SECOND PRINT VARIANT AND COMIXOLOGY DIGITAL VERSION COMING SOON!
When a mouthy, bombastic ronin samurai—known only as The Ronin—invokes the ire of another rival samurai, he sets off a chain of events that results in the loss of his sword (gasp) his topknot (shudder), and his mouth (thud)! Further, when that rival samurai sparks a supernatural alliance with the trickster demigod, Kitsune, a nine tailed firefox who believes in chaos for chaos’s sake, it unfolds a chain of events that results in the world of humans and that of the Yokai converging for a final battle for absolute supremacy.
GOOD NEWS! Hush Ronin #1 will be available in print this coming February 2019 through Ashcan Comics Pub. Thanks to the interest of comic creator and publisher, Nate Lindley, we’re bringing the world of Hush Ronin to your doorstep throughout the year. I have revamped this portion of the website to reflect the latest page revisions for the forth coming print edition. The current lineup are just the art, sans letters, SFX and balloons, but all of that will be following shortly along with more pages to fill out the first act. Hope you will enjoy it, and hope you will check out Nate’s page and the other fantastic independent books he has coming out this year!
The Ronin stands atop the stone that otherwise holds down the giant, earthshaking catfish, Namazu. One of a number of apocryphal short stories, the Hush Ronin epic gains a little pepper and perspective from this short tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and mythology.
Kitsune, the nine tailed Firefox, demigod and trickster, stands beneath the Haunted Gate, and near the bearded axe that fell the tree the gate itself was made from. The mystery of the gate and OH SO much more will be revealed in Hush Ronin #2, coming from Ashcan Comics Pub this Summer 2019!
Hush Ronin (cover)
A revised cover for the first issue, giving a clearer indication of the character, story and style that readers will be diving into with this book.
I discovered very early on in my comic book career that, however passionate I was about my own characters and projects, critical response (and cashflow) were significantly more pronounced when I posted work of established characters and IPs. Please note that none of this posted work was done for profit, really I made it to bolster my portfolio and have some fun with some of my treasured childhood heroes and villains. I publish them here for display purposes only. However, if you have any questions about this or any of my other work, please shoot me a message. As ever, thanks for stopping by!
Amazing Spider-Man mock cover
I have two favorite superheroes, both representing different sides and aspects of my personality. One of those is Spider-Man. I made this mock cover in Procreate on my iPad Pro. This is a testament to how much working digitally speeds up the creative process. This piece took a mere four hours and ten minutes to complete. Were it traditional, I’d still be hard at work at it. And I’d have to scrub my hands raw when I finished to get all the excess pigment out.
Written by Bo & Harrison Stewart (Stewart Bros Studios, Inc) and penciled by J. Paul Schiek, the graphic novel tentatively titled Tut is a story three thousand years in the making, with a message and art as fresh as anything made in the last ten years. This ambitious sixty page mini series is set for completion and subsequent publication in 2019.
Hired muscle at its deadliest, Jackal reveres the young Tutankhamen as both god and king. Like all of the kings guard, Jackal is modeled on one of the Egyptian pantheon of gods, in this case, Anubis, the jackal headed god of death.
Cat is based on Bast, the protector. Her litheness and quick whip bely the almost motherly affection she holds for her king.
Ibis is the human embodiment of Thoth. Where Jackal is almost all muscle, Ibis represents the inner strength of the intellect, the foresight of the third eye.
Another of Tut’s band of lethal protectors. While it was relatively a matter of course to model battle helmets after Anubis and Bast, it seemed unwieldy for a man to run into battle in a long snouted crocodile mask, so instead I substituted the top of a crocodile head for the protective loin cloth worn by Egyptian warriors of this period. I tried to make his features rippled and angular for a sense of further verisimilitude with the deadly reptiles of the Nile.
Ashes of Amarna
Digital pencil drawing composed in Procreate on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Combining the Collossi of Memnon with a more extant statuary to give the idea of an Egypt fallen into ruin long before our modern perceptions of its ruin.
I Played With Fire
I Played With Fire is a ten page horror short, penned by Texas scribbler Michael Derrick and penciled/inked by J. Schiek. This project is currently in the inking stage and from there will be made available to read online in its entirety while its creators shop it around to various horror anthologies. Composed in the same style as Hush Ronin, IPWF is at once harrowingly realistic and raw almost to the point of abstraction.
