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Interview with artist António Brandão

What initially appealed you to about Vile ?

 

I found the story and the subject very interesting. It also helped that I liked Richard’s approach and the way he explained and presented the project was very compelling.

 

 

What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?

 

Since it’s a story set in time period with very specific characteristics I had to research some visual aspects of the story. Mostly clothes, furniture, houses,… so it lends a bit of realism and historical accuracy to the story.

 

 

What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile ?

 

Getting to work in a different subject, a different environment. I’ve done several stories but this one it the first one set in the old west. I also truly like the interaction between the members of this team and the liberty that Richard gives me to tell this story. It’s great when you get to work in a great project with nice people.

 

 

Are there any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?

 

I especially like the double spread page. It’s the kind of page that lets you push the limits of your craft.

 

 

For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work,  please describe your style and approach? Follow up-where can we find more of your work?

 

I grew up reading all the books I could from Marvel and I especially liked the work of John Buscema, John Byrne and some other of those 70’s/80’s Marvel artists. Later the work of Mignola has impressed me much and more recently Coipel and Immonen are some of my favourites. I like to think my style has a bit of those artists in it.

You can find some of my work at toze-barnabe on deviantART and in some comic books published in the last few years.

 

 

In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?

 

I think it shows us the struggle of a native woman held captive by a vile man and the ways she copes with the situation. All of that with a bit of supernatural

 

 

What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?

 

I like to vary my tools a bit. It depends a bit on my current disposition and what the story demands. I don’t do very tight pencils because I’m inking my own work so I think my most used tool would be my brush pens. I’m also trying the new Pigma Sensei pens by Sakura and I like them a lot so far.

 

 

Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal and London I believe. 

 Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?

 

I think everyone is doing their part just fine and we’ve been managing to deal very well with the fact that we have members of our team scattered around the US and Europe.

 

 

My friend! I love the grittiness you’ve brought to this book. The detail you put into Clem, we haven’t seen that before with him. I really love your ability to adapt to different environments. Do you change tools to do that? Different pencils or inking differently?

Thanks, Richard!

I always try to give some personality to the characters, sometimes more than just the technical aspect. Heavy brows and an evil smirk, some hand gestures or even the posture might help to define a character’s nature to the reader.

About the tools, yes, I sometimes change tools. I usually use more brush work if I need a more organic feel and markers for more static subjects. I also prefer pens and nibs that allow me some flexibility in the line.

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Meet the new “Vile” team

Hello everyone. I wanted to drop in and touch base. Because, it has really been too long. I was inspired, got off of my butt, and now Vile is off of life support and running naked through the woods. I’ve added some really great members to the team, made some more friends and gotten things going again. Issue #2 is nearly complete! Although, the news about issue #2 has to wait, because we have another publisher! Rats and Crows Publishing, and they have some great things in the works.

Yeah, so right now, the plan for Vile is to release it once the story is completed and release it in February.  Finally, the REAL hard work can begin. That brings me to the point of the writing. The new team.

But before we do, my new pal Steve Orlando, the writer for Midnighter, Super-Girl and Batman and Robin Eternal had this to say about Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley

VILE is a bold drumbeat resounding with Native American culture infused with raw myth and wonder — a rich, textured world where new gods are born every day and wake to welcome the tough face of a new century.

I’m honored this fine writer and person took the time to not only BUY Vile Legend, but to also give me this blurb. We need more people like Steve Orlando in the world.

 

The members of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley, or Vile #2

Dyan Johnson-Lettering-lettering and flourish director/proof-reading

Eleonora Dalla Rosa-Colorist/Technicolor wizardry

António Brandão-Pencils, Inks, Blacks

Richard Paul Davis-Writer, Creator

 

 

 

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Interview with letterer Dyan Johnson

What initially appealed you to about Vile #2?

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Letterer Dyan Johnson working on another page for Vile.

I was impressed with the writing style and originality of the story. Richard has a way of expressing emotional topics without cluttering up the page with unnecessary details.  

