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The Art Process – Vampirella’s Berkenkotter, Crisostimo And Sutil Show Us The Steps

Here we have more art process pages as we get a look inside Vampirella #4 and see the pencil to color process from penciler Patrick Berkenkotter, inker Dennis Crisostimo and colorist Jorge Sutil. The are working from a script by Nancy Collins and the final pages will be lettered by Rob Sheen. We also have the very nice Terry Dodson cover to the right.

The synopsis from Dynamite’s website says: In a desperate attempt to fight Lady Umbra’s growing control over her mind and body, Vampirella and her unlikely new ally, Lord Drago, take a jaunt to the Mediterranean. There, on the Greek island of Lamos, famous for its unspoiled beaches and friendly natives, they search for the most ancient species of vampire in the world: the dreaded lamia of legend. But can Vampirella locate and slay the seductive half-serpent before her heart falls into shadow?

I think below we are getting to see Lamos’ famous unspoiled beaches and friendly natives.

For more information on Vampirella #4, click here.

The Art Process – Vampirella’s Berkenkotter, Crisostimo And Sutil Show Us The Steps

Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week If You Like Comics

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt, one of the oldest retailers in the country, is having two separate events to celebrate the release of Death Of Wolverine #1 this week.

First up on Wednesday, September 3rd, the day the book is released artist J. G. Jones will be signing at the store. They will have copies of Jones’ Dynamic Forces exclusive cover for Death of Wolverine #1 selling at $4.99 instead of the list price of $29.99. Jones will be signing from 5 to 7 pm.

Then on Thursday, September 4th, series writer Charles Soule will be at the store from 3 to 6 pm.

So if you can make it both days, you can get the variant cover and two signatures… pretty cool deal for a book that should end up being pretty hot.

Fat Jack’s is located at: 2006 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19103  Phone 215-963-0788

Their website is at www.comicrypt.com

 

Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week If You Like Comics

Tales Of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Eric Allard writes for Bleeding Cool:

Sometimes, a project just lands on your laps without any warning. That’s what this Kickstarter project is. It’s a comic book with 3 stories. Lydia, Julie and myself weren’t planning on doing this project. A convention is heading our way this October; we started talking about ideas and that’s how this project came to life.

Here’s a quick resume of each story:

- THE GOOD, by Lydia Fontaine Ferron:  “Bloop” is just a fun, quick tale of a young boy who discovers that the pond next to his house is home to more than just a few frogs and fishes. It hides a very familiar and strange creature…

- THE BAD, by Julie Fontaine Ferron:  “Bluebeard” is the tale of Bluebeard as a young man, before he became the monster from the famous French folktale. He is a much more likable and naive character until he meets a woman who may not be what she seems.

- THE UGLY, by Eric Allard:  “Randolph Carter: House of the Unnamable” is a re-imagined story of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “The Unnamable”. It’s about a man who is called to check out a house that is believed to be haunted. But in it, he finds something much, much worse.

The thing that brought these stories together in one comic is how passionate we are as creators and storytellers and it shows in the work. While I have been inspired a lot by “American Comics”, Julie and Lydia’s influences are more of “European Style”, creating diversity in the book, yet our art styles complement each others. Julie’s storytelling and palette just makes Bluebeard’s tale come alive while Lydia’s story is just fun-filled and gives out a “Pixar” kind of feeling. As for myself, my story “House of the Unnamable” is just a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft. I’m just trying to make his creations fun and available to any new reader while keeping it grounded to his universe.

Our Kickstarter campaign is a chance to put our passion out there. Put it in the hands of readers. People who love comics, stories or just want to look at gosh darn pretty pictures. So check out the project, check out what this is all about. I believe the art will speak for itself.

But another thing…

Help us reach our goal of $2500 ($1352 to go as of this writing!). This weekend, to anyone who gives us a pledge of $15 and more and sends me a message with the words “Bleeding Cool”, should the project be funded, I will add a 8×10 print of a special H.P. Lovecraftian Transforming robot: CTHULHUNICRON!

So there it is, just for you guys. But you have to act quick! We need this project to reach its goal se we can put it in your hands.

The tales of the good, the bad and the ugly is a 40 page comic with 3 stories from 3 passionate creators. We love what we do and just want to share that with you.

-Eric

Kickstarter project link:
http://kck.st/1uYMoWI

Tales Of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Cannibalizing A Tobacco-Stained Groove

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (144-page graphic novel), published by IF? Commix on August 17. Words & art by Andrez Bergen, aided by Cocoa Bergen.

