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Monday, February 24, 2014

2014... and beyond

first off, this isn't a "woe is me" post, but just more of an honest "state of the union"...

i'd like to think that at this point in my career, i'm still growing as an artist, experimenting and pushing style... and producing some of the strongest work yet.

but after 15! (give or take) years drawing comics (and comics related stuff), I'm realizing it might be time to take a big step back and reevaluate where i'm going in my professional career. 

as editors come and go, so do connections in the industry. paying work has been slowing down considerably... and editors aren't emailing, banging down my door looking to hire - instead they're finding new talent. that's always been the nature of this beast. (and let's face it, there are some damn good looking books coming out these days.) 

my gig on disney/marvel storybooks as well as covers (and pin-ups) for MARVEL SUPERHEROES magazine has run its course... i was lucky enough to do a 2 part story on my dream project BATMAN '66 late last year, and i've been having a blast doing variant covers for dynamite and IDW, but not much besides that...

creator-owned work on projects like THE PERHAPANAUTS and KYRRA has been incredibly creatively fulfilling, but not exactly financially successful (to put it modestly)... todd, rich, and i all realize this stuff is a labor of love, but spending years producing a body of work we're incredibly proud of hasn't been doing much to expand our fan base. we tweet, we blog, and we post to facebook to the same people who already buy our stuff (and you're probably one of the folks reading this post, so thank you!)

we'd love to keep doing this, telling new stories and creating new stuff... but current sales just don't pay the bills (far, far from it). we're exploring new ways of telling stories (digital first, illustrated prose, kids' books, audio/motion comics, kickstarter)... but with our current sales, the way we're doing books through image just doesn't make sense for us... 

i've been lucky enough to have plenty of folks interested in commissions, and i'll gladly continue with those (dark crystal, impulse, legion of substitute heroes, batman/robin '66, blacksad, steph brown robin and more are in various states of completion the queue )... but as for other work? i'm not exactly sure what's going to happen. but i'll keep you posted.

thanks for being along for the ride... 

-c

PERHAPANAUTS
the DANGER DOWN UNDER trade just came out (and available in our webstore, along with shirts, prints, new portfolios)... we've got a killer one shot on deck for the convention season (with any luck, we'll get it done)... another audio comic is in early development, and some other fun projects as well.


KYRRA
chapters 1 - 5 are available NOW only comixology for only $.99 each...
we've got this first arc of KYRRA mapped out (and chapter 6 of 10 is almost done)... will we collect it in print? sure, if we can figure out how to not lose money. we've got SEVERAL more 10 part arcs mapped out, exploring her world(S), friends, foes, and more.. and we'd love to get to it.




Monday, February 10, 2014

TUROK!

another lengthy interval between posts, i know!

a few quick things - 

my BATMAN '66 story is up on comixology and will be in print in a few months...

KYRRA is going ahead full steam digitally over on comixology (rich and i are trying to figure out how to bring volume 1 to print this year and weighing our options)

PERHAPANAUTS - DANGER DOWN UNDER! trade is out now... while we don't have another big arc on our schedule yet, we do have a few things to keep us busy with the 'haps.


i've been keeping busy with covers here and there, most recently a few GOLD KEY covers for dynamite... starting with some variants for TUROK (#1 retailer exclusive for maximum comics in las vegas, out now... and #2 steampunk variant, coming soon!)

here they are, start to finish...

-c














Tuesday, November 12, 2013

busy with... stuff (like this samurai jack cover)



hey, look, it's samurai jack riding RI's own big blue bug over water fire! on the RI comic con exclusive cover to #1... (want to get a copy? can't hep ya.. but want to own the original art? keep reading...)



okay, clearly it's been a few days since my last post... wrapped up my last convention of the year in portland, maine this past weekend... and busy working on things... which i can't really announce yet.

i HAVE been updating the Facebook page with plenty of art updates, and need to get better about coming here as well...

updated the art for sale section with several new sketch covers, original cover art from IDW's samurai jack and powerpuff girls, several more marvel superheroes magazine covers, batman beyond and batman '66 pinups...

kyrra is now on comixology! chapter 2 just went live (and should be on a monthly schedule at this point)... chapter 5 is getting all colored up and should be on artist alley comics in a few weeks (if you can't stand the wait!)

we should have the perhapanauts: danger down under! trade all ready to go for a january release... todd and i are working on some fun 'haps related things to be coming your way in the near (and not so near) future...

over at the perhapanauts webstore, for the rest of november we're having a $10 t-shirt blowout! (well, jersey devil is $15 and $5 goes to red cross donation) hoping to clear out the (rapidly dwindling) remaining stock to make way for new shirts in 2014...

geez, see what waiting a few months to post gets? okay, back to work...

