Jul 212016

13607790_10157202348845602_2060425145_nI do a fair number of posts promoting Kickstarters that catch my eye. Usually it’s about looking for value and quality among the many offerings. I can easily say the artwork for Grinidon caught my eye. It turned my head. It was magnificent. Get the picture?

I had no idea if it was digital or hand-done, and frankly for the first time in forever I did not care, it was…magnificent. And, I was lucky because the Kickstarter was a value too. I bought two copies.

I reached out to artist Erwin J. Arroza for an interview, and thankfully he was most gracious in accepting the invitation. Erwin shared a great amount of his work on various projects, with permission from the various owners. You can click on any image to view a larger version. 

I cannot thank Mr. Arroza enough for this interview. The honor, sir, is entirely my own.

Moby’s! – You’ve been working on this book for a while, how does it feel to have finished the artwork for it?

13595872_10157202348675602_1184361718_nErwin – Finishing Grinidon is somewhat a bitter sweet experience. I just wrapped up all the artwork last week and I’m already missing the late nights and the early morning work. Grinidon has been such a positive experience for me as an artist who has been striving to break through the industry. Jeremy has been an inspiration and a huge blessing. It has been a privilege being part of such a wonderful vision.

The artwork for Grinidon is stunning. Is this your usual style and how did you develop it?

I’m still new at this. I still think that I’m in the process of finding that right kind of ‘style’. However, there is something organic about rough pencils and grey tints that goes together with the sepia look. Grinidon is raw and I personally believe it’s one of its strong points….I thought the look should complement it.

13607730_10157202348650602_1804243553_nThe look certainly does go well with the genre. Will you continue to develop this style on more projects in the future?

I guess it just depends on the project or genre.

How challenging is creating the look for the book you are working on?

I think one of the best and most challenging parts of production, developing the whole look for the book. At this point I’m still very much flexible in terms of style. I have only started doing comic book illustrations fulltime recently. Most of the other projects are either been shelved or have not been released yet. Continue reading »

Jun 182016

gnome (nōm) n.

A pithy saying that expresses a general truth or fundamental principle; an aphorism.

Gnome #3:

People generally like characters that are sort of like cats.

(Gnome #3.5: Actual cats only count if animated.)

gnomeIt’s true. I don’t claim to understand it entirely, but throw a few cat-like characters into the plot of a book or movie and suddenly it’s Q Score goes through the roof. If you stop and think about it, I am sure you can think up at least a few cat-like characters in books and movies, all of them wildly popular.

From the Beast in Beauty and the Beast to The Cowardly Lion, just throw a cat suit on someone and BOOM!

Just look at Captain America: Civil War: The entire movie plot depends on a cat character, The Black Panther, getting some revenge and Boom! Huge international hit.

And they make great sidekicks too. Let’s see…there’s Stimpson J. Cat of Ren & Stimpy, Hobbes of Calvin and Hobbes, Scratchy of Itchy and Scratchy, and Shrek’s pal Puss in Boots to name a few. If you want your cartoon creation to become hugely popular and immortal, all you have to do is partner your shitty character with a cat character partner and you’re done.

It’s almost too easy. You can’t go wrong with a cat character, even if they’re the bad guy or girl. Continue reading »

Jun 092016

logosmallSometime within the last year or so Moby had a difference of opinion with a guy who had a Kickstarter running, and things might have, perhaps gotten just a tad out of hand. This is the short version of that long story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it has a happy ending.

So long story short, this guy is/runs/publishes (or something) Maelstrom Comics, and he has a Kickstarter running. I thought some of his reward tiers were a bit high and a tad excessive, and he disagrees. Nasty emails are exchanged, but not so many, just a couple or three.

cropped-BG3-1024x683Now, let me just say upfront that I like Maelstrom’s product. It has an extremely professional look and the quality of the work is as good as you could expect from any publisher, just with a lot of tits and ass.

Among Maelstrom’s titles are Prymal the Jungle Warrior and Star Valkyrie, which I came to think of as Jungle Tits and Space Boobies.

I liked the books and the art so much I even bought a page of original Prymal art for my collection.

The point is that what follows is not out of some lack of admiration for the quality of Maelstrom’s stuff or what not…it was petty. So, what happened? Continue reading »

Jun 072016


Pathways 404Dragon Phoenix Media’s Bill Lutz sent over a little present for Moby’s readers the other day, along with some great news:

Pencils and inks for Pathways issues 3 and 4 are done!

I have to admit I am a bit biased in favor of this series, the Zero issue of Pathways was Moby’s ‘Free Comic Book Day Digital Pick’ for 2015 (and is still available for free).

Like issues 1 and 2, these two books each have three stories or segments. This unconventional approach works well with the variety of stories being told, allowing us to meet more than just a few characters. I asked Bill if the three story per issue format was going last throughout the Pathways series, and he said that would NOT be the case.

There will be three segment format, but also a special issue spotlighting the villains like World Smasher, and a series finale that will lead directly into Frontiersmen. Things will start changing sometime after issue 5.” – Pathways Writer/Artist Bill Lutz

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Raw line art for Pathways Pin-Up by Bill Lutz

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