I’m always excited to find and work with new writers, particularly those looking to collaborate on shorter, one-shot sort of projects. Often these become proving grounds for other, large collaborations, and sometimes it is just a brief collusion on some highly concentrated awesome. While I am not at liberty to discuss all of the short projects currently on my drawing board, there are a couple that have been a little more public that I would like to highlight.
First amongst these is The Trenchstalker, by C. Brennan Knight, author of The Lamplighter Saga. The image at left was a sort of proof of concept quick sketch I put together in Procreate on my iPad Pro, where I do the vast majority of my comics related work. Though a specific date has not yet been stated, The Trenchstalker will be coming to print a little later this year, 2019, in time for convention season. I’ll update the site and the blog as more information becomes available.
The other short I wanted to mention is my own Hush Ronin: Eldritch. Initially, this was conceived for the Famous Movie Monsters anthology coming out through Ashcan Comics Pub this March, however, friend and publisher Nate Lindley thought it would be in the better interest of that book to have me pair up with incomparable Cody Fernandez, author of Jack Irons: Steel Cowboy, and of the Ironverse itself, available from Wikid Publishing. In this case, I am creating a single feature illustration to pair with Cody’s short story. All the same, I didn’t want to just let the Hush Ronin short slip past me, and, once complete, I will be publishing it in its entirety right here to my site.
Please do keep checking back as there will be more art and information in the very near future. One short I’m working on is heading to Kickstarter next month (February) and I’m excited to show some of that work once the gag order is up. Additionally, if you are a writer looking to pair with me on a short project, please access the contact link in the menu bar for this site. No reasonable offer is ever refused.
A composite (mostly fictional) biography of three of the greatest minds in 20th century close up magic and illusion. Spanning two generations and the entire American continent, Meatwater is a coming of age story for the adult child living in all of us.
Meatwater represents Jeremiah’s most ambitious work to date. He is still in the process of finalizing the script to begin pitching in earnest to leading comic book and graphic novel publishing houses by Spring 2019.
The Big Apple
Sheldon Meatwater skips his violin lesson to go hang out with the magicians over at Al Flosso’s magic shop.
Digital pen and ink, composed entirely in Procreate on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. I’ve got forty hours clocked on this two page spread, and though the end is nearly in sight, I’m not quite there yet.
Robotique: Life In The Age of Rude Mechanicals is a collection of visual development art for a graphic novel of the same title. Composed back in 2012, the illustrations both inspire and accompany a three part epic, set in the distant and contemporaneous past, as well as a grim future that is the sum total of both the former. Picture Pinocchio done in the style of Blade Runner.
The whole collection is still available for purchase in both hardcover and trade paperback. Makes a lovely conversation piece for the old coffee table. Click here for details.
He’s the greatest space pirate in the history of outer space travel, circling the cosmos with his trusty companion, Gooey, @starshipcaptain76 has everything going for him…Until he doesn’t anymore.
In reality, @starshipcaptain76 is the online handle of a gamer named Chester Conklin, who just fouled up big time. He blew up the alien robot space station, yes—sweeping a record number of critical hits and hit points—but he forgot the save the effing princess. Oops. Now anyone in Gamerdom who didn’t know his name, is more than aware. The derisive instant messages start pouring in and they just. Don’t. Stop.
But someone else has been watching Mr. Conklin’s gaming prowess; someone who doesn’t give a fig about space royalty; someone who has a job needs doing; a job for someone like…
@starshipcaptain76 is a fun, mixed sci-fi-fi/comedy/drama adventure romp. The project is currently in production with new pages and panels being churned out more or less daily. Expect to see this one making the pitching rounds in Fall of 2018, with plenty of content to read here, online, and potentially even a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign to create a print run for this four issue mini series.
