Monday, December 28, 2009

Lovecraftian creature sketch


Here's a weirdie that will probably show up in Teenage Luvkraft. I hope y'all like!

-R

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Original Setzer Poster (1997)

I realized that I hadn't posted this here before.

Brian Setzer saw my poster when he played the show it advertised (Detroit's State Theater) back in 1997. He liked it and commissioned me to do the cover art for his next album. That album was 1998's Grammy-winning album The Dirty Boogie, and that's all she wrote!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

TEENAGE LUVKRAFT concept art

Here are some pages of concept art from a TEENAGE LUVKRAFT Vol 1: BEACH BLANKET BEYOND package that I put together for this weekend's H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon. Mr. Squamata will be there tonight reppin' the sunken city -- so if you're there, keep an eye peeled and say hi!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

a page from BEACH BLANKET BEYOND, and other sample pages from HYPNOKOMIX #0



For a good sampling of the many varieties of HYPNOKOMIX, head on over to http://portlandcityart.org/2009/08/20/hypnokomix/, where you can look at the page above, from TEENAGE LUVKRAFT: BEACH BLANKET BEYOND and the other fantabulous stories that we're working on. Andrew Mc Kenzie's HYPNOZINE and AMERIKAN ZER0 art is featured, as well as a page by Owen Hunter from OTHERMAN and the ORAKULOIDS and Damian Zari's work on PARLIAMENT OF BABIES. You can also thrill to a HYPNO-artifact by Kate Fenker, plucked from the ZER0ZONE! Go check it out, and get straight for the coming of HYPNO!

(Pitchers by the above noted artistes, woids by Jason Squamata!)

Your pal,
R

Friday, August 07, 2009

HYPNOKOMIX #0 in the flesh

HYPNOKOMIX #0, a mindbending sampler of stories by Jason Squamata and illustrated by Owen Hunter, Andrew Mc Kenzie, Damian Zari and myself, has just arrived at Mr. Squamata's doorstep, smelling of comicky goodness.

6 Pages of my collaboration with Mr. Squamata, Teen Luvkraft in: BEACH BLANKET BEYOND, appear in the anthology, which has thus far been printed in extremely limited quantities.

In the picture below, Jason breathes deeply of the graphic fictions that he is a midwife to.



If you are able to commute to Portland next week, do stop by the Manor of Art show at Milepost 5, where you will be able to purchase one of these honeys. Check out my previous post on the show for links and details.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sketches from Beach Blanket Beyond, Part 1

So, folks, in order to give y'all a look into what exactly goes on my headcheese, I thought I'd start posting some sketches and designs that I've been making while working on the Beach Blanket Beyond comic.

I'll be posting bits of this stuff with regularity leading up to the World Premiere of the Hypnokomix Anthology, in August which, as you may remember, will feature 6 pages of BBB teaser material.

As always, I hope you enjoy this stuff, and both of you please feel free to comment or ask me any questions you may have!

R


This first sketch is of Aunt Agatha -- I got a bit carried away with this one, deviating from the Jack Davis-Rick Griffin style that I've been working in for most of BBB's character designs. Still, I like her hands. Creepy...


Here's the first sketch of Howie P. Luvkraft that I did, when Jason Squamata and I were still just spitballin' possible storylines. I think it sums him up nicely, although I have continued to (gleefully) elongate his head.


And here's some initial designs for Augie, Howie's intrepid sidekick.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Beach Blanket Beyond - sneak peek!

As promised, here are a few images from the 6-page Beach Blanket Beyond teaser...









Thursday, July 16, 2009

6-page Beach Blanket Beyond teaser completed!




After much burning of midnight oil, and many zombified hours, I have finished work on the Beach Blanket Beyond teaser pages for the HYPNOKOMIX Anthology.

I am very excited to share it with you two! I will be posting images later today, so stay tuned!

As you may have read in my previous post on the subject, Beach Blanket Beyond is a comic that I'm working on with one of my oldest friends, the infernally talented writer Jason Squamata. It follows the adventures of a teenage Howie P. Luvkraft and his sideckick Augie as they spend a summer on the action-packed beaches of Innsmouth. If you want to find out more, head over to HYPNOKOMIX.com for the story synopses of Beach Blanket Beyond and the other senses-shattering tales that will be featured in the anthology which will be unveiled in Portland, OR this August. See the flyer above for all the details...


