Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare the upcoming book written by Tyler James (The Red Ten) and John Lees (The Standard) and illustrated by me was announced as part
of the second wave of ComixTribe books coming 2014 at New York Comic
The following was written up for the announcement...
On the final day of the 2013 New York Comic Con independent comic
book publisher, ComixTribe, announced OXYMORON: The Loveliest Nightmare,
the fourth of four new titles to be released in 2014 revealed at the
OXYMORON: The Loveliest Nightmare, a new series written by Tyler
James (THE RED TEN, EPIC) & John Lees (The Standard, And Then Emily
Was Gone) and illustrated by Alex Cormack (Two Redheads and a Dead
Blond), will be a new take on THE RED TEN villain. Suffering from a
chronic illness, and reeling from a demotion after her partner’s death,
Detective Mary Clark finds herself on the trail of a serial killer
obsessed with contradiction, who is painting a bloody canvass of carnage
with the entrails of politicians and powerbrokers in Swanstown.
“While the Oxymoron has been a scene stealer in THE RED TEN, and the
star of a successful hardcover anthology, I’m thrilled with the
prospects of letting him cut loose in his own mini-series,” said James.
Co-Writer John Lees is also excited to get his hands on this
character once again. “As far as I’m concerned, OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST
NIGHTMARE is the biggest comic project I’ve ever been part of. In THE
RED TEN, Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano created an instantly iconic
villain who has quickly built up a cult following, and it’s intimidating
to now come in and try to add to that legacy. Tyler and I have a story
worked out that is going to take readers to some dark, twisted places.
Alex Cormack is an incredibly gifted artist who is going to make this
one of the most horrifyingly gorgeous (an oxymoron!) books on the
stands. If you liked the OXYMORON Volume 1 anthology, you’re going to
love this, and you’re going to be horrified, too. Life’s full of
James says that OXYMORON: The Loveliest Nightmare will explore new
territory for the character, “This will be a take on the Oxymoron that
we haven’t seen before. Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is a cerebral
serial killer police procedural in the vein of Hannibal or Seven. It’s
the perfect jumping on point for new readers, especially fans of smart
crime and horror,” he said.
Alex Cormack, who will illustrate this series, says the series is a
welcomed opportunity to reunite with the Oxymoron character, “I’ve loved
the character since I read the first issue of THE RED TEN, and drawing
him in the Oxymoron Volume 1 anthology was a blast! It’s great to be
working working with this psycho again!”
James seems enthusiastic about the dynamic of this creative team, “In
the Oxymoron Volume 1 anthology, I worked with John Lees on the
delightfully nasty short, Selfless Man. John has a great grasp of the
character, and as he’s showing with star-making work on his horror
series And Then Emily Was Gone (available for the first time in North
America ONLY at the ComixTribe Booths #1170-1172 at New York Comic Con),
he is right at home in this genre. Collaborating with him on this was a
James went on to say, “Likewise, Alex Cormack draws one hell of a
creepy Oxy, and his storytelling has grown leaps and bounds over the
past few years. I’m thrilled to be working with Alex on this.”
OXYMORON: The Loveliest Nightmare will be a new mini-series debuting
in 2014. A second OXYMORON anthology is also in the works for next year.
So keep an eye out for this psycho coming next year!
Cuddlers, the upcoming book written by Yannick Morin (whom I worked with in the Oxymoron Anthology) and illustrated by me, was announced as part of the second wave of ComixTribe books coming 2014 at New York Comic Con!
The following was written up for the announcement...
The Cat’s Out of the Bag CUDDLERS, is a new series written by Yannick Morin and illustrated by
Alex Cormack. When his hometown is struck by a mysterious disease that
transforms its victims into cat-obsessed “cuddlers”, a young rebel teams
up with a cast of unlikely allies to stop the plague before it spreads
all over 1950s America. Combining what the Internet told us you already
love – cats and zombies – this coming-of-age horror comedy will force
you to laugh and scream throughout its three malodorous issues.
“Everyone thinks they have a new spin on the zombie genre. I usually
laugh at them, and go back to reading Kirkman’s book ,” said ComixTribe
publisher Tyler James. “But what Yannick and Alex are cooking up here
actually is that brilliant, original twist, backed by crazy but true
science… this book will knock readers for a loop.”
Where does an idea like this come from? According to CUDDLERS writer,
Yannick Morin, the answer is wasting time on the internet.
“One day, I was browsing the web instead of working on a column, and I
came across this article about Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that’s
found in cat droppings and that makes rats unafraid of their natural
enemy. It actually makes them seek out cats to get eaten by them, and
thus perpetuate the parasite’s lifecycle in a new kitty digestive tract.
When humans get infected however, they just get sick. That’s pretty
boring really, so I thought: “Hey, why not have the humans go cat-crazy
“After collaborating on “Nearly Perfect” for the Oxymoron anthology,
Yannick and I wanted to work together again on a new project,” said
series artist Alex Cormack. “I thought another horror story would be
great, but my wife suggested we do a romantic comedy. So Yannick and I
decided to put the two together and throw in a bunch of cats.”
For long-time comic editor Morin (Image Comics’ EPIC KILL), writing
CUDDLERS has been a significant undertaking. “Every time I sit down to
work on this thing, I’m haunted by all of the criticism I’ve formulated
about other people’s writing, either as an editor or simply as a reader.
As I damn should be. We should all be held accountable of the feedback
we give others. CUDDLERS is a labor of love, yes, but it’s also me
putting my money where my mouth is when it comes to storytelling,” he
said of working on the series.
