2014
09.01

GALACTUS was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. This is my first time drawing this iconic Fantastic Four character. Drawing this quintessential Kirby design — drawing any of his creations, really — is a true privilege.

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Above: the final piece. Below: as tight a pencil drawing as I can do and its preliminary sketch.

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2014
08.24


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I can safely say that COPRA #17 has it all: love & violence, impending doom & cushy nostalgia, blood drips & beards, blockheads & weirdos, struggles & triumphs, lunchtime & pushups:

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Locked within a tight grid of pan dimensional deviance and suppression, this is a boiling point love letter to Steve Ditko. And like any unrequited love worth a damn, it’s an affair that ends in heartbreak and confusion. Well, you gotta read it to see what I mean.  Do not let me stop you: GET COPRA SEVENTEEN.

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2014
08.20

I drew some pages in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2 – in stores September 2014!

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This is a new take on a Jack Kirby creation, published by Dynamite Entertainment, spearheaded & conceived by Joe Casey, and drawn by Nathan Fox and a slew of cartoonists, myself included, and colored by Brad Simpson.

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Adam McGovern interviewed me for the Jack Kirby Collector #63 about my involvement in the project.

Joe Casey has a couple of interviews himself on the subject, full of awesome preview pages. He even went down the roll call!

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It was a pleasure to be part of this great project, to work with people I like and respect, and to get a chance to directly honor the King of Comics.

JACK KIRBY FOREVER!

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2014
07.19

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Copra #16 exists — it is HERE! Who does it feature? This preview might give you a clue.

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I’ll admit that this was one of the most difficult issues to produce. I basically knew what the story was, what the dialogue lines and general staging would be, but… I didn’t really know until I started to actually work on it. It was very odd. The process probably didn’t help: I wanted to invoke a little bit of Jack Kirby in this chapter (being that Guthie is based on one of his creations). I’ve been running on a Kirby influence in a spontaneous, gut level, get-it-done kind of way, but this time I wanted to try it a little differently.

I’ve  heard of Jack drawing a page by starting at the top left hand corner and continuing down to the lower right hand corner until the page was complete. The drawing sounded like it was more stream of consciousness and less obviously calculated. The planning was all in Jack’s head.

So in the spirit of that anecdote, I decided to forego any layouts whatsoever. I also didn’t break up the stages into workload batches the way I usually do. This meant that I woke up with two blank pages staring at me, equipped with only a vague notion of what I wanted to do. By the end of the day, my aim was to have two complete pages, fully colored and ready to scan.

Wake up, coffee, write, lay out, podcast, pencil, lunch, ink, coffee, walk dog, more ink, more podcasts, dinner, question life choices, stretch legs, more ink, color, pass out, repeat next day.

Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes I was too wiped out to even erase a page. This issue kicked my ass, but I’m really happy with the results. You’ll like it.

And of course, it’s about Guthie, whom last we saw crashing and falling through a window in some far off world. Looks like she survived and when you read the issue, you’ll know how.

So anyway, this thing exists. Bless Bergen Street Comics for furnishing the proof.

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It will made available sometime in August/September. I will write all release dates and order codes with blood clouds in the sky and then you will know. You will finally know.

Baltimore Comic-Con is the show I’ll be attending September 5th-7th, but we got a while before that happens. I still gotta put out another issue.

But now, issue sixteen is waiting snugly in its unopened box for you to order it. I will personally package it and ship it to you with nothing but love and respect and eternal gratitude. GET ON IT.

2014
06.09

COVER

COPRA #15 is now real and alive. I hope you didn’t get too comfortable with last issue’s southern comfort; Gracie’s turn to shine couldn’t be more different than Patrick’s. This issue has everything you want from a Miami story which means yes, someone wears a guayabera.

Here’s a taste:

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 There’s still a chance of getting issue thirteen and issue fourteen in case you skipped out on the last couple of issues. Catch up with what Grantland describes as “one part Ostrander Suicide Squad tribute, one part forward-facing bizarro beat-’em-up, and all parts startling DIY achievement.”

Before you go, set your gaze on this amazing & timely Gracie piece by Giannis Milonogiannis.

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Not only that, but we’re going to be collaborating really soon!

Oh, & check these Lloyd drawings! This one’s by Jaimie Filer (more of his art here) - -

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- – and the other by Javier Hernandez (check out his art & comics here).

