Saturday, January 24, 2015

ARES EVENTS!

The seventh volume of my Olympians series, Ares: Bringer of War drops this Tuesday, January 27th. Here's a partial list of places you'll be able to see me:


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Ares Book Events


Thursday, January 29th
Event
Water Street Bookstore
Time: 5:00pm
Location: 125 Water Street / Exeter, NH 03833
Details: Talk and signing.

Saturday, January 31st
Event
Odyssey Bookstore
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 9 College Street / South Hadley, MA 01075
Details: Book talk and signing.

Sunday, February 1st
Event
Brookline Booksmith
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 279 Harvard Street / Brookline, MA 02446
Details: Book talk and signing.

 Wednesday, February 4th
Event
Big Planet College Park
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Location: 7315 Baltimore Ave / College Park, MD 20740
Details: Signing

Thursday, February 5th
Event
Takoma Park Library
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 101 Philadelphia Avenue / Takoma Park, MD 20912
Details: Talk and signing

Friday, February 6th
Event
Community Bookstore
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 143 7th Avenue / Brooklyn, NY 11215
Details: Talk and signing

Saturday, February 7th
Event
Greenlight Bookstore
Time: 11:00am
Location: 686 Fulton Street / Brooklyn, NY 11217
Details: Storytime!

Monday, February 9th
 Event
Watchung Booksellers
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: 54 Fairfield Street / Montclair, NJ 07042
Details: Chat and signing at the store. 

Wednesday, February 11th
Event
Kinokuniya
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 1073 Avenue of the Americans / New York, NY 10018
Details: Kids workshop and signing.  This is the first kids workshop they’re doing!

Sunday, February 15th
Event
WORD Drawing Workshop
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 123 Newark Avenue / Jersey city, NJ 07302
Details: Workshop and signing. 

Tuesday, February 17th
Event
Boulevard Books
Time: 1pm
Location: 7518 13th Avenue / Brooklyn, NY 11228
Details: Graphic novel workshop with kids at the store! 

Saturday, February 28th
Event
Books of Wonder
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 18 West 18th Street / New York, NY 10011
Details: Author panel and signing.

Sunday, March 1st
Event
Bank Street Bookstore
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Corner of 107th Street and Broadway / New York, NY 10025
Details: Special guest in the Fractured Fables puppet show featuring the Greek myths, followed by a signing.

Event
powerHouse on 8th
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: 1111 8th Avenue / Brooklyn, NY 11215
Details: Talk and signing!


Friday, March 6th
Event
Voracious Reader
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 1997 Palmer Ave / Larchmont, NY 10530
Details: Talk and signing, plus meeting with the ‘Uncommon Corps of Ravenous Readers,’ the middle-grade book club. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Luncheon on the Grass, Olympians style

I was pretty happy with this panel from the upcoming Apollo: The Brilliant God so I thought I'd share. If it looks familiar, its composition is based on the famous painting Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, by Edouard Manet, who in turn lifted the composition from a drawing by Raphael (not the turtle).

Friday, November 7, 2014

First review for ARES: BRINGER OF WAR

It was my birthday the other day, and my favorite present I received was this STARRED REVIEW in Kirkus of the upcoming Ares: Bringer of War. Follow the link to give it a read, if you dare ;)


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A smattering of panels from the upcoming APOLLO: THE BRILLIANT GOD

Olympians Book 7, Ares: Bringer of War isn't even out for several months yet, but I'm already deep into work on volume 8, currently titled APOLLO: THE BRILLIANT GOD (longtime readers of this blog will know that there is a pretty good chance that the subtitle for Apollo will change between now and when it pubs). I wanted to share a couple of sneak peeks of Apollo in progress...
 This is a shot of young Artemis(that's her with the gap-toothed smile in the foreground) and Apollo (looking cranky in the background) being presented by their mother Leto to their father Zeus for the first time.
Here's a shot of grown-up artemis doing her thing as the Goddess of the Hunt. This is, so far, my all-time favorite drawing of Artemis I've ever drawn.


I'll be showing some sneaks and peeks from Apollo and whatever else I might be working on, so be sure to check back.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

OLYMPIANS available as an e-book!

All 6 volumes of OLYMPIANS are available as e-books now. I made a comic about it.


Ares has dropped over $50 on extensions this week alone.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEW YORK COMIC CON: Here's my schedule


Ah, New York Comic Con, that wonderful time of year when a young person's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of cosplay, crushing crowds and who would win in a fight, Superman or Goku. I'll be attending (though not tabling) and below is a schedule of my public events.

Friday – October 10th

Panel
Create Your Own Monster – with Andrew Arnold, George O’Connor, and Ben Hatke
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Family HQ – 1C03
Description: Three authors enter...and with your help, they’ll each create a monster who embodies everything that you think monsters should be! Which will be best? It’s up to you!
Moderator: Jack Baur ( so prepare your 24 jokes in advance)

Signing
with Andrew Arnold, George O’Connor
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: The FirstSecond Booth-- 2237

Saturday - October 11th

Recovering from crowds, sitting at home, rocking back and forth
Time: anytime after 11 AM, when George finally wakes up
Location: His apartment
Description: George O'Connor does what the title suggests; there may also be some light weeping.
Moderator: Birdy the cat will stare silently at him from the corner, waiting to be fed.