What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?

I read issue #01 and fell in love with the story. After that, I winged-it.

What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile #2?

I love our team. Everyone is friendly and communicative, and I feel we each find a piece of ourselves in this story. It’s important that all members care about the project from the first read of the script to the final product.

Are there any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?

Page 09. I think we all put our hearts into our first page as a team and it turned out beautifully.

For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work, please describe your style and approach? Follow up-where can we find more of your work?

Ha. I think my style should be called, “hot mess,” but in a positive way I suppose. I tend to think a bit out of the box. My style is basically my brain trying to organize itself on paper. I don’t ask the questions. More hot mess can be found on my website: dyanj.com. (That sounds dirtier than it is.)

In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?

A Native American woman is kidnapped by an outsider and must fend for herself. Little does her captor know, she puts up one hell of a fight. The bounty hunters are probably helpful, too. 

What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?

The pen tool in Adobe Illustrator — the most important tool in the program. It takes a lot of patience to learn, but it makes all the difference between professional and amateur work.

Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal and London I believe. Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?

I think we’ve got it already. 

Dyan-I love what you were able to do with little direction from me. You came on to the project before Eleonora and Antonio. How did you find your direction with the first 8 pages, and then switch gears to the next phase? Antonio has a really different style than the previous artist in this issue.

I prefaced every page with, “if this is too out of the box, I can fix it…” but Richard never held back. Basically, I dumped all the noise in my head out on paper and took it from there. That’s how this stuff works, right?

 

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Dyan Johnson lettering example and sneak preview for Vile.
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Interview with Colorist Eleonora Dalla Rosa

1. What initially appealed you to about Vile?
The story, first of all. I read Vile #1 when Richard contacted me to color the second issue and the plot was pretty engaging and the characters so well portrayed that I was really curious to know more and give my contribute to it! 
 
2. What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?
Reading the script is of course essential to understand which mood I need to give to the page. Then, depending on the story, sometimes I need to look for some real life images, especially if the plot is set in the past, in a precise period of time with its own visual culture references! And last, movies and comics are always a great source of inspiration for a specific scene/atmosphere.
3. What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile?
I think seeing how the project slowly comes to life: there are many people working on it, writer, artist, colorist, letterer… everyone puts something necessary in it and together we make it worth. Looking at the final result makes me really proud! 
 
4. Any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?
Well, the pages I started working on, of course, so from number 09! I really wanted to make a good impression with my coloring and at the same time I was pleasantly surprised to see how much freedom Antonio’s drawing style could give me!    
 
5. For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work,  please describe your style and approach?
I start working on each page dividing the inked lines from the white background, then i do the flats colors. My coloring style is soft shaded so the next step is to add soft lights and shadows to make objects and characters three-dimensional. The final part is adjusting the lightning depending which kind of atmosphere i need to give to the scene.
6. In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?
Badass guys, brave ladies, old gods and good luck.
7. What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?
Adobe Photoshop, the software I always use for my digital coloring combined with my pen tablet.
8. Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal, London I believe. I think that our work flow is pretty convenient and professional. Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?
Although our communication system by email is already quite efficient, I would say that maybe we could have all the materials we produce (scripts, references, drafts and pages) gathered in just one place in an even more organized way.
9. After I found your colors, I knew I had to have you work on this book. I adore your style. You add texture and depth that I don’t see very often in comics. How careful are you with choosing the textures and palette while working on Vile?
The Vile western-thriller atmosphere naturally suggested me that using a kind of worn-out paper texture could have helped to make the pages mood even rougher and old, like a story lost in time. I really like mixing the hues and the texture grain using a soft brush, creating a kind of watercolors effect. About the palette I generally try to experiment using opposite tints (blue and yellow, green and red) to emphasize the contrast between background and characters, to drive the attention on a specific detail and to make the readers feel the tension of the scene.
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This Pretty Rocket Comic strip premier

