From the creator of Axe Cop. Bearmageddon follows a group of slackers as the world is being taken over by bears.
From the creator of Axe Cop. Bearmageddon follows a group of slackers as the world is being taken over by bears.
Emerald City Comic Con is the first Con I have done in years! It’s a special year for me because the book I have been working on with the Make a Wish Foundation and one incredibly creative young man is finally done! I will be attending ECCC Friday afternoon through Saturday. I will not be there Thursday or Sunday due to limitations in my own schedule and flight availability. As this kind old gentleman is pointing out for you, I will be at booth C14. (For reference that is right between C13 and C15).
Here are some of the things you can get from me at ECCC. These are exclusives for this con:
Axe Cop 11×17 Space Needle print by Ethan Nicolle and Brynn Metheney
This was the cover of issue #2 of the President of the World miniseries. It has never been sold as a print and I decided it was high time it was.
$20. Only 25 available
Bearmageddon Cover Painting
This will be the cover of the spanish edition of Bearmageddon. It’s pretty sweet. This is my first fully painted cover, done without help from any other artists. I made a special version for ECCC with the Space Needle on the skyline.
$17.50. Only 25 available
COLORING FUN KITS!
I’m kind of ridiculously excited about these. I have never sold anything like this before, but there is 12 pages of art, crayons, a Wexter or Octobear sticker and a lollipop in each one. You can pay extra to get a custom coloring page drawn by me at the Con if you choose.
$10. Only 25 Available
These have never been available before. I’m going to test them out at the show and see how they do. The Axe Cop ones are from the very first limited edition screen print I sold a long time ago back when Axe Cop first came out. It’s like classic Axe Cop art. NOTE: These will be available if they get done in time
Bears of the Apocalypse
Axe Cop Classic Bad Guys
Axe Cop Classic Good Guys
I will also have Time Wreckers posters to give out. Time Wreckers is the big book I worked on with the Make a Wish Foundation. We will be doing a panel about it on Saturday evening. The book took 3 years and 50 artists, but it’s done! I’m really excited to hand the finished product off to Noah.
Besides all that, I will be taking commissions in sumi ink. Feel free to email me if you want to put an order in. I will also have all the Axe Cop volumes and a few copies of the cancelled Bearmageddon printed editions and a few Dickinson Killdeer’s Guide to Bears of the Apocalypse. I will also have the limited edition Axe Cop Songster Screen Prints.
I love to work with you on price and am happy to bundle stuff up at a reduced cost.
That should pretty well cover my little table. I hope you’ll come see me. Patreon members be sure to check the Patreon blog or secret Facebook group for our meet up.
And please remember, I will be there Friday afternoon until Saturday night. I will not be there Thursday or Sunday.
See you there!
I had an awesome chat with PvZ designer Rich Werner about making art and being a dad, over on my blog. It’s a great conversation AND there is a TON of cool art.
I had a dense, fascinating conversation with self-publishing success Trevor H. Cooley. Read the entire co-interview on EthanNicolle.com and find out how to get a free Kindle or audiobook.
Hey, Bearmanauts! Duran here to bring you another webcomic review! Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season! This week’s number one choice is Puck created by the ElectricGecko! Puck is one of the most popular webcomics online. I’m sure after reading the review about this gut-busting comic, you’re going to head on over to the site and devour every comic from beginning to end, absorb every single syllable with utter gusto! I know I did!
Puck is a weekly comic started by ElectricGecko back in 1998. While in his animation program he decided to jump headfirst into this passion project and he never looked back. The initial Puck run actually predates Google which makes it one of the older of the current crop of webcomics online. The creator likes to refer to himself as ElectricGecko to keep his teaching career and his webcomic career separate. After some time of doing the comic book, he stopped at Puck 80 in February of 2000, only to come back to it and presenting it in 2013 on DeviantArt. The support he received was tremendous enough that he started consistently turning them out and hasn’t looked back since! He’s currently working on issue 367! This is a testament to not giving up, kiddos! Don’t lose track of your dreams, and no matter the journey or how elusive the path. Stick with it! Now let’s get to the comic itself!
Puck is a satirical comic that pokes fun at pop culture and various events. It’s a wonderful story about a red-headed unemployed fairy(ish) mother with anger management issues named–Puck! Once Puck finds a tot named Daphne on her doorstep and decides to adopt her. Now a mom, she decides that her clearest path to success is to get a college education. Puck is a character that’s very loosely based on a Shakespearian character who itself is based in English folklore. That would make her over 600 years old, but she never mentions her past. The story was originally intended to incorporate folklore and such characters but that idea was superseded by the idea to make it more about contemporary satirical situations. The story generally keeps within the PG-13 range and doesn’t delve into the NSFW content. It’s generally episodic without any major story arcs. It’s a light and irreverently humor-filled comic.
The artwork is superb and crisp. What’s wonderful about the comic book is the consistency. One gets pretty spoiled week by week seeing the crisp, professionally done character designs as well as the top notch lettering and colors all done by ElectricGecko. It’s obvious by reading the comic book that it took great dedication to make so many of these webcomics (over 361 episodes so far). The supporting characters are numerous, each with their own unique personalities and appeals. It’d take forever to even begin to delve into the Puck world. It’s a glorious read for anyone that wants to kick back and who’s looking for a light-hearted escape.
