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Deathlings no. 1 Cover

This is the official cover for Issue 1 of "The Deathlings: Anne's Story" from #BlackLabelComics by the amazing Reuben Negron (~cobotenuss)!

NOTE: I am not the artist, I am the writer/creator. See credits below.

UPDATE: Now available for pre-order via our Kickstarter. Cover price is $5.99, plus only $2 shipping if you pre-order.

The Team:
Writer/Creator/Letters: Ian Struckhoff (`ian-x)
Cover Artist: Reuben Negron (~cobotenuss)
Line Artists: Manuela Soriani (*ManuelaSoriani) and Michela Da Sacco (*MichelaDaSacco)
Color Artist: Juri Hayasaka (*jurithedreamer)
Logo: `ian-x with ~iluvwritin

For more, please visit the brand new Deathlings website, featuring character profiles, the blog, bonus art-- and a webcomic preview of the first issue.

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SurrealGrotesque77's avatar
I am working on a special issue of my magazine, Surreal Grotesque, which will be about the best web comics or independent comic artists that people haven’t heard of. I want to help spread the word and promote artists. I would just need a bio from you, your info that you want to promote such as if you are available for commissions and 5-7 pages of your best work. It will be a special digital issue of the magazine and perhaps later I can try and do a physical book of it. If you would like to be a part of this project, let me know:, just put Surreal Grotesque #0 as the subject. You can check out my website here: Horror/bizarre, scifi comics preferred. This ocmic looks awesome.
KevinMcDougall's avatar
Style just oozes from that page!
IanStruckhoff's avatar
I'm so lucky to have Reuben (~cobotenuss) doing the cover art for this series. His work even looks good with my designs on top.
LiamRSharp's avatar
Again... great!
IanStruckhoff's avatar
I have a huge print of this framed in my living room. I'm so lucky to be working with Reuben.
gryphons-aerie's avatar
my favorite of the three you posted.. I really like this
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Have you checked out ~cobotenuss's other work? He's truly amazing.
gryphons-aerie's avatar
I just looked.. pretty cool stuff.
pjperez's avatar
Great design. Your team did a great job!
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Thanks! I'm really proud of the work we did together, thanks almost entirely to the talent of the people I've been lucky enough to work with. :)
iluvwritin's avatar
Wow this turned out amazing! :D

Heh. Can you tell I have a lot of catching up to do with my deviations? :P
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Yeah, I can see that. This one was definitely a good place to start, probably the most important image in my gallery right now.
metron2001's avatar
The piece seems to have a kind of Quesada feel to it. Very very awesome.
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boot-cheese-3000's avatar
yeah i saw :iconcobotenuss: put this in his gallery and am suprised that he barely works with digital media. he seems to be a natural at it. i love the way it came out.
KorinDuval's avatar
It's great for me to be in such a privileged position and see every single phase of this amazing work!

And yes, it IS amazing!
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Thank you, I am so flattered. I know I owe it all to the luck of working with great people. :)
davidlafuente's avatar
very nice piece. looking forward to read the book, Ian
IanStruckhoff's avatar
You shouldn't have said that. Now as soon as it's ready you'll be getting spammed. ;)

Seriously, though... Thank you. That little comment means more than I can say, since it's coming from you.
davidlafuente's avatar
you're very welcome, Ian.
as I tweet, it's honest, I see a lot of time and care in this book and hope it pays off for the whole team.
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Thank you. I know I say this a lot, but that means a lot coming from someone whose work I have such respect for.

Putting together my first book like this has been a great learning experience. On top of writing, I've also been responsible for (something like) lettering, editing, producing, etc. If this writing thing doesn't work out, putting together a book is so rewarding, I may consider becoming an editor.

Needless to say, as a result, I've gained a ton more respect for everyone from end to end of the process of creating a comic.

My dream is for this book to be picked up by one of the midsize publishers. However, in many ways it would mean even more if it led to bigger things for the artists I've worked with. They all deserve to break through to the next level.
davidlafuente's avatar
doing indie comics is play the Robert Rodriguez. I love that, I have to say.

Good to hear you have such a good time, Ian. Fucked up part of selling it. It looks like a good fit for Oni Press or Dark Horse. Or Image, of course. If it doesn't pan out, though, I would suggest to consider doing a European Tour. Dargaud, Delcourt and Semic are right there, they speak English (and probably Italian too) and have boatloads of euros. and the readership is a whole different beast, very interesting.
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