So, there’s a story that I wrote a little while ago that’s been in production and has gone through many iterations in both writing and artwork, but we finally have some finished pencils for this awesome thing! The very talented Malcolm Ra Johnson is the only artist that can do this story right, with a fun and quirky design sense that fits the world of Styx perfectly. I am beyond proud of this comic after seeing what he’s come up with, and I can’t wait for this thing to get finished. Here’s a little back story for the comic:
It’s the 1920’s, and Hell has frozen over. The underworld has become an icy wasteland from the Grove of Persephone to the Elysian Fields, effectively halting the ferrying of souls across the waters of the river Styx. Lucky for the boatman Charon, Hell freezing over is the one and only clause releasing him from his eternity of duty to a life of cozy retirement. He only has one last trip aboard the brand sparkling new Styx Express from the Marshes where the five rivers meet to the far reaches of the afterlife, and his job is handed off to the new conductor Marcus. Just as it is in life, nothing in the afterlife is ever easy, as things go horribly wrong on top the tracks.
So, there’s the story, and here’s the artwork!
This first page shows a poor old Gypsy family on their way to America, trying to escape their horrible life overseas. As you can see, nothing goes well for these poor folks!
They arrive at the station on the river Styx and are immediately accosted by the poor souls begging for change to ride the train. If you don’t pay the fare, you’re stuck at the shore, slowly dwindling away into nothing.
A cool montage scene of Marcus accepting the fares from the passengers. It’s pages like these that Malcolm truly shines. What an interesting page, right?!
This page is showing the inner rooms of the train. Holy crap, do I love this work Malcolm is doing on these pages. According to him, he was inspired by the movie “The Life Aquatic” when drawing these bad boys out. A true artistic genius, this guy.
My ancestors predicted today to be the end of the world, and no one cares! Yayyyyyyy
Here’s a quick little something that I did for the Stan Sakai donation auction. It’s Usagi Yojimbo!
Alright, so here’s some badass stuff for you to look at! Here’s concept work for Popapocalypse, my comic that’s going to be premiering it’s very first issue early this summer. If you haven’t been bombarded with my endless rantings about Popapocalypse, let me saturate your brain with some tasty plot really quickly. Popapocalypse is a post apocalyptic story ten years after a big war has taken place. There’s waring factions, monsters, and all kinds of stuff, but here’s the kicker. When the big war went down, companies all over the world saw the media attention that the war was getting and they capitalized off of it every way they possibly could. They created super soldiers, monster, superheros, and war commanders that all represented their companies during the battles for the cameras. Now, ten years later, while civilization is regrouping and power is shifting, these iconic warriors still exist, but without their corporate ties. So, check out these character sheets, and see for yourself what I’m talking about:
The First one is one of the main protagonists of the story. THE CAPTAIN. During the war he was a hero, swashbuckling his way through battle after battle in his state-of-the-art Apache helicopter and cyborg sidekick bird of death Tucan. However, the ten years after the war have not been fortuitous for the good Captain as he’s about as down-and-out as you can go. He owes money all over the country after long streak of losing bets, and now he’s tumbling down the rabbit hole to simply stay alive.
THE TUCAN: Remember that cyborg bird I was talking about a minute ago? Well, here he is:
And here’s the main Villian of the first arc: THE RABBIT. His apperance is based on one of my oldest and best friends, Chris Williams. He’s basically a mob boss who’s planning on ransacking every tribe and established colony on the planet until he’s has everything. Just like his namesake suggests, he’s always after something, something that he cannot define and is always just out of his grasp. He’s convinced that there are those that will TRICK his out of what he deserves. Get it? During the war he was a complete savage, using his physical enhancements to destroy his enemies. Now, ten years later, he has a floating city that houses every black market entertainments and product you could want, alongside his growing army. In these sketches I have him as a businessman and also the first iterations of his war helmet.
Alright, so what we have here are my three favorite costume designs for the Burglar character in Popapocalypse. I’ll probably end up going with the first one.
Next up is my first swing at the Wendy character, who’s a cage fighting champion warrior woman. I like the fourth one the best, with some modifications needed to her design.