Category Archives: Azure

21 April 2011 9:52 AM CDT

Upcoming Cons, Commissions, & Projects Update

So much has happened since my last update, I scarcely know where to start. I’ve already been to two very busy and fun cons this year – Chicago’s C2E2 and one of the four Virginia Comic Cons. Here is my nearly postive Con schedule for the rest of the year:

  • Boston Comic Con
  • Virginia Comic Con (x2)
  • Heroes (Charlotte)
  • Baltimore Comic Con (BCC)
  • Dragon Con (Atlanta)
  • New York Comic Con (NYCC

I will be selling my sketchbooks while supplies last and hope to have my new Tolkien-oriented ThereAndBackAgain sketchbook ready for this coming Boston Comic Con where I will be doing commissions with Bobby Timony (Night Owls) and Ian Struckhoff (Black Label Comics). I will also have a few prints and bookmarks to sell as well. If you would like a commission at the con, I am opening the pre-con sketches now for Boston. Send me a note here for pricing.

So what have I been up to? I have been pitching various projects and am hard at work on a personal project I am considering turning into a web series. I promise more on this after I return from Boston, and with luck I’ll have more info about the pitches to share.

Dwarven Map! A project I worked on at the begining of the year has been printed and is available for a donation to a wonderful community, The Middle-earth network. Click here to learn more!

Lastly – Newish work – Below are a smattering of new pieces – commissions mostly, prints, and various bits over the last few months. I will do my best to post more frequently here when I update work on the various other networks, and will add these to the linked pages in the various galleries.

Smaug

24 February 2011 10:56 AM CST

New Azure, Harveys, & Other Bits

We are almost 2 months into the new year and I’m finally getting around to posting an update!? I know, I suck :) . But in my defense, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. First – AZURE Issue 4 is now available via ComiXology, and DC Apps, as well as online via ComiXology and DC, AND is also available on the PSP. Each issue is still just 99¢ and I suspect you’ll see issues 5 and 6 drop in the following weeks. Here’s a one page preview:

Azure Page 75

The Harvey Awards ballots have just gone live here. If you are a comic industry professional – please consider AZURE for Best Online Comics Work, and/or myself for Most Promising New Talent (AZURE).

So what have I been up to lately? I’ve been working on three comic pitches, two of which are with fantastic writers while I am covering the art chores, and the last is one of my gestating egg-type projects I hope to birth once the other two are pitched. Aside from those, I’m working on a fantastic map project with amazing printmaker Mark Ostley. More on that later. I’ve also had a few waves commissions I’ll be uploading to the site soon.

Lastly – I’m going to have 3 sketchbooks for sale at various conventions this coming year. Last year’s was so well recieved, and I’ve done so much work and commissions since that small run, that this year I am making a J.R.R.-oriented sketchbook from both old and new ThereAndBackAgain work, an October 2010-March 2011 Sketchbook, and then an April 2011-November 2011 Sketchbook. All will be in small runs again, and folks will be able to pre-order them via paypal soon.

I’ll post another update tomorrow with something special and many new art links. There’s simply too much to cram into one post.

~D

16 November 2010 6:05 PM CST

Projects Update & VA Comic Con

Live in Virginia? Like Comics? Come on down to the Virgina Comic Con on November 20th and 21st where I’ll be doing sketches, selling sketchbooks and prints (while supplies last), and milling about with fellow Comic Social Clubbers Mike Zagari and Bobby Timony. I will have 10 commission slots open for the con – prices are listed on this Commissions Page.

**EDIT** – I now have just 7 slots open for the Virginia Comic Con Commissions.

Projects – I am working on two swquential pitches right now and have just taken on a rather cool Middle-earth-oriented project I can’t discuss just yet. More to come on that soon. As to the comic pitches – Both are with others handling the writing chores while I help with plot and direction along with the art side of things. What about Azure? Write HERE and tell them you want more, more, more, more…

What on earth is 30 Characters and why am I blasting out original characters each day? It’s a challenge I took on at the urging of fellow creator Tyler James, to create 30 characters in 30 days, one for each day of November. It sounded simple until one actually starts putting them together and realizes to do justice to a character you have to put some love into them. It was a fun challenge last year, and this years is a lot of fun also, but perhaps more stressful, (I had to up the ante a bit). As an awesome bonus, many of my creator friends joined in the fun as we keep pushing one another to do one better each day.

