A short while ago I was approached by the owner of my favorite coffee shop out possibly doing some graphic designs for some t-shirts they were planning on producing for the shop. My immediate answer was absolutely and so began our journey. Fast forward this morning, Black Friday madness and all; management at the coffee shop officially announced that the new t-shirts were on the shelves and available for purchase. Here's their official announcement...
Once upon a time there was an amusement park... and in the tool shed a Church was born... that church grew & would go on to another location and finally rest in Pinewell, where OV Church now resides. The church had a vision to love their community and @coaster.coffee was born. We are pleased to unveil our tribute tee designed by @m_a_carmona a local Ocean View artist. Stop by tomorrow & grab this tee!!! Coaster swag at its best!!! #coasterswag #oceanviewamusementpark #oceanviewnorfolk #visitnorfolkva #belocal#buylocal #giveback #tshirt #newdesign #tees#peopleofcoaster #nonprofit #yourpurchasematters #ovbiz
This was my first design based on the specifications given to me by the owner of the shop, but I also sent them a much more elaborate design that'll (hopefully) be on one of their t-shirts in the near future. So, if you happen to live in or near the Hampton Roads area; make sure to stop by and grab one of these limited edition t-shirts designed by yours truly. -MC
Since today is Thanksgiving Day, as a thank you to all of you that support me and my Truthful Comics family; I want to give you something in appreciation for your support. Here's the fully finished cover art for issue #2 of Project: New Wave. The art is done by your truly and it was colored by the amazing Francisco J. Rivera!!! Btw, Frank is also coloring the interior art for Project: New Wave; so the interior will look as amazing as the cover! We hope you like it and we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Como hoy es el Día de Acción de Gracias, como agradecimiento a todos los que me apoyan a mí y a mi familia de Truthful Comics; Quiero darte algo en agradecimiento por tu apoyo. Aquí está la portada completamente terminada para el número 2 de Project: New Wave. ¡El arte está hecho por ustedes y fue coloreado por el increíble Francisco J. Rivera! Por cierto, Frank también está coloreando el arte interior para Project: New Wave; ¡para que el interior se vea tan increíble como la cubierta! Esperamos que les guste y queremos desearles un feliz Día de Acción de Gracias.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Todd McFarlane & Jon Goff
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander & Todd McFarlane
Letters: Tom Orzechoski
I have to admit that I'm just starting to read Spawn on issue #300 after dropping the book on issue #100 way back when. Back then, I thought the book had reached it's climax with Angela dying, Spawn being able to control his body enough to revert back to his real face (Al Simmons) and killing Malebolgia and becoming the King of Hell; but the main reason was that Greg Capullo was leaving the book after issue #100. So I was ok with dropping the book for good. Heck, I had a 100-issue run that I loved and regularly go back to and read; I don't need any more Spawn stories... or so I thought.
Then, a few months back Spawn #300 hit the shelves; and all of sudden the realization that I hadn't picked up a Spawn book in a few years hit me like a ton of bricks. I had this uncontrollable urge to pick it up that it wasn't even a choice, my mind was already made up; so I did. If you wan to read my thoughts on that book here's the link to my review: Manuel Reviews... Spawn #100. But this time I'm reviewing the subsequent issues #301 and #302.
First off, the story takes us on an entirely new status quo for Spawn; which is risky and refreshing. He's always dealt with his problems (for the most part) by himself, and even when Cog, Angela, Terry, Sam & Twitch helped him out; he accepted their help reluctantly. Now, realizing he's depleted of damn near all of his powers; he comes to the realization that he won't be able to take on this war that's coming by himself. So far I'm in.
Now let's talk about the artwork on this book. On issue #301 we get art from Greg Capullo, Todd McFarlane, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opeña and the regular artist Jason Shawn Alexander. The book is great because it gives you different flavors for different chapters, which helps the story move along and gives each chapter a difference ambience; so far I'm loving it. Things change in issue #302. My problem (if you can call it that) is that the book's regular artist's art is the weakest of the five artists on issue #301, and that's a problem.
Don't get me wrong, it isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination; but when you compare it to McFarlane's or Capullo's art or even Opeña's art; you notice something is not quite on par. I'm guessing Todd sees something in Jason's art that he likes for Spawn and I have to admit, on some pages the art kicks ass; but for the most part to me it looks a bit sloppy. Again, maybe that's why Todd chose him to be the regular artist on the book, maybe I just need to get used to his art; but so far it's been difficult. I'll give him a chance though.
Have you read them? What do you think about Spawn's new direction? Do you like JasonShawn Alexander's art?
It's safe to say that 2019 has been the best year yet for our small indie publishing house but there's not a shadow of a doubt that 2020 will be the best year Truthful Comics... BY FAR! With more than a few projects already in pre-production, we still haven't stopped working and staying on target; as hard as it is sometimes.
As I write these words I'm pleased to announce that today I finished inking issue #3 of Project: New Wave which is a huge win for me personally because it gives me the opportunity to, not only work on issues #4 and possibly #5; but I'll be able to work on at least one short story as well as other side projects that may come up in the near future. So we're ahead of schedule for 2020 and just a few minutes ago my brother, colleague and colorist sent me a sneak peek of what the cover is gonna look like and all I can say is... well... I'll let you be the judge! Get Ready!!!
De seguro puedo decir que el 2019 ha sido el mejor año hasta el momento para nuestra pequeña editorial independiente, pero no hay duda de que 2020 será el mejor año Truthful Comics ... ¡Y POR MUCHO! Con varios proyectos ya en pre-producción, todavía no hemos dejado de trabajar y de mantenernos enfocados en el objetivo; tan difícil como es algunas veces.
Mientras escribo estas palabras me complace anunciar que hoy terminé de entintar el comic #3 de Project: New Wave, lo cual es una gran victoria para mí personalmente porque me da la oportunidad, no solo de trabajar en los comics #4 y posiblemente #5; pero podré trabajar también en al menos una historia corta, así como en otros proyectos que puedan surgir en el futuro cercano. Así que estamos adelantados para 2020 y justo hace unos minutos mi hermano, colega y colorista me envió un vistazo de cómo esta quedando la portada y lo único que puedo decir es... bueno... dejaré que sean ustedes los jueces! ¡¡¡Prepárense!!!
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