Friday, 15 November 2013

Surface Tension - Belated updates

Still beavering away on my graphic novel - "Surface Tension." Here is an updated version of the cover that was added to the Forbidden Planet/Titan comic catalogue. I'm usually just too busy to update my blog, I've never understood where people find the time to keep updating twitter, tumblr, Facebook and blog pages and still keep the work coming. I just need to stay focused and away from social media.
Note - the graphic design and logo are a temporary addition and NOT final.
I'll be attending the "Thought Bubble" comic book convention in Leeds. I'm going to the festival in a none official capacity as we have yet to ramp up on an official publishing date for the books, and I still have to finish my pages. I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and doing a little networking and showing some of my finished pages to friends and colleagues.
Ghostly activity on the island of Breith, as seen in a few teaser panels from "Surface Tension." 
Over the next week I will be doing a little tidying up of my blog and will be binning a few older blog entries and giving the site a new updated look.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Surface Tension - Japan

It has been a fantastic two months of great progress on Surface Tension. The feedback from Titan Books on the latest round of pages has been extremely exciting! As ever I'm always excited to show you more work in progress from the book, but for the moment I can only drip feed information until we are ready to officially promote the book.

So here is a brief look at the events in a Japanese coastal town. What are the people fleeing from, and why is the little girl heading towards the danger and not away from it? Nothing in Surface Tension is as it first seems.

I also have a Jay Gunn Facebook page that is dedicated to Surface Tension. I'll be posting information and snippets of work on that page. Be sure to "like" it in order to receiver updates as I near the launch of the book.

Jay Gunn - Facebook page

Friday, 12 July 2013

Sneaky peak

Due to my lack of recent updates, I thought it would be time to share another sneak peak at "Surface Tension." Here is a zoomed in crop of two beach combers discovering something monstrous has come ashore on the midnight tide!

What could it all mean? Stay tuned.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Keep on drawing

I haven't updated my portfolio blog for a while as I've been too busy. So here goes - a new post! Working on a graphic novel leaves you very little time for other distractions, so trivial things like social networking and watching TV or playing video games have to be put aside - you have to maintain focus and be full of positive energy!  

Work is continuing on Surface Tension at a fair old pace, and is coming more and more into focus on the page. The process of tanslating my script into actual comic pages is something that I am really enjoying, each day brings a new challenge and something new to design. I still have a lot of things to learn but I am super happy with the way things are turning out. I cannot wait to show the finished pages.

Here is just a small mysterious sliver  of a panel from a page - a tiny enigmatic little preview that will  mean nothing at this moment in time but will have greater meaning in September.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

SURFACE TENSION - Titan Books - by Jay Gunn

I can now officially announce that the script that I have been working on for the past year has a title - SURFACE TENSION. I will be writing and drawing this series of thrilling comic books.

Burning the midnight oil, at work at my drawing board.

The book series will be published by Titan Comics, a new 'creator owned' label from Titan Publishing. Titan are a UK publishing/distribution company that also owns the chain of Forbidden Planet high-street stores that has links to the Film, TV, Video Games and Toy industries.
Titan have published many gorgeous high quality books from America, Europe and Japan. Everyone from Katsuhiro Otomo, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Ross have had works published by Titan... and then there is little ol' me. I am very excited to be working with Titan as their team of passionate editors have really embraced the story and have given me a lot of very good editorial support and really want the work to be the best it can be.

I will be creating Surface Tension under my pen name - Jay Gunn.

I cannot say too much about the story or its world yet, other and the fact that the first book will be released in September 2013. There will be more news and announcements as the launch date nears.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Signing contracts

So the day has come that my secret project is to be signed with a publisher. I'm off to sign the paper work later today in London.

It's an exciting day as it means the story that I have been chipping away at for the past year now has an official green light to go into production. I've worked on several iterations of the script treatment (which was an interesting experience) and now all parties are happy and the first episode has been signed off. I am having a lot of fun creating the world for this story and I can't wait to share it with you all

In terms of theme, design and art it is a return to the things I love the best - sci-fi, fantasy and a dash of horror.  

An official announcement is still some time away so I still cannot tell you anything more but stay tuned for more details as they happen.

"All things are connected..."

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

ALIEN - The Original Art Edition

I was only a child at the time of the release of the original Alien and I was super eager to see the movie. 

The reason for this eagerness is due to the Heavy Metal comic book adaptation of Alien. I had stumbled across the book when it had been on display in my local branch of WH Smiths, flicking through its pages I was captivated by the amazing imagery on display - it was like the best ever edition of 2000ad I had ever seen! Also on display was companion book The Book of Alien which was full of photographs of the titular alien and the spaceship designs. I was eventually steered away from the books by a member of staff who then warned me that the books were not intended for young boys of my age and was only for adults. Nothing could have made me want to look at the book more than a warning by an adult especially a comic book; it had become a forbidden treasure.

A year later I found a second hand copy on a market book stall. I pestered my parents to buy the book for me, they had no idea that it was based on a hardcore (for the time) 'X' certificate movie. I soon had the book in my possession and I read it over and over, it made me more desperate to see the film.
I saved my pocket money to buy copies of Starlog and Fantastic Film magazines just so I could look at the photographs and concept artwork from the film.

The Alien comic book with its graphic scenes of gore and adult language soon came to the attention of the public moral guardians. The book was featured on the BBC 'Watchdog' program; a show where disgruntled members of the public complain about what they consider foul in popular culture. All of this just heightened the aura around the book and the film. 

Years later when I saw the movie it did not disappoint - At the age of twelve I had become a ravenous Alien movie fan and Star Wars and Doctor Who were quickly forgotten. I collected anything with the Alien logo on.

The book has been out of print for a good few decades and has now been re-released in two editions by Titan Books - a copy of the book as it was on its original release and the other being an over-sized hardback book known as the 'Original Art Edition.' 

The book is HUGE. I have used the bluray Alien box set as a size comparison.

The Original Art Edition is a reproduction of the actual original Walter Simonson artwork for the Alien comic book. If you are a fan of Alien and original comic art then this book is a must.

 It is a huge book! The photos on this blog do not do justice to the size of the book. The pages have been beautifully printed to reproduce the exact size and detail of the original art boards (with the print boundaries trimmed). Here we have the original artwork reproduced - warts and all, it is the nearest thing to owning the actual original artwork. Luckily for us Simonson kept all of his original Alien art boards, it is common practise for artist to sell their original pages to supplement their meagre income. You get to see the corrections, pencil lines and even coffee stains that make up the original art - it is a fascinating process that you would not normally get to see.

At the back of the book is the original comic book script by Archie Goodwin (based on an early draft of the movie script complete with deleted scenes) and an interview with the artist who talks about the process of putting the book together. There are also some very interesting 'try out' pages that Simonson submitted in order to get the job of working on the book. These behind the scenes pages show us what the artist imagined what the film might look like with no reference photographs and only extracts of script to work from.

A beautiful book from Titan and highly recommended for all fans of graphic art and the Alien movie.