Good Morning and Happy Friday everyone! As the week comes to a close, we hope it has been good to you all. It's been good to us and we look forward to the weekend. Before we get to some new art goodness, we wanted to update y'all with the progress of Illustrated Legends of the Old West. It's in the hands of the printers and we look to still be on track to have some advanced copies available at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
Just like last year, there will be several contributing artists who will be exhibiting at SDCC and the new book will be on their tables. Once we get a list of who is going to be there and where they will be located, we'll post it here. The remaining bulk of the shipment looks to get to Long Beach around the end of July or beginning of August. Once we know for sure, we'll post that information here too. Yee haw!
David Church (amazing renaissance Art Director and illustrator) has joined us once again, doing an illustration about the legend of the Red Ghost. It seems that there was an unknown red-haired creature terrorizing the settlements in the Arizona Territory. Settlers, ranchers and innocent campers all recounted tales of being attacked by a large beast during the night. After surviving the ordeal, and in light of the morning sun, strange tracks and clumps of red hair were found. Several people even said they shot the beast but nothing ever felled it. One group happened upon a red creature and tried to shoot it which resulted in just frightening it and it ran off. But something dropped from off its back and upon investigation, it was a human skull! Eventually it was discovered that the beast was a camel (introduced to the Arizona wilderness by the U.S. Army in the 1850's) and that a body was lashed to its back. Although, who the body is and why it's lashed to the back of a wandering feral camel remains to this day quite the mystery. And there are legends still today of it being spotted in the desert north of Phoenix!
Travis Hanson (Eisner-nominated comic artist & stylishly dapper gentleman) has also graced the new book with his fantastic art. He is illustrating the eerie Navajo legend of the Skin-walkers. Unlike were-wolves who change with the full-moon, Skin-walkers are witches who, after donning the pelts of animals, basically shape-shift into the chosen animal and then terrorize their enemies. And they can do this whenever and wherever they want! They are considered truly evil creatures and like the Red Ghost above, there are many modern stories of encounters with Skin-walkers. The animals that most of the stories tell have the witches turning into bears, wolves, owls, coyote, fox and crows. And they do so just because they can or they are seeking revenge for wrongs done. It's very spooky so be careful!
Well, thanks for stopping by. We again hope you have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday with new stuff. Happy Father's day to all the Dads out there, and Happy Weekend to everyone else.