“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Saturday, September 27, 2008

POOR LIL' BLOG_update

Rick Remender is a vicious taskmaster. Blame him for the lack of updates. I believe his exact words were, "Hunker down, finish my books or I swear, I'll kill you dead!"

Heh. I'm joking, of course. Rick has been more than supportive of me and my work, and he's been a great collaborator through this entire process. It's just that when I'm trying to do a monthly book, it's all I can do to stay on task (don't let anyone kid you folks: a page a day ain't no joke), maintain some semblance of a social life, and still manage to watch a little NFL football. So, no extra time to do 90 minute stuff, or commission stuff or freelance stuff. Just.... no STUFF. But I thought considering my updates and input these days are shaping up to be around once a month, I might as well give it a little color. Yeah, it's all work related material, but at least you know I'm not slacking off playing MGS4. Which I'm not. I swear. I'm playing Metal Gear Portable Ops. Completely different.

Anyhoo... TEL#4 came out a few weeks back. My part (about 8 pages, I think) printed dark. It's just part of the growing pains of learning screen resolution vs. print resolution. It was my first time having to deal with art from start to finish and color calibration is a foreign thing to me.




TEL#5 should be out soon, but if you were to ask me for an exact date my answer would be, "Um... I dunno. Go look it up on the internets." Here are the first two pages, all color corrected for print with Rick's help and insight. Thanks, man.




TEL#6 is well on its way to being finished. Naomi Baker has moved on to other projects, so Matt Wilson is coming in to pull my fat out of the proverbial fryer. Thanks, Matt - great looking stuff thus far.




Last but not least, I'm reading comic books, again! Sweet! I went to the local place in Long Beach and just randomly picked out stuff that I think I'd enjoy and here's what I liked: UNCANNY X-MEN by Fraction, Brubaker and Land. The stuff starting with #500 is shaping up to be pretty cool. It's odd to think that after a long, LONG time away, an X-Men title is starting to interest me again. I'm excited! INVINCIBLE IRON MAN reads like a dream. Fraction (I think I'm going to end up giving this fellow all of my comic book reading money) and Larroca are kicking serious tail. Too bad the armor design still looks like a Pasadena Art Center/ Trans Dept. rookie graduate's wet dream (Toes? Really? They put toes on the armor?), but it's so much fun to read and look at that I'm gonna have to get over it. And finally the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN HC. Man, that's some cool sh*t that's happening in that AS:S (heh) series. It's so much FUN to read. Um... I got THOR (is it adjectiveless now? No 'Mighty' or 'Thunderous'?) by Straczynski and Copiel. Fun, fun, FUN! As an aside, I'm seriously jealous of Oliver's pared down style. So simple and succinct that I wish I could do it. The common factor for all the stuff I've gone through thus far is this: they're all fun to 'read' - in both story and storytelling. How awesome are those combos?!

Oh, I also went back and borrowed all the big cross-over books that's either coming out of or have come out of Marvel the past couple of years just so I can get caught up on what's hot on the Marvel Comics scene right now. There was SECRET INVASION, CIVIL WAR and... another one that I can't remember right now. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED? Maybe.

So here's a question of the first two I mentioned above: The idea of Civil War is to pit Marvel's top-tier and some not-so-top-tier characters against each other, yeah? Then with Secret Invasion they... did it... uummm... again? I know they're Skrulls, but essentially that's what's happening, yeah?

That's a whole lotta Marvel this month so I'm gonna switch it up by reading a gluttonous amount of DC stuff next month. What's good on the DC Comics front? I didn't buy too much DC stuff last week, but I recognized that they just have numbers on their covers now. It's all 52 and Trinity #whatever and Countdown to something-rather, yeah? I have so much catching up to do.

There: an actual update. Hope that works for you Dwight and/or Swain. Now stop with the e-mails already. Haha! Talk to you all soon (maybe in another month) and have a great weekend.

31 comments:

asd said...

I forgive you for the lack of updates that stuff is hot.

Mr. Popular said...

Most excellent work, as usual.

Skotti said...

Holy ass crackers.... those pages look awesome!

RAWLS said...

Those look sweet man. Keep up the great work!

Joern said...

So different to your b/w work. But soo great. I like the composition and coloring in particular.

Illink said...

I love the pages, it's always great to come by a check out what your workin on.

