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This is artist Jason Fischer’s layout for a 15x21 Corto Maltese piece I’m commissioning from him (which I had to do after seeing this 15x21 Devilman piece he did) and even though it’s so preliminary, I wanted to share it as he’s already absolutely killed it at this stage. This is my first time commissioning a larger Corto piece from someone, but it does join a growing collection of Corto sketches people have generously done for me including good ole Brandon Graham, Shutter’s Leila del Duca, Farel Dalrymple, Boulet and Vic Malhotra.
Jason brilliantly composed Corto drinking a glass of chianti at a Venetian deli with an open copy of Thomas More’s Utopia (Corto Maltese’s favorite book, which he always rereads, yet purposely never finishes so it never ends), with a cat just hanging out nearby. Extremely well done, so much so I was surprised to hear Jason wasn’t really familiar with Maltese yet executed this so well. The sign of a great artist! Please check out his work.

This is artist Jason Fischer’s layout for a 15x21 Corto Maltese piece I’m commissioning from him (which I had to do after seeing this 15x21 Devilman piece he did) and even though it’s so preliminary, I wanted to share it as he’s already absolutely killed it at this stage. This is my first time commissioning a larger Corto piece from someone, but it does join a growing collection of Corto sketches people have generously done for me including good ole Brandon Graham, Shutter’s Leila del DucaFarel Dalrymple, Boulet and Vic Malhotra.

Jason brilliantly composed Corto drinking a glass of chianti at a Venetian deli with an open copy of Thomas More’s Utopia (Corto Maltese’s favorite book, which he always rereads, yet purposely never finishes so it never ends), with a cat just hanging out nearby. Extremely well done, so much so I was surprised to hear Jason wasn’t really familiar with Maltese yet executed this so well. The sign of a great artist! Please check out his work.

PRATT PARTY

I went down to the Hugo Pratt exposition at La Pinacothèque de Paris. Corto Maltese is one of the greatest comic books ever produced, a massive influence on how I write comics, and who I want to be when I grow up, so I was dying to go. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t expect it to be so damn massive. 

Here are some shots I was able to sneak in with my camera phone. Forgive the blurriness, but this shit had to be covert.

Cool, huh?
It gets better.

So then I saw this. 

And was shocked to see a room filled with every. single. page of Ballad of Salt Sea, in order. All originals, of course.

That looked like this.

And here’s a few more blurry shots of brilliant art.

And there you go.

It’s really a damn shame Corto Maltese isn’t available in English right now. I hope the Universe collections come out and don’t suck.

What I’m Reading

Those kind folks over at Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 asked me to be the guest of this week’s What Are You Reading. So, I totally did it.

Give it a read to find out what Angouleme finds I tore into first, what comic makes me think the entire industry is drunk, which publisher is not getting the recognition it deserves and just how many times I’ve read and reread and reread again every single issue of Casanova.