My posts have been pretty sporadic. So much going on and I’ll post on those things soon enough. Right now, I want to announce the premier of my (hopefully) self created comic strip “This Pretty Rocket.” It’s going to be little silly stuff from my life. For the most part, everything will be real pictures that are horribly edited by myself. Hopefully I’ll become good enough to start drawing over the images and be able to do a comic strip without an artist. I have to be able to create and waiting on an artist can be a pain in the royal ass.It’ll often star The Black Sparrow. In fact, the first strip is from a trip we shared to Mt. Adams. Without all that ado…

Richard

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Belated fear piece

I haven’t written any of my blathering posts in a long time. Working on published work, or getting Vile out the door. That’s BS honestly. I’ve been procrastinating a lot, playing video games and coaching baseball. Crying a bit after the Cardinals lost to…the Cubs. The universe is right again after the fall of the mythic Maddon Cubs though.

 

Vile

Vile is everywhere in Seattle. One store in particular…Arcane Comics…has restocked 3 times. I can’t explain why, or how, or who or any other thing. The guys there are great, and Indy comics, or ones that the staff likes are behind the counter, right above all of their valuable ones. Tiny store, so shelf-space is quite valuable. Definitely considering an updated, ‘Arcane comics’ version for the world. Have it at cons and sell it in Arcane. Yeah, we’re going to do that. An Arcane edition of Vile. We meaning my Mac and me. If any of you guys at Arcane read this, by chance, (it could happen because I added them in my tweet) then thank you, thank you so much. Selling you folks copies is offsetting my serious and nearly debilitating habit of collecting comics. Bravo. Bravo.

In case you’re interested in getting Vile digitally, go to comixology. Here’s the link. Not the Zelda one.

http://bit.ly/1FULiCO

Comics I’m reading

The Midnighter is hitting for me, and it’s hitting hard. Nothing is pressed or forced, the dialogue is snappy and seeing Dick Grayson make a couple of appearances gives Midnighter a place in the DC universe for me. I love seeing his personal life. Somehow, some way, this gay super-droid’s personal life seems more real than Peter PArker’s Or Bruce Wayne’s.

Head Lopper

Seriously, this is the kind of comic book that reminds me of why I love fantasy, and comics and so many things. Reminds me of Samurai Jack in a way. Hope that’s not insulting. It’s daunting to see it next to my comic I have to say. Vile is bare bones at 16 pages and $2.99, and Head Lopper is what, 100 at 5 or 6 bones? Ridiculously good-deal.

The Fade Out

Outside of a couple of things, like the Maltese Falcon, I’ve never been much of a noir guy. Kenshi at Arcane (I’m really not pandering here) suggested it was a good read. It is. It really is. I love Brubaker so much I want to be his housekeeper and go through his trash can and read his notes. Or bake him cookies or something. No spoilers here.

Space Riders

Another Kenshi suggestion. Picked up number one and it’s electric man, electric. I’m hoping Electric catches on. Anyway, this is the kind of comic, I imagine, that the cool guy I hung out with in High school read. The guy that dropped out and did drugs and had an anarchy tattoo. Had a T-Bird but quoted Bukowski. That’s a crappy description and I still hope you pick it up. It’s on issue #4 I believe.

Enough…now you read my words. Written last night. Goodbye.

Lightning, Lightning and Thunder. Lightning and thunder but there aint no rain.

-Guthrie Kennard

Real writers

I’m hoping to get to where I’m writing a ton again, though. I subscribe to the Warren Ellis newsletter, or blog. From the Thames Delta. Damn I like that title. Also, Keeping up with Kelly and Matt. Like we’re on a first name basis, right? Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction. I’m in it for the Kelly Sue bits. And the Chip Zdarsky. That dude is clever. I’ll link to their posts below so all 3 of your faithful readers can go over there and have a look. Sign up. Don’t unsubscribe though-Ellis is a demi-god and has those demi-god powers.

