The trade paperback collecting my five issue Lady Rawhide series, "Sisters of the White Rose" hits stores today.
Lady Rawhide, for those who don't know, is a character set in the same "universe" as the classic hero, Zorro.
Anita Santiago's brother—mistakenly identified as Zorro—is maimed and blinded.
Angered at the corrupt soldiers who hurt her brother, Anita dons the masked identity Lady Rawhide, both to avenge the assault on her family and to make life difficult for Zorro, whom she also blames for her brother's fate.
Created in the 1990s by Don McGregor and Mike Mayhew, Lady Rawhide was a popular spinoff of their Zorro line, one I was fond of. So, I was pleased when Dynamite asked me if I wanted to relaunch the character as part of their Zorro line.
There's a long-unfinished, McGregor-penned Lady Rawhide story, so I pushed the timeline ahead a few years, and posited that she had drifted further south, from California into "Old Mexico," and that's where "Sisters of the White Rose" begins.
Here's the details...
LADY RAWHIDE: SISTERS OF THE WHITE ROSE TPB
Written by: Eric Trautmann
Art by: Milton Estevam, Rey Villegas
Cover by: Joseph Michael Linsner
Lady Rawhide, the masked heroine of the West, returns in an all-new adventure! This time, she faces not only the corrupt forces of the government—bent on cowing the populace through privation and
cruelty—but also a new team of vigilantes: The Sisters of the White Rose. The Sisters, inspired by Lady Rawhide's actions, have taken up the struggle against tyranny. Although she supports the
Sisters' aims, Lady Rawhide is forced to stand against their bloody methods! Collects issues #1-5 of Lady Rawhide.
Dynamite Entertainment | 160pgs | Color | Teen+ | $19.99US
A few weeks ago, Dynamite Entertainment announced "Feary Tales," a Vampirella miniseries supervised by current series writer (and acclaimed novelist) Nancy A. Collins.
Vampirella: Feary Tales is an anthology book, with each issue containing a couple stories by various writer and artist teams.
The first issue comes out in October (spoooooky timing, huh?) and I'm pleased to announce that I was invited to return to the Vampirella fold to contribute an 11-page short story for issue #5.
That story features probably the grossest monster-critters I've come up with yet.
As the issue's release date comes closer, I'll post details. But be sure to check out issue 1...
The final issue of Lady Rawhide: Sisters of the White Rose hits store shelves this week (I think).
I had a surprising amount of fun on this one, which is likely the closest I'll get to writing a comic book Western, or a Zorro book for that matter.
And I quite like Rey Villegas' artwork—he replaced Milton Estevam after Milton left the book. It's a little grittier, a little more "Western," to be frank. Milton's action scenes were great, but there was a slick, more-superhero-y feel to his pencils.
Hopefully, you'll agree.
Here's the detail on the book, and there's a preview below, too, if'n you reckon on checkin' it out (yee-haw)...
LADY RAWHIDE: SISTERS OF THE WHITE ROSE #5 (of 5)
Written by: Eric Trautmann
Art by: Rey Villegas
Cover by: Joseph Michael Linsner
The final battle for the heart and soul of Old Mexico begins!
Lady Rawhide has fought for the people a relentless battle against corruption and oppression-along the way becoming a folk hero to the countless citizens she's aided. But with the mercenary forces of Yanqui silver and rail barons on the march, the soldiers of the corrupt governor crushing any who stand before them, and a violent band of female vigilantes fighting a war against them all, is this Lady Rawhide's last ride?
Dynamite Entertainment | Color | 32pg. | Teen+ | $3.99US
A long-overdue overhaul of my graphic design portfolio is up; please give it a look if you are interested in such things.
And if you need logo designs, branding services, book design & typesetting, poster design, CD art, or other such things, I, uh, do that stuff.
(I also started a Behance site, too, which allows for better annotation of various projects, so again, if you are interested in such things, you should check it out.)
My pals Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett & Eric Newsom make this really excellent swashbuckling, steampunk-y adventure webcomic, Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. They've been doing it for several years, and it's great.
It's so great that they had a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign for the print collection.
It was so resoundingly successful that the print collection came with two other books, a poster/map, and a bunch of other things.
I designed one of the other books, The Pocket Guide to the Sphere. It's an "in-universe" artifact, a travel guide from Edwin Windsheer, a figure of some...notoriety in the setting. It's immodest, but it came out really well.
So I was pleased to say "yes" when Greg invited me to participate in the launch event for the book release in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Please visit us at Bridge City Comics. I'll be signing the Pocket Guides should you desire it, and I am happy to sign it "in character" to preserve the "it fell out of Lady Sabre's universe" feel to it. (I sign as Frond, the publisher's partner and primary typesetter.)
The Lady Sabre Kickstarter info can be found here.
Bridge City Comics' website can be found here.
The Lady Sabre webcomic can be found here. And you should check back and find it often. Because it's great.
Emerald City Comicon
The past weekend, I attended the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. It was insanely busy, but as always, well-run and overall a pleasant experience.
It was lovely to see old friends (albeit for too brief a time), and meet some new ones (including veteran comics illustrator Rick Burchett, whom I have admired for longer than either of us would care to admit, I suspect).
I was also a last-minute addition to an Image Comics panel hosted by David Brothers (the fine and scholarly editor of Lazarus). The panel was on dystopias in science fiction, and the other panelists included Greg Rucka (again, Lazarus, and a hojillion other amazing novels and comics), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects), Simon Roy (Prophet), Ed Brisson and Johnny Christmas (Sheltered). It's a fun talk about how we're all basically doomed. If you want to see it, it's available to view, for free, from the fine folks at Flipon.tv. The whole thing runs about an hour.