It seems I'm becoming known for my excessive detailing and textures. This is great, and I'm pleased to have a trait that is becoming a recognized feature of my art. But - and it's an important but, because it's to do with the craft of storytelling - I do work hard to balance the detailed pages with others that have a large amount of negative space or much simpler compositions, otherwise it's all just so much noise and the point is lost. I LOVE getting stuck into in all the intricacies that are part of making a, hopefully, believable world for my readers, but I try to leave room to breath too.
A city looks most impressive when you've driven o
Well, what a crazy couple of years! First Wonder Woman with the amazing Greg Rucka, then an issue of The Justice League with Rob Venditti, and after that The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, which I also had the joy and honour of writing!
It has taken a LOOOOOONG time to get back onto the iconic books of my youth. I never thought I would - had kind of given up hope to some extent, after all it had been decades! I thought I was an almost-ran, somewhat a has-been, so my comeback was very unexpected. And what a comeback it turned out to be!
I'm now mid way through issue three of my latest DC series, The Green Lantern, with legendar
Extremely thrilled about this: https://app.mailerlite.com/j9w9k6
My second prose publication after 'God Killers' is finally available - and with an afterword by the great China Miéville!
I'll be honest - I'm really nervous about it, now it's actually out! It's ferociously honest, very much a soul-bearing.
It's angry, it's odd, it's highly experimental, and it's verging on confessional - which perhaps is no surprise to anybody who reads my journals!
I have no doubt that some people will think it is pretentious, impenetrable crap - a one-trick pony.
But - I know it has also found its fans. China Mieville, for example, spent a long aft
What ARE we to do?
I write to this miniscule bubble of mostly like-minded liberal friends - as like attracts like, and we've all learned the hard way in recent times that we are NOT the consensus.
As we slip into another inevitable age, who survives?
Because we will not change our ways - don't want to, or deny the proof of it - what then?
Do we take up the arms of those we have battled? Do we harden ourselves, cast aside our compassion for all human kind, and look no further than our defensible perimeter?
Do we prepare for the inevitable losses, and stop wasting our time with futile battles against elite institutions so powerful that non
Time, as we often muse, is a fickle friend and deceiver - but also a healer, and a gentle deliverer.
I'm in the last few days of a three week trip to the UK and Ireland. I've not been home for two years, and it was becoming increasingly important - urgent even - that I do so, because I'm blessed. Incredibly blessed. I have a close and loving extensive family on both sides, and an extensive and equally loving circle of friends that stretch the length of the nation.
Last Saturday my sister, Kerry, brought a great number of them together for a surprise party for my wife, Christina's, Birthday. The weather held, everybody who possibly could tur
This is just such a brilliant example of what completely independent creators are doing with the Madefire tool (below). An amazing parallax cover with animated elements, and a space scene that uses the panorama tool in a completely unique way. I LOVE finding work like this out of the blue when I'm browsing deviantART. It's so exciting to see people having so much fun with the medium, and being able to publish it whenever they want. Take a moment to check it out. Really fun! Lovely stuff Fusciart (https://www.deviantart.com/fusciart)!
Please take a moment to check out this fantastic project, illustrated by my daughter, !matyldamai96 (https://www.deviantart.com/matyldamai96) with singer/songwriter/artist :iconclairitymusic:
Naturally I'm a very proud dad. :-)
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I'm shortly going to stop banging on about Cap Stone. There are two more issues to come out, and only one more digital episode, but my work is done on book 1. The future of the title is now in the lap of the gods, and there may well never be any more, much as I would love to do more. It has to prove itself.
Madefire, as a company, has been an amazing success. It continues to be the case. You may not know it but we are no.1 in the books section on the iOS App Store, and we have been since July last year - ahead of Marvel and DC in the category. The app continues to ingest incredible uni
Some people might think I say too much online...
That I reveal what many might characterize as weakness.
I express empathy.
I am ready to embrace change - not just in physical circumstances, but in what I know (or think I know) about everything.
I admit to flaws, worries, and concerns.
I will say when I am hurt.
I will express it when I am frustrated, sad or a little lost.
To me it's about authenticity - and right now I feel we need this more than ever, not just across all media, but in how we interact with each other.
Division is everywhere, and this is what keeps us mindlessly busy - the pointless minutia of day to day life an
Colour me naive.
Colour me an idealist pinko liberal.
Colour me a romantic arty-farty fantasist.
Colour me a hippy pacifist fence-sitter.
Most of my friends are heading for, or past, the big five O.
There's increasingly less time for bullshit.
To my eyes, my mind, my experience
- as an intermittently successful artist and writer, boutique publisher, digital pioneer for storytellers, dreamer (in the most iconoclast way), pessimistic optimist, father of three, husband, failure and champion -
it's all bullshit.
Nothing matters, beyond those we love and who love us
- at least not in any personally meaningful way.
It's funny -
I would have thought that there was an implicit difference between ideals, ethos, the things we reach and hope for, and what we actually expect out of life.
I notice that there's often a derisive snort when I simplify my own leanings - as though my views are considered quaint, idealistic and entirely delusional.
For me, reaching for something means you have to set an impossible goal.
You know it will never be reached, and you know that there are many shades of grey, but still - it's about the best of you, the best of humanity, that utopian ideal that itself is a flawed model.
A gun-free America will never happen, and I'm
Pretty full-on few weeks!
New York comic con...
San Diego Comic Festival...
Then early start last Saturday am when I flew to LA to attend Stan Lee's Comikaze event...
On the flight the guy sitting in the isle seat next to Ben started reading Previews.
When we asked him if he was going to Comikaze (he wasn't) we said who we were and he turned out to be a fan of mine - his face was an absolute picture.
Meeting with Stan Lee in the green room for lunchtime photo opp to accompany the news that we're doing some work with the living legend was fantastic!
Later that day I was on 'the Death of Superman Lives' panel - which I did some concept
Very excited that my comics Cap Stone (https://www.comicbookcritic.net/preview-cap-stone-1-mccormack-sharp/) and MONO (https://www.comicbookcritic.net/preview-mono-1-sharp-wolstenholme/) are hitting the comic stores NEXT WEEK!!! :-)