Thursday, May 28, 2015

APPEARING THIS WEEKEND AT ART GALLERY OF WINDSOR

Between the Panels: The Comics Art of David Collier, David Finch, Jeff Lemire, and Kagan McLeod

May 30 – September 20, 2015
The world of comics and the sphere of the gallery may sometimes seem like parallel universes, with different languages, customs, and worldviews. However, every avid reader of comics knows that place and time are infinitely porous. Harvey Pekar, author of the comics series American Splendor, was fond of saying, “Comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.”[i] In the myriad ways that comics can be used to tell stories and represent creators’ visions of worlds both near and far, fantastic and mundane, they model how we understand our own world in all of its diversity, waywardness, force, and beauty. While the everyday seems increasingly saturated with information, reading comics recovers the individual pleasure of making meaning between picture and text, panels and gutters, between what is told and what is understood.
Between the Panels: The Comics Art of David Collier, David Finch, Jeff Lemire and Kagan McLeodpresents work by four noted Canadian artists, all of whom were born or have lived in Windsor and Essex County. Each is prominent in the diverse, international field of contemporary comics. Their work demonstrates collectively the range, ingenuity, flexibility, and public reach of the 21st century comics form. While all four artists have carved out substantial careers in comics, their styles, experiences, venues for publication, and artistic processes differ widely from each other and serve as examples of the various kinds of art and graphic storytelling strategies employed in the comics medium. This exhibition of four lead artists from southwestern Ontario, brings together a selection of 68 compelling sketches, drawings and works on paper, many bearing marks or features concealed when the works are published for mass audiences. Between the Panels offer insights into the artists’ processes as well as the stages by which their works journey into print and into our hands.
[i] Witek, Joseph. Comic Books as History: The Narrative Art of Jack Jackson, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 1989, 121.
This exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Dale Jacobs, Associate Professor, English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing and Dr. C. Suzanne Matheson, Associate Professor, English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing, University of Windsor, with the assistance of their students from Writing about the Arts.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Essex County Cover Art Being Auctioned for Shannen Kootstachin Monument


























I am currently auctioning this brand new original artwork from the upcoming deluxe edition of ESSEX COUNTY.

The artwork will be used as a limited edition plate on a signed and numbered edition of Essex County and the original artwork is 15 x 20 inches.

ALL PROCEEDS from the sale will go to support the SHANNEN KOOTSTACHIN MONUMENT https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shannen-koostachin-monument

Shannen was one of the inspirations of drew from to create the EQUINOX character in my Justice League United comics, but she means so much more to so many people.

Bidding starts at $500 and ends in 7 days.

BID HERE, it's for a good cause! http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Jeff-Lemire-Essex-County-Original-Cover-Art-/271871318019?

Monday, April 20, 2015

BLACK HAMMER POSTPONED

Black Hammer has been a labor of love for me. It's a project that I've been working on, in various forms, for seven years. And as excited as I am to share it, sometimes life gets in the way of comics.

On March 26, my amazing collaborator, Dean Ormston suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the left side of his brain which has effected his whole right side. Dean is now at home and recovering. 

As a result we have decided to post-pone the launch of Black Hammer until Dean is able to work regularly again. I'd like to thank all the fans and retailers for their patience and understanding as Dean recovers and promise that Black Hammer will be worth the wait! The important thing now is Dean's health, and making sure he has the time he needs to make a full recovery.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Limited Edition DESCENDER Print debuts at Emerald City Comicon!



I will be attending Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, WA this week. My table is located at Y-05 and I'll be sitting with my DESCENDER collaborator DUSTIN NGUYEN and my PLUTONA collaborator, EMI LENOX.

We will be selling and signing brand new, Limited Edition DESCENDER and PLUTONA prints at the show as well as DESCENDER buttons.

The DESCENDER PRINT (above) is a unique collaboration featuring art by both Dustin and myself and is limited to 500 copies.

The limited SEAN GORDON MURPHY ECCC EXCLUSIVE DESCENDER #1 Cover will also be for sale at the IMAGE COMICS BOOTH

When I'm not a Y-05, here's where you can find me:

Friday, March 27

1 - 2 pm Signing IMAGE BOOTH 

2-3pm: Signing VALIANT BOOTH

6:30– 7:30 p.m: DARK HORSE CREATOR-OWNED PANEL Hall D

Saturday March 28

12p-1p: Signing VALIANT BOOTH

5 - 6 p.m: Signing IMAGE BOOTH 

Sunday March 29

1:00pm DARK HORSE SIGNING.


2:30-3:30: IMAGE STORYTELLING PANEL

Monday, March 16, 2015

BLACK HAMMER IS COMING! ORDER NOW!



The extra-sized first issue my next creator-owned series BLACK HAMMER featuring art by DEAN ORMSTON (Lucifer), Colors by DAVE STEWART (Hellboy) and Letters by the legendary TODD KLIEN (Sandman) will be released in June! Make sure to ask your local comic book retailer to pre-order you a copy! 

