At last! Issue one of my latest project is complete. I present to you, El Gorgo! Issue #1!
El Gorgo! chronicles the adventures of a super-intelligent Luchador gorilla as he travels through space and time to save the universe!
One year in the making, El Gorgo is written by Mike McGee and drawn, lettered and colored by me. More to come soon, once I catch my breath.
The entire first issue is available now at elgorgo.com. Go read it!!!!!
This is one that got away. Hell’s Own is a zombie-western novella by Russ Anderson that was slated to be published on Frontier, but didn’t make it up before the site folded. Russ is publishing the story this week on his site.
Cover art is by Patrick Stacy, with logo and heavy design liberties by me. I worked up the design over the long Thanksgiving weekend when not shuttling back and forth from Bazaar Bizarre. The cover is included with all my other Frontier work for completeness’ sake.
Think of this as the calm before the storm, as I dive headfirst into several large-scale projects that I can’t really discuss just yet (but include some graphic design, some fine art, a couple print covers, and a full-length graphic novel with Mike McGee). 2006 is going to be busy.
One more time …
This site will also be moving to WordPress when the re-design is completed. Movable Type is annoying me.
Hey! What happened to half the entries?
As I redesign the site, I feel I need to re-focus its direction towards all things art that I do. So all the stuff that doesn’t fit that has moved to a new (kind of new) home, alt.rednever.blog.
So why Blogger?
I like the idea of using a space that’s just for pure writing, just taking somebody else’s hosting space and template and rolling with it. I tried briefly to set up such a thing on this very site, using one of the generic Movable Type 3.2. Sadly, I quickly discovered that the templates were poorly tested and the documentation non-existent. I also like Blogger’s generic templates better. So for the sake of getting up and running quickly, Blogger was the best choice. I considered WordPress for a moment, but I really hate the administrative interface.
But you hardly ever post anyway! So what?
I’ve actually censored myself on many occasions, just based on what I felt would and wouldn’t be appropriate for a blog about art. By giving myself a blog-for-blog’s-sake, I can pretty much write about anything I want. Which gives me more opportunities to write and rant and rant and write.
Whenever I post an entry on this site, it’ll probably be related to one of my projects, or an important announcement, like this one or the previous post. Or sometimes I’ll just post a picture.
So why keep Movable Type if it sucks?
The custom templates I use for this site work well, and I do still like MT’s admin interface. But I will be keeping an eye on systems like WordPress and TextPattern as they mature to see if it makes sense to switch.
But for now, I’ll just keep working on the re-design.
And hey, check it: two entries in one day(!).
Endings, Beginnings and Other Things
First, the bad news:
On October 1st, 2005, Frontier Publishing will cease operations.
The full official statement follows at the end of this entry. The very short version is that the editors want to move on to other projects and were burning out doing the site. The consensus was to end on a high note rather than let the quality suffer.
I was in in Maryland over the weekend for SPX in Bethesda, joined by Frontier folkss Russ Anderson, Mike McGee, Derrick Ferguson and Artifice editor Jason Kenney. A great time was had by all and Saturday night turned into a going-away party of sorts for Frontier. Lots of anecdotes, reminiscing and drinks going around.
Frontier has had a good four-year run, which nobody expected, and I’m going to miss it. Personally, I don’t believe it’s gone forever. Maybe I’m in denial, but it’s just a gut feeling …
After October 1st, the site will stay online as an archive and point to the titles’ new homes.
Oh, and SPX was a lot of fun. Heavy on indie comics, light on smelly fanboys and almost no superhero books in sight. And Cleveland’s own Harvey Pekar as a guest of honor. I still believe there’s hope for the comics industry.
Update: Derrick Ferguson shares his thoughts here.
Meanwhile, the good news (for me at least):
Two Frontier titles are moving to dead-tree format next year, and I’ve been asked to do new covers for them.
I’ve got two comic projects on the table right now (with a third on the back-burner). I can’t really share too much information yet, except that Mike McGee is writing them, and both projects will likely be 96-page graphic novels.
And in other news, this site will have a facelift very soon. I’m moving some stuff around, considering splitting the entries into two different blogs (art and personal stuff) and just generally going through CSS Hell right now. I’ve got the design about 80% nailed right now. I’m shooting for a relaunch before November 1st. Blog entries will still be sporadic. Just the way I am.
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