Hey, want to hear me on a podcast? I was interviewed by James Ferguson on Funny Book Splatter and we talk about Casefile: Arkham vol. 2, the craft of doing comics, old time radio, and lots of other things. Check it out!
And speaking of Casefile... We're hitting the home stretch! I've got 95 pages in the can and we can see the finish line. Looks like our August delivery date is looking really good. Check out some pages here:
Also, in a completely different vein, don't forget that my volume of the three issues I did of "Lost in Space: the Lost Adventures" is available in book and digital format. www.comixology.com/Irwin-Allen…
Stay in touch! I love to hear from you. Yes, you!
- Listening to: "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast"
- Reading: "Story" by Robert McKee
- Watching: Fargo season 3
- Drinking: Coke Zero
In case you are new to my stuff, here's a DA gallery with lots of pages from the book, so you know what you're getting into...
And if you feel like owning a copy of your very own, here's where to buy one!
Thank you in advance for your votes! Let's see if we can get our labor of love an award, and possibly a little more publicity.
- Listening to: "How did this get made" podcast
- Drinking: Coke Zero
Our second CASEFILE: ARKHAM graphic novel, entitled "Her Blood Runs Cold" has been funded, so if you want to get in on a great book that will definitely get to you with a quality story and package, time is running out!
FIRST... Here's the link: kck.st/2bDFlN1
"Casefile: Arkham" follows the story of Hank Flynn, P.I., working the strange cases of Arkham Massachusetts in the post-WWII era. Along with his girlfriend (Glynda, a witch of the VERY old religions) he investigates the strange, dangerous and disturbing underbelly of H.P. Lovecraft's world, told from in the style Detective Noir fiction, with stylish black & white art - by me!
If any of those things are your jam, you WILL love this, I guarantee. But if you want to see some of the art from the previous volume, and some pages from the upcoming book, check them out here on my Casefile: Arkham gallery: patrickmcevoy.deviantart.com/g…
You might have seen a few of the pin-ups I've been posting recently. First THANKS for all the great feedback on those. Prints of these characters from the book are available on our Kickstarter -- ANY PACKAGE of the "Dames of Arkham" level ($45) OR ABOVE will receive ALL pin-up prints along with all the other items in that package. Amazing but true! And there will now be at least FIVE pinups for the same price, thanks to help from our fans in reaching stretch goals.
Please take a look at the campaign soon. You can even order the FIRST book through there too, along with pre-ordering the second. It's a total win! kck.st/2bDFlN1
Thanks, and may the Old Ones be with you...
- Listening to: ELP Playlist, RIP Keith Emerson
- Drinking: IPA
The new volume is titled "Her Blood Runs Cold", and it's the second installment in the stories of Hank Flynn, P.I.! The first volume in the "Casefile: Arkham" series had great reviews, like these:
"I can’t say enough good things about this book. The story is good, the characters are deep and realistic and the art is beautiful. Casefile: Arkham is a work of art and a good example of how art and great storytelling can be combined to make the perfect graphic novel." – HorrorAddicts.net
"This is the good stuff, folks. Fans of Lovecraft will love this. Fans of tough PI mysteries will love this. Fans of both, like me, will go crazy for it." –Hellnotes
"..this book is a tonal achievement the likes of which is staggering, especially when you consider the elegant simplicity and relative ease with which creators Josh Finny and Patrick McEvoy find the overlap between the dark, rain-soaked alleys of Noir and the darker, blood-streaked monoliths of Lovecraft." – Joup Magazine
"The usage of Lovecratian monsters/ghouls is neither underplayed nor overplayed. They’re given fantastic build-up that when the big climax happens it’s extra effective. In a story like this, a careful balance between showing and not showing them is the goal, and it’s certainly achieved." – UnleashTheFanboy.com
"One of the top 10 books I’ve read for 2015." – Cory Strode, Kray Z Comics and Stories
"An enthralling visual experience that incorporates several elements of the Lovecraft story and evolves into its own fascinating tale of noir macabre." – Fanbase Press
"Casefile: Arkham blends the best of old school noir with mind-bending horror. It’s the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup effect. Two great tastes that taste great together. If that doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will." – HorrorTalk
We're really excited about the new story. You can see the cover, and several interior pages, on the Kickstarter page, along with some really cool incentive items that I know you'll be thrilled and horrified by.
Check it out today! kck.st/2bDFlN1
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
- Listening to: Playlist of Russian composers
How have you been? All right, enough about you. MY TURN!
