Cyclone Redux #2

Cyclone Redux: The Adventures of Flash Damingo and The Jackaroo #2 is back from the printers!

Signed copies of the Delux Colour Edition (with colours by Graeme Jackson) have just been sent to my patrons and patronnes that have supported me on my Patreon page.

Contents

The Good, The Bad & The Mighty!
Story & art: Gary Chaloner
First published in Cyclone! Australia #3 (Cyclone Comics, 1986)
Alien Dawn
Story & art: Gary Chaloner
First published in Cyclone! Australia #4 (Cyclone Comics, 1986)

Cover art by Gary Chaloner
First published as the cover to Cyclone! Australia #8 (Cyclone Comics, 1989)

Deluxe Colour Edition colours by Graeme Jackson


Cyclone Redux #1

Cyclone Redux: The Adventures of Flash Damingo and The Jackaroo #1 is back from the printers. The first Cyclone Comic in quite a while.

Signed copies of the Delux Colour Edition (with colours by Graeme Jackson) have just been sent to my patrons and patronnes that have supported me on my Patreon page. Now, I’m setting up a shopfront on Ownaindi, a new initiative where you can purchase comics and original art by me and a whole swag of great comics creators. Copies of the first issue in both cover variants will be available, as well as a PDF edition.

Contents

It Happened On A Rooftop
Story & art: Gary Chaloner
First published in Cyclone #1 (McKerr Whitfield, 1985)
Training Night
Story & pencils: Gary Chaloner
Inks: Gary Chaloner & David de Vries
First published in Cyclone #1 (McKerr Whitfield, 1985)
Illegal Aliens
Story & art: Gary Chaloner
First published in Cyclone! Australia #1 (McKerr Whitfield, 1985)
Into The Hands Of OGRE
Story & pencils: Gary Chaloner
Inks: Gary Chaloner & Glenn Lumsden
First published in Cyclone! Australia #2 (McKerr Whitfield, 1985)

Cover art by Gary Chaloner
First published as the cover to Cyclone! Australia #1 (McKerr Whitfield, 1985)

Deluxe Colour Edition colours by Graeme Jackson


The Spirit: The New Adventures

Back in the days when Kitchen Sink Press was still in business, I was asked to produce a story for their Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The New Adventures title. I wrote and illustrated a 10-page story that featured an iteration of one of my characters, Black Opal. The New Adventures had run for eight issues and featured stories by big names like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Astro City) and many more. My story was scheduled for issue nine. As fate would have it, Kitchen Sink closed down and the ninth issue never made it to press. I think my story was the only one ready at the time. Kitchen Sink owner, Denis Kitchen, made a point of contacting me directly to explain the situation. A classy thing to do under the circumstances, but if you know Denis, he’s a classy kinda guy. From that communication onwards, we have been firm friends.

Fast forward to 2015 and I get an email from Dark Horse Comics (who have published some Will Eisner material including a collection of The New Adventures) saying that they are re-issuing a hard cover of The New Adventures and in discussing things with Denis, he had mentioned my unpublished story. If I still had the artwork, would I be interested in including it in the new edition? And in colour?

Well, of course I said “yes”, but I had to hunt down the art and see what condition it was in. I had repurposed the art and made it into a John Law story for my print collection of Will Eisner’s John Law: Dead Man Walking (IDW). Now, I had to turn it back into a Spirit story!

Will Eisner had done the opposite back in 1948. He had produced a few John Law stories for a proposed new series which didn’t eventuate. He repurposed the stories and turned them into Spirit stories. Well, if it was good enough for Eisner…spirit-blackopal-01-col


The Phantom #1755

I recently completed a cover for Frew Publications’ The Phantom. It should be on sale in newsagents across the country and NZ this week, I think. I know it was on sale at last weekend’s Sydney Supanova.

You can buy a signed edition from the Frew store as well. (If it isn’t there today, it will be available shortly.)

To say it was honour doesn’t seem enough. As an Australian, you grow up with The Phantom on the newsstands, in showbags and in second hand book stores. He’s everywere. Frew Publications has been pumping these babies out since 1948! And the character isn’t even Australian! But I think, after so much time, this Aussie comic book immigrant can safely be called a local hero.

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Unmasked 4

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The cover for Unmasked #4 (Gestalt), the final issue of the first story arc titled Going Straight Is No Way To Die.

Written by Christian Read, with the first two issues illustrated by Emily Smith, I was asked to take over the art duties for the remaining two issues. It’s turned out to be quite the marathon getting this done. Finding a colourist for issue three set the project’s schedule back. This, after a gap in production after Emily left the book, put further strain on the schedule. I’ve been told there were four different colourists for issue three at different stages (they either didn’t deliver at all after committing, or the initial work on delivery simply wasn’t good enough). I eventually had to finish the colouring of the third issue myself. With the schedule already in tatters, and my available time for the project long gone, the fourth issue became a work of spare time and persistence. But we got there.

