.A bunch of jazz from Canadian Comic Book illustrator Scott Kowalchuk. I like him.

dennisculver:

Out today at your local comic shop:

Dark Horse Presents #34 featuring Part 1 of
DAVEY JONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MONOCLE MEN

Story, words, and art by me, Dennis Culver
Colors by Sloane Leong
Letters by Christy Sawyer

Here’s the pitch:

The Mysterious Monocle Men are creeping around the town of Ishmael Bay kidnapping people including Sadie and Jackson’s grandfather. So they do what anyone would do in that situation: Put a message in a bottle asking undead ghost pirate Davey Jones for help. But will he answer their call?

(spoilers: He answers their call)

My buddy, Culve’s, new book is featured in DH Presents #34, dig in, you sassy-bitches.

DOWN SET FIGHT! Behind the Scenes (w/Scott Kowalchuk! Ow!)…


So, as if you don’t already know, today marks the release of DOWN SET FIGHT!  Hurray!  Hazzuh!  And the like…!  Of all my work to date this is the one I am most fond of.  Having looked through the TPB I realized it was so packed full of story we weren’t able to include any of development work.  Oh, boy, chumps and chumpettes are you in for it now.

Here it comes, a post specially dedicated to some of the behind-the-scenes work I did leading up to the production of DSF.

The first time I was contact about the book was late 2010 — Editor-man Charlie Chu and I had been discussing about finding me a home at ONI (thanks again, Charlie, you’re the best!).  After batting a few pitches back and forth he sent me what was the initial pitch for DOWN SET FIGHT! from Chris Sims and Chad Bowers.  To ensure the union would be solid I was asked to develop some character sketches and tackle (pun! Boooo!) audition pages (which I’ve just discovered have been lost to the ravages of time).

Now, bear in mind, this was even prior to the release of my first book THE INTREPIDS so you’ll quickly notice the difference in refinement.  First up the original design for FEARLESS himself:

Obviously, I’ve done some professional growing.  Still, bare-chested Chuck!  Ow!
Then I took a run a Al Fairlane — gang all agreed he was WAY too Get Carter Michael Caine.  Still, I tried to keep some of that in the final design:
With a quick revision, we landed on something everyone agreed on:
Seriously, I cannot believe how much I’ve grown artistically since these.
Then came, Molly.  I think the inspiration for her is pretty obvious.  At least, I think it is.
So long ago.  I adored Molly.  I love books with a tough female lead — it was nice getting to include so much of her!
Then came Crockett.  This one never really evolved.  We all liked the original design:
Early on I had no clue how flippin’ hard it was going to be to have a regular sized fellah interacting with a bunch of giant-headed assholes.  I soon learned.
Jumbo was our next big mascot reveal.  I initially tried the smaller head to try and draw some parallell to the Rhino in Spidey books (trying to attract some more of the mass reading audience).  Thankfully, Charlie suggested a larger head, which I think was a better move.
Then along came Barclay the Bear.  Seriously, the whole team is so proud of that chapter.  Such a terrific fight!

I don’t know why Jumbo was a midget in these drawings…?
Now came who would become my fave character in the book, Dogpound & the Sudden Death Squad.  I played around with some seriously crappy designs to begin with:
I don’t think I even sent these to the team for review.  I was toying around with the numbers on their faces counting down to “:01” — impossibly lame regardless.
Then something happened:
I learned how to draw.  *swish*  I loved the muzzled Dogpound, Charlie pointed out he looked an awful lot like Dark Knight Rises Bane.  He was of course right.  But, a quick revision:
Boom!  Still my favourite character design to date.  Kept the muzzle and made him more dog-like.  Yeah, I’m a little proud of me.  Oh, and did I mention the evolution of his logo:
Please accept my apologies world at large.  Ah, screw it.  You deserve it.
This all led up to the big showdown of the final chapter.  Dozens of mascot, most of which I designed on page, but some required a little planning.
But first, was Big Fight Chuck:
For months I actually tried to contact someone at ADIDAS to try an get some corporate sponsorship for the book.  Sadly, I had to abandon the pursuit after getting no response.  The logo never appears, but, man, do I wish it did.
Al needed a new suit for the fight too.  I dropped the long jacket and the gloves in the end, but still:
Then came SuperBall.  I adore this jerk:
And that’s pretty much all worth sharing.  I hope everyone tying into these has read and enjoyed the living hell out of the book.  Beginning to end, this was the most fun I’ve had drawing comics to date, and I cannot fully express how proud I am of Chris, Chad, Josh & Charlie.  Great team, great fun!  Thanks to everyone involved!  And to you for buying and reading… DOWN SET FIGHT!
Just wrapped watching S3 of JUSTIFIED — man, Neil McDonough was an absolute blast as Quarles!

Just wrapped watching S3 of JUSTIFIED — man, Neil McDonough was an absolute blast as Quarles!

Alright DOWN SET FIGHT fans, get ready to be blasted in the ass with the penultimate chapter of the digital release!  Chuck and Molly find themselves in a whole heap of trouble with the SUDDEN DEATH SQUAD and their leader DOGPOUND (#DP).  Get ready for the biggest throw down in comics this year!  
Between dog collars, power bombs, and beer drinking this chapter has a little of everything for everyone.  Did I mention #DP?
Get ready, humps, here comes CHAPTER 5: STRANGE SPORTS STORIES!!!

http://www.comixology.com/Down-Set-Fight-5-of-6/digital-comic/66727

Alright DOWN SET FIGHT fans, get ready to be blasted in the ass with the penultimate chapter of the digital release!  Chuck and Molly find themselves in a whole heap of trouble with the SUDDEN DEATH SQUAD and their leader DOGPOUND (#DP).  Get ready for the biggest throw down in comics this year!  

