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On Detail

On Detail

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

It has been too long

It has been too long

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

PARADISE REX PRESS, INC

PARADISE REX PRESS, INC

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?

What Are We To Do?

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

We were not, ever, running away...

We were not, ever, running away...

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

Wander of Warstar

Wander of Warstar

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)!

Sharks in the Swimming Pool

Sharks in the Swimming Pool

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. :-)

Finding Cap Stone

Finding Cap Stone

This post is an important one. Please give it a minute. 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

THIS YEAR...

THIS YEAR...

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

Big questions without suitable answers

Big questions without suitable answers

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. The nature

Meeting in the Middle

Meeting in the Middle

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

Normal Service Will Resume

Normal Service Will Resume

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
https://www.deviantart.com/liamsharp/art/Wonder-Woman-Rebirth-599151091
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!!! :-)
Love this concept! I need to take a stab at this myself... :-) https://www.deviantart.com/techgnotic/journal/321-The-Ultimate-Narrative-Challenge-494165238
Because now it's time to REALLY get the word out. This is for creators everywhere... https://www.deviantart.com/liamsharp/journal/dA-community-on-Madefire-app-489048140

What is your favourite motion book? http://www.devianta...

  |  65 votes
  • MLP - because cute ponies. That move!!!
  • Treatment. Damn, that's some hardcore shizzle! And - Dave Gibbons! Duh!
  • Cap Stone. We still love you Liam!
  • MONO. It's a monkey. And it's a man. It's a monkey-man!
  • Briar Rose. And Rapunzel. That stuff rocks - in a girl but cool way. I'm not affraid to say it!
  • Milk for the Ugly. Too awesome! And scary. Plus - goat. Goats are cool. And a bit creepy.
  • Ugh! Who doesn't love a good light-hearted caveman gag-fest?
  • Sherlock Holmes. It's Sherlock Holmes for heaven's sake! And it's Bill Sienkiewicz!!! Come on!!!
  • War in Heaven. Oh man - that stuff is so incredibly EPIC!!!! And scary!!!! Amazing bro.
  • Other. As always, your choices stink Sharpy. Where's Star Trek? Hellboy? Come on!!!!

What do you want most in the new year?

  |  379 votes
  • Gold. Or money. Lots of money.
  • Love. I needs me some sweet loving - and how!
  • A job!!!
  • A different job. Boy, does my job suck!
  • More time to draw.
  • More time to write.
  • More time to make music!
  • A change! I'm stagnating! Please, somebody, drag me from this pit of mediocrity!!!!
  • Peace.
  • Once again, Sharpy, you totally missed my wants and needs. What's the matter with you? Damn, you're so removed from reality right now...

My favourite music to draw to is

  |  296 votes
  • METAL!!! I like my art to rock as hard as my life does! YEAH!!!
  • Classical. I can get lost in it for hours, plus it means I'm smart and classy. So there.
  • Pop! I like my entertainment in easy to digest chunks!
  • Prog rock. It's like fantasy or sci-fi art - but with words and sound! Plus I like amazing musicianship. Those dudes can play!
  • RnB. You dig? I'm down with the kids.
  • Rap. Biatch.
  • Classic rock. I'm an old dude who liked it when bands could actually play their instruments.
  • Jazz. I got jazzy hands baby.
  • Oi! Mr Sharp! What about funk? And soul too. Gotta have soul. And where's the country? And blues baby? You can't narrow this shizzle down bro!
  • Reggae. I and I say art is green like the soul...

Captain Stone is Missing... is the best Motion Book on ...

  |  91 votes
  • It has the most innovative use of the new medium. It's chin-stroky goodness!
  • I just love ridoculously muscled dudes in pink! Yeah!
  • Captain Stone really is missing... Awesome!
  • I love Charlie Chance. She kicks ass. And she's a vampire. Win!
  • I love the art! It's great to see something so different to the norm! This is a good thing.
  • I love the writing! It's literate and doesn't insult the reader. This is a good thing.
  • I spotted a nipple.
  • Mr Sharp, clearly all the other books are better than the tripe you served up. Go get a REAL job.
  • What the hell are Motion Books?
  • I'm just here for the tea and scones...

Indie comics, superhero comics, digital comics, manga, ...

  |  316 votes
  • Indie comics. They are grass-roots, cool, and speak to me. I'm sick of tights and capes!
  • Superhero comics! They are the myths of the 21st Century! Bam!
  • Digital comics. It's coming. Don't fight it.
  • Manga. I love epic, or romantic, or fantastic material. And big eyes. I really like big eyes.
  • Anime. I like to watch! No time to read...
  • Gaming! Every time it's a new story, and I'm in it!
  • All of the above. I never sleep.
  • Mr. Sharp, stop trying to strap me to a specific medium! All mediums have great and terrible works, you know that! What about illustration?
  • Why aren't film on this list?
  • I like cake.

Star Trek, Transformers, or My Little Pony?

  |  283 votes
  • Star Trek of course! I have pointy plastic ear attachments. LLAP.
  • Transformers! They are Robots! In disguise!
  • MLP! D'uh! Once a Brony... DFTBA!
  • They all rock!! And Cap Stone too!!!
  • Mr. Sharp, you go too far! But I'll give these so-called 'Motion Books' a go as they are on dA, and you seem like a reasonable chap...
  • My brain exploded!!!!

Do you think comic art should always be consistent, or ...

  |  347 votes
  • Yes. It should all look the same. I only eat pizza.
  • A regular series should remain the same visually - like a soap opera. If it changes I can't follow it.
  • Of course it should evolve! I like my art to be challenging! How else can the medium grow?
  • Don't make excuses Mr. Sharp! Just because you can't draw two panels that look alike doesn't mean we should have to put up with it...