That's right! The first trade paperback is now completed and I am currently awaiting for the arrival of my sample copy. Planning a few ideas to help promote the book. More information about that coming soon. - MH
Here are some references I have while drawing Agenda. I feel it could be in the same realm as He-man, Thundercats and even Conan. As you can see, I'm also a big fan of Frank Frazetta. Take a look below at some of the inspiration that went into Agenda.- MH
Here's an update on the Agenda Trade Paperback. I am currently 20 pages away from completion. I've been putting the trade together as I finish each page so it's really shaping up around here. I'll also print up some of the #4 issues just for those of you that have been buying the single issues can complete your set. Once I have the books printed, I'll post them up on our Etsy shop. Things are going good around here and I think taking the time off from shows this year will help us out tremendously in the long run. As always, thanks for your support and stay tooned!
Hello all, Metal Hand here. As some of you may have noticed, we have taken down our "fan art" items off of our Etsy shop to focus on our creator owned art and graphic novels. It was always our plan to move away from the pop culture scene from the get go. Fan art was and is still a good way to get noticed but now is the time to move on. It will be a little quiet here as we get things ready for next year. To be honest, we're not really sure how many shows we'll apply for yet. We are thinking of focusing on out of state shows for us to expand on our audience. Once AGENDA BOOK ONE Trade Paperback is completed, we'll have a better idea as to when we'll be back on the con scene. I'm currently fixing the text of the first two issues of Agenda and cleaning up some of the panels. THE FIRST LASER GUN is also being worked on but I have decided to take it offline for the moment.
Broke Drawers is still here. We're just branching out onto newer and exciting things.
Stay Tooned - MH
This Saturday check out Cinema Wasteland in North Charleston, SC.. It's an art show dedicated to fake movie posters to films that don't really exist. I have two of my 'Bootleg' posters in the show. Below is taken from http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/artists-create-posters-for-films-that-dont-exist/Content?oid=5517735
Tua Lingua's Nathan Petro is as much a cinephile as he is an art lover, maybe even more so. That would explain the North Charleston gallery's cinematic, off-kilter group shows like In Dreams: A David Lynch-Inspired Art Show from this past February, which showcased works drawing from Lynch's dark masterpieces of weirdness like Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks.
This month, Petro is asking artists to take themselves to the movies again, except this time, the movies are only in their minds. For the show Cinema Wasteland, which opens Oct. 17, a dozen artists created original posters for imaginary movies. In addition to the art on display, Cinema Wasteland will feature performances by the Silver Screen Orchestra, a violin and guitar duo, and Projexorcism, a Columbia-based film projection art collective.
Cinema Wasteland's concept was to inspire artists to be as authentic as possible, with studio names, actor names, and other details, real or imagined, included on the image. There were no restrictions on film genre, although several of the artists' pieces advertise movies of the horror-suspense-mystery variety, and almost all are fairly unusual in that they lean much more toward indie and underground film, rather than, say, Hollywood rom-coms.
That's most likely a function of the types of artists with whom Petro and Tua Lingua are closely related. Petro opened Tua Lingua two years ago after Park Circle's the Meeting Place shut down. "There was no place devoted consistently to showcasing emerging or fringe art," Petro says. "[Losing the Meeting Place] was really devastating to underground art in North Charleston."
That was the kind of art that Petro wanted to see, but he wasn't sure what to do about it. Then he ended up at a show organized by Philip Hyman, a North Charleston underground artist and curator who regularly puts together expansive, anything-goes art shows. "In many ways that opened my eyes," Petro says. "It encouraged me to help create the world I want to live in, rather than sit on the sidelines complaining that there wasn't much that appealed to me culturally going on in North Charleston."
Petro began organizing his own art shows based around quirky and fringe themes, but he wanted to do more. "It became apparent that in order to continue and expand on these shows, we would need our own venue. That coincided with the fact that there was no artist space that was even remotely affordable in the area for emerging artists to create in," Petro says. He wanted to solve that problem, and to do it he opened Tua Lingua, a multi-use art and community space that serves as a studio, classroom, and gallery to North Charleston artists.
To become a member, artists, educators, activists, and curators pay monthly dues of $75. That allows them to use Tua Lingua as a workspace for, as Tua Lingua's mission states, "Any endeavor that is focused on the pursuit of art, community, or education." Now Tua Lingua is going into its second year with Cinema Wasteland as a sort of anniversary kick-off celebration.
As a kid Petro would get wrapped up in drawing scenes from movies he'd watched and create film posters for movies he wanted to make when he grew up. "I still have those notebooks and honestly, still draw mock-up posters," he admits. "But not with the same intensity and seriousness as I did when I was younger. This may have been the catalyst for the show to some extent — to re-capture that enthusiasm. The seriousness of a child at play."
He issued a call for submissions in September, and local artists responded enthusiastically. The lineup includes photographer and sketch artist John Nettles, Jr., and painters Mary Charles Churchill Nash and Linda Davis.
There's also sketch and digital artist Vik, who's created pieces of "recovered concept art" to supplement his submission. "It's for a studio film that never made it to production due to disaster, and he has production annotations scribbled across the art. It's brilliant — it really gives a good dose of authenticity to this fantasy world we are creating," Petro says.
Other submissions include a poster by Karl Zurfluh that was inspired by his grandfather, a Navy P3 pilot; a collection of mash-ups by Chicago-based artist Francisco Flores, including a mash-up of John Carpenter's The Thing with Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2; and a poster for a contemporary musician's biopic directed by Quentin Tarantino, created by photographer Joseph Neinstedt.
Petro couldn't be more pleased with what he's received so far, and more submissions are still coming in. For him, this show is just one more proof that Tua Lingua does, indeed, fill a real need for North Charleston artists. "I am indebted to the Tua Lingua studio artists for allowing me to afford a space to fulfill whatever it is that I think is appealing or desperately needed," he says. "It's truly an all-inclusive art community now and ever expanding. It's exciting to watch it unfold at its own natural pace."
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Here's a look at the full image. I was kinda playing off of the N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton album cover. I was thinking of putting that played out logo on it saying 'Straight Outta the Pumpkin Patch' but didn't want to date this piece.
I came up with a second design just in case I couldn't use those popular Halloween characters. Below was the start of it.
I thought it'll be funny to include a Smashing Pumpkins reference to it. - MH
For this year's October Daily Draw, Inktober, 31 Days of Halloween Challenge, whatever you call it, I'll be creating a Horror Yearbook.. Once all 31 characters are done, I'll be putting together a limited print run as if these were really school photos. I mean, there will be 8x10's, 5x7's, wallet size and even a class photo. They'll even come in cardboard frames like the good ol' days. Stay tuned for more info. - MH
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Thanks to Legends Conventions for having us and a big thanks to those of you that stopped by and chatted with us. We had a great time. What a way to end our con year. See you all in 2016.- BD
Getting ready for a month long drawing challenge starting October 1st. Look for daily posts here or on my Instagram (@artofmetalhand). I have a pretty cool idea this year and I'll be making special limited prints of these drawings once the month is over. I think you're all going to love them.
Also, I'll have some surprise pieces coming up during the month via yaylamag.com Oct. 7th and 9th and Strange Kids Club October 12th,.
I'll have two of my "Bootleg" posters at an upcoming show called Cinema Wasteland October 17th in South Carolina. at Tua Lingua.
And it's almost time for "She Was So Pretty". Click my faux movie poster for their Facebook page. See you all soon. - Metal Hand
We are two Chicago artists doing our own thing. Metal Hand, the artist behind Agenda, Laser and Sugar Bear. Jessica Flores the charcoal artist, flatter and colorist.