Afrodisiac

Pre-orders for the Afrodisiac are due soon. So tell your local Comic Book Guy to order a stack of them! Here are order details, a video preview, and you can see a PDF preview at Adhouse Books:

Afrodisiac
Adhouse Books
96 4C pages
6 " x 9 " HC
$14.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-06-0
Shipping December 2009
Diamond Order Code: OCT09 0658
 

Blogger

Hi, everyone. I'm experimenting with blogger. I invite you to check out the new blog and let me know what you think. For now, it will be the place to find updates, new artwork, and whatever else I normally post here. So please update your bookmarks and whatnot, and give it a look-see!

Thanks!

Strange Tales #2

Brother Voodoo lives! Here is an interview about our strip from Marvel's Strange Tales #2. Some of you may be familiar with this story (I've been working on it for a while). It's had an interesting journey from concept to print.

I think it hits comic shops next week? Should be good - it includes Tony Millionaire's Iron Man, Matt Kindt's Black Widow, and a beautiful-looking story by R. Kikuo Johnson.

Brother Voodoo

Afrodisiac and SPX

Vietnam: 20,000 BC!
The crew behind Street Angel hits the ghetto with the Afrodisiac - in SuperColor! There’s cats, gats, spats, and feathered hats…action as big as a Georgia ham and wool so fine it'll blow your mind! Lock up your daughters, come hell or high water, cause here comes the king of the concrete jungle!

details:
96 4C pages
6 " x 9 " HC
$14.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-06-0
Shipping December 2009
Diamond Order Code: OCT09 0658

Afrodisiac Limited Edition
• Limited edition of 100
• Presented with a limited dust-jacket
• Includes a S&N print.
• $25 US funds

Hey, everybody, here are a couple of recent additions to the Afrodisiac book. I am almost done with this thing. Unfortunately, finishing it by the deadline means I won't make it to SPX. Hope everyone has a great show. I don't think I've missed an SPX since it was cancelled following 911. But Adhouse Books will be representing, so stop by and tell Chris how you plan to buy 10 of these things for Christmas gifts and stuff. He'll like that.

Also, I'll be trying to promote this book as much as I can in the coming weeks and months. But to do that, I can use YOUR help! If you think this book looks interesting or you think one of your friends would like it, please post links on your blogs, journals, etc. Tell your local comics shop about it. AND if you have any suggestions for ways I can better promote this, please leave behind some comments or email me suggestions! Thanks!
duckcover

One Model Nation

One Model Nation cover

Finished up the artwork for One Model Nation last night. Above is the cover (front, back, and spine), below is an alternative version of the title page artwork (it will be cropped differently in the book). It's always exciting to finish a project. I want to thank Courtney Taylor, Joe Keatinge, Jon Fell, and Mike Allred for feedback, encouragement, and believing my drawings would work for this project.

Now I'm working feverishly to finish the Afrodisiac.

One Model Nation title page

Street Angel speaks French

Street Angel Le Lezard Noir Press

The French edition of Street Angel is now available fromLe Lezard Noir. Check out the cool introduction by Paul Gravett. I'm stunned he has any idea that Street Angel even exists! So humbling and awesome. Thanks, Paul! And for those of you who haven't already checked it out, I recommend Paul's recent book, Holy Sh*t! The World's Weirdest Comic Books .

Street Angel

Welcome to Wilkesborough, a district definitely on the rough side of the tracks, and it seems aptly named after John Wilkes Booth, US President Lincoln's assassin. Its streets, pavements, alleyways and dumpbins are home to an unlikely junior heroine, Street Angel. Like a lot of youngsters in comics, from Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne to Little Orphan Annie and Tintin, Jesse Sanchez has been orphaned and has had to grow up fast. She's reinventing herself and her life, living by her own rules, finding unexpected inner resources and survival skills. It's no coincidence that artist Jim Rugg pays homage here to Harold Gray's spunky Annie, another red-headed, big-hearted defender of the little guys in the big city. The secret origin of Street Angel's uncanny skateboarding techniques and combat chops is discreetly revealed in a profile page here, as the sole surviving offspring of a graceful "ninjina" or female ninja and a "Skate Lord". Their deaths are what drive someone so young and seemingly vulnerable to extraordinary extremes. This adds a depth behind her bravado, when we learn that "her earliest memories are of the people closest to her dying." A loner, Jesse has no canine companion like Sandy or Snowy, nor adults to join her in her adventures, no Daddy Warbucks or Captain Haddock. Her most constant and trusted partner seems to be her skateboard.

Prepare also to enjoy a condensed, intense, hugely enjoyable mash-up of pop-culture tributes and genre pastiches, embracing pirates, sci fi, martial arts, horror movies, and the musty aroma and faded, dot-coloured newsprint of cheap comic books. Co-creators Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca can deftly switch in an instant from the fantastical and visceral to the mundane, using understatement, irony and pitch-perfect one-liners, like "Where's my shoe?". This is a telling remark after some pumped-up fight scenes, one that grounds us back in the reality that Jesse may only own one pair. Rugg is a chameleon of an illustrator, able to riff on all manner of art styles and their evocative associations, in particular the Blacksploitation hero Afrodisiac, his generic look typical of Marvel comics of the Seventies. Rugg and Maruca are evidently having a lot of fun here and it's infectious, whether playing with stupid pirate slang or inventing comic-book titles like Amazing Irish Funnies. And through it all, slicing, slamming and soaring without wings, is Street Angel - unpredictable, unstoppable, and unforgettable.

© Paul Gravett 2009

Street Angel Le Lezard Noir printing

OC Weekly cover

If you live in Orange County, you can see my work on the cover of the current issue of OC Weekly:

OC Weekly July 31, 2009 cover

The cover story is about a woman and her stepson who are accused of paying a hitman to kill her husband. He was diagnosed with cancer, and she was afraid a long period of treatment before death would wipe out their savings.

Readergirlz chat tonight!

Cecil Castellucci and I will be doing a chat tonight, 6 PM PST/9 PM EST, on the Readergirlz blog. Please stop by and ask us questions!

I've been busy lately which is awesome. So here are some things I've been up to:

This was for an LA Weekly story about medical marijuana dispensaries being targeted by police.

Dispensary raid

This is for Image Comics' forthcoming benefit book, Liberty Comics. It's part of a 4 page Painkiller Jane story that Jimmy Palmiotti wrote and I drew. This is the first time I've drawn Painkiller Jane, and I enjoyed it a lot. I like her hair cut, that short hair style feels really tough to me, all business! This story is an exploitation style action, full-speed action romp. Not sure when the book is scheduled, but I'll be sure and post when it's released. In the meantime, thanks to Jamie Rich and Jimmy Palmiotti. It was very fun to draw!

Painkiller Jane page 3

Last but not least, here is some card art I did for Archie Comics and the March of Dimes. I've gotten on a Harry Lucey kick recently, so I was excited when offered the chance to do some Archie drawings for a good cause.

Archie sketches