Friday, April 29, 2011

Covers... From The Vault

BPRD MONSTERS #1 Variant Cover Layouts
Green Hornet Year One Original Cover Art
Zorro & Man With No Name Original COver Art

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Hello Pulp Friends,

We end this Cover Week with a few original covers form the vault.
As some of you know, I had to pack all my originals 2 evening ago due to the tornado emergency that hit most of the East South. Luckily our area was spared by the violent storm, but I took precautions to bring everything important in the basement nevertheless.
Putting things back, I decided to took some random photo of the original art. Here are a few of those shots featuring cover art fro Zorro Year One, Green Hornet Year One, Man With No Name, and BPRD.
I have more and will post them sometime soon.
Meanwhile I hope you enjoy these covers... from the Vault :)


All Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sherlock Holmes Year One #6 Cover

Sherlock Holmes Year One #6 Cover
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Hello Pulp Friends,

For today's installment of COVER WEEK, here's my final cover for the Sherlock Holmes Year One mini. I am gonna miss drawing the Greatest Detective of all times, at least in the near future.
I hope you guys are picking up this book becuase it's a really entertaining read, Scott Beatty is doing it right :)

Covers by Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Campbell, Daniel Indro
Writer: Scott Beatty
Penciller/Inker: Daniel Indro

Captured by the Twelve Caesars Killer, Holmes, his reluctant partner Dr. John Watson, and the fetching Irene Adler fight to free themselves before the maniacal murderer completes his deadly dozen! But when the madman's identity is finally revealed, the greater horror may be what the Killer intends to accomplish with his terrible infamy! Will London survive?


Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Detective Comics #879 Cover

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Hello Pulp Friends,

Cover Week continues with DETECTIVE COMICS #879 cover.
This issue will be on sale in July (see solicitation details below)and again fully illustrated by yours truly :)
If you have been reading the latest issues (#875 in particular), you will recognize that item our beloved Commissioner is holding in his hand.

I am not saying anything else except don't forget to pick up Detective Comics #876 in stores today. It's the first part of a new 3-issue arc, HUNGRY CITY, that will reveal new villains in the Gotham landscape and will add more details to the James JR storyline.
Written by mastermind Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jock and David Baron :)

And here's the solicits for #879, on sale in July.

For years, Jim Gordon has been tormented by the possibility that his son, James Jr., might be a killer. Tonight, he'll get the answers he's been after. But is the truth about James even darker than the Commissioner, or even Batman, could have guessed?

On sale July 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BPRD - Monsters #1 Variant Cover

BPRD MONSTERS #1 Variant Cover
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Hello Pulp Friends,

Back in December I announced that I got the sweet assignment from Mike Mignola and Dark Horse to do variant covers for 4 of Mike's titles. In that occasion I also revealed the first of those covers, a variant for issue 1 of HELLBOY: THE FURY, the final 3 issue arc of the collaboration of Mike with supertalented artist Duncan Fegredo. You can see the cover here.

Some speculated that my covers were all for that mini, but as you can see here today, my variants will be for issue 1 of different titles/arcs. Now that the book is in May Previews (for July's release), I can finally reveal the second of those covers: BPRD: MONSTERS #1 (of a 2 issue mini).
This issue will have a wonderful regular cover by Mike himself, and another variant by Ryan Sook (another awesome piece of art :))

If I get the ok from DH, I am gonna share the several sketches/layouts I did before we decided to finalize the one that turned in the cover you see here.

Hope you guys dig it and tune in all week for more covers in this COVER WEEK on Pulp Sunday :)


B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH--MONSTERS #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant cover)
While the Bureau's off fighting giant bat-eared beasts in Texas, Liz Sherman is kicking hillbilly ass in a trailer park!
"The acronym "B.P.R.D." has become for us synonymous for a good read . . . Keep up the good work Dark Horse!"-MTV Geek
Debut issue of new artist Tyler Crook!

