Fresh from the mailbox…

I made it back from my first ever San Diego Comic Con yesterday, and it was a great experience, and to top it off I don’t think I’m coming down with an illness (a common side effect of attending the show, so I was warned).  I hope to make a post about my experience this week.  In the meantime I can let you know  what I found in my mailbox recently.  The first item of interest is a Scholastic “READ 180: Stage A” comic book that I illustrated last year.  I wish I knew exactly how you can buy this, if you are so inclined, but I can only direct you to the book listing on the Scholastic website.  I think your best bet will be to check Scholastic Book Fairs that come regularly during the school year, or contact Scholastic via the website.  Here’s the webpage.  Click on the tab for Level 2 Paperbacks and scroll to the right.  In the meantime, I’ll give you a preview of the 24 page book.  Written by Sari Wilson, the intended audience is 3rd to 5th grade readers.

And here’s convincing evidence that it’s a real book, one that hands can touch…

The other item of interest is the third and final installment of Anne Steelyard.  I had a small hand in this as the background penciller, the main credits go to writer Barbara Hambly, penciller Ron Randall, inker James Taylor, and colorist Mike Garcia.  Check out Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness Act 3 from Penny Farthing Press!

Key Players in the 54th Regiment comic

Here are some snippets of finished art from the comic I recently illustrated about the 54th MASS regiment.  Frederick Douglass makes a “cameo” in the opening pages as he is recruited to recruit volunteers for the regiment. 

 The main character of the story is William Carney, a 23 year old volunteer who plays a crucial role in the attack on Fort Wagner in the climax of this historical retelling.    

The young Colonel Shaw, at 26 also gets the spotlight in the book.  I tried to draw him youthful in this portrait, but hardened.  He’s seen a lot of death by this point.   Things haven’t really changed much have they?  Sending the kids off to do the dirty work …  BUT ANYWAYlet’s not go there right now!  Let’s talk about the anonymous paymaster that I based on Daniel Day Lewis:D  This time he’s in full color!  Sorry to pigeon hole Mr. Day Lewis, but have you heard?!  He’ll get a chance to redeem himself from this disgraceful casting as the Paymaster when he plays Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Spielberg production.

I’ve finished the art on a book that won’t be available until Spring/Summer 2011, but I wanted to post a teaser here.  I posted some pencils for this project a while back and I’ll post some of the end results of those sketches in the coming week.  Here’s a dramatic scene near the end of the book.  This is Colonel Robert Gould Shaw at the top of Fort Wagner, S. Carolina leading the 54th MASS volunteer infantry and under heavy fire.  This historical event was depicted in the movie Glory (in case this reminds of something you can’t quite put your finder on;).