Apr 192015
 

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Photographer Martin Beck created a series of portraits of every day people in famous DC and Marvel superheroes called “We Can Be Heroes”.

Beck traveled the world capturing portraits of people from different walks of life all with one thing in common: “Folks who feel they didn’t quite make it at superhero school and are, like most of us, living their lives, doing their day-to-day chores, trying to live a happy life while providing for their loved ones.”

Check out more photos from “We Can Be Heroes” on Beck’s website or on his Facebook page.

Apr 032015
 

For immediate release.

Satine Phoenix debuts NEW PRAETORIANS Graphic Novel series at WONDERCON 2015.

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Artist casts herself as main character in New Praetorians.

On April 3rd, 2015 artist, actress & storyteller, Satine Phoenix, will be launching the first book of her Sci-fi graphic novel series “New Praetorians” at WONDERCON. 3 years in the making, New Praetorians is a serialized, female lead sci-fi story of obsession, revenge & redemption starring Satine herself as the lead character Colonel Sienna McKnight. Pick up a book at Booth #1104 at Wondercon, April 3rd, 4th or 5th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Colonel Sienna McKnight obsessively pursues her mother’s killer. Her journey of revenge evolves into a fight for the fate of the world and a unique orphan girl.

Sienna must put aside her selfish desires for justice, to fight an evil that has plagued humanity since the dawn of history. Experiments performed on an alien artifact give her and others around the globe exceptional abilities. Sienna and her special ops team must unite with allies she never dreamed of from the sands of the Wandering d

esert of Khorasan, to Geneva, to San Francisco and the outer limits of cold dark matter space. New Praetorians chronicles the struggles, tragedies and triumphs of Colonel Sienna McKnight.

“New Praetorians is full of talent and promise. Phoenix’s gorgeous and edgy artwork combined with Syrus’s larger than life characters are a one-two punch to the brain. A deadly female operative alone behind enemy lines fighting to escape a prison who is essentially a human weapon implanted with alien tech? YES, MORE PLEASE.” – Grant Imahara (Mythbusters)

“The New Praetorians ROCKS!! Take your secret covert super agent group,  a sprinkling of culty procedural television elements with a dash of superhero techno gadgets, then apply Satine Phoenix over all of this, and you get a fun fast-moving adventure!!!” – Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, Death of Superman Lives)

“The action scenes are like ripping a band-aid off a scab. It is strange to have a friend for so long and not know they had something this intense inside them. I’m a little more scared of Satine than I used to be.” – Zak Smith (Gravity’s Rainbow, I Hit it With My Axe, Vornheim, A Red and Pleasant Land.)

Brilliant,

eye catching cover art by Jason Shawn Alexander (Hellraiser, Empty Zone, Batman) jasonshawnalexander.com, David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Fightclub) drdavidmrmack.tumblr.com & Stephanie Inagaki stephanieinagaki.com

“We created the story we always wanted to read. A Sci-fi story with a strong Eur-Asian female lead who’s duality (woman & leader) is approached with finesse.” explains Phoenix. “In the world of New Praetorians, aeons of old conflicts and deeply defined characters drive the story towards a shattering finale.”

Boldly captured by the digital inks of artist, co-creator & Academy of Art University SF Alumni Satine Phoenix, New Praetorians V1 #1 features 66 fully colored pages available in print & digital iBook format at NewPraetorians.com. Created by Satine Phoenix & RK Syrus. Written by RK Syrus. Colors by Mack Sutton.

Link to images: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzAJkojtsg7OYl9lUGNZMHZlOFk/edit?usp=docslist_api

For a review copy or if you have any questions please contact Matt Mangini at Press@NewPraetorians.com (818) 925-6954

Satine and RK are available for interviews.

Hard Cover Pre-Order Link: http://newpraetorians.com

Direct link to iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-praetorians-v1-1/id979741844?mt=11&uo=4

Facebook:  Http://facebook.com/NewPraetorians

Twitter Promotion suggestions:

Check out the NEW #NewPraetorians Sci Fi Graphic Novel Series by @SatinePhoenix & @RKSyrus at newpraetorians.com #TeamNP

The New #SciFi #GraphicNovel series #NewPraetorians, by @SatinePhoenix & @RKSyrus now available on #ibook #Digital https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-praetorians-v1-1/id979741844?mt=11&uo=4

Get your #NewPraetorians Graphic Novel series soft cover book, issue 1 at newpraetorians.com #PreOrder. @SatinePhoenix @RKSyrus

 

 

Mar 242015
 

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The Art of Inking is a class where you’ll learn to ink black and white line art like the comics pros and great illustrators.  We’ll go over all different methods of inking on paper using brushes, dip pens, disposable ink pens, brush pens, and even getting special effects using things like sponges (!)  Different styles of inking by master artists will be analyzed and taught.  There will be some homework, but a lot of the work will be done in the sessions where the students can learn from and help each other.

The class will be taught by me, Jim Higgins.  I’ve been working in the comics business for a million over 20 years.  I’ve been an editor at DC Comics, have a small indie comics publishing company (called New Suit), and have taught comics for 16 years at places like The School of Visual Arts in NYC, CalArts, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Extension, and here at Melt U.

The start date is Saturday, April 21 from 11:30am to 2:00pm. The series runs for six weeks at Meltdown Comics.  For more information click the link and scroll down to “The Art of Inking.”

http://meltdownu.wix.com/new-melt-u-page

 

Mar 172015
 

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Join us for the next Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on March 17, 2015! We’ll be drawing Issue #7, and Issue #6 contributors will be able to pick up their copies and artwork!

How it works:

Show up at the Melt at 7:00 and draw a page of whatever you want.* At the end of the night we’ll collect all the art (and $2 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

Got a great idea for the cover? Whoever calls it first gets it. (DM me on Instagram at @melt_thology or shoot me a message on FB.)

There is NO set theme and ALL skill levels are welcome!

All of your original art will be returned to you along with your copy of the zine at next month’s meeting.

Everyone who turns in art and $2 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

If you want extra copies of Melt-thology, you can toss in another $2 per zine and we’ll print ‘em up for you.

Tips for a successful comix jam:

We draw from 7:00pm till close (9:30-10:00pm), so if that’s not going to be enough time to finish your page, you can start your pencils/sketches/thumbnails/whatever at home, then finish the page at the store. But if you walk in with a finished piece, hand in two bucks, then walk out, it kind of defeats the purpose of a social artist jam.

Art is scanned in with a basic 8.5×11 scanner, and is only adjusted for contrast. Erase your pencil lines if you don’t want them to show up. Alternately, pages drawn with very light pencil won’t scan as well as darker pencil/ink.

Art will be printed at 4.25 x 5.5, so consider keeping your layout to roughly that proportion if you don’t want a lot of white space at the top and bottom of your art.

*Want to do a one-page self-contained strip? Awesome! One page of a longer, serialized story? Fantastic! A stand-alone illustration? Excelsior!

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