The Maze of Games – an interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker and illustrated by me – has just launched on Kickstarter!
Click the image below to head to the Kickstarter page!
Question: If I was to use Kickstarter to fund creating an original fantasy painting, available as a print ranging from standard US letter size (8.5″ by 11″) all the way up to 2′ by 3′, would you be interested in supporting it?
What size print would you want?
It couldn’t be Magic the Gathering related (copyright issues), but what fantasy thing would you like to see?
Guesstimate prices would range from $15 to probably $120. With some super rare stuff in the $300 category.
So what d’ya think?
After the five previous sneak peeks of my pieces for the upcoming Transmet Art Book, I discovered a number of people thought the final images were going to remain black & white.
Not so! Here’s a portion of the left half of my double page image from the book…
You’re getting just a portion of the page for two reasons –
1) Because I’d like to save the full image for those of you who bought the book.
2) The full image is OMG NSFW! Seriously.
If you’ve read Transmetropolitan, you may recognize that this is the younger version of Spider from several years before issue #1. The other person is his wife, better known brusquely as The Wife. Their relationship could be described as ‘troubled’ in much the same way as the void of space could be described as ‘nippy’.
This image is entirely conjecture extrapolated from a few scraps of info from the comic book, but that’s what made it so much fun. I knew a lot of artists were going to be focusing on events or people from within the timespan of the series, so I decided to set mine outside of that period. That might give you a clue as to the nature of the other half of my double page image.
I had a blast with these pieces and it was great returning to comic book work after all these years. Also, having read the Transmet series a number of times I took a little bit of fiendish joy filling the images with Easter eggs.
And somewhere in my double page spread, I hid one of the hallmark three-eyed smiley face symbols. It won’t be easy to find. Have fun hunting for it, the book should be with you soon. I’m looking forward to getting my copy!
Man, that was a fast week. So it’s the last of my Transmet Art Book previews and I figured we’d end where we began, with Spider Jerusalem, this time accompanied by Yelena. Spider seems to have exchanged his furious expression for… well, what is that expression? Annoyed? Repulsed? You tell me.
All will become clear when you see the final piece. Hopefully you’ve got a copy preordered. And since I mentioned it, you have until early evening on Valentines Day to make your preorder. This book is not going to be distributed normally so unless your comic store went and did the exact same thing I’m suggesting you do now, you won’t be able to find a copy, except maybe for an outrageously inflated price on eBay…
So, follow this link to the Transmet Art Book on Kickstarter.
It’s for Charity! Hurry, time is running out.
It’s that gecko-eating cat! He’s looking none too pleased and when you see the final piece you’ll see he’s on the receiving end of some payback. The lounging pose with one hind leg dangling was modeled by my completely graceless cat, Trinian.
Prrrpt? Not so much.
As we’re at the halfway point of sneak peeks, here’s something a little different. This is a small snippet of a sketch of something else I’m doing for the Transmet Art Book that’s not actually part of my double page submission. If you’re a big fan of Transmet you may recognize some faces.
Firstly, many thanks to Warren Ellis for showing yesterday’s sneak peek on his blog! And yes, we totally met doing vampire graphic novels for Tundra UK.
So, here’s your second sneak peak, this time featuring a ‘lovely’ ‘lady’ that appeared in a massive four panels in the book’s run, if you don’t include the head in a jar shots…
She’s a charmer.
Buckle yourself in because this week you’re gonna get daily previews of the linework from my pieces (yes, plural) in the Transmetropolitan Art Book. Don’t know what that is? Well, Transmetropolitan was a comic book set in the not too distant future and it’s lead character is Spider Jerusalem, an honest-to-god investigative journalist living in a world where news is just the pap that the newscorps want you to see (sound familiar?). The comic – created by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson – ran from 97 to 02 and if you’ve never read it you owe yourself this treat. Trust me. It has a brutally wicked sense of humor. I love it.
Anyway, this art book is not only a celebration of Transmetropolitan, it’s also for a damn good cause. The proceeds from the book go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (who protect comics-related first amendment rights) and the Hero Initiative (which “creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment”).
And it’s all being funded through Kickstarter, a brilliant new way for creatives to fund their projects. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page for the Transmet book. And you don’t have to give them any of your credit card info as checkout is actually run through Amzon’s checkout system so if you already have an Amazon account, it’s just a matter of registering at Kickstarter to get your copy. And remember, your donation (of $55+) is your preorder.
So, after that much lengthier sales pitch than I was expecting, here’s is your Transmet moment of the day –
Feel free to throw out some guesses as to what the hell is going on!
One of the things I’m working on currently is a page or two for the commemorative Transmetropolitan Art Book Hardcover. This is a project for the great Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and I am jazzed at being involved. Just take a look at the collected talent listed in the link below –
The production of the book is being funded by using Kickstarter. Check out the right column on the Kickstarter page to see how you can donate and ensure yourself a copy of this very limited edition book.
So I’m doing a blog. I know, incredibly original, right?
Anyway, as much as I’ve loved my time on the official Magic the Gathering forums these last eight(!) years, the last big forum ‘upgrade’ alienated a lot of the posters. Add to that the fact that the Art & Artists forum got pushed even further down the front page and soon my favorite forum was a shadow of its former self.
So this is my new home. I’ll be posting art here, some Magic, some WoW, whatever comes along. Soon I’ll be tackling is a little commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Baron Sengir’s debut in the game. Homelands haters need not apply.
Oh, and expect the blog’s theme to keep changing until I’m happy with it.