We're excited to announce that our friend Tyler "Tuck" Tucker has joined the OOSA Crew! For the past few years, Tuck has been photographing and videoing the OOSA artists at shows and putting together real quality promotional and marketing materials for us in order to support what Out of Step Arts is doing. We couldn't be more grateful for his knowledge and expertise, and we are super stoked that he's now officially part of the group! Go visit his page in the "Collective" section to see some of his pictures and videos, and be sure to say hello when you see him with us shows like TCAF, Heroes Con, SPX or NYCC this year.
Black Mask Studios just announced that a second volume of Space Riders titled "Galaxy of Brutality" from the creative team of Fabian Rangel Jr. and OOSA artist Alexis Ziritt will be coming soon. Get the "Galaxy of Brutality" giclee print right here while you wait!
Andrew MacLean also announced that not only will Image Comics be collecting the first four quarterly issues of Head Lopper into a single volume later this fall, but that they have picked the series up for another four issues to be published in 2017!
The future is looking bright.
As announced on The Villiage Voice's website, OOSA artist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will be illustrating BOOM! Studios' first ever company crossover event! Rosemary has been working on the Lumberjanes comic for the last few issues, and with her style and talent, she was the perfect choice to provide the art for the Lumberjanes team-up with DC Comic's Gotham Academy. This 6-issue series will be out sometime this June.
From the start, the Guest Artist program for the OOSA Print Shop has brought in unbelievable talent. I've been humbled and honored to work with everyone who's been willing to participate, and this next batch of artists is no different. Of course, you already know that February is John Lee, March is Jen Lee, April is Chris Brunner and May is Dilraj Mann, but the newest artists who will be closing out 2016 will be:
(click on the images to find out more about each artist)
John Lee (johnleedraws.com) is an illustrator and teacher from Memphis, TN who is currently working on his MFA in the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration as Visual Essay program. Coupled with his illustration career really starting to take off with some big clients and the recent Warby Parker book 50 Ways to Lose Your Glasses, John is also becoming know for his discussions in regards to Asian diaspora artists and their experiences with racism, immigration, assimilation, cultural spaces, appropriation, and more. You can read about some of those topics here. In fact, John will be part of the panel discussing illustration’s role in the cultural conversation and the place of the illustrator within it in the Society of Illustrators' "Stories Matter" event later this month. (Moderated by Guest Artist alumnus Richie Pope)
In keeping with the theme, John's print "War Games" is part of an ongoing series about creating Asian American cultural mythology from family stories. This print is a limited timed, numbered release that will only be available for the month of February. The prints will be numbered based on the total number of prints sold during the month. Click below to find out more and to purchase the print.
We just added all of Alexis Ziritt's Space Riders pages to the store. Check out the "Newly Added" section to see everything.
We've added some new art to the store, folks. This includes the left over pieces from the Telegraph Gallery show, Ming Doyle's cover for the new John Constantine Hellblazer TPB How to Play With Fire, and some new variant covers by Chris Visions for Marvel's Star-Lord #3 and Power Man & Iron Fist #1.
To find all of the new and recent stuff, just click on the "Newly Added" category in the menu over on the left.
Sacred Heart by OOSA artist Liz Suburbia was just announced as a winner of a 2016 Alex Award by the American Library Association! Way to go Liz!
Buy your copy of Sacred Heart here:
About the Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.
We've redesigned our website. Now everything is one place under the OUTOFSTEPARTS.COM banner. All of the artist info and OOSA Store options are in the menu on the left. Feel free to click around. There may be a few bugs to work out still, so please let me know if you find something that needs some attention.
Cincy Comic Con - www.cincycomicon.com Heroes Aren's Hard To Find - www.heroesonline.com Telegraph Art & Comics - www.telegraphgallery.com SPX - www.spxpo.com
If you aren't familiar with Rosemary's work yet, you will be soon. She has a superb grasp on design and story telling. Her work is intelligent and heartfelt, ranging from dealing with really dark subject matters to fun pop-culture pinups. It's complex, diverse and interesting. We're are really excited to have her join the OOSA crew, because not only is she super talented with a huge career laid out in front of her, but she's also really enthusiastic about working in comics and illustration.
Oh, and did I mention that she's only 20 and still in art school at MCAD?! I found it really hard to believe after seeing her work, which seems way beyond her years. But like all of the other OOSA artists, it's not the age, the number of years you've had in comics or stories you've had published that matters. It's the talent, the uniqueness, the drive, the potential and the attitude that I look for. Rosemary is a perfect fit and we're lucky to have her as part of the collective.