Many more to come, but here is where I stand after two weeks worth of character making:

29 October 2010 8:21 AM CDT

30 Characters & Other Bits

 

This November I will be taking on the 30 Characters in 30 Days challenge again. What is this? It’s a challenge to create 30 original characters in 30 days – one for each day in November. So far 125+ creators of comics and art have registered to participate, with more streaming in by the minute (literally). Check out the link. I’ve been diligently working on the website getting it up to snuff with help from a ton of people. There is a link to the 2009 final entries collecting most of last years characters, including my own that I did for the challenge. I also have my profile up for the challenge here.

  • Aside from 30Characters, I’ve been bombarded by commissions for the first half of November. Thanks to everyone for all the interest and your pieces are being worked on daily. Most of you I’ve given notes on when you’ll receive your packages. If not, it’s in the que and I’ll update you as it draws near. If anyone wants a commission I can take on about 6 more prior to the holidays. Send me a note via “Contact” at the top of the page.
  • Where is Azure issue 4? The most asked question I get. The short answer – it’s been with DC Comics being converted to their digital format, and then in a holding pattern to be released. With luck it will be up and online soon for PSP, online, and i-Devices.
  • What else am I working on? The second most asked question I get. I am currently working on two pitches with a third in the gestation phase. I might post some stuff for those during 30Characters. ;) More Azure? Perhaps…who knows…
30 September 2010 1:42 PM CDT

Azure Season 2 – Its A Wrap!

Azure Page 116 Panel 7

Pages 61-120 are with the lords of DC Comics now, and are more than likely on their way to being turned into downloadable comics for iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and the web. My thoughts on Season 2? I think it better than Season 1, but even now that the last page was turned in, I am reminded this is still my first comic and there were some hard lessons learned this season. I’ll save that for a future posting titled “Lessons Learned in Making Comics”.

Something else to note, a week or so ago, DC announced a number of layoffs, moves, and the closing of two lines, (Zuda and Wildstorm), as they go through a restructuring. This economy we’re in really blows and the announcements pretty much suck, but these things have a tendency to work themselves out. I hope everyone affected lands on their feet and go on to do great things. To my friends at DC, my hearts with you all. With so much talent and creativity on hand, I look forward to seeing how DC Comics evolves.

I’m reminded of when I worked as a programmer/artist for an interactive developer of software for children. A similar thing happened where over half the staff including my friends and boss were laid off. It sucked then as much as it sucks now, but they all landed squarely on their feet in new positions, and one or two; far better off for it.

So what next for me?

Something special, if I can pull it off ;) … More on that later. Look forward to a posting frenzy this next week.

15 August 2010 12:12 PM CDT

Baltimore Comic Con & Commissions!

A couple of updates this fine wet Sunday here in Baltimore. First off I’ll be at the Baltimore Comic Con and have an exhibitor booth promoting AZURE and doing comission sketches. I will be there with the “Zuda Crew”, (Many of the talented Zuda creators who have comics coming or have come to various devices, web, and print). I plan to have my sketchbook available for sale there as well. The convention is The 28th and 29th of August and I will also be doing a panel on working digitally to create comics with artist Matt Zolman. We will be showcasing working in Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop, and will pick apart some of our digital files and answer questions on creating art digitally. The panel will be on Sunday from 11-12.

Lastly, Commissions! I’ll be opening 10 slots for comissions for the Baltimore Comic Con. I won’t begin them until the day of the con, (still working my tail off to finish AZURE before the con), but you can put your request in now by sending me a note on what you would like here. I can do 9×12 or 7×10 pieces in your choice of 3 mediums: watercolor, pen & ink, or pencil. If I think I can handle more at the con, I’ll open more up, and if you won’t be at the convention, they can be mailed.

PS – I have a couple of new pieces going up this evening that have been cooking for a while, but Azure has taken a front seat for a while. Stay tuned!

31 July 2010 11:02 AM CDT

SDCC 2010 Post-show report

Click Here For SDCC 2010 Pics/Sketches

Read at your own risk…

Preview Night: It was a blast and quite packed with people. When walking into the con you are immediately bombarded by so many giant robots, creatures, vehicles, sculptures, and structures that you’re immediately hit by the sense of scale. Comic Con is like no other Con I’ve been to, save perhaps, Dragon Con which sprawls across multiple hotels. The main exhibition hall in the San Diego Convention center takes roughly 30 minutes to walk from start to finish, and that’s without people or looking at anything! And boy does your eye wander…Check out the pics for just a taste.

After walking the hall and seeing what was in store, next came meeting with editors, publishers, and friends. There were quite a few artists that were on my list to make sure I ran into/met, and thankfully only a few I didn’t get to see or chat with.

