Thursday, March 22, 2018

Artist Terrible At Website Updates

Yeah, you read that right. Apparently, my last update was sometime in November (that can't be right, I remember it being much more recent... don't I?) but I have been rather busy since then!

The holiday season was kind to me in terms of volume of commissions, and on top of that, Andrew Healey and I were hard at work developing and pitching our two animation projects to studios all over Toronto. Additionally, I made the decision to accompany Andrew to Kidscreen in Miami this past February, in order to expand awareness of our works in progress to the US and international markets. Not surprisingly, we had a lot more success with our comedy project than our action-adventure property. The market wants what it wants, but the persistent storytellers that we are, we are dedicated to bringing the action series to fruition in some form, most likely a kids comic/ graphic novel series. Perhaps this will serve as a proof of concept, but we are both eager and excited to get it out there. Sample scripts are nearly complete for both show ideas, as well as other ideas.

After Kidscreen, I completed my pages for AH Comics' Mark Twain Book, which will see a release sometime over the next couple of months (as soon as I know the date, I will let you know). As you'll see in the page sample below, this took considerable time and effort but I (along with the publisher) are extremely pleased with the results. I can't wait to hold the book in my hand and also get started on my story for the SCI: The Jewish Comix Anthology Vol. 2 (also slated for a Spring release by AH Comics). Contracts have been signed and work started on other comic projects as well, but they are too early stage to share anything just yet (but definitely before the end of the month).

These pages were a labour of love. Probably the most detailed
and challenging I've ever done. 

In the midst of all of this activity, I'm also pleased to announce a few upcoming events/ and appearances (which I in large part had taken a hiatus from over the past couple of years...the top of the page still said 2016 when I went to update). As always, I am honoured to take part in events relating to such important causes with so many great people, so in closing, I'm posting the event banners below:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Plugging Away

In keeping with my pledge to provide more regular updates, here's what's going on, at present:

My main focus right now is completing my pages for AH Comics' Mark Twain's Niagara Book One, slated for release sometime next Spring. This book features work from many notable artists (too many to list, but if you look at the cover image below, you can see for yourself), with whom I feel honoured to be featured alongside. I'm still thrilled that I had the opportunity to illustrate that cover, especially since it gave me the chance to read the entire script, which I loved and can't wait to read in it's final form!

I also recently completed a pinup in support of AH's Kickstarter for SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2. As mentioned previously, this is a bit of a departure from the first installment, in terms of focusing more on original tales with a Sci-Fi twist, than a mix of traditional folk tales and other stories seen in the first volume. It's definitely a change for me since my contribution to that book was an adaptation of a somewhat scary 12th-century tale "The Bleeding Tree", whereas this time around, I'll be taking on more of a comedic yard, "It Could Be Worse". Below is the pinup, which can be yours as a signed print (with a copy of the book) as a reward for supporting the Kickstarter.

Finally, and just for fun, I did a bit of 80's-inspired fan art for Gaelstone Media's Action Mice.The creators of the series were very happy with the results and I look forward to seeing this series come to fruition!

For those of you wondering about progress on the animation projects mentioned in the previous post, things are in the works but it's a slow process. Nothing to report on that just now but I will certainly share any developments as they come up.

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Long Time, No See!

As the title of the post implies, it's been a while since I've posted an update (several months, I'm embarrassed to say), but there has been much activity in the interim!

First and foremost, I've had the honour and pleasure of teaming up with writer Andrew Healey to develop a couple of properties for animation- an industry I've been interested in breaking into for quite some time- and that has kept me pretty busy for the past few months. Reception to our projects has been overwhelmingly positive in the relatively short time we've been working together, and our pitch for our kids animated comedy series Zap Kazaam (with incredible design work by animation artist Joseph Troy) was runner-up in the Pitch This! competition at this year's Ottawa International Animation Festival. I can't really post much from it yet because it is still under consideration from several potential investors/ studios, but here is a teaser image, so if/ when it does make it's way to the screen, you'll know where you saw it first:

Character Designs by Joseph Troy

Since then, we have been hard at work, completing a pitch bible for an action-adventure series-which we successfully did, just last week! Sadly, I can't share anything from that just yet, since it is just going out now to prospective buyers, but we're pleased that there has been a lot of positive feedback/interest based solely on the verbal pitch we presented in Ottawa. I really look forward to sharing this soon!

On the publishing front, I was delighted to hear from AH Comics that Mark Twain's Niagara-a project announced a couple years back, for which I had the distinct pleasure of illustrating the cover will be released in the spring of 2018, so I'll be pretty busy putting together my interior pages for that over the next little while. Additionally, they have announced a follow-up to the Jewish Comics Anthologythis one with a sci-fi twist and appropriately named SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Vol.2. Very excited to be contributing to this as well, alongside industry greats like Ty Templeton, David Mack and Bill Seinkiewicz and many, many more. This one is also slated for a 2018 release, and the Kickstarter is running right now!

That's all for now, folks! I'll try to be a bit better about updates, but right now, my priority is actually getting the work done. I haven't forgotten about plans for the YouTube channel, which is still going to happen, but it's going to have to wait until things calm down a bit, so I have the time to do it right!