Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Icarus #2

Some random panel clips from Icarus #2, coming in March. Issue #1 available here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My man, David Hopkins.

My friend and writer extraordinaire David Hopkins had some nice things to say about me over on his blog. If you haven't read Emily Edison yet, it's one of my favorite all ages books off the last couple years, and my kids all agree.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ICARUS Play by Play Transcript

This is a transcript of the feature that ran on CBR's Robot6 blog -

I grew up reading superhero comics, mostly Marvel, but I loved Batman as well. As I grew older, I started developing and creating my own superheroes. The first comic I ever worked on was a self-published little gem called The Hurricane Kids. The writer and I had no idea what we were doing, but we put out an issue or two and went back and forth with several companies about publishing it. After almost a year’s worth of back and forth with a big name publisher, they decided against it — saying that they couldn’t sell it, “Independent superhero books do not sell,” they said. Later that year, I worked on Villains for Viper comics, a small book which featured super-powered characters. It got a lot of attention but just as I was warned, it did not sell very well. I have since pitched a comic with an artist who is far superior than myself, only to get it turned down because the characters had super powers. That artist has since gone on to work at one of the top publishers. Well, I never learn my lesson and have decided to do my own book, complete with everything I love about comics. Action, intrigue, violence, and superheroes, because sometimes I just want to draw a guy getting punched through a building.

Icarus is a story about Major Robert Riley and his mission to assassinate every known superhuman on the planet. A young girl named Delphi sees into the future and predicts the invasion of our planet by a conquering force. This announcement causes worldwide panic and discourse, which is something that the governments of the world can no longer allow. Backed by shadowy figures both political and religious, Riley is ordered to end the superhuman problem for good. He has never failed an assignment and never missed a target, but things are never what they seem when you are dealing with men who can juggle tanks, women who can influence your every thought and Roman war gods.

The title Icarus comes from the Icarus asteroid that is expected to pass Earth on June 16, 2015.

There’s nothing like being thrown straight into the action. Our narrator is Major Riley. While he is the focus of the first issue, the book will also look at Delphi and how the other characters react to the fact that they are being hunted by the same people they have saved and worked for in the past. Superheroes and super villains have the same goal in Icarus — survive and fight. Throughout the first arc, specific dates will show up from time to time as we get closer to the date of the Icarus asteroid passing Earth.

Riley continues to narrate the action, explaining a little bit about his target’s past. Oftentimes super powers can come with unintentional consequences. In this case, our target crippled another player during a college football game, bringing attention to himself, which ultimately led to him having to pass on his professional career and fade away from the public eye. The sports anchor in the first panel is based off of ESPN’s Linda Cohn.

I love this first panel, exploding brain matter and bone, but not too graphic, just enough to get the point across. This shows that even though Riley is an expert assassin, his methods are still brutally violent. Some of the best characters in fiction are those who are educated and technical, but still can be brutal and devious when needed. Every character we will meet in Icarus has multiple motives and that makes it fun to write. None of them are as cut and dry as they seem.

Now we see Major Riley back in his hotel room after his kill. He cleans up and gets right back to work, checking in with the shadowy figures who have given him his mission. Riley is all business at first, but he will begin to show his human side as we delve more into the story.

Here is where we meet Reggie Loomis, The Diabolist. The world of Icarus will feature costumed superheroes but in a very limited role. When word gets out that there is a killer of supers on the loose, these guys and gals will tend to keep their colors in the closet. As a matter of fact, these photos of The Diabolist are the only images of any costumed characters in the entire issue. While I have always loved the idea of superhuman characters inhabiting our world, I am not always a fan of ridiculous costumes.

On this page we learn a little more about Riley’s process. With his previous victim he explains using a unique type of ammunition to take down a specific target. Here he muses about using brute force to get the job done. One of Riley’s greatest attributes is his ability to break down his victims’ weaknesses. I love the idea of Riley looking down on The Diabolist. He’s going to go up against a guy that can emit magical energy from his hands, and Riley seems relieved.

Riley is in a race against the clock, going up against the most powerful people on the planet. He’ll need help from the most unlikeliest sources. Icarus #1 will be available in January from Super75Comics. Order information can be found online at http://super75comics.com. Feedback is always welcome at hurricanekids@gmail.com.

Friday, January 14, 2011

ICARUS Play by Play

JK Parkin was kind enough to post a play by play preview of ICARUS #1 with commentary on the Robot6 blog of CBR. Check it out, hope you like it.
http://tinyurl.com/6ahmuqh (Thanks JK!)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More ICARUS Shilling

ICARUS #1 is now available for sale. The digital copy is being sold through Graphicly and is only $1 and is available for all your mobile devices and laptop or desktop. The print copy is being sold through Indy Planet for $3.50 and is available here. Please help support this project, I probably will not be able to finish my story without the support of the individual issues. Also, loads of original pages from Icarus #1 are up in my Etsy shop for cheap! -

Monday, January 10, 2011

January commission drive

I'm all caught up on commissions (though I still need to mail some out) so I'm opening up commissions again. $50 for 11x17 and a special price of $25 for 9x12 b/w commissions. Email me if you're interested at hurricanekids(at)gmail(dot)com. A quick glance at my deviantart gallery will give you an idea of what I offer. Thanks as always.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Amazing Arizona Con re-cap

Not a ton of stuff to report, the crowds were spotty but it's too be expected at such a new con. People love Robert Kirkman though, that's a fact. Zombie mania was in full effect and I had no loaded weapons on me sadly. I've posted some sketches I did over on the SketchJAM! blog and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped by and chatted about ICARUS and bought some art. I sold more original art at this con than any other but I have plenty left over that I will posting for sale online in the next few weeks. Next up for me is Emerald City con in Seattle the weekend of March 4th. Big thanks to Scott Godlewski for being a great booth-mate to spend the weekend with, Andy Kuhn, Shannon Denton, Mike Malve and John Layman for being great drinking buddies and Andy & Cory Walker for putting out awesome sketchbooks for me to peruse and drool over. Top-notch fellas.

Myself, Scott Godlewski and Shannon Eric Denton.

Our booth. Seriously people, this Godlewski kid is money in the bank, pick up his books, support him and buy some original art from him now while he's selling it for insanely cheap.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Amazing Arizona Con

This weekend I will be at the Amazing Arizona Con all day Saturday and Sunday sharing a table with my boy Scott Godlewski. I will have a preview of ICARUS #1, original art for sale from Icarus and other projects, a limited edition convention exclusive HULK print and I will be doing sketches all weekend. I also have a few copies of my 2010 sketchbook still available so stop by and say hello.