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The Wonderful World of Color

Supergirl_Watercolor-pencilsHaving made it to the end of my long fall convention trail, I’ve busied myself with getting back to producing pages for “The Volstock Payoff”, the current crime-noir-ish story running at trekkercomic.com. I still feel I’m getting used to the added task of coloring the series, but enjoying negotiating that learning curve. It remains a thrill to be back to telling the rest of Mercy’s long story after a far too-long absence, and I’m very excited for the tales I have lined up to follow this one. And don’t worry– while our adventuress Mercy will wear many different outfits as we move along, she will never opt to wear a short skirt like this while “on the job”. But sometimes in Mercy’s violent world, things just happen.

Meanwhile, I’m also attending to a few commission obligations, such as this Supergirl piece that’s destined for a watercolor treatment. I love producing watercolor pieces whenever I have the chance. It’s not a practical solution for coloring a full comic story– at least not with my process– but wonderful fun on an individual image like this. And, it’s a particular delight to be working on a Supergirl piece since I’m currently enjoying the new TV Supergirl show. I’ve been relieved that, while they take the series “seriously” and avoid making it feel slight or simplified, they have appropriately avoided turning it into yet another grim, murderous affair, as happens to so many of the “superhero” TV productions. I think this series hits the right note for this character– one of hope and inspiration. What a breath of fresh air. I’ll share the final product here when it’s done.

Fall Convention Trail concludes this weekend

EUCON_title2-e1436301084421It’s been a very busy fall as I’ve traveled to several conventions in the region and around the country sharing the god news that is Trekker, and meeting many fans both newly-minted and long-time readers. I find each show extremely rewarding and inspiring– a great energizer, despite the time involved in preparations and travels. Meeting fans is always a great, great pleasure.

This weekend I’ll be at the Eugene Comc Con. it’s the first year for this show, and I hope many people will show up to give the show a strong inaugural voyage. The Trekker Empire will be there in full force to do all we can to that end.

Here’s a quartet of commissions from last month’s Baltimore Comic Con– including Mercy, Jinal né Comarr, the heroine of my first comics series from way back at the dawn of time, The Barren Earth for DC Comics, and my first-ever requests for a sketch of Molly and of Mercy’s police lieutenant uncle, Alex St. Clair. Sketch-QuartetWEB

Over-due update: Trekker Omnibus, Fall Conventions, Silence &Co GN

Lots going on! First, I just got my hands on the advanced copy of the mighty Trekker Omnibus, coming this August from Dark Horse (and me, of course). Over 320 pages, this collects all the existing Trekker stories, some in the original black and white, all scanned directly from the original art, some stories in brand-new color. It also features a terrific foreward by the one and only Gail Simone, and a “Skechbook” section displaying lots of rare and unseen Trekker images produced  over the years. I worked long and intensely with the folks at Dark Horse to make this package definitive, and I am super-happy with the results! You can pre-order it here, or find it in your favorite comic shop as of August 7, or get one direct from me at a convention appearance this fall. Speaking of which:

I am looking forward to my first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con, this September 7-8! This convention has a terrific reputation as being one of the best. Can’t wait to experience it. And I’ll also be at the also excellently-run Rose City Comic-Con in Portland later in Sept 21-22, so plenty of fun that month!

Lastly, a long time in the coming is the graphic novel Silence & Co that I’ve illustrated for Gur Beshemish and Crystal Publications. It’s a gloriously pulpy modern crime noir tale getting terrific reviews, and on sale now!

TREKKER OMNIBUS available for Pre-order at 30% discount!

Hey everyone– the book won’t be out until this August, but for this month only, you can pre-order the Omnibus at a whopping 30% savings here! I’ve worked long and hard with the good folks at Dark Horse Comics to make this volume the definitive and complete collection of all the original TREKKER stories. Selected stories are here in all-new color, other stories and materials appear with retouched and up-dated color, there’s a “sketchbook” section that is stuffed with rare and unseen sketches, pin-ups, unused pencil pages and more. But mostly, it’s the ultimate way to experience these stories with the smoothest continuity, so they can build and achieve their full effect. Getting all these original stories, over 300 pages, back into print, and continuing on with all-new tales have been my primary goals since launching the Trekker website. I’m thrilled to have it coming together so beautifully.