Saturday, November 27, 2010
I'll be starting December off with a bang! I'm attending my first comic book convention in Atlanta the weekend of December 4th at Wizard World: Atlanta Comic Con. I'll be sharing a booth with my friend and idol (don't tell him I said that :-P) Tracy Yardley, one of the lead pencillers for Archie Comic's "Sonic the Hedgehog".
I'll be promoting Flagler's Few and Azteca, and Tracy will of course be showing off his Sonic the Hedgehog stuff! If you get a chance, look for Riding Shotgun, a series of Tokyo Pop produced graphic novels that Tracy Co-Created.
Sure glad to have him "riding shotgun" on my first con adventure!
See you there!
P.S.- Be sure to check out Green Dreams Production's premiere book Jambo's Journey, written by Jennifer Salberg and illustrated by me! As well as the upcoming Wild Onion Press release of, Here Comes Julie Jack!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Lights! Camera! Action!
That's what was going on this past weekend in Saint Augustine, Florida, the setting of the all new, Flagler's Few: Short Film. I was allowed to sneak onto the set and watch the Flagler College film school shoot a 30 minute version of my graphic novel.
I met the crew last month and was very glad to see a great group of people taking the reigns of a project I hold really close to my heart. I was eager to see what they were up to, so I drove into town and watched. It was like driving back to 2005 and seeing the filming of the first movie (except with better cameras, sound equipment, and lighting!)
The team has assembled a new cast. While at first I was worried about some of the changes, I discovered how enthusiastic these new actors were with the characters and the filming. They really took these characters to some new levels, and I really liked the guy playing Will Garring, he reminded me of Mike McVicar's portrayal of the character in the original film: honest and good natured with a tinge of cockiness (sorry Mike!). As for Victor, the actor casted to take over for my close friend, Jon Lane, brought a sort of vaudeville spice to the Victor character. Not my vision of the character...but well executed and sure to be a crowd favorite!
The Reaper will remain unchanged, however, I am delighted to say that after discussing things with director/professor Mark Huelsbeck, we'll be able to hire my friend Steve Withers of Swithdrawn Productions. He'll provide some viz effects to make the Reaper appear more ghostlike and less like a person in a cape and red mask! :-P
Overall, I'm excited! Filming is estimated to be finished in mid-November. I'll report more as I learn myself!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
My friend/editor/slave-driver, Enrica Jang, is hard at work bringing the world everything Azteca, a graphic novel written by her and illustrated by Jhazmine Ruiz. Enrica is a fantastic writer with an even more amazing ability to promote, as can be seen by the success Azteca has garnered as of late, including a review in the big boy arena of Comic Book Resource (CBR).
Also, Red Stylo Media has uploaded the Azteca Official Website. Go there to purchase all the official Azteca gear.
Azteca was my first venture into inking and coloring someone elses work, and I struggled a bit, but I'm gearing up to work on inks and colors for the next issue, and hopefully bring some bigger and better quality to the next round. Got some new tricks up my sleeves I think.
Working with Enrica to set up a booth at Atlanta's upcoming Comic Convention, where I'll be representing Azteca and Flagler's Few. More on that to come. Hope to see you there!
Monday, October 4, 2010
I'm scheduled to make an appearance on WBGU-FM Dead Air Paranormal Talk Radio, with Frank and Jim who broadcast live from Bowling Green University. Last time I was on their show we talked about a variety of stuff ranging from the relevant paranormal topics, to who was going to win in the series finale of 'LOST'.
I don't have exact dates on that (mostly cuz my iPhone is being difficult with my calendar) but I'll give you plenty of heads up on it!
Also, news from Flagler College, where Professor Mark Huelsbeck and his 'Advanced Film' class are busying themselves with the "Flagler's Few: Short Film Project". I had the chance to meet the production team and read over the script and their ideas sound top notch! I'll be making a trip down again soon to watch them film, and I will take some pictures for you to see on the site. So look for that.
I'm also in the midsts of changing over the blog site. With all the developments and projects I'm working on, I feel it's time to broaden the theme of ARFstudios.net into a more encompassing site. So soon we'll be featuring info from other projects I'm working on, latest illustration works, and other books. Don't worry, it'll still be a site to get all your info on "Flagler's Few" and it's series.
Really hoping to get a real website soon though. :-P
Til next time!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I just signed a contract to work on Brad Blumenthal's Harley Goes To Hollywood. The story is about a Hippo named Harley, who along with his friend Wally the Crocodile, travel from the jungle to the Star-Studded city of Hollywood, California. Brad Blumenthal is an accomplished actor, author and advocate for inner city kids. Having spent years working with children, he's starting on this project as a way to entertain and educate children.
I'll also be working with Green Dreams Productions in Atlanta, Georgia as an illustrator for their upcoming series, Jambo's Journey. Green Dreams Production is currently in works on making this series a television pilot. The book focuses mainly on conservation and preservation of our planet's vast (but limited) eco-systems, something that is very near and dear to my heart.
