Witch Hunts graphic novel turns 5!

Hard to believe it’s been five years this month since Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times was first published.

This project was a true labour of love; not only my first graphic novel project but mainly because it was the start of a great friendship between the authors, Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton.

Sadly, Rocky lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014, but I have no doubt the great man will be smiling down with pride today.

This book received many accolades and attention in the years after its publication, not only receiving the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel in 2013, but also ending up as a required text for a History course at Granite College in New Hampshire and even being banned by Facebook for a short time after being singled out for apparently expressing violence towards women. It even featured as a Jeopardy! question if you can believe it!

Personally, I loved toiling away on this book because it was – and still is – important. It’s unfortunate that witch hunts are still occurring in some countries today. I hope that the graphic novel continues to be read and used as a tool to learn from the past.

If you haven’t read Witch Hunts, I highly recommend picking up a copy in print from Amazon or direct from McFarland Publishers.

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Art, art and more art

It’s been quite a while between posts and that’s mainly because I’ve been a tad busy creating fresh book cover art and internal art for various book and magazine publishers.

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been churning out from the meat grinder.

The biggest project was providing cover art and about 20 internal illustrations for the anthology, “Anatomy of Monsters”, edited by Robert Teun and soon to be released in print and digital from Stitched Smile Publications. The book will feature stories from the likes of Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, Josh Malerman, Brian Hodge, Nicholas Vince, and even one from yours truly! Follow this link for more info

I had a blast working with Robert and SSP to bring these pieces to life and the stories (which reinvent the origins of famous literary and movie monsters) are really fantastic.

Meanwhile, I’ve also supplied some art to Voodoo Press for an upcoming German translation edition of “Milestone”. This follows four other illustrations I created for KPB’s previous book with Voodoo, “Novellas”. Given that I’m not sure if either book is yet released, I can’t show you any of those pieces just yet, but hopefully soon.

Fellow authors and friends, John Dennehy, Craig Saunders and Matthew Tait, as well as the Australian Horror Writers Association, recently had me create some covers for a few their books as well.

Naturally, I’ve created a whole bunch more images for fun (many of these you can find – and BUY – on my Society 6 page), but I do love the challenge of creating book covers and illustrations for other people.

Finally, the most recent piece I created was to accompany Alan Baxter’s Sci-Fi tale, “Once Was Lost” in issue #99 of Aurealis Magazine, which just came out this week! I quite like how it turned out, a nice mix of hand-painted and digital art.

There has been one setback. My 6-year-old i-Mac recently breathed it’s last breath so unfortunately, that has hindered my workload a bit. But the good news is that I will be getting a brand new computer very soon!

With all that said and done, if you are an author or publisher and do need a book cover or illustration done quickly and relatively inexpensively, feel free to contact me via this email.

Now it’s back to the drawing board. ūüôā

 

 

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The Horrible Colouring Book available now

GRAB YOUR RED CRAYONS!

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The Horrible Colouring Book has been unleashed!

The Horrible¬†Colouring Book, contains 24 horror themed illustrations to appease your colour-in cravings! Vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster, evil carnivals, scarecrows and Halloween and much more!¬†I’m very excited to see this book in the flesh!

The book is priced at $9.95AUD+postage and I AM SIGNING EVERY COPY THAT IS SOLD!

Some of the greats of horror fiction and film were granted a sneak peek at the contents of the colouring book recently and this is what they had to say:

“The most fun you can have with colouring pencils without stabbing someone with them.” Aaron Sterns, Co-writer Wolf Creek 2, author Wolf Creek: Origin. Closet artist.

“Absolutely BRILLIANT! I love it. Beyond being a cool coloring book, it’s a wonderfully witty tribute to the whole genre. Bravo!”
Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award¬ģ-winning author and screenwriter.

Now go grab a copy – and no matter what, don’t colour outside the lines!

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Art theft

So this week I discovered that a Stephen King themed piece of art I created in 2014 is being sold as a T-shirt by a bootleg company.

These scum basically stole the art (most likely from the Facebook post I put up when I created it two years ago), changed out the handwritten titles with a computer font, but kept the King drawing I did. They even poorly photoshopped it onto a photo of the man himself!

Sold through a back channel through teefuny.com (a rip of teefury.com) and also via this Facebook page, these arseholes are not only stealing art, but also people’s money, as as far as I can tell, no shirts are being printed. So please, don’t buy any shirts from any of these sites!

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A screengrab of my stolen artwork (apparently on sale as a t-shirt)

There isn’t much more I can do to get the shirt taken down. I could lodge a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint, but I’d have to pay $100 for them to contact a site that only has a limited lifespan and ¬†will probably just reappear in some other form elsewhere. It seems like wasted money, that I’m not prepared to throw away.

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The original art above

An artist friend told me I should take it as a compliment and I guess I’m trying to do that and not get too worked up about it. It was a shock, but I think it was inevitable. And who’s to say that other artworks of mine aren’t being pilfered by other crooks and I’m just not aware? My books are certainly being pirated!

The thing that I can do and have done is delete any old art hosting accounts that I haven’t used in a while and keep it in one central repository. The other thing I can do is be very careful about what art I post on my social media accounts, and limit its access.

Another lesson learned, but it’s still frustrating that people can exploit artists so easily.

Having said that, I’m very grateful to all those people who have come out to support me and report these thieves.

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Random scribbles

It’s been quite a few months between posts here, but it means I’ve been rather busy – mostly experimenting with different art styles and products, but also doing the odd piece of paid art here and there.

I’ve got an exciting colouring book¬†project happening right now, but I don’t want to reveal much detail on that until it’s ready, but these pieces below should give you an idea of what I’ve been up to over the past few months. Apologies for the poor photo quality as¬†some of them were taken on my phone.

Better quality scans can be viewed (and prints purchased) from HERE

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It’s a dirty job…

Charcoal is one medium that I’m starting to come back around to.

I’ve never really played around with it that much but in the last few weeks I’ve been dabbling with it and I’m really finding it perfect for the usual horror-themed art I create.

The last time I used charcoal was to create some art for the excerpt trailer for my novella, The Noctuary. You can view it below:

I love the rapid fire nature of charcoal, and the boldness of dark and light. Each piece was done in less than an hour. I’m considering doing a very large scale piece. We’ll see how it goes.

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October art

Halloween seems to be the time of year that I’m most prolific as an artist.

Being an Aussie, its well into Spring here so I really shouldn’t be painting images of pumpkins and browning leaves or mysterious sunsets, but I think it’s the only way I will ever experience the true Halloween season.

So for the past few weeks, in between creating zombies and the like for my Halloween yard display, I’ve been mixing lots of orange, brown, yellow with black and dabbling in Photoshop to create some new art. I hope you like it.

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Also timely is an interview I recently participated in for Renderosity Magazine where I, and fellow artist Melissa Moraitis discuss what influences our art. You can check it out HERE.

I hope you all have a great Halloween!

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