Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wow what a con! The response to The Flash has been great! Thanks to everyone that made this quite a memorable year! The "How To" panel with Whilce went great the room was packed and was standing room only! The fans were great, thank you all for stopping by my artist alley table it was really great to talk to all of you! Here are a couple of interviews that I did during the con. There are more but I'll edit and post an update as they come in.
Comic Vine Interview with Tony "G-Man"!
Bleedingcool with Rich Johnston (although he's sneaky didn't realize he was already recording :) it's the third interview from the bottom. Also did an interview with the Asian Journal although ignore that headshot of me it seems they digitally gave me a facelift of some sort, my face is beyond recognition ;). Kinda funny actually. Also a correction in the article. I wasn't initially hired as an art director. I was always hired as on camera talent, it just expanded from 6 days of shooting in a limited role, to more than half a year of shooting in a main one. Moving on....
Today the 4th issue of The Flash arrives in stores, and it's quite a fantastic issue! Geoff really pushed the action on this one, and I truly believe that we made the Flash do something I have never seen done before! Very excited for you guys to read the issue!
After you've read your issue of The Flash #4 you can sit back and relax and watch (if you're in Canada) the 4th episode of Beast Legends! In this episode the team travels from Mongolia all the way to Germany to learn more about the Griffin and create one bad ass beast! 10 pm tonight on History Television Canada!
Monday, July 12, 2010
My Artist Alley table is EE-17 I'll be spending most of my time here.
My signing schedule at the DC booth is as follows:
Thursday, July 22: 11 am - 12 pm
Saturday, July 24: 4pm - 5 pm
Sunday, July 25: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
I'll also be doing a panel with Whilce Portacio on:
Friday, July 23, 1:00-2:30
Comic-Con How-To Session: Whilce Portacio and Francis Manapul
in Room 18 on the Mezzanine
"Join artists Whilce Portacio, and Francis Manapul as they discuss their process of creating dynamic comic book art. They'll take you from the rough stages all the way to the finished inks. Through this process you can gain some insight into how these artist approach anatomy, layouts, dynamic poses, rendering and shadows, even some inking tips. Be sure not to miss this opportunity to discuss art in a relaxed open environment with two of today's top talent."
I also wanted to thank everyone that tuned in to watch the premiere episode of "Beast Legends". I saw it for the first time myself that night, and I have to say the team did a fantastic job putting it all together! From the editing, to the amazing 2D animation at the beginning, the great graphics, and the awesome CGI! Great job done by all! I also wanted to point out that if you're in Canada, you can now view the full episodes online on the History Television website. Don't forget to tune in this Wednesday at 10pm on History Television to see the second episode! The team and I set sail on the high seas of New Zealand to unleash the Kraken!!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
At 10 pm EST, on History Television in Canada, Beast Legends makes it's debut. In the series opener myself and Steve Leonard travel to Vietnam to investigate the Vietnamese Wildman, better known to us as the Sasquatch or Big Foot. While our counterparts travel in North America to meet with Big Foot experts. Join us as we sprint through hill sides, trek through thick, dense unexplored jungles and race on the streets of Hanoi and Hue. For info on air times check out History Televisions site. Also www.beastlegends.com is now live!
Saturday, July 03, 2010
So as the air date comes closer, a little more info is out there about the show. History Televisions site has episode break downs along with the air dates and time.
Here's how they describe the first episode:
In the remote and unexplored forests of Vietnam, the team hears about the existence of a Wildman - a giant, hairy Beast that has echoes of North America's Bigfoot. A highly-decorated Vietnam Veteran claims to have seen the creature close at hand. The team retraces his steps and encounters a forgotten land where new and hidden species are only now being discovered.
It's looking like after the new episodes air on Wednesday nights at 10 pm, it will be re running the episodes another 4 times that week. Groovy! I guess be prepared to see more of my beastly mug! Apologies in advance ;)
Just found this blog entry from TV writer and jack of all entertainment trades guy Rob Pincombe
Now I know how the connections got made, and why I was emailed out of the blue about the show! I should send this guy a thank you! Or blame him for my sleep deprivation.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Hey folks I just wanted to let everyone know that on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, Agnes (www.mymisiu.com), myself along with a few others will be sketching for pledges to benefit the Sick Kids Hospital. I encourage anyone who is a fan of my work, Agnes', or comic fans in general please head on by. I'll sign your books and give you sketches! And in return we get to help out a good cause. Here's more info on the event:
A group of artists are getting together to draw sketches to help raise funds for Sick Kids Hospital, on behalf of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
Artists that will be appearing are: Agnes Garbowska (Girls Comics#1 (Marvel Comics), Francis Manapul (The Flash (DC Comics), Daniel Wong ( McHozer Studios), and from Spent Pencil Studios: Briana Chan, Vince Sunico, Paul Limgenco, Gerard De La Costa, Khanh Nguyen and Arnold Trinidad. And last but not least, Marvin Law (Conquer Entertainment) will be there!
