Dark & Day: Soldiers & Knights

Dark & Day: Soldiers & Knights

So last October, I came across an ad looking for an art team for a new comic project called Dark & Day: Soldiers & Knights. Little did I know when I reached out just what a really cool project this was.

Here’s the basic premise –

A distant future Earth is now split into permanent Ends of night and day. The night/Dark is a culture of machines, technology, soldiers and logical science (science fiction style). The Day is a culture of magic, mythical creatures, knights and belief in wonder (fantasy style). Both sides fear the other and want to protect their people and their way of life.

Jake Grey, the creator, and I started talking and he began to share some of the concept art for the project he’d already developed and scope of the world started to come into focus. I was really floored. If I hadn’t been sold on the premise alone, seeing it brought to life and getting a sense of where Jake wanted to take the project really brought it all home. I knew that this had to be an Outland project.

After some discussion, we settled on Nicolas Giacondino to handle the pencils and inks, and Pedro Figue to take on the color work. We started with a couple test pieces, below –

We were all pretty happy with how the test pieces turned out, so we also brought in Ed Dukeshire to work on the letters. And with that, we had our team. Below is the cover as well as art for the first eight pages of the book.

Jake and I have gone back and forth a lot with this, making sure the art and timeline all works with this project. It’s been a real pleasure together! And expect more updates on this very soon.

For more info on the project, you can check out these sites –

http://www.darkandday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-and-Day-book/102844399757795?fref=nfhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/703737572/dark-and-day-novels-and-comics

JM

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Attackosaur: Devil Executioner

Attackosaur: Devil Executioner

It’s been a year or two ago at this point, and I don’t recall exactly how we connected.  Whether it was through an ad I answered online or if he found us, we’ve now worked on several projects with Martin Smith of Attackosaur Comics.

Martin has not only been a pleasure to work with in both instances, he’s also an extremely talented writer and designer.  His stories are pretty fun and tend to be short, self-contained books, which I think is great.  He’s not weighed down with trying to stretch a story out over a long period of time and he can release each book all at once.  I think that’s a great way to self-publish comics and I love the fact that you can pick up the book and get a full story.

Anyway, the first book we worked on together was one called Devil Executioner. It was a fun take on the horror genre and an entertaining story about exorcism.  We handed everything except the writing and lettering.  It’s a black and white book with pencils and inks from long-time Outland artist, Nicolas Giacondino, the logo design by Dustin Dade, and I handled the colors for the cover.

Check out the cover and some of the artwork below!

I actually had a lot of fun with the cover on this one – Nic, as usual, did a fantastic job on the lines.  For the color, I wanted to really give it an ominous feel, which is why I chose a low level light source and the stark yellow background.  I feel like it turned out pretty creepy!

If you want to read the full comic, you can purchase it directly from Martin here!

Thanks!

JM

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Flight of the Binturong

Flight of the Binturong

Another project we’ve been working on for the last couple years is a webcomic called Flight of the Binturong from writer Sal Crivelli.  Outland was hired to handle the art for this project.  Here’s a little bit about the project –

IT’S THE FUTURE

But don’t worry. A lot’s still the same.

No evil Empire. No oppressive theocracy. No galactic struggle. The government’s too bureaucratic for all that noise.

The Binturong is a mechanic ship with a crew of four. In the heyday of interstellar repairs, if your ship needed fixing, rigs like The Binturong would come to you, make repairs, and send you on your way.  Nowadays, newer ships (along with most technology made in the last few years) have self-diagnosing AI that assesses, isolates, and self-repairs. It makes for safer, further space travel (and longer unemployment lines).

Flight of the Binturong is a once-a-week comic, which will update every Tuesday.

Inspired by the works of James Cameron, John Carpenter, and Joss Whedon, we’re hoping to bring you a comic that invokes that old feeling of cool, gritty space, while hopefully taking you on some new, exciting adventures.

Looking over the project, I decided it might be best to bring in somebody really good with hard sci-fi.  So I suggested Nicolas Giacondino to come in and handle the pencils and inks.  For colors, I pulled in Pedro Figue.  I have to say – these two make a formidable team!  Nic knows his stuff and Pedro did a stellar job on the colors – the pages really turned out great!  See for yourself!

Be sure to head over to the site and check it out!  The webcomic is ongoing and updates weekly!