Don't threat though, I'm still hard at work on Flagler's Few and Azteca. I'll be in Saint Augustine on Thursday to work with Flagler College's Communicaton Department, where Professor Mark Heulsbeck and his Advanced Film Class are hard at work at re-imagining Flagler's Few: The Short Film. It's REALLY exciting, and I'll show some exclusive pictures of that soon. Azteca has earned some backing from Haven Distribution, and so I'm cranking out inks and colors for the energized but lovely author, Enrica Jang!
Awaiting on the release of Here Comes Julie Jack. Just putting the finishing touches.
WOOHOO! BUSINESS IS GOOD!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge is now on sale in Saint Augustine and online, but don't forget to check out Jarrett William's Super Pro K.O. Jarrett is a friend and fellow SCAD grad, who I had the great honor of getting to know while attending classes. I remember meeting him back in 'Advanced Manga' (no joke, this class did exist). Williams would be in the back working on his series Lunar Boy, and I always remembered how crazy fast this guy could produce pages.
Super Pro K.O. is published through Oni Press, the same company that publishes the much adored Scott Pilgrim series, so you know that Super Pro K.O. is sure to be a smash hit (no pun intended). While it has nothing to really do with ghosts and spirits and the paranormal, Williams storytelling skills keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to turn the page.
Also coming soon through Wild Onion Press, Here Comes Julie Jack, by Ann LeZotte and illustrated by yours truly. This book (intended for the elementary school level) features a death girl named Julie Jack who starts a misguided feud with her fellow classmate Bon Ami. Julie Jack dislikes Bon Ami because of her odd and strange behavior. But, in the end, Julie Jack discovers that they might not be so unalike as she thought.
And don't forget to check out, Azteca, which is on it's way to the printers now and should be available within the next month. Written by the fantastic Enrica Jang and penciled by my close friend, Jhazmine Ruiz. Enrica and Jhaz met while interning at Marvel Comics in NYC, and have since developed this unique and suspenseful vigilante thriller set in Mexico. I'll bring you more on it's release as soon as I know.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Finally...after a nearly 10 month wait...Part DEUX of the two part opener of the Flagler's Few series is available for soft release. May I proudly present, Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge. Available currently ONLY on Lulu Marketplace.
This book gives you the exciting conclusion to the events from Reaper of Saint George Street. In this book you'll discover the secrets of Claire's past, the identity of the Reaper and what Victor's true agenda is...
Not only that, but can a skeptic, a witch, a pirate and a comic nerd really get along?
Find out...buy your copy TODAY!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thank you for your patience!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
As you can see the house is beautiful. I don't want to give away too much information about the case for fear of incurring the network's, production company's and of course Jay and Grant's wrath, but the house does have a prominent haunting of which it's owner says has no problem presenting itself on cue.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Hey guys! Here is a sneak peak at the cover of Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge. The layout is sorta rough right now. I haven't tweaked it enough yet, but the cover art is done by my very good friend Sandi Strand. She's a fabulous artist, and you should check out her work at bellsandy.com.
The book will be released as scheduled in mid to late July. Look for it then!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Both Second Read Books and Flagler's Legacy have contacted me in the same week with requests for more copies! No word on who's buying them out, but it's a very uplifiting and positive feeling you get when you know you're work is appreciated! In the case of Flagler's Legacy, I had only sent them their copies less then a week earlier!!!
In other news, Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge is less then 3 days from completion! At least in the art end, next I'll spend a week working on word bubbles and construction of the book. Sandra Strand will be mailing me the cover no later then July 1st, and I am really hoping to have it available for all of my fans by no later then July 15th, earlier if I can!
Next up after this? I'll be starting work on Wild Onion Press's Here Comes Julie Jack, a children's novel about a little death girl and her adventures. After that, there will be revision time for Azteca, and hopefully starting in September/October, I'll begin work on Flagler's Few and the Pirate's Skull of Fury...as well as Destination: Unknown.
I'll be on Beyond Ghost Radio next month!
More to come!!!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Haha! No seriously, I'm excited about this Sunday. I'll be on at 4pm. Come Check out Jason, Bob and Robyn's show, Strange Frequencies Radio.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The house is famed for it's real-life hauntings after the murders of the DeFeo Family back in '74, by the family's son, Ronald. The house would later go on to be owned by Kathleen and George Lutz who's experiences in the house led to the bestselling book and film.