Two more artists just added to the line up: “Gogz” and “Marv”, both from Powie Studios.
So come on out, and help support a great cause and get a great sketch in the process.
TUESDAY, JULY 6th – 9AM – 4PM
320 Front Street West, Toronto, ON – in the Lobby (directly across from the Rogers Centre)
Sketches for Pledges is being organized by Arnold Trinidad (Spent Pencil Studios).
Thursday, July 01, 2010
This was a big week, also released was Wonder Woman 600 to which I contributed a pin up too, as well as my variant cover to JLA 46! Be sure to check those out at your local retailer!
You can also find me at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con July 21st – 25th. I have a few more convention appearances in the upcoming months which I’ll update you guys all on, including the Toronto Fan Expo in August, as well as Jet city comic con in Seattle in September. I’ll post up more detailed info closer to the date.
Aside from my current work at DC Comics I was also lucky enough to have had some new opportunities this year. Namely on a show called Beast Legends which will begin airing on History Television in Canada on Wednesdays 10pm starting July 7th. and later on SyFy in the US. I'll be one of the presenters on the show, which is quite a departure from my day job! But the best part about it is that I'm actually using my real profession and applying it to science!
It's been an amazing experience traveling around the world on these magnificent adventures! I felt like Indiana Jones or something! Even had run ins with some snakes! I've drawn in some of the most bizarre places, from the dense jungles of Vietnam, to a platform above sharks in the Bahamas, to a dark and wet lions cave in Germany, to the high seas of New Zealand! It's truly been an experience and I'm glad I'll be able to share them with you! Now here's the official press release for the show:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Toronto, June 24, 2010)
New Series Premiere on History Television
Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT
Beginning July 7
Using Stunning 3D CGI Effects, Six-Part Series from Anglo-Canadian Film Company Yap Films Journeys to the Frontiers of Science and Fantasy to Investigate Mythological Creatures That Might be Real….and Historical Creatures that Could be Myths.
BEAST LEGENDS, an exciting new TV series from Anglo-Canadian film company yap films, journeys to the frontiers of science and fantasy to track down the truth about mythological creatures that could be real…and historical creatures that could be myths. The six-part series will premiere across Canada on History Television, Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT beginning July 7.
World history is full of stories about terrifying monsters. Some are myths, but others just might be real. BEAST LEGENDS brings together the ‘Beast Seekers’, an expert team of specialist investigators. This elite, engaging group, a learned kind of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is made up of:
Kathryn Denning: Myth expert, anthropologist, archaeologist and professor at Toronto’s York University.
Scott Edwards: Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
Stephen Leonard: Adventurer and Veterinary Surgeon based in Bristol, England.
Francis Manapul: Philippine-born, now Toronto-based, renowned comic book artist.
In each of the six hour-long episodes, the Beast Seekers investigate a different legendary beast, travelling the globe to the actual locations that spawned the stories of these Beasts. They track down clues to find the truth behind the legends. The Beast Seekers uncover historical and eyewitness accounts, and zero in on archaeological and other physical evidence to assemble the most accurate picture possible of what these monsters would be like, where they would live and how they would behave, if they really existed.
Armed with every piece of information the team has discovered, BEAST LEGENDS then moves to the ‘Beast Lab’ to build the creature, first as initial sculpts and wire-frame forms, and finally bringing it to life in stunning 3D CGI.
And then we unleash it on the modern world…..
“BEAST LEGENDS takes the stuff of fantasy and fear – from Griffins and Dragons to Sea Monsters and Wildmen - and unravels the mystery of what these creatures would be if they could really exist,” says Elliott Halpern, an executive producer of BEAST LEGENDS and co-owner of yap films. “The series is a fresh and exciting combination of real biology applied to the realm of fantasy.”