Monday, October 1, 2012
FAIREST is the spinoff monthly series- published by Vertigo/DC Comics- born from the very successful series FABLES, created by Bill Willingham.
FAIREST #8 is the first issue of the arc -The Hidden Kingdom- I've been working on for the last year. It hits the stores on October 3rd. It's written by the genuinely amazing Arthur C. Clarke award winner Lauren Beukes. With gorgeously cinematic colors by the ever talented Eva de la Cruz. Lettered by master Todd Klein. And covers by legendary Adam Hughes. I can't express in words how excited I am for this story to finally reach the readers.
The whole arc is six issues long (issues 8 to 13) and is full of fantastic elements from the Far East (present and past) and follows Rapunzel in a crazy quest to Japan. I got to draw so many cool things that I’m still shaking in excitement. I got to sink my teeth into today’s Japanese Pop culture, street fashion, Harajuku girls, the neon signs of Shibuya; as well as the Imperial mix of Japan and China, samurais, yokai, dragons… a real gift for any artist.
Here’s a sneak preview...
Big big thanks to captain/editor Shelly Bond and Bill Willingham for this amazing ride; and to assistant editor Greg Lockard, for being the best of the best!
Please chek it out and I hope you like it. The whole team behind it has put a huge amount of love in the making.
And believe me, the issues to come are truly truly crazy fun to read.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
For page 19, Bill Willingham scripted a recreation of James Jean cover to the Around the Town issue of Fables, with decayed versions of everybody (except for Pinocchio, who doesn't appear). I had so much fun doing this page that made me feel guilty for being paid.
I thought it would be fun as well to post a step by step sequence of how the image changed from the original cover for Fables 76, to the final colored version of page 19 in Fables 99.
Here's James Jean's amazing cover...
I started with the breakdowns, took out Pinocchio, added Maddy, "killed" the bird (the script was clear on that one!), and thought it would be cool to open the manhole and take out the dog, leaving the girl walking an empty leash...
I then started pencilling it...
Once I defined the main characters in the page I felt I wanted to jump straight to the inks... this was the most fun stage, where I got to really make them look like zombies...
Finally, once approved by editor Shelly Bond, I sent it to Eva (de la Cruz) and waited anxiously for her to do her magic...
Hope you enjoyed it!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
A bit waaaay too late since my last post, but well... lots of things to catch up with, so here we go.
TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS is finally out and I can't be happier with how the book looks. IDW's printing standards are fantastic, thank you to Chris Ryall and editor Justin Biever for this. Eva’s superb colors on paper look just as they looked in the screen. Michael Geszel and I worked very closely with designer Tania Encina to get the right look for the book and she did a wonderful job with it. Thanks, Tania.
A huge thanks to the mastermind behind this creation, Michael Geszel, founder of Soulcraft Comics and creator/writer of Tribes, for making sure this adventure was absolutely worth every drop of sweat. He and Peter Spinetta have crafted a truly wonderful script that grabs you from the first page and leaves you wanting to know so much more about the world and the characters. That's a real difficult task to achieve.
On the back cover there are two unbelievable blurbs from two of my comics heroes, John Cassaday and Paul Pope. I feel extremely lucky and grateful to them for these unexpected gifts…
“The widescreen enormity of Inaki’s art pulls you in and pushes you forward. Effortless line art and strong storytelling were evident to me the moment I saw his work. Can’t wait to see more.” - John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men)
“Tribes is like Mad Max by way of Disney. Inaki draws with a widescreen vision that jumps off the page.” -Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100, Heavy Liquid, THB)
Thank you so much, Paul and John.
Also, Tribes has already picked up some great reviews:
"Writers Geszel and Spinetta have put great thought into constructing a believable world that has been run by teenagers for generations.... Inaki Miranda's artwork and layouts are the standout; from its sweeping landscapes to its hectic action sequences, it continually conveys a sense of epic adventure." - Publisher’s Weekly http://bit.ly/TRIBESpbwreview
“The scripts by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta and art by Inaki Miranda give this end-times scenario an appealing youth-gone-wild vibe reminiscent of Akira meets the Feral Kid from The Road Warrior.” -io9 http://io9.com/5575505/wednesdays-comics--greek-god-sex-a-batwoman-and-a-manga+style-logans-run
“Tribes will make Inaki a superstar” -Jimmy Aquino/Comic News Insider http://bit.ly/TRIBEScni
“Published in a horizontal landscape format, the graphic novel (and this is a graphic novel, not just a random collection of issues), combines elements of Logan’s Run, Avatar, The Road Warrior, and Akira into a completely fresh, engrossing story that deserves a spot on everyone’s reading list.” - Forces of Geek http://bit.ly/TRIBESfog
“Tribes: The Dog Years from IDW/Soulcraft Media delivers a powerful cinematic comic book experience. When you’re done reading this 200-page original graphic novel, you feel as if you’ve just watched a movie. Inaki Miranda’s art is amazing, and Michael Geszel has spun a tale that is like if Akira and 300 had a love-child. It is also a great example of the type of comic that can only be fully appreciated in its lush, oversized widescreen paper format.” - Valerie D'Orazio http://bit.ly/TRIBESsuperheroine
“Though the post-apocalyptic tribal-survivors shtick may not be anything new, the creative team here manages to breathe life into the hoary genre... Miranda’s art and de la Cruz’s colors are lush and exceptional, elevating the tale well above the ordinary.” - Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/19/1829586/disillusionment-in-cuba-a-slacker.html
Thanks to everyone for each and every mention, review, interview and kind vibrations towards Tribes!
I just came back from NYCC and it was a blast!
Finally you can check out a 34 page preview on Soucraft's site...
Buy the book on amazon!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
As the writer of this project, Ben McCool, best describes it in his blog... "VINES is a fast-paced and outlandish action/adventure, wherein a dark twisted jungle has literally overwhelmed New York City. METNAL, the lowest most despicable level of the nine Mayan hells, also rears its sinister head, and the aftermath is unlike anything you'll have ever seen before..."
Sounds cool? I think it does, and I'm absolutely excited about it. I have already started the visual development and it's going to be a visual feast. I'm going to be drawing all kinds of treats!
It's being written by the incredible (and I mean it) Ben McCool, and I sure as hell couldn't be happier. Check out CHOCKER, by himself and Ben Templesmith, coming out soon from Image Comics.
As soon as I am able to show some image of VINES, I will.
I know it's been really too long since I last posted, but I've been busy with many many things.
As my friend Eva posted in her blog, she's just six pages away (now she must be five or four I guess) from being done with the coloring of TRIBES: The Dog Years, which means that I am done with the pencils myself.
I can also very happily announce that the graphic novel is coming out next year by IDW Publishing. This is a very nice news for me, as I consider IDW one of the best publishers in the american market and it's a true honor to have my work published under their logo.
TRIBES has been a long road to walk, and I'm already very proud of what we have accomplished... I just can't wait to see it printed and on my hands. Once I know the actual dates for solicitation I'll let everybody know.
Here's a step by step working process of page 125 from the breakdowns to the final coloring by Eva (I wish I had the blue pencil stage to show too, but I forgot to scan it, sorry)... and yes, kids can be pretty violent!
So please stay tunned... TRIBES: The Dog Years, next year by IDW!!!
PS: next post.... VINES...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
As always, thanks for looking...