Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Panel Pages is Fully Funded

On February 26, 2013 we set out to create a new kind of art board for the new, younger and more digitally inclined artist. The artist who draws on paper then scans to computer. But this artist is young, struggling, trying to buy, clothes, food, maybe school books and of course art supply.

This artist has a cheap scanner/printer combo like you get at Best Buy, but it's mainly for documents and not for art. The large format scanners are expensive, not to mention big and bulky, so this person has to scan half the document, then the other half and then connect the two halves in Photoshop or other graphics program to get it into the computer. Wouldn't it be nice if that artist had a smaller page to work with in originating his or her art? The artist could not only draw smaller, but instantly go from paper to scanner.

That was our idea when we created Panel Pages, based on an incident that happened with me wanting to scan a large page and not being able to without the common hassle of scanning both halves. While I've had this idea in mind for awhile, for some reason this incident really pushed me to move on it. It started with cutting paper 8 x 11.5, an inch wider and taller than the 7 x 10.5 size the pages are reduced to in Photoshop to be made print ready for the digital comic book printers like Ka-blam, ComiXpress or Rink.

On February 26, 2013 we set up a Kickstart to get funds to back this project and on Sunday March 17, we made our $1500 goal! And we still have twenty some days to go and are still getting funds. It was awesome to have people like Trent Kaniuga, Dan Fraga and Shawn Alleyne back this project. We also have an Indiegogo for people who want to use Paypal to help with this project. Thanks to all those that helped. We will do the best we can to get this done and done well.

We've been talking to paper companies including paper giant Strathmore and the art chain Utrecht, which makes it's own paper products so sometime in June we should be rolling out Panel Pages. See you then.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Epitaph The Darksiders - Final Issue!

It's been a long time coming, but Epitaph: The Darksiders is finally complete. This was a great three issue series leading into the ongoing series in which I will be taking over the art chores now that I have more time and am back at the boards.

I'd like to send a special thanks to my crew Joseph Canave for knocking these pages out for me and to my colorist Maldad and to my original colorist Kayla Swain.

It was tough finically considering I was shooting the "Epitaph: Bread and Salt" movie while still writing and lettering the Darksiders and still penciling and inking the first two issues of the ongoing series and also issue #0 of Victor Locke Demon Hunter, not to mention the third book in the ongoing series which became the Damita book so it's been a busy few months.

And now, as you know I'm working on the Panel Pages project for comic book artist working between the comic and digital mediums. And more special thanks to Preston Shuttlesworth for working with us and hopefully we will be able to get our prototypes done through his company EyeCandy.

So that's it everyone, Epitaph: The Darksiders #3 should be on sale next month and ready to go for all who want it.