Thursday

Deathface Rocket Crew intro video

Comic Book Projects



1) Deathface Rocket Crew, 144-page original graphic novel successfully funded on Kickstarter (writer/artist/colors/letters: Roel Torres, publisher: Robert Howard)


2) Spiders and Stardust: A Tribute to David Bowie 70-page anthology, 7-page story contribution (writer: Roel Torres, artist: Scott Arnold, publisher: Kurt Belcher)



3) Stealing Oz, 4-issue mini-series, 80 pages total (writers: Jeff Munson and Roel Torres, artist: Marcelo Salaza)


4) Jack Lightning, Galactic Trooper, 24-page story contribution to Fractured Continuum anthology (writer/artist/colors/letters: Roel Torres, publisher: Robert Howard)



5) Rogue Agent Zed # 2, 67 pages (writer: Roel Torres, artist: Jeremiah Goldson)



6) Fiction Family framing device, 15-page contribution to Fractured Continuum anthology (writer/layouts: Max Wolman, artist/colors: Roel Torres, publisher: Robert Howard)



7) Gladiasaurs, 24 pages (writer: Roel Torres, artist/colors/letters/publisher: A. Shay Hahn)



8) Squatchthology, 70-page anthology, 8-page story contribution (writer/artist/colors/letters: Roel Torres, publisher: CW Cooke).  Available for purchase HERE.



9) Kayfabe: A Wrestling Anthology, 120-pages, 8-page story contribution (writer: Roel Torres, art: A. Shay Hahn, colors: Julian Dominguez, letter and publisher: Micah Myers).  Available for purchase HERE.

Wednesday

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

10 Page Preview

Available for purchase at:
http://www.indyplanet.us/product/87830
BATTLE TEAM OMEGA #1 
(52 page one-shot)

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

10 Page Preview

Preview: 5 Additional Pages

Available for purchase at:
http://www.indyplanet.us/product/81772
LIGHTNING GIRL LOVES ROCKET BOY #1
(52 page one-shot)

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

10 Page Preview

Available for purchase at:
http://www.indyplanet.us/product/45750/

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

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

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

Collaborators

I've had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented individuals as we've published our work together.  Here's a list of folks that make the process of creating comics such a joy:

ARTISTS
Scott Arnold (Artist) - Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy, Spiders and Stardust: a Tribute to David Bowie
Marco D Carrillo (Artist) - Battle Team Omega, Astro Crusader
Jeremiah Goldson (Artist) - Rogue Agent Zed, Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer
A Shay Hahn (Artist) - Gladiasaurs, Kayfabe Anthology
Marco Lilliu (Artist) - Mind Slothoala
Fabio Nahon (Artist) - Astro Crusader, Black Axe
Marcelo Salaza (Artist) - Stealing Oz

LETTERERS
Brant Fowler (Letterer) - Astro Crusader
Micah Myers (Letterer) - Kayfabe Anthology
Michael David Thomas (Letterer) - Rogue Agent Zed, Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer, Battle Team Omega

COLORISTS AND FLATTERS
Steven Denton (Colorist) - test pages on Rogue Agent Zed, Battle Team Omega, Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy, cover on Deathface Rocket Crew
Julian Dominguez (Colorist) - Kayfabe Anthology
Guilherme Lindemberg (Flatter) - Deathface Rocket Crew
Paul Little (Colorist) - covers on Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy, Rogue Agent Zed, Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer
Federico Sioc Jr (Flatter) - Deathface Rocket Crew

WRITERS
Jeff Munson (Writer) - Stealing Oz
Max Wolman (Writer) - Fractured Continuum 

PUBLISHERS
Kurt Belcher (Publisher) - Spiders and Stardust: a Tribute to David Bowie
CW Cooke (Publisher) - Squatchthology
A Shay Hahn, Mad Crafty Comics (Publisher) - Gladiasaurs 
Robert Howard, Bad Kids Press (Publisher) - Fractured Continuum
Micah Myers (Publisher) - Kayfabe Anthology
Bob Westervelt, CIQM - The Adventures of Super Atom and Quantum Star

Tuesday

Review of Gladiasaurs

Martin Boruta of First Comic News gave a really nice review of Gladiasaurs, the comic I worked on with A Shay Hahn.  Thanks for the kind words, Martin!  Check out the review HERE

Monday

Pin-ups

I was asked to contribute pin-ups to three different projects.  These would be the first time I've contributed art to a comics project where I didn't do any writing.  It's an interesting role-reversal for me, and I enjoy making an artistic contribution to the comic book projects of friends and artists I admire.

Frankenstein's Monster vs Count Orlok, the Nosferatu.  Pin-up for the back cover of Tales From the Public Domain, published Lindsay Moore at Hellcat Press:



Unstoppable pin-up for Last Stop, a project with the creative team of Trey Walker, Hoyt Silva, and Micah Myers for the Just Comics Group:



Double-page spread pin-up for a western project created and published by Shane Amato:



These were all fun to crank out so I hopefully I get a chance to do some more!

In-store appearance at Comicazi (Eisner winner 2017)

Big thanks to Comicazi in Davis Square, Somerville, MA for hosting me at an in-store appearance on Free Comic Book Day 2017.  (I'm the guy on the left in the picture wearing a grey hoodie over a crimson t-shirt and reaching down to grab a copy of Gladiasaurs, the comic I worked on with A Shay Hahn.)  


It was a great event and I'm happy to say that Comicazi won the Eisner Award for the best comic book store on the planet at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con -- well-deserved!   

Sunday

Four Artists Portray Zed

Here are four different portrayals of Rogue Agent Zed.

First up, Scott Arnold, my collaborator on Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy and Spiders and Stardust: A David Bowie Tribute Anthology:


Next, Marco D. Carrillo takes a shot at illustrating Zed.
Marco and I worked together on Battle Team Omega and Astro Crusader:



Then we have Zed's original artist, Jeremiah Goldson.
Jeremiah and I have worked on a handful of projects together including Rogue Agent Zed and Monica Furious: SuperDestroyer:



And finally, here's my interpretation of Zed:

Saturday

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!