“While fans might know him from his adept handling of diverse superhero characters, they still might be surprise by the subtlety and suspense Underground #1 provides.Neither Lieber’s facility with “normal” humans nor his status as a superb storytelling craftsman are anything new, but he seems to be exceptionally matched with Parker for this project. The characters seem real, the pace subtly ensnares you, and the project is filled with potential.”
J. C. Vaughn ,Scoop.
“This is the way comic books should always be done; sharp dialogue, crisp art and dynamic colors all mixed in equal, complimentary parts. In case I’m not getting my point across, this is a five-star, two thumbs up kind of book that you really don’t want to miss. Underground #1 is my favorite single issue so far this year and I’m confident it’ll be yours. “
Joseph Dilworth, Pop Culture Zoo
“I find the whole story setup very interesting. It highlights a very topical conflict when it comes to caves, that is the age-old commerce vs. conservation argument, and does so unobtrusively within the context of the story. Characterization is strong, as is to be expected from Parker.”
Johnny Bacardi, The Johnny Bacardi Show
“I had the chance to read a preview copy, and I was impressed by how quickly I got to know and care about the characters, as well as the (literal) cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read more!”
Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
Oh god, busy day! In addition to the news about UNDERGROUND, the Whiteout movie trailer’s gone live, too. EDIT: Now it’s gone from there. Don’t ask me folks. I find out about this stuff on Twitter like everyone else. If it pops up somewhere else, let me know.
If you reblog this info, you can let people know they can read the entire first issue right here.
Alas, one thing in the article with the trailer is wrong. Greg’s had some scheduling conflicts, so there is no Whiteout sequel on the horizon. But, um, there is UNDERGROUND.
If you are a retailer, or you blog about comics or write about them for a print publication, Write me at steve (at) stevelieber(dot)com. Jeff Parker and I would like to send you a URL. We’re not going to spam anyone or fill your inbox with giant attachments. We just have this new comic we’re working on that we’d like to show off.
UNDERGROUND #1 (of 5)
story JEFF PARKER
art & cover STEVE LIEBER
color RON CHAN
32 PAGES / FC
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.
Hmm. Looks like a lot of pages are piling up. I guess I should start posting some before too long.
Steve Lieber's next project.
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.
I’ll be a guest at the Spokane Comicon Saturday, May 30th. Hope to see some of you there!
I just finished this sketch for a benefit auction for The Hero Initiative.
Wolverine sketch, drawn in india ink on a blank-cover variant edition of Wolverine:Weapon X.
This was way too much fun. Now I want to do a Wolverine story.
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.
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.
The Frugal Traveller at the New York Times just ran a feature on Portland’s lunch carts. At about 30 seconds in, you can see me pulling out my wallet and getting a cup of coffee at Brunchbox. I love my town.
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
More from John Aegard here.
Those mermaids hate that thing.
Pen and ink drawing with digital color. Two mermaids fighting off an underwater dragon, drawn in the manner of Arthur Rackham for the 2009 Emerald City Comicon artbook.
There’s a long, nifty interview with me and Sara at the Portland arts blog Circle Into Square, conducted by Hiram Lucke of The Harvey Girls.