JM

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The Th3rd World Studios: Orange Man & Orange Woman

The Th3rd World Studios: Orange Man & Orange Woman

One of the projects that we took on before work began on The Mortal Instruments for The Th3rd World Studios was a comic book for Syracuse University.

Outland was hired to handle all the art chores for two short stories that would be collected into a single comic that would be handed out or sold at the various basketball events for Syracuse University. This was definitely a departure from the kind of work that we usually do and it was a fun assignment. I can’t claim to know much about basketball, so it was certainly a little different for me.

I grabbed Scott Godlewski to handle the pencils/inks and I did the colors. We were recently asked to do a new cover as well, and I tapped Brian Koschak to handle that.

Here’s a write up about the project along with a preview of some of the lettered pages.

Here are the covers –

And here are some of the pages!

Hope you like it!

JM

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The Th3rd World Studios: The Mortal Instruments

The Th3rd World Studios: The Mortal Instruments

One of the rather large projects that we’ve been working on for the last year is for The Th3rd World studios. They were working on the graphic novel adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best selling young adult novel series The Mortal Instruments and were looking for a colorist.

I’ve known the guys over at The Th3rd World as acquaintances for quite a while, back when they used to host a forum on their site. They initially approached me about coloring the eight issues of the project earlier this year – Mike DeVito was very flattering about my color work when he approached me, going so far as to say that they even tried to approach the preview comic in sort of my style.

His kind words worked, I was on board.

As it turns out, Outland will not only be coloring the full series, but we’ll also be illustrating and coloring several of the later issues. I’ve tapped Chris Meeks to take the work on and I have to say, some of the pages he is turning in for the project are fantastic. Chris always does great work and it’s always fun to work with him.

I’ll be posting pages and previews of the work off and on over the course of the project, though we’re honestly not all that far from finishing this first series.

All of the issues will be available digitally via Comixology. There will also be a printed graphic novel that will eventually be available as well once we wrap the project up.

Finally, these aren’t standard issues – each one so far has been closer to 25-27 pages as opposed to the standard 22 pages per issue. So it’s a good price for the amount of story and pages you get.

Also, it looks like there will also be a movie coming out in August 2013! You can check out the preview here!

Please, go check out the book!

JM

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Foulplay

Foulplay

One of the first projects (and actually probably what really got this whole thing rolling) that we worked on as a company was for a very ambitious project for a company up in Canada called Foulplay Entertainment. This is a big project and has been pretty involved, but it has also been fun and I’ve enjoyed working with the project lead, Peter Gammell quite a bit.

The basic premise was for this to be a sort of interactive comic series marketed to iPad. The story revolves around a dystopic future and present day – with our main characters communicating through time to stop a major global catastrophe. Like I said – a very cool and fun idea.

The project came to me by way of Jeff Wamester (who actually did the pencils and inks on the covers for the project). Jeff didn’t have time to take the project on and suggested me as a possible alternative, which I was very grateful for. But, after hearing a little bit about the project, I decided it was probably going to be a little more I could handle on my own.  Below are some of the covers that Jeff contributed and I colored.

So after some discussion with Peter, I decided to call on some of my contacts to help. I would do the layouts, color work, and letters for the project and we would outsource for the pencils and inks. This all worked out to our advantage – it allowed us to move a little more quickly through the material, at least that’s what we hoped moving into the project. I was able to recruit and work with a number of talented people, Chris Meeks and Shaun O’Neil among a variety of great artists.

To date, we’ve developed the first two chapters, the first four covers, and a myriad of concept art. Right now the project is on a short hiatus and will hopefully return to production toward the end of the year. If you want to check everything out in action, you can do so over at the Foulplay website.

I’m going to occasionally post up a variety of process art. I enjoy seeing how things come together and it’ll be nice to show a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes as well.

Below you can see our process on page two of chapter one. I did the layout, color work, and letters. Shaun O’Neil did the pencils and inks.

For me, I find it really enjoyable to see how another artist can take my layouts and flesh them out into a fully finished page. I think Shaun did a fantastic job with this page – he was able to take my layouts and really bring this future city to life. I also had a lot of fun doing the color work here – it’s always a great deal of fun to handle the colors, but it’s even more fun when you get to work with other talented creators.

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