Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword Volume 2 is available today from Dark Horse. It’s a 144 page anthology that collects the various stories from earlier issues into one convenient collection. All three parts of the Dark Agnes story that I was involved in (see previous Dark Agnes posts) are collected back to back. Francesco Francavilla drew Part One and I took over for Parts 2 and 3. Check out this PREVIEW for a little taste of what’s included in this appealing package designed to sate your thirst for savage tales of adventure! Also, if your interested in acquiring any of the original art of the Dark Agnes pages that I drew, I have them available for sale. I’ll bring them with me to Emerald City ComicCon this March, but shoot me an email if you’d like to get a hold of them now.
Saint Denis deliver me from such tender care as this Hellcat has shown!”
The third and final installment of the origin of the sword woman Dark Agnes appears in Issue #7 of Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword out January 29th. You can preview pages from the 80 page giant at DarkHorse.com. The Dark Agnes story is adapted by Paul Tobin and illustrated by me. Below are the 2 preview pages along with a bonus teaser page (no letters). I hope to post some of my sketches for this installment in the coming week, so please check back. Also, I’ll be attending Wizard World here in Portland next Friday (Jan. 24th), and on Sunday I’ll be a doing a signing with a special promotion. I’ll provide the details when I have confirmation. Another reason to check back.
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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News! I will be drawing Part 2 and 3 of a 3 part story adaptation of Robert E Howard’s Dark Agnes published in the Dark Horse anthology Savage Sword #6. I stopped by a comic shop yesterday and had to look in the back issues for Savage Sword #5 released in August 2012. Here’s a preview of 5 that includes a couple pages from Dark Agnes Part One drawn by Francesco Francavilla. I’ve been a fan of Francavilla’s pulpy artwork and couldn’t be happier to fill in for him on this adaptation. In addition, the adaptation is written by Periscope Studiomate Paul Tobin! Paul and I went to a Portland dive and smashed flagons of ale over each other’s morions to get in the right frame of mind for this tale. (Maybe I only imagined we did that, because in actuality the book was late to press and I started working on the pages immediately after I got the script. It’s all a blur whether the ale is to blame or not.) I’ve been approved to post preliminary drawings for the story here on my blog, so I’ll get that rolling with a character sketch of Agnes in the forest!
More News!! The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation will be released next week! Here’s a link to the listing on the HarperCollins website. There are already some favorable reviews that will become public very soon, but in the meantime may I remind you of the excellent website with videos, annotations and more available at graphicgettysburg.com Below is another process image from the book: Inks to final colors. But I don’t have my comps yet, and if you pre-ordered a book there’s a possibility you’ll get your copy before I do…(I’m making this up, just tryin’ to keep things exciting here at aamcconnell.com…truthfully I know nothing about the distribution process.)
And speaking of printing, I’ve been enjoying these delightful teaser images of 13th Age going to print courtesy of Pelgrane Press. One day I’d like to actually visit a print shop when one of my books is being printed, but I have a feeling printing people like to keep illustrators removed from that process to avoid any unreasonable demands or unnecessary interruptions. These pics, though, are giving me an appreciation of the process from afar. Also, there’s a new review of 13th Age at RPG.net. Spoiler…they like it.
And finally, here’s an illustration I did for a start up gaming company Unrestrained Games. “Orc of the Spires” (aka “Lord of the Flies” since orcs are basically teenage hulks). Thanks for following my blog!
Weeks between blog posts, and I’m posting another Conan drawing. That seems odd, doesn’t it? Well, here’s the story: I was poking around online when I did my first sketch of the Cimmerian (previous post) and discovered the new Conan comic by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, an adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Queen of the Black Coast. Furthermore , I found a contest that Dark Horse was hosting to promote the comic series. I listened to an audio dramatization of Queen of the Black Coast and did a little doodling, and thought I might enter the contest if I found the time. Cut to a day or two before the contest deadline and I decided to develop my sketch. So now my drawing is in the running and part of an album on facebook that may contain the highest level of testosterone than any other collection of images found on the internet. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Have a look for yourself: Conan Fan Art Facebook Album
Here’s my color piece. I wanted to capture the feel of Becky Cloonan’s art for the series, but I’m such a John Buscema fan, I tried to pay tribute to his Conan, as well.
And if you’re interested, here’s the ink and pencil drawing. This was drawn to the edges of a 14×17″ piece of paper and I ended up narrowing it slightly for the cover version.