Here is some awesome Khensu fan art I just received form Eric Eric VanArsdale. Love it!
Hi all. Thought you all might like to see the front cover for Cleopatra in Space #1! Special thanks to the book’s designer, Phil Falco, for all the awesome work he put into it including the rad way the smoke from Cleo’s ray gun weaves through the title.
Cleo #1 won’t be out till April of next year, but you can preorder copies of it now! Please feel free to do just that. :)
Alright, back to work on Cleo #2.
As always, had an absolute blast at Baltimore Comic-Con! Great seeing old friends and fans again, making new ones, and hanging out with some of my best pals in the world. Was wonderful meeting my editor for the first time as well! Couldn’t be happier being at Scholastic. The place is chock full of awesome people who love comics. Cleo is in good hands! Speaking of which, I had so much fun teaching the kids how to draw her, Supergirl, and a weird giraffe cat (don’t ask). Thanks so much to the Kids Love Comics folks for having me there again. Sign me up for next year!
Only thing I regret, as usual, was not walking away from my table until late Sun afternoon. I’m definitely going to need to rectify that next year since I missed out on talking to a great number of people I know and respect. And boy oh boy did I miss my wife and kid. Can’t wait to go pick them up from the airport in a few hours. Only partially so I can finally sit down with Jen tonight and watch last Sunday’s Breaking Bad. ;)
Below are some of the sketches I scribbled for folks at the show. I’ve been informed the strange green extraterrestrial glow is my camera trying to white-balance on the blue which is considerably not as cool as a strange green extraterrestrial glow.
Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner! This weekend in fact. I’ll once again be tabling with a bunch of awesome all-ages and kids comic creators at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion (#2405). Here’s a handy map to help you find your way there as soon as you walk in the doors.
In addition to my usual prints and wares, I’ll also have some new postcards promoting Cleopatra in Space #1 which include a sneak peek at the back cover of the book! I’ll also have copies of Operation Space Cat I saved just for this show (only 50 left).
Sunday afternoon I’ll be doing a small workshop for kids at the KLC Pavilion. Here’s the info on that:
1pm – Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the upcoming graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing super heroines like Supergirl and Batgirl. He’ll also be drawing cats, and who doesn’t love cats?!
There’s a possibility I might not be doing any sketching this time around due to a few scheduled meetings and stuff, but if you catch me early enough in the day you might be able to persuade me.
Also, listening to this new Summer Camp album right now. It’s fun!
Okay, I think that’s it. Looking forward to the show! Hope to see some of you there.
Since the collected webcomic collections are no longer available, I thought I’d make the covers I drew for those collections finally available as prints. And while I was at it, I made a few other highly requested Cleo pieces available as well. All of them are now available in my online store. As always, if there are any CiS pinups or pages you’d like to see as prints, just let me know. If I recieve enough requests I’ll look into it.
Target Practice update: Cover is done, interiors are done, and the second (currently untitled) book is scripted. I start thumbnails on that this week. So I know it’s been awfully quiet around here but I’ve been staying busy. This blog will get a lot more noisy closer to the book’s April release date.
Mark your calendars (once the uh… ones for next year are available that is). Just got word that the first Cleopatra in Space book from Scholastic/Graphix, Target Practice, has a release date of April 29, 2014!
Again, this is an ALL NEW story. Nothing you’ve read from the webcomic is part of it. So I hope this is somewhat exciting news, even if that date is quite a few months away. As we get closer to April, I’ll be able to share more.
For those who follow my art blog (or any of the multitude of social networks I post on), I’ve been slowly making my way through character commissions that I took back in January to help me financially as I finished the first CiS book. Thought you guys might enjoy this latest one. :)
As far as an update on Book One, it is now completely colored! All that’s left now is to draw a cover, some title pages, and a few minor edits and I’ll have a finished book for you all to read sometime next year. I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated exactly when that will be as soon as a date has been set.
And speaking of books, my own self-published #1 is now entirely sold out, but there are still quite a few #2s available. If you’ve been holding out on getting one, this is your last chance. I’ll be packing away all that’s left at the end of the month.
Had a fun time talking with the Once Upon A Sketch folks. You can listen to my rambling, unfocussed self HERE.
I honestly can’t remember much of what we talked about, but almost certain I talked a good length about the CiS/Scholastic deal. How it came about, what I have planned, etc. Probably said some stuff I shouldn’t have. That’s sorta my thing.
Speaking of which, I’m closing in to finishing my work on the first book. In fact, I’m hoping to have the whole thing colored by week’s end. This means I should have some more frequent updates as we move forward into this year. Just make sure to stay subscribed to this blog (or keep checking back) to keep up on all of the fun news, art and other things I plan on posting.
As I mentioned in my last post, I will cease selling my two self-published Cleo books in June. Originally, I said I would not be ordering any more, but I had to do one last small reprint to cover book 1 orders due to me forgetting to close down my store while out of town (and selling out of stock while at MegaCon). For those who ordered one while I was away, they are at the printer right now.
But that’s it! I won’t be printing any more. So I’ve started keeping a stock in the store so everyone is aware of how many I have left. Last week, I also started offering a limited number of my first-ever convention sketchbook, Operation Space Cat, online. Stock info for those is provided below as well. (stock updated 6-1-13)
I also answered a bunch of your questions in the comment section of the other week’s post about the Scholastic deal. So if you asked one, make sure to check back! :)
Well, I can finally let the word out. Publishers Weekly broke the news:
In a two book deal with Scholastic/Graphix, [David] Saylor and editor Cassandra Pelham bought the first two books in Mike Maihack’s new middle-grade graphic novel series, Cleopatra in Space, starring a cheeky teenage Cleopatra—yes, the teenaged Egyptian Queen—who is transported into the future and enrolled in an academy to train her to save the galaxy from an evil threat. Publication for Book #1, Target Practice, is scheduled for 2014. [The deal was negotiated and finalized by Judy Hansen of the Hansen Literary Agency]
Pretty exciting! Even more so that Cleo is going to share a home with so many of my favorite books and authors. And my experience working with everyone at Scholastic has been absolutely wonderful. I really think you guys are going to like these books.
Now I know there’s going to be some questions concerning the webcomic so I’m going to do my best to answer the ones I’ve already gotten via Twitter, Facebook, what-have-you, and a few I made up. Any others just ask them in the comment section below and I’ll get to them as soon as I’m able.
It’s been over a month since the last comic update, so I bet a lot of you are wondering what’s going on–and when is CiS coming back? Well, the short of it is I’ve simply lost time to work on this webcomic.
As some of you may know, I started working on a graphic novel a few months ago, and that pretty much takes up my Monday through Friday. Saturday is family day. And Sunday is just me and Oliver day. Any extra time I have in between all that is spent on various freelance or whatever else the wind blows (or sometimes gusts) my way. I used to have a lot of freedom during the week to juggle all my various jobs and a webcomic, but now with a whole new person living in the house that time just isn’t there anymore. And honestly, the last