Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thee Doktor Is In #1





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  Welcome X-Philes!  This is the FIRST installment of "Thee Doktor Is In...".  Since I have started self-publishing Doktor X, I've had some time to think about sharing how I DID it, and how I DO it.  Of course, I am not an authority, but I'll share whats worked for me.  So I hope I don't get long-winded, and I hope this is informing.
 
  Back before I started writing and drawing the original Doktor X mini, I was a HUGE fan of horror movies.  I still am.  I love the movies of Jess Franco and Mario Bava.  I am totally influenced by the late sixties and seventies exploitation flicks.  Alejandro Jodorowsky is a GOD!  So, watching tons of VHS tapes in the 80's and with the advent of DVD's in the 90's, a lot of stuff got pumped into America.  One of these films was Danger! Diabolik.


  It starred John Phillip Law, and it was about a criminal mastermind who drove a Jaguar E-type.  It was technicolor awesomeness.  The look, the camera angles, the crazy colors, all put together by master story-teller, Mario Bava, blew my mind.  Diabolik wore a skin-tight black suit and a mask that just showed his eyes and brow.  Mr. Law could emote such power with his piercing blue eyes.  This movie stuck with me.

  Flash forward a few years.  I started drawing on 6x9 note pads the first story of Doktor X, The Origin.
  The story of the origin stayed the same from 1997 to when I re-drew the first issue in 2012.  A scientist is working on a project and an evil "?" wants it.  The theft goes wrong and the entire lab goes up in an explosion.  The scientist wakes up somewhere else and is greeted by a stranger.  The stranger gives our scientist some powers, and he becomes a force of good on Earth.  Pretty normal, right?  Let's look at some things.

  Originally, I was going to call the book, The Diabolikal Doktor X.  Actually, the first issue has that title...
  I was at the SC Comic Con last year, promoting my book, and having a great weekend.  On the last day, a young man came up to my table and looked through some of my drawings and portfolio work.  He picked up the first issue, flipped through it, and told me, "It looks like you're heavily influenced by the occult.".  Then he walked away.  I flipped.  Was he some self-righteous asshole?  Was he an ill-informed bible thumper?  No. He was just making a comment on what he saw on my table.  By the way, occult stuff is a WHOLE lot better to draw than kittens and puppies.  I laugh now, but my wife had to hold me back then.  So....

  When you are thinking of what to write, what your subject matter is, think on it HARD.  I know my stuff is a certain niche.  I draw and write MATURE stuff.  I guess it comes from my years as a subversive teen.  I joke with a few of my friends that you can find penis' and vagina's in most of my work.  It's just there.  I don't know why.  It just is.

  Back to the original story.  I wanted to make something that I would read.  Of course I was influenced by Marvel and DC, but in my EARLY teens I read my first Heavy Metal magazine.  It blew me away.
      I was pulled in with the H.R. Giger cover.  I was a metal head and the baphomet cover just drew my eyes to it.  Of course when I got out of the store and read it, my mind was blown.  Nudity.  Bewbs.  I had never seen a comic like this in my life.  I wanted to be an artist for Heavy Metal.

  So, Doktor X was to be MY foray into adult comics.  Here's a early character sheet for Ann.
  She was going to be a lesbian cyborg.  I have since changed her out-look but not so much on her actual look.  Truth be told, Ann is really the hero of my book.  Future issues will deal with her, getting used to being a cyborg and her relationship with someone who isn't really what she thought they were.

  Back to the beginning.  I read a lot of Heavy Metal, I watched TONS of horror movies, and I was a teenage metal head.  So that brings us to the "internal" soundtrack to Doktor X.

  Growing up, I had a brother that was sixteen years older than me from my mom's first marriage.  My brother was a huge influence on me as a kid.  He listened to cool music and let me watch HBO at his house.  For Christmas one year I received stereo/turn table/8-track player.  My then sister-in-law gave me a Jefferson Airplane album, "Red Octopus"
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  My brother gave me "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath" on 8-track. It. Was. AWESOME!
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  I don't exactly know who the cover artist was, but the songs on that album blew me away.  It was the best present I ever got.  But back to the Doktor X soundtrack...

  I listen to all kinds of music during the creative process.  One of the biggest influences on my story telling is Monster Magnet.  Even though I listen to a lot of "stoner rock" bands, Monster Magnet has songs about other dimensions and crazy subject matter.  I also listen to a lot of Iron Maiden and Slayer when I'm drawing.  The speed and energy the songs have really get my juices flowing.  Plus the lyrics shoot little hooks into my brain and I tend to throw some of that back into the art.

  So, this was the first little glimpse of what goes on in the mind of Eyeb@ll.  Next time I'll talk about character development, and how these characters changed from soul-less creations to more human-like.

