Peaces, cheeses, and mushrooms.

Greetings and salutations to all our readers! Mel here!

I’ve been asked to write something… on this blog… about DIVISION! It was more along the lines of, “Geez Mel, would ya just crawl out from under your desk and greet our fans for a quick minute? I promise you can scurry back as soon as you’re done”.

NOPE.
“Just say a few words so that people know you exist”.
NAY.
“I’ll massage your hands every weekend for a month”
….
So yes! DIVISION!
Okay okay, but on a slightly more serious note, Division is a project that I’ve been swimming in for a good 2 years now. An intense swim across a deep black ocean of latex and vinyl, razor sharp heels, endless bullets and gnarly creatures. Hells yes.
Designing some of the characters for this world was a dream. I had never really had the opportunity to work on a project at this level. It’s usually something more along the lines of helping somebody else out with their own set ideas. So it was a real pleasure and a total rush to sit down with Tom and Josh and brainstorm what all these guys and gals look like, what they do, what they eat, what they wear, how they fight, etc. I can’t really tell you how exciting it is to put creative minds together to come up with a dope ass world. For me, this is what it’s all about and what gives me the drive I need to push all the way to make it happen.
Now, I’ll be straight with you and say it was not easy to finish that bad boy up. Working all those late hours for so long… it does things to you. Makes you crawl under your desk and curl up with your cats for a quick nap. Makes you not give a fuck about what you look like going out into the world. It does things to you. But when it’s all done, and you look back at it all… all you could say is helllllllll yessssssss. Now I’m off to bed for a few months.
I absolutely LOVE this comic. I LOVE this world. I LOVE these characters. They’ve become a part of me, and maybe a little of me has seeped into them. Just a little ;)
Division chomp!
Favoritest character of all? TRIAL of course!
Fiction’s cool too, hehe. But it’s nice to see a badass lady pretty much running the show. She was definitely one of my favorites to draw.
Trial - "the baddest b!itch in Division"
I’m super freaking proud of Issue 1 and can’t wait to see what Tom does with Issue 2! It’s sure to be even more amazing! I’ll be taking a break from Division for now and focusing on my own little project entitled The Realm of REM. But I’ll be back! (~accruing cheese points~)
A HUGE thank you to all of you who’ve supported us through the years. You all are a really big part of the reason we push so hard.
Peaces, cheeses, and mushrooms.
~ Mel ~
Mel Under
(yes, I work under my desk. thank you.)

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.”
QUEUE WARM AND FUZZY FEELINGS!
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.
Enjoy!
- Tom

DIVISION ISSUE #1 ORDER NOW!

“The Division of Paranormal Enforcement (a super-elite special operations and law enforcement agency) has had its top agent ambushed and killed. Bitten and left for dead, agent Fiction is turned into “Neo-Mortem”: one of the undead. Now living again as one of the very things he had spent his entire career battling, and with his entire agency hunting him down, he has no choice but to traverse the underworld seeking revenge against his attacker and turning his back on everything he once believed in…”

order-now

 

Order a copy of the New York Comic Con 2013 debut success DIVISION Issue #1.

Original Story by Tom Kirrane Martinez

Written by Josh Breidbart

Line art by Melissa Martinez

Coloring and Cover Art by Tom Kirrane Martinez

 

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.

Ne letiferi vos dormientes deprendant…

SHOUTING GHOUL!