But, it's not the only house up for sale that fits in the category of "exorcised estate". The Hampto-Lillbridge home here in Savannah, Georgia is also up for sale. This house isn't as famous as the Amityville home, but the owner responsible for the restoration back in the 60's, Jim Williams, is best known in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, played in the film by Kevin Spacey. Williams restored the house a block from it's original location, right onto a plot of land that had a burial of over 10 bodies. The house supposedly has poltergeist like hauntings, and Williams himself had it exorciseds before he moved to his more famous estate, Mercer-Williams on Monterey Square. If you walk by the home, you'll notice that there are glass shards along the outside wall...supposedly Williams had a friend in the VooDoo community who might have been responsible for that. Glass shards placed along the outside of a wall are supposed to ward of evil spirits.
Funny thing is, the Hampton House in Savannah is nearly TWICE the asking price of the Amityville Home. Amityville has an asking price of $1.15millions supposedly, whereas last I heard Hampton-Lillbridge is on the market for 2.7million.
Monday, May 24, 2010
WARNING: Spoiler alert for LOST series finale beyond this point. Read at own risk!
If you were like me, you may have been following last night's series finale on the critically acclaimed (and criticized) show LOST. A show that has lost signifcant viewership with every passing season pretty much because it leaves it's fans with the same feeling as the title. For me it marked a conclusion to a six year fantatical following of the adventures of the island-bound survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, the "Others" and the Dharma Initiative. It was bittersweet and of course still left me scratching my head about somethings...
Pretty much, I was both impressed and disappointed. For five seasons the show maintained the allure of a mysterious island filled with all sorts of unexplained, supernatural curiosities (70's style underground bunkers with mysterious buttons, unexplained health cures, black smoke monsters and of course...polar bears). Season 6 did explain a lot of things, we understood that LOST was willing to accept the existence of ghosts (Charlie and Michael coming back to lead Hurley like they were something out of Sixth Sense), time travel and alternate realities were also possible, but we also delved into a side that until recently, was simply the beliefs held by the all believing John Locke...faith.
LOST took an unexpected turn into mythos and the aethereal. It felt like Jacob and his evil twin brothers were something from a biblical story and we were expected to accept the existence of this "light" (the macguffin that Jacob was charged to protect) that came through the ground at the heart of the island. It wasn't the fact we COULDN'T believe it could happen on LOST it was the bizarre feeling of thinking: "Why has the island gone from being something paranormal in nature, to biblical?"
But perhaps the most shocking of the events that happened in the finale was that in the end,when all was said and done and the alternate reality (flash sideways) was nothing more then a sort of purgatory for the dead characters (which the LOST creators swore it wasn't) and all our heroes moved on to a new existence together (heaven?), we realize that the island we've come to think was so important, the island that we spent six years believing mattered...didn't. It was nothing more then a place after all, not a character unto itself and everything that happened there was just a mechanism for the characters to rediscover themselves.
But for it's many oddities, I was touched by how "The End" ended. In a lot of ways LOST touched on subjects that were close to me: the paranormal; the answer to life, death and the beyond; and the battle between science and faith and all the in betweens. Anyone studying the paranormal should consider this show a sort of theory as to what we percieve as existence and what that means to us as a people.
We are social creatures, and whether we choose to accept it or not, we are altered and changed by the events and people around us. LOST was an example of human life, changing the lives of those characters involved, all of which who were lost...and are now ultimately found.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Just when I started to think Flagler College could never beat out SCAD for odd-ball events, they surprise me with this. Turns out Flagler will be this years host for the Fourth International Whedonverse Conference, a conference designed around famed writer, director, producer Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse).
I myself was highly inspired by Whedon's work while creating Flagler's Few. Often when I try to explain my book I say something along the lines of: "It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Ghostbusters...in Saint Augustine..." I've also had the opportunity to meet George Jeanty, the comicbook artists responsible for "Season 8", even gave him a ghost tour while he was down in Savannah a few years back.
So it figures that the liberal arts college will host this event, and I'm sure it's going to be amazing. Sadly, Joss Whedon himself will probably not be in attendance, but the event will spotlight Flagler professors, guest speakers and seminars dealing with the creative writing styles, stories and character developments of some memorable Whedon fashion.
The event is open to the public, for more info go check it out here...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I've been asked by Tim Yancey of Encounters Live to come onto his show and talk about Flagler's Few on May 29th. Encounters Live is a South Florida based radio broadcast that has a huge listener base and brings on some of the best people in the paranormal community. Tim Yancy has over 35 years of experience in the paranormal and along with his wife, Trish, puts on one of the most informative and fun paranormal radio shows out there.
With that said, check out the latest broadcast video, and on May 29th, 6pm EST, tune in to hear us talk about the upcoming Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge, as well as what's in the works for Destination: Unknown and Flagler's Few and the Pirate's Skull of Fury!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hey everybody! Some great news! I can finally start talking about my secret project work on Azteca, a brand new up-and-coming series created and written by the amazing Enrica Jang and illustrated by my totally talented long time friend, Jhazmine Ruiz.