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Tyler Crook
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook, Francesco Francavilla (variant)

Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What If... An Easter Carol

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Harvey Two Face Dent

Oswald The Penguin Cobblepot

Scarface & the Ventriloquist

Hello Pulp Friends,

Hope everyone is having a Happy and Pulpy Easter :)


All Artwork © 2006-2011 Francesco Francavilla

Sunday, April 17, 2011

C. and H. Private Investigations

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Calvin & Hobbes

Hello Pulp Friends,

A couple of days ago I did the below illo for last week topic at Comic Twart. Since Calvin imagines so many adventures with his friend Hobbes, I imagined the hard-boiled duo you can see here.
C&H Private Investigations seems to really have clicked with lots of people to my surprise :)
Please note: C&H in C&H Private Investigations DOES NOT stand for Calvin and Hobbes. This duo is a complete different couple of characters, and the guy with the luchador mask is Hector, while the blondie is... well, please lemme know if you want to know more and I will be posting more here on Pulp Sunday :)

For now I hope you enjoy the new poster (above) about a new case for C&H Private Investigations: "THE SMOKING MAN".

Have a wonderful Pulp Sunday everyone :)


"C&H INVESTIGATIONS" & Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

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Calvin & Hobbes

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jonah Hex in "Thar was five of 'em..."

Thar was five of 'em - A Weird Western Tale of Jonah Hex by Francesco Francavilla
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Hola guys,

while we wait for some Black Beetle "Kara Bocek" sequential action in the next few weeks (yes, you read it right! :)), how about a little warm-up/snack with a one-page Weird Western Tale starring our beloved Jonah Hex I wrote & drew some time ago?
Hope you enjoy it the same as you did "some time ago" :)

Wishing you all a wounderful Pulp Sunday!


Story & Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Storyteller, The Immortals, & PIGS

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Hello Pulp Friends,

Thanks to the several panels/announcements in San Francisco's WonderCOn this weekend, I can finally reveal a few more of the things that boil in my giant cauldron (sorry, I couldn't find a smaller pot at Macy's ;)).
All of these involve my good friend Nate Cosby (who is playing Editor and Writer duties) who kindly invited me to be part of such cool books. Thanks, Nate :)

First up: Jim Henson's THE STORYTELLER, an hardcover anthology inspired by Jim Henson's famous TV series, published by Archaia, and edited by Nate, who gathered quite a lineup of talents: Roger Langridge, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Brian Clevinger, Tom Fowler, Marjorie Liu, Evan Shaner, Jennifer Meyer, Katie Cook, Chris Eliopoulos, Ron Marz, Jim McCann, Janet Lee, myself and more.
I am writing and illustrating a short for this anthology and will make sure to give you more details when I am allowed. All i can say there is a little hint in the above little tribute poster I did for today's Pulp SUnday :)

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Another anthology, still to be published by Archaia and still edited by Nate, will be centered on classic mythology and will be based on The Immortals movie. More talents lined up here as well: Ben Templesmith, David Mack, Ron Marz, Dennis Calero, Jock, myself, and many others will bring short classic tales to life.
Once again, I am writing and illustrating a short and, again, will reveal more when it's time (Note - the above illo is just an old drawing I did for 300 :))

PIGS #2 Cover
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And then there is PIGS, a new Image ongoing written by Nate and Ben McCool with interior art by newcomer Breno Tamura, SotoColor on color, Rus Wooton lettering and an amazing group of cover artists that include Jock, Amanda Conner, Humberto Ramos, Becky Cloonan, myself and more. Can't wait to share the cover I did for issue 2 :)
EDIT: Ok, above is my cover for issue 2 :) More details on my Sketchblog

Ok, I guess that should be it for now. Please lemme give a HUGE THANKS to all of you who picked up Detective Comics #875 this week and made it one of the most memorable moments of my making comics experience - so glad you all enjoyed reading it as much we did making it :)

Have a wonderful Pulp Sunday everyone!


Artwork © 2011 Francesco Francavilla