Between dog collars, power bombs, and beer drinking this chapter has a little of everything for everyone.  Did I mention #DP?

Get ready, humps, here comes CHAPTER 5: STRANGE SPORTS STORIES!!!

http://www.comixology.com/Down-Set-Fight-5-of-6/digital-comic/66727

onipress:

Have you ever wanted to beat up a mascot?  Have their cold, dead eyes and synthetic fur ever made your blood boil?  Well, you’re not alone.

Mascot Massacring is a renowned past time and its most legendary practitioner is “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane, the star of our upcoming graphic novel and current digital sensation DOWN SET FIGHT!

These are just a few of Fearless Fairlane’s greatest hits.  For the full story, head to ComiXology to experience it in weekly episodes or pre-order it from your local comic shop by THIS MONDAY!

(Diamond Order Code: OCT131259)

Remember, folks, comic books are a full-contact sport.

twentypercentcooler:

IT’S REAL AND THEY CAN’T TAKE IT BACK NOW.

twentypercentcooler:

IT’S REAL AND THEY CAN’T TAKE IT BACK NOW.

Okay, sumbitches, ready your-sumbitch-selves for the “UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF AL FAIRLANE” — get to know the papa of the Real American Icon “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane!  Everything is gearing up from here to the penultimate chapter available next week (and my personal favourite of the book!) 
Down Set Fight #4 (of 6)


One man versus every mascot in professional sports. THEY WILL ALL BE PUNCHED. It’s kick-off time for this year’s most action-packed and hilarious comic!"Fearless" Chuck Fairlane was football’s fastest rising star, but his career came to a screeching halt when he was expelled from the league after goin’ HAM and causing the biggest brawl in the history of sports. Years later, Chuck has found peace as a high school football coach, until costumed mascots begin attacking him for seemingly no reason. Before long, Chuck’s going to discover that you can’t run away from the past-but you CAN punch it square in the face! (Part 4 of 6)

http://www.comixology.com/Down-Set-Fight-4-of-6/digital-comic/66712

Okay, sumbitches, ready your-sumbitch-selves for the “UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF AL FAIRLANE” — get to know the papa of the Real American Icon “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane!  Everything is gearing up from here to the penultimate chapter available next week (and my personal favourite of the book!) 

Down Set Fight #4 (of 6)

One man versus every mascot in professional sports. THEY WILL ALL BE PUNCHED. It’s kick-off time for this year’s most action-packed and hilarious comic!

"Fearless" Chuck Fairlane was football’s fastest rising star, but his career came to a screeching halt when he was expelled from the league after goin’ HAM and causing the biggest brawl in the history of sports. Years later, Chuck has found peace as a high school football coach, until costumed mascots begin attacking him for seemingly no reason. Before long, Chuck’s going to discover that you can’t run away from the past-but you CAN punch it square in the face! (Part 4 of 6)

http://www.comixology.com/Down-Set-Fight-4-of-6/digital-comic/66712

twentypercentcooler:

DOWN SET FIGHT CHAPTER 3 IS AVAILABLE NOW! 
The strange story of Chuck Fairlane continues this week, and this is where things get wild. The guy showing up at Chuck’s school dressed like an elephant to challenge him to a fight was one thing, but when Chuck meets up with FBI Agent Molly Harrison to get to the bottom of things, they’re attacked by someone even stranger. His name’s Barclay, and he is "THE BEAR IN THE BAR!"
This 26-page chapter can be yours for a mere $1.99, bringing you one of the biggest brawls in comics, a sequence that I think Chad, Scott Josh and I are all really proud of. Grab it, and tell your friends that it’s TIME TO GET GRIZZLY!

The insanity amps up 1000x with Chapter 3 and ‘The Bear in the Bar”

twentypercentcooler:

DOWN SET FIGHT CHAPTER 3 IS AVAILABLE NOW!

The strange story of Chuck Fairlane continues this week, and this is where things get wild. The guy showing up at Chuck’s school dressed like an elephant to challenge him to a fight was one thing, but when Chuck meets up with FBI Agent Molly Harrison to get to the bottom of things, they’re attacked by someone even stranger. His name’s Barclay, and he is "THE BEAR IN THE BAR!"

This 26-page chapter can be yours for a mere $1.99, bringing you one of the biggest brawls in comics, a sequence that I think Chad, Scott Josh and I are all really proud of. Grab it, and tell your friends that it’s TIME TO GET GRIZZLY!

The insanity amps up 1000x with Chapter 3 and ‘The Bear in the Bar”

Pulido She-Hulk!  Hazzuh!

sandyjarrell:

Toth’s rarely seen “Rolling Stone” story.  A warning for lovestruck G.I.s, or lovestruck any dude, really.

This one’s new to me!  Jeez-whiz, that intro panel!

insiringoddsnsods:

Dirty Job from Our Army at War by Bob Haney and Alex Toth…

Jeepers!

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chrissamnee:

tomfowlerstuff:

magnus robot puncher cover.

Holy smokes!!

chrissamnee:

tomfowlerstuff:

magnus robot puncher cover.

Holy smokes!!

colsmi:

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Alex Toth model sheets for Hanna-Barbera’s Herculoids, from Alex Toth:By Design, by the artist and Darrell McNeil.

awyeahcomics:

The Punisher by Jorge Zaffino

chrissamnee:

:O OHMYGOD!!

chrissamnee:

:O OHMYGOD!!

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