We need more good colourists in this country.

You can purchase digital editions of this series from ComiXology, Madefire, or direct from the publisher, Gestalt Comics.

A print collection is due by the end of 2015.


John and Betty

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A cover produced for the fanzine Betty Paginated featuring tough cop John Law doling out some stinging justice to the surprised Betty Page.

Will Eisner’s JOHN LAW © Will Eisner Studios, Inc.


On and off my plate.

I’m very busy at the moment. The last few years have been the busiest comic production years for me in about two decades! Frustratingly, little of it has been released yet.

But hold on… I’m getting ahead of myself.

MAD-SKULL-cover-final-white-trimmedAbout two years ago, I came to the realisation that I was happiest doing my own comics. At the time, I had committed myself to a few projects that are only now seeing the light of day. I have to complete these obligations before I can move forward.

First off, I have produced the cover and nearly 40 interior illustrations for an adventure novel by American author Tim Byrd, Doc Wilde and The Frogs and Doom. It’s the first in a series of Doc Wilde books by Tim, but, while I’ve produced a cover for the second book which you can see at left (Doc Wilde and The Mad Skull), I won’t be doing the interior illustrations. That assignment has gone to the amazing Tess Fowler. You can read more about this over at the Doc Wilde website. It might also happen that Tess does her own cover for book two. I hope she does. Regardless, I can’t wait to see The Mad Skull, as I’m a big fan of Tim’s writing.

(I’ve let Tim know that, personally, I think each Wilde book should be done by a different artist. Both to set them apart stylistically, but also to enable books to come out faster.)

My initial commitment to Frogs started out as a cover and about a dozen illustrations, but as the months floated by, the project expanded to a grand total of 38 black and white illustrations with grey tones, front and back full colour covers and the full colour cover for the next book. Now, I’m not the fastest artist in the world, so this really tossed the multi-book Wilde schedule out the window. It also had a dramatic domino affect on other projects I was involved in and an even more dramatic affect on my ability to earn money.

I’m happy to say the job eventually got done and my sample copies are winging there way to me as I type. But that’s not all.

I offered to do the book design and prepress for both the printed edition and the ebook edition. The InDesign files were easy enough to put together, but the formatting of ebooks for a variety of devices was maddening. The ebook technology isn’t very flexible yet, so formatting the book to have illustrations laced throughout in a similar format to the printed edition entailed a steep learning curve. Steep. But that’s not all.

Over the last few days, I’ve just completed the prepress files for the Portuguese translation of Frogs: Doc Wilde e os Sapos da Perdição.

The other creative jobs I’ve been hard at work on are The Undertaker Morton Stone and Unmasked, both for Gestalt Publishing.

The Undertaker Morton Stone is a six-issue series that will be released digitally first, then collected into print. The first issue has been completed since January. Issues two and three are currently being edited and finished off. Work continues on issues 3-6. The first three issues have covers by Ben Templesmith (#1) and Ashley Wood (#2, #3), with all three coloured by Chad Fidler.

Unmasked is a four issue series by writer Christian Read, best known for his Eldritch Kid material, or maybe his The Watch series for Phosphorescent Comics or maybe his just-released new novel through Gestalt, Black City. The first two issues of Unmasked were illustrated and coloured by Emily Smith. I was asked to come on board to finish off the series, as a replacement for Emily. The artwork for the third issue, my first, has been finished since July last year, but the book has suffered an ongoing range of production setbacks. Setbacks that were topped off by the hiring (and disappearance) of three or four colourists over the last twelve months (so I’ve been told). The good news is, Gestalt publisher Wolfgang Bylsma got me the half-coloured files and I’ve finished colouring the book myself. It looks great and I’m happily working on the fourth and final issue.

What else…

Oh, yes! Breckinridge Elkins. While all the above has been going on, I got an email recently from Paradox Entertainment, the owners of Robert E. Howard’s characters (Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane et al.). My adaption of the first Breckinridge Elkins story, ‘Mountain Man’, has been picked up by Dark Horse Comics for their Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword anthology. It’s 30 pages in total, but will run as three, ten-page chapters in issues 7, 8 and 9. The first part has been relettered and delivered. Work continues on the rest. If the reception to the work is positive, more adaptions of other Breck misadventures may happen.

Closer to home…

There’s a new comics publisher in Tasmania: San Kessto Publications. They’ve released two titles already, the graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs and the first issue of Down There, both by writer/artist Josh Santospirito. Down There (launched last Thursday) is a title that features a rotating roster of artists. I’m doing a little something called Plinth, which will run online and then be collected for Down There. Plinth is my fictionalised take on MONA, David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art. We’ll see how it goes.

