Today, Lazarus #16 hits store shelves, and I'm very excited about it because in addition to my normal design chores on the series, my first interior art pages for an Image book are contained between the covers.
Series cover artist Owen Freeman and I contribute what we're calling "artifact pages," journal entries, tactical displays, schematics and diagrams of spy gear, and so forth, that are intended to enhance the storytelling in the issue (which also features more traditional Lazarus pages by Michael Lark, Santi Arcas (colorist), and Tyler Boss (inker).
It's a done-in-one, self-contained issue, a spy thriller of sorts, featuring Sister Bernard (originally introduced in the "Lift" storyline) acting as a Family Carlyle spy in Hock-controlled Havana.
I hope you'll check it out.
Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Michael Lark (with Tyler Boss)
Colors by: Santi Arcas
Letters by: Jodi Wynne
"Artifact" pages by: Owen Freeman & Eric Trautmann
“MERCY.” The Conclave has ended, and the world once more is falling to chaos and violence. Sister Bernard travels between Family Domains, ministering to the Waste…and acting as a spy for the Carlyle Family.
Image Comics | Color | 32pgs | Mature Readers | $3.50
As many, many, many people have noticed, The Hollywood Reporter (among others) ran a story yesterday about the comic series Lazarus being optioned for development as a television series.
Lazarus is a dystopian science fiction series created by my friend and frequent collaborator, Greg Rucka, and artist Michael Lark.
I'm being asked a fair amount of questions about it, because I work on the comic series, too, as a sort of live-in graphic designer and occasional story sounding board.
So, to that end, here's the Lazarus Television Show FAQ From Eric's Perspective:
Q: What's going on with the television show?
A: Here's the Hollywood Reporter article. Read that, and you'll know everything I know.
Q: Who's going to play Forever/Malcolm/Jacob Hock/Anyone else in the comic series?
A: I have no idea.
Q: What network will the television show air on?
A: I have no idea.
Q: You guys are all super-rich with Hollywood moneys now, huh?
A: Yes. I am answering these questions from my private villa/fortress/undersea volcano base, and will be using the proceeds from the Lazarus teevee show to finally build the orbital death ray I've been saving up for. Moo hoo ha ha.
All kidding aside, the THR article contains all the info I know. I'm a work-for-hire guy on the series, and am not involved in the deal-making side of things at all, but I do think this is a really great development.
Congratulations to Team Lazarus!
And now, I have to finish my part for Lazarus #16.
I seem to be drifting more and more into graphic design and away from full time writing over the last year. My impulse to make stuff has been nagging at me for a while, and my work on stuff like Lazarus means I can keep doing comics-related material and scratch that recurring itch to work on logos, patches, t-shirts, posters, and so on.
I was recently interviewed by Matt O'Keefe about my design stuff (focusing largely on Lazarus, unsurprisingly) for The Beat.
I've also been horrible about keeping this site up to date—February was devoured by illness, then travel, then deadlines, so I've been updating a bunch recently (including the work I contributed to Vampirella: Feary Tales, Vampirella #100, and Red Sonja #100, adding sections on the graphic design stuff I do for comics, and I'll probably be adding a section on roleplaying game work I've done, since I've recently dipped my toes back into those waters, too.
Anyway, not dead yet. But I've started going to the gym again, for the first time in (checks watch) seventeen years.
So, I'll probably be dead soon.
In stores this week: Vampirella Feary Tales #4.
Feary Tales is an anthology series, in which Vampirella has been magically transported into some kind of cursed tome and is forced to live out various adventures based on classic fairy
I contributed a short piece, "…Hard By A Great Forest," illustrated by Mirka Andolfo. The issue also contains pieces by veteran comic writer/editor Stuart Moore and current Vampirella series writer, Nancy A. Collins.
VAMPIRELLA: FEARY TALES #4
Written by: Nancy A. Collins, Stuart Moore, Eric Trautmann
Art by: Jack Jadson, Mirka Andolfo, Chad Shepherd
Cover art by: Jay Anacleto, Arthur Adams, David Roach
In the penultimate issue of the all-star anthology series celebrating the 45th anniversary of Vampirella's creation, every fang-boy's favorite pin-up ghoul is (un)dressed for success in "The
Vampire(r)s New Clothes" by Stuart Moore (Firestorm, Namor: The First Mutant). Vampirella then goes on to find herself in a very sticky situation in "Hard By A Great Forest" by Eric
Trautmann (Shooters, Red Sonja, Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist), while Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark) has her learning more about her mysterious blonde
Dynamite Entertainment | 32pg. | Color | Teen+ | $3.99US
Dynamite Entertainment invited me to contribute to their #100 issue of Vampirella, which was a blast.
The book is starting to preview on various websites, which typically means release is imminent—currently, the book is slated for a January 14, 2015 release date.
The book is a collection of short tales, and I was teamed up with artist Dave Acosta; his work is stellar, but is sadly absent from the previews currently circulating. Which is a pity.
In any event, here are the details:
Written by: Nancy A. Collins, Eric Trautmann, Brandon Jerwa, Mark Rahner, Tim Seeley
Art by: Francesco Mann, Dave Acosta, Eman Casallos, Javier Miranda-Garcia
Covers by: Joe Jusko, Joyce Chin, Tony Fleecs, Cedric Poulat
Get ready to party—Vampi style! With one hundred issues stacked high since Dynamite’s launch of Vampirella in 2010, it’s time for a giant-sized spectacular. To commemorate the occasion, we welcome the best Vampirella writers—past, present, and even future—to contribute short stories, guaranteed to send chills up your spine and quicken your pulse. Featuring Nancy A. Collins (who launched the current ongoing series with her bold new take), Eric Trautmann (who kicked off the Dynamite era), Brandon Jerwa (who expanded the mythology in over 20 issues), Mark Rahner (who spoofed pop horror culture with several one-shot specials), and Tim Seeley (the architect of Chaos who debuts his first-ever Vampi work here)!
Dynamite Entertainment | 48pg | Color | Teen+ | $7.99USD