-c

Thursday, September 12, 2013

whaddaya know... a NEW sketchbook!

wow, 2 posts in one week... CRAZY!

just a quick one to announce a new sketchbook, now on sale over in the webstore (and at upcoming convention appearances like granite state, rhode island, and coast city)...

it's 24 pages, b/w with a color cover, comic book sized and limited to only 100 copies... collecting commissions, samples and more...


alright, back to the drawing board...

-c!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

batman '66 commission

so, just got back from one of my favorite comic cons of the year, baltimore comic con. i've been heading down for YEARS now, with trish and kids in tow (and visiting with trish's sister and family as well)...

this year i brought a commission for my pal, brad tree (one of the driving forces behind keeping the show on track)... he'd seen some of my batman '66 samples and was hoping to get one with batgirl (which i guess would make that batman '67-8)

luckily, tom feister and i were looking to find something to do together, and he killed it on colors...


and if you don't see me posting this stuff on facebook or twitter (@craigrousseau), here are a few of the samples...

plenty more to post (like a giant batch o' legion canson paper commissions) in the future...
-c

new "sons of anarchy" tonight! (which is good, since i'm just wrapping up the 3rd series of "luther" tonight...)


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

kyrra chapter 5...

so, seems like it's been a WHILE since i've posted anything about KYRRA... and well... that's because it's stalled a bit.

we managed to get chapters 1-4 (and the free preview) up over at ARTIST ALLEY COMICS, but since then life seems to have gotten in the way... paying commissions,  paying work, family time, conventions...

the freedom to do a creator owned book is GREAT, make no mistake... BUT making a living doing it (without a publisher or real viable income?) gets... tricky. we'd LOVE to do this every month, but the financial realities of the situation just don't allow it (and, to be honest, it's the same with THE PERHAPANAUTS over at image comics... we'd LOVE to do that every day and have books out monthly -or more!, but sadly, our sales can't support it...)

soooo, we do what we can when we can, and try to make sure what we give you is the best we can put out...  and we understand some folks aren't on board with digital (or if they are, prefer the ease of comixology) and we're looking into ways to get this out to more readers in both print and digital.


rich and i have a pretty ambitious story we'd love to tell... and hope we can. it just might take us a while... (same with todd and me and THE PERHAPANAUTS*)

but anyway, here's the cover to chapter 5...




*speaking of THE 'HAPS, starting next monday, we at perhapanauts central are going to start running weekly $10 SPECIAL sales in our recently redesigned webstore to make way for new product in 2014... stay tuned.

-c

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

catching up...


so, pmc 2013 is in the books (thanks to all the folks who donated... and you didn't there's still time...  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CR0137)

should have this year's "thank you!" print for donations done in the next week or so...

boston comic con was great (but really only a one day show for me), looking forward to baltimore comic con!

speaking of, it's time for my "get'm before i haveta lug'm to baltimore sale!"
Use discount code B4BMORE to get 25% off on all original cover art in my web store...

and ALSO speaking of baltimore, here's my contribution to this year's "art yearbook" featuring USAGI YOJIMBO!


todd sadly couldn't make it to the boston con...but don't feel too bad, he was busy in maine working on the PERHAPANAUTS AUDIO COMIC! (more info is coming soon)

sadly, i've been neglecting the blog over here (keeping an online presence on facebook   and twitter  - @craigrousseau - are time consuming as it is.)... but i have plenty of marvel superhero magazine covers to show off (and more!), so come back next time... i'll try and be better about this stuff...

-c

oh, LOVED stephen king's "joyland" and neil gaiman's "ocean at the end of the world"... now up is owen king's "double feature" ... and HOURS of "game of thrones" audiobooks...