Roman Dirge to Cover Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2

dirgeI am thrilled to announce that my longtime friend, Roman Dirge, is providing a cover for the Kickstarter-exclusive printed edition of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2!

I don’t often tell the story of how I became friends with this brilliant creator and artist, but I would like to share it with you here because it is such an uncommon story.  Especially in the comic industry.

jim reaperBack in 2006 my black humor comic, Jim Reaper: Week One, was released by the now-defunct publisher, Silent Devil Productions. Around that same time I discovered the brilliant comic from Slave Labor Graphics called Lenore. Of course, I recognized the title immediately as an homage to Edgar Allan Poe, so I picked it up from my local comic shop. What I found inside was gorgeous art and spot-on comedic genius. I was an instant fan. As I said, Silent Devil had released Jim Reaper–which has a similar tone to Lenore–so I decided to contact Dirge, send a digital copy of Jim Reaper: Week One to him, and ask if there was any possibility that artist Mathieu Benoit and I could make a Lenore meets Jim Reaper strip for a future issue of Lenore. To my surprise, Dirge loved my comic and agreed to it right away. This was at the end of 2006.

Fast forward to early 2007. Dirge was busy in the animation field (including writing Invader ZIM with his buddy, Jhonen Vasquez) and artist Mathieu Benoit I had created the Jim Reaper spin-off, Lil’ Hellions: A Day at the Zoo, which was also published by Silent Devil Productions. In addition, I was embroiled in several comic and webcomic projects, including a little webcomic titled “The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo.” In other words, Dirge and I were both extremely busy doing other things. Mathieu and I had completed the Lenore meets Jim Reaper strip several months earlier, but it was just sitting in a folder on my computer. It had basically been forgotten. Or so I thought.

lenore_13In June of 2007, however, I saw Dirge post an update on his Facebook page that basically said, “Hey, who is the guy I promised a strip in the next issue of Lenore? I need the strip ASAP.” Of course, I quickly responded, and Lenore Meets Jim Reaper was published the next month in Lenore #13.

Since then, Dirge and I have both been extremely busy, but we’ve managed to stay in touch. I’ve never told him how much I appreciate him and the fact that he kept his word. Over the course of my decade+ in the comics industry I’ve been promised lots of things by a lot of people and been left holding the bag more times than I’d care to admit. But not by Dirge. And for that, I will always be one of his biggest fans.

So there you have it, folks. My ode to Roman Dirge. That’s why I am absolutely over the moon that he is illustrating the cover for The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #2. He’s a super talented guy, yes, but he’s also a man of integrity, and a friend that I value very much.

-Dwight

 

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Happy Poe Wednesday!

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Good morning, my friends! It’s Wednesday once again, so that could only mean one thing…

Celebrate arguably the greatest American author, Edgar Allan Poe, with this sensational new page of Terra Somnium by myself, Louise Fitzpatrick, and Marco Della Verde!

READ IT HERE! 

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It’s Poe Wednesday!

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Happy Poe Wednesday, my friends! Every Wednesday we will be posting a new page of the prequel to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, Terra Somnium, on Line Webtoon! So please go check it out, like it, subscribe, and share! And, hey, if you enjoy what me and artist Louise Fitzpatrick are doing, please become a patron and help us to continue making it!

READ TERRA SOMNIUM HERE! 

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Emmy Nominated Director David Hartman Joins Hocus Pocus Comics!

Emmy Award nominated Director, David Hartman (Transformers Prime, Phantasm 5: Ravager), has joined the collective publishing group, Hocus Pocus Comics, as Production Consultant. In his new role, Hartman will advise and consult MacPherson on all of Hocus Pocus Comics’ projects as well as the TV/Film/Animation licensing and option deals for the comic publishing company. David and Dwight L. MacPherson, Founder and President of Hocus Pocus Comics, have been friends for more than 10 years, and MacPherson is thrilled to have his friend onboard in this important capacity.  They look forward to developing HP Comics’ properties together in the future.

David Hartman is a 19-year veteran of television animation, the multi-talented Hartman has worked as an Emmy Award-nominated director, producer, illustrator and character designer throughout his career. Hartman’s directorial credits include the live-action horror film  “PHANTASM 5: RAVAGER” and animated series “TRANSFORMERS PRIME”, “My Friends Tigger & Pooh”, “Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles”, “Astro Boy”, “Jackie Chan Adventures”, “Godzilla” and many more. Additionally, Hartman directed two animated music videos for rock musician Rob Zombie. Hartman’s other credits include visual effects supervisor for the cult film “Bubba Ho-Tep”, animator and vfx artist for “John Dies at the End” and production consultant for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series. In addition to his television animation work, Hartman is an award winning illustrator whose artwork graces numerous comic books, magazines and music albums covers. For more information on David Hartman: www.sideshowmonkey.com.

On Hocus Pocus Comics’ mission, MacPherson says, “I believe that telling incredible stories is fundamental to a successful publishing company. We believe that good stories are magical, and we will do everything in our power to conjure some truly unforgettable magic.”  To that end, MacPherson has put together several stellar teams working on projects of several different genres. Hocus Pocus Comics’ motto is Imaginatio est Magicae (Imagination is Magic). Their goal is to create the future’s myths and legends, one comic at a time. For more information on HP Comics: www.hpcomics.net.

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SIDEWISE Commentary Page 46 (Thursday, June 24th)

Welcome Back

As promised, here is the weekly commentary page.

It’s been a crazy week–again. Lots of cool projects on the horizon. One of them involves video game designer American McGee. Yes, as in American McGee’s Alice.

More information to come very soon. It’s exciting news, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

SIDEWISE Videos

Check out these amazing stage-by-stage videos created by SIDEWISE artist Igor Noronha.

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Looks like Conrad and part of Tesla’s team are in a heap of trouble. Will Tesla arrive too late?

Stay tuned, Lords and Ladies. You do not want to miss the sensational final act of SIDEWISE Season 1.

Back to Work in 3, 2…

I need to get back to work, but I appreciate you stopping by. Please continue to spread the word about SIDEWISE as we prepare to pitch Season 2. We need your help to ensure that we get to continue the story.

Until next week…