Parker and Lieber go Underground at Image.

underground

UNDERGROUND #1 (of 5)
story JEFF PARKER
art & cover STEVE LIEBER
color RON CHAN
SEPTEMBER 23
32 PAGES / FC
$3.50

As WHITEOUT readies to hit theaters worldwide, artist STEVE LIEBER returns to the adventure genre with a new thriller, pairing with acclaimed writer JEFF PARKER (AGENTS OF ATLAS, EXILES)!

Park Ranger and avid caver Wesley Fischer is on a one-woman mission to stop Stillwater Cave from being turned into a tourist trap, but public opinion is not on her side. When locals begin blasting in the cave, Wes and a fellow ranger investigate – and a confrontation spirals into a deadly chase deep under the Kentucky mountains.

Commissioned sketch: The Shadow.

This was fun. I’ve never drawn The Shadow professionally, but I’ve doodled him quite a bit. It’d be hard to overestimate the impact the Shadow comics published by DC in the 70s had on me. They had an impossibly great line-up of illustrators- Mike Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Robbins and E.R. Cruz- and the stories were so much darker, moodier and more brutal than the other comics I was reading at the time. They filled my head with wild notions of the possibilities of pulp melodrama, and by featuring such a wide range of styles on the same character, help raise my awareness of the effect an individual artist’s approach could have on a story.

Black and white commissioned sketch of The Shadow. Drawn in brush and ink on bristol.

Black and white commissioned sketch of The Shadow. Drawn in brush and ink on bristol.

Website revisions

I’ve done some reworking on the website. Most of it is under-the-hood stuff, but a few will be visible to everyone. First, I got rid of the big Carrie-head landing page. Everyone I asked prefers to get the news page up front. Also, I’ve got comments working again. Not sure what happened there, but they’re back.

A happy birthday

I turned 42 today. It’s quiet in the studio and I’ve had a chance to reflect on my life these days and everything for which I’m thankful.
-for my health.
-for my wife Sara, who makes everything worthwhile.
-for my friends here at the studio, who are like a family to me.
-and most of all, I’m thankful that I’m not some broke-ass superhero, like Hawkeye.

Hawkeye so poor, when he fight Arcade, he check the coin return.

Hawkeye so poor, when he fight Arcade, he check the coin return.

Stumptown Comics Fest

I’ll be a guest at Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend April 18-19, sitting in Artists Alley at table 104 with my wife Sara Ryan. Looks like they’ve got me scheduled for portfolio duty from 12-12:45 both days. It’s a small room. I should be easy to find. And if you’re going to be at the con, here’s a simple guide to good networking:

From the Comfort Guide by John Aegard. Illustration by Steve Lieber

From the Comfort Guide by John Aegard. Illustration by Steve Lieber

More from John Aegard here.

Designing a radio that acts like a time machine

Here’s some great thinking about user interfaces and the value of less is more.They found that elderly people were interested in reliving old memories, so-
“We decided to build a radio, that could go back in time. Instead of having a frequency scale, this radio has a time scale. Turn the knob back to the year you would like to get refreshed, and the radio will start playing content from that period. If you only want to listen to specific types of content, there is a knob for selecting that, e.g. news, radio-theater or classical music.” The “news” would be bbc and other archives. From the photos of the mockups, the object looks like a radio with a screen and a few simple knobs.