Hacking away at the bloody mess…

Hey troops, just checking in to let you guys know that Division issue 2 is still coming for you. We’ve been working on the book furiously and are excited to unleash it on everyone when it’s finally complete. We also have a bit of cool news to share. Although we won’t be attending New York Comic Con 2014 (and therefore the release of issue 2 will be afterward, at another convention), we will soon be releasing a very special new project for everyone to check out. It will be a special behind the scenes and inside the security barriers of The Division of Paranormal Enforcement and its top Agents. Watch this space for that announcement in the next few weeks.

Also, we have been fortunate to have a very talented colleague working on 3D models of the Division Agent Mark 2 Helmet that we debuted at the end of issue 1…. which you can still order online here: http://tommeldesign.com/division/?page_id=208 

Check this out:

This is the awesome work in progress 3D model of the Division Mark 2 Agent Helmet by our very talented friend. Check out his work on instagram @ash_james

This is the awesome work in progress 3D model of the Division Mark 2 Agent Helmet by our very talented friend. Check out his work on instagram @ash_james

This is the awesome work in progress 3D model of the Division Mark 2 Agent Helmet with our design overlay by our very talented friend. Check out his work on instagram @ash_james

This is the awesome work in progress 3D model of the Division Mark 2 Agent Helmet with our design overlay by our very talented friend. Check out his work on instagram @ash_james


We have some really huge things in the works right now and can’t wait to bring you more stuff! If anyone is interested in working with us on Division or any of our projects, feel free to reach out to us via email. We’re always trying to meet new talented folks :)

Until next time!

Ne letiferi vos dormientes deprendant.



New York Comic Con ReCap!

New York Comic Con 2013 was this past weekend and it couldn’t have been more amazing!!! Such great people and positive energy swirling around everywhere, we were literally in a cloud of love :)
Thank you so much for your support and interest in the work we do. You are the reason we create and turn our macabre midnight musings into consumable art forms.
This year we debuted our Issue #1 of Division, our original IP that is being released as a graphic novel in single issues and eventually collected volumes. We have lofty aspirations for this story so stay tuned for updates on the many new avenues we will be exploring.
We also had brand new artwork and a special sneak peak booklet for Mel’s story “The Realm of REM”. We had brand new character illustrations and paintings as well as a darkly lovely teaser book featuring a story excerpt for added flavor.
So many amazing fans, friends and costumed characters visited us at the convention and made our weekend truly unforgettable. We spent time with fellow artists, aspiring creators and a wide assortment of art enthusiasts, sharing knowledge, stories and future aspirations. We count ourselves as truly fortunate for the opportunity to meet people like yourselves who serve as a constant source of inspiration and drive for us to continue putting our all and everything into creating new worlds, characters and experiences. For that, we thank you from the deepest parts of our hearts.
As a special gift for everyone who came by and showed us love, we’re going to give some back. For the rest of this week, you can get 20% off any art print order placed on our Etsy shop for $35 or more. Just enter the code:NYCC20 at check out.  All prints are done on our heavy weight velvet fine art paper with archival inks (these prints out-live humans!). We strive for the highest quality possible for our images and their lifespans. Just read this excerpt from an email we got yesterday:
“The art print I picked up at your booth was by far my favorite purchase of all of comic con. I cannot stop looking at it. I wish you every success and hope to see more of your work in the future.”
Clearly our fans are the best fans ever and we are truly blessed to have such amazing people like you to work for :)
And to close out this little update, here are some of the many friends, fans and lovely faces (and bodies) we enjoyed this year in Artist Alley.
- Tom

The First Finish Line

After two years of development, Division Issue 1 is complete and being printed at this moment. My nose buried so deeply into planning, painting and preparing the story, I’ve almost forgotten what it felt like to not be working on it. A small team of absolutely insane people poured their blood, sweat and tears into this thing and hopefully there’s some sort of automatic voodoo spell from all that combined passion, that it’ll come out awesome and people will love it as much as we do.

I hadn’t updated this blog for the later part of the summer because I was laid off from my day job (along with a large group of equally unfortunate designers) and had to spend every waking minute between looking for work, interviewing, art tests, applying and Division. I couldn’t come up for air and I figured it would be ideal to wait and post again when the book was done. Well, here we are and I can hardly believe it. Although I’ve yet to hold a final printed issue in my hand, the feeling of accomplishment started pouring through me as I uploaded the file to our vendor. The thought of no longer frantically rendering pages into the wee hours, was a profoundly complex combination of elation and sorrow. Yes, sorrow. How sadistic can one be you ask? Apparently, “very”. I was longing to keep working on the book, when in fact the sheer strain of the labor over these last months nearly brought both my wife and myself to the brink of insanity. Now, the realization that the book has grown up and is ready for a life of its own, beyond our screens and imaginations, has set-in. It’s time for our baby to take it’s first steps as a supernatural noir action comic.

The artwork and story are really something. I’m immensely proud of it and eternally grateful for the hard work and talent that Mel and Josh poured into it. Zack came into the picture and offered his comic expertise to letter the book for us and that was a real life- (and sanity) saver. The reason we worked so hard on this both visually and cerebrally, was because we are readers too. We love comics, television, movies and games. We live in the stories and become one with the images. We wanted to create something of our own that could be that much of a reality and experience for others. Most importantly though, we didn’t want it to disappoint. There have been so many times I’ve opened a graphic novel because of it’s gorgeous cover art, only to be sadly disappointed by very uninspired and quickly executed interior artwork. I never want anyone to have that feeling opening one of my books. My goal is for readers to be enticed and lured by the cover, to then open the book and be consumed by the interior. I want you to devour my story, while my world devours you and you become one with it.

This Friday, we’ll be no longer selling the preview book. For anyone that grabbed Issue #0, thank you! and hold on to it, because maybe one day it’ll be a collectors item ;) Division Issue #1 will officially debut at New York Comic Con, exclusively for sale at our table in Artist Alley which is Table W2. If any of you visited us last year, we will be quite literally directly across from where we were last year. Easy, no? We’re really excited for the Con this year because not only is Division and a whole heap of new art debuting, but Mel will have a special brand new item from her Realm Of Rem story with lots of awesome goodies to check out. So, i highly recommend you stop by our table, browse our wares, maybe buy some art, shake our hands, give us a hug, come out for a drink and celebrate us crossing our First Finish Line.

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