Blast From The Past: Tales From The Heart #11

Tales From The Heart #11 cover

This was my cover to Slave Labor’s Tales From The Heart #11, from 1994, painted in Dr. Martin’s watercolor dyes, with probably a little bit of guache, if I remember right.  I was grateful to publisher Dan Vado for allowing me to do the cover to the final issue, following earlier covers by the likes of Brent Anderson and Charles Vess. It really was an honor.

Tales  was the true-life adventures of a college-aged woman’s stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic, written by Cindy Goff and Rafael Nieves.  A little ahead of its time, the series never generated a lot of attention or sales, although it did receive a fair amount of critical acclaim and managed to generate two graphic novels from the Marvel/Epic imprint (which I wasn’t involved with).

I was brought in at issue #7 after original artist Seitu Hayden left the book.  Unfortunately, my work in the second half of the run, issues #8-#11, was never collected in trade.  Working on the series was really one of the great honors of my teeny-tiny comics career, and I’d jump back into it without hesitation if Cindy and Rafe wanted to pick it up again.

Sherlock Holmes re-released, now available

Steven Jones just let me know that our 1994 Sherlock Holmes miniseries has been re-released by Gary Reed (formerly of Caliber Press), through his new venture, TransFuzion.  Sherlock Holmes:  The Cases of the Twisted Minds is a new graphic novel available on Amazon that includes Adventure of the Opera Ghost.  You can also order direct from the TransFuzion site, which also has a few extra sample pages up.

The Secret Identities Road Show Rolls On

The editors and crew of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology hit the Los Angeles area this past weekend, making appearances all over the place.  The weekend culminated in book signings/parties at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, and Giant Robot 2 on Sunday.  Although my old bones were unable to make the Giant Robot event, I did show up for the night at JANM.  Here’s me with the lucky winner of my drunken sketch of what has been dubbed as “Asian Aquaman”, which was raffled off as a prize.  I’m sorry I don’t remember your name, lucky winner, as I wasn’t quite sobered up yet!  If you’re around and see this, post a comment and I’ll namedrop you accordingly.

6/9/09 Edited to credit Rachel Bieber as the lucky winner of Asian Aquaman!


The Octopus

Another contribution to Whitechapel’s Remake/Remodel thread–this week, the Octopus.  I’m including Jess Nevins’ description of the character here for its fun oddness:

One of the more outré of the pulp characters—and given the genre, that’s quite saying something, believe me—the Octopus was actually the villain of the piece in his single issue, The Octopus v1 #4, 1939, written by…well, it’s not exactly clear. It might be Norvel Page, or it might be Ejler and Edith Jacobsen. A rather over-the-top mad scientist, the Octopus worked from a big city hospital and plotted world conquest. His appearance might explain his desire to dominate the world; he’s sea-green, with four “suction-cupped weaving tentacles” set above “hideously malformed” legs. He wears a small mask, and behind it can be seen two enormous, luminous, purple eyes. He was the leader of the Purple Eyes, a cult bent on world domination and mass destruction. The Octopus’ chosen method was an “ultra-violet ray” which devolved men and women and turned them into deformed, life-hating monsters hungry for human flesh and glowing with “ultraviolet purple.” Against the Octopus was set Jeffrey Fairchild, a young millionaire philanthropist (he eventually stopped the Octopus, of course). He had three identities. The first was Jeffrey Fairchild, hospital administrator. The second was was kindly Dr. Skull, the old man who made a practice of helping the poor in the slums. (His good works didn’t help him when everyone thought that he was the Octopus, however) In his other identity he was the “Skull Killer,” who fought crime and left a skull-imprint, ala the Spider, on his enemies. Fairchild was assisted by Carol Endicott, Dr. Skull’s nurse.

And this is what I ended up with, created with Sketchbook and Photoshop (click on the thumbnail for full size):

The Octopus

Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Opera Ghost

To mark the release of Dynamite’s new Sherlock Holmes series, I’m posting work from 1994’s Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Opera Ghost mini from Caliber Press.  Written by Steven Jones, Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera, and it was a gas to be able to draw those iconic characters.

Pencilled,  inked and lettered by me.  These scans are from the printed comic book, so apologies for the quality.  I had long ago sold all of the original art to a collector of Holmesiana.  Click on the thumbnails to see full-size scans.

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