Wednesday, December 26, 2012

eric henson--a burst of energy when we needed it most!


the holidays had me jumping this year...

as i promised--TWO WEEKS AGO--i want to take a moment to shine our perhapanauts spotlight on yet another talented artist who has lent us so much of his time and talent and has continued to astound craig and i at every turn, not only with his fantastic artwork, but with his incredible work ethic and productivity.
"blame it on the air force.", eric might tell you, as he is a staff sergeant in the very same and credits his military conditioning with how he's able to fit so many projects into so little time.
as well as staff sergeant, eric is also a married man with two small children, a very active member in his church, and--oh, yeah--an up and coming artist currently cranking out pages for our little book at a pretty impressive rate!

i had first seen eric's stuff with the two page 'the-haps-battle-a-future-techno-cyber-frankenstien' sampler that eric had been including in his portfolio and that someone--i think craig--forwarded to me a year or so ago. i loved it and emailed eric to tell him so and the next thing we knew, we were working on a back-up story together.

as you all know, eric's first haps work appears in issue 2 of the still on sale Danger Down Under! no.2, with the peruvian-set back-up story, Molly's Mission. originally intended to be an 8-page, done-in-one story, eric began producing pages so fast that i could hardly keep up with him. i was high on the process of creating and knew that i had to keep this powerhouse going. the one parter quickly turned into a two parter and there was just no stopping this guy...!
here are a couple of the penciled pages from Molly's Mission part one and a small taste of what's in store in the pages of part two~!

obviously, with this kind of output and enthusiasm, craig and i immediately chained eric to his drawing board and have kept him working non-stop. we feed him now and then. he's okay.
to tell of what more we have in store for eric would be tipping our hand too much. suffice it to say that you'll be seeing a lot more of eric henson in the pages of the perhapanauts. and in his own creator-owned series, Eden, out sometime next year! (i've already seen a buncha pages from that and, let me assure you, you're gonna be blown away!!)

so thanks, eric, for being such big part of the perhapanauts team. now get back to work.

happy new year, everybody!
smell ya later!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

the hidden talents of matt wieringo~



so, originally, i had this all planned out and was pretty sure i'd have the time to release these posts accordingly. as the issues of Perhapanauts:Danger Down Under! rolled off the presses and into your stores, I was going to simultaneously thank each of the various friends/artists whom had been featured in the issue both here and on our perhapanauts facebook page...
but, circumstances being what they are--and the holidays being what they are--things got ahead of me and so i am trying, now, to play a little bit of catch-up.

my previous post, of course, was all about the covers and how much we love joe staton and how how much wonderful awesomeness he's brought to comics over the years and how he's been bringing cool back to the Dick Tracy comic strip and how you really should be subscribing to it via to have it sent to your email box each day...FOR FREE!! (you'll be glad you did!)

now...about the insides of issue 2...

you all know matt. he's my brother, been part of the perhapanauts family from waaaaaaay back, did a fantastic back cover pin-up for us on our very first issue at Image. matt is a very humble guy and it took LOTS of arm-twissting by me, craig, and matt's best friend and partner in too many crimes to mention, christian d. leaf, to get him to stop fighting us and get working on a Haps story for us.

he got right on it and pretty soon was turning in pages that were just blowing us away!

the fact that the tale was a western featuring choopie and karl--and so, by association, a comedy, made it that much more fun! matt nailed the humor on every level, bumped up the comedic implications and pay-off throughout and made the story even more fun for ME! and that's saying something!

here's a peek at one of the pages from part two of "choopie and karl in the wild wild west!" appearing in next month's Perhapanauts:Danger Down Under! no.3...

...and another look at the amazing back cover matt did--

more on the versatile mr. leaf in a future post...

be here monday for more on the speedy-fast eric henson~!

have a great weekend!
i'll be crazy-christmas shopping!
hope yours hasn't snuck up on you, too!
get in the spirit!
smell ya later!

oh!--and don't forget--The PERHAPANAUTS: TREASURE OBSCURA trade is in stores NOW!
a great book to lean on when you're writing out those holiday cards --- and an even better christmas gift for that special someone~!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Danger Down Under! no.2~!


wow. with everything going on around here--getting issue 3 tightened up and off to the printer, lettering issue 4, scripting issue 5--december 5th--that's TOMORROW!!!--crept right up on me!
so let me take this moment to let you know 
that the PERHAPANAUTS: DANGER DOWN UNDER! no.2 will be hitting your favorite comic shop tomorrow like a bolt outta the blue! you won't wanna miss the awesome aussie action--especially if you read issue no.1!!

as usual, this issue sports two fantastic covers! main cover (cover A) by our own craig rousseau! and our fantastic variant cover (cover B) by our pal, comics legend, JOE STATON!

to list ALL of joe's credits would be impossible--he's worked for all the various comics companies and drawn all the great characters, that we would be here all day! i will say that joe is responsible for some phenomenal work on the Hulk, Metal Men, Green Lantern Corps, Justice Society, Doom Patrol, Scooby-Doo, and Powergirl! joe co-created the Huntress and the Omega Men, as well as his own character, E-Man, with Nicola Cuti! joe is currently making Dick Tracy cool again on the daily syndicated Dick Tracy strip. 

thanks, joe--for the great cover and the great memories!

go get your Perhapanauts:Danger Down Under! no.2 tomorrow!
you won't wanna miss it!
smell ya later!