COPRA #24 is here! Dissension in the ranks, loose ends are tied up, twists & turns are introduced, and more than a little hands-on conflict:z this issue has it all! There’s no better way to celebrate the 24th issue of the world’s greatest action comic!
Dieter VDO closes out his serialized portion of the comic with a terrifying, beautifully painted conclusion. Receiving his back covers for these last six issues has been one of the run’s highlights.
I started this whole thing – this COPRA thing – with 12 issues in mind. Right here, with this chapter, that number has doubled; handing in issue 24 to the printer was equal parts exciting and exhausting. That’s a big deal to me! I, who once had trouble finishing 24 panels, have expanded the world of COPRA page by page.
Shoot, some would say a solo venture like this is not all that common.
Thanks to all the readers and subscribers and fans who came to see me at all the shows. I will never tire of letting you know how much I appreciate your enthusiasm.
Big thanks to all the stores that carry Copra, too! And to the biggest store of them all, Bergen Street Comics — soon to close their doors while continuing to be a comics publisher. They were there from the beginning of my self-publishing venture, friendly and forward thinking. I was flattered to have them in my corner, and I’m proud that they still are.
Oh, wait — COPRA is now in spanish! This has been a dream of mine so I’m quite excited to announce that Inefable Tebeos has released a translated compendium of the first 3 Copra issues as Copra: Compendio Uno.
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There is no better excuse to practice my spanish reading.
“Guilty Pleasure” is a Daredevil story I wrote, drew, and colored for Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 and it’s here!
Daredevil & Karen Page created by Stan Lee & Bill Everett.
Typhoid Mary created by Ann Nocenti & John Romita Jr.
Mephisto created by Stan Lee & John Buscema (redesigned by JRJR).
Punisher created by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru & John Romita Sr.
Daredevil was the first Marvel comic I collected with regularity, feverishly hunting for back issues and anxiously awaiting next month’s episode. I’ve drawn Daredevil several times since, sometimes even for try-out pages.
Typhoid Mary’s another story. She’s only graced my drawing board a couple of times.
Rogues’ gallery sketch, 2010: Wild Boys, Typhoid Mary, Bushwacker, Bullet, Ammo.
Daredevil #1 sketch variant for Bergen Street Comics, 2011.
Regardless, I was ready to make my very own love letter to the series that briefly had a stoic DD running around in bandages.
Which speaks to my story’s backdrop: INFERNO aka that time when demons took over Manhattan and Matt Murdock was caught up in its insanity while dealing with his own drama (issues 262, 263 & 265 are hands down the best. Cap it off with 266). Nocenti wrote funny, insightful and exciting stories here, and JRJR matched her intensity with a visual flair that has remained strong since the days of its publication. This is classic stuff, electrifying material that has clearly stayed with me.
Of course I was going to tap into this brief but potent corner of Hell’s Kitchen. Getting to work on these characters has been a thrill of a lifetime (as some could probably tell when I started shooting my mouth off) so go out and get this here issue. Plenty of other cool stories in there, too — Secret Wars: Secret Love #1!
“Michel Fiffe is finally unleashed on the Marvel Universe.” – Comicosity
“An absorbing and clever narrative of persistent, romantic angst.” – PopMatters
“Fiffe brings his kinetic vibe that he’s perfected.” – Graphic Policy
“Reminds us how fun comics can be.” – Pop Culture Uncovered
“Overwhelming and intoxicating.” – Wait, What?
“Fiffe never loses his own voice, filling the pages with his own idiosyncratic manner.” – Nothing But Comics
“Daredevil has a little more character than he’s usually drawn with.” – Women Write About Comics
“Captures the insanity of the demonically-possessed New York City.” – Deadshirt
“Tightly told story, most remarkable for Fiffe’s art.” – Comic Book Resources / Robot 6
“The art for this story is vivid and loose… it fits the narrative perfectly.” – Comixology
“Fiffe’s artwork evokes a ‘70s-style noir comic, providing a great background for a Daredevil story.” – Newsarama
“This one in particular stood out.” – Smash Pages
“A delight to read.” – Bleeding Cool
“An excellent exploration of the relationship between Matt Murdock & Karen Page.” – Sound On Sight
COPRA 23 is now available – 24 full color pages of nothing but loving devotion to an intimate super powered massacre.
Here’s a reminder of how awesome Dieter Van Der Ougstraete is. I continue to be blown away by his contribution to COPRA. All bow to VDO!
But yes… Copra. COPRA. Issue 23 has crawled out of the thing we call July and it has made it all the way here. Best not to sleep on it: get COPRA 23!
Speaking of Heroes Con, thanks to Andy Wolverton for stopping by and chatting me up on behalf of the Comics Alternative podcast.
HEROES CON 2015 — I will be there! Come to TABLE AA-1101 for comics, sketches, big prints, little prints, original art, posters, and more comics!
PANEL: KLAUS JANSON AND MICHEL FIFFE IN CONVERSATION!
12:00 pm, Room 207AB — moderated by Greg Matiasevich. This is basically gonna be me gushing for an hour.
Also, I’ll be doing some sketches on a limited quantity of canvases provided by me. Pick a backdrop, request a character, I’ll do it up.
This weekend. Charlotte, North Carolina. By any means necessary, come! Hope to see you at the show! HEROES CON 2015.
COPRA #22, this one’s got a lot packed into it. It’s another “Personal Files” type of story (last one was back in #7) where we take stock of all of the players, but we don’t slow down in the slightest. New characters, a new mission, a couple of losses define this issue. It’s the first of a 3-part lesson in four color brutality.
Let’s not forget about another intense back cover/Copra comic by cartoonist extraordinaire Dieter VDO.
Start your summer right. COPRA #22.
That up there is a Lloyd drawing for a custom made Copra hardcover book made by a longtime reader. It collects the first 18 issues (plus Deathzone!) – an awesome, humbling, cool looking thing to hold.
See that drawing below? You might recognize that big guy as Copra’s own WIR teaming up with Miss Nina in this exclusive print! Check out her and her band’s crowd funding campaign for more info on how to contribute in order to get this Copra print (as well as other cartoonist prints that are available).
INTERVIEW! Comic New Insider chatted me up at TCAF and at the 40 minute mark I start rambling about self publishing and fight scenes.
REVIEW! La Habitación No. 26 reviews Copra Round Two! It’s in Spanish which is nice since I can forward it to my family and prove that comics are still part of my lifestyle.
PANELS! Another dedicated longtime Copra reader posted panels of every issue so far, four images at a time. When I say “longtime” I mean this reader was one of the first ten to subscribe to Copra when I first offered the sub. What this meant was that they would get a free sketch on the inside front cover for the first year’s worth if comics. Anyway, here are some panels.
Since I rarely ever look back on these issues, it was neat to see them all in one shot. It was also interesting to see what panels were singled out and zeroed in on. Those up there were the first 9 issue in reverse order. Here are issues 10-21.
Speaking of those first ten subscribers, here’s another one who posted pics of the actual sketches in his copies!
Check out the rest here. Kinda funny how you can see the amount of detail fall off one by one. Hey, I tried making them all as cool as possible! Completing every issue is a race against time itself. Time always wins but hell, at least I get an issue out of it.
Ares: Bringer of War is George O’Connor’s latest installment in his massive Olympians book project. I drew this Ares head shot in honor of all those slain in the wake of George’s ambitious, destructive vision.