Punkrock* Jazz is off at the printers, the files have been approved for production and A Wave Blue World is ready to start taking pre-orders! The advantage of pre-ordering is that Toby will sign and sketch copies in the order that they are received. They anticipate beginning to ship them out in early May.
Pre-orders should all go out before Heroes Con on June 19-21, but for anyone going to that show, you may want to wait to get a copy of PUNKROCK* JAZZ directly from the man himself as Toby will be in attendance. Either way, you’ll soon have a copy of this fantastic new art book in your hands so you can spend countless hours pouring over Toby’s breath-taking work!
Punkrock* Jazz: The Art of Toby Cypress is hardcover, full color, 112 pages with 4 3-page gatefolds and 10 removable prints, all of only $25!
Pre-orders come signed with a quick ink sketch by Toby Cypress so be sure you get on the list here: http://awaveblueworld.com/shop/punkrock-jazz-the-art-of-toby-cypress-2/
Around 2009, the Turner Classic Movies channel had an online comics series called "The Lost Scenes" that would accompany the movies they aired on TCM Underground. You know, they showed those campy old horror movies, cult classics, black comedies, etc. The comics were supposed to depict fictional scenes from the film found on the cutting room floor or made up off-camera antics. They had a whole series and Nathan Fox did several for them, as did Peter Bagge, Evan Dorkin and more. For this Vault Sale, we are listing three complete Lost Scene comics from Nathan for the movies Mark of the Vampire, The Terror of Tiny Town and Blood Freak. Each comic will be sold as a set containing the full comic (3 pages each) for one price. The pieces will be available until Friday, March 13th. Appropriate, no? Visit the OOSA Store to buy them before they're gone!
And since you were kind enough to visit the website, here's a little reward just for you! Click here to download a .pdf of Nathan's Lost Scenes comic for Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Dang! We did a lot this year. We brought Nathan Fox and Chris Visions on to the crew, we had a museum exhibit featuring all of the OOSA artists with over 50 pieces of art, released the kaBOOMbox Vol. 1 anthology with Brand New Nostalgia, opened the OOSA Print shop and started the monthly Guest Artist feature, went to some great shows, celebrated our 3rd anniversary, and overall, had a great year. Thanks to you all for sticking around and checking us out. Every purchase, word of support and interaction, whether online or in person at a show, is greatly appreciated.
So what's in store for next year? Well, we're going to continue featuring monthly Guest Artists in the print shop. So in addition to the great guests like Natalie Andrewson, Richie Pope and Jim Rugg we've featured in the past, our upcoming schedule is full of fantastic artists with Ron Wimberly, Heather Mahler, Conor Nolan, Tony Millionaire, Sail, Phil Noto, Brandon Graham, Tula Lotay and Aaron Conley lined up to take us through September of 2015. You can still get Eric Bonhomme's print until the end of December, so don't let it pass you by.
The OOSA artists will be firing on all cylinders next year, too, with everyone having books out from major publishers. Andrew MacLean will have his graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl published by Dark Horse in May, Alexis Ziritt will have his comic Space Riders published by Black Mask Studio with co-creator Fabian Rangel Jr. starting in March, Liz Suburbia will have her debut comic Sacred Heart published by Fantagraphics sometime in the Fall of 2015, Greg Ruth will have INDEH published by Hachette Books, Logan Faerber will be illustrating his first published comic with BOOM! Studios, Paul Maybury will have Valhalla Mad with Image, Toby Cypress will have his art book released, and Chris Visions, Nathan Fox and Ming Doyle will continue to knock out great comics as well. 2015 will definitely be a banner year for OOSA.
As for me, I'll probably hang back a bit. I don't have any plans to add any more artist to the collective. I think OOSA is in a good place right now, so I'm just going to let it do it's thing. I'm mostly looking forward to seeing what the OOSA artists accomplish in the coming year and I hope you'll continue to stick around to see what we're up to.
I really respect Jim Rugg, so it's a real treat that he's doing a print for us as a featured Guest Artist in the OOSA Print Shop. In case you didn't know, Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, the PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation's Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. In short, Jim knows comics and illustration backwards and forwards AND he's a super nice fella' to boot.
