"What I love about Becky Cloonan’s work is the inspiring expressiveness of her lines. They flit between playful animation and chiseled determination creating a thoroughly modern style which bridges the real with the imagined."
- Jim Lee
It was his work on X-Men that made me start drawing comics, so I am beyond psyched that he took time out of his busy schedule to give me a quote for By Chance or Providence. Big thank you to the legendary Jim Lee who has been such a strong supporter of my self-published books!
(Illustration for my self-published GN: By Chance Or Providence) Pre-order at www.werehouse.ca
Irish Elk. Peek at one of the extras in By Chance Or Providence <3
the42towels asked: (Not sure how often you check your messages) I am a HUGE fan of your work, and am debating getting the By Chance or Providence book. My issue is, I already have the three stories that you're reprinting but am interested in the sketchbook/extra illustrations. Can you tell me more about those, like how many pages, of what kind? I'd just like to know if I'd be re-buying the stories all over again or if there'd be new content? I hope this doesn't sound rude, I'm sorry. Again, LOVE your work!
Hey! No worries- it’s the same as buying the single issues and then getting the trade- some people like having the book with a spine for their shelf and some people just prefer keeping the issues!
Right now the sketchbook section is an extra 12 pages but I have a lot of material- illustrations and sketches, so I am considering adding another signature- that would be an added 16 pages on top of the 12 if I do, but that is not decided yet. I am going to check with the printer to make sure it won’t effect cost per book too much. If I get enough orders it should be easier to afford.
I’ve also redrawn a few panels that I was not happy with, and added a few pages to Demeter that were originally cut from the mini comic due to page count constraints. I also drew some chapter illustrations for each story, so it’s kind of like a “director’s cut.”
The book itself will be something I know I am going to be very proud of- it’s being printed locally in Montreal so quality will be very good- including a canvas hardcover with gold foil blocking, and a dust jacket. I’ve even got Scott Snyder to agree to write the foreword, hehe
Really it’s up to you! if you already own them, this is a chance to have the trilogy collected in a slightly larger hardcover format! If hardcovers don’t move you and you are satisfied with the minis that is also great because it means I did something right in making them :)
Even if you decide against it, you can always help by spreading the word- talk to your LCS about ordering a few copies, or even just telling your friends about it! I appreciate every reblog and share like you wouldn’t believe
RETAILERS! If you want a stack of bookmarks promoting my new GN By Chance Or Providence let me know! I will send a bunch over to your store, on the house! :) and if you are interested in wholesale distribution options for this book (and others!) check out www.lounak.com/distribution
If you can’t order the book for whatever reason, talk to your local comic shop about getting copies in! And if you already pre-ordered it from werehouse.ca, I still encourage you to tell your LCS that you are wicked psyched and they should order copies anyway. This book is going to be a limited print run, so if you don’t pre-order it either through the Werehouse or your local comic store, chances are you won’t get a copy!
Sorry* if I am spamming this info around for the next few weeks! We are taking orders until the end of March then it’s off to the printers! Books will ship in April!! This is also probably my last self published book for a while** because it is just so much work- I might write one more essay on it all because I keep learning new things. Never fear, I still have plenty of schemes and plans to execute in the next few years! Never a dull moment in comics.Love you guys forever!
*I’m not sorry
**this I am sorry about
We hosted a podcast with comic luminaries Becky Cloonan and Sean Murphy, and we talk about comic art, the industry today, how they work, why they’re now both writing and illustrating comics, the power of Mark Millar, and much more.
You HAVE to listen to this.
Listen to it here.
Sean Gordon Murphy and I had a great chat with Multiversity the other day about, art, writing, and comics comics comics! It was a lot of fun- give it a listen!!
True story, bro.
Big thank you to Eilo at MTL Tattoo for my new Lady Manticore! I absolutely love her!!If you happen to be in Montreal and are in want of a new tattoo, definitely look Eilo up! She is an amazing artist and a lovely person. Can’t wait for her to color this. In the meantime you can check out more of Eilo’s work on Instagram under eilotattoo :D