LOST IN SPACE
So, I've been doing covers and coloring for the "Lost in Space" comic book series from American Gothic Press, issues 1 - 3. Now, for issues 4 - 6, I'll be doing ALL the art for the next arc, entitled "Malice in Wonderland". AGP has posted a sneak peek at some of the panels from the first book HERE: americangothicpress.com/2016/0…
I will be at the San Diego Comic-Con this year!
You can find me at the Mysterious Galaxy booth on Thursday afternoon promoting my 01Publishing books "Casefile: Arkham" and "World War Kaiju", along their prose anthology "Whispers from the Abyss II", which I did the cover for. Stop by and buy things or just say hi! That's Thursday, 4:00 PM at booth 1119.
AND I'll be at the American Gothic Press booth some times Thursday and Friday to promote Lost in Space! I don't know the times yet but I'll post them as I know. Also, I'll be on the American Gothic Press panel on Friday. Awesome!
Next, I'll be a special guest at Alien Con in Santa Clara, CA 10/28 - 10-30. More details as they become available, but I will be on a "Lost in Space" panel with a couple of cast members from the original series. Cool, huh?
CASEFILE: ARKHAM II
That's right! "Casefile: Arkham", the super well-received graphic novel I did with author Josh Finney, will be getting a sequel. IF we can get funded on Kickstarter. More news to come, but just tuck the idea in your brain that this kickstarter will be running soon, so keep your eyes on THIS SPACE, because I'll be promoting it starting in a few weeks.
Want to find out more about it? Start HERE: casefilearkham.com
That's all for now. As always, leave a message if you have any questions or comments. I love to communicate!
- Listening to: Playlist of Russian composers
Or in other words, welcome to a brief update on what's going on with my stuff.
CASEFILE: ARKHAM news!
The physical book is ALMOST here - it's being shipped even as I write these words, and should arrive on our shores by the end of 2015. And right now YOU can pre-order a copy at a new venue for us: Discount Comic Book Service! As their name implies, they have comics at a discount! And the pre-order discount for C:A is not only big, but you also get a free Arkham bookmark. How can you pass it up? How?
Here's the link!
WORLD WAR KAIJU news!
And remember World War Kaiju? The cold-war/giant-monster full-color graphic novel I did last year with writer Josh Finney? Well first, we are in preparation to get going on the second volume, and there are lots of great ideas in store. But in the meantime, the digital version WWK is now available on COMIXOLOGY, which is pretty cool, at the extremely popular price of $7.99.
You can get it here:
I've been updating my home site, megaflowgraphics.com, and you should run over to see my new SALES section! Order prints, commissions, original art and more with my new fun-to-browse store pages.
Check it out right here:
That's it for now. Have a groovy holiday season and I'll talk to you again soon.
- Listening to: vintage Philip Marlow radio shows
- Eating: Chicken Biryani
Those of you who backed the Kickstarter at the $10 level or above, you have already received regular posts of the chapters as they've completed,now the final chapters are available - just check your email for a link! For everyone else, e-book editions are rolling out as we speak, and we've sent it out for physical printing as soon as possible so we can get the hard copy out to both backers and the anxiously-awaiting public. (You ARE anxious, right?)
I learned a lot on this journey, about storytelling, drawing, and mostly the art of black-and-white line work. I mean, I knew how to draw and ink, but this was an intense lesson is how to REALLY do it under fire, how to loosen my line while also getting more detailed, how to spot black areas with authority, and also how to use and become comfortable with Manga Studio. What an adventure!
Kindel edition is AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon! Enjoy! www.amazon.com/Casefile-ARKHAM…
For a version you can look at without a Kindle, try the PDF on Drive Thru Comics: www.drivethrucomics.com/produc…
The best pre-order price for the print copy is at TARGET.COM . Wow, it's an AMAZING low price! Order before it goes up - right now it's over $6 less than Amazon: www.target.com/p/casefile-arkh…
Or, if you just like ordering from Amazon better, here it is... www.amazon.com/Casefile-ARKHAM…
And if you haven't yet seen all my sample pages here on DA, there's no time like the present to start, don't'cha think? - patrickmcevoy.deviantart.com/g…
SPECIAL REQUEST TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS - If you've read your PDF copy and enjoyed it, it would be great if you could go to Amazon and leave a review. www.amazon.com/Casefile-ARKHAM…
- Listening to: Dixie Dregs
- Eating: Chicken Biryani
First of all, since the Casefile: Arkham kickstarter successfully completed, I've been hard at work along with Josh-Finney getting pages out for our graphic novel, to be published by 01Publishing . I'm already about 28 pages into it, and it's feeling great. If you haven't taken a peek yet, here's a gallery with C:A pages, concept art, and more here in my DA gallery. I will be putting more pages in soon, and continuing to update it now and again. I wouldn't want you to get bored, would I? No. I most certainly would not.
