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CD Review: ‘Any Other Way’ by RxGF

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CD Review:  ‘Any Other Way’ by RxGF

Style:  Indie, Dark Wave, Electro, Alternative

Reviewed by Randy Radic

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RxGF hails from Seattle.  RxGF is short-hand for Radioactive X Girlfriend, which sounds like something out of a bad 1950s sci-fi flick.  And RxGF’s music would definitely work as the soundtrack for a sci-fi movie, although it would necessarily be much more modern, like Blade Runner or Minority Report; some dark and surreally futuristic movie by Philip K. Dick, because there is a dark edge to RxGF’s sound, along with a strong Space Opera essence.  The best way to describe is like this:  Nine Inch Nails does electro-pop, which sounds pretty strange but it works.

RxGF’s new album is called Any Other Way.  It’s their third album, and has been nominated for a number of awards.

Reviewers tend to compare RxGF to Siouxie and the Banshees, which is an apt analogy.  Angeline Schaaf, who sings lead vocals for RxGF, sounds similar to Siouxie Sioux.  Schaaf’s voice has the same too-many-cigarettes, whiskey-soaked quality to it.  According to rumor, John Morgan Reilly, who is the creative spirit behind RxGF, spent an entire year auditioning vocalists before he stumbled upon Schaaf’s gravelly tones.  It’s one of those voices that prove the analogous aesthetic doctrine:  the tighter the discipline of an art form, the more subjective the criteria of taste.  In other words, there’s a harsh-texture energy to Schaaf’s voice that should disqualify it, but doesn’t.  In fact, just the opposite.  For some inexplicable reason, her voice is agreeable and entertaining.

The album’s title track shoulders influences from both Gothic and mechanical rock, plunging forward with guitars and synthesizers that provide a grainy tension.  Schaaf’s voice rides over the music with a rasping quixotic quality that is delightful and superb.  The tarnish in her voice stretches the musical canvas, leaving it taut with advantage.

The other tracks on the album demonstrate still other influences, which allow RxGF to avoid the isolating dungeon of monotony.  “How to Make It” is nothing short of heavy industrialized rock n’ roll; the kind engineered to thump and pound with metallic undertones.  Dark Wave sways through “We Will Not be Denied” and “Flesh and Bone,” while “Never Felt So Good” affects a pulsing, tinny electro-pop inspiration.

The drumming on the album, which is live and not a machine, deserves mention.  Reilly plays the drums and his style is bellicose and uncompromising.  It’s the hard-hitting, techno-pop version of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin fame.  The combination of Reilly’s throbbing drums and Schaaf’s alcohol-soaked tones produce anomalous responses that are complementary – the perfect union of two distinct sounds:  drums and voice.

Any Other Way should more than satisfy the most discriminating listener even those put off by electro-pop will find tracks worth their time.  RxGF has delivered an inventive album that is modern without straying too far out of the mainstream.

Creator Profile- Tim Yates

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Tim Yates does it all. His new comic book series, Anne Bonnie, is a visual epic that blends historical references with his own storyline. The artwork is stunning and his comic is making waves in the industry while making him a name to be reckoned with in the comics world. Tim has worked as a colorist on many projects, including Spike’s 1000 Ways to Die, Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales, Jabal Entertainment’s Jinnrise, and now Blue Juice Comic’s The Accelerators. But his real talent is as a creator, writer and artist of books like Anne Bonnie and Failhunter. He has been busy promoting his work but the New Jersey native and Kubert School of Cartooning graduate took time to talk to the GRIND about his fascinating Anne Bonnie series.

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Where did you get the idea to do a comic on Anne Bonnie?

Pirates of the Caribbean was a big inspiration to me, the world of pirates was very intriguing. And I knew I wanted to have a female protagonist, so when I started researching famous pirates in history, the story of Anne Bonney stood out to me, and the rest fell into place from there.

In your book do any of the other historical pirate characters come into play?

I have a lot of other characters that surrounded Anne Bonney in history make appearances, such as Calico Jack and Mary Reed and so on.

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Describe your storyline for the Anne Bonnie character?