I'm currently functioning as inker and colorist on the project. I'd like to give a great show of thanks to Jhaz and Enrica for letting me be a part of the team. It's different from what I'm used to on Flagler's Few (which by the way is not being put on the back burner fans! More F.F. to come!) but it's a great opportunity!
This is no paranormal comic book though, the series is a darker, grittier, real life-esque series that will leave you grinding your teeth and begging for more. Enrica and Jhazmine have really got an amazing talent for bringing a story to life. I can't say much more...if you want to discover everything about Azteca check out their Kickstarter page, it recently got onto the "Recommended List".
Show your support, and spread the word of this great new upcoming series (but don't forget about Flagler's Few either now. :-P)
Feels good to finally air that out...
Sunday, May 2, 2010
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Well, Kevin does a great web journal called Kevin Days of the Week ,but because he illustrates them it takes him a couple of months to catch up...so this week I was fortunate enough to be included in Kevin's online journal.
So here's what happened...
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Coquina Online Magazine is featuring an article about Flagler's Few and the Reaper of Saint George Street. Special thanks to Tracey Eaton, creator and editor of the Coquina, and Alex Scarborough who wrote the article!
Go here to check it out.
Besides featuring info on my book, check out the Coquina for all things Saint Augustine! Great source for interesting news and updates for the community of the nations oldest city!
Monday, March 22, 2010
It is a local legend, that long ago the devil fell in love with a beautiful native maiden. She refused his advances and proposal of marriage. One night, while she lay sleeping, she was kidnapped by the demon and carried screaming into the forest. Her tribe's bravest warriors gave chase, and when they had just about caught up with the Devil, the fiery demon whirled on them and transformed the posse into stone. At that same spot he opened a great chasm in the earth and disappeared along with his maiden prize to the depths of hell, leaving nothing but the stone warriors and the sinkhole known today as the Devil's Milhopper.
It is said on the night of a full moon, you can still hear the cries and moans of the young maiden.
On a cool Fall night in 2004, my best friend and I were driving to a friend's house down Milhopper Road on the way to a friend's house. As we drove we talked of all sorts of important events (girls, college classes, girls, the Gators, girls, video games, girls, etc. etc.) When all of a sudden "something" ran in front of my friend's Chevy Blazer. We both fell silent for what seemed several minutes. To break the silence I finally said: "Did you see that?" and my friend (a non-believer in ALL things supernatural and paranormal) said "YOU SAW IT TOO?"
Recently, I have revisited that night in an interview with a member of the Florida BFRO (Bigfoot Field Research Organization) who upon discovering my artistic background requested that I try to sketch what exactly it was I saw. Below is a sketch of what I have dubbed "The Milhopper's Devil".
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I'm happy to report that Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge is over half way complete. I started illustration work on it on December 6th, and now just over two months I have completed more at a faster rate, then I ever did on Flagler's Few and the Reaper of Saint George Street! Expect this next book out sometime in May-July 2010.
Because of this, I need to step up on requesting donations in the form of paranormal tips/quotes. If you or someone you know is a member of a paranormal organization of some sort, please feel free to send me an e-mail (e-mail messanger located on side bar) and you may be included in the next edition.
Still on the hunt for a traditional publisher. I have some leads and I'm working angles, but any advice or suggestions are also appreciated.
As a side note, I've got some exciting stuff in the works for Flagler's Few. I don't want to say more, but let's just say that Flagler's Few will be taking the form of something other then print very soon...
Keep checking in for more news and upcoming releases!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Flagler College's newspaper, The Gargoyle, is running an article on Flagler's Few and the Reaper of Saint George Street written by staff writer Kaitlyn Teabo. You can view it on their site. The article will also be featured in the Gargoyle's print edition.
A couple of weeks ago I received word from the newspaper's editor who told me he really enjoyed being able to recognize places in the city in the book. This was a great compliment, seeing as I specifically designed the book to get that reaction!
In appreciation to the newspaper, and to any Flagler college student reading, below is a page featuring the main hall in the central building. I'm releasing this page for viewing pleasure of all, but hope Flagler students enjoy it especially seeing as it's their college in the book! This is page 28 in the next Flagler Few book, Flagler's Few and Victor's Revenge. Check it out this summer when it's released!
Til then, enjoy!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
On February 16th, I'll return to Paranormal Podcast to chat it up with Jim Harold. However, Jim's podcast will only be recorded on this date, and will be up for iTune viewing pleasure in the months following. I will keep you posted.
In March, I will be in Saint Augustine to serve as one of two guests of honor for the grand opening of "Ghost Augustine's Ghost Equipment Store". The other guest of honor is rumored to be Susan Slaughter from Ghost Hunters Academy. I'll be signing copies of Flagler's Few, talking about my next book and trying to talk Susan into doing a little ghost hunting around town...
April 11th I will be a guest on Dead Air Paranormal Talk Radio at 10pm EST.