his hiatus. What follows is an amazing mystery involving Watson’s lovely wife, Mary, and her family history. The answer to the puzzle rests in the foothills of the Adirondacks of upper New York State and the couple soon set sail for America, Mary hoping the trip will pull her husband’s mood from the gloom in which it was mired since the supposed death of Holmes. Once in New York, they encounter the vibrant, colorful civil servant, Teddy Roosevelt, who provides the vital clue that triggers the Watsons' quest? From the majestic peaks of the Adirondacks to open plains of the wild west, Erwin K. Roberts spins a fantastic, rip-roaring yarn that will have Holmes and Watson fans cheering from the first page to the last. Featuring interior illustrations by artist Pedro Cruz and a colorful cover by Rob Davis & Shane Evans, “Dr.Watson’s American Adventure” is a rollicking grand adventure in the classic pulp style. This volume also features a special PULP Bonus; “Hyde and Seek” – brand new adventure starring her Majesty’s Secret Agent, Hound Dog Harker by Aaron Smith. The book is available for Digital Download Available at Airship 27's digital store , also at Amazon's Create Space and soon at Indy Planet. You can read a free excerpt here and to boot here's one of the illustrations I did for the book. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jean Giraud Moebius R.I.P.



One day, way back when I was a small child, I found my mother crying. She said she was saddened because of this singer who had been shot dead. I couldn't really understand why she would cry because of someone she had never met. She told me of the joy his songs had brought her and countless other people in the world... but my small five year old mind still could not understand her.


Forward a few years and I'm at my grandparents home. As usual my uncle is there for lunch and brings the newspapers and a new number of "Jornal da B.D.", a weekly comics anthology featuring european series and characters printed on cheap pulp paper. I pick the magazine and start reading it as he is eating and am amazed to find this new amazing science-fiction series. It is unlike the clean Disney characters or Marvel superheroes I'm used to. It stars an unlikely group of heroes - a grumpy skinny fellow with a big nose in a jumpsuit, a talking big white bird, a stoic warrior with a metal hear, a guy with a dog's head, a beautiful vixen and an angelical kid. Together they plunge into certain death on top of a rocketship into a huge acid vortex! The scope, the detail, the lines, the colors, everything - for the first time I feel I have met a comic which completely fulfills all my boyish adventure fantasies. Each following week my uncle brings a new number of this mag and with each subsequent issue comes a new chapter. The heroes survive - they discover an underground world of rats that feed on fear! The rats have a queen - a beautiful topless lady! They go to other worlds! They die! They come back to life!I notice the artist's name: Moebius. From that moment on I follow all his projects whenever I have a chance. My admiration for this man's work grows, each new work I find is a source of joy and surprise, always fresh as that first time I saw it.


Years have passed and I am in Paris. My wife is making research for her master's degree and after she returns from the libraries we explore the city, going to the museums, to the comic and book shops, eating crepe au nutella, other times just walking through the lovely urban scenery. On one such day, on a crowded street, near the Galleries Lafayettes, I spot him walking in the middle of everyone else. A slender middle aged man, partially bald with white hair and glasses on a pale wrinkled face. He has these eagle eyes displaying an acute sense of intelligence. The face of a scientist, not an artist. I recognize the man from the numerous photos and self-portraits I've seen. Our eyes cross. There is this moment of

"Is that really him?... What if I go and greet him? Mr. Moebius, I am fan of your work... Wait, maybe he prefers Mr Giraud... Then again maybe I should speak in french?... But my french isn't all that good - I'll sound like a babbling fool...the poor man will be disturbed by this foreign stranger...Ah, my chronic shyness..."

and then the moment is forever gone as we keep on walking.


Forward to last sunday night. My wife and I return home after a weekend out and I go check the email and the usual comics sites.It is with shock that I find out Jean Giraud Moebius is dead. It takes a while to digest the news and slowly I start feeling sad beyond what I expected and realise the impact this man's works has had on me is bigger than what I had ever assumed. His drawings were something out of this world. This was a force of nature, like an earthquake, his impact spreading like shockwaves far beyond the insular world of comics and well into those of film, design, fashion...

The man is gone, the work remains, the shockwaves spread and the memory shall live on for as long as there are comics, at the very least. But the man is gone. And we feel poorer for the world has lost an unparalleled imagination and no new worlds shall ever come again from that brilliant mind unto this one world. Maybe on the next one, God willing. Still, I can't help feeling sad... and for the first time, I understand what my mother felt on that day long ago, way back when I was a small child.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Planetary Stories 24


My closest friends know I'm a science-fiction fan. Awhile ago I was fortunate enough to do a single illustration for Planetary Stories, an online fanzine (e-zine?) of science-fiction tales edited by Shelby Vick a.k.a ShelVy. The illo has now been published online in the most recent issue of Planetary Stories, number 24, alongside a short story by Mark Fewell - you can read it here. And for the more visually oriented, here's my drawing. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

After Watchmen

In comic book circles there's been a lot of talk recently on publisher DC comics' announcement of the release of a group of prequels to WATCHMEN, entitled BEFORE WATCHMEN. Tons of paragraphs retelling the whole story of Alan Moore's diatribes with DC comics concerning the rights, legalities and ethics of this whole affair have been extensively recorded on several different sources available on the internet.

