NEWS

Sat

26

Nov

2016

NEW FROM ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT: VON KEINER, SCOURGE OF THE SKIES

My work making stuff for roleplaying game publisher Adamant Entertainment continues! 

 

Adamant Entertainment is pleased to present the latest in our new line of Thrilling Tales products: Pulp Villains!

 

Each Pulp Villains release details a nefarious non-player-character, ready to be dropped into your pulp-genre Savage Worlds game, fully statted, with details on their methods, motives, special gear, henchmen, allies and more—along with a collection of adventure hooks for their use.

 

In this installment:

 

 

AN ASTONISHING AIRSHIP!

VICIOUS VALKYRIES!

A TEUTONIC TERROR! 

 

The mysterious scourge of the skies, and a self-declared "citizen of the air", Kapitän Nikodemus von Keiner embarks on a reign of terror, striking the nations of the Earth with no warning!  A night-black airship appears from the clouds, blasting the terrified cities below with tremendous bolts of lightning.  

 

Who are von Keiner and his seductive Sky Witches?  What do they want?  Who can possibly stand against them?

 

Pulp Villains: Von Keiner, by David Larkins, uses the Savage Worlds rules system, as featured in THRILLING TALES 2nd Edition.

 

As a special bonus, Pulp Villains: Von Keiner comes with a folder of high-resolution, 11x17 copies of the schematics/deck plans for von Keiner's airship, the Himmelhexe, suitable for printing at any copy shop.  

 

Included are a black-and-white line art version, a colorized version for an "artifact" look, a blueprint-style version, and a greyscale version as well.

 

To purchase Pulp Villains: Von Keiner visit RPGNow or DriveThruRPG.

 

 

Adamant Entertainment |  22 pages  | $3.00US

Fri

04

Nov

2016

OVERDUE UPDATES

Work and travel have kept me from updating here in a while; sorry about that.  So here's a quick shotgun update to prove I yet live/breathe/work. And of course, I release this on a Friday night, when no one will ever look at it. 

 

Marketing consultation services available, kids. 

WONDER WOMAN

The Wonder Woman issue I contributed to—specifically, the glowy reticle thing superimposed on Nicola Scott's impeccable cover for the issue—lands soon. 

 

It's a great series, and a great issue, and I hope you check it out.

ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT

Since my last update, there have been not one, but two, releases from Adamant Entertainment, both additions to our growing line of Thrilling Tales pulp adventure supplements. 

 

First was Terror in Tinseltown! A missing starlet. A murdered mogul. Really big snakes! A supernatural mystery set in Hollywood, and available in both the usual Adamant .pdf format and print-on-demand. To order a copy, pop on over here. $5.00 for the PDF, $10 bones for the printed version. 30+ pages. 

 

Today, a new Pulp Villains release landed: Pulp Villains: The Yellow King. PDF only. Designed to drop into ongoing campaigns, the Pulp Villains releases include detailed background info, gadgets, henchmen, player handouts and adventure hooks. And they're nice and inexpensive (in this case, a mere $3 Yanqui Dollahs), for a little over 15 pages of jam-packed, two-fisted pulpy goodness. Available here

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Prepping a few of the mailing list updates, so hopefully, there will be some new content there, soon. 
  • Updated/added a section here for roleplaying game work I've done through the years, as best as fading memory will allow. 
  • I shut down the "Appearances" page, as I don't do comic conventions anymore; there's a cost to creators who do shows—in time spent away from work, in energy, in health (con crud has worn grooves in my immune system, and I turn 45 in a few days and I wish to see 50 and beyond); also, the reality is, in transitioning toward design chores, I simply can't make money at cons. Understandably, no one seeks out the guy who designs the logo or picks the fonts for the letter column to buy a book from. I still do the occasional signing, and am happy to do lectures or presentations, but my con days are over for a while. 
  • And finally, I retired my old Payloadz account and migrated over to Gumroad. If you are looking for my stock vector art work (and some people have, like the guys what made promotional art and packaging for DC's Legends of Tomorrow), the Vector Art Store awaits you. 

Mon

05

Sep

2016

AVAILABLE TODAY: THRILLING TALES PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU

Cover design by Eric Trautmann; click image to enlarge.
Cover design by Eric Trautmann; click image to enlarge.

The first of the "new look" books I designed for Adamant Entertainment hits digital "shelves" today. 

 

PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU is a short .PDF supplement for Adamant's Thrilling Tales line of pulp adventure gaming.

 

The Pulp Villains products contain bad guys/gals designed to drop into existing campaigns (or provide concepts suitable for expanding into a longer ongoing game). 

 

Visit RPGNow to order the PDF for a mere two Yanqui dollars. 

