Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My back cover art for DEAD MAN HOLIDAY

Colin Panetta, creator of the comic book DEAD MAN HOLIDAY, asked me awhile back to contribute the back cover to his latest issue, DEAD MAN HOLIDAY -1 (Yep, that's 'minus one').

Colin's book is done in b&w, including his cover. But when he told me that I could create my piece in color, I immediately thought of the basic design. I think the fact that I could show a green, glowing ghost made me choose this scene! I had a great time working on this piece, and was really happy with the way it turned out. What I really liked was after I sent it to Colin, he wrote back and told me he was thinking I was going to do something entirely different. It's always satisfying to produce something that people weren't expecting, as far as my 'style'.

I'm a big fan of Colin's comic. He refers to it as 'haunted science-fiction', and describes work that he does ( as well as everyone from Mike Mignola to Mike Allred) as 'personal genre fiction'. Whatever you want to call it, it's unique work from a totally individual point of view, whether it's a crime story or a ghost story.

Besides being an imaginative storyteller, Colin is a very forward-thinking publisher, always working on getting the word out about his comics. He's participating in the upcoming Indy Comic Book Week, for example, and in fact is tying in the release of his new issue to this event.

Colin has free PDFs of his first two issues at his site, as well as a blog he updates with his latest doings. Take a look at his haunted science-fiction, DEAD MAN HOLIDAY!


Jim Lujan said...

This is sweet. Really cool to see you working in color. For some reason, this reminds me of the old channel 52 stuff. Dont know why, it just has that ibe. I like it!

Greenblatt the Great! said...

beautiful work, Javy! Your coloring is always top notch!

Nah said...

Thanks a million Jav! A printed copy should be reaching you any moment.