Title: Frontier Graveyard
Created by: David Furr and Shannon Smith
Written by: David Furr
Status: 5 issues fully inked and lettered. Issue 6 in production with August 1st 2016 due date.
Synopsis: The transcontinental railroad was going to bridge the East to the West and usher in a new age of prosperity along the frontier. But something’s gone wrong. A crew of rail workers has disappeared, and settlements along the line are falling silent. The railroad hires Nathanial Holden and Ezekiel Grey to search for answers. What they find instead is a trail of bodies and a quiet town on the verge of annihilation.
I had been working hard these last couple of days on Dizzy Spells. The spark from the Tapastic.com series has given me a new reason to continue the run. Along with writer Adam Cogan, I will focus my efforts in making Dizzy Spells a complete trade paperback by the end of May. This will then be a Kickstarter to fund print cost hopefully in June. The good news is I don’t have to rush on it. Adam and I plan on also pushing Sword Theory by the end of the year as issue one is already completed and issue two is already written.
I added some page layouts to show my process of how I conceptualize a page.
This is a recent Batman piece I’m doing for an upcoming Con. I usually don’t draw other company characters but when I do, I try to make the best of it. This one is already catching the eye of some potential claimers.
Since I am in Florida and back in a place where I can reunite with my friends from down south, I decided to go to Orlando for MegaCon. It’s a favorite for me and I always have a great time when I go. I plan on getting a table but not sure if I can. I will keep you all posted if I do.
Lately I’ve been looking to take my work to another level. I met with one of my best friends SKAM2? and he introduced me to one of his friends Jeff Dekal who works for Marvel as a cover artist. Jeff is a painter and a badass one to boot. His work in “real” work. As an artist you have to sometimes surround yourself around other artist to what levels you can take your own work. So, I tried something different…One night while doing another one of my many drawing exercises I do to keep relevant in my craft, I realized something. I love to just draw and sometimes it does not have to be comic related.
I was extremely tired when I drew this but it just flowed. As I dreamed that night, I had the idea of making a project for the new year to focus on two regions Africa (the continent) and the Caribbeans (Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba).
Why those places? Just because. 😜 Born and raised in Miami, I feel like I am giving something back. Stay tune for more.
Ok, this is a small treat for those fellow artist out there who want to shoot ideas around to each other. I drew this picture on a 4″ x 6″ sheet of note paper. I really fell in love with it as I gave more and more detail to the work.Then I realized that it’s on note paper and I would have to do this all over again in the process of tracing or light-boxing or whatever. This may not happen as often as I would like because I draw comics with panels that have a range of backgrounds, props, and etc. But for those single shots like this, it was hard for me to stop at ‘just’ a layout. So what to do?
I am slowly breaking the rules of traditional comic production. The 11×17 Bristol board, blue line layout, traditional workflow is probably how we all started out. But I will see promise in even a sketch on a napkin and try my best to keep it alive. With scanning and digital media, this is possible. Check out this rework based off a scan of the original sketch.
With erase tool and a brush with the same color, I kept the image alive with very little redrawing.
By the way, this is a page in my up coming project “Chasing Shadows”.
The long wait is over! I got a few boxes of Frontier Graveyard – The Risen (Director’s Cut) issues in last week due to the awesome contributors of our successful Kickstarter last year. I will sign each copy as they are sold.
This collection of issues 1, 2, and 3 is the first in our series of trade paperbacks to premier this year. These will also be the flagship item at Cons this year from myself and the team at Blue Inferno for 2017. Hope to make some announcements soon on next Con appearance. Until then, please keep on the look out.
Cowboys, zombies, and…a samurai? A deadly mystery brews deep in the West and is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting frontier.
The transcontinental railroad was going to bridge the East to the West and usher in a new age of prosperity along the frontier.But something’s gone wrong. A crew of rail workers has disappeared, and settlements along the line are falling silent. The railroad hires Nathanial Holden and Ezekiel Grey to search for answers. What they find instead is a trail of bodies and a quiet town on the verge of annihilation.
Format: Black and White, 6.75″ wide by 10.25″ tall Trade Paperback 90+ Pages Signed by the artist and co-creator PROFESONE.
Last weekend, I finished the Christmas Special of Dizzy Spells on Tapastic. It was a cool idea until Mr. Adam Cogan got his hands on it and made an awesome story. The results was great and I wanted to spend time on it to make it shine. Please check it out @ Dizzy Spells – Christmas Special and let me know what you think.
This is one of the sketch covers commissions from the successful Kickstarter campaign we had back in May for Frontier Graveyard. I want to give special thanks to David Furr for making that campaign happen. He is a great writer and a better friend and I wish him the best.
It’s getting harder for me to find time to draw as the holidays approach. I fear some of the pages will not be rendered in time unless I use my super ninja skills. I have to see if I have any of those skills left. 🤔😉