Saturday

The Hypersmash Studios Gallery of Titles


Our books, and the awesome creative teams that put a lot of hard work and love into each of them:

ROGUE AGENT ZED #1
(52 page one-shot)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Jeremiah Goldson
Colorist: Paul Little
Letterer: Michael David Thomas

Available for purchase at Indy Planet

10 Page Preview
BATTLE TEAM OMEGA #1 
(52 page one-shot)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Marco D. Carrillo
Letterer: Michael David Thomas

Available for purchase at Indy Planet

Buy a digital copy of the book

10 Page Preview

Preview: 5 Additional Pages
LIGHTNING GIRL LOVES ROCKET BOY #1
(52 page one-shot)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Scott Arnold
Colorist: Paul Little

Available for purchase at Indy Planet.

Buy a digital copy of the book

10 Page Preview

MONICA FURIOUS: SUPERDESTROYER #1
(60 page one-shot)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Jeremiah Goldson
Colorist: Paul Little
Letterer: Michael David Thomas

Available for purchase at Indy Planet

10 Page Preview
ASTRO CRUSADER #1
(22 page one-shot)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artists: Marco D. Carrillo + Fabio Nahon
Letterer: Brant Fowler

5 Page Preview
 THE LUNAR COLONY AUDITIONS
(90 page graphic novel)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Jeremiah Goldson
Colorist: Paul Little (presumptive)
Letterer: Michael David Thomas (presumptive)

Preview Art
BLACK AXE #1
(format to be determined)

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Fabio Nahon

7 Page Preview

Battle Team Omega # 1 now on sale!!!


Awesome news, everyone!  Battle Team Omega is now available for purchase!

Click HERE to get yourself a copy (special offer, 25% off the cover price.)  Yay!!!

Let's take a look at the listing...

Writer: Roel Torres
Artist: Marco D. Carrillo
Letterer: Michael David Thomas

Standard Comic
Black & White
Page Count: 52
POD

IN THIS ISSUE: Zoe is a fifteen year-old high school sophomore living in a trailer home in rural New Hampshire. She's not pretty. She's not popular. And she's no genius. But when a galactic warrior gives her some magical jewelry at a local flea market, Zoe Jane Laufenberg suddenly becomes the single most dangerous threat in the universe! Can Battle Team Omega help her work through her insecurities before she accidentally blows up the planet? Will Zoe ever talk to the cute boy in her second period drama class? And what's the deal with that alien invasion? Find out in this epic first issue!

SERIES SUMMARY: Can the world's most powerful superheroes raise a teenage girl? Mainstream superheroics mixed with melodramatic teenage absurdity (imagine the Justice League crossed with “The Breakfast Club”), Battle Team Omega serves as a reminder that no matter how powerful you are, raising a child might be the hardest job in the world.

And while we're here -- check out some preview pages:





What do you think?  Not bad, right?  Marco's art and Michael's letters look superb -- they really did a fantastic job!  It's truly a joy to collaborate with them.  Man, this book looks like gangbusters.  Woo!

Okay, folks.  Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.  And as always, thanks for all the support!

Progress Report: Black Axe


Here is a sneak peek at the first seven pages of Black Axe # 1, with art by Fabio Nahon.







Fabio is truly a maestro when he's got his mitts on an old-fashioned graphite pencil.  Those are seven seriously nasty pages, son.  No doubt.

Anatomy of a Cover: Jeremiah Goldson on Rogue Agent Zed


Jeremiah Goldson and I have been working on Rogue Agent Zed for the last five years.  That's a lot time, dedication, and commitment.  As we head down the home stretch, let's take a look as we put the proverbial icing on the cake.  This is one of the finishing touches to the project -- and maybe one of the most important ones -- the cover.

Jeremiah starts out with the light pencil sketch, beginning the inking process on the primary focus of the piece, Rogue Agent Zed standing in the foreground:


The process continues as the two lead characters get inked and the piece starts to come together.


Having finished up the special ops agents, the background starts getting Jeremiah's trademark level of detail.


And here's the piece with the pencils and inks done.  We're talking about one seriously awesome illustration!


My first choice of colorists, Paul Little, mentioned he had a small window on his schedule to work on some new pieces.  I immediately jumped at the opportunity to secure his talents.


I asked for some minor adjustments (lighten up the levels, change the hair color, mute the intensity on a couple of the costume elements) and we slapped some text and logos on.  Voila!


I have to say, watching this cover come together was a real thrill.  I love the finished product, and I think that it's a fitting cover for a project that's been five years in the making.  Looking at this, I can't help but think: it's been worth the wait!

Progress Report: The Lunar Colony Auditions


Some random panels from The Lunar Colony Auditions, my third collaborative project with Jeremiah Goldson (after Rogue Agent Zed and Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer.)

Scenes from early in the story:







(Note: The script called for scenes where The Hulk and The Thing have a slugfest underwater, so I have no idea why Jeremiah is drawing images of a punk rock gig at a small club.  Weird.  Which one of these characters is going to yell "It's Clobberin' Time" or "Hulk Smash?")

I'm not sure why I insist on working with this Goldson character on a repeated basis.  It's pretty obvious that he doesn't have a lick of artistic talent at all.  Hmmm.  I guess maybe I'm just a total sadist.

If you happen to be the sort of charitable, altruistic individual who likes to humor no-talent hacks as they draw comic books with their toes, check out Jeremiah's work in the Hypersmash titles Rogue Agent Zed, Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer, and The Lunar Colony Auditions.

But don't blame me if you hate the art.  I tried to warn you.

Ten Page Preview of Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer #1


A look at the first ten pages of Jeremiah Goldson's creation, Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer. Art by Jeremiah, colors by Paul Little, letters by Michael David Thomas, script by yours truly.












Anatomy of a Cover: Marco D. Carrillo on Astro Crusader #1


Let's take a quick look at process of coming up with a cover for Astro Crusader #1.

First, original artist Fabio Nahon sketched out his idea.  I loved the linework, but worried that our hero looked a little too thick and blocky around the midsection.  I wanted him to be more sleek, and less muscular.


Then Marco D. Carrillo stepped up and came up with a cool composition.  I thought it was very dynamic, but I decided it might be better to show a little more of the character's costume.


This was the basic composition Marco and I finally agreed on.



Here are the finished pencils and inks:


Marco takes a first pass on the colors.  I thought the cloud effects were a little distracting, and I asked him to turn down the intensity on both the power beams and the reflected light on Astro Crusader's costume.


And here's the finished product:


Bright, clean, and pop-infused!  Nice work, Marco!  I love it!

Design Workshop: Jeremiah Goldson on The Lunar Colony Auditions


Jeremiah Goldson and I have worked together on a couple of different comics, Rogue Agent Zed and Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer.  It's been a very rewarding partnership, so we both decided it might be fun to take a shot at a third project.  It's our most ambitious title to date, a 90-page graphic novel titled, The Lunar Colony Auditions.

Here's Jeremiah's first sketches of the characters that populate the book.  Enjoy!