 

 

THRILLING TALES: "PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU"

Adamant Entertainment is pleased to present the latest in our new line of Thrilling Tales products: Pulp Villains!

 

Each Pulp Villains release will detail a nefarious non-player-character, ready to be dropped into your pulp-genre Savage Worlds game, fully statted, with details on their methods, motives, special gear, henchmen, allies and more—along with a collection of adventure hooks for their use.



 

In this installment:

 EVIL FROM THE DARKEST CORNER OF EUROPE!

 

Deep in the heart of Romania, where empires have clashed for ages and many powers have left their traces, a corruption is growing. A master of dark arts and in possession of a relic of stunning power, Count Shadau’s web of influence and allies reaches out its tendrils, planning first to seize Romania.

 

As turmoil and fascist strains slither through Europe, he will take power wherever he can and weave his vision of Greater Romanian domination of the continent under his rule as Emperor. His secret grip tightens... and the world cries out!

 

Pulp Villains: Count Shadau, by Jim Davenport uses the Savage Worlds rules system, as featured in THRILLING TALES 2nd Edition.

 

Product Code: ADM3226

Author: Jim Davenport

Price: $2.00 US

 

PDF only

Sun

04

Sep

2016

A NEW GIG…

Quick work update: 

 

I started a new gig as a sort of free-range graphic designer/jack of all trades, for Gareth-Michael Skarka's game company, Adamant Entertainment. Part of the job was redesigning the company's trade dress (the new logo is above, and also links to the company website), designing or updating logos for product lines, and book production/layout chores. 

 

I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now, but the announcement hit this past week. The first of the "new look" books I put together will be available on Tuesday, a Thrilling Tales supplement featuring a drop-in-your-roleplaying-campaign pulp villain. 

 

It's a bit weird to be returning to the RPG industry, but I must confess it feels a bit like a homecoming. I met Gareth at my first GenCon (’90 or ’91, IIRC), where I picked up a sci-fi RPG he created, called Periphery. I still have that book. 

WONDER WOMAN!

The cover to Wonder Woman #10, written by Greg Rucka. Art by Nicola Scott, colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., and glowy sinister targeting reticle by me. Coming soon to a comic store near you. 

Tue

21

Jun

2016

HELLO? IS THIS THING ON?

A looooooong overdue update to both the site (the comics and design bibliography is now up to date with Lazarus and Black Magick stuff) and to the ongoing workblog here. 

 

Sorry about that; it's been a fairly intense period of deadline hell followed by illness (rinse, repeat) for the last 10 weeks or so. My apologies. 

 

First: a new newsletter went live a few days ago. You can read it here, or if you peek over at the right hand side of the page, you'll see a sign-up form. This "issue" includes a short interview with my friend and frequent collaborator Brandon Jerwa, talking about his new electronic music project. 

 

Stuff I've Been Doing:

LAZARUS

  • Issue 22 in stores now! The series has kicked off again after a six month hiatus. Issue 22 is in stores (and features our new cover design, which carries through the new story arc, "Cull").
  • The second massive hardcover (320 pages!) of Lazarus is also available now. It contains issues #10–#21 of the series, plus a bonus section even bigger than the one in Lazarus: The First Collection HC. 
  • We're starting discussions for a second Lazarus Sourcebook, this one focusing on Family Carlyle's primary adversary, Hock. Should be creepy good fun. 
  • Finally, I put together a Lazarus promotional poster for retailers. 

BLACK MAGICK

On hiatus, as series creators Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott are off Rebirthing Wonder Woman at DC Comics. 

DC COMICS

Speaking of DC Comics, I've been asked to pitch in and help out on some cover design for an upcoming title. More details as I'm allowed to reveal them. 

LATER HUMANS

My friend/fellow comicker Brandon Jerwa is also a talented musician. His latest musical project (along with Craig Jones) is an electronic music album, recorded under the new band name, LATER HUMANS. 

 

Brandon and Craig hired me to design their logo/"brand identity," album covers, and social media artwork. The project spec called for a 1960s "Space Age" feel, so I'm loving that immensely. 

COMEDY

Another pal, comedian Gabriel Rutledge, is one of my favorite comedians. I put together his last few album covers, and his book, Happiness Isn't Funny.

 

I recently completed work on the album art for his next release, "My Safeword Is 'Meatloaf'" and will be starting work on the companion DVD soon. 

ART DIRECTOR GUY = ME

I've been dipping my toes back into the icy waters of roleplaying game work (a million years ago I probably wrote a Star Wars RPG supplement or sourcebook for West End Games that you might remember) and have recently partnered with a friend and his small-press RPG publishing house to act as a sort of art director/content guy. It's not my place to announce which company, but again, when there's something I can report, I shall. 

 

And that should do it for this update.