Janshi said...

If you're going to check out any DC books, some recommendations:

Blue Beetle - fun, unlike many DC books nowadays....

Detective Comics by Paul Dini - mmm mmm mmm. Good ol' Dini.

Batman by Grant Morrison - Not everyone's favorite, and Batman RIP is absolutely surreal and might be off-putting, but he has some really excellent issues.

Avoid Amazons Attack, Teen Titans and anything by Jim Starlin like the plague.

VHS said...

These look faaantastic! From scratch to color...??! Keep it up you bastard. ;P

B.roz said...

i'm not good in english ,,
so i can't understand all;( but
one thing i know certainly your art-works is cool.x :)

Josh said...

Very nice! The coloring looks great too, man!

I love the detailed backgrounds too. Just wanted to say, so you knew you were not drawing them for nothing. :)

j_ay said...

Looking forward TEL, although I bought 1-3 anticipating your coming on the title and couldn’t get past issue 2 (easily a one-two punch of some of the worst art and writing I’ve ever experienced in 27 years of reading comics). So hopefully you’ll art will inspire RR to actually write something interesting.
If not, I’ll just stare at the pretty pictures and hope to hell you jump off the title. I’m sure Fraction could muster up a project for you...

[a] said...

"ESTICAZZI" (italian word that sounds like awesome/amazing/impressive/no word to explain how I love your art)

samacleod said...

Wow! These look fantastic!

DAN-VAN-COOL said...

Straczynski and Copiel have done somthign really special for Thor. Marko's Covers and guest Penciling were amazing as well.

Andres P. said...

Man these pages are frigging AWESOME! Love your style.

Best!

A!

ccashio2002 said...

Hey Eric, you probly really busy,and won't get to this post but I got to try anyway.

I live in Baton Rouge,LA,and my house was recently destroyed because a tree fell on it during hurricane Gustav.

One of the bad parts is one of my computers that had a bunch of art folders on it suffered heavy water damage.

My favorite art pieces from you were on there,and now I can't find them anywhere on the internet.=/

Would it be possible to email me or post those old Batman, X men and DV8 submission pages you used to have on your old website?


God I loved those,and they were a constant inspiration. Anyway thanks.

Critical Chris said...

I don't wanna sound like a creep or anything but I thought I saw you in a Target in Cerritos, Ca. I crazy too because I just totally picked up the Iron Man DVD.

weshoyot said...

skrulls you say...they're everywhere...i've even had to do some skrull skulls...so if you see those on a bumper somewhere...they were by my hand ^_^

weshoyot said...

and BTW~ these pages are effin bitchin'! the colors are really showcasing your linework nicely!!

REAU said...

The pages look great man. You're really kicking ass on this one.

axel#13 said...

Man, I'm digging on your pages for TEL! picked up #4 this past week...looking forward for #5!

Norm (Baron) Ryang said...

see what happens when you use a good brush pen? good job bro.

ButterfishManiac said...

I got no problem waiting for some new hotness from you. Also dropping a line to say saw you got a good bit of love in IMagineFX magazine awesome. Anychance you'll be doig some tutorials in there. I say this knowing you have not time to begin with...LOL Nice work in the mag man--peace

Jeff said...

When will your first End League come out in trade?

Brian Churilla said...

Looks great, duder.

dusty abell said...

you should change your name to eric "kinetic" you need to strap a seat belt on looking at your art and storytelling, it almost knocks you off your feet, the bar has been raised yet again with your first full issue of the end league, gorgeous stuff man.............

sensitiveandimportant said...

Ok I'm totally loving a monthly book from you sir.

I have to say tho, I'm really not enjoying this color style on your stuff. I think it really takes away from your beautiful brush work!

I think you need a color style more like Dave Stewart did on Umbrella Academy or the work he does on the Hellboy books.

Still a huge fan!

david benzal said...

I like your drawings!
your style is very good.
See you

The Black Samurai said...

Very cool work as usual! Take all the time you need!

claudio said...

waaauuuu.. teachme man!!! pleasssse!!

Space Station Orbiter: Cloud 99 said...

I'm loving these pages in black and white. The coloring is unique and look awesome on the computer but after purchasing your first issue of TEL the colors seemed slightly darker and more muted. Is it just me that thinks that? Irregardless, you've got my support. I'm interested in seeing where this book goes...