-R

Thursday, June 25, 2009

HYPNOKOMIX!




Hello folks,

Well, it's finally seeming summery again here in Lowell MA, so it seems like a good time to talk a bit about the comic that I'm currently drawing, and share some news.

Beach Blanket Beyond, the comic book collaboration that I am working on with writer and ideasman extrordinaire Jason Squamata, and part of a movement/product line called HYPNOKOMIX, will be part of a gallery exhibition in August!

HYPNOKOMIX
will be an umbrella for a variety of other projects as well. Jason is working on a stunning variety of comics with Owen Hunter, Andrew McKenzie and Damian Zari, all of which will be promoted under the HYPNOKOMIX label.

To celebrate these collaborations, and to launch the HYPNOKOMIX brand, Squamata and his partner the amazing artist Kate Fenker will be displaying work from -- and pieces inspired by -- these comics, in a show called...


"The Birth of HYPNO"
A HYPNOKOMIX GALLERY EXPERIENCE
CURATED BY KATE FENKER & JASON SQUAMATA
august 14-24 (09) in “the manor of art”
at milepost 5 in portland, oregon)
FEATURING ART BY fenker/hunter/mckenzie/
squamata/wentworth/& zari


This should be an amazing experience for those fortunate enough to attend. Beach Blanket Beyond will be on display as part of the show so, please, West Coasters -- do try to check it out!

So, what is this "HYPNO", you ask? A very good question.

Here's a bit of backstory from HYPNO-Wiki:

HYPNO is the current default designation for a style, aesthetic and worldview that has its roots in Entropian and Hypgnostic salons, hatched in front rooms, secret gardens and humid discotheques across Boston, Brighton, Allston and Everett Massachusetts in the late 90s. The vision of the original movement informed the group's musical, artistic and narrative output, and generated recording projects, comic books, graphic design, short stories and even dance nights.

The original group's activities culminated in the summer of 2002 with a live presentation of Orji Walflauer's radical response to H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond. This mass hyposis "happening" was staged and performed by members of the World Hypgnostik Order and featured spontaneous sound design by the ritual improvisation group Clue Display. The intensity of the evening's entertainment splintered the movement and placed an emphatic ellipsis on the future of HYPNO.


I was, of course, a part of this movement. There was much more to it than the above description, but most importantly it was a fantastic time of creativity, exploration and friendship. A large part of the movement's success was the effusive enthusiasm for artmaking and collaboration that Jason Squamata brought to the group. That's one of the reasons that it's so exciting to be working on Beach Blanket Beyond, and why the Rebirth of HYPNO is such a thrilling prospect. There is a lot of unfinished work from that time that languishes on the drawing tables and in 4 track recorders, work that will now be finished or at the very least will serve as raw material for new projects. And, maybe more importantly, there are a lot of minds out there that are yet unbent.

Which brings me to the following opportunity for my East Coast pals. The first event of the new era of HYPNO!


"HYPNOZINE”
a show of hypno poster art by andrew mckenzie
text pieces and soundscape by jason squamata
beginning july 14 (09) at the “in between gallery”
(328 main st...rockland, maine)
curated by andrew mckenzie & julia mcclure


Andrew McKenzie is one of the original Hypgnostics. His work in the style is breathtaking. You could call it Baroque-Noir, but that would only describe part of what he's doing. You really should just make the trip to Maine to see his work with your own eyes. You really owe it to yourself. I'll be there for the opening -- won't you join me?

The HYPNOKOMIX website will be up soon, and will have lots of images from the comics that we're working on. I will give you all a heads up when it goes live. Until then, stay in touch!

-Sir R.

Monday, April 06, 2009

HPL at the beach




Well, here we are again. I've been away having a son who is now almost 2 years old, and have not been as diligent with keeping touch with you, my two or three casual site visitors. Well, I promise to stray no more!

As a vouchsafe of my undying gratitude for your attention, I'm posting some new and newish work.

Here's a piece I did last week. It's for an upcoming comic collab with the sensational Orji Walflauer. My first time inking with Adobe Illustrator...

Would you like to see the pencils? Let me know and I'll post em!

Your pal,
Sir R