Hidey-ho, good peeps!
First of all: I owe an explanation. None of my peeps on DA know what I've been up to since fall of 2014! I will correct this by posting my public images of my work for the publishing company!!! But, first, I need to explain what I'm talking about and how all this came about:
In 2007 about, I met Dan Johnson
who got me an unpaid volunteer gig doing a cover for a Star Trek fan magazine
. Through the years he helped me get other jobs as well, including introducing me to Kelly Morrison, the client who's children's book, Andy the Pug's Christmas,
I illustrated between 2010-2012. I didn't know it when I befriended him in 2007, but Dan Johnson, you see, is a writer and has written everything from graphic novels, to editing work on manga, to writing gags for Dennis the Menace (which he continues to do so today), among other things. I believe he also writes magazine articles. Jumping forward, in 2014, through Dan, I met a man who's alias is Fester Faceplant. He and Roger McKenzie, a Marvel and DC comics veteran writer most notably having worked on Dare-Devil, co-founded the new Charlton Neo publishing company,
for which I was hired on as an artist for their anthro or toon animal line of comics. The chance to actually work with Dan arose and the fan-boy inside of me about passed out! So, Dan Johnson and I got together and co-created "Hip Hop," the story of a small-time bunny coming to anthro Tinsel Town to make it big in the movie biz. Hip Hop was conceived and written by Dan Johnson, but yours truly was in charge of character design
and penciling the first 8 pages of the story. Originally, Claudette Eaton, another professional working on Marvel comic covers among other things, inked the first 5 pages, but she quit for "personal reasons." After which, I took up inking from pages 6-8, in addition to penciling. Kevin S. Halter would take up coloring the work.
However, we met with quite a few snags here and there along the way and these first 8 pages took perhaps a year to complete. Eventually, it was done, but then the project seemed to have been put on the shelf. One of our snags from the very beginning was selling Charlton Neo's editors (also consisting of Paul Kupperburg, as well as Dan Johnson himself as an assistant editor) on the idea of Hip Hop. My art was eventually not preferred due to it looking too, "Indie underground," for their tastes, which is fine. Our Hip Hop book was dropped from being a print comic to a digital web-comic only. Already 3 months into 2016, having not heard more about Hip Hop and with Dan busy editing Empire Comics Lab's "Cemetery Plots" book series, I was wondering if the Hip Hop project had died. When, the day before Easter, I received a phone call from Dan who then put me on the phone with David Adkins - thus introducing us to the next chapter in the star-struck rabbit's story!
David Adkins is forming and founding a comic and animation studio in NC, titled Draztic Meazures LLC, and is looking for talent to join up with him. It may be obvious that Dan and I took the opportunity! Hip Hop, its previous publishing company having not been very interested, was now being published by Draztic Meazures, LLC! I dove into a few late nights (much to the wife's consternation) to create the cover of the first issue of "Hip Hop,"
which should have printed LAST FRIDAY and started selling at a convention in South Carolina LAST SATURDAY!! Dan and I will be gazing at our new book come April 9th
, in which I will once again be at the annual charity convention, "LEXINGCON,"
in Lexington, NC, selling the book! Printed on Newspaper print instead of magazine/glossy paper, we opted to go black and white for the book (sorry, Kevin! I miss your AWESOME colors! I am hoping we can get you back for cover art!!!). Future installments will thus be screen toned, similar to manga or 1980's underground comics and the like (my history lesson on screen tones that I began today seems to show we Americans began using them in the 1930's about - but I know nothing about them, except that the Japanese love them today more than we do! Speaking of which, I need MEGA help figuring out how exactly to screen tone right now. I'm struggling finding a plug-in or etc for Photoshop. Or do I need a High-Def image layer of a screen tone, then simply cut it away? I think, honestly, I'll be buying the traditional screen tone stickers and cutting them away with an Xacto knife... Seems more like me.) So, please come on out to LexingCon
THIS Saturday in Lexington, NC if you can and buy a book!
In other news, we're raising money - I'm not sure for what; I think a little for marketing, but past that to help me buy things like a bigger scanner for the comics (mine is smaller than a standard sized comic board!) and other supplies, like maybe a new Wacom as mine in from 2006 and is only meant for use with those bulky square monitors and not wide flat screens - by holding two HIP HOP T-SHIRT FUNDRAISERS!!! Now, there are three ways you can donate and get a shirt! I've heard that there will be a LIMITED 20 shirt run at LexingCon this Saturday,
ready for Dan and I to sign for you after your purchase - BUT here are the two online methods of securing yourself a Hip Hop comic T! But HURRY!! This fundraiser ends SOON!!! ...And, did I mention that you can get a black Hip Hop HOODIE online?!?!?I WANTTO BUY A BLACK HIP HOP T-SHIRT OR HOODIE!!!I WANT TO BUY A WHITE HIP HOP T-SHIRT!!!