Q:So after the last issue of The Midas Flesh comes a Joey/Fatima romance series, right?
Preview of The Midas Flesh #7 (of eight!) that’s out TODAY in your local comic shop or digitally right here on Comixology! Out from Boom! Box and Team Midas Ryan North, Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline.
I think you’re going to be happy to be asking yourself: HOW ARE JOEY, FATIMA and COOPER GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS ONE? Just don’t ask us, because we’re terrible liars.
Dave and Raina are celebrated members of the comics community, dedicated to producing quality stories for readers of all ages. Dave’s comics include Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat, and currently, the webcomic Starbunny Inc. Raina’s comics include her award-winning graphic memoir Smile, Drama, and The Babysitter’s Club graphic novel adaptations. They have also collaborated on anthology stories in Explorer: Lost Islands, and the recently released COMIC SQUAD: Recess.
Raina’s new book, Sisters - a sequel to Smile - is debuting in August and will be brand new at MICE 2014!
Midas Flesh #6 comes out today! And you can get it with a special variant cover by your favourite and mine, David Malki! In these issue:
- we see a non-gold planet for the first time! We just did!
- SPACE BATTLES!
- AN UNWILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE!!
You can read a the first few pages here! And you can pick up the comic:
This issue is a big one, too. It’s an eight-issue miniseries so ALL the issues left are big ones, actually! :0
Midas Flesh #6 (two issues left after this one!) comes out next Wednesday, May 28th! And we’re six issues in and we’ve just now got a scene set in a living, non-gold city. LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS CITY.
It’ll suck to have to wait a week to read the comic, but the good news is, you can read a six-page preview right here!
Today my gift to you is MORE COMICS YOU CAN READ RIGHT NOW FOR FREE
My brother and I talk about comics. Give us a listen.
Just listened to this whole thing! A brother and sister talk about Midas Flesh: what they like, what themes they see, and most interesting to ME, what they think is going to happen next!
SPOILER WARNING: if you haven’t read all the issues out yet (Issue 5), this will be full of spoilers. But if you have, you’ve got a really interesting discussion to look forward to!
I can tell you that one prediction they make IS correct: big things ARE going to happen in the last three issues :o
So charming, right?
Source: kattekoor / i-and-also-i
MICE is pleased to welcome some very special people to our fifth annual show as guests:
Emily Carroll - Best known for her spooky, surreal web comics like His Face All Red and Out of Skin. These stories and more will be collected into her first book Through the Woods published by Margaret K McElderry Books in July 2014.
James Kochalka - Vermont’s first Cartoonist Laureate and celebrated creator ofAmerican Elf. His recent works include Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza for young readers and Superf*ckers cartoon for not-so young viewers.
Paul Hornschemeier - NYT Bestselling cartoonist, animator for IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, and a recent addition to Boston’s comics community. His works include the graphic novels Life With Mr. Dangerous and Three Paradoxes, and the YouTube series Forlorn Funnies.
All these cartoonists will have new books available in time for our show! You’ll find the creators showcasing their work in the exhibition halls and panel discussions, and generally walking amongst us as though they were mere mortals.
Stay tuned for more guest announcements, coming soon!
Emerald City Comic Con 2014 was so great! Met some awesome people, like Katcakes (seen above with an astounded Shelli) who came in costume as Queen Bubblegum (battle mode) from issue 8 of the Adventure Time Comic!
Also, here’s a few commissions I did over the weekend. (Apologies for color and skewing weirdness due to close-quarters photography.) I may do more like these in the future - taking my time on just a handful of drawings per day. More satisfying for me, and also hopefully for you folks who get them.
Next stop, MeCAF: May 18 in Portland, ME.
Cosplay an Adventure Time comic character design and you will see this face.
Two Years of Teamwork!
Braden and I thought a lot about one particular question posed by Caleb Goellner in the “Adventure Time #25...” interview on Comics Alliance. I’m going to leave this here, ironically on Valentines Day, in case anyone is thinking about collaborating on comics (and I hope you consider it!) with a friend, team or romantic partner.
Comics Alliance: As a guy who has been married to a creative person for several years himself, I must ask. How do you handle inevitable deadline-related stresses and/or squabbles as a collaborating couple? Since you are still relative newlyweds, feel free to lie and say you never argue.
We’ve learned a lot, working together on this series for so long. And since we’ve noticed more people collaborating on art as a team, we’d like to offer these folks some advice for keeping the workflow and the relationship healthy.
- First, Make sure everyone’s on the same page before starting the project. We’ve resolved a lot of our chronic problems by collaborating on layouts (similar to thumbnails) at the outset, so there’s no surprises when a deadline is breathing down our necks.
- We also find it’s beneficial to frankly say what aspects of the page or elements are important to you, and giving each other a few veto votes — for instance Shelli is particular when it comes to consistent character designs and Braden often pushes to incorporate more elements into a panel to reinforce the scene or the action.
- When you’re working with people who have different strengths (i.e. human beings), recognize your own strengths, as well as your weaknesses. And be proud of your partner’s strengths, and allow them to be the authority on that skill. Putting your ego aside allows for a speedier workflow. This one of the reasons we started working together, because we’re already honest with each other as a couple.
- Always be willing to change the way you work if you’re working as a team, for the sake of the project. We believe we make good comics because of the thought that goes into every page, and our shared commitment to good, clear, and inventive visual storytelling. The way we work together means that not only are our voices are equally matched, but they sound good together.
- Collaborating closely on a creative project is not for everyone, but if you’re coming up in comics, you might consider working that way for the benefits of involving two creative minds. If you do, start early, as it can take a while to get used to. And yes, stress will find its way in, especially when deadlines loom. Manage stress, notice your partner’s stress and address it. Over all, respect the person you’re working with, whether you’re married to them or not.
And for the record, we never argue. We just have IDEA BATTLES.
Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline and I enjoyed working on the Adventure Time comic so much that we decided to do another comic! It’s about King Midas! IN SPACE.
What would happen if King Midas got his wish, in a world where things behaved logically? Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold: that includes his food. His clothes. The planet itself. The atmosphere.
Thousands of years after Midas made his terrible wish, the crew of the starship Prospect arrive at a legendary planet made of gold, in search of a weapon that can help them win a war against the terrible Federation: the Midas Flesh. One piece of it can destroy a world in an instant. It should be the ultimate weapon. It should be exactly what they need.
They should be careful what they wish for.
Issue 2 is out TODAY, and you can pick up issue 1 at the same time too! It is fun and exciting and INSANE and also features a dinosaur in a space suit because obviously it would do that. Also it has covers by John Keogh and Aaron Diaz!
You can find The Midas Flesh at your local comic book store, online, or digitally! Check it out, I think you will find it PRETTY RAD! You can read a preview of issue one here, and here’s the first nine pages of issue two too!
Look at the pretty pictures!