For the first time ever, this year I participated in the Inktober art challenge. The concept is simple: 31 days, 31 ink drawings, posted on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2016. It wasn't easy, but thanks to kind words, comments, and encouragement from friends on social media, I pulled it off. Thanks to everyone who gave me a push when I needed it. Inktober was a lot tougher than it sounds.
Day One: Ghost Rider
Day Two: Deadpool
Day Three: John Le Carré's master spy, George Smiley
Day Four: Josie Schuller, from Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich's LADY KILLER
Day Five: The Black Panther
Day Six: Ra's al Ghul
Day Seven: Space Ghost
Day Eight: Paul Pope's Battling Boy
Day Nine: Tara Chace, from Greg Rucka's QUEEN & COUNTRY
Day Ten: The Man In Black, from The Princess Bride
Day Eleven: Two-Face
Day Twelve: Milo Weaver, from Olen Steinhauer's THE TOURIST
Day Thirteen: Luke Cage
Day Fourteen: The Shadow
Day Fifteen: Fox, from French author D.O.A.'s PUKHTU
Day Sixteen: Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper
Day Seventeen: Super Girl
Day Eighteen: Moon Knight
Day Nineteen: Conrad Grantchester, from Daniel O'Malley's THE ROOK
Day Twenty: Myfanwy Thomas, (also) from Daniel O'Malley's THE ROOK
Day Twenty-one: The Invisible Girl (just kidding)
Day Twenty-one (for reals): Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman
Day Twenty-two: The Black Widow
Day Twenty-three: Elric of Melniboné
Day Twenty-four: The Kraken, from Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá's UMBRELLA ACADEMY
Day Twenty-five: Brian Li Sung, from Matt Wagner's GRENDEL
Day Twenty-six: Sher Ali Khan Zadran, from French author D.O.A.'s PUKHTU
Day Twenty-seven: Colonel Christina Eliopolis, from Max Brooks's WORLD WAR Z
Day Twenty-eight: The Badger
Day Twenty-nine: The Green Hornet
Day Thirty: Doctor Strange
Day Thirty-one: Batman
Some of the above drawings have already been sold or given to friends, but if you're interested in buying one (or more) please drop me a line. Each drawing was done on A4-sized 200g Canson paper, and sells for 40€ via PayPal (price includes worldwide shipping; ).
If you’re into comics, you’re most likely already aware that today is Free Comic Book Day, and my good friend Charlie Harris, owner of Charlie’s Comic Books in Tucson, Arizona, is celebrating it by holding a charity event in his store. He asked some local artists to contribute an original drawing for a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Primavera Foundation. This year's theme was "Arch Enemies", so I dediced to draw the final battle between Matt Wagner's Grendel and his nemesis, Argent the Wolf.
If you’re interested in buying the drawing (and if you’re in Tucson today), feel free to stop by Charlie's store! As always, the winning bidder also gets a hi-res, color copy of the drawing.
RIPOSTE: Riposte was released in France in late January, and I’m pleased to announce that as of this writing, the distributor AND publisher have both sold out of the 1st printing. The book has received excellent reviews, which can be read here: (if you read French, that is)
Chris Thompson, from London’s Orbital Comics, was kind enough to interview me about Riposte and my other projects last January during the Angoulême comic book festival. The podcast can be found here: (my interview starts around 38:00)
Riposte will be going back to the printers soon, and the new edition is scheduled for release in late summer/early fall, as I understand it. Until then, you can still find the book at French comic shops, and even on the internet.
The book has been warmly received by local French bookstores, and I’ve had the opportunity of doing some signings at some great shops, including Gréfine (La Rochelle), BD FLASH (Chartres), and Bulles en Cavale (Rochefort), among others. I don’t have any more signings scheduled until Fall, when the French comic book convention season starts (St. Malo, Creil, Rochefort, Angoulême, etc.) so in the meantime, I’ll be hard at work on…
ARCHER COE & THE WAY TO DUSTY DEATH:
Chapter 4 (A.K.A. “the horse-filled chapter that still gives me nightmares when I think about it”) is finished, and I’m currently working on Chapter 5. I'm making slow (but steady) progress. More sneak peeks to come soon!