Thursday: Soo Epic. Woke at the beach house, and water was too cold to do any surfing without a wetsuit. Funny enough the weather was pretty mild the whole time. Nothing like last year. I was really looking forward to getting as much if not more surfing in while I was staying there, but it just didn’t happen. Most of the time the temperature was in the low 70’s during the midday and around 55 at night! I set off for the con early, and walked around artist alley and some of the vendor booths, mostly taking in and noting things to buy. I spent most of the con talking to artists chatting about various techniques and tools of the trade. Likes and dislikes of digital work, and sharing samples of our various projects. I also got to connect with old friends from TheOneRing.net, and talk to the folks at Weta Workshop and Sideshow Collectibles. Old pals from my Tolkien days. Took a ton of pictures of course.

The con wrapped and I hit dinner at Cafe de Diem (from SyFy’s Eureka). Awesome drinks, good food, though overpriced on all counts. Then came the Drink and Draw at Hennessey’s. It was awesome. I met a zillion artists and got to drink some Guiness and whiskey and ink-sketch with some fine folks. Among those I got to meet and chat with, the pumped Dan Panosian and inker Ryan Winn who I got to introduce to Copics. Next came the Boom! party at the Hyatt.  It was a great time and I got to meet one of the folks I was hoping to see: Ming Doyle. An amazing up-and coming artist whom you should check out: Ming’s Website. I had a smashing good time catching up with many of the Zuda crowd I haven’t seen in a very long time but chat with pretty often: Bobby Timony & his lovely wife Danna, the illustrious Kevin Colden, the dashing Sheldon Vella, my good lad Aluisio Cervelle Santos, the dynamic duo of Zito & Trov  Stayed out chatting to various writers and artists and editors at the party until around 1:30 or so and called it a night.

Friday: Met artist Travis Hanson, creator/illustrator of The Bean a fun webcomic you should check out. That dude can draw like nobody’s business and blows anyone I’ve seen away when it comes to speed. Inspiring is putting it lightly. I also got a shwanky sketchbook from Ming Doyle with a cool sketch as well as a little quickie portrait of me. (grr) That lady is too cool for words. I wandered around artist alley and had a quick lunch with all the Zuda folks and ComiXology guys before the signing to end all signings. I started sketching and signing for my hour allotment and passed out about 50 (half!) of my prints I brought with me. The sketches lasted for not one or two but three hours! (Thanks to Sheldon who let me work through his session for some folks that had waited in line for about an hour or so. This was a fun session, getting a ton of character requests I’d never worked on before. I think my favorite of the bunch went to Rachel of Kyle Rainer with his ring failing him.

That night we drank like gentlemen. Showed up to the Geek Girls Tweet up and was denied entrance due to too many people. :/ However, we ran into awesome friend Esti who works at Diamond and chatted with her for a bit only to notice that the Marvel talent party was going on a stones throw away. We all got an invite to come on over and join in the soiree and had a grand old time. When the Eisner awards let out pandemonium ensued as Cameron Stewart, my editor, Kwanza Johnston, and Andy Belanger arrived with an Eisner in hand. A bit unfortunate that Cameron the Great beat out pal and co-Zude Jeremy Love for Best Webcomic, with his brilliant Sin Tutulo, but what can I say, Cameron deserves it. Hilarity and many shots ensued. By the time I got home I was sufficiently done, but evidently had a hankering for the beach as I woke the next morning with sand in the sheets and covered in sand. evidently I sleep-walked onto the beach where I was staying and decided to frolic in the water.

Don’t ask.

Saturday: Another signing, an awesome lunch with Zito, Trov, and Kwanza, and rushed to my signing which lasted about 2 hours. I had a few meetings and introductions to some people (I still need to email – ack!), and chatted with some digital folk I wanted to catch-up with. I stopped off and looked at Graphic.ly and their iPad app, as well as the ImagineFX guys n gals (<– good people).

Saturday night culminated in drinking and dancing and karaoking with much of the crew from the night before. good times but man, I wish I’d left my iPad at home. Tip: you can’t dance with an iPad.

Sunday: Bought gifts for folks back home, signed for an hour and a half – some good sketches in that one, awesome dinner with Kwanza, and had many drinks that night with farewells to friends; I was pretty drained by that point.