See ya next time! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Guess Who's Back?

  Ok ok... It's been a loooooong time since I updated my Blogspot. I realize that it's been a little less than a year. I've been so focused on getting my single issues out that I've neglected my online footprint. So, what the hell has been going on?

  Let me tell you.

  Firstly, I can say that issue #4 will be available after February 22nd. Like I said, I've been working my patootie off getting these things drawn and published. Weirdly enough, locally when I tell people that, they are surprised.

  And I get it. So many people want to be comic book artists, or writers, and they have super big ideas about what they want to do. Then they try. And try again. And then they bury it way back in the yard, and it never sees the light of day.

  I am not going to be one of those people.

  I think the story of Doktor X is cool story. Period. It's got a super scientist, a sexy and dangerous android bodyguard, a Mexican wrestler, Aztec gods, corrupt government officials, and aliens. And that's just the first four issues. The last issue of the story-arc is gonna have some BIG surprises!

  Secondly, an apology. Where in December I would have been working on the fifth issue, my mother-in-law got REALLY sick. My wife and I were pretty sure she wasn't going to make it. Luckily, she has bounced back and things are looking KINDA up. Plus, MY Mom was having some health issues and that and Christmas took up the whole month. So my apology is, I'm sorry that I didn't keep you up to date on the book, but things come up.

  Lastly, I am currently drawing issue 5. I'm only in about 5 pages but I'm taking a little time off to catch you up. It's a humdinger.

  So. What can I tell you about 2015?

 Wellllll....I will be appearing at The South Carolina ComicCon, in Greenville, SC in March. Then it's a hop, skip, and a jump to The Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC at the end of March. I'm gonna try and talk a HUGE influence on me into sharing some table-space for a few Con's that are coming up. And (whew!) hopefully I will be able to appear at the Heroes Convention in Charlotte premiering the fifth issue and last book in the story-arc for Doktor X.
 
  Oh yeah...I have a scene in issue 5 that I hope I will be able to pull off. This past year, I met some talented folks and I hope to help them on their way to stardom by putting them in my book. Granted, I'M not huge, but I think I'm handling it right and I'll let you know later down the line if they let me use them.

  So what have I been doing to keep practice? Howabout some stuff...
The Ice King and friends

Vader Vs. Bat-Man

Issue #2
Issue #3

Issue #4


Amphetamine Time

  So there's a snippet of what I'm accomplishing these last few months. My next deal is to get something up to sell stuff online.  I promise, I will keep updating once a week and giving you, the fans of Doktor X, something to talk about.

                                                                                               Thanks!
                                                                                                Eyeb@ll

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summertime!!!

 Well, summer is almost here, that means it's CONVENTION TIME!!! I am proud to say I now have TWO books to promote this summer; The Diabolikal Doktor X: The Origin Of Doktor X and The Oath Of Mann. We premiered Doktor X on Free Comic Book Day at Comic Envy (thanks to Darrin, the owner, for the support!) and I think it was a pretty big hit.
  Shortly afterwards, Eric Mayfield contacted me to do an eight-page stint on his comic, The Oath Of Mann. As things go, we lost an artist, so I was put in charge of cleaning up the other artist work and doing some re-draws. So that was around 16 pages I worked on. Then, the third artist, the most excellent Mr. Karuso, decided he wanted to work on more lay-out and lettering. So, I illustrated his eight pages. All in all, The Oath of Mann was the craziest, most fun, hair pulling out project I've done to date. I also got to draw the cover.

So now, I'm an artist/part of LUCID INK! We put The Oath Of Mann together in a matter of weeks. There was a lot of love involved with this project. 

  Nextly (?) the OFFICIAL schedule for Eyeball Productions!

June 7-8 Asheville GeekOut , Asheville, NC
July 18-20 MonsterCon Greenville, SC @ Furman University
Sept. 20 Asheville Comic Expo, Asheville, NC

Plus, I will making some appearances at Comic Book shops around the south-east. Looking to get some time in Atlanta, Charleston, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte. I'll post those dates as they come in.
OK. Here's some stuff I've been working on...
Amphetamine Time
Vader Vs. Batman
Godzilla
  I'll have some more prints available for the Con's so keep checking for updates.

See you all this summer! And remember, KEEP CREATING!!




Saturday, December 7, 2013

Action Figure...Or INaction Figure?

Photo: ACTION FIGURE!!! Would this be something people would be interested in? Let me know! I've got tons of ideas.
The first of hopefully many Doktor X figures hand-painted by moi. What do ya think? I have some pretty crazy ideas for future figures.
 By the way, the Doktor X story is scanned in and I cleaned up the pages. This week I'll be working on lettering. By the end of the week, I want to send these babies to the printer. The Diabolikal Doktor X: Origin Of Doktor X will be hitting the streets in February!