Warren Ellis’ latest newsletter

OMG is Matt and Kelly…with Chip

On to my ramble

Clean and Me

This, I hope, is the type of writing that is clean and free of pretense. No longer soiled by whimsy or defiled by fantasy. Strict adherence to order and minimal joy or candor.
Where do you even start? “You” being me in this case, being a coward and hypocrite. You raced long enough to circle back around to what you were running from. You thought it was something to catch, that you’d chased. You took the baton and raced on. I’m seriously not trying to use cliches or other things that make some things sound more exciting by making them sound like other things.
But, I think that since you’ve seen what you’ve done, and how you’ve become, that you can realize you were running in place of a ghost-a wraith from the past. You’ll look around and you will be okay with not being a prodigy, or a pioneer in anything. You will stop and be thankful you’ve become me.
Writing exercises
I want to take Spider-Man and have him sit down with the Punisher. Nick Fury and Captain America too. Have a general discussion. Or, I’d like to write that. I know, there’ve been people to do that before. It’s always done in comic-book style (imagine, that right?) and conversations are done light heartedly, or within crazed battle scenes. I want to do something different and see what makes them tick. But…I can’t. All i can concentrate on is my phone vibrating and these small bushes on the rooftop. I just did a triple-take. An honest to goodness triple-take. Only referenced in hushed whispers and top secret encoded writing amongst abnormally gifted observational artists. What makes these things fucking tick? The scions of American comic culture and heroic archetypes can go to hell. I want to deconstruct these fertile little rotodendrums. Holy hell. That word and description is all wrong. Spell-check cant even help me with that blunder. Seriously though. Are they stoic? Can they be stoic if they’ve never been…the opposite of stoic? Is this why we come up with jargon and colloquialisms? To describe nonsense like this? I nailed colloquialisms if you noticed? Oh sweet wonderous surprise…there are abnormally large wheat stalks to my left. Are they stalks? I’ve delved too deep into this blackish brackish pond. I must return to my comics below.
Richard

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Vile available on Comixology and Indy Planet

Hey folks. Find the information below.

 

Vile #1

Vile #1

Written by: Richard Paul Davis
Published by: Richard Paul Davis
Edited by: Richard Paul Davis
Colored by: Carl Bolton
Lettered by: Carl Bolton
Pencils: Francis Nuguit
Inks: Francis Nuguit
Variant Cover by: Francis Nuguit
Colored by: Sara Machajewski
Lettered by: Sara Machajewski
Price: $1.99

Legend of Thunder Valley
Thunder-Valley 1890
In the pristine and bountiful heart of Thunder Valley, a tribe of Indians is attempting to find their own place within the natural way. Made up of several different tribes and bands, they’ve left the reservation’s confines and attempt to live on the land as their ancestors once did.

The mysterious forces that swirl and pulsate in Thunder-Valley can give great gifts, but they can also spawn the most horrible creatures and tragedies imaginable. The Thunder-Beings, the spirits tasked with overseeing this rift, this churning fountain of creation, have become complacent. Their neglect of the order has left the great machine of life unattended. Energy slips out and sometimes pours into the valley. Thoughts and hopes, fears and desire gift life to evils that never knew life. Long dead gods find power.

The gods here are as real as the horrors and triumphs in and around Thunder-Valley. In fact, through the dreams and nightmares of the living, new gods are born everyday. One of those creatures, and tragedies, is “Vile” Clem Styles. However, this is the story of one of the lost souls that encounters him.

Buy now on comiXology!

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Comic stores where you can find Vile

Hey friends. Right now, Vile is available in 3 locations in and around Seattle, with more to come. Arcane has sold out and restocked once already, so go get your copies.

*update* 

Couple of items here. Arcane comics in Ballard has purchased 15 copies of Vile total. I’ve restocked 3 times there. Tiny little shop with knowledgeable staff and an area upfront near the register that moves copies. Other than their exceptional staff, easy to find location and well placed new comics, I cant figure out why they’ve sold so many copies of the book. Other stores have sold copies, but just not as well as Arcane for some reason. Anyway, I’m clearly not complaining, but, I wonder if it’s because I live a block away? Some things to think about.

