Sunday, July 29, 2012

"The SHADOW and the Bloody Hand of Doom"

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Hello Pulp Friends,

Here's my cover for THE SHADOW #7 due in stores in October.
Be ready for a double SHADOW serving next month when I will be revealing the covers for November :)

I wanted also to let everyone know I received my Artist Proofs (see above) for the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON poster art I did for Mondo. The amount is very limited (about 20 copies) so I am trying to figure out how to put them on sale (and find out related shipping method/costs - never shipped something this big) and make it a very limited/special poster to hang on your wall.
Tune in middle of the week for details.

Meanwhile, wish you all a wonderful Pulp Sunday :)


Sunday, July 22, 2012

EISNERs, The Black Beetle, and Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Best Cover Artist Eisner Winner FF

Hey guys,

it's a very very special edition of Pulp Sunday for many reasons, and for some great news, all coming out from last week's SDCC. Please read the full post and you'll see. :)



As you can guess from the photo above, I won an EISNER for the BEST COVER ARTIST category! Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible, including you all guys always being so kind and supportive of my work :)
It was great to see lots of my friends being rewarded too: guys like Darwyn Cooke, Ramon Perez, Paolo Rivera, Mike Norton, and list goes on and on. Great comics and great creators being rewarded is always wonderful to see :)
But the Eisner on Friday night was just the cherry on top of a great couple of days at SDCC.


The Black Beetle in NO WAY OUT
More BLACK BEETLE! (click on the image for bigger view)

Yes, during the Dark Horse panel on Thursday, I announced the upcoming (and long awaited) NO WAY OUT, a new Black Beetle mini starting at the very beginning of 2013 and that will tell the story that some of you have started reading in the (now sold out) Black Beetle #0 ashcan.
Before the mini, you will also have a chance to get the whole NIGHT SHIFT story that run in Dark Horse Presents #11-12-13 in a one shot that will include some extras and will have a brand new cover. And this is just the beginning of the Black Beetle saga: expect much more in 2013 :)


The Creature From The Black Lagoon MONDO's CREATURE FORM THE BLACK LAGOON! (click on the image for bigger view)

Last but not least, on Friday morning MONDO released my first poster I did with them: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, part of their Universal Monster line.
The poster, limited and numbered to 325 copies, sold out within an hour. I am expecting a certain number of Artist Proofs so stay tuned on my blogs or on my twitter feed (@f_francavilla) for the chance to get a copy if you missed out in SD.

And yes, more collaborations with MONDO are in the plans :)

Hope you all are as excited as I am for the Eisner, The Creature, and  - most of all - for more Black Beetle!

Have a wonderful Pulp Sunday, everyone :)


Artwork © 2012 Francesco Francavilla

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SDCC & TR!CKSTER 2012 FF Full Schedule

The Spider SDCC & TR!CKSTER 2012 FF Full Schedule

Hey guys,

First: my most recent cover for THE SPIDER to celebrate this Pulp SUnday.
And following is my entire schedule for this year SDCC (or CCI) and TR!CKSTER shows. Hope to see you guys there in SD: looks like it's gonna be GOOD time :)


Thursday, July 12

SIGNING at DC Booth #1915 - bring your Black Mirror HCs or Swamp Thing #10 issues by to get them signed.

Dark Horse Panel: Powered by Creators, Room 23ABC
An In-Depth Look at the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— Just over 25 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with a different agenda than any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and today it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters and concepts. Self-publishing sensation Sam Humphries introduces Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, along with a cast of top talent from around the industry. Expect exclusive announcements, and much, much more!
FF: A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming out from this panel, so make sure to be there :)

3-4 pm 
SIGNING at Dark Horse Booth #2615 Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

SIGNING at CBLDF Booth #1920


Friday, July 13

>>> Secret Project & Con Exclusive Merchandise Signing – Project & Items To Be Announced & Tweeted at Show
FF: make sure to check my twitter feed (@f_francavilla) at 10am for details on the what and where!

12-1 pm SIGNING at MARVEL Booth #2329

Trickster Symposium

NEW LOCATION!!! Wine Steals/Proper, 795 J Street

Get tickets and information for all Trickster Symposia and events at

Afternoons at TR!CKSTER will feature THE ARTISTS’ WORKSHOPS, a series of informal demonstrations by a gathering of today’s top visual storytellers. Designed to allow for up-close-and-personal demonstrations of technique and method, these workshops will feature artists creating original works on-site and in the moment, from watercolor and acrylic to pencil and ink. Work might include actual comics pages being produced, thumbnails, or original paintings that might be used for production. Some work will be available for sale as its produced, some just for demonstration, but these workshops have been hailed as some of the more memorable experiences at TR!CKSTER. Make sure to include this experience in your schedule this year!
Demonstrating artists will include  JILL THOMPSON (Scary Godmother),  JIM MAHFOOD (L.A. Inkstains), FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Black Beetle, Sorrow, Garrison), FABIO MOON (BPRD, Casanova), SCOTT MORSE (Strange Science Fantasy, BRAVE), ARMAND BALTAZAR (The Collidescape Chronicles, Pixar designer), and an assortment of other top visual storytellers from comics, film, and illustration backgrounds. Artists will vary daily.

PERFECT FOR: artists and aspiring artists in all fields; anyone looking to explore new media and technique/method


Saturday, July 14

5-6 pm
SIGNING at DC Booth #1915

7.30 pm 
CBLDF Art AuctionA first look of preview images is available at or at the CBLDF’s booth, number 1920! This auction will take place at the Hilton Bayfront, in the Sapphire AB Room, at 7:30 pm. YOU DO NOT NEED A COMIC CON BADGE TO ATTEND. More art will be added up til the auction begins!
FF: I have two pieces in this auction Captain America and Golden Age Sandman (see below). Pls bid generously for a great cause.

CBLDF Captain America CBLDF Golden Age Sandman


Artwork © 2012 Francesco Francavilla

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lone Ranger #7 Cover & HARVEY Awards Nomination

The Lone Ranger #7 Cover
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Hello Pulp friends,

above you can see the cover of LONE RANGER #7 which kicks off a new arc titled NATIVE GROUNDS, written and illustrated again by Ande Parks and Esteve Polls who are making this one of the most consistently good read on the shelves.
This book is in stores this week: A MUST BUY, if you ask me  :)

And now onto some more great award news: 

Harvey Awards 2012

I am up for the prestigious Harvey Award in the Best Colorist category for my work on BLACK PANTHER (see below) in 2011!
A big Thank you to everyone who voted me for the award: I really appreciate it :)
And congrats to all the other nominees: many dear friends among them so I feel blessed to be in such great company :)

Harvey Award Nominee
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From the Harvey Awards website:

"Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Friday, August 17, 2012. Full details for submission of completed ballots can be found on the final ballot. Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field. Final ballots are available for download at"

The ceremony will be held in Baltimore during the Baltimore Comic-Con as usual. Hope to see you guys there :)

Artwork © 2012 Francesco Francavilla

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pulp Double Feature: DARK SHADOWS & THE SPIDER

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Hello Pulp Friends,

Time for another Double Feature here on Pulp Sunday.
Here's my covers for DARK SHADOWS #11 an THE SPIDER #3.

Have a wonderful Pulp Sunday, everyone :)