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Friday, May 31, 2019

Comic Awards and Jace Wars

What a year 2019 has been!

First off, delighted to announce that AH Comics recently received two Independent Book Publisher Awards for Mark Twain's Niagara (Gold-Graphic Novel/ Drama Documentary) and SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 (Gold-Graphic Novel/ Drama Documentary)


I'm honored and thrilled to have been involved in both books (cover, "The Stranger" interior pages for Mark Twain's Niagara; interior pages for "It Could Be Worse" in SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2) and for anyone interested in checking them out, you can find them on Amazon (individual product links vary by location/geographical location).

Jace Wars Promotional Print/Poster by Shane Kirshenblatt








Since January, I've been dedicating much of my time and effort to a very important project, for an organization near and dear to my heart. Jace Wars has been fundraising and spreading brain tumour awareness on behalf of various charities (Ronald McDonald House Hamilton and McMaster Children’s Hospital) since 2012, through various family-friendly events. Since the event in June is set to be the last one until further notice, organization founder Aaron Russell approached me to adapt the story of Jace and Gigi (Russell's son and daughter; the former being the inspiration for the Jace Wars after surviving his own life-threatening brain tumor in 2011) as it takes place in the Star Wars Universe (sneak peek below:)


                        



The book (available for a $12) and 11" x 17" poster ($10; but $20 for both book AND poster) will debut at Niagara Falls Comic Con where I will be appearing (Friday June 7 only) to promote the release and will be providing limited opportunities for original sketch cover illustrations (pricing TBD). 
















Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dragon Knights And Alien Zoos!


So much to tell, but so much more to do!
Andrew Healey and I were thrilled to once again be back in Ottawa this year for the TAC Pitch This competition and finished as semi-finalists pitching our action-adventure series, Dragon Knights. Check out some of the images below:


This concept has been a labour of love for us for the better part of the year, with much time spent revamping storylines, designs and polishing up the pilot script! While we can't say if or when you'll be watching this on the small screen, we can say that a series of comics/ graphic novels are in the works, so stay tuned for more details.

Also, I am pleased to announce (belatedly, due to all the prep work for Ottawa) the release of SCI: Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 by AH Comics. I once again had the honour of illustrating a story in this collection (and teased a panel back in June; hence the "Alien Zoos" part of the update) and count myself very lucky to be published alongside amazing creators Ty Templeton, Richard Pace. Katie Sawatsky, and Bill Sienkiewicz!

Thanks again for checking back, and to those who have inquired about a detailed list of services I provide, it has been added to my About page. Looking forward to sharing more soon but in the meantime, you can follow my more frequent posting on Instagram, where you'll find me under @shanekirshy.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Things Are Getting Wild!

I’ve been fascinated and inspired by the animal kingdom for pretty much my entire life. A couple years ago, I did a series of daily sketches depicting animals in different themes (Old West, Science Fiction, etc) and it proved to be quite popular. Life events took me away from the exercise, but in July of 2018, I had an idea to combine my love of drawing these animals in unique costumes and genres with a way of supporting a worthy cause, the World Wildlife Fund. The idea behind the project is simple; draw animals by request and sell the original artwork, with half of the proceeds going to the WWF. The art will then (after a decent amount is created) be collected into a book, which like the art itself, will have part of the proceeds donated to the WWF, as well. Here are just a few that I have completed thus far (for more info, visit the Facebook Page or email me at shanekirshenblatt@rogers.com ) :