Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Publishers' Weekly Praises A Thousand Ships

The new color edition of A Thousand Ships got some nice words from reviewer Tom Batten in the November 2018 issue of Publishers' Weekly. Batten's final verdict is:

"Filled with enough political machinations and symbolically laden visions of a war-torn future to sate the appetite of all graphic novels readers as well as Game of Thrones fans longing for fresh content with a scholarly attention to detail and keen psychological insight."

Talk about saying a lot with as few words as possible. This guy could write comics.

And to illustrate the "war-torn future" that Publishers' Weekly mentions, here's yet another sample of artwork from A Thousand Ships, featuring the beautiful coloring of John Dallaire.

 
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Color copyright © 2018 John Dallaire.
All rights reserved.
Age of Bronze and the likenesses of its prominent characters are trademarks of Eric Shanower.

Great Big Beautiful Age of Bronze

Jamie and Shiri of The Great Big Beautiful Podcast interviewed me recently about the new color edition of A Thousand Ships, about Age of Bronze in general, and about the rest of my career. It was a fun interview and I hope you'll enjoy listening to it at the link here.

And here's another sample page of artwork from the new color edition of A Thousand Ships, featuring coloring by John Dallaire.


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Color copyright © 2018 John Dallaire.
All rights reserved.
Age of Bronze and the likenesses of its prominent characters are trademarks of Eric Shanower.

The Reviews Roll In - J. R. Brinkley

Photo by Edward Einhorn.
Edward Einhorn's play The Resistible Rise of J. R. Brinkley is currently running at FringeNYC, the New York Fringe Festival.

Reviews of the show praise the piece. You can read them here:

Brinkley review by Stage Biz

Brinkley review by Theatre Is Easy

I especially like the rave review by Jacquelyn Claire of

If you want to see this biting satire, act quickly. The link for tickets is at my previous post here.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All right reserved.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Trumpery Cure for Impotence

Got a problem with male functionality? See Dr. J. R. Brinkley. He'll insert goat testicles into you!

Surely, you say, no one would be stupid enough to buy into this trumped up impotence cure. But back in the good ol' 20th century US of A, people did. And on the strength of his popularity Brinkley ran for public office.

Edward Einhorn's newest play The Resistible Rise of J. R. Brinkley brings you the true story of the charlatan who performed this bizarre, stupid, and ineffective impotence cure and achieved a level of success difficult to believe.

Well, maybe not so difficult. Trumped up trumpery even more bizarre, stupid, and ineffective is trumpeted these days, too. And people buy it.

But anyway, I designed and drew the images projected as backdrops for The Resistible Rise of J. R. Brinkley, which runs October 12-28 as part of FringeNYC, this year's New York Fringe festival.

For details on the play, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All right reserved.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Experience Pulp Culture

On October 26 and 27 come attend the Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium 2018 at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. I'll be speaking Saturday, October 27, on a panel about Classical Mythology in comics, along with panelists Glynnis Fawkes and Guy Hedreen. I'll also have a table in the exhibition hall where I'll be signing autographs and you can say hi and find plenty of Age of Bronze comics and graphic novels.

One of my favorite cartoonists, Jaime Hernandez, is a keynote speaker on Friday, October 26. My plane arrives a couple hours before he's scheduled to go on. I sure hope I have a chance to catch most of his speech.

For details on the festival click this link.

For a schedule of panels click this link.

For a guide to the exhibition hall click this link.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All right reserved.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Take a Dip with Aquaman

The current Back Issue magazine, no. 108, is devoted to the character Aquaman. It sports a cover I drew, featuring the king of the ocean. Inside many articles discuss the differing treatments of Aquaman throughout the years.

Aquaman swam across my drawing table a couple times in the 1980s, when I drew the Secret Origin of the Justice League of America and I inked Curt Swan's pencils for The Legend of Aquaman Special, and once in the '90s, when I inked an Adam Hughes Aquaman cover. John Trumbull interviewed me for an article inside the magazine.