For those of you who have been following my work on World War Kaiju (Now available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback editions), you may be interested to know that we will be starting work on the next volume as soon as we're done with the first volume of Casefile: Arkham. So keep watching for updates on the new WWK kickstarter as soon as we start work on it. Yay!
In Podcast news, NINJA MOUNTAIN just recorded a new episode. That's the podcast I do with professional genre illustrators from around the globe, every so often, about the art and business of illustration. Check out episodes here. And the new one should be out in the next week or so. Such luminaries as Jeremy McHugh, Keiran Yanner, Drew Baker, Socar Myles, Eric Lofgren, Ralph Horsley and others, along with me, serve on the rotating panel of artists every week. Give it a try!
That's all for now - thanks, and be sure to keep in touch in the comments below.
We hit our fourth stretch goal, which added 50% more content!! Thanks everybody! We are still hoping to hit our next stretch goal, which will double the content, but for right now, with about 34 hours left, I'm super happy!
Hi! The Casefile: Arkham Kickstarter project is ALMOST COMPLETE. There's still a couple of days as I write this, so it's getting to be your last chance to help fun my graphic novel by pre-ordering (and possibly upgrading to some cool incentives like prints, shot glasses, bookmarks, stickers, original drawings, pendants, and more).
And if you're tired of all the podcast interviews with me and/or Writer Josh-Finney then here's a written interview where we discuss Casefile: Arkham:
Patrick McEvoy and Josh Finney sit down with John Lepper of the Blood Shed to discuss their latest project, Casefile: Arkham.Read the rest here at The Blood Shed: www.theblood-shed.com/josh-i-f…
Josh I. Finney: A hardboiled PI tale told on the mean streets of Lovecraft’s most haunted city–Arkham. It’s as if Raymond Chandler wrote stories in Lovecraft’s twisted, doom-fixated, warped, fishy world.
Patrick McEvoy: Visually, I’m tying to evoke the feeling of old movies – both the noir style of the 1940’s and the earlier German films like “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” or “M” or “Metropolis”. I’m also filtering this through my love of old EC and Warren comics – lots of creepy detail, scary shadows and evocative facial expressions. And also the fish thing.
Thanks for all the support! If we can somehow coax an extra $1000 in that short time, the book will get a lot more pages at NO extra charge. So tell everyone you know - time to enjoy the existential horror is running out.
If you've been on the fence about funding, you can now rest assured that it WILL be printed and all the excellent incentives are funded as well. So hop on board! If we can make it to our stretch goal of $11,000 we'll add 20 pages to the book, and if we make it to $14,000, the story length doubles - at NO EXTRA CHARGE. So tell your friends, wake up your neighbors, and alert the local media! And check out all the fun incentives and add-ons you can get; posters, cards, bookmarks, buttons, pendants, original art and much more can be yours. I wish *I* were you so I could get in on the fun.
As always you can see some previews right here on DA in my Casefile: Arkham gallery -- patrickmcevoy.deviantart.com/g…
And if you're curious to hear me and Josh discuss CF:A, here's a spiffy interview we did just this week for the Meduspod podcast: meduspod.com/2015/03/06/medusp…
Thanks everyone for your support OR future support!
If you've been keeping an eye on my CFA gallery here on DA, you've seen a few new items added, and there's more to come - keep watching! patrickmcevoy.deviantart.com/g…
We've gotten a lot of good press for the project too. Yes, I'm proud… check it out:
Amazing Stories says "Hardboiled. Lovecraft. McEvoy. Finney. Don't need more than that!" www.amazingstoriesmag.com
ComicWow! made us a "featured Kickstarter", saying "This campaign lists the lowest pledge to high reward ratio I have come across recently." comicwow.com/blogs/1/2269/case…
io9 put included us in their "Crowdfund This" feature: toybox.io9.com/crowdfund-an-a-…
Comic Related covered us: comicrelated.com/news/28552/ca…
Fanboy Nation says "Great concepts executed well, with pledge incentives that bring you right into the world of the book." fanboynation.com/this-week-in-…
Scrawl of Cthulhu says "McEvoy is best known (at least to me) for some of the stunning art in Fantasy Flight’s Call of Cthulhu and Arkham Horror games, so that alone is reason to be intrigued about this." (Aw, shucks, thanks!) robertholm.com/category/comics…
And of course, as I mentioned last time, Casefile: Arkham is a STAFF PICK on Kickstarter.
