Thursday, January 30, 2014

Emerald City of Oz

How time flies. It's hard to imagine that I started work on the first issue of Oz way back in 2008. It sure doesn't feel like it, and while I was slacking off not updating my blog, I also happened to color the very last issue. The Emerald City of Oz #5 marked the end of the line for Skottie and the bunch as Marvel stopped translating Baum's novels into comics (at least for now. No telling what the future might hold).

I have to say it was one of those bittersweet situations. On the one hand, it's quite sad to see all those  characters go and move on, but on the other it's also exciting to look forward to other, new projects. Oz had become a very familiar and comfortable place for me, and I truly did love my time working on these books. I really can't thank Skottie enough for getting me on board with what has been one of the most defining projects in my career.

Anyway, in an attempt to catch up with more current work, I've decided to post pages from the rest of the series (being issues 2 to 5). As always, it was hard picking pages from such a large pool, but I hope you'll still enjoy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Rise #1

A while back I was commissioned to color a fun little indie project called The Rise. The issue featured lots of shadowy government projects, covert ops, political intrigue, and it gave me a chance to really cut loose and go wild with the coloring with all the moody and atmospheric stuff. This project was even successfully funded on Kickstarter recently. Looks like I'll get to color more of this title in the future-- which is good!

Written and created by Matt Wahlquist with awesome and unique art by Ryan Winn. Anyway, enjoy a few choice pages to help pique your interest. ;)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Avengers Arena finale

Boy oh boy have I ever gotten lazy with these updates. Meanwhile, the world keeps turning, and issues keep getting released. In fact, Avengers Arena saw it's last issue released not too long ago, and I'm only at #14! How time flies by! I have to say this book was one of my favourite gigs. It was a total blast (even if the schedule was at times a bit insane), and I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity. I really got into the zone by the end and learned a lot of new tricks and styles, and to make a sweet deal even sweeter the story was absolutely riveting. I often couldn't wait to get started on the next issue just to see what was going to happen. 

So, in the spirit of catching up to reality, I've decided to just dump a few pages from all the remaining issues. I tried to keep the list short, but it was hard picking my favourites out of five issues. But we have to move on! I have more recent work I want to post here, including the follow-up to Arena; Avengers Undercover (which looks awesome, if I do say so. Kev really knocked that one out the park, and I can't wait to share).

Anyway, for the time being enjoy these pages, and I'll try to be a bit more diligent with these updates. Oh, and all art by series guru Kev Walker, except one issue by Karl Moline.