September 29, 2015

Veronica concept art for Archie Comics

What crazy dream is this that I get to throw my two cents in the new Archie reboot?  A really good one, that's for sure.

Here were some initial concepts I had done for Archie Comics back in May 2015.

For Veronica's wardrobe I looked at a lot of J. Crew, (staying away from Madewell, since that felt too casual for her) and Marc Jacobs.

In a small way I am so happy her character gets some real depth in the subsequent issues.

Growing up I got the Betty/Veronica jokes a lot (my grandma's name is Betty and she is blonde and super nice) and I was brunette, feisty and opinionated.  So I was under the impression that Veronica was "the mean one".

But I have to tell you, Mark Waid writes women really, really well and it fills me with an almost selfish joy that finally - the classic snooty rich-girl Veronica gets some deeper layers.

Starting to draw issue 5 this week while wrapping inks on Howard the Duck #2.  So exciting!!

More to come later!

September 27, 2015

Kiso Valley 木曽谷

I think I'd like to live here...

Hoping to be able to visit here at some point in the future!
But I hear it's very hard to get to, even from Nagoya...

September 19, 2015

Happy End of Summer

This has been a real gem, this summer - can't wait for fall and more projects on the horizon.

ALSO can't wait until I get to share them with you guys!

September 12, 2015

ARCHIE #5 cover process

Hi everybody,

I thought I'd show what went into the cover for ARCHIE 5 - which I think is out in November :)

I was kicking around some ideas:

This was my first idea, and the time I drew it had no idea Fiona Staples was already working on a similar concept for the Collected Edition.

At the time, I also had no idea what would be in the script for #5, so the image really reveals nothing about the story line.

When I was an art student at SVA, I often went to an old pool hall in the East Village that had a Seeburg Jukebox, and got excited by the idea of using the bright neon lights on the kids' faces.

In searching for jukebox reference, I came across this famous photo LIFE magazine by Stan Wayman.  The composition was perfect, so decided to pay homage.

They liked it, and I did this sketch digitally, then printed it out and inked the final on 11x17 Bristol board.   Initially, Archie in the center, and they asked if I could switch him with Jughead.  The jukebox is no specific brand, just made up.

The 11x17 inks (SOLD)

And the final:

The blue of Betty's shirt and her olive pants complete the rainbow of the warm juke neon and compliment Archie's orange hair.

Yeah, so more than you wanted to know but too bad I'm telling you everything anyway.

The printed cover has "After Wayman" written on the juke below my initials.

In very very tiny print, I've put my friends names as the songs, and one of the Archie's tunes "Sugar Sugar"

September 8, 2015

Pirates of Mars Volume 2 page 14

Here is a peak at some new Pirates of Mars pages!

We are working on lots of great things, and between Archie and Marvel time is very tight right now so JJ and I want to express our sincerest thanks to our patient readers!

September 3, 2015

Des Moines

Had a really lovely time visiting my grandparents in Des Moines last week.  The new loft apartments they have there and the comfortable livability of the city have made us consider moving there... we'll see!

It would certainly be nice to live in a new loft apartment and be closer to my family.  But it won't be escaping the snowy winter. Hmm... decisions.

Favorite Des Moines places: