Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pulp Double Feature: THE SHADOW & THE SPIDER + HeroesCon Schedule

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Hello Pulp Friends,

Here's my covers for THE SHADOW #6 an THE SPIDER #5* due in stores in September.
These are some of my favorite covers yet for this Pulp-tastic duo so I hope you dig them :)
Also a reminder that I will be at HEROES CON in CHarlotte this coming weekend. I will be sketching and have some Pulp Sunday and Black Beetle prints (among other stuff) - pls feel free to stop by and say hi. 
Here is all the details about panels and sketching.
 Emerald City Comic Con 2012
HEROES CON - Charlotte June 22-24

I'm so excited to be back to one of my favorite shows ever, especially after missing it last year for health issues. A lot of people have asked me about my sketch availability and rates, so here's how I plan to handle that (subject to change if needed).

Location: I'm in Artist Alley, table 313 (see diagram below), near dear friends like the Immonens and Mike Mignola.

Emerald City Comic Con 2012

Panels: I'm on 2 panels Saturday & a panel on Sunday I hope you'll attend.

SATURDAY 11:00 am
Room 207ABCD
COVER me HELLBOY (Covers Mini-series #2)
How do you scare someone or repulse someone and at the same time entice them enough to buy your comic book?  That is the challenge that Hellboy and BPRD face every time they release a book.  Join Cap Blackard as he examines Hellboy Cover art with Mike Mignola, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla and Dave Johnson.  Stop reading this program and get your-bad-self up here NOW!!!!

SATURDAY 3:30 pm
Room 207ABCD
Batman: Black Mirror with Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla--Join our stalwart Discussion leader Jason Wheatley (sorry ladies--he’s single) as he sits down with Snyder and Francavilla, the creative team behind the best-selling Batman: Black Mirror storyline.  Bring lots of questions.  This is going to be really good!

SUNDAY 12.30 pm
Room 206
Comic Twart
Born on Twitter, several comic artists joined forces to draw a new character each week. Comic Twart is one of the longest running collectives of it’s kind! Visit them at Please join fellow “Twarters”:  Francesco Francavilla, Mitch Gerads, Andy Kuhn, Dan Panosian, and Ramón Pérez, Ron Salas and maybe more as they discuss this fabulous site and maybe create art right before your eyes!

Signings: I will sign books and prints (and thank you for supporting me by buying my stuff)! If you have a lot of books and there's a long line, I may ask you to let me do it in batches just to be considerate to others. There might be some scheduling for the signing: if so, I will make sure to have a sign at my table.

Con Sketch

Convention Sketches: Yes, I will be doing sketches at the show. I can't do any sketching prior to the show due to deadlines.
The sketches will be 9x12 Bristol, single-figure, some background, done with pencils, inks and probably washes.
My prices are: Head/Bust - $60; Full-Figure $200.
I try to do 8-10 of these per day. It's done first-come, first-serve, so just come see me early to get on the list. I will do a new list every day. I take cash or credit card (assuming this new iPad gizmo works).
Below is a sample of a 9x12 full figure, fully inked sketch.

Prints & Books: I'm driving so I will have a larger variety of prints with me. I'll definitely have some Black Beetle, Poe, Lovecraft, Phantoms of SPace (above), USRA, and lots of other prints. I'll also have a limited quantity of my sketchbooks (Chiaroscuro Vol.1 & Schermoscuro Vol.1). If there's something specific you want, I will gladly pre-sell these to you and you can pick them up at the show and save some shipping. Just email me for details and availability.

Hope to see you at the show :)

Meanwhile, wish you all a wonderful Pulp Sunday :)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sci-Fi/Noir Double Feature: CAPTAIN AMERICA and BLACK WIDOW

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Hello Pulp Friends,

I am so happy to finally announce my next project at MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA and BLACK WIDOW, a 5 issue mini written by a dear friend of mine and a heck of talented writer, Mr Cullen Bunn :)

The mini will debut this September with a double shipping (#636 and #637) and will mix the classic Super Hero action with noir-thriller (as seen on the above cover) and weird-science, sci-fi themes (as you can see below). I am working on it right now and trust me: it's gonna be tons of FUN :)

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Above you can see my first 2 covers for the mini, and here's the solicits from Marvel:

• Captain America and the Black Widow are on a deadly collision course!
• Crosshairs are trained on Cap!
• Kashmir Venemma dies! At least twice!
• Guest-starring Hawkeye, Iron Man, and Dr. Doom (?)
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T ...$2.99 (EACH)

Hope you guys enjoy the covers and will pick up the issues in September :)


Artwork © 2012 Francesco Francavilla

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ray Bradbury's Double Feature: "Twilight Zone" & "It Came From Outer Space"

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Hello, Pulp Friends,

After "THE SCYTHE", my tribute to Ray Bradbury posted a couple of days ago, I am continuing the celebration of this great writer with a new tribute illustrating his episode for the beloved series TWILIGHT ZONE titled "I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC" (above) and  reposting a Pulp Sunday classic (below): the monstrous aliens of "It Came From Outer Space" ("Destinazione... Terra!" in its Italian release), written by Ray Bradbury in 1953and directed by Jack Arnold.

Wish you all a wonderful Pulp Sunday :)


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Artwork © 2009-2012 Francesco Francavilla.
"Watchers from Outer Space" © and TM 2012 Francesco Francavilla.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"THE SCYTHE" - A tribute to Ray Bradbury

Tribute to Maurice SENDAK
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My tribute to the late Ray Bradbury who have left us yesterday for the stars and the amazing universes he described so well in his books.

THE SCYTHE was one of his early short tales. I am thinking to tackle "Something Wicked This Way Comes" next.

So long, Ray, and thanks for all the Magic you gave us.


"The Scythe" (from Weird Tales, July 1943)

Sunday, June 3, 2012


(After)Life With Archie #23 Cover
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Hello Pulp Friends,

After my acclaimed set of covers for ARCHIE MEETS KISS (which contributed to my Eisner nomination as Best Cover Artist as well), I was SUPER happy to be asked to provide a new variant cover for the folks of Riverdale. :)
This time I played the old EC/Warren horror magazine cover card by having Archie face a zombified Jughead and Co.

Here's an excerpt from the Archie Comics website:
"Just when you thought it was safe to stroll through the Riverdale cemetery at night… AOL’s Comics Alliance unveiled the variant cover of Life with Archie #23 where Archie encounters his undead friends, courtesy of Archie Meets KISS cover artist Francesco Francavilla, who lends his talents to Archie once again. No stranger to giving Riverdale a spooky facelift, this latest effort from Francavilla further cements Archie’s flexibility in limitless story possibilities.
While the story itself contains no sign of zombies, it serves as a good indicator of more stunning covers to come that’ll keep readers on their toes. When it comes to Archie Comics, expect the unexpected."

I would like to add that my foray in the ARCHIE world is not over yet ;)

Have a wonderful Pulp Sunday, everyone.


Artwork © 2012 Francesco Francavilla