This upcoming trade paperback I just got copies of collects three original graphic novels I lettered—BATMAN & DRACULA: RED RAIN, BATMAN: BLOODSTORM and BATMAN: CRIMSON MIST—with Doug Moench scripts, Kelley Jones pencils and inks by Malcolm Jones III or John Beatty. Moench, Kelley Jones, Beatty and I had a long run on monthly BATMAN issues, but these were separate projects that had more edgy material and more extreme art (Kelley Jones unleashed). I was able to do a lot of cool things with the lettering, too, all by hand. I haven’t read them since I lettered them, but they still look pretty good to me. Out soon.
Just in, the latest in this series. By far the best way to enjoy FABLES, with much better printing and paper than the original monthly comic, and slightly larger art as well. Contains issues 114-129 with the delightful “Revolution in Oz” storyline as well as the heartbreaking “Cubs in Toyland.” Out soon!
Just arrived, some copies of the 10th Anniversary mass market paperback edition of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” for which I designed the title and chose and placed the type (mostly). This is the first of a series we are working on and has been released early because the upcoming TV show has created so much demand for the book that previous stocks are sold out. I’m thrilled to be working on the series with Neil and legendary illustrator/painter Robert McGinnis, who is 90 and still doing wonderful work.
I think at first glance the cover will give the hoped-for impression that this book was actually published during the 1960s-1970s, but there are two obvious clues it’s more recent: the spot varnish and emboss on the title, and the two-inch thickness of the book. There can’t have been many (if any) paperbacks of that era that were so thick! I’m looking forward to rereading this myself, as it’s Neil’s preferred text with about 12,000 more words than in my first edition hardcover.
Neil writes about the project HERE.
This may be out for a while, but I recently copies. I’ve done a number of things for Dark Horse over the last 30 years: logo designs, graphic novels, one-shots, and at least one mini-series, but this is the first regular series I’ve lettered for them. The attraction for me was working with writer Jeff Lemire, whose work I’ve liked when I’ve read it, but I’d never been offered a chance to work with him before. Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart I’ve worked with many times, and both are solid pros, so I knew I’d be in good company. I’ve lettered five issues of this so far, and while I may be biased, I think it’s excellent. In fact, I’m liking it more with each issue. See what you think.
Image © Peter Milligan & Brett Parson.
Another recent Vertigo series I enjoyed lettering. It’s been decades since I worked with writer Peter Milligan (on SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN), and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he did a fine job with this romantic comedy. Lord Byron brought back from the past to be a draw for an online dating service? Fun idea. Not to mention the complications of other famous lovers like Mata Hari and Casanova, and more modern schemers, all out to ruin the unlikely pairing of programmer Lexy Ryan and Byron himself. Should be out soon, and complete in this collection.