Monday: Trip back home capped with the highlight that Azure #2 (the first paid one) was ranked number 2 on comiXology’s in-app purchases. It stayed there for about 3 weeks and was overtaken by Azure #3 towards the end of that week. They stayed up there for a while! Thanks to everyone who checked it out and please tell your friends :)

Some of the folks I’m bummed I missed: Eric Canete (was really wanting to grab one of his sketchbooks. I met and chatted with him at C2E2, and I wanted to hit him up for a comission. Ah well…next time…); Jill Thompson (I tried getting into her master class but the lines and packed crowds made me insanely late to her demonstration.); Adam Hughes (I got to talk to him for a bit and picked up his sketchbook, but would have liked to attend his master class as well); Paul Pope (a scheduling conflict as I had to sign at the DC

19 July 2010 10:54 AM CDT

SDCC 2010 Where Will I Be?

Azure SDCC 2010 Promo

I will be signing at the DC Comics Booth (#1915)on Friday from 2:00 – 3:00, and Saturday from 3:00-4:00. Stop by grab a free print (to the left – while supplies last), and I’ll be doing sketches for folks. I plan to attend the drink and draw Thursday night as well and encourage everyone coming to the con that’s an artist to attend, grab a few pints and draw, sketch, doodle with everyone. I’ve been to a few smaller ones, and anticipate the big ones to be a blast!

If you want to reach me/connect at the con – drop me a note at my contact page and I’ll send you my number.

16 July 2010 12:32 PM CDT

Azure #1 Free For All!

DC Comics App ScreencapsAzure issue 1 is now available for free via the DC Comics and ComiXology apps on iPhone, iPad, Itouch, and online here: ComiXology Page for Azure. The apps use an awesome technology called GuideView to move from panel to panel while masking other regions of a page. One can also view full pages, add the series to your notifications, and rate the comics that are read. Continuing issues of Azure will be published weekly and cost 99¢ (through iTunes) and knowing the folks at ComiXology, they are probably hard at work on a Android-based app.

Additionally – iTunes now has a nifty new Comics menu now.

I wish I could stress how amazing comics look on an iPad. The device is like no other. If you were ever on the fence, go into an apple store and play with one for 30 minutes…

Azure issue 1 on the PSPAzure issue 1 has also come out on the PSP via the Playstation Store, and viewable using their comics menu item. It uses a similar Guide View technology to move from panel to panel, and is quite user-friendly. It is also available FREE from the Playstation Store under “Comics”.

12 July 2010 7:14 PM CDT

Azure Coming to Comixology/PSP 7/14/10

That’s right! This Wednesday, the 14th, check out the comixology site for the new online home of Azure. For reading on the PSP, access the comics menu and go to DC Comics. For reading on the iPad, iPhone, or Ipod touch – go to either the DC comics app or the Comixology app, and look for Azure. The first issue will be free through Comixology, while future issues will cost 99¢ for 20 page issues.

Azure is my first foray into the comics world, and this free issue, includes the first eight pages included in the original competition on zuda. Azure issue 1 was a real learning experience for me, and my goal was always to tell the story of Emelie while attempting to bring a sense of wonder and inspiration to readers. If folks dig the first issue, I encourage you to try the 2nd and 3rd…it only gets better as I’ve learned – every page a creator makes in comics is a step forward in becoming a better storyteller.

What are folks saying about Azure?

“…the comic is very beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful of all Zuda’s offerings. My hat’s off to Dan Govar for working on Azure by his lonesome and getting every single detail to pay off visually.”
- The Webcomic Overlook

“Sexy heroine, indeed! Daniel’s art is truly excellent filled with incredible details and awe-inspiring oceanic landscapes.”
- ComixMix

“Pop up the Zuda comic Azure, put it on full-screen, and tell me you aren’t scared sh*tless when that shark shows up.”
-Tyler James

“Azure: I can’t decide which is more gorgeous, the women or the art. @saulone (Daniel on Twitter) definitely earns some massive #zudalove”
-CEdwardSellner

from the talkback comments for Azure:

“Daniel, I could sit and stare at some of these pages for days.”

“Someone mentioned popping this onto there 24 inch monitor. I was alittle ahead of the game and have been reading this on my 32 inch and man does it look good. There are loads of details that I was missing. Certainly worth the effort for those with larger monitor options.”

“This should be a movie so I can enjoy it twice as much as I do now. STILL loving this!”

 

 

2016 Convention Schedule (confirmed)

C2E2 – Chicago, IL - March 18-20
Emerald City CC – Seattle, WA - April 7-10
MegaCon – Orlando, FL - May 26-29
Awesome Con – May 29-31 – Washington, DC
Heroes Con – June 19-21 – Charlotte, NC
Boston Comic Con - Aug12-14 - Boston, MA
Dragon Con - Sept2-5 - Atlanta, GA
NYCC – October 8-11 – New York, NY
Jekyll Island Comic Con - Dec10-11 - Jekyll Island, GA

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