Anne Bonnie in my story was the pirate queen, and ruled the sea with an iron fist. But she’s not the main character of the story. The protagonist is a girl named Ariana who grew up hearing the legends of Anne Bonnie and dreams of being a pirate herself. The comic takes place a number of years after the pirate queen’s mysterious disappearance, and as Ariana tries to find her place as a pirate in the world, the story of Anne Bonnie is told.

How much to real history do you stick? Or is time period and character al you draw from reality?

Anne Bonnie takes place in a fantasy world with magic and magical creatures, so the story as such evolved from a historical fiction into more of a what-if these characters had lived in a fantasy world. I draw as much as I can of the characters from history and have it in their back-story, but at it’s core, the story is fictional.

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You draw and write this comic, is that how you envisoned it?

I originally envisioned teaming up with a writer on the story, and worked with my good friend Lelan Estes co-writing on the first issue of the comic, and my friend Tony Vassallo helping me lay the pages out. But I’ve always been an aspiring creator in all aspects, and decided if I was ever going to get better at writing, I couldn’t rely on someone else to produce the script for the comic for me. I’ve still got a lot to learn of the craft, but it’s been an exciting journey so far!

Did you start as a writer or artist and how did the other talent evlove?

I started as a dreamer, creating stories and characters in my head during idle moments. When I decided to turn my passion for creating into a reality, I knew the only way I could do it is if I could produce them myself without relying on pitching them as scripts or hiring an artist to draw them, and the Kubert School was the best place I could find for learning how to do that. So the first talent I focused on refining was art, and the writing side of it was more self-taught as I went.

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When is the graphic novel coming out?

The first trade paperback collecting issues 1-6 of Anne Bonnie is scheduled to come out at New York Comic Con in October, and it will be available in stores later in the year.

How many issues do you have planned for Anne Bonnie?

I haven’t decided on how long the comic will run for. If it’s successful, I have enough story planned for a decade of Anne Bonnie comics, but it all depends on sales and how fast I can make the books. If I have my way, Anne Bonnie will have a long and healthy run, and the pirate queen will never die!

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How is the comic doing sales and promotion wise?

The comic is doing better than I ever would have dreamed my first try at a comic book could do. The response from fans has been incredible, and the sales have been very good for a new creator like myself. I feel the demand for a fun, all-ages comics that parents can buy for their kids is very high in the industry right now, and that’s partially to credit for the book’s success. But I’ve gotten responses from people of all ages and genders that enjoy the book, and that makes me a very happy creator.

What have you been doing to generate sales and publicity and promoting the book?

We’ve taken out ads, promoted on social media, and I’ve been on several podcasts with wonderful people who let me talk about my book to their listeners. And the book has spread little by little from word of mouth, people telling their friends about the series for themselves or their kids, and I’m grateful for everyone who has shared my comic in this way.

You can check out Tim Yates on social media on twitter and instagram as @yatescomics, and at his personal website yatescomics.com. The website for his publisher is Bluejuicecomics.com, and you can buy all his books there. Also check out-

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Artist Profile- K. Anthony Lawler

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K.Anthony Lawler is a fine artist and story teller. His work can been seen equally displayed on comic shelves and galleries alike. He is an avid enthusiast of science communication,  atheist advocacy, art exploration and spends the majority of his time enriching his life with those pursuits. He has worked on comic projects such as: 25AZ, Product of Society, Moonlight Macabre, Butterfly: Flutter, Pretty Face, most recently American Grind and displays his paintings in venues around the country.  He currently resides in the heart of the mid west,  but will be relocating to the upper east coast to pursue a terminal degree (MFA) in studio practice. He is focused,  energetic and determined to advance his life and those around him through art, love and travel. He regularly attends comic cons and you can catch him in artists alley at one near you and get him to draw a commission for you. To find out more about K. Anthony The Gr1nd set down with him to see whats up. This is the exclusive interview-

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Why did you become an artist?

