Last week’s Alternative Press Expo was amazing! Debuting my first mini-comic was a great experience. I loved seeing a lot of people I talked to last year as well as meeting a horde of new folks this year! Press has been very kind to me and my funny book endeavor and I am feeling so much gratitude that it is simply quite humbling, dear reader!
Princess Witch Boy made it into the take home pile of JK Parkin from Robot 6 of Comic Book Resources, Comicvine reporter Sara Lima interviewed me on the first day of APE in a heartfelt exchange of mutual admiration, and JK Parker quotes me in his article about “The Garage Band of Comic Cons.”
Sara Lima is the Lois Lane of our generation! Her energy is infectious! You can really tell that she loves comics! Check her articles out on Comicvine and chat her up in the comments section! Start up a conversation with her about Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl or Namor the Submariner, but make sure you know what you’re talking about! Not only is she smart like Lois Lane, but she is also tough like Wonder Woman! To wit:
I really wish I had met Sara at WonderCon when I was dressed as Black Widow! What fun we would have had! There’s always next Con!
So, after you watch the video and read JK’s articles, check out two pages from Princess Witch Boy. The meaning behind the pages may seem a bit esoteric, but please remember that they are taken out of context. I wanted to share some of the work without giving it all away. The image below depicts Princess Witch Boy drawing under the protective powers of an Egyptian Goddess. (And yes, these pix have ginormous borders).
I had a hard time coming up with a three dimensional design for the Goddess, and by that I mean I wanted a more realistic approach to her without resorting to flat hieroglyphs. For a few weeks I was really stuck. Then on my birthday I went to the Tutankhamen exhibit here in San Francisco and I had a sign. My Goddess was beautifully rendered at the head of a Queen’s sarcophagus and her sister was at the feet. Yes, I’m being deliberately vague about the identity of the Goddess right now and I never call her by name in the pages of Princess Witch Boy. However, I do draw her hieroglyph in the book. So it’s not exactly a secret, but it’s also not important that I name the Goddess in Book One. There’s already enough people to get to know in the beginning. I will reveal more about this Goddess in Book Two.
Velvet is one of the three women that Princess Witch Boy turns into in his imagination. Her story runs concurrently with his in Book Four. Velvet is a magickal hybrid of human and djinn. As such, she has untapped potential and power. However, Vivian Van Ray, the daughter of billionaire tycoon Count Vincent Van Ray, would rather stay at home in her greenhouse studio and paint all day. Then something happens that rips her from the safety of her father, her art and her home. A betrayal of blood at first and the worst of all prisons in the end.
Velvet is a very important character for me because she was the first superhero that I traced off of a comic book to get the proportions right. I used to trace all of the bodies for my female characters off of Storm from Classic X-Men #3 and the How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way image of Susan Storm. The Reed Richards image from the book was used in conjunction with a Hal Jordan Green Lantern comic to trace the bodies of the male characters. I’ve have drawn Velvet all of my life and she’s gone through many incarnations. I love her most recent one the best and that is how it should be. Looking forward to sharing her story with you, dear reader.
However, now I must show you some fun pictures from APE antics! Indulge me! if you will, as I celebrate some fabulous folks! What an amazing coincidence that I appear in every photogtraph! Enjoy!
My buddy the wizard wunderkind Tristan Leder shows his Princess Witch Boy pride by wearing the appropriate color for the launch! Much love to Wuvable Oaf for bringing the pink in the first place! Check out Tristan’s blog for some amazing King City art by Brandon Graham!
More Wuvable Oaf love brought to you by yours truly and the #1 White Queen fan in the multiverse Ken Kneisel!
Writers Old Fashioned give good booth! From left to right, yours truly, Emily Stackhouse, DangerBob and Steph Godfrey!
And I leave you with one of my favorite images from the weekend. At Isotope’s APE Aftermath party, James Sime relays very important information to me and I pay close attention. Time has stopped and we are casting spells like the comic book sorcerers that we are! Or maybe he’s telling me to go clean up all the empty cocktail cups off of the window ledge. Yeah, that’s probably it.