Bullet Gal, the ongoing comic book series published by IF? Commix from July 2014. Words & art by Andrez Bergen.

Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, the new novel by Andrez Bergen, published through Perfect Edge Books on July 26.

Aussie writer-artist Andrez Bergen has just published a new book and a graphic novel, and launched a monthly comic book series. So why does he feel like he’s gone full circle — and how can that be part of his game-plan?

Andrez Bergen writes,

You know, there are moments when I feel like I’ve gone full circle.

Not all the time, I swear, but over the past week or so I’ve had ample opportunity to mull the concept, since I just released a graphic novel titled Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat — based on my 2011 novel of the same name.

Three years on I’m hawking this four-word noir/dystopia beastie. Again. Admittedly this time with images as well as typeface.

But there are differences aside from artwork.

Key plot-points have been added into the new graphic novel that weren’t in the original book, making this tome a stand-alone affair that works by focusing more on support characters rather than only our protagonist Floyd Maquina.

And by returning to this world I’m not trying to pull a George Lucas. Floyd doesn’t blunt his punches or shoot second. If anything, this time round his character lilts a little.

Between the publication of the original novel in 2011 and the release of this baby on August 17, I’ve published three other novels, along with several short stories, an ongoing comic book series (Bullet Gal), and a quarterly comic anthology that I do with artist Matt Kyme (Tales to Admonish).

And all of these relate.

There are undercurrents, asides, locales that often twist on an oily dime between digital cities like Heropa — set up on the shady, government-run idInteract network, and key to Bullet Gal as well as novels Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? and Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth — and “real” near-future, last-city-on-earth Melbourne.

While each title is a stand-alone construct, people and places trade up. Hylax CEO Wolram E. Deaps is villain in one book, anti-hero in another. Characters flit through the text and pictures of companion titles.

There’s a riff — only a sentence, really — in my latest novel Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, published last month, which refers to a scene in my first book. Blink and you’d miss it.

It’s the same with the new Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.

But the thing is, you don’t have to read the original novel or the intervening ones to dive straight into this project. You can buck the world building that’s gone on beforehand and begin afresh.

In that case, maybe I should here be pimping the pictures — conjured up by me and my eight-year-old daughter Cocoa — which, so far as I’m concerned, have been heavily influenced by such diverse things as comic artists Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, David Aja, Steve Epting, Sean Phillips, Frank Miller, Ben Templesmith and Barry Windsor Smith, along with Dr. Seuss, Terry Gilliam, a childhood love of cut-and-pasting, and the Dada aesthetic of ‘found’ cut-ups.

Even so, I can’t shake that feeling of going full-circle.

But who says that’s (always) a bad thing?

Andrez Bergen is an Australian writer/artist/musician based in Tokyo.

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (the graphic novel) and Bullet Gal are available from IF? Commix. Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth is available through Perfect Edge Books.

Cannibalizing A Tobacco-Stained Groove

Rumors Of Wesley Snipes Returning As Blade

“Some Motherf#@er is always trying to ice skate uphill.” – Blade

This may be the case with a rumored 4th return to the Blade franchise for Wesley Snipes. Just prior to the release of Expendables 3, Snipes said to MTV that he would be interested in doing another Blade movie.

“I’d be open to it. You know I think we got some stones left unturned and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit and do some things that I’ve learned how to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now. You know, some of the things that we did in the early parts of the franchise were experimental and now they’ve become customary in a lot of The Avengers films and other comic book adaptations.”

And now the NY Daily News has a report saying that the film is in the works.

Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in “Blade,” the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels. Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.

That all sounds well and good… but there are a lot of hoops that would still need to be jumped through to make this movie happen. Like where the rights are: Blade is back with Marvel as of May of 2013. But the Snipes version of the character most likely still remains with New Line/Warner Bros. So Disney (who owns Marvel) would have to be inclined to make a darker Marvel movie and want to do so with Snipes attached and be willing to make a deal with the other studio for the rights. (To clarify – this would be if Marvel wanted to tie a movie to the previous 3… not if they wanted to reboot)

All of that is possible… but if they were going to do all of that, why not just reboot the franchise with a younger actor? One who isn’t known for being a bit tempermental… and at 52 years old, how many action films about an immortal daywalker would they get out of him?

Not impossible… just seems like a lot of trying to ice skate uphill.

Rumors Of Wesley Snipes Returning As Blade

How To Awaken An Elder God: Get A Moderator Punched In The Stomach

Joe Pangrazio writes:

WARNING! ASKING FOR MONEY ARTICLE! WARNING!