Back Issue is published by TwoMorrows and is available in print now at your local comic store and digitally online from the publisher at this link.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All right reserved.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Preview of Age of Bronze #34

Here's a sample of one inked page of Age of Bronze issue #34, the next issue in the series. Click on it if you want to see it larger.

John Dallaire is currently coloring this and other pages from issue #34 now. Age of Bronze issue #34 will be released in full color by Image Comics in digital format on Comixology in early 2019.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All right reserved.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lost Tales Found

A new book of Oz short stories has just been released with my illustrations: The Lost Tales of Oz edited by Joe Bongiorno. I contributed one short story, as well as 37 black-and-white illustrations and a wraparound dust jacket painting. The Lost Tales of Oz is published by The Royal Publisher of Oz and is available for order at this link.

The 18 stories are written in a wide array of styles and genres. Some of the stories are appropriate for casual readers, while other stories require a general knowledge of L. Frank Baum's Oz books to "get."  The authors include Michael O. Riley, J. L. Bell, Andrew Heller, Paul Dana, Jared Davis, Marcus Mebes, David Tai, Mike Conway, Nathan M. DeHoff, Jeff Rester, Sam Sackett, Joe Bongiorno, Margaret Berg, and me.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Barnes & Noble Interview about A Thousand Ships

Ross Johnson of Barnes & Noble's Science Fiction and Fantasy blog recently conducted an interview with me about the new full-color edition of Age of Bronze Book 1: A Thousand Ships. Here's the link to read it.

It's always enjoyable to discuss my work, especially a project that's so close to my heart as Age of Bronze. Johnson covers some of the standard questions, but he moves into territory I'm not often asked about, such as archaeological mysteries surrounding Troy.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Let the Trumpets Sound!

WHOO-HOO!

Age of Bronze Book 1: A Thousand Ships is now officially published in full color. If you haven't picked up your copy, run over to your local comics store to get it. You can also order the book signed by me at this link.

For your viewing pleasure, I've included below three color pages from the book as a sample of what you get inside it. John Dallaire is the colorist. I think you'll enjoy his work on Age of Bronze.

There's plenty more of this Trojan War story action in the 224 pages of full-color comics art inside A Thousand Ships. You also get a brand new introduction to the story from Tom Beasley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar; an updated Afterword by me; a couple pieces of never-before-published color artwork; along with maps, pronunciation glossary, and bibliography.

Whether you're new to Age of Bronze or you've been reading the series since it began, I think you'll be pleased by the new color look of what Publisher's Weekly called "a fantastically rich narrative."



Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower.
Color copyright © 2018 John Dallaire.
All rights reserved.
Age of Bronze and the likenesses of its prominent characters are trademarks of Eric Shanower.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CBR interview about Age of Bronze

Michael C. Lorah of CBR interviewed me about Age of Bronze in conjunction with the release of Age of Bronze Book 1: A Thousand Ships in color.

Click here for the link to read the interview.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 3, 2018

A Thousand Ships Finally Landed

Image Comics has released the new full color edition of Age of Bronze Book 1: A Thousand Ships at last! John Dallaire's coloring looks beautiful!

Geek Out recently recorded an interview with me about the new color A Thousand Ships and about Age of Bronze in general. Listen to that podcast by clicking here.

You can order your copy of the new, full-color A Thousand Ships at this link. I like to support comics retailers, so if you have a local comic store, ask it to reserve a copy of Age of Bronze Book 1: A Thousand Ships for you. But if you don't have a local comic store or you just can't wait until September 12, you can buy it from me immediately by clicking here. I'll sign each copy ordered until further notice. If you want your copy personalized, simply include your preferred text in the "Special Instructions" box during the ordering process.

