I’m always looking for new material and untouched history as great “canon” fodder for conceptual design for characters and stories. Ive been looking for a culture that would fit in step with one of my characters i’ve been developing ….
One I can use history/culturally/technologywise and just run with it.
I think ive found it.
The Sentinelise and the Andamanese.
Lots to dream over. And lots to make sense of. When i started working with Milestone Media in 1993, fresh from SVA, i was opened to a world where any culture was ready for an imaginative fingerprint…. Something to be read, absorbed and reimagined for the interest of the world to partake.
The term “negrito” meaning “little black” literally was a moniker coined for denizens leaving Africa to forge another way of life in other shores. They stepped out of their comfort zone from one continent to see what was to be explored in the rest of the world. Which is why i laughed my head off when i realized we as students were being duped in high school when we were told of the voyages of Amerigo Vespucci and Christopher Columbus and their “discoveries”.
Can’t discover something that always knew it was there.
I thought i would post this so anyone who wants to have a key into my head would get an idea of the seeds of my imagining process.
So, if youre perusing my blog, stop here and check out an indegenious people unfettered and untouched by the weirdness of our societies.
Lost Tribe on small Island in the Indian Ocean remain virtually untouched by modern civilization..
Lately, I haven’t gotten cover assignments often.
Don’t think i understand that yet, but its not a big deal.
But when i do get a chance to do one, i like to rock the ‘ose.
I’ve always been intrigued with Bloodshot from way back in the days when Valiant started just as i was moving in full sway with Milestone. When i got the chance to work with Warren Simons (editor in chief at Valiant) , we had been talking about doing some really great work concerning the new direction of the Valiant staple of characters. When he said he wanted me to come up with a great cover for Bloodshot…. I chomped at the bit happily.
Now understand, the cover art on this book is primo and with the likes of super detailed and hyper realistic techniques of Mico Suayan and Grandpa!, i needed to make sure i left my imprint.
Create some WOW factor.
I think i did it. And i had fun with it. 🙂
Don’t push me out to pasteur YET.
It was a bit arduous, but even when i was all over the place professionally, i still
found time to pencil and ink most of KATANA issue #9. The sole reason for taking the gig was Annie Nocenti. I’ve been in love with that woman’s talent since she started actively writing Daredevil back in the 90’s.
She put Daredevil and many other mainstream characters through their mental paces …. There was always some Hitcock-ian twist. Some crazy character. Some crazy storyline. And deep mentally penetrating dialog complete with its own event horizon.
I got to work with another childhood fantasy and it felt great.
By the way, her eyes are kinda wild, too. So guess i should be careful what i say or she’ll do to me what she did to her luau’d pig. 🙂
I plan on pitching her some stuff soon, but i really want to work with her again on … Well…ANYTHING!
In the meantime, the Katana deadline was hellish, and a bit stressful at times. This one wasn’t easy.
But i did it for Annie’s Katana. As i said…. The time only allotted enough time for me to pencil and ink a certain amount of pages. And i wish i had it like Jack kirby…. You know…
…8 pages a day…
But i recognize my limitations.
The preview showed up on ComicBook Resources. But instead of taking you there…
I’ll keep you here by posting the preview HERE!
And pick up the book this week!
ChrisCross will be at NYCOMICCON! I’m talking about me in third person again.
I will be there signing with the guys at Valiant Entertainment for my stint on BLOODSHOT 0 and most likely some future work that I’m partaking as I type this. There is much to talk about and a lot to catch up on and i will endeavor to keep up the pace in creating these posts.
If you’d like to catch me at the Con, the booth number for Valiant is Booth #2028 inside the Javitz Center in Midtown Manhattan – and they’re bringing along a boatload of exclusive giveaways, all-new convention-only items, and superstar talent to celebrate their biggest NYCC ever!!