I grew up using art as a novelty. Kids thought my drawings were funny or “cool”; whatever that meant at the time. But I was never serious about it. It wasn’t until I grew older and had my son that I said to myself, “huh…you might need to develop a purpose for your life or a desirable pursuit”. It’s important to be an example for your children. So because of that I decided to join back with higher education and pursue something I found joy in as a youth. Art came naturally to me, but I wasn’t fully serious about my goals or abilities until I met an amazing professor there, Kaven. He enriched the experience for me and it was under his guidance I discovered my ability and love of paint. It was like an entire window opened up to a universe I thought wasn’t really for me. Everything after that fell into place. I’ve only been painting/comic’ing for about 5-6 years now. My experience proved to me the value a mentor can have on a student(s); I oriented my life in that vein and have since become an educator to fulfill the same role.

How did you learn to draw?

I don’t think I ever really “learned” to draw. Not to sound pompous or obnoxious or anything, it was just something I never really put in a lot of effort into, least in the beginning. Through primary and secondary school, you just took art that’s what you did. So I developed naturally in that vein and I guess had some natural talent there, so it seemed silly to focus so hard. It was never really important to me. Only after coming back to art and developing a purpose for my life had I decided to focus my skills and work my ass off at something. I saw people around me struggling with their lives, jobs, skills, etc and I knew that if I was going to struggle, I was going to struggle with something I could be passionate about, something I could use to enrich my life as well as others, as I saw my instructors doing. So focus, I guess. I learned by focus and the desire to make something of myself. That doesn’t really answer anything does it?

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What artists inspire you or have influenced your work?

I’ve never been one to marvel at art history books or research famous artist of the past, although I do have some I admire. I’m actually more interested in scientific discoveries and technological progression. But I’m a unique case. I’m only recently coming back to art after denying it’s qualities for so long. Through my education, as an artist, I have developed a love of movements. I’m drawn to artists from Dada and Futurism. I love either the dissociation they felt from the world or the fervor they held for progress of society. Of course, also surrealism and metaphysical art. I’m inspired by any artist who is carving an interesting niche in an area/medium I’m currently not a part of. I’m fascinated by sculpture.

You have been in the con scene for a minute, what’s it like?

Ha. The con scene is the most ludicrous, absurd, incredible, amazing, bonkers, wack-a-doodle place I’ve ever experienced; I love it. There is nothing quite the same. The best part of comic-con is the full undiluted positivity that exists there. Most everyone is happy and friendly, if you weren’t, you wouldn’t be there. Conventions are the development of a family. They are wonderful in so many ways, I cannot begin to express the level of gratitude I have to the people who encouraged me to get involved and to the people I meet who motivate me to stay.

 

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What have you learned in you art career so far?

One of the most important things in an artist’s career is relationships. I think the biggest things I’ve learned, so far, is how positive and impactful it can be to develop and maintain good relationships with other creatives and admirers of you work. Without a core base of individuals supporting your efforts and giving you their strength, the art road can be a long one. I think that’s the most valuable tool I’ve gained. Never waste a moment that you could be talking to and meeting new people. Life is all about relationship, from one to the next. For an artist, its critical. Oh, and you have to be cool. Don’t be a dick.

What comic books have you worked on?

I co-own my own comic label, CME, with two friends and brothers, Donovan Klingel and Donny Hills. We’ve been in collaboration for the last 8 years. We write, illustrate and publish our own trades: 25AZ, Moonlight Macabre and our newest line, Into the Ether. Ether has been a brain child of ours for quite a while and while it has been slow moving, but the trend is swinging in the other direction, so I am eager to present that project soon. I also have worked with Cheese Lord comics and their series: Product of Society. Most recently I have been involved with Ghost Town and Stache Publishing and have worked on several of their amazing books: Pretty Face and Butterfly.

Where else is your work featured?

As a painter, my canvas work can be found in the areas and venues around my home (restaurants, galleries, tattoo shops), however most of my traffic comes from online (www.kanthonyart.com). Woah, look at that plug! But I participate in festivals, conventions and any other opportunities as they present themselves.

What new projects are you working on?