You have now been warned.

This is usually the time when someone tries to suggest some tips for making a crowdfunder work, as a stealth attempt to advertise their own crowd funding project. I’m not going to do that. Because I’m a fool. What I will tell you a bit about is the comic I’m trying to get printed and about FundAnything (because I actually like them).

Cthulhu Holmes is a project I conceived of over two years ago while working the overnight shift at a gas station. A proper gentleman detective with the head of an squid investigates the strange and weird. A few months of musing on the character led to other
developments and Cthulhu Holmes as he now exists was born.

The first man I approached to help bring Holmes to life was Scott Hall. For six months, we sweated together and sent Holmes on a few wacky adventures. While we continued publishing to the internet, the goal was always print. The goal is always print.

Now, three years from that 3 am sketch session in a gas station, the dream of Holmes in print is close to becoming a reality. And all I need is the help of others that love the ridiculous antics Scott and I made together.

With the money from this campaign, we will be able to do a generous black and white printing of the first Holmes story: The Canny Cthulhu Holmes: The Case of the Bunny Man. More money will mean more copies, of course. If we really start to bring in the big bucks, we may even print the second Holmes story: The Canny Cthulhu Holmes: The Crying Unicorn.

Of course, you don’t have to give me anything. You don’t even have to click on any links. I mean, every page that we’ve published so far is right over at http://www.cthulhuholmes.com.

You can just go there and read it all. And boy, that would sure show me.

On the other hand, if enough people want the actual physical artifact, we’re going to upgrade everyone’s comic to full color for no additional charge. Just four American dollars for a 40 page full color comic. That’s a bargain!

Click here to view the embedded video.

And unlike so many of these other articles, you’ll see I’m using a newer site called FundAnything. I heard about the site through Penn Jillette’s website and thought I’d give them a shot. It’s a little different in that not only do we keep all money donated, they actually send the money almost immediately to the Paypal that’s registered for
the campaign. Which also means, we won’t run into the issue of people pledging and not paying (or being able to) once the deadline hits. And, they’ve even retweeted out a few of my tweets promoting the campaign, something that Kickstarter has never done.

I’m not a big fan of the hard sell. I would love nothing more than for everyone reading this article to even kick in just a dollar towards the campaign. It brings another comic into the world, it makes me confident that someone actually cares about what I’ve spent the past 3
years of my life making, and it will only motivate me to push forward on more projects.

But I know that’s not always enough. So here, here’s a Bleeding Cool exclusive. For every one hundred dollars over our goal we make, I’ll take a punch to the stomach. In succession, on video. And will upload it to Youtube.

Give until it hurts. Me.

See more at: http://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/the-canny-cthulhu-holmes-vol-1

How To Awaken An Elder God: Get A Moderator Punched In The Stomach

When Karen Gillan Shaved Her Head for Guardians Of The Galaxy – VIDEO

Karen Gillan shaved her head to play Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

And she filmed herself doing it.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Though if you want to remember her in more hirsute times, here she is in the recorded-a-while-back third series of Touch Of Cloth.

Click here to view the embedded video.

When Karen Gillan Shaved Her Head for Guardians Of The Galaxy – VIDEO

Meet Mr. Pink, The Companion’s Companion

Last night on the second Peter Capaldi episode of Doctor Who, we got to meet Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). A former soldier with an obvious case of guilt working at the Coal Hill School with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)… so two school teachers from Coal Hill and an older Doctor. I wonder if that makes Missy the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman? Nah… that’s a stretch.

Anyways… Anderson was interviewed by EW about his new role and asked what he could say about the character:

He’s experienced a lot. He used to work for the British army as a young man —which, as you’ll find out through the series, questioned his morals, and questioned him as a man, and he decided that he would become a math teacher. He’s quite an everyday man, into the simple things.

What the audition process was like:

A lot shorter than I thought, and they were very secretive about what was happening. I was told it was a role which may be recurring. It was only two auditions, which kept the pressure off really. The second one was a chemistry read with Jenna. I didn’t think that would be the final read.

And what it’s like working with Peter Capaldi:

Incredible. I mean, the guy’s one of the best that we have over here. He’s one of the best, period. He’s such a nice, humble dude to work with, and very supportive. I remember a couple of weeks in, he asked me how I was doing. I was like, “I’m finally finding my feet. You know how it is — you kind of test the waters when you’re the newbie in the environment.” It was so nice of him to remind me like, “I’m the newbie too.” It’s like, “Oh yeah, you’re a newbie with a hell of a lot more pressure on his shoulders than me.” He’s second to none.