Okay… So thats not my voice and i ripped that. But i could have said it….:)
My schedule for the Con are as follows:
Thursday October 10 7 pm
Friday October 11 12pm
Saturday October 12 1pm signing 4pm panel
Sunday October 13 11am signing
I hope to see you guys there because i will be making the rounds letting people know about my company website going live on SATURDAY. the company is named ETERNAL KICK and it will be out there for people to see FINALLY!
And guaranteed Archer will be poking me trying to annoy me.
Tah tah for for now, guys!!!
Some time ago, people started talking about Milestone Media on a consistent basis. Usually when it has to do with someone trying to do a concept that was either video game related or something to do with a comic with the way that certain comic company handled their characters of cultural descent the arrow will point to the bullseye in the middle of the target….Milestone. When people learned that DC was actually thinking about killing off Green Lantern John Stewart, an outrage began followed by an” I wish Milestone was publishing books again, because the Milestone gang would care about Stewart if they had him” type of sentiment. And then I realized. Even though Milestone had stopped publishing and finally absorbed, if it weren’t for Milestone, no one would have a standard in which to care. Or some safe place to put that thought of that kind of concept. Milestone owning the rights of John Stewart?
Well, Milestone Media who was comprised of DWAYNE MCDUFFIE, CHRISTOPHER PRIEST, DENYS COWAN, MICHAEL DAVIS, and DEREK DINGLE was making history creating a haven and a niche that should have always been a part of the history of comics were out performing all who would try to ride the coat-tails of those trying to do the same thing but were amateurs with misguided concepts, to say the least, they were also giving people like myself a venue to sharpen our craft and hold up to the well-established publications that were already on the highway. The great thing is that what we were doing was so needed that people were scrambling to jump in on the action knowing somehow that, in its own way, was the Ponce de Leon of comics publication. And there were those who did whatever it took to keep it from being bigger.
Regardless, we did our job. We told the stories, we created the characters, we made the noise…we carved our names in the rock. And now, people are studying from that rock to get what exactly we did to create that indelible mark.
And now those fans of comics that actually were around to see what a Milestone Media had to offer… The LUCKY ones… Are in a fit knowing that there are those who attempt the same magic with the same characters and seem to come short. Mostly because they keep trying to do those characters the way comics are done, but not the way Milestone set the tone.
We get to talk about all of that this weekend at ECBACC. We and the people in the flyers below are going to talk about their experiences working wi a group of people that had the greats in comics and in Hollywood coming down to see what the hubbub was all about. And walking away with smiles on their faces with Milestone comics in their hands.
In Philadelphia, we’re going to be reminding everyone why Milestone is and was so special 20 years later and why, more than anything else, we need to keep that miracle and its practices going in our own way with our new ventures.
I think the brothers we lost in the journey will be smiling themselves.
Dwayne McDuffie, Robert Washington III, Maddie Blaustein….
This is for you. 🙂
okay… SO I’M doing my research to see what will be the best crowdfunding site to go to since myself and Vito Delsante are kicking up a gear to get our projects out there. And i come across this rambunctious sister by the name of Robin Dempsey, who did a great amount of research on the ins and outs of getting funding through www.kickstarter.com (KICKSTARTER) and www.indiegogo.com (INDIEGOGO)… since these are the 2 most popular right now… and what the benefits will be for putting your said project on either or.
So while i’m compiliing my information, i thought it would be good to share Robin’s wealth of info.
Last i checked, her project did pretty well. So if we all do the right research, crowdfunding proves that even in this economy, people love to see creative people go through extraordinary lengths to entertain them and will pay to help you do it in their own way. So… here’s her vid, and don’t let her cute face throw you…
… she’s very crafty. And that’s what it takes to be a shark about your dreams. ;D
So grab your wine glasses, pour out your best Moet…. or ginger ale…. ain’t nobuddy judgin’ heeyuh… and toast to your potential success.
Cuz if you don’t change, you die.
and hey, if winning was easy, losers would do it.