Dr. Manhattan, for instances, couldn't help but notice how the pattern of repetitive clichés usually depicted in popular fiction is mimicked in real life, predicting this whole story will end as usual and perpetuate a cycle that began long ago:
- powerful corporation goes against one of their hired craftsmen demand to stop production unless his rights are met and hires other craftsmen in order to create more of the same old corporate product;
- in order to make more money, retailers will make space on their shelves to receive the same old corporate product by putting aside other independent products which, while less known, depict more creativity and personal vision;
- consumers will pass new fresh products by independent craftsmen and opt to buy the same old corporate products to fulfill their psychological addiction;
- powerful corporation will maximize their profits;
- the status quo will be reinforced;
- in the future, this pattern will be repeated once again, either with this very same basic elements or other analogs with slight differences.

To this, Rorschach has responded that what many fail to grasp is that Moore's complaint isn't about the money. That's the thing that the people who condemn him and applaud DC comics' decision to create these sequels against Moore's wishes fail to understand - like the hands-for-hire behind these prequels, they're trapped in the influence of corruption and cannot see beyond profit, greed and gratification at all costs. Why does one's will matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of these prequels, Moore shall not compromise in this.

On the other hand, Ozymandias has replied to Alan Moore's plea for wanting this not to happen by simply answering "They already did it thirty-five minutes ago."

Silk Spectre and Nite Owl could not be reached at the moment.

As for The Comedian, he's dead.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Favorite comics of 2011

I know, it's been over a month since 2012 started, but I've always found a bit silly how "the best of..." lists for a given year always show before the year is actually over. So here are my personal favorite comics of 2011:


Beauté, tome 1 - Désirs Exaucés by Hubert and Kerascöet. Sometimes less is more and in this case the deceptively simple drawings by Kerascöet and flat colors by Hubert create an aesthetic that is completely in-synch with the cautionary (fairy)tale of Morue.







Quai D'Orsay Chroniques Diplomatiques - tome 2 by Lanzac and Blain. Best praise I can give: I found myself laughing out loud alone as I read this second volume chronicling the day-to-day behind the scenes of the french foreign affairs ministry staff. Christophe Blain proves once again his immense talent as a cartoonist.






Major by Moebius. Okay, technically this is a facsimile of a sketchbook Jean Giraud Moebius worked on over several years but I believe it was oficially released in 2011. I was amazed to see how much detail and accuracy the master was able to give the artwork at the small A6 size. Amazing!







Donald Duck - Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks. The first volume of Fantagraphics reprint of Carl Barks duck comics collected in an affordable format with beautiful restored flat colors proves that more than sixty years after they were originally drawn and published, these are still some of the best-ever all-ages comics.






John Byrne's Next Men: Scattered, part 1 and 2 by John Byrne. Total fanboy moment here: after this comic series was put on hiatus back in 1995 by its author, I (and everybody else) had to wait fifteen years before he finally resumed and finished the story with this couple of volumes first serialized as a monthly nine-issue comic series between December 2010 and August 2011. Unforgettable characters, classic artwork and a great time-travel science-fiction plot showed that maybe John Byrne should have never paused this in the first place... and apparently this was not the definitive ending as the first issue of a five-issue epilogue - Next Men: Aftermath - hits the comic book specialty stores next wednesday.

Now, let's see if 2012 tops this!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Retro Video XVII

The blast from the past trailers return for the forseeable future... but be warned, later, this year, there'll be new comix!
Now, we proceed with our regular transmission...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cap commission

This week I decided to share a commission drawing I did for a friend of mine this past Christmas. His request was for a Captain America piece of artwork and out of the few possible scenarios he suggested, this was the one I ended up picking - a crying Cap at the gates of Auschwitz. It was done with faber-castell PITT pens, copic markers, ecolines and acrylic inks on clairefontaine paper.
Enjoy!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

New Year Resolutions

Taking advantage of the new year to let you all know that 2012 will be the year that, barring unexpected catastrophe, I'll be returning to post new comics here on the blog. My personal life has kept me extremely busy and I've had to let this blog on auto-pilot with the "Retro Video" series, but hope to be back on posting new original personal stuff as soon as possible. In fact, next week, you'll be seeing new artwork by me, right here!