I will also be providing variant covers for the first 6 issues, coloured by Dave Stewart...








HEROES NEVER DIE—THEY JUST GET RETCONNED!
Black Hammer #1
Jeff Lemire (W/Variant cover), Dean Ormston (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale June 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City—Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien—now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!
• From the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Descender, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth)!
• Amazingly realized by Dean Ormston (Lucifer, 2000 AD) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy)!
• Extra-long first issue—26 story pages!
New from Jeff Lemire!
"With Lemire, readers know they’re always going to get a tight story with spot-on dialogue."—USA Today

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DESCENDER #1 FAST-TRACKED TO SECOND PRINTING

LEMIRE AND NGUYEN’S DESCENDER
FAST-TRACKED TO SECOND PRINTING
New science-fiction series launches to critical acclaim


“Gorgeous.” —Vulture.com
“The best new comic book of 2015.” —Vox.com
“Your new sci-fi obsession is here, and its name is Descender…”
Entertainment Weekly

Writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet ToothHawkeye) and artist Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li'l Gotham) take the comics scene by storm with the launch of DESCENDER #1—already optioned for film before even hitting the shelves—and an outpouring of advance praise. In order to keep up with customer demand, Image Comics is pleased to announce a second printing of DESCENDER #1.

DESCENDER follows one young robot's struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera.

DESCENDER #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

DESCENDER #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JAN158232), arrives in stores on April 1.

DESCENDER #2 (Diamond Code FEB150601) will arrive in stores on April 8.

More praise for DESCENDER:
“Your new sci-fi obsession is here, and its name is Descender… a gorgeous, moody story about a future where a lonely robot boy searches for a home in a galaxy that hates and fears him.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Jeff Lemire has dreamt up an emotional, imaginative new universe, lavishly brought to life by the great Dustin Nguyen. I can't wait to see where they take TIM-21 next." —Brian K. Vaughan

“The best new comic book of 2015.” —Vox.com

 "Lemire and Nguyen just pulled the curtain back on the medium's new best science fiction heartbreaker." —Matt Kindt

“Between Lemire's penchant for building sweeping yet personal stories and Nguyen's gorgeous, painterly art, the book is stunning to behold.”
Comic Book Resources

“Epic, intelligent, and full of heart.” —Comics Alliance

“Gorgeous.” —Vulture.com

“An epic sci-fi tale with a huge heart.” —Scott Snyder

“Remarkable…. Descender #1 truly takes you on a journey that’s so gripping, you’ll be begging for more..” —Bleeding Cool

“Exciting.” —The Los Angeles Times’ “HeroComplex”

“ ​Jeff Lemire has a real talent for ​drawing me into cold, alien worlds that I'd never dream I'd care about and then having me not want to leave them.” —Mark Waid

“The craft on display in this first issue of Descender is tour-de-force stuff.”
—Greg Rucka

Descender by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen is hauntingly beautiful sci-fi that manages to be both epic and powerfully intimate. Masterfully done.” —Jason Aaron

"What a beautiful, beautiful book. Descender is worth buying for the artwork alone, so it's almost a bonus that it tells such a compelling story about the future of humanity in a universe filled with terrors (planet-sized killer robots, for one). I can't wait to see where it goes." —Charles Soule

“A beautiful cosmic opera and nuanced think piece, balancing the fear of the unknown with the spirit of adventure. Driven by the gorgeous visuals of artist Dustin Nguyen, Descender is a book on the rise.” —IGN

“I love Jeff Lemire. I love Dustin Nguyen. But believe me when I say Descender #1 is the best I've seen from both. This is a 5 star book!” —Mark Millar

“Like the best sci-fi, Lemire’s script transcends the fantastic to dissect such universal issues as fear, acceptance and hope… From the same scribe behind such reflective graphic novel touchstones as the Essex County trilogy, The Underwater Welder and Trillium, we’d expect no less.” —PASTE Magazine 

“Bloody hell, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's Descender looks fantastic... “
—Declan Shalvey

Friday, February 20, 2015

BLOODSHOT REBORN TRAILER DEBUTS

As we edge closer and closer to the series' debut, CBR presents the exclusive premiere of Valiant Entertainment's video trailer for Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan's "Bloodshot: Reborn."
"[A]t the end of 'The Valiant,' something very dramatic happens to Bloodshot. It completely and utterly alters his life, and everything we know and everything we've ever seen of Bloodshot is really turned inside out" Lemire told CBR when the series was first announced. "I can honestly say that I've read every Bloodshot comic published now, and this Bloodshot story is unlike any that's every been published."
"[I]t's tremendous. It really is a masterpiece," Valiant CEO/CCO Dinesh Shamdansi told CBR News of the creative team's new take on the classic character, while Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons describes the book as "all new, and it's all innovative, and it's all f***ing amazing."
"Bloodshot: Reborn" debuts April 15.