Sunday – October 12th

Panel
Build Your Own Adventure- with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, Matt London, Frank Cammuso, Scott Campbell and George O’Connor
Time: 3:15 – 4:00pm
Location: 1A01
Description: In this interactive panel perfect for kids and families, top-tier graphic novel and comic
authors and illustrators will work with the audience to write and illustrate an original adventure story! It will be an exciting ride, great for aspiring writers and artists. Featuring George O’Connor (Olympians), Matt London (The 8th Continent), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde), Scott Campbell (Hug Machine), Ben Hatke (Julia's House for Lost Creatures).
Moderator: George O'Connor, so expect chaos.

Post-Panel Signing 
with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
Time: 4:15 – 5:00pm
Location: Autographing Area, Table 19

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Olympians Boxed Set-- Countdown! Megapost Number 7- IT'S OUT TODAY!!!

On October 7th, -- why that's today! --the new boxed set of the first 6 Olympians books has officially  been released! That's all six volumes of Olympians, and a poster, all in one handy-dandy box! For the past six days I've posted a behind-the-scenes look at the making of each of the six Olympians books, and today I'll share a little about the making of the poster, the slipcase, and even some future peeks at what's coming down the pike for Olympians.
What are you sitting there for? Go out and get yours!

Whew, it's been a long strange trip doing these books-- I won't lie, it gives me an immense swell of satisfaction to see them all assembled together in a giant brick of Olympian-y goodness on my shelf. I honestly don't recall exactly when the idea of creating a boxed set of Olympians first came up-- I know I was not pushing for it, and I have a vague recollection of thinking it wouldn't actually materialize (the world of publishing is rife with those sort of heartbreaks), but one day I had a meeting with editorial at the Daily Bugle (Flatiron) building and I was told the boxed set was a go, and they wanted to do a poster to go with it.


A poster for Olympians was something I wanted for a very long time. I had previously assembled some mock-ups that never got made, but before I get into that, I want to talk about the trickiness of drawing large group assemblies. Above is the earliest sketch I could find of a group shot of the Olympians, from a project I was working on before Olympians that eventually fed into, in many ways, Olympians.  Maybe I'll write a post about that early project one day...



Above is a sketch for the assembled Olympian family as seen on page 66 of Zeus: King of the Gods. This was from the revised dummy for Zeus (notice that its in pencil rather than the fancy ink of the rest of that dummy), but I always intended for it to double as an Olympians poster.


Here's the finished panel as it appeared in Zeus: King of the Gods. There are elements of the coloring I'm not wild about, and some of the characters are a little off-model (I hadn't fully worked out everyone yet-- I'm looking at you, Aphrodite), but all in all I really liked the composition. All of the future poster pieces are derived from this posing and iconography.


Wish this had been made...
This is a mock-up and tagline I put together for the series. First Second never committed to publishing this poster (in part because I mention twelve books, and who knew if the series would last that long), but it was used in a few places on-line and such. The poster that comes with the boxed set sports an alternate iteration of the tagline here, "Not your average family."

There's about 7 million of these cards out there. If you have one, it's worth, like, one plugged nickel.

You've seen this piece before-- just pan up, it's the header to this site. I created this piece, heavily based on the page from Zeus: King of the Gods, for a postcard that I distribute at personal appearances and for this website. The family is growing a bit here, with the addition of Persephone and Hebe, and even a tiny little piece of Heracles' shoulder.


Pretty much immediately after it was decided to make a poster for the boxed set, we knew it would be an expansion of the previous 'poster' pieces. Above is the rough sketch mock-up of the cover and the slipcase for the boxed set-- I would use the same piece for both, and designed it so that the composition worked as both a flat poster and a three-dimensional slipcase. If you look above, you can see my notations for where the cover and slipcase measured up to the original art.  The family has expanded by leaps and bounds, but it is easy to see the compositional elements of that first poster.



Finished pencils.


Finished inks.


And finished colors.


The back of the poster has a new, ultimate family tree that is so detailed that the cartographer we hired to make it reportedly quit. Above is my rough draft of all the new names I wanted added, for some poor person at First Second (the venerable Colleen Venable) to fashion into a working family tree.

And that's that! Today the boxed set comes out, commemorating the halfway point of the Olympians series! Thanks everyone for your support!


And now a few peeks at the future...





 The three pictures above are sketches for the Ares: Bringer of War cover (my original title-- Ares: God of War :)). The final cover was recently revealed on Mr Schu's blog HERE, but you can see what might have been above.

A rough sketch for a double-paged spread from Ares: Bringer of War.


And the final spread.


My favorite part of Ares is when the gods who supported the Trojans face off against the gods who supported the Greeks. I literally waited years to draw this. Ares: Bringer of War comes out in January.



I'm working on Apollo's book right now. I'm planning on calling it Apollo: The Brilliant God, let's see if that one goes through the process unchanged ;). Here's the cover sketch for that one.

And this is some of the dummy of the interior.

I'd be very curious if anyone can name them from their attributes.

This is the first finished piece of artwork for Apollo-- the pin up of the Muses, who narrate the book.



A glimpse at some potential future covers, mixed in with a few older ones.


Finally, this is a screen shot of part of the spreadsheet I made way back in the day while I crafted the blueprint for the entirety of the Olympians series. It's worth a closer look-- you can see what made it in, what didn't, original subtitles, even the original intended order of the publishing. Some of what is coming has been redacted to protect the surprise.


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