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A while back, I discovered (and posted about) Emet Comics, a company that's devoted to developing and promoting comics by and for women (well, by women, anyway, presumably "for" anyone who might be interested).  

I sent them an email offering my support.  I had no idea of being a primary creator for them, but offered my services in the capacity of supporting role - lettering, logos, editing, whatever they might need in the way of ancillary work to support the women producing their comics.

The principle, Maytal Gilboa, wrote back saying that they'd been having trouble finding women comics artists who weren't already committed to other projects, and offering a job creating the art for a new series by writer Jo Buckman.  The project was "Joan of Light and D'Arc" - a graphic novel exploring the relationship between Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais.  

Gilles de Rais was Joan's second in command, her right hand man during her campaigns against the English.  You find this mentioned in contemporary accounts, but not in the later ones.  Presumably, the French historians were loath to admit their famous saint was associated with a man who, some years after Joan's death, was convicted as a serial killer - he supposedly raped, tortured, and killed many children in Satanic ceremonies.

Many historians now believe that Gilles, like many other supposed medieval satanists and witches, was framed.  But for the purposes of our story, we're sticking with the satanist/serial killer legend.

http://www.emetcomics.com/comics-index/joan-of-light-darc/
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Making Joan of Arc's story even darker - still amazing work and I am prejudiced :D
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If this keeps up, I'm gonna get a reputation for repeating that I'm not really into epic fantasy, and then proceeding to promote some epic fantasy book.  Nevertheless...

This was sort of a a surprise discovery.  The premise of the first book (a bunch of random contemporary people step out of an elevator to find themselves stranded in a Tolkien-esque epic fantasy world) didn't appeal to me all that much, but I read the book because I was doing a cover for it (I always try to read the books I illustrate when possible), and found myself caught up in the adventure.  By the end of the first book, I was totally invested, and looking forward to the next one.  Three of the four-book series have been published now, and I'm currently working on the cover for the last one.

Fair warning, each book has a more-or-less cliffhanger ending.

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Jord-Allan-Joyal-ebook/dp/B00SM2U8ZA/
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I've mentioned before that Harry Connolly is one of my all-time favorite authors. Recently, I had the great pleasure and privilege of providing a cover design for his newest book.  Unlike Connolly's other urban fantasies, the "Twenty Palaces" series (which is brimming with noir and grimdark), "A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark" has a light, wry tone that pokes fun at a lot of UF tropes and conventions, as well as a few other pop culture phenomena.  It's a wonderfully fun read, highly recommended.
http://www.amazon.com/A-Key-Egg-Unfortunate-Remark/dp/0989828484/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
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Some terrific fantasy & SF art here...
The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Congratulations to all of the gold and silver award winners and to the Rising Star and Grand Master Award recipients!
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"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then--to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn--pure science, the only purity there is. You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six. And then, after you have exhausted a milliard lifetimes in biology and  medicine and theocriticism and geography and history and economics--why, you can start to make a cartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to begin to learn to beat your adversary at fencing. After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough."
-  T.H. White, The Once and Future King
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Just re-read "The Once & Future King," and "Merlyn" about a year ago. Loved it just as much as I had when I first read it 30 years ago (or maybe more).
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I've said for some time that comics needs more female creators.  Happy to see these folks are doing something about that.  Emet comics is rolling out a bunch of new comics this month.

http://www.emetcomics.com/
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RIP Sir Christopher Lee.

A better actor than he was generally given credit for, and someone I had admired since I was a kid.  With more than 230 films on his resume, when he died today, at age 93, he was apparently about to start work on yet another film. "I hate being idle," he once said, "As Boris [Karloff] used to say, when I die I want to die with my boots on."  Apparently he did so.  Good for you, Chris.  You'll be missed.

(Below:  His bio on IMDB.  The bio itself is perfunctory, but the trivia list below it is amazing):

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000489/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
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This will come as no surprise to you, but…you can't say anything anymore without someone taking offense. You say something, or you say nothing…either way, there will be those who take you to task for it. So here's the truth: do what you think is right. I read a review of TIN MEN this morning ...
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For those who might be interesed in seeing a larger image of the cover painting for "A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark," I've uploaded it to my Deviant Art gallery:  http://duncan-eagleson.deviantart.com/art/A-Key-an-Egg-and-Unfortunate-Remark-508769247?q=gallery%3ADuncan-Eagleson%2F27053348&qo=5
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Thanks, good to know I've done my job effectively.
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Having spent the last few years caring for my mother, who suffered severely from Alzheimers (she died about this time last year), I felt this was a good signal to boost.  If you're a fan of Gaiman (or Pratchett, or the artist, Sean Phillips), or just want to contribute to a good cause...

http://www.teefury.com/a-good-omen
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The Great Way

There are lots of authors whose work I enjoy, but among living authors, I can count my favorites on the fingers of one hand. (Of course, I'm a mutant, and have seven fingers).  Among them is Harry Connolly, of "Twenty Palaces" fame.  What, you haven't heard of the Twenty Palaces series?  Shame on you.  Look it up on Amazon immediately. Harry's work is outstanding, (and Jim Butcher supports me in that claim).

I'm not really a big fan of epic fantasy, but there are some authors I'll read no matter what they write, and Harry Connolly is on of them. I just finished reading his latest effort, the "Great Way" trilogy, and am really glad I did.  It definitely lives up to it's original working title of "Epic Fantasy With No Dull Parts."  "The Great Way is now available in both ebook and print:  

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Into-Chaos-Book-Great/dp/0989828425
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ooo, thanks :)
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The interview is shorter and less in-depth than I had hoped, but still interesting.  Funny, turns out toward the end they touch on the same points about questions and answers as that Mused comic I posted a few days ago.
David Lynch can be a tough interview -- check out my attempt back in 2001. Patti Smith does a bit better in this joint interview on the BBC2 Newnight's
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A writer, painter, sculptor, and digital artist, I'm best known to print comics fans for work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and my graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour.  My paintings and cover designs have appeared on science fiction and horror books by authors like Fred Saberhagen, Graham Masterton, Les Daniels, and Robert E. Howard.  I've illustrated magazines, book covers and movie posters like Nightmare on Elm Street & Blademaster, and theatrical billboards for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Lamb's Theatre, and internationally reknowned magician Jeff McBride. The Who, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, and many other rock groups have used my designs on their tour T-Shirts.

I'm also a professional maskmaker - I create hand-sculpted leather masks, and have won a few awards with them.  Mask clients have included the aforementioned Jeff McBride (known for using masks in his magic performances), Wes Craven, the Smithsonian, The Big Apple Circus, and assorted small theater companies and independent films.
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These days, I'm focused on my writing. I've had a few short stories published, and have four novels making the rounds of publishers and agents. I've been getting some very nice personalized rejections, explaining why I've been turned down. To those who don't know the publishing business, this will sound like nothing to boast about, but other aspiring authors will get it.