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Hey Bearanauts! Duran’s back to share with you another amazing webcomic review! This week, we’ll be checking out TwoKinds, which is an amazingly beautiful and refreshing story created by Tom Fischbach. It’s been around for over 13 years and it’s going strong in popularity online. Twokinds is a webcomic that must resolve its racial tensions between conflicting groups: the human-like people and the animal-like beings called Keidrans. They have a very different idea of what is the way to live and go about their lives. Their differences in customs and traditions have caused conflict and stratification between the two groups. The story kicks off with the world at the brink of war. In a twist, it is revealed that it is being manipulated by a human who has no memory of the crime he perpetrated.
In this world, there’s three major races, the Humans, The Keidrans, and the Basitins. The Humans are the more technologically advanced and curious race who use their tech to subdue and enslave many of the Basitins. The Basitins are a shorter lived, feline and canine race of beings who share a centuries old, collective contempt for the human beings. The Basitins are a generally furry race. They keep themselves isolated from everyone. Theirs is a more hive-like spartan type of society. The story begins from the perspective of a human named Trace who must resolve to regain his memories and discover what role he’s playing in this volatile world.
What’s great about reading webcomics is that one gets to see the progress from where it started, and as you read along, you continue to see it advance and grow. The storytelling devices become more sophisticated and effective. Reading TwoKinds is a perfect example of following the development and the creative evolution of the talented Tom Fischbach. There’s a lot of teenage angst, and hormonal elements to this web series, but it doesn’t get carried away. It’s something that teens and preteens can relate to, like budding relationships, being self-conscious, jealousy, crushes, etc.
If you get a chance, be sure to check out this comic book! You would be very happy you did. It tells an elaborate story without being convoluted. It’s a great escape and one of the top-notch more quality webcomics out there today!
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Hey everyone in Bear country, Duran’s here again to bring you another fantastical webcomic review! This week’s selection is the amazeballs webcomic simply called NHOJ by the stupendously talented creator simply referring to himself as John Cullen. It’s a quirky daily comic that makes me think of the fantastically weird and hilarious The Far Side comics by Gary Larson.
It’s amazing that he’s been doing this comic DAILY for almost 3 years! His dailies (incorporating everything from journal comics to absurdist humor, to riffs on pop culture), since January 2014. That takes serious dedication! One has to admire the time and the effort he put into this labor of love. It’s an amazing accomplishment that should be applauded. Each comic has the same high-quality visuals, lettering, and sardonic humor. I must say, I want whatever high-energy protein bars he’s been taking!
His most recent daily was released October, 27th, and after reading it, I say with full confidence, that I have a new favorite word, and it’s “jaysus!”
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that he’s an Irish creator working out of Ireland! I made this deduction by his use of “humour” and words such as that which means he’s from at least across the pond. He speaks about living in Ireland, I’m not a detective here, but maybe that might be the case! Whatever the case is, these are some of the most fantastic dailies you can find anywhere!
None of the dailies he released are connected in any way whatsoever. Each comic has its own unique idea or joke. It makes me nostalgically harken back to my early Sunday mornings skimming to the back pages where all the comic strips were. Most of them had no continuous story, just funny anecdotes, and punchlines. They were mostly just cute, amusing, rarely drop off your chair bust a gut laughing kinda jokes. But what they DID do consistently was put a smile on my face, and made me feel better about my morning, even if it was for that short few minutes. That was the magic of those comic strips. This comic definitely captures that kind of magic. There’s an innocence to it that accomplishes what I’d imagine the creator set out to do, which is to at the very least put a smirk on your face! Check out his comics, I’m sure you’ll find it to be as much a treat as I thought it was!
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Hey guys! The webcomic that I’m going to be reviewing this week is visually stupendous in every way. It’s called Impossible Jack by the legendary CreatureBox team! CreatureBox consists of two self-described monster wrangling artists who go by the name of Dave Guertin and Greg Baldwin. They’ve been doing this for a while now, having worked with Insomniac games since 2000 helping craft the now classic Ratchet and Clank games. Things have not slowed down for them in the least with current projects.
Impossible Jack is a webcomic that has been stalled for some time now (July 27th, 2014), but the sheer majesty of its limited run gives me reason enough to want to share this sequential spectacle. The story follows the exploits of Impossible Jack as he ventures to save some school children who find themselves being attacked by monstrous mushroom creatures one of the children refer to as “Shroomies”.
The rescue mission seems to be going as planned for our intergalactic hero until a sudden turn of events elevates the danger-dial up a couple hundred notches. In the beginning of the story we see our heroes in the middle of this tentative entanglement, before they flashback to how they got into the mess to begin with.