Meet Mr. Pink, The Companion’s Companion

Doing A Little Sherbet, With Everyone From Amy Reeder To Shaky Kane

A Graphic Novel Kickstarter ending on September 10th . Written by; Michael Vincent Bramley & drawn by; Joshua Mathus. Cover by; Alice Meichi Li.Additional Pin-Up Art by: Hyeondo Park, Amy Reeder, Leila Del Duca, Fred Hembeck, Rob Moran, Paul Hanley, Shaky Kane, Tintin Pantoja, N Steven Harris, Delia Gable, Nate Bear, N. Y. Sanders, Katelan Foisy, Yao Xiao, Mike Rooth, D. Yee, Paige Pumphrey, Lisandro Di Pasquale, Jeff Simpson, Marcus Muller, Kriztille Junio, MJ Steele, Ally Cat, Stevie Wilson, Alan Ryan

Michael Vincent Bramley writes,

Sherbet is a labour of love five years in the making. It is a comedy/drama/horror comic, about Sherbet Lock, a female version of Sherlock Holmes from the retro-future who solves paranormal mysteries. Following the ‘monster of the week’ format made famous by paranormal shows like X-Files, Buffy and Doctor Who, the Sherbet TPB we’re Kickstarting features a series of short adventures wherein Sherbet encounters monstrous foes ranging from the old and familiar to the downright disgustingly new.

We’re insanely proud of this book, because we created the kind of comic we want to read, about the kinds of characters we wanted to read about. Even in a world where there are currently at lease three big Sherlock Holmes-inspired franchises (and countless more on the way), we are confident that there’s nothing out there quite like our book; ‘Sherbet’. It’s a counter-culture comic that eschews most of the modern comic book storytelling conventions in vogue right now. It’s a tonal throwback to 80s/90s mature reader titles where the humour was as dark as the subject matter and comics were barely censored at all.

I think a glance at our animated trailer probably illustrates that better than my words can here:

Click here to view the embedded video.

(Trailer by: Lance Erlick featuring animated art from Joshua Mathus, Alice Meichi Li, Amy Reeder, Leila Del Duca, Mike Rooth, Paul Haney, Hyeondo Park & Shaky Kane)

Well in advance of launching the Sherbet Kickstarter, we commissioned as many of our favourite artists as possible to give us their take on Baker City’s brightest Detective. We simply told them that we wanted them to draw Sherbet, along with some kind of supernatural element. The results were as staggering as they were varied…

The Sherbet Pin-Up Art Gallery


Amy Reeder

Leila Del Duca*

Fred Hembeck

Rob Moran

Paul Hanley

Shaky Kane

Tintin Pantoja

N Steven Harris

Delia Gable*

Nate Bear

N. Y. Sanders

Katelan Foisy

Yao Xiao

Mike Rooth*

D. Yee

Paige Pumphrey

Lisandro Di Pasquale

Jeff Simpson

Marcus Muller

Kriztille Junio

M.J. Steele

Ally Cat

Stevie Wilson

Alan Ryan

Alice Meichi Li

Hyeondo Park*

Joshua Mathus*

*Limited edition prints of these pieces have been made available on the Kickstarter page. 

For every $1000 we make on Kickstarter we’ve been releasing new pages of art to our backers that have never been seen by people who aren’t associated with the project, along with character bios and other DVD extra-type monkey business. If the Bleeding Cool audience are able to help us reach $5000 of our $8000 goal by the end of Monday, we’re going to send special Sherbet postcards to all backers who bought physical copies of the book ($25 and up). So we’ll see you on our Kickstarter backers-list (we hope)!

Project Link: 

Doing A Little Sherbet, With Everyone From Amy Reeder To Shaky Kane

What To Expect From Michonne In Season 5 Of The Walking Dead

Danai Gurira appears on one of four special Entertainment Weekly covers that just came out to promote season 5 of the Walking Dead. During a photo shoot with the magazine, she was asked what kind of Michonne we could expect to see in the new season.

“She does yearn for something more stable in life. She really believes that Carl needs something more stable than where they are and what they have been experiencing, but also she’s very committed to what has to be done. She’s a woman who does what has to be done, so that involves a lot of ferocity.”

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12th.

What To Expect From Michonne In Season 5 Of The Walking Dead