I always forget that the journal section of the site exists! I've been inordinately busy both professionally and personally since the summer, so I guess an update is long overdue!
Despite promising to myself that I'd make more room for my own art this year, I've mainly continued to color other artists' work. It's been my full time job for half a decade now (yikes) and I guess it's become my creative niche, so I have no problem focusing on color for the foreseeable future.
Image Comics' Morning Glories is back on track after some unfortunately long gaps between issues earlier this year - I plan on sticking with this project for as long as Nick and Joe will have me. It's a really labour intensive project, but it's starting to become more fun than work for me. Issue 42 came out today, and the third deluxe hardcover was released a few weeks ago. If you've never checked out the book before and are interested in doing so, we're just a few short weeks away from the release of Morning Glories Compendium Volume 1 (Diamond order code: ICOCT140633), a big beast of a paperback that collects the first 38 issues and 1,100 pages of the series. imagecomics.com/comics/release…
Also from Image, the new ongoing monthly series Reyn will be debuting in two short months (NOV140564)! Written by Kel Symons, who I worked with previously on I Love Trouble, and drawn by a longtime collaborator, the ready-to-break-out-in-a-major-way Mr. Nathan Stockman, this is a swords-and-sorcery, LotRlike, Final Fantasyesque adventure series that I hope everybody will check out once the first issue hits the stands... ON MY BIRTHDAY! Gaaaasp! I'm really happy with the work we're all doing on this book. It's always fun to be part of a comic when you get in on it from the ground floor, but Reyn really feels special to me. It feels like the series I've always wanted to work on, from the publisher that's always felt like home - not just to me, but to creators everywhere. More than any other comic I've been a part of in the last decade, I want this one to find the audience it deserves, and I haven't been shy about saying it. imagecomics.com/content/view/f…
Also from Nate 'n' me, you can look forward to Anti-Hero, the complete collection of the digital comic we illustrated for MonkeyBrain. That'll be out in February from the fine folks at IDW. This one was written by Jay Faerber, who is currently making huge waves in both comics and television. Are you reading Copperhead? You should be! It's fucking awesome!
I just finished coloring issue 16 of BOOM! Studios' Sons of Anarchy, and it looks like I'll be sticking around on the title. It's written by Ed Brisson (Sheltered, The Field) and drawn by the amazing Matias Bergara (American Vampire). I've actually never seen the show, but what Ed's doing here is great. I've had the good fortune to work with him a few times now, and he's a super-talented writer of crime comics. And Matias is really outstanding - there's a double-page spread in this issue that shows off some absolutely incredible storytelling chops. This guy is going places.
Speaking of Ed, there's a big collection of his Murder Book stories coming out in March from Dark Horse that you should all check out (NOV140020)! This is a compilation of the three-issue Murder Book series that Ed self-published, as well as shorter MB pieces that ran as backups in various Image titles a few years back. I colored some of them originally, and Ed asked me to grayscale them for this gritty B&W collection. There's so much great art here from folks like Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers, X-Files), Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered), Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight), Jason Copland (Kill All Monsters, POP, Daredevil), Simon Roy (Prophet), and so many more. If you're a fan of Ed's, I think this is his very best work, so don't let it pass you by.
Ray Anthony Height's Midnight Tiger debuted from Action Lab in the summer, and after some unfortunate delays, the second issue will be hitting stores next week! I'm really proud of the work I've done on this book, and it's a real labour of love for Ray, who is doing some of the best work of his career here. Action Lab is doing some great stuff these days, so you should check them out if you're not familiar with their comics!
Last but certainly not least, there's the massive (16x21"!) Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream hardcover from the insanely dedicated guys at Locust Moon Press. Winsor McCay's original Nemo Sunday strips still represent the comics medium's greatest achievements more than a full century after their original publication, and this anthology is a celebration of McCay's and Nemo's contributions to the art form. Modern masters each contribute a full-sized original Nemo page of their own, and the lineup includes Craig Thompson, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Paolo Rivera, Sam Kieth, Nate Powell, Mike Allred, Jill Thompson, P. Craig Russell, Peter Bagge, JH Williams III, Charles Vess, John Cassaday, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart, and a hundred more. I did some coloring touchups and colored the tragicomic meta strip written and drawn by burlesque artist Adriano Moraes. I can't fucking believe my name is among those who contributed to this physical marvel. If I never work on another comic again, I think that'd be okay.
It's been a busy season, and it looks like 2015 is going to be even busier, but I'll try to update a little more frequently in the new year. Thanks for all the likes and comments, guys! And remember: support your local comic book store and just say no to illegal downloads of funnybooks.