Drawmore, Inc. the people behind the upcoming Nobodies Anthology have announced me as a contributor to their book, along with my collaborator Vic Malhotra. Vic came up with a heartbreaking little story called “Muttnik” which I provided a script for and Vic is drawing.
Give their site a look, there’s a lot of great talent working on this book and it’s sure to be a great read.
It will be available at NYCC ’11 in October.
Link to their announcement below:
I’m working on a new book with the wicked talented and wicked professional Vic Malhotra.
It’s called “Fort Ripley and the Gangsters of Kalamazoo” and you can watch our creative process unfold before your very eyes on our production tumblr timetravelandtommyguns.tumblr.com
The url says it all.
It’s a story which takes place on the eve of prohibition, with time traveler Fort Ripley getting involved with the notorious and gruesome Purple Gang of Detroit. He enlists the aid of a medium, a seemingly-immortal escape artist, and the legendary Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch: A. William Underwood, in his quest to retrieve an ancient artifact and return to his own time! Time travel and tommy guns! Prohibition and the Paranormal! Moonshine and Mediums! Gangsters and the Gruesome! Love and Lovecraft! Weirdness in the time of Woodrow Wilson! And How!
The blog will feature artwork as it is drawn as well as images and articles unearthed during our research for the project.
Look for “Fort Ripley and the Gangsters of Kalamazoo” to debut on the web in early ’11.
Here’s a couple of nice links to ring in the new.
MTV Geek names “The Marvel” as a top 10 collected edition of 2010, in such esteemed company as Sweet Tooth and the All Star Superman collection:
This well-designed collected edition of Carbonneau and Ng’s webcomic about the life of occultist Jack Parsons looks like a magical grimoire the book’s subject would have been proud of. An overlooked gem that deserves more attention.
And Steven Surman, friend of “The Marvel,” has added my graphic novel to his list of top 5 independents for 2010, saying
It’s a small miracle a book like this was ever conceived, let alone written, illustrated, and printed by Cellar Door Publishing. The marvelous talent of writer Richard Carbonneau saw potential not in some fantasy he dreamed up in his head, but rather in the factual adventures of a real-life scientist and sorcerer, John “Jack” Marvel Whiteside Parsons. Without the genius of Parsons, we wouldn’t have discovered solid rocket fuel, which would have changed the history of NASA.
But Parsons was also a man steeped in the occult, so much so that he operated the American sect of his Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) organization and was so close to Aleister Crowley that he called him “father.” Writer Carbonneau plundered as much secondary research as possible, and when he didn’t find enough, he investigated himself. The resulting book is an amazing feat of graphic storytelling, capturing both Parson’s factual accomplishments and the hazy speculations about his occult knowledge. Carbonneau’s artist, Robin Simon Ng, uses a stark chiaroscuro style that is heavily lined with fine detail. This is one of the most original and courageous graphic novels I’ve read in a very long time.
While Zoroaster is on hiatus, and we’re still waiting for “The Marvel” to be distributed, you can check out two comics by my friend Len. Master Jesus, (which may satisfy a bit of that mystical messiah craving you’re feeling in Zoroaster’s absence) features art by Internet’s Steve Bialik. Steve was responsible for that Samurai Star Wars viral art that was going around tumblr and beyond. He’s also the cartoonist behind Minister Jade, a comic which I’ve dubbed “Crouching Tiger meets Green Lantern.“
Master Jesus is not just your saviour, he’s your Master. Updates Sundays.
Len and Tony have cranked up the heat on Chicago: 1968, bringing us up to the precipice of the riots we’ve all been expecting. A new episode each Monday updates on lenkody.com as well as Image’s Shadowline.
As for me I’m enjoying the summer with plenty of good food and drink.
Next weekend Patrick Morrissey will be exhibiting at the Kinzie Corridor Art Walk.
If all goes well I will be slinging lemonade at his booth and hawking Lady Gaga Shrinky Dinks.
It’s official! I will be exhibiting with Cellar Door Publishing at booth 746 at C2E2.
Reed Expositions have set up a nice con planner and booth locator here. I’ve marked our spot on it for your convenience.
I will have a limited number of copies of “The Marvel” for sale, as well as some t-shirts from store.rscarbonneau.com
It’s looking to be a great show, and I can’t wait to see you there!
I hope everyone’s been enjoying the work of Zak Kinsella on Zoroaster In Aethiopia. Expect to see two more pages from Zak this month, as well as new art from Jonathan Wyke, a talented British artist (and antiques collector from my understanding) who furnishes Zoroaster’s world with realistic settings and styles. Such as these:
Next Saturday is the Kinzie Corridor Art Walk, for which I will be IN CHICAGO to support my good friend Patrick Morrissey. He will be occupying the Fulton Street Collective as his own private gallery for an afternoon. Join us, won’t you? For more information, visit their website.
October 10th 2009 | 12 p.m. — 8 p.m. |
2010 W. Carroll Ave Chicago, IL 60612 | 312 . 829 . 2787
Also, you can expect a very short little comic from me and Patrick in the near future, as soon as I get around to digitally manipulating the thing. It’s entitled “We Are Pilots” and here’s a tease:
57 years ago this day Jack Parsons died as a result of an explosion.
Today, much of his life and work remain as much of a mystery as his death. Most, though hardly all, of the publicly available information about Jack is second-hand knowledge, hearsay, and speculation. Likewise, there is still a great deal of misinformation and misconception surrounding not only Jack, but the so-called occult practices in which he engaged.
In the process of writing “The Marvel” I struggled to only use information which was corroborated by a number of sources. Still, I did fill in a lot of the blanks myself, and overall, while based on historical documents, it is primarily a work of fiction. Our goal in creating the book was not to aggrandize the life of a Libertarian Libertine, but to spread the ideas expressed in Jack’s own writings and the impact of the work he did in the world. I’m telling you this because the very last page of “The Marvel” is finished. Robin and I are proud of the work we’ve created.
We’ve been waiting for the right moment to make the following announcement:
It’s with a great deal of happiness that I am announcing today, on the anniversary of JP’s departure from this world, that the complete graphic novel “The Marvel” will be released by Cellar Door Publishing.
While the pages of “The Marvel” will still be available online at webcomicsnation.com, there is much of the story that will only be published in the graphic novel. This includes new artwork by Robin Simon, and dozens of new pages of narrative which tie together Jack’s last days and his early life.
Cellar Door Publishing is a company that specializes in the publication of high-quality illustrated literature and graphic novels. We’ve chosen to work with them because of their commitment to quality product, such as the award-winning graphic novel “Minister Jade” by Steve Bialik. The unique approach of publisher Jade Dodge is a refreshing and encouraging one in this comic industry, and her support and creative direction on this project have been invaluable.
While this is not an official press release, and no solicitation date has yet been set, I felt that now was the right time to announce our partnership.
Keep checking back for more details and be sure to follow “The Marvel” online, with updates every day this week!
Here’s a sneak-peek of the prototype cover for the print edition of the comic (be sure to click on the thumbnail to enlarge):