In Spring 2016, Astronaut Ninja went live as a webcomic with its own domain. Featuring the adventures of Okami, the Astronaut Ninja and his misguided twin brother, Neko, the Warlock Ninja, Astronaut Ninja was a science fiction epic as heartfelt as it was tongue in cheek. Reminiscent of the relationship between Thor and Loki, the two twins share a common grievance in the past that spurs Neko to make life hard for his only very slightly younger brother. Caught in the middle, their adoptive father figure (a Japanese snow monkey named Sobokuna) tries his best from his confinement in the spirit realm to guide the two brothers toward mutual reconciliation.
Given the rigors penciling, inking, coloring (not to mention writing and layouts) Astronaut Ninja’s online tenure was put on hold as Jeremiah welcomed his first son, Emrys, into the world. But fear not, gentle reader, there are still many more adventures (and crossover adventures!) planned for these star cross’d twins. In the meantime, you can read the whole first issue and most of the second here on Tapas.
Jed The Flying Head
Forced by the Nazis to create an invincibility serum, Dr. Jedediah Cranium bravely drinks his own untested formula to keep it out of enemy hands. The serum works, but for Jed’s subsequent decapitation, all might have been well. But since head and body were both protected by the invincibility serum, Jed’s body lives on as a headless Nazi super soldier. Transcending time and genre all at once, Jed’s adventures find him facing off against every known enemy and disaster of the latter half of the 20th century.
Created in 2004, Jed The Flying Head marks my longest running continuous creative endeavor. Since its inception it has gone from comic book to animated series back to comic book, radio drama, live action series, pretty much everything but a musical and an interpretive dance. Its current form is as a webcomic on Tapas, though admittedly, it has been a while since I’ve finished a page for output.
Covers are hard. Put that a different way: Good covers are hard. What it comes down to is a sense of unity between the story and the design that is going to entice a reader, new or seasoned, to pick up this book off the shelf, as opposed to those east, west, north or south of it on the wrack, and even more, open it up to see if the carpet really does match the drapes.
Meatwater: The Expert At The Card Table
I have always been fascinated with the design elements of playing cards; the intricately patterned backs, the mysterious, inscrutable faces staring out at us from all the court cards, the legendary Ace of Spades, etc. Using Tally Ho as my reference point, I repurposed the design to introduce readers to the prologue of my magnum opus. The subtitle is taken from perhaps the most famous book on card cheating and sleight of hand ever written, The Expert At The Card Table by. SW Erdnase. The actual book has a huge part to play throughout the whole of the graphic novel.
Hush Ronin #1 (Original Design)
Prior to its current incarnation, Hush Ronin was a lot more politically correct forward slash user friendly. There was some violence, sure, but it was more in line with what readers might expect from an issue of Stan Sakai’s wonderful Usagi Yojimbo. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but in terms of the storytelling, I felt like I was telling more than I was showing, which is bad news for a comic book at any stage. Nonetheless, I am pleased with the design, despite the character’s resemblance to Samurai Jack. I’ve been able to repurpose a lot of the look I developed here for use in another series I’m working on with Michael Derrick entitled, Harakiri Heaven.
This spot illustration was the very piece hat spurred me to change the design and story structure of my entire comic. I had already composed eight pages in a completely different, more colorful and cartoony motif. This drawing changed everything. I think, for the better.
There are some of those ideas that defy being summed up in a single sentence, or even two tightly crafted statements, however well intentioned. Taxman/Founders Day, whichever title this story finally hangs its hat on, is, for better or worse, my open love letter to the ever expanding genre of post-apocalyptic fiction that has given us so many of our modern classics, from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, to Stephen King’s classic fantasy epic, The Stand. Cast upon a similar world stage to that found in Cormac McCarthy’s wonderful novel, The Road, my story concerns itself with re-imagined versions of the American Founding Fathers, specifically John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. In my earliest drafts, these men are clones of their historical namesakes, though in more recent re-imaginings, they are again their own men, though perhaps born a century or two too late to affect the world with the power and influence of their famous ideals. In its current form, the story is seen through the lens of a very young Nathan Hale, who lives in the wasteland remains of North America with his father, an anti-imperialist activist/terrorist. One day, Mr. Hale’s activities get the better of him, and Nathan steps out into his own hero’s journey in search of all the trappings of personal discovery and eventual vengeance. As with many stories in this genre, its appeal is predicated on the notion that the best adventures are not about the destination so much as they are about the journey.