Currently on the comic drawing board are projects with Stache Publishing, including Butterfly: Flutter and a Hunter S. Thompson novel (in the making). Independently,  I keep busy with several oil paintings, which I have been feverishly working on, titled: Capio and Captura. Both of which are now complete and I have been humbled by the overwhelming response to them; I’m so very lucky to have the support I have. I’m also extremely excited about a new project currently in development called, American Grind. It centers on the abuse of drug culture and shines a light on the roll of conviction through the eyes of an interviewed convict in a documentary setting. The imagery is incredibly strong and the story is just as vibrant. I’m the most excited about this project at the moment.

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What is your favorite piece you have drawn?

That is hard to identify. As someone who is consistently looking forward and always running toward the newest project, I tend not to look back very often. I would say my favorite piece would be the very first piece I created, A Cleansing and my most recent, Captura. A Cleansing is special to me as the figure in the portrait is the love of my life, my fiancé and life partner Ashley, and it was my first glimpse of what I could accomplish with paint. Captura, is on that short list as well only because it is the most recent piece that has captured my attention; Captura is a latin word for “to capture” so that seems to make sense. Essentially, whichever piece I’m working on currently is my favorite piece. I feel if it wasn’t I would never finish it.

What lies in the future for you?

Oh right now, I’m on the cusp of an amazing transition. I’m relocating to the east coast, near NYC to pursue a MFA in studio art. It’s bitter sweet. On the one hand, it is truly an amazing opportunity, one that will allow me to grow both professionally and personally; yet I’m leaving a convention circuit and a market that I have grown to love and care about. On the other hand, it will afford me more time and greater focus to improving my independent art and story-telling projects. In any event, NYC will play a unique part in my life and I’m excited to enter it.

Describe your art style

Disgusting. It’s just gross. Yah, I don’t know. You take a look. You decide. That’s all that really matters. Alright, alright. You want more? Ok, my paintings are figurative dreamscapes coupled with surrealist metaphysical elements, contrasted with vibrant energetic marks of dark wild color. I simply try produce something of internal motivation for myself. I ponder a word or phrase and let that settle into me for a while, then after I sense an interesting image or concept I become motivated and start creating. That’s all you really can do: Produce something that holds value to you. If you desire it, many times others will see your passion and will value it as well. Oh, and I produce comics, sometimes. Ha!

Kansas City Comic Con 2015

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The Kansas City Comic Con 2015 will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown KC from August 7-9  and this years show has a full agenda. Celebrities such as Pam Grier from Jackie Brown, Sean Astin from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Colin Baker from Doctor Who, and Ksenia Solo and Rick Howland from Lost Girl will be there signing autographs and taking photos. Meeting the Hollywood legend Pam Grier is worth the price of admission by itself, not discounting all the other media guests that will be there. But this is a comic con so you know thats not all.

Cosplay, gaming, tattooing with Ink Fusion Empire, creators, artist, vendors- the Kansas City Comic Con will be an adventure most definitely. The celebrities and other events and attractions are always a big attraction but the comic cons are really about the comics and the creators and artists and this year at Kansas City a hot of creators and artists will be present for fans and aspiring comic book creators to meet, greet and talk shop.

James Aaron who has been doing the Star Wars and Thor books will be there. Tommy Castillo who wrote Tales from the Crypt among others will be there. Ryan Ferrier who penned Sons of Anarchy, hometown hero Ed Lavallee who created the amazing Popstar Assassin, and tons of other artist and creators will be in Kansas City. Don’t sleep on the con. Get your costume together and get down to Bartle Hall for three day f fan and festivities.

To get tickets or register or for more info-

www.KansasCity-comiccon.com

Run Like Hell

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Run Like Hell When four friends end up stranded in the small town of Spaulding, one local family offers help. The family’s real motives become terrifyingly obvious, as the couples find themselves fighting for their lives. The Gr1nd got with filmmaker James Thomas for an interview about the film he made with his production company, Two Guys and a Film. Check out the interview-
What is Run Like Hell about?
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What was the filming process like?Shooting Run Like Hell was a very unique process because we actually shot two feature films Hard Sun and Run Like Hell back-to-back. When I say back-to-back I mean that we wrapped HS on Friday and started shooting RLH the following Monday. It was a long and grueling process. Some days on set were 125 degrees (F) but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.
When was it released and where can people find it?We were lucky to find a home with Gravitas Ventures who has treated the film amazingly. In addition, Millennium Entertainment has come on board to handle DVD through a relationship they have with Gravitas.You can currently find the film on almost every platform (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu) and the DVD is currently available at many retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon.

