Friday, June 22, 2007

Beasts of Communication Arts.


I'm extremely proud to have Sam's work in "my" book BEASTS! and even more happy for him to have his Vampire as the cover to the elite industry reference book, the Communications Arts Illustration issue.

I'm floored. As great as Comm Arts is it often has rather impotent images for the cover-- this is pretty goddamned intense for them. Sam's Vampire transcended any hope I had for the overdone vampire motif. It's truly spine-tingling in it's reduction to a victim's-eye-view and being free of any embellishment. The man is terribly talented.

So thanks again for contributing Sam. I never imagined I'd be Art Director (such as I was, which is very little) for work on a Comm Arts cover.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nothing to Report.

Beasts 2nd edition now available.

I'm pleased to announce that Beasts is now available in its 2nd edition, new and improved. The printing on this one is much crisper which really helps the art. The new cover is blue with the cover icon much larger this time. It also contains four new pieces of art. Kevin Scalzo, Chris Ryniak, and Andrew Brandou all did new versions of their original beast while Mizna Wada did an entirely different Japanese beast.

The first run sold out in just a month or two and preorders are strong on the new edition so get your copy soon. Above is the new endpaper illustration that Ray Fenwick kindly created with just 2 or 3 days notice.

Order it directly from the publisher, Fantagraphics, or find it at your local bookstore, etc.