Jim's print for the Print Shop is a full color giclee print on 11 x 14 inch archival 265 gsm 100% cotton paper and will be a timed and numbered edition. What does all of that mean? Well, 1) the print will be super nice, and 2) the print edition will only be open during the month of November. After the month ends and the edition closes, the prints will be numbered based on how many were purchased.
The print will be revealed on November 1st when its made available for sale in the OOSA Store, but here is an initial concept sketch (below) to give you an idea of what Jim whipped up. Be sure to follow OOSA on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to get notified when the print goes live.
I have a lot of Nathan Fox's art work. I mean A LOT. Hundreds of pages and illustrations. I've already put up some of the newer work, covers and illustrations that I thought most folks would be interested in, but what about the rest? Well, it's just been sitting in my old flat file and that's no way for art to exist. Nathan and I talked and what we're going to do is offer monthly vault sales. Each month, I'll pull some stuff from the files and list it for sale in the store at a special price to hopefully send it off to a new home. What's left at the end of the month will go back into the vault.
To start things off, I've pulled the remaining pages from Nathan's work on Harley Quinn #31 published by DC Comics. All of the 12x19 inch pages are $150 each with free shipping in the US. Click HERE to see what's available and make a purchase.
If you don't see something that you want this time, come back next month to see what gets listed. Of course, if you are looking for something specific, either from Nathan or any of the other OOSA artists, feel free to contact me via email and inquire about it. And be sure to follow OOSA on Twitter or Tumblr to get the latest announcements, news and updates.
We've started something new here at Out of Step Arts. We are going to be featuring a variety of guest artists in the OOSA Print Shop! Each month, we'll invite a different artist to do a print with us for you all to buy. Some of the artists you might know, and some you might not. That's OK. Good art is good art. They'll be comic artists, illustrators, fine artists, photographers, etc. All of the prints will be first editions and only available in the OOSA shop for one month. So who will we be featuring? Well, folks like Richie Pope, Jim Rugg, Eric Bonhomme, Ron Wimberly, Conor Nolan, Tula Lotay, Sail, and starting everything off, Natalie Andrewson! You can get her print in the Print Shop during the month of September. You also be able to get it directly from the OOSA booth at the Cincy Comic Con (H9-10) and SPX (W44-45).
Go check out more of Natalie's work at her website (www.natalie-andrewson.com) and then be sure to check back here every month to see which artist we'll be featuring next.
So the big news was released at this year's San Diego Comic Con that indie powerhouse publisher Fantagraphics will be publishing Liz's online comic SACRED HEART in its entirety as a 300+ page book. SACRED HEART will join the ranks of other publications such as Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, Los Bros. Hernandez's Love and Rockets, Charles Shulz's Peanuts and a slew of other quality and award winning books. And even though you can read the first part of SACRED HEART online, Liz will be redrawing the entire book from scratch so it's quite an undertaking. You can read this interview on Robot6 to find out more about the book. You can also follow her on instagram, where she posts the occasional art update or process pic like these:
I'm pretty sure you've heard from a bunch of folks already about how great this year's Heroes Con was by now. Well, add my name to the list, too, be cause it was truly excellent! I won't go into too much detail about everything that happened the entire weekend, but here are the highlights. Thursday The OOSA artists were invited to a party at our buddy Terence's house. Not everyone from the group could make it, but we went out there with two cars full of friends. It was a nice way to start the show off. The house was packed, but it was still a more intimate setting than the Westin lobby so you could get around and talk to some folks that you hadn't seen for a while. I also got to introduce the newest OOSA artist, Chris Visions, to some of the other guys. He fit right in, of course, and got along with everyone like they had know each other for years. The food was amazing and the people there were great. Thanks, Terence!
Friday We set up at the show in the same block as Robert Wilson IV, Aaron Conley (who brought JB with him) and Dave Wachter, so we were in good company. Ming and Chris Visions were in seperate sections of the hall, so we didn't get to hang out as much as I would have liked. Things were a little slow for me at the OOSA table, but I know that Friday is the day that people are hitting their priorities and getting on commission lists, so I wasn't too worried. The artists did OK with sales and commissions, though. Aaron Conley was at the table next to me and he was busy most of the day selling copies of his book Sabertooth Swordsman. Alexis sold out of all of his comp copies of The Package, too. Good thing I had more for the rest of the weekend.
That night was the drink and draw, for which Alexis was asked to do a print that they sold to help raise money for Team Cul de Sac. All of the OOSA artists drew at least one or two sketches to donate, as well. I ended up buying one Vanessa R. Del Ray drew. I also got to meet and hang out with her quite a bit during the weekend, so that was cool. Same with Aaron, JB, Scarecrow Oven, Board Inker (and friends) and Jeff Stokely. It's always nice to meet new folks, ya know.