You can also support us as filmmakers directly by purchasing the movie through the official website – www.runlikehellthemovie.com.

How big of a crew did you have to film it?

The cast needed to be small. That was a service of the script and story. They crew however, was small because we were mostly gorilla filmmaking and we needed to move quickly. We also were working with a smaller budget and couldn’t afford a full crew. One way that this came back to bite us was in sound. Because we didn’t get great production sound, we spent almost five months at the sound design facility fixing the movie.

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Tell us about your production house Two Guys and a Film?Canyon and I met on a music video in 2011. I was gaffing the video and he was directing it. I had directed some small things here and there and we got to talking about features. One of us mentioned that we should just go shoot some movies and then we kind of parted for a bit. In December of that year, over sushi, I pitched the idea of really going and making some movies. That day we decided to shoot them back-to-back and by the end of the month we had shooting scripts and were location scouting.The focus of Two Guys is to produce and distribute gritty, real life films that don’t pull any punches. Regardless of genre, you can always find raw and emotional stories that feel visceral and real. As we move forward as a production company, we will continue to cross genres because while each story is different, the films we produce will always have that Two Guys look and feel to it. We’ve also recently launched our own distribution wing “WM Releasing” (www.wmreleasing.com) to focus on helping other filmmakers get their films out there. If you have any questions for us or a film you’d like to submit you can email info@twoguysandafilm.com.

What made you want to start making films?

I was one of those kids trying to film everything he could. I would make fake music videos, commercials for weird things, and little movies with my friends in high school. That passion really started to kick off my sophomore year when I took a “Media Arts” class at the local vocational school. There I learned how to edit on adobe’s first version of premiere. They also had a nicer camera than mine and would let me check it out. That was the beginning of this amazing and crazy journey.

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What would you say to get someone to watch Run Like Hell?If you like fun road trip horror movies with some brutal ass kicking action thrown in. This is your movie.What would you compare the movie to?

It’s hard to compare. I can tell you that some of my favorite films and films that influenced me a lot were films like, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Devil’s Rejects. I really like the way those films don’t have monsters or creatures in them, but show people as the villains. I think that’s real because in life – terrifying monsters are the bad guys, terrifying people are.

What movies inspired you to do what you do?

Gritty and violent movies like The Godfather, Gladiator, Braveheart, Chinatown, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Star Wars. Funny movies like Stripes, Airplane (most of the Zuckar Brothers works), Dumb and Dumber, and who couldn’t be inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy. And every fun 80’s and 90’s slasher flick from Halloween to Friday the 13th and even the Gremlin movies. I’ve always had a dynamic range in taste both in music and in film.

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What actors did you use for the movie?When shooting your first film, one of the big things you need to do is protect your set. (I think it’s important on every film, but especially your first film.) We went through the normal casting process on the film, but I put in some people I knew. The casting director, without knowing, called all of them to call backs. (I only went to call backs, I almost never go to the initial casting sessions.) When it came down to deciding between actors, I went with people I had great relationships with because I knew they would be down for the grittiness of a low budget set. You can check out our full cast list on our IMBD page – (www.imdb.com/title/tt2951396)

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Star Wars #6

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It’s the comic EVERYONE can’t stop talking about! And now you’ll have a second chance to get your hands on this can’t miss issue! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that STAR WARS #6 has sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail level – but we doubt it!) and will immediately return for a second printing! Blockbuster creators Jason Aaron and John Cassaday drop a bombshell on the Star Wars universe with an issue that has to be seen to be believed!

If you’re a STAR WARS fan, you’ve got to be reading these comics. They are absolutely incredible.

