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.
Ne letiferi vos dormientes deprendant…
The time has finally arrived! Here’s a look at the brand new cover of Division issue # 1 debuting 10/10/2013 at New York Comic Con! The issue will also be available for online purchase on that day, but if you want to meet the creators and get a signed copy, you’ve got to come to the con!
This cover is a completely different design from the special edition teaser that we have out currently. You can pick up a signed copy of that right here: Division Issue #0 The Issue #0 preview won’t be available after the release of Issue #1 so if you want to have both covers AAAnnnd all the cool features of the teaser like: the artists signatures, a copy of the raw script for the sequence in the back and an exclusive look at the preliminary opening action sequence of Divsion, you’ve got to pick this up. It will also wet your appetite, tickle your bloodlust and give you a taste of the world of Division until the first full 27+ page book is out in October.
If you’re wondering what will be in store, here’s a look at a colored (unlettered) panel from the full issue.
October may seem a long way off, but we have some special plans in store up until then so fear not. In the meantime, pick up issue #0 and keep an eye on this blog because we will keep posting more updates with art samples, a contest to get your hands on issue #1 BEFORE it’s October release date as well as links to resources and other cool stuff.
Here’s one cool video to check out. It really spotlights (see what i did there?) how important lighting and lighting direction is for artists and photographers/filmmakers. So much changes with lighting it can literally make or break a work of art depending on the attention paid to it.
That’s all for today. Like I said, short and sweet. Happy Friday to everyone. Good vibes, prayers and well wishes go out to the people of Boston and anyone affected by the recent senseless violence.
Until next time, share this page, share the word and stay tuned for another update soon.
ne mors capere vos dormientes