Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Saturday, 2 July 2016
I've been working for some time with a number of artists including Bruno Letizia, R.D. Ricci, Jorge Oliveira and Fernando Melek to bring to life the bizarre, horrific world of Cabra Cini (pronounced 'Carbraa Cheenee')... and issue #1 of her Mature Readers mini-series will be hitting later this year. Here's a Preview!
Using her own bastardized version of voodoo magik, Cabra now lives her life as a supernatural hitwoman-for-hire. One of the tricks she's learned is utilizing the dimension know as The Infinity - 'Limbo's crazy cousin, locked away in the attic' - as a shortcut between where she is and wherever she needs to go. The ruler of the dimension, The Rook, doesn't appreciate Cabra doing so and attacks her physically and psychologically whenever she abuses his dimension this way...
But things hit much closer to home for Cabra when her neighborhood in Detroit gets targeted by 'White Out', an insane Neo-Nazi - who may or may not be a ghost...
Cabra has cleaned up her act, got a new life, friends, and a would-be lover - but thanks to White Out, all of that's now on the line...
You can get the Free Digital Cabra comic, Dark New Year - which leads into the Mini-Series - and also features more Previews material - here! And join the Cabra Facebook Group here for news on issue #1's release!
“This is something new altogether. I give it my recommendation. Strongly.” -Michael Wearden, Mike's Comic Blog.
Sunday, 22 May 2016
It's been a long time in the making - with a bunch of artists including Bruno Letizia, R.D. Ricci, Fernando Melek and Jorge Oliveira bringing their different flavors to the worlds and dimensions Cabra Cini inhabits; the mini-series is now nearing completion (I'm looking for one final artist to illustrate a scene that takes place in Ms. Cini's Mind-Scape) - and will debut in late-2016!
For those new to Cabra Cini (pronounced 'Carbraa Cheenee): No longer willing to let her boyfriend/pimp treat her like dirt, Cabra got lethal payback with the help of voodoo magik - and liked it. Voodoo became her new addiction and Cabra has cleaned up her act and forged a deadly new vocation…
You can get in on the ground floor with the Free Cabra Cini: Dark New Year Digital Comic here (suggested for Mature Readers). This features Cabra's acclaimed debut story (originally presented in H!M Comics' IF-X) and previews the Mini-Series.
Among other things lined up for the forthcoming mini, we'll get to know Cabra at street level; witness her burgeoning relationship with f*ck-buddy Geoff; she'll be getting a 'pet' in the form of Spanish werewolf El Hombre Lobo; will take on twisted Neo-Nazi White Out (last seen in The Almighties); and she will return to bizarre dimension The Infinity ("Limbo's scary cousin, locked away in the attic"), following her traumatic outing there in Dark New Year.
Below are some sketches and previews of the above, and you'll find more to come at this blog - and plenty more at the Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman Facebook Group!...
R.D. Ricci, colors by Aljoša Tomić.
R.D. Ricci, colors Aljoša Tomić.
Monday, 2 May 2016
The Almighties #0 R Rated Edition is Out Now and you can listen to co-creator Mike Gagnon and I talking about it on the new episode of the Wayne's Comics podcast--where I also tease a little of what you can expect from the upcoming Geek-Girl Mini-Series--here!
Sunday, 24 April 2016
When 'Little Miss Popular' Ruby Kaye lands a pair of super-tech glasses (invented by brainiac college geek Trevor Goldstein) in a game of Strip Poker, she's granted flight, super-strength, and - due to a flaw in the glasses' programming - super-klutziness!
And this is just the beginning of the changes the glasses will wreak on Ruby...
Join the Geek-Girl Facebook Group for News & Previews here!
Thursday, 14 April 2016
You can listen to Darrin Wright reviewing Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette's Wonder Woman: Earth One and talking to The Almighties' co-creator Mike Gagnon and I about their book in the new Comics Cavalcade podcast here!
Sunday, 10 April 2016
There's been a big announcement: Gerard Way - writer of The Umbrella Academy and former frontman of My Chemical Romance - is getting his own line of comics at DC. The imprint, called Young Animal, will initially have four titles - all written and/or overseen by Way - Shade the Changing Girl, Mother Panic, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye (you can find out more about them here); and the one I'm most excited for - a relaunched Doom Patrol.
I was introduced to the Doom Patrol with the launch of DC's Vertigo line when Rachel Pollack took over as writer; her first arc transitioning from Grant Morrison's run, with Richard Case continuing to illustrate, before the title became more Pollack's own style. There was plenty to like in Pollack's Doom Patrol, and it also turned me on to Morrison's - which became one of my favorite ever comic runs and, as it seems to be with Gerard Way, the biggest influence on my comics work.
Under writer Paul Kupperberg, the DP had become more like a Teen Titans/X-Men-type book than its original vision and gotten a lot less weird.
Grant Morrison came on board and re-imagined it - keeping the most recognizable of the Patrol, the world-weary robot-with-a-human-brain Cliff Steele; sidelining and de-superheroing Josh Clay, making him basically Niles Caulder(the Chief of the team)'s assistant; weirding up teen heroine Rhea Jones a.k.a. Lodestone - she came out of a coma faceless, running around naked (her modesty protected by her long, straggly red hair - overgrown due to the coma) - with a big eye below her head. He also took another DP stalwart, Larry Trainor a.k.a. Negative Man and merged him with doctor Eleanor Poole to form enigmatic hermaphrodite hero/ine Rebis, introduced Crazy Jane (a schizophrenic with multiple personalities - each with their own super power), and Dorothy Spinner, a simian-like young girl who could bring her imaginary friends to life.
This crew, and the bizarre threats they faced, captured my imagination like nothing else ever has, and its bizarreness has influenced some of my work - notably in The Almighties villain, masked eccentric pseudo-Nazi White Out - who will be returning in my Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman mini-series late this year.
Cabra wouldn't exist without Pollack, Case & Morrisons' Doom Patrols, either, and I even homage/recreate panels from Pollack & Case's first issue in her mini-series, in pages illustrated by R.D. Ricci.
Doom Patrol #64
Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman #2
Another of my creations who wouldn't exist without the inspiration of the DP is villain Mr. Mash-Up, who can tap into people's minds and transform the vessel he houses into clones of whomever they most fear/hate - before transferring his consciousness into the clone and releasing it, shedding his skin, to reign torture on their lives.
Mr. Mash-Up has made a number of appearances - in IF-X, Pandemonium Spotlight, Geek-Girl #0, the free Cabra Cini digital comic Dark New Year - and will be returning in the Geek-Girl mini-series, also slated for release late this year.
But back to Gerard Way's Doom Patrol. This appears to be an incarnation evolved from a mooted DP pitch Way made with artist Becky Cloonan that he was at the time unable to follow through with due to how busy he was with My Chemical Romance. But with the band now retired, Way has teamed with artist Nick Derington to bring the book to life!
The blurb from DC reads, "This September, in the spirit of Grant Morrison's legendary run on the series, along with other classic incarnations of the characters, writer Gerard Way and artist Nick Derington will put their unique stamp on the world's strangest heroes taking on the universe's strangest villains." Judging by his Twitter feed, Way is very excited to bring us this book, and it's something I can't wait for!
For updates on it, a good place to go is http://mygreatestadventure80.blogspot.co.uk - and I don't imagine this will be the last I'll be posting about Way & Derington's Doom Patrol here... ;)