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Archive for June, 2009
Joe Williams is back at it again with an educational piece originally done for the Philadelphia Fireman’s Hall Museum located at 147 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA., to be displayed as wall murals. Hot Topics exploits the use of comics as a pure communication medium, using words and pictures to clearly educate and entertain young readers about the important subject of fire safety.
The lessons in this story are valuable and life saving!
We encourage you to send this link http://www.co2comics.com/pages/co2_hot_topics.html to parents, educators and firefighters that you know so that they can share it with their children and young members of their community. We promised that CO2 Comics would be devoted to exploring the medium of comics.
Joe’s works, Deadline and Hot Topics, which were both originally commissioned as marketing pieces, have been valuable examples of use of the medium outside the realm of traditional super hero or adventure stories. Looking towards the future we may find the need to create a category for this type of comic so that it may be signaled out as a viable use of the medium that is a marketable option for comic artists. Thanks Joe for the good stuff, now excuse me while I replace the batteries in my smoke detectors.
Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin are gracing us with the opportunity to present Gauntlet, their first published work which first appeared in Comico Primer #6. Neil and Rich were regular faces around the Comico studio mostly because they were fun guys to be around and true comic enthusiasts like the rest of us. We had no idea at the time that they would each play a role in the huge success of the ROBOTECH line of comics. Neil’s dynamic pencil work and Rich’s finely inked lines became staples in the craftsmanship that epitomized the series. While Neil was finely focused on the ROBOTECH series and graphic novel Rich spread his wings a bit and inked Matt Wagner’s Grendel DEVIL BY THE DEED and Bill Willingham’s ELEMENTALS as well as the ROBOTECH line.
Both moved on to publish their own work Eagle with writer Jack Herman which they produced under the Crystal imprint. Eagle is currently back in print and available as a POD through Lulu.com
Rich later ventured on to start Comic Zone Productions producing a variety of somewhat controversial black and white comics. Today he is a performer in the Atlantic City area.
Neil has been a prolific penciler working continually since those early days. He is a regular on the convention circuit.
GAUNTLET is an opportunity for us to witness raw talent in action. It is the first work by two great talents and genuinely fine friends. We hope that we will have the opportunity to share more of their work in the future. Thanks Guys!
Reggie is just one of those rare people that you will come across in life who is impossible not to like. As long as I have known him his infectious personality has always been able to fill a room. This same joy he brings to life he also brings to his comics.
When Reggie came to work at Comico he quickly became family and was integral to the success of the ROBOTECH line. His drawing style, which was heavily influenced by Japanese Manga when it was just becoming popular in America, made him a fan favorite on the comics he worked on. Despite the heavy manga influence, however, Reggie was able to develop his own unique stylization that propelled him to popularity when he began to self publish Shuriken under the Victory label. Most recently Reggie along with his wife, Dionne, Have created Kidz of the King which is published by Urban Ministries Inc. (UMI) and has been animated into a feature for television!
Reggie is treating us to a character that he created in the early ’90′s. CRESCENT has all the flair and mystique of Shuriken and will surely be a big hit here in the archives of CO2 Comics. Thanks Reggie! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
You may have noticed that, along with bits of history, these blog pages are also riddled with links. Please use them to familiarize yourself with the creators that are willing to play with us here at CO2 Comics. The links are also an opportunity for you to support those creators by buying their products or by sharing their work with your friends. You can help us too by ensuring that CO2 Comics becomes the cooperative venture it is intended to be as the gathering of artists here supports cross promotion that benefits the fans and artists alike.
There is an energy building here at CO2 Comics that has Bill Cucinotta and myself very excited. In a very short time the content here has grown into an exciting collection of work by great guys with a long history of friendship and love for comics. We always expected that our friends would be our core group of creators at the start but please know that we are open to submissions and though we intend to be selective there is always opportunity for exciting innovative talent here at CO2 Comics. Drop us a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding inquiries or submissions.
Andrew first came to me as a talented high school student in search of a mentor program in 1982. Comico was in its fledgling days and he quickly became a dependable Guy Friday. His enthusiasm, hard work, dependability and raw talent were a rare find in any teenager and he was quickly rewarded with the opportunity to draw the cover of our first book, Primer #1 which I was lucky enough to ink.
Andrew’s own character Victor also graced that first cover and was later featured in Primer #2 which also heralded the first appearance of Grendel by Matt Wagner.
Bill Cucinotta and I are thrilled to say that he is back with us again with Victor! We will begin with the original Primer feature and follow the character as he matures into Firebringer.
Andrew will also release some of the short stories that he produced for Dark Horse Presents. We expect that his story, Reflections will be posted as early as next week.
Andrew has also written a fine novel of the future Steel Sky and is an award winning Creative Director of Art for Brainworks Communications. Please click on the embedded links and support his endeavors.
Thanks for joining us again, Andrew!