– Slashfilm.com

The New, In-Canon STAR WARS Comic Just Did Something Completely Insane

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“…the events of this issue have massive implications for the whole of the STAR WARS franchise” 

– ComicBook.com

“…it’s pretty impressive to watch Marvel grab the “Star Wars” canon by the rug and rip it out from under many fans. Bold move.” – Los Angeles Times

Don’t miss out on the series the whole world is talking about!  As the first arc closes with a colossal bang, now is the perfect chance to jump onboard the continuing adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca and more! Don’t miss out on STAR WARS #6, when it returns to comic shops this July!

 

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower- New Comic

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Marvel & Stephen King Announce THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE LADY OF SHADOWS #1!

The ka-tet is assembling. Today, Marvel & Stephen King are proud to announce the next chapter in the bold epic Dark Tower series. Coming this September, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Lady of Shadows #1 continues the epic story through the eyes of one of the series fan-favorite characters. Perfect for new and old fans alike, the rich and vibrant world of the Dark Tower series comes alive like never before! New York Times Bestselling writers Peter David & Robin Furth alongside rising star artist Jonathan Marks bring the action from Mid-World to our world in this exciting new installment!

The Gunslinger Roland and his companion Eddie Dean, the troubled young man with the ability to open doors to other worlds are now united. Together, they will find the Dark Tower. But first they must locate the 3rd member of their ka-tet, residing in our world. Enter Odetta Holmes, a wealthy, Civil Rights activist living in the South. But Odetta has a dark secret, and a darker side. To uncover that secret, we’ll have to go back to the beginning…

A bold new chapter begins as Odetta Holmes makes her entrance into this landmark series. Don’t miss Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Lady of Shadows #1, when it comes to comic shops and digital devices this September!

Artist Profile- Ellis Ray III

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Ellis Ray III is a talented St. Louis artist who hits all the Comic Cons in his area as he builds his rep in the comics world by networking and drawing relentlessly. He was front and center at Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis 2015 repping for his city and holding it down. He has fun at the comic cons and with his artwork, constantly improving and refining his craft and style. He has worked on a couple of books but is looking for a project that will take him to the next level. His work speaks for itself but check it out here and check out what the man has to say in this Gr1nd exclusive-

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What made you want to become an artist?

Cartoons. Plain and simple. Everything from Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera to Ghostbusters, GI Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to trace the characters out of comics and coloring books and then started drawing them without assistance.

What projects have you worked on?

A few stories for local anthologies like Ink and Drink comics and Stache Publishing. Also some storyboarding with Bruton Stoube. Few years back, I worked with a couple friends to self publish our own comics under the name eSquaredCOMICS with Eddrick Bedford and Tony Baker II. It was a lot of fun but ultimately we all kind of wanted to do something else, so we disbanded.

What comics did you read growing up?

I really didn’t read comics as a little kid like everyone else. I was so stuck on cartoons and movies. I didn’t buy my first comic book until freshman year of high school back in 2000. It was Ultimate Spider-Man #2. I was hooked.

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Who are your favorite artists today and why?

Frank Quitely, Chris Samnee, Rafael Albuquerque, Olivier Coipel, Tonci Zonjic, Eduardo Risso, Ronald Wimberly, Sara Pichelli, Annie Wu, David Aja, Stuart Immonen, John Romita Jr and Sr, Cameron Stewart, Ivan Reis, Bryan Hitch, and too many more to list. I’m sure if I sat down and thought about it for a long time, I could go all day. I don’t think I can go through the “why” for everyone, but they are all amazing storytellers and illustrators.

What is the comic con scene like?

Fun. Exciting. It’s a great space for you to be unashamedly enthusiastic about whatever geeky thing you’re in to. You can meet artists and creators of your favorite comics and shows. You see and meet people who are just as passionate about nerd stuff and it’s awesome.

What or who inspires your work?

A lot of artists inspire my work. I’d like to say people like Alex Toth, Hugo Pratt, Jordi Bernet, Joe Kubert, Otomo Katsuhiro, Frank Quitely, and Moebius. These are the artists that I’ll spend time studying. It took me years as an artist to find these guys, excluding Frank Quitely who I dug since I first saw his work on New X-Men back in high school.