In an earlier post I included sample pages from A Thousand Ships in full color. See those sample pages by clicking here. And see a different 18-page sample on the ordering page here.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Three Stooges: Matinee Madness

On sale next Wednesday, September 5, is issue #1 of The Three Stooges: Matinee Madness. I drew the cover and the two main stories inside this comic book, published by American Mythology. Mike Wolfer scripted the stories and wrote the joke for the cover

When I mention to people that I'm drawing the Stooges, I'm often asked whether I'm drawing Shemp. No, this line-up of the Stooges is Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard. The stories are set in the mid-1930s. The coloring is in gray tones to simulate the look of a black-and-white motion picture. The Three Stooges: Matinee Madness strives to bring you the experience of a vintage Stooges movie short.

The first of the stories I drew is called "Shaky Bakers." The Stooges are called to a mansion as exterminators during a dinner party. Somehow they end up in the kitchen as dessert chefs. Slapstick and spooky shenanigans ensue.

The second story is "Loons on the Lagoon." The Stooges are running swamp tours, but when a gang of hard cases shows up, they're shanghaied into the middle of a lab experiment gone awry.

Anyone who loves the classic Three Stooges will want to read The Three Stooges: Matinee Madness #1.

"Shaky Bakers" artwork before lettering and tones.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Thousand Ships in Full Color

Brand new cover art.
A Thousand Ships, the first volume in the Age of Bronze graphic novel series, will be published in full color on September 12 by Image Comics.

This new edition with color by John Dallaire is a major upgrade from the black-and-white edition that's been available so far. The additional dimension of color in the detailed costumes and sweeping landscapes of A Thousand Ships will immerse readers more fully into the story of the Trojan War.

New features are included in this color edition of A Thousand Ships. I've designed a new cover showing Helen and Paris (see image on left). Tom Beasley, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College, provides a new introduction. And I've updated the Afterword and added a couple color illustrations to it that have never seen print before.

How did this color edition come about? John Dallaire began coloring Age of Bronze for digital publication a few years ago. The digital edition of Age of Bronze didn't run very long, and it's been defunct since the digital publisher ceased operations in 2016. But I planned to publish Age of Bronze in color eventually, so John kept on coloring.

In case any reader is concerned that a version of Age of Bronze colored by someone else will dilute my vision of the whole project, let me lay those concerns to rest. John Dallaire colors Age of Bronze under my supervision. Not direct supervision, since we're on different sides of the USA. But I have final say on every single color that appears in Age of Bronze. I send John copious notes on each and every page. He's wonderfully patient and follows every note. Each page goes through an average of four versions before I stamp it with final approval. Still, I try to leave room enough for John's creativity to shine, and he's come up with some beautiful results in coloring my artwork.

You may have seen the color version of Age of Bronze issue #1 that was released a few months ago. (Click here to see sample pages.) That color issue gives a taste of what A Thousand Ships looks like. John Dallaire works with a full range of color, using a restrained style, so that the lines of artwork aren't overwhelmed. It's color in support of the story--color that lets the characters live rather than suffocating them.

A Thousand Ships is the first volume in the story of the Trojan War. It starts with the young cowherd Paris, who travels to the great city of Troy to recover his prize bull taken from him by Priam, Great King of Troy. In Troy the startling secret of Paris's past catapults him onto a fateful path leading to an immense clash between nations, the legendary Trojan War. Meet the classic characters of the story: Helen, reputed to be the world's most beautiful woman--Achilles, destined to die a great warrior unless his mother can save him--Agamemnon, the proud and stubborn leader of the Achaean forces against Troy--Odysseus, the island king who wants nothing to do with war--and many more.

Age of Bronze, Book 1: A Thousand Ships will be available September 2018 wherever fine comics are sold. Sample pages below:





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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Casper and the Stooges

I've been drawing comics featuring characters I knew in my childhood. First up is Casper the Friendly Ghost and his whole supporting cast.

The first comic book I ever bought with my own money was an issue of Casper, published back then by Harvey Comics. For several years my comics obsession focused on the Harvey Comics characters, particularly Richie Rich. Casper was secondary in my estimation. But when Harvey began publishing the team-up title Richie Rich and Casper, I loved it. (As an adult I find Richie Rich rather boring, but Casper I find more charming than I remember.)

