NEWS

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. 

Tue

19

Apr

2016

IN STORES TOMORROW: THE LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK

Out tomorrow! 

 

The Lazarus Sourcebook, Volume 01: Carlyle. 

 

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka, Robert Mackenie, David J. Walker, David Brothers, Eric Trautmann

ART BY: Michael Lark, Owen Freeman

COVER BY: Trautmann/Freeman

BOOK DESIGN: Trautmann

 

A compendium of insider info on life under Family Carlyle. From bios of key members of the Carlyle Family, to overviews of day-to-day life under their rule—including music, pop culture, military organization, economy and more. 

 

I grew up loving material like the DC Comics "Who's Who" volumes, the Punisher Armory books, and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Add to that, roughly a decade of writing roleplaying game sourcebooks, and that's a recipe for this book (the first of, hopefully, a series of similar supplements). 

 

We do a lot of behind-the-scenes worldbuilding for our own reference on the title, so this is a pretty substantial peek behind the curtain for long-time fans of the series. I'm pretty jazzed about this one. 

 

Image Comics  |  32 pages  |  Color  |  Mature Readers  |  $3.99USD

Fri

18

Mar

2016

COMING SOON: THE LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK

Cover art by Eric Trautmann and Owen Freeman
Cover art by Eric Trautmann and Owen Freeman

…or more accurately, "The Lazarus Sourcebook, Volume One: CARLYLE."

 

In many ways, this one is my silly little brainstorm. I grew up loving things like the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and I spent years writing roleplaying game sourcebooks. Granular, behind-the-scenes worldbuilding stuff has always been an interest.

 

So, when a long-ish hiatus became necessary on Lazarus, I dusted this idea off an re-presented it to Greg, Michael, Image, et al. and here it is—a brief survey of what it's like to live under Carlyle rule, how money and trade works, crime cartels, vehicles and weapons, even bits about music and pop culture amongst the Carlyle Serfs. 

 

This is probably the most fun job I've had in the last several years. And we've got a fair amount of material already generated for a second volume. 

 

Now, to convince Greg we need to do one of these for Hock…

THE LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK, VOLUME ONE: CARLYLE

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka, David Brothers, Robert Mackenzie, David J. Walker, and Eric Trautmann

ART BY: Michael Lark (with Brian Level, Tyler Boss and Santi Arcas), Owen Freeman

PUBLICATION DESIGN, SCHEMATICS/DIAGRAMS, "ARTIFACT" IMAGES BY: Eric Trautmann

COVER BY: Trautmann/Freeman

 

Following the revelations of “Poison” and leading into the bloody events of “Cull” with LAZARUS #22 in May, a new look at the world of LAZARUS: What’s it like to live life under the Carlyle regime? This is where you find out!

 

Image Comics  |  32 pages  |  Color  |  Mature |  $3.99US

Wed

27

Jan

2016

IN STORES TODAY…

Cover art by Owen Freeman.
Cover art by Owen Freeman.

LAZARUS VOLUME 4: POISON TPB

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Michael Lark with Tyler Boss

Colors by: Santi Arcas

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

Cover by: Owen Freeman

Book Design by: Eric Trautmann

 

Collecting issues 16–21, “Poison,” the fourth arc in the critically-acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

 

The world is at war, and Family Carlyle must fight to defend itself. With Malcolm Carlyle hovering at death’s door, the siblings struggle to maintain control. But deception and war go hand in hand, culminating in a final revelation that will truly change everything for Forever Carlyle.

 

 

Image Comics  |  Color  |  Mature Readers  |  Softcover  |  $14.99US

"A" Cover art by Nicola Scott (w Eric Trautmann)
"A" Cover art by Nicola Scott (w Eric Trautmann)

BLACK MAGICK #5

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Nicola Scott w Chiara Arena

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

"A" Cover by: Nicola Scott w Eric Trautmann

"B" Cover by: Ming Doyle

Book Design by: Eric Trautmann

 

"Awakening" Part Four. A stranger comes to Portsmouth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Comics  |  Color  |  Mature Readers  |  32 pg.  |  $3.99US

New Fedora Monkey Newsletter out today, too.

The latest newsletter hit the aether today. You can read it here, if you are so inclined, and it would be excellent if you sign up (you can sign up at the link, or via the box in the upper right of this page). 

 

I talk a bit about upcoming Lazarus and Black Magick stuff, as well as various upcoming project. I also have a long-ish interview with Justin Robinson, who works for Seattle broadcasting notable, B.J. Shea. 

 

Share and enjoy!

Tue

08

Dec

2015

MAILING LIST POWERS… ACTIVATE!

If you'll cast your gaze to the immediate right, you'll see a sign-up form for the Fedora Monkey Mailing List. 

 

The plan, such as it is, is to send out new mails once or twice a month, with early peeks at stuff I'm working on, and some general blather. Occasional short fiction, advance links to vector art I'm designing, some insider dope on comics projects, and so forth. 

 

I'm using Mailchimp because I like the interface, and the system seems pretty bulletproof, so I do hope you'll give it a whirl. 


Oh, and comics retailers: I'll be including retailer resources in the mails—sell sheets for various comics, cover art, and other promotional artwork, specifically for use on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and web pages. 


I'm also including the sign-form here, too, just in case.

 

MAILING LIST SIGN-UP