Anything else?

Well, after all that is done, I’ll be throwing myself back into a graphic novel project for Gestalt that’s been written by Gary Edwards. I’m 25 pages into a proposed 150 page book. I haven’t forgotten you Gazza!

I also have plans for a collected Cyclone Comics/The Jackaroo book. Scanning old artwork in my spare time.

THEN! The big news! Finally! After twenty years!!!

Naaah… this post is too long as it is.

Next time.


Will Eisner’s JOHN LAW

It’s 1948… and evil walks the streets Crossroads – a city of crime and corruption, dashed hopes and shattered dreams. Where deals are struck with the Devil… and the Devil always collects.

Click the link below to read the award-winning series of stories by Gary Chaloner, starring John Law, Nubbin the Shoe Shine Boy, Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic!

“… It is most unusual for a character created so long ago to be given new life in the hands of someone so able as Gary. I eagerly await the experience of witnessing the development of John Law in the world Chaloner’s creative mind will build.”
—Will Eisner

READ THE STORIES HERE.


Red Kelso

WHAT IF THERE WAS A MAN who maybe… just maybe, inspired a generation of fictional heroes? The Great Gatsby? Clark Savage Jr.? Even Pete Townshend’s deaf, dumb and blind boy Tommy? Could this one man have assisted in the design of long-distance aircraft — being the contemporary of Hughes, Lindberg and Earhart? As a child in Germany, could this same man have been abducted by the notorious child murderer portrayed in Fritz Lang’s noir masterpiece “M”? Could this man’s later exploits on a lost island be the basis for the cinema classic “King Kong”?

This is the premise behind the adventures of Ulysses ‘Red’ Kelso. Character driven stories told in the grand adventure tradition of Eisner, Toth, Hergé and Crane, but presented to the reader with a modern sensibility and clean line style.

Epic encounters with prehistoric monsters would be matched with cold-hearted mob warfare on the streets of Prohibition New York. Imagine Crane’s Captain Easy meeting Bernet’s Torpedo or Toth’s Bravo for Adventure trapped in a James Ellroy novel or Alfred Hitchcock’s take on Eisner’s The Spirit… this is Red Kelso’s world: tough, funny and unpredictably dangerous!

With a supporting cast of characters drawn from the rich well of personalities involved in the early days of aviation, movies and politics — as well as fictional characters and themes from some of the great adventure masterpieces of Conan Doyle, Verne, Howard and Burroughs— the stories will be aimed at a broad market consisting of comic readers, book lovers and movie goers. In fact, grand adventure lovers of all ages.

READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER HERE!

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The Undertaker Morton Stone

Cruising the streets in his hotted-up hearse, dead dog by his side, Morton Stone seeks revenge… and the the elusive “Toe Nail Clipper Killer”… Mr. Noddy!

Join the Undertaker on his insane quest through the underbelly of the city. Meet Brandy Alexander (ex-SAS killer and sexy transvestite), The Muscle (Brandy’s formidable girlfriend and nightclub bouncer), Doc Apocraphy (contemporary of John the Baptist) and many more interesting characters.

Written by Gary Chaloner, with artwork by some of Australia’s top talent: Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood, Justin Randall and Chaloner himself.

Visit the official website for more information.


Doc Wilde

Looking For Adventure? GO WILDE!

To the world at large, the Wilde family is an amazing team of golden-skinned adventurers, born to daring escapades and globetrotting excitement!

Dr. Spartacus Wilde, world class scientist and inventor, physical exemplar, ultimate warrior, and loving dad!

Brian and Wren Wilde, the world’s most swashbuckling kids, able to survive perilous situations through quick wits and the intensive training and astonishing gadgets that are their birthright!

Aided by their dashing majordomo Phineas Bartlett and their loyal driver and pilot Declan mac Coul, the Wildes crisscross the Earth on a constant quest for new knowledge, incredible thrills, and good old fashioned adventure!

“It’s a true delight…Tim Byrd has taken Doc Savage, added in a pinch of Robert E. Howard, a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft, and mixed it all together in a well done, enchanting pastiche of the pulps that will appeal to the adult audience as well as the young adult readers. It is an over the top at times, rip roaring adventure that returns us to the days of yesteryear and leaves us wanting more.”
—The Baryon Review

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom
Written by Tim Byrd, with illustrations by Gary Chaloner

Watch for Doc Wilde and The Mad Skull, Doc Wilde and The Dance of the Werewolf, and other Wilde adventures from Outlaw Moon Books!

Visit DOC WILDE ADVENTURE HEADQUARTERS at www.DocWilde.com