Since their original cancellation in the early 1980s, the Harvey characters have seen only sporadic publication. Until recently. Now the publisher American Mythology has the license to Casper and his supporting characters, including the little devil Hot Stuff. Hot Stuff crossed over with Casper back in the day, but he was never a bonafide supporting character in the Casper cast. That's changed now.

So I've been drawing stories featuring Casper, Wendy, Spooky, the Ghostly Trio, Hot Stuff, Pearl, and Princess Charma. I think it's fun! When I first became a professional cartoonist I wanted to draw for publication all the comic book characters I'd loved as a child. I figured I'd never have a chance to draw the Harvey characters. That ambition fell by the wayside years ago. But now I'm another step nearer to fulfilling it.

Casper and Hot Stuff #1 came out several weeks ago, but should still be on sale at your local comic shop. I drew one of the several variant covers, as well as a couple stories inside. More Casper comics drawn by me are on their way.

American Mythology also has the license to publish Three Stooges comics. I watched Three Stooges movies on television when I was a kid, but I hadn't seen one of their movies in years--until American Mythology decided to re-think its approach to the Stooges and asked me to take a shot. I was happy to try. As research I watched some Stooges movie footage on YouTube. The editor and publisher liked my approach, so now I've been drawing Three Stooges comic book stories, too.

The new approach places the Stooges in the 1930s, so they're period pieces, as if these stories are actual shorts the Stooges filmed. They feature the original Stooges line-up of Moe, Larry, and Curly. The coloring is in black and white to replicate the sense of a black-and-white movie short. The Stooges never held a similar place in my heart as the Harvey characters do. But it's fun drawing their silly slapstick abuse of each other.

Three Stooges: Matinee Madness #1 goes on sale toward the end of August. I drew one of the several variant covers and a couple stories inside.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mine! Nominated

Mine!, the anthology I contributed a story to, has been nominated for Best Anthology in the Ringo Awards. Comicmix published Mine! late last year as a benefit for Planned Parenthood. I wrote and drew a four-page story about Matilda Joslyn Gage, the nineteenth century activist and mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum.

The Ringo Awards are the comics awards that the general public may vote on, so if you'd like to cast a vote, go here.

And if you'd like a copy of Mine!, it's still available from your favorite comic book store or bookseller.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ALA in New Orleans

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22-24, 2018, I will be appearing at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Its central location is the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center downtown. I'll be promoting the forthcoming full-color edition of Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships from Image Comics in September 2018.

I'll be speaking on several panels, including a discussion with other graphic novelists about adapting myths and fairy tales (that's on Saturday), and doing a signing event at the Image Comics booth (that's on Sunday).

You can find more details here on my official schedule. There's a mistake on the schedule--the Koffee Klatch and "Meet the Creator" are both on Sunday, June 24.

Click the menu links on that page for all the info you need about the ALA conference for 2018.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Olympia Comics Festival 2018

On Saturday, June 2, from 11 am to 4 pm, I'll be exhibiting at the Olympia Comics Festival at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW in Olympia, Washington. Immediately following that at 4 pm, I'll be joining Olympia Comics Festival's special guests, cartoonists Farel Dalrymple and Shannon Wheeler, for a round table discussion moderated by Frank Hussey of Danger Room Comics, the sponsor of the festival.

So if you're in the area on Saturday, come to the festival and see me and much more!

Here's the link to the Olympia Comics Festival website for more details.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

At Last! AGE OF BRONZE in Full Color

Big news! Big changes for Age of Bronze.

For the first time ever, Age of Bronze will be printed in full color.

That's right. Full color.

No more black and white.

All new Age of Bronze material will be published in full color by Image Comics. All old Age of Bronze material will be reprinted in full color by Image Comics.

You'll see the story of the Trojan War in a whole new way.

I've been working with John Dallaire, Age of Bronze colorist, for several years in preparation for color publication. John and I were matched up in 2011 for Throwaway Horse's digital publication of Age of Bronze. Several issues were published digitally before Throwaway Horse ceased operations. But John continued coloring Age of Bronze under my direction. We knew that Age of Bronze would be printed in color one day.

