Empire of Blood & Gaspar Saladino

Empire of Blood* is an ambitious comic book project that’s been cooling on the famous ice lately. We have the artwork for the first issue finished and we’ve basically shown the project to every decent publisher out there. Historical stuff is too tough a sell, they say, and Jelena’s unconventional b/w style is apparently also a tough sell in the mainstream market. Let’s agree to disagree, then. We have plans for Empire of Blood, yet haven’t nailed all the details down. The empire will come, in the near future, in the future or in the further away future.

What we have decided, and are extremely happy will come true, is for Gaspar to finish hand-lettering (!) that first issue. In case you don’t know who Gaspar Saladino is, go wiki! We were so fortunate to be able to work with Gaspar for our pitch package, where he hand-lettered (again!) the first 12 pages of our massive 36-page initial issue. His lettering and Jelena’s artwork are a match made in some graphic art heaven.

Now we’ll soon have the rest of the issue “lettered up” and the next piece for world dominion will fall into place. We’d love some help from a publisher, of course – but we aren’t afraid of doing it ourselves.

Here are a couple of double-spreads lettered by the legend himself.

page 13-14 full cor 2 page 15-16

If you want to read our initial issue once we have it lettered and ready, e-mail me and I’ll send you a PDF.

*Empire of Blood is created by me, Michael DeShane and Jelena Djordjevic.

The cover for Au Fond du Trou

Me and YdAo have now sent the pitch package for Au Fond du Trou to our selected publisher. Now the wait begins. Good thing the holidays are coming up, so we can forget about the waiting bit.

Here’s the cover we went with for our heartfelt horror-tale set in Guatemala City:

This means I have two pitches on editor desks before 2013 is over. Earthtale and Au Fond du Trou. (I’ll enclose quite a bit of information about Earthtale, which is a graphic novella, once I know what the publisher says.)

And, me and a new artist are working on the pitch package for Spiral, a noir comic book series that you can read about here. And lastly me, Michael and Jelena are working on our second project which we hope to pitch to a certain publisher in Q1 next year.

Here’s to a blooming and booming 2014!

(Now, back to some screenwriting…)