Corsair: Haunted, ancient and bleak.
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Since last week blurting out that my new comic book release would be Corsair I can report that at the time of this writing the Kickstarter campaign is 70% funded and well on it's way. Nick Gonzo is the master of ceremonies concerning the project's completion, and he'll be happy to hear any positive comments you might have during his final hectic weeks (Follow Nick Gonzo on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/nick_gonzo ).
Gonzo also talked at length over at Panel Patter about the origins of the Corsair character and story. http://www.panelpatter.com/2017/07/kickstarter-interview-corsair-by-nick.html
I immortalized Gonzo as one of the baddies of The Order from the plot of the comic. You can get the same type of treatment from me by pledging to the £50 Master tier (as well as get comics, prints, pin and original lino cut... a hootch-spittingly good deal for all our horror comic enthusiasts. A deal which will not be repeating itself).
I wanted to include a few comparison images for an appreciation of the finesse of Corsair colorist Alexa Renée. Her words "haunted, ancient and bleak" resonated with me. Here is her treatment of the cover over my accompanying original black and white. In blue pencil we have my first rough concept image of the scene. Finally we have the completed cover titled by Rob Jones.
Alexa Renée also created original art for the Kickstarter campaign. Look at these work shots for her Corsair promotional pinup. She has provided coloring for another Madius release Paperbacks & Ink Stains and look for her artistry out there on the horizon in Horrere.
I contacted the wizards behind The Comic Jam to tell me about the origin of their concept and the fearless madmen who sign up to try it out.
The Comic Jam is 100% what I think the whole art form of comics should be striving for. It's voodoo where creativity and opportunity meet. As contributor and Jam media rep Casey Allen told me "The weekly challenges are sort of sink or swim." It seperates the talkers from the doers.
The first time I tuned in to what was happening over there they had even challenged the artists to write the weekly story and tasked the writers to illustrate it. The results were fascinating. Here's the link to that particular escapade: https://thecomicjam.com/april-fools-7034ae034dd3
And its new every Wednesday. And FREE.
Both Gabriella and Salem Kapsaski are representatives of the pure punk nature of expression. Their current collaboration Spidarlings is a prismatic dessert of unlikely-combined ingredients. Hear how they put together this Troma feature, their plans for a new and experimental 1920's style French stag film, and how Salem's novella Nazi Sniper is banned in the UK, Germany and Austria.
While you're sleeping, there's a man in Bristol who's conspiring to kill your childhood. Piers Hazell spends a lot of time devising ways to rot the flesh off Bugs Bunny and finalizing the liver mortis patterns of Sleeping Beauty. Lets try to find out what the hell is wrong with him.
I'm bringing you the creator of Cherry Poptart, Larry Welz! The underground comix legend talks about life in the UFO tourism business in Roswell New Mexico, making it in the world of Carnie art and the most surprisingly satisfying work of his life, theater set creation.
In terms of humor, timing and the overall subversion that the medium of comics can generate, no one comes close to the genius of Larry Welz. Even read today his stories from 35 years ago will floor you with their boldness if you take yourself too seriously and have you laughing your ass off if you don't.
I'll talk a lot more about him and his influence on my own approach to adult comix next week, but suffice it to say that he's personally my favorite interview yet and I feel very fortunate that he made time for me.
I'll also have an update on Corsair and a soon-to-be-revealed pinnacle of poor taste projects releasing this month.
That and more surprises when next we catch up on the Comix Voodoo Hayride.