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So let’s  prep for the summer – you bring the sunblock, I’ll bring this super breezy, easy going issue of Copra.

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–Fiffe

2014
05.31

CD. Books

I couldn’t help it. It happened again: some old comics got bound. It was Cloak & Dagger’s turn. Created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, this duo has been a favorite of mine (and Kat’s) for a while now. I thought their combined titles and cameos would’ve made a tight three book set, but there had to be a cut off point (I recall the duo’s return in the Marvel Knights title after a brief hiatus; I’ve bound all  the material before that period). Here’s the reading order, including short stories, pin ups, odds & ends.

What bound set is complete without some sketches by related artist? Here’s a great double page spread by Cloak & Dagger co-creator Ed Hannigan (click to enlarge).

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Beautiful drawing by iconic Cloak & Dagger artist Rick Leonardi.

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Fantastic double shot featuring Dagger and Esctacy by artist Mike Vosburg.

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Here is a dopey checklist I made for Kat …maybe 8 years ago? I’ve been known to try my hand and Ty & Tandy, but this here fulfills the list making side of my obsession.

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As I posted before, this binding habit is addictive. The process also takes forever: the research, the hunting down, the inventory & organizing… I want to get these books as thoroughly archived as possible. The results are worth it, though, and the original art by the respective creators makes it perfect and one of a kind. I appreciate the efforts Ed, Rick and Mike made in providing us with some great art to accompany their memorable comics.

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–Fiffe

2014
05.22

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COPRA: ROUND ONE  is to be published by Bergen Street Press! It collects issue 1 – 6, available for pre-order this summer, and will be on sale September.

Unfamiliar with COPRA? READ ISSUE ONE FOR FREE, drop in on Comics Allianceor just go by this trusty description:

“They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, the men and women of COPRA have no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on every son of a bitch who ever looked at them funny.”

2014
04.26

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Copra #14 is here! That’s right – as in available at your usual Copra comics merchant; buy it!

I’m really excited about this issue, I have to admit. Ever notice how sometimes comic titles warn you that “this issue’s a little off-beat, a l’il different”? Well, that would be this one. Last thing I wanna do is spoil it for you, so I’ll just keep it short. Here are a few shots of the comic itself.

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Here is one of the pages featuring Patrick ‘WIR” Dale and his hometown pals.

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RANDOM EXTRAS 

Here are some cool bits of Copra related arts:

A Man-Head custom toy…

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… and a super cool Vincent drawing, both by Michael C. Kappeler!

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And check out this bit of graffiti featuring old school nemesis Vitas by Satellite Mind!

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I want to point out these wonderful reviews that Copra #13 received in the last month. I’m really appreciative that this title’s return has been well received, especially by these fine folks:

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Here are a few short video clips I took while drawing the splash page for this new issue. Inking & holding a camera isn’t the most practical approach, so I kept it brief.

Oddly enough, the rest of the issue looks nothing like this. It’s very clean, meticulous, very… very — aw, you’ll see. So go SEE — Copra #14!

And I’ll see you here next month!

–Fiffe

2014
04.03

Copra 13 Cover

COPRA is back! Issue thirteen is here and ready to go. I’ve been wanting to get to this issue for the longest time and I’m happy to finally get it out into the world!

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Did I mention that half the print run comes with a free fold out poster?

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There’s a  lot of COPRA news brewing. Collections are beyond the planning stages and are being made – physically made! Super exciting! I’ll drop the details as soon as I know them. Compendiums are gonna happen, too, the 4th one at the very least.

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In case you’re stopping by for the first time, make sure to check out COPRA #1 - the very first issue posted in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Get acquainted, look around, tell your friends and check in every month for new issues.

One last time: COPRA #13it’s here.

2014
03.18

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Variant #1 (Marquez)

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ALL-NEW ULTIMATES is a superpower teen crime Marvel comic written by me, drawn by Amilcar Pinna, colored by  Nolan Woodard, and lettered by Clayton Cowles, debuting April 09, ’14.

You can get them at your local comics store (find your nearest one) or read them digitally. Look for covers by David Nakayama or variant covers  by David Marquez Ron Wimberly. Here’s a preview of the first issue!

To tide you over, here are some more preview/interviews at Comic Book Resources (OneTwo) and Newsarama (OneTwo).

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Issue #1 (Nakayama)

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