Friday, May 27, 2005

Venger Contest v1.0

This is a piece submitted by Lionel Edward C. Yumul via the Ronin message boards. I think this is an exceptionally strong image design-wise, and the overall feeling of the piece is nice and violent, lol. The cover price is incorrect, but who really cares about that...

Major kudos for contributing our alternate cover for Ultimate Venger, lol!

While I’m on the subject of pimping, er, marketing, please note that the Venger Contest v1.0 will be scheduled for:

• Thursday, June 2nd
• 5:00 pm CENTRAL TIME (adjust your biological clocks to Louisiana time!)
• Contest promptly ends at Midnight

The details of this contest will be stated the day of the contest, and be prepared to use your broadband connection to the fullest! (hint hint)

*Note: This contest is not open to those who contributed to issue #1, so all three of you (lol) will have to take a backseat…

Grand Prize consists of:
• A copy of The Venger: Dead Man Rising issue #1
• A Venger poster
• A Venger postcard
• An eComic of The Venger: Dead Man Rising issue #1
• A “special bonus” prize

2nd Place receives:
• A copy of The Venger: Dead Man Rising issue #1

J out.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Antagonist Part Deux

Ezra Heller’s wingman so to speak, Dusk is the final element that makes up the “triumvirate of doom” (no that is not a name we are using, lol) in the Venger’s rogue’s gallery.

This is him only in conceptual state as we will not see him until the second issue (right around the corner!). I felt we needed a “silent, bad boy-type”, at least in looks. He’s the guy with literally no conscience and would kidnap your children if it meant any personal gain for himself. This is based off of Matt’s character sheet, and I think that he will add that extra bit of action to the overall series – plus, it allows me to get to draw more things blowing up! LOL!

But keep in mind that his overall appearance may be altered slightly (very similar to what occurred with Black Mercy) for the actual series to better suit the story.

J out.

Antagonist Part Uno

A design concept for the main villain, Ezra Heller. He is the only one in the book with any sort of “powers” – similar to the way Watchmen was handled regarding Dr. Manhattan.

I wanted him to have a mask, but nothing that completely hid his facial movements, so I came up with a thin, rubbery type of mask that could move with his expressions, but yet conceal his true face. Gotta maintain that sense of mystery!

After discussions with Matt, we both agreed that since Ezra personifies a sense of immortality, his costume should incorporate something from a different century altogether, but with a slight modern twist. The colonial garb was Matt’s idea, and I fell in love with the notion as soon as I heard it. Ezra Heller will remain pretty shrouded in mystery for the time being (no spoilers here!), but expect to see more of his background in the near future.

Check out an exclusive INTERVIEW with Matt Spatola, the series creator!

J out.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Blogger Jam 2005

Well, the Blogger Jam has finally come to a close – and here is the final product. I think it goes without saying that everyone had a great time doing this, and it’s always cool to see the finished product of something you are a part of.

Well done, GNF, and well done DADCUS! Next year’s will be even better!

J out.