CUDDLERS will be a three-issue mini-series, debuting in mid-2014.
All right, so if you were lucky enough to be at NYCC this year, I hope you picked up ComixTribe's Scam Pint! If you didn't here's what you missed...
SCAM written and illustrated by Joe Mulvey is about superheroes who decide to take on Vegas instead of crime. Coming soon is the SCAMthology, an anthology featuring the characters of SCAM. For NYCC ComixTribe took three stories, each about the character Pint, who receives super powers the more he drinks, and put them in the above comic.
So, John Lees (the Standard, another ComixTribe book) wrote and I illustrated the story Hammered. Here's a preview...
So keep an eye out for the Kickstarter coming soon!
So a lot of things have been going on since the last post, but let's start with the new poster I made up,
King Kong vs. Indiana Jones or... Indiana Jones and the King of Skull Island! This came about a while ago when I was trying to think of a new mash up poster using Indiana Jones. I thought of a few ideas for a poster but it never really got further then that, until the other day I was in traffic and the above image popped in my head. So when I got home I drew it up and now here it is!
Along with all that I'll be at MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo) this weekend! The show is being held at 1815 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA Sept 28-29. More info can be found here!
"Two Redheads & A Dead Blonde" written by Lloyd Corricelli and illustrated by yours truly is now up on Kickstarter! (Here is the Link)
The Graphic novel is based on the first of the Ronan Marino Mystery Series from Sons of Liberty Publishing. The book is about, well, I'll let Lloyd take over here, there is a reason why he is a writer where I am the artist...
It is a hard-boiled detective noir story in the tradition or Parker's Spenser or Spillane's Mike Hammer.
It features private detective Ronan Marino; the half Italian/half Irish
(he often jokes that due to his ethnic makeup he likes to drink
whiskey, write poetry then go out and break a few legs) son of a retired
firefighter, nephew to an alleged Boston Mafia Don and combat veteran
of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. With a strong sense of honor and duty
learned from his father and strengthened in the military, Ronan chooses
to help those who have no other place to turn; using the catch phrase
"the best that money can't buy.
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts (best known for author Jack
Kerouac and boxer Mickey Ward of "The Fighter"), he graduated from
Lowell High School and went on to UMass-Lowell, where he was the
starting shortstop for the baseball team. After graduation, rather than
chase a professional baseball career (you’re just too short the scouts
told him!), he joined the U.S. Air Force, was commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant and assigned to the Office of Special Investigations. After
twelve years in the service, including multiple combat tours in Iraq and
Afghanistan and a bad marriage that left more scars than his time in
the war zones, he had an amazing stroke of good luck. Stopping for a cup of coffee one night while on an undercover job in
Los Angeles, on a whim he played and won the biggest jackpot in the
history of the California lottery. Leaving the military, he moved home
where he planned on doing nothing more than pursuing his hobbies; like
playing guitar in a pedestrian cover band and improving his vast
collection of comic books. His retirement however was short lived after
his new girlfriend is found dead in the cold waters of the Merrimack
River. Using all the skills he learned in the military, Ronan uncovers
her dark secret; one that powerful men on both sides of the law are
desperate to remain hidden. Calling on his mob enforcer cousin for
backup, Ronan dives headfirst into places where even angels fear to
tread; committed to finding who took his girlfriend's life even at the
cost of his own.
So my favorite of the rewards is that I'll put you in the book as either (and this is based on how much you toss in) a back ground character or a main character!
Here are a couple of drawings done up to give an idea of what things will look like...
This weekend (Saturday to be exact) Ashley Cook and I will be getting married!
It feels like a million years since I proposed and now all of a sudden the wedding is here! We've been together now for seven years and each and every day has been great. I mean, just look at the save the date she made!
I love my fiance more then anything and could never imagine being with anybody else!
If your lucky enough to be at SDCC this year, keep an eye out (at booth 5533) for the Black and White first issue of Future Proof from Bliss on Tap!
The story follows the story of two agents assigned to
keep going further and further back in time to "fix" history after rogue
time-travelers start creating chaos throughout history. Written &
Created by Brian Phillipson & Alex Murillo with art by yours truly!
Five Ghosts is a new book from Image Comics written by Frank J. Barbiere and illustrated by Chris Mooneyham. The book is great, I met the creators up at Larry's Comics in Lowell MA and made up this pin up for them. So go check it out their book!
It wasn't until I uploaded this picture that I realized that Overlord Cough Cough (the main villain in Wishtoyo Warriors) in this shot, is just looking for a good time! Maybe because tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, I say give this monster a Guinness! That's how it happens when you're a big monster with animals stuck in your back, just party all the time.
Anyways, if nothing else let this be a reminder to us all to brush our teeth.
I met Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley from Image Comic's Hoax Hunters up at Larry's Comics. We got to talking and they asked if I'd be interested in making up a pin up, and above was my answer!
The idea came about between the three of us, specifically something with the character Ken and Zombies. I thought it would make sense that since they are dead and that he is dead then they should get along, makes sense right? But he still has his friends to think of, and there my friend, lies drama!
Anyways look out for Hoax Hunters # 8 coming out in March and look for my pin up!
Did these guys up for the Oxymoron Anthology which you can pick up here! My personal favorites are the fat Oxy and Oxy as a woman. Eventually I may go all Gremlins 2 on him and make a bat Oxy, a spider Oxy, electric Oxy, etc. Maybe for volume 2.