Subspace comics in Lynnwood WA. is now on board to carry Vile #1. It’s in the back of the store in their Independent area. It’s a great well lit shop that is next door to an AWESOME used video game store named Another Castle Games. Cool and helpful staff. I found a copy of Shadow of Colossus for 16.50, and a copy of The Getaway for $1.00. Crazy good prices. They have a new, unopened copy of Shadow for $40.00. Anyway, if you’re in the area, stop by both stores.

Arcane Comics

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5809 15th Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107
Tel : 206-781-4875

http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com

 

Mighty Moose Comics

Mighty Moose Comics
4015 Factoria Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 643-9924

 

Zanadu Comics

1923 Third Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 443-1316

 Subspace comics

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Vile issue #1 available via INDY PLANET

That’s right. Vile issue #1 is available to order via Indy Planet. IT’s available via Amazon Kindle already, but not physically. I’ll add the link below. We will also have it available in shops in Seattle WA and Portland Oregon. Don’t ask me why I abbreviated WA and not Oregon either.

 

The first store to physically carry Vile #1 will be Mighty Moose Comics in Bellevue, WA. at the Factoria mall.

Thanks to Ka-Blam and to Sara Machajewski for the late late help.

Order physical copies of Vile via this nifty highlighted sentence.

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@RPDgame

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Vile Legend issue #1 completed

So, there it is. It’s done. It’s available VIA Amazon Kindle right now, and Comixology, iTunes and PHYSICAL copies are in the works as we speak.

 

 

Sara Machajewski took over the colors and inks for the second chapter and did an amazing job. I’ll post updates when I get the chance. Thanks so much everyone.

VILE: LEGEND ON THUNDER VALLEY ISSUE #1

 

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Macabre Webs-A coffee break from Spider-Verse

Disclaimer-the characters in this story are owned by Marvel Comics. This is a speculative story.

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“What will our jobs think? If, if they find out?” Ben said to Peter. Not catching the irony of his own statement.
“You mean our jobs as web-slinging Spider-Men? Those jobs?” Peter scolded. Peter sat up straight in the bed. He scratched his bare chest and waited for an answer.
“You know what I mean. It’s too bad you didn’t get the funny bits of DNA from the real Peter Parker.” Ben replied. He was already sitting up in bed. He turned to look at his costume. It was lying in a clump on the floor. He wondered why he’d kept that awful blue hoodie for so long.
“Well, some of us live in somewhat progressive dimensions. Once they get past the clone thing, we could survive it. As far as PR goes anyway.”
“Yeah. But, what about, I mean, the clone thing. The moral ramifications.”
Peter leaned in as if to kiss Ben. “I’ll show you a ramification.”
“Peter- we’re clones. And, closeted gay men from different dimensions. But, they’ve got to assume some of us would be gay, right. Just the percentages.”
“Yeah, I got that part. I am a giant moral ramification. Our existence is a cosmic clusterfuck of moral ambiguity, isn’t it?” Peter says angrily. It was something a spiteful Superior Spider-Man would say. Ben lept out of bed, and onto the ceiling. He stands, upside down, and storms off towards the door. THWIP. Peter will have none of it. He webs Ben down by the buttocks to the bed. He catches Ben, and rolls him over on the bed.
“I hate it when you wear those webshooters in bed.” Ben mutters, before Peter can kiss him.
“Do you ever wonder what our kids would look like?” Ben asks, missing the irony entirely.
Peter snorts from laughter. THWIP THWIP.  Ben’s hands have been webbed to the bed posts.
“I do, my lovely Ben Reilly. They’d have your heart, and my heart. But they’d have your eyes. Well, and mine too. Now, it’s my turn to be Doc Ock and you escape from my evil clutches.”
“Maybe, we should role-play Black Cat, or Venom. The whole Doc Ock thing is still kind of fresh, ya know?”
Richard Crowsong Davis