Category Archives: Zuda Comics

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.

17 August 2010 2:18 PM CDT

Deadly Love

A little something I did last night for my good pal Foz – If you aren’t reading his comic DEADLY  – DOO EEET!

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

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!”

 

 

1 July 2010 7:16 PM CDT

Zudacomics.com & the future of Azure

Today, DC Comics, parent company of Zuda comics, announced that it was closing it’s doors today. Many of it’s competition winners were given notice that the site will be closed and that their comics will not be continued, while others were notified that their titles would be moved to a new market- the digital one. The move was both a surprise and something many saw coming, as DC has been making strong strides into the digital arena, and Zuda’s format is perfectly suited for the delivery.

Read more about DC’s announcement.

Azure, I’m pleased to announce, is among the titles moving to this new format. Starting very soon you will be able to purchase an Azure comic on your iPad, iPhone, PSP, and online through the comixology website.

To my fellow Zudes and Zudettes whose titles are not moving to this format, I offer my sincerest condolences and I expect to see your titles online or elsewhere in the nearest future. There were some amazing talents and comics on Zuda, and whether their titles continue or if they decide to persue other interests I wish them all the best.

I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends because of Zuda: creators, editors, publishers, etc. who I’ve learned this crazy art form from. Making comics is hard work. Its also one of the most satisfying things to see a page come to fruition. Making comics is something that’s in your blood and those of zuda are born with it.

I’ve been a huge proponent of going digital with most every art form, be it sequential page art, illustration, concept art; you name it. Digital is the future of most media types. Distribution, delivery, and as is the case with Azure: creation – all digital. The big two, (Marvel & DC), have made massive strides into the digital arena, and many other publishers and comickers are following suit.

Comic lovers, keep your eye on things over the next year or so. Change is in the air…

23 June 2010 10:10 AM CDT

DC Comics & Zuda Comics Now on iPhone & iPad!

Zuda ComicsBig news came today of DC Comics & Zuda Comics (currently only Bayou), being available for iPhone & iPad on Comixology and DC Comics own app via iTunes. This is a huge leap forward into the digital market for DC as they also announced the push into the Playstation market as their comics are now available there as well.

Here is the Full press release from DC Comics.

Go give them a looksee and make sure to download the Bayou FREE download. It’s a beautiful comic by Jeremy Love.

(probably wouldn’t hurt to send an email or 3 here that you can’t wait to see Azure on the iPad or iPhone!)

1 December 2009 11:55 AM CST

30 Characters 30 Days

November was a busy time for me, drawing a character each day and working on pages for Azure Season 2. A character a day? That was something that comic pal Tyler James cooked up: to keep the creative juices flowing in the comics community by having creators create new characters on a daily basis for one month.

Seems easy, right? Artists draw characters all the time! With a full time job on top of my work for Azure I didn’t sleep much last month.

To make life a little easier, I decided to kill two birds with one stone, developing some of the characters for season 2, that I had not yet conceptualized, at the same time.

Here are the lot of the pieces I did, and make sure you look at the others on the 30 Characters 30 Days challenge.

5 September 2009 7:58 AM CDT

Azure Completes it’s First Season

Azure Completes Season 1

Azure wrapped it’s first season last month and I have just completed the script for Season 2. I’ve learned a ton from working on the series thus far, about storytelling, about best practices in regards to art and writing, and in regards to the world of comics in general. I journeyed to the New York and San Diego Comic Cons and had a blast signing autographs and drawing pictures for fans.

I will be attending the Baltimore Comic Con this year on October 10th and plan to do something special for the show. I’ll explain more about that as the con draws closer, and explain where you can find me. Zuda Comics will have a strong presence at the con this year as many of the Zuda titles are up for Harvey Awards which are held annually at the Baltimore Comic Con.

In other news, I have begun work on two new book covers and will throw up the pieces when I am finished. Both are fantasy novels. I am also currently working on another comic pitch…something I can’t really say much about but if all goes according to plan you should be hearing something about good or ill within the next month or so.

Busy. Busy. Busy. And yes, Sandor is awesome. He is weighing in at 68lbs now and is the darling of the neighborhood and the terror of the household.

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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