Posted on December 11, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
Featuring Dark Agnes: Part 2 adapted by the profoundly prolific writer Paul Tobin with art by me. The extraordinarily prolific artist Francesco Francavilla was at the helm for the art on Dark Agnes: Part 1 in Savage Sword #5, so Aaron McWhothehell?! might be an unpleasant surprise to some. However, I did make an effort to retain consistency with Francavilla’s first part, and one advantage in my favor was that this 3 part tale is the origin story of Dark Agnes. She abandons her oppressive past in Part 1, discovers her “darkness” in Part 2 and …well, I’m not giving away Part 3. Point being, I think the transitions in the 3 parts can handle a little stylistic deviation. But, by all means, judge for yourself. The issue came out a week or two ago, so please pick it up if you like this type of adventure comic. What do I mean by that, exactly? Well, the type that gets a little bloody. But there’s humor here, too, and if it doesn’t immediately come across, I suggest reading it aloud. Agnes has a voice that is distinct from the run-of-the-mill strong woman role, IMHO.
Here are the preview pages from the Dark Horse website:
And here’s another page in appreciation of my blog readers. (Sorry, no text, though.):
Dark Horse gave the blessing for me to show some preliminary sketches, as well:
Finally, the link to the full preview of Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #6.
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Posted on December 6, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
Have you ever heard of the legendary book titled “The Studio?” I’ve only heard of the book myself and haven’t actually seen it, but it collects artwork by Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor Smith and Berni Wrightson into a single volume. Well, that book made a splash in 1979 and became a legend. I’m going to put my futurist thinking cap on and boldly compare “The Studio” to Periscope Studio’s Kickstarter project Maiden Voyage. At the $95 pledge level one receives a hardbound volume collecting artwork by 6 members of Periscope Studio, Portland, Oregon: Benjamin Dewey, David Hahn, Paul Guinan, Ron Randall, Erika Moen, and Natalie Nourigat. Of course there are lower pledge level alternatives, and higher pledges with tantalizing rewards, but either way I hope you consider a contribution to the Kickstarter. If Maiden Voyage successfully launches we’ll be able to continue kickstarting artbooks by the other members of the studio (myself included), but it all starts HERE! Thanks for your consideration!
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Posted on December 5, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
I’m happy to announce that The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation made a best of 2013 list, thanks to Library Journal. We’re on a short list alongside enormous talents like Peter Bagge and Gene Luen Yang. What an honor!
In addition, I received some pictures of the exhibit in Chicago that I mentioned in my last post. I wish I could see these large scale prints in person, but the photos will have to do for those of us not in Chicago between now and March 2, 2014. My thanks to the Chicago Public Library and the Harold Washington Library Center for hosting the show.
Below are pictures from earlier this year, but I thought I’d round out this graphic novel update with a snapshot that Jonathan Hennessey took at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC Sept. 21-22. Again, looking at the surrounding books…what great company!
I have more blog posts on a variety of topics coming this week/month, so stay tuned!
Filed under: civil war, Gettysburg | Tagged: Best of 2013, Chicago Public Library, exhibit, Harold Washington Library Center, Jonathan Hennessey, Libraries, Library Journal, Library of Congress, National Book Festival | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
It is for us, The Swingin’, to pick up the dues of these Fine Studs who cut out here and flieth through to Endsville…
There is all manner of reflection on the Gettysburg Address today, and I thought I’d illuminate a little Easter Egg that Jonathan Hennessey hid on page 162 of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation. He sent me some reference material of various memorabilia commemorating the speech to include in the above panel as I saw fit, and I included this red vinyl album for visual interest without knowing anything about “Lord” Richard Buckley. If you aren’t familiar with his recitation of the Address you have YouTube to thank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4u8bblgV1g
I have various links to share, and hope that you have time to check them out, so here we go:
- Chapter 2 in its entirety (pages 31-49) available for you to read at Slate.com.
- “The Gettysburg Address — a prescription for America’s split personality” written by Jonathan for Foxnews.com.
- The Chicago Public Library has an exhibit of pages from the book printed at large scale in the Harold Washington Library Center. Here’s the info and location for those who may be in Chicago sometime between now and March 2nd, 2014.
- Interview with Jonathan on the Library of Congress Blog.
- Jonathan will also be on WBEZ’s “Morning Shift.” In Southern California he will be on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen. Link to WBEZ interview. Link to KPCC interview.
- And here is a podcast that briefly recommends our book along with some other good books about the Gettysburg Address.
As always, I thank you for your interest.
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Posted on October 18, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
The Gabfest! This week: The why and wherefore of the end of the shutdown. Plus, what Facebook’s new policy means… http://t.co/2vGPzJ6nkw
— Slate Gabfest (@SlateGabfest) October 18, 2013
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation is recommended near the end of the podcast, approximately the 51 minute mark.
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Posted on August 28, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
Commemorating the March on Washington 50 years ago today, here’s a panel from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaption. Below is a round-up of some of the internet buzz that the book has created since its release. If you want to cut to the chase, these articles suggest that the book is worth your time. It is interesting to read the different parts of the narrative that resonate with each reviewer, though. If you only have time to read one of the following, I suggest the CBR article since it includes commentary from Jonathan Hennessey (and a little from me) about the process of creating the book and the ideas therein.
“Gettysburg Address Gets Graphic with Lincoln, Bias and The Civil War” at Comic Book Resources
George P Wood
Aint It Cool
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Posted on August 20, 2013 by Aaron McConnell
The 13th Age Core Book is finally available from Pelgrane Press! Buy It Here! The book has been long anticipated by some patient folks (it was originally slated for release in December 2012), but all new to others. The game has been available as a PDF for months, but the official book release was at Gen Con this past weekend. It has been rewarding to see numerous snapshots of the cover pop up on the web posted by people who pre-ordered and received the book by mail. I’ve seen very few pictures of the book’s interior, though, so I thought I’d make use of my blog and post a few shots of what you see inside when you crack that cover. Much of the polish and beauty of the interior can be attributed to Lee Moyer who meticulously art directed the overall design, created the icon symbols and various tiles, and painted many of my illustrations. In addition, Chris Huth is responsible for the stunning page layouts. It’s a $45 dollar book, but at 320 pages and over 60 illustrations, this is a book that even the Archmage would add to his library of mystical tomes.
Here’s a Preview…
Those pictures with my hand may just seem like an opportunity to fulfill my dream to be a hand model, but I’m trying to showcase the Icon Ring that came with my comp. An outer piece rotates and allows the bearer of the ring to randomly select an icon during key moments of game play. A few of the illustrations showcase characters who in some way are representing a relationship that they have with one of the Icons. Buy the book and try to find all the connections…then it’s time to start making up your own! Game On!
Filed under: 13th Age, Concept Art, Uncategorized | Tagged: 13th Age, Book Release, Chris Huth, concept art, fantasy illustration, Gen Con, Jonathan Tweet, Lee Moyer, Pelgrane Press, Rob Heinsoo, RPG | Leave a comment »