Friday, July 31, 2009

Angel 26+27 'Boys and Their Toys'

What-ho gentle readers!
Can finally talk a bit about the new Angel story arc by Brian and myself, since it was all announced at Comic-con last week.
The official solicit goes a little bit like this:

Angel #26: Boys and Their Toys #1 (of 2)
Writer: Brian Lynch; artist: Stephen Mooney; covers: Stephen Mooney, Nick Runge

Somebody has made a movie based on Angel’s adventures in hell! Angel and Spike go to a comic con to see how badly Hollywood has mangled true events, only to find themselves surrounded by supernatural evil at every turn. Can Angel tell the difference between an evil demon and a 14-year-old fanboy dressed as an evil demon? Is there a difference? The Angel: After the Fall team of Brian Lynch and Stephen Mooney throw Angel and Spike into an all-new hell!

Sounds good, right? Well it is. The issues were finished last week(writing AND art) and I think its some of Brian's very best Angelverse work. When I heard I'd get to illustrate an Angel/Spike 'buddy movie' type storyline I was pretty darn excited, as I loved the episodes of the show where they'd focus on the bickering, sibling-type relationship the boys share.
There's some stuff in these two issues that rivals Cavemen v Astronauts, I shit you not.

Here are my two covers, firstly the B+W version of the 'Action Figure' cover for issue 26(as I didn't do the colours) and then two versions of the cover for 27(which I DID colour).

The first version of 27 is the one that everybody's seen already, but the second is new. It shows our boy Groo(who features pretty heavily in this storyline, with his funniest dialogue yet) seperating the two sides of the Spangel head.
Chris and Brian quite liked the Groo version, but felt that it may be a tad mis-representational in the grand scheme of things. I agreed, and also felt the image was just more immediate without The Groosalugg in there muddying up the concept.

I think the lads were right to pick the simpler version, and so my mission to get Groo onto one of my covers goes on!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ComicCast Birthday Spectacular

Hey, this Friday the ComicCast podcast, Ireland's best(...and only) comics podcast show turns one year old. To celebrate the hosts Liam and Craigey are having a big old bash at Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street in Dublin. It's open for everybody to attend and lots of pros(and me) will be there to sing happy birthday to the lads. Ye should all stick yer heads in if ye're about, should be a larf and a half. There'll be lots of artwork etc projected onto the walls, including lots of stuff from the Ecclectic Micks blog such as the Storm piece here. There're all sorts of bands and comedians and the like, so should be worth the price of entry, ie, it's free in.
Details of the whole shebango here

Monday, July 13, 2009


This is a commission I did a week or two back. A lady wanted a drawing of her boyfriend(who is a massive comics fan) as Batman as a gift for his 30th birthday. She knew he'd really go for something like this but could never be seen to seek it out himself! I get these kind've requests more often than you'd think, maybe because I'm used to doing likenesses for most of the books I work on, who knows.
Anyhoo, apparently the bloke was delighted with his present so all's well.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Not Fade Away Issue 3

This coming wednesday sees the release of the last issue of Not Fade Away, written by Joss Whedon, Jeff Bell and Scott Tipton. I was pretty happy with my work on this one so I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys think. Please pick it up and let me know your thoughts!
Here're the last couple of pages from issue 2 to get you up to speed, and the cover for the new issue.