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07 April 2014

New Work Published - Lovecraft EZine # 30 - The King in Yellow Issue!

In the wake of the beautifully nihilistic TV series "True Detective", there seems to have been a renewed interest in Robert W. Chambers "The King in Yellow" and Ambrose Bierce's "An Inhabitant of Carcosa", and deservedly so.  As predecessors in weird fiction to internet darling H.P. Lovecraft, their work is deserving of much more attention, and this month, the Lovecraft EZine looks to deliver that.

To be fair, Mike Davis and his EZine were there first.  They waded deep in the swamps of weird fiction long before Mssrs. Harrelson and McConaughey ever set their toes in the water, so that dedicating an issue to "The King in Yellow" is just a natural progression for the magazine.  In the tradition of so many great past issues, they present issue # 30 - The King in Yellow Tribute Issue.

I'm always pleased to be able to contribute something to an issue of this magazine, but this time I'm proud to say that I get to tackle one of the grandmasters himself.  This issue features my illustration for the iconic tale "The Yellow Sign" by Robert W. Chambers.  This month's contribution is a creepy black and white piece depicting the disturbing watchman from Chambers's story, with a few interesting design touches.  Astute observers may be able to pick out several uses of the seal of Hastur (the "yellow sign") incorporated into the piece.
I'm also excited to be able to say that this month's illustration is the first of many to come for a planned illustrated edition of H.P. Lovecraft's "Supernatural Horror in Fiction" that I hope to release under the AIM Comics imprint within the next year (i.e. as soon as I can get the illustrations done).  I have been planning for some time to do illustrated versions of public domain works, and I can think of no better starting point than Lovecraft's essential essay on the history of horror fiction.

While you're waiting on that, go now and read Lovecraft EZine issue 30.  It's free to read online, but can be purchased in mobile and print editions.

But watch out for that yellow sign.

Oh..and meantime, here's my illustration from issue #29 for Eric Ian Steele's "The Groaner in the Glen".

22 March 2014

The Paladin Freelance Etsy Store is Open!

Here's the deal...I have a large comic collection, about 2000-3000 books.  I've sold off a fair number of them in recent years, but these holdouts haven't sold for one reason or another, mainly because they don't all feature Batman, Superman or Wolverine. 
I've been wanting to do something creative for some time to get these books out my door (aside from putting them in my Halloween give-away box, which I do the tune of about 100 books a year).  I've also always enjoyed doing my own drawings of the characters in these books.  So, I hit on the idea to combine the two interests, in what I'm tentatively calling "Comic + Art" via Etsy. 
Through my storefront, I'm offering original drawings of comic book characters combined with the issue from my comic collection that inspired the drawing.  Most of the drawings will be done on 8 1/2 x 11 110 lb. cardstock, rendered in India Ink with marker grey tones.  Each is selling (for now) for $10 plus shipping, and all orders will be mailed flat and polybagged. 
It's a chance to own an original drawing of some of your favorite comic book characters, and maybe fill in some gaps in your own collection at the same time, or at the very least get some good reading material. 
I have a wide variety of books left in my collection, and will be adding a lot of different character drawings to the store as time goes on.  Drop by often and see what's new, and maybe snag a drawing or two.
Hope to see you there!

18 March 2014

New Print Available: Making the Cut!

For anyone who's interested, my art for the cover of "Making the Cut" from Lovecraft EZine is now available as a print and on several other products via my DeviantArt page.  Go check it out, won't you?

06 March 2014

New Work Published: Making the Cut

Out right this very minute is "Making the Cut", the latest collection of tales from publisher Mike Davis, editor of Lovecraft EZine.  This collection features nine stories from the magazine given "Honorable Mention" by Ellen Datlow in "The Best Horror of the Year Volume 5", so you know it's going to be good. 

The cover, a brilliant bit of design by Leslie Harker, features an original piece of art I created to this volume.  This piece was inspired by the W.H. Pugmire story contained in this book, and was my first finished piece done entirely in Corel Painter. 

Be sure and check it out.  I'd love to hear what anyone thinks of the cover, and I'm sure Mike Davis would love to hear your opinion of the book.

24 February 2014

New Print Available: Cthulhu!

Now available on my DeviantArt story is my interpretation and portrait of Great Cthulhu himself.  Reworked slightly from its earlier versions used by the Lovecraft eZine, I will be selling copies of this print at East Coast Comics Expo in May.  If you don't want to wait, you can get Lovecraft's baddie in all his squiddy goodness in a variety of sizes and formats through my DeviantArt page.

Grab one now and maybe...just maybe....Cthulhu will devour your soul last*.  No promises. 

*Offer not valid in R'lyeh or affiliated Dreamlands.  Offer not open to cultists, wizards or any member of the Whateley family.  Artist assumes no responsibility for the disposition of your eternal soul, the likelihood of being devoured by squid-headed bat-dragons from beneath the ocean, or night-gaunts.  If after purchasing, you find that sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests, consult a doctor.  For all the good it will do.

14 February 2014

New Work Published: Lovecraft EZine # 29

Up now, you can read issue #29 of the the ever worthwhile Lovecraft EZine. This issue, as always, features some great Lovecraftian fiction, as well as a nonfiction article by the worldly and wise scholar Robert M. Price, all wrapped up in an incredible cover by Lee Copeland

For this outing, I have illustrated "The Groaner in the Glen", a piece of historical Mythos fiction by Eric Ian Steele, concerning a possible of fate of a lost Roman legion.  For this one, I tried to evoke some of the style of the Roman era mosaics I remember seeing during a visit to Germany a few years back.  This was also an opportunity to try out Corel Painter, to which I am newly arrived.  You will shortly (I hope) be seeing work from a couple more projects I have created using that program.

For now, go read "The Groaner in the Glen" and the other amusing, entertaining and edifying pieces that make up the latest issue of Lovecraft EZine.  While you're there, be aware that the magazine is now available in a print edition, guaranteed to look great in your library.

Meanwhile, here's my "portrait" of Willem H. Pugmire from issue #28, the Pugmire tribute issue.  It's a composite of an old photo of WHP from an issue of Famous Monsters and a photo of HPL himself, amongst other things.  Just a little bit of creepy, staring madness to send you on your way...