First of all, Age of Bronze issue #1 in full color from Image Comics goes on sale April 25, 2018. That's next week. This reprint--in new full color--sells for the bargain price of $1.00! This bargain-price reprint of issue #1 is intended to give readers a sample of how Age of Bronze will look from now on. Find it in your local comic shop or order it digitally from Comixology. You can also order a physical copy here for immediate shipment--while supplies last.

All Age of Bronze graphic novels will receive new color printings. The first book, A Thousand Ships, will be published in full color in September 2018. Color versions of each subsequent Age of Bronze book will follow in print annually from Image Comics.

Age of Bronze #34, the first new issue in several years, will be published in full color in early 2019. All new Age of Bronze issues will be published digitally in color on Comixology. New issues won't see print--they'll only be available digitally. But the story pages from every new Age of Bronze issue will be collected into printed graphic novel format as usual--now in full color.

Some of you may remember that the first four issues of Age of Bronze appeared several years ago in color as an app for iPad. That version is being superseded. John Dallaire has refined many color details since those first digital color publications. In fact, due to a resolution discrepancy, John completely re-colored Age of Bronze #1 for the new print version. He made quite a few refinements. Eagle-eyed readers will be able to spot many differences when comparing the new color version with the old digital one.

So thanks to John Dallaire and to Image Comics for making this all possible.

For your enjoyment, here's a six-page preview of Age of Bronze #1 in full color. Click on any page to see it larger.







Continued in Age of Bronze #1.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower.
Interior page color copyright © 2018 John Dallaire.
All rights reserved.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Legend of Aquaman

New graphic novel includes The Legend of Aquaman.
Nearly thirty years ago I was asked by DC Comics to ink a project drawn by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan. Swan had penciled a new origin for Aquaman, plotted by Keith Giffen. I'm not sure what prompted them to ask me, but I'd just finished The Forgotten Forest of Oz and was waiting to begin The Elsewhere Prince, so I was perfectly happy to take the job.

The result was the one-shot special The Legend of Aquaman. It was scripted by Robert Loren Fleming and colored by Tom McCraw, who'd been my assistant colorist on The Secret Island of Oz. I guess The Legend of Aquaman sold well enough, because it was followed by a five-issue Aquaman series. I don't remember whether I was asked to ink the series, too, but if I was, I'm sure my schedule was filled with something else. The series was inked by Al Vey.

DC Comics recently collected The Legend of Aquaman and the following series into graphic novel format as Aquaman: The Legend of Aquaman. John Trumbull recently did an interview with me for Back Issue #108, coming soon from TwoMorrows, about this long ago job. My own Aquaman artwork is also the cover image for Back Issue #108.

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Talking to MSU

Ryan Claytor of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast at Michigan State University conducted an interview with me several months ago. It's now up for your listening pleasure. Images include some early comics that as a child I wrote and drew--like the one at right from 1974.

Here's the link to listen to the podcast: http://msucomics.libsyn.com/episode-016-eric-shanower

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Get Your Mine!

Mine! is a new comics anthology published to benefit Planned Parenthood. An immense array of comics creators have contributed stories about Planned Parenthood as well as women's empowerment. Mine! is published by ComicMix and is now available.

I contributed to Mine!, a four-page story titled "Matilda Who?" Matilda Joslyn Gage was a major US figure in the 19th century women's movement. She was a thinker, a writer, an activist, and an organizer. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were her colleagues. But Matilda became marginalized and history largely forgot her. My story "Matilda Who?" tells why.

It's colored by award-winning comics colorist Laura Martin.

Lots of other comics creators contributed work to Mine! You can find a full list of contents here.

Mine! is on sale now at your local comics shop and online comics retailers. All profits go to benefit Planned Parenthood. I hope you'll enjoy reading Mine!

Copyright © 2018 Eric Shanower. All rights reserved.