Saturday I got to the convention hall early so I could take some time to look around at the exhibitors, but they weren't letting people in until 9:00. That's only 30 minutes before the 3-day pass holders get in. I don't remember that being the case last year. Maybe there was some sort of security issue with folks walking around unattended booths? I missed my exploration time, but the policy is understandable. Also new for this year was the dj playing music in the main lobby and incense being pumped into the convention hall. The scent was a little strong for my taste, but I get the idea. It was only at first anyway, so no big deal.
Anyway, Saturday was packed at the convention hall! I don't know what the numbers were, but it must have been at least double Friday's attendance. I went up the main lobby around noon and there was still a line of people wanting to get in. Crazy! I also heard the line for Kevin Eastman spanned pretty much the entire con floor. All of these people being present resulted in a much busier day for everyone. I sold a bunch of shirts and books, but no art, which I thought was a little odd. Speaking of books, though, we had our copies of the kaBOOMbox anthology delivered to the show. It turned out reeeeaaally nice. It sold well, too. Fabian Rangel Jr. was sitting at Alexis' table today since they have a project together, so it was great to meet him.
That night, it was Mert's for dinner. I love the food, but I don't think Saturday night during Heroes Con is the time to try to go there. Too busy. The company was good, though. Justin Jordan and Stephen Green joined Paul, Andrew, Erin and I. I had to leave early to get ready for the art auction and Saturday Night Suits, which turned into Saturday Night Sweats before too long and I had to ditch the jacket. There were a few people dressed up, but not because of the SNS. Still, it was nice to see. Although... Rico did wear a nice button up shirt just for the cause, as did Seth. Next year, next year.
The auction was well attended as always. While about all of the OOSA crew donated something, only Ming and Chris' paintings made it to the big show, as did a Nathan Fox SVA screen print he donated via OOSA. The nice thing is that they were positioned right next to three other prominent pieces by Bernie Wrightson, Andrew Robinson and Skottie Young so you couldn't help but notice them. The bids were a little low on our pieces I thought, but that seemed to be the case for a lot of the art. I think the days of the $10,000 bids are over. After that, lots of drinking and socializing plus late night pizza at the Mellow Mushroom. Did you know they're open until 4am?! It's a game changer!
Sunday No incense this morning. That must not have gone over well.
Sunday was another slow day for me. Not quite as slow as Friday, though. I sold my one and only piece of art of the weekend and sold out of The Package. I used the time to get out and see some folks and visit with friends, so it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I had to get home so I missed out on the Dead Dog party, regrettably.
Final Thoughts One really needs to devote 5 days to get the most out of Heroes Con. Come on Thursday and stay until Monday. There is soooo much happening and so many people to catch up with, it's about impossible to do it all in three days.
While I did fine selling shirts and books, I was a little surprised that I didn't sell any of the art (with the exception of the one piece) I had on hand from Nathan, Toby, Greg and Liz. I don't think it had to do with the prices, either. I just think there were so many artist there doing really affordable commissions (like, $80 or less) that the original comic art just wasn't selling. I wonder if that was the case for everyone. I also heard word of grumbles from the exhibitors that their sales were down because everyone seemed more interested in seeing the artists and buying things in artist alley. Not sure if that was actually the case or how prevalent that actually was. I didn't investigate.
I got a bunch of compliments and praise about OOSA and the OOSA artists from a ton of fans and professionals alike. I was really blown away. I've only been doing this for a short time and I'm super proud of the artists I work with, but I didn't know that so many folks were aware of and digging what we're doing. Thanks for the support, everyone!
It was nice to see Charles Vess doing so well at Heroes. He hasn't been to the show for a long while. I think everyone missed him.
It was also good to see my buddy Steve Mannion at the show for the first time. I believe he's now hooked and will come back again next year.
The show is huge! I don't think I saw half of the room. I even shut down an hour early on Friday just so I could go walk around.
Superman "flying" down the convention floor pathways on a skateboard was pretty funny. So was seeing a guy accidentally bonked on the head by a giant mallet as a Harley Quinn cosplayer put it up on her shoulder for a picture.
As always, the show was amazing due to the efforts of Shelton Drum, his staff and the volunteers. Thanks for another wonderful convention!!!!