Describe your style?

My style has gone through the wringer. But I think  today, I’ve embraced the style that I have the most fun with which is a bit cartoony and closer to a Ligne Claire style. I tried emulating amazing artists like Alan Davis, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Lee because its hot artwork, but I wasn’t having fun being trying to emulate their style. I get very bored very quickly and can loose interest easily.  Sounds terrible, but I like being able to get my idea out in a clear and straight forward manner without doing a lot of extra stuff.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m trying my hand at creating my own stories. I’ve never been that much of a writer, but with the last few projects I worked on, I got a shot at it. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get better at so I figure there’s not a better time to do it than now.

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What is in the future for Ellis Ray?

Hopefully working on a creator owned project that can keep itself afloat.

How did you perfect your trade?

Drawing daily. Even if it’s with a ballpoint pen on a napkin. Reading a lot of comics and watching good movies. It’s important to be able to tell a good story, probably  more so than drawing a pretty picture.

Check out his site and follow Ellis on social media-  http://ellisray3.com

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Red Skull in Battleworld

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Vile Villains Loose on Battleworld! Your First Look at RED SKULL #1!

Hushed whispers cut across Battleworld. One of the most vile villains in history still straws breath. But how can this be? He should be dead! And yet his legend grows even stronger. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look atRED SKULL #1 – a brand new Secret Wars limited series from rising star writer Josh Williamson (NailbiterBirthright) and artist Luca Pizzari (Amazing Spider-Man Special)! The Red Skull should be dead. Banished by Doom to the Shield long ago. If the zombies haven’t gotten to him, the Ultron robots or Annihilation bugs should have! And yet word has reached the other side that he still lives, quietly amassing an army, prepared to strike!

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Now, a team of unlikely villains – Magneto, Winter Soldier, Lady Deathstrike, Electro, Moonstone and Jack O’Lantern will venture beyond safety to find the truth for themselves. Only problem – nobody ever comes back from beyond the Shield alive! Witness the horrors of Battleworld in a new way as Williamson and Pizzari unleash RED SKULL #1 on the masses this July!

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Sons of the Devil #1 Review

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Sons of the Devil Review 4 out of 5 stars

The new comic from Image, Sons of the Devil # 1, written by Brian Buccellato and inked by Toni Infante is a brutal story that looks into the life of Travis Crowe, a man just trying to figure out who he is. With the premier issue of this creator controlled comic, Brian Buccellato sets the tone early with super ultra violence a la The Clockwork Orange within the first couple of panels. We learn that Travis was taken as a baby and during the abduction a caretaker was smashed viciously by one of his abductors. All is not clear through the first issue but from what we can see it looks like Travis is in for a hell of a surprise when he goes to the orphan group meeting that he is required to go to due to his problems with the courts.

You see Travis has an anger problem and he has resentments and he has questions that he wants the answers to. The fist issue is just an introduction to the character and storyline but a lot of foreshadowing is taking place. Setting up the reader for future issues to learn more of the back story and what is going on in the overall big picture of Travis’ world. Brian doesn’t give to much away but leaves the reader wanting more. He creates suspense and intrigue and the art  keeps the story moving along with the images that portray what is going on in Travis’ life and all the conflicting and intersecting story points and plot lines.

The book has almost a Charles Manson like quality and I am interested to see where he goes with this. The images bring to mind Helter Skelter and The Shining. The tension is tick and the suspense created keeps the reader on the edge of his seat and wanted more. We should jab expected noting less from New York Time Bestselling writer Brian Buccellato. He has proved his writing acumen over the years writing comics for the majors but like so many before him he has come to Image to do the stories that he wants to write. His original stuff that doesn’t have a place at Marvel or DC.

At first glance and read the book is interesting, violent, and bound to draw attention due to the graphic nature of the material. The promo material bills it as a psychological horror story about Travis and I can definitely see that. The comic incorporates aspects of detective work, how orphans feel and horror. A unique and interesting combination that works amazing in the book. It was an easy read and the art worked sequentially to tell the story if you are into these type of book definitely check it out It’ll be worth your while.

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