Monday, 19 March 2012

A Color-Drenched Cover.

And here is El Bigote, for the first time drenched in ghoulish color (courtesy of Matthew Soffe). How can someone possibly see this on the comics rack and pass A Tequila-Drenched Reckoning up?

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Final Pinup.

El Bigote letterer Bolt-01 is no slouch when it comes to the art-quills - here's his pinup of a somewhat melancholy El Bigote, which will appear on the back interior cover of 'A Tequila-Drenched Reckoning'.


Although Bolt's official position on the El Bigote team is that of "letterer", he deserves as much (or more) credit for the comic as anyone else - myself and artist El Chivo included. Without his wealth of industry knowledge (he manages and edits four titles of his own, under the FutureQuake banner), Chi and I would probably be creating El Bigote solely 'for fun'; Bolt was the first person to give the project a real vote of confidence, and has since gone on to act as advisor and editor, design all the logos and interior blurb pages and assist in preparing the comic for print (news on that veeerrry soon).

To put it poetically, Bolt is to the El Bigote team what the Undead Ostrich is to El Bigote (ha ha).

Cheers, Bolt!

Monday, 5 March 2012

A Sneak Peek at El Bigote - in Color!

Not too long ago, I posted the inks and tones for the 'A Tequila-Drenched Reckoning' cover here. Now, have a glimpse of El Bigote - in glorious color!

Matt Soffe talks a bit about coloring the cover on his blog:

"One of several projects I'm juggling at the moment, here is a teaser of the cover art for the forthcoming independent comic 'El Bigote', which is written and drawn by my good friends Matt McLaughlin & El Chivo respectively. El Bigote takes place in the mexican afterlife, and from what I've seen so far features all manner of insane characters, shoot-outs and shenanigans.

El Chivo pencilled this magnificent wraparound cover and I was asked to ink the sucker. Now, inking other people's work is not something I have a lot of experience with, so that in itself was reason enough to say yes. Add in the fact that El Chivo's art is pretty flippin' dynamic and full of humour and menace, plus Matt's a great up-and-coming writer with a gift for memorable characters and I was sold.On top of inks, I'm now part-way through colouring the cover, and have also agreed to take on the mantle of ongoing inker for the next batch of actual comic pages. It never hurts to broaden your arsenal does it? (is that even a phrase?)"