So what are you waiting for! Even our incentives are getting better all the time (we've added several and there are more to come in the upcoming week). Stop by and take a look and leave a note in the comments. www.kickstarter.com/projects/3…
And finally… To get all the latest news and happenings, Like our Facebook page for realtime updates and behind-the-scenes stuff: www.facebook.com/casefilearkha…
I've gotta say, even though I have a thoroughly vested interest here, I think that not only is our book going to be a VERY fun read, but our incentives are great! Check out the Innsmouth Pub shot glasses and stickers, made by my co-creator Josh-Finney , for instance. Crazy cool stuff abounds!
Just to catch you up, in case you somehow missed my previous Journal entry… Set in the mid-1940s, CASE FILE: ARKHAM follows Hank Flynn, a down on his luck private eye who is back from the war and now working the mean streets of the most cursed city on Earth—Arkham, Massachusetts. And things only get worse for Flynn when a wealthy uptown socialite hires him to track down an artist by the name of Pickman. What begins as a simple missing persons case leads Flynn down a dark path of flesh eating ghouls, vengeful witches, and the notorious Innsmouth mafia.
OK, that's it for now. Please take a look at the campaign, and if you would be so good it would be awesome if you could Tweet, FB, G+, or otherwise talk about it. We really, really want to get to the $14000 stretch goal to get a fill-sized book going, and your help will be vital!
If you like Lovecraft-style horror, or hardboiled detective fiction, or film noir grittiness, or just some good old-fashioned pen & ink-style comic art, this should be the book for you. And if you like ALL of those then you've found the holy grail.
Casefile: Arkham follows private eye Hank Flynn through strange cases in Arkham, Massachusetts, during the post WWII years. Flynn has come back from the war, as many men did, damaged and determined to pick up life again. However, unlike other vets, he's marked not only by battle, but by eldritch forces of unknown evil. And unlike other P.I.'s, he's chasing leads that reveal horrors beyond imagination, when a wealthy uptown socialite hires him to track down an artist by the name of Pickman. What begins as a simple missing persons case leads Flynn down a dark path of flesh eating ghouls, vengeful witches, and the notorious Innsmouth mafia.
We're looking to do a graphic novel of the first Casefile: Arkham story, and we need your help. Just get in on the ground floor by pledging on our Kickstarter campaign, which HAS NOW STARTED! www.kickstarter.com/projects/3…; And please help get the word out any way you can - your help is VITAL to the project.
See art from the story, and the book cover, in my Casefile: Arkham gallery here on DA: patrickmcevoy.deviantart.com/g… - I'll be posting more sketches, pages and other items soon.
Again - we are LIVE. I'm excited!! Are you? Go take a look and see, and me know in the comments.
What an amazing project that was! I adapted the kids' novel "The Nain Rouge", by Joseph Bastain, adapting the dialog and story, drawing, inking, coloring and lettering all 80 pages in just a few month's time (with a few other projects sprinkled in along the way). I'll tell you, it was quite an amazing feeling to finally finish, and I got that odd sensation like when you've been driving for a long time and when you get out of the car you still feel like you're moving even though you've stopped. To go from drawing/inking two pages a day to just the normal pace of life was a bit of a letdown, actually!
Anyway, I hope you'll stop by my site and take a look at those pages.
In other news, WORLD WAR KAIJU finally made it to print! And it's out and ready to buy on Amazon.com! It's available in print OR Kindle e-book editions:
We've gotten a few nice reviews for that book! Here's a couple if you want to check 'em out...
Alternate History Weekly
Nerds On the Rocks
Planet X Control Room (rated "10" - a "masterpiece"!)
** UPDATE **
Another new 10/10 review for World War Kaiju just released from Starburst magazine - check it out!
** UPDATE 2 **
Regeeken.com has a new review that includes the line “that was freaking INCREDIBLE!”
That's it for now! If you have any thoughts I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
Find out all about it here! www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…
I'm doing the art in a VERY different style than I've used in comics before, so it's been a lot of fun developing the look for the new project. I hope you like it and decide to pledge a pre-order.