The whole time I drew this at a signing some fellah kept leaning over saying “That looks like Kirby” “Man, it looks like Kirby” “Sure looks like Kirby.” I really wanted to say something back, but I have no idea how to converse with someone just reiterating the same statement. Dialogue, baby, I miss it. Conventions and comic shop appearances sometimes lack that oh-so-important form of two-way communication. Sometimes it feels like we’ve downgraded our verbal interactions with folks to reflect the one-sided, singular nature of online comment posting. Sad, daddy, real sad.
Okay, so I’m swamped at the moment. Lots of juggling of projects, which should result in some pretty terrific material for you wieners to read later this year or early next.
So, I want everyone to buy/read DOWN SET FIGHT! I love it, and it seems like folks who have read it do too. I’m going to try and make and post some new images for the book as I’m a little bummed the book hasn’t done triple SAGA sales. You know, something totally reasonable. Though I have sold out of my copies at both Conventions I’ve been to this year.
Anyway, lets get started with posting the full line of digital covers. #5 was my favourite solely for the fact I drew DOGPOUND again. Aw, DP.
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.
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:
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!!!