July 2013

This Guy Made an Awesome Surface Pro Lap Board

Jeff’s Surface Pro Lap Board is Art Nerd Sexy.

 

Jeff Ketter at Icono Blast took my Surface Pro lapboard design and made his own (beautiful) version. It looks extremely slick! He took the time to really polish it up and make refinements to my original design, and I dig his additions (camera hole, mouse-pad grip, jet black finish, etc…). If you’re looking to build a lap board, you should definitely check out his detailed post.

Nothing like a little shared Nerd Joy to start the Monday. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

 

Batman ’66 #1 in Stores Now

Batman '66 Print

It’s out today! In print! I’m really happy with the way Batman ’66 looks in its print incarnation. The colors reproduced beautifully, and while the bells and whistles of the digital edition are definitely fun, as a comics artist, this is still my preferred way to enjoy comics.

That said, if you want to grab part 3 of the digital run, it’s probably our best use of the technology yet. Get the technology at Comixology. Bat-Rap.

And, to celebrate this release, how about some watercolor commissions? These are hot off my desk and headed out to their new owners today.

Batman and Robin Batgirl_commission

Good Wednesday to you.

 

Batman ’66 is a Bestseller

"We're #1, chum."

“WE’RE #1, CHUM.”

 

Thanks to everyone who turned out in Ben-Day dotted droves this week to make Batman ’66 the #1 selling comic on Comixology! I’m sitting here typing in my underwear, but in my mind, I’m on a giant float with Jeff Parker, going down some major city boulevard, surrounded by confetti, in my underwear.

Seriously, response has been fantastic. Here’s a blurb-fest:

Batman ’66 is the best Batman comic in years.” 10 out of 10 – Starburst Magazine

Batman ’66 is nothing short of brilliant.” 9.8 out of 10 – IGN

…Without question my favorite DC book of the year…” – ComicsAlliance

It’s the most fun you’ll have with words and pictures today… It’s stellar stuff.” – iFanboy

Batman ‘66 #1 is a wonderful comic.” -Nerdspan

You best be geared up for the next part, out tomorrow. Because, Catwoman.

 

Batman_66_Jonathan_Case

Something Eerie for July 10th

What a month! Along with Batman ’66, I have a second, equally retro-cool comic coming to shops this Wednesday, July 10th, as part of Eerie #3.

Eerie#3

Saturnian Infantroids!

This one’s an homage to Wally Wood space-race comics. It has comedy, horror, and giant space babies run amok. After becoming a dad and spending so much time in earnest adoration, it was time to shed light on the dark side of cute babies. The dark side of the babymoon.

I drew this while I took loving looks at my giant EC Stories collection. What I discovered: In almost every respect, the gap between myself and Mr. Wood is much like infinite space itself. Still, it was a fun challenge, and I’m pleased with the results.

I promise you a very weird time.

For a preview of this, and the book’s other stories, head over to Comicosity.

Batman ’66 Makes its Comixology Debut – Today!

Batman 66 is OUT!

 

Batman ’66 is out, in a digitally-enhanced edition. It’s weekly. It’s all-ages friendly. And it’s 99 cents on Comixology. How about that?

“But wait,” you say, “what’s all this about digitally enhanced blah-bah-dee-blah? Are you trying to get me to read motion comics?”

No, in fact. Today’s release is more like a guided-view comic (where the Comixology software escorts you around the page elements), but with some significant perks, driven by the creators. The entire print comic has been reworked, expanded, and retooled by me, personally, then handed over to the engineers (I like calling them that) at Comixology. So all the enhancements are largely based in what our small creative team wants readers to see, and (importantly) what we think will look cool. Here’s a quick look at how we make the sausage.

I drew all the art as if for print, with the narrative connections from panel to panel that are essential to reading a print comic. I wanted to make a comic book, so when you pick it up in stores, it’s going to look like a comic book should look.

Inks

After I completed print art, I set about expanding certain sections for the digital version based on a master plan created with Jeff (writer), Jim (editor), and John (Comixology guru). Man, that makes 4 ‘J’s’ on this book. Never thought of that before. ANYWAY.

One effect I’m proud of engineering is the Batmobile’s big reveal, where we do a fast pan from one panel, through a field of clouds and speed lines, to the next panel, and a big impact shot. Initially, Comixology warned that the effect might require an image too large for their system, but they made it work, and I think it came out very well. Wired has a video of all this on their website (thanks, Wired!), plus some further discussion, so you can check it out for yourself.

Transition

So there’s a taste of what your 99 cents buys you. I’m really looking forward to seeing this in print, but I’m also glad that people who buy digital get added value. Not to stop anyone from buying both, certainly.

Have a great comics Wednesday, everyone. The Twitterverse is all lit up with good Bat-vibes (eh?), so this wild experiment may have worked.

More to come!