The character design is out of this world (pardon the pun), with so many characters having their own rhythm and feel. It’s not always the case that the inking and the coloring match the stunning optically-orgasmic illustrations, but this is it! One can’t help but stop at a page just fawning over the energy and detail put into this comic. The lettering is fabulous as well. There’s literally no let up in quality for this webcomic. It sets a bar for webcomics that we’re seeing more and more of today.
It’s unfortunate that there have not been any more pages for the Impossible Jack comic strips. I sometimes wonder what they had planned for the story. I would have loved to have known where were they going with it. Hopefully, they can explore this world again one day and treat us to the fantastical universe of monsters and aliens once more!
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Rising Sand is a webcomic series by Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee. With luminescent artwork and multi-layered storytelling. This looks to become a solid classic and obligatory reading material if it isn’t already.
The story centers around two well-intentioned hustlers who live in the outskirts of Ras Huran which is a port city in a world named Erj. The youngest is a witty and resourceful 13-year-old female Sylph named Dal. Dal ran away from her family to survive out on her own in the hustle and bustle life of the shanty and crowded port city. She survives by thieving and hustling through the local markets. Her friend and protector, Qebrus is the muscle of the two. He believes if he collects enough wealth (gold and glass being of value), he can make it to a heavenly afterlife and become one with the Luminous Body cult.
The story is still relatively new and jumps between the symbiotic journey of Dal and Qebrus and Dal’s troubled older sister Ro. Ro is a 25-year-old young woman who’s a member of the Astral Templar. A small group of zealots who defend the moral and religious core of her Sylph race. Anyone who is a non-believer or seeks to disgrace the culture gets torn to shreds. She delights too much in the violence. So much so that her fellow Templars find it problematic. The Templar Mission Council seem to also be taking notice of her blood-thirst. Will she find herself having to answer for her behavior? Maybe, maybe not. I look forward to finding out how this plays out.
The world is fleshed out in such a manner that one gets the sense of an almost hopelessness for the people within this realm. It feels like they live in a post-POST apocalyptic world, where there are no forests, there are no birds, no sense of life that flourishes anywhere. Even the rich are managing in some way to stay above the fray. Week by week the world is expanding methodically before us, but consistent is this sense of vast yet claustrophobic tension I get when reading it. Another thing that jumps out is the collision course that is being masterfully established between Dal’s ultra-violent older sister and Dal and Qebrus. The tension between the two sisters was established in a flashback. We still don’t know the specifics of what exactly caused Dal to run away but we can imagine that it has much to do with her sister as her frustration with her people’s religious obsessions. Ro is impatient with anything and everyone, so I can almost see where this is possibly going. The story already has sunk it’s teeth into me, so I have to find out what’s going to end up happening. A great job is being done to set the stage for something dramatic and ultra brutal. The reason why I feel this extremely graphic incident is almost inevitable is because it’s been already illustrated to us that this is capable of happening in this world. One particular scene that introduces her sister Ro shows us that without hesitation. It’s just one scene, but the extremely efficient and sufficient enough to let us know that this story will not hold back on showing us the finality to its characters. What I love about the use of violence in this web-series is that they use it deliberately and purposefully. It’s not done loosely, but as an element vital to the story structure, so when we see it, it’s mandated. So far there’s only been one scene like that and it’s had a lasting effect.
I’m enjoying this webcomic so far. Tu Dunitz (writer) is really doing an excellent job establishing the setting, the character, and their trajectory. Its characters are already people I care about and worry about. The tragic character of Ro is someone I’m already interested in delving deeper into. I’m worried for our main characters when they inevitably run into this psychopath. The comic has a dream-like lamination about it due to the blissful design, coloring and inks done by Ty Dunitz and the psychedelic nature of the design, pencils and inks done by Jenn Lee . The characters seem to twist in the wind and in our mind as we canvas the panels. I feel like I had a dream about this other world with its unbearably dry heat and alien-like food and architecture only to wake up feeling like I returned transformed by my travel there.
I can’t recommend this comic book enough. It’s comic and dialogue structure perpetually feeds into it’s expanding world. I’m confident in saying that reading through this webcomic will transport you to a place that seems familiar and alien at once. The basic elements and troubles of these people and their polarized living conditions make it something any reader can recognize. They’ve done an excellent job setting us up for some kind of a crash at some point. That’s why I’m going to continue reading this. I can’t wait to see it finally happen. I’m sure when it does, it will leave an indelible mark. This is why we love webcomics!
You can check out Rising-Sand at: http://risingsand.glass/
Follow the webcomic on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/therisingsand
Also check out Tu Dunitz at: https://twitter.com/glitchritual
And Jenn Lee at: https://twitter.com/y2jenn
Support their amazing creative efforts on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/risingsand
As an Illustrator, Writer, and Entrepreneur, I’ve had the boundless pleasure to work with various talents and creative organizations. Add me on Instagram @ Drnriv or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DuranimusPrime
This week I posted an interview I did with Tracy Butler, creator of Lackadaisy, the gorgeous cat-noir hit webcomic. She interviewed me back, and we ended up having a rich and lengthy conversation about making comics. So I’m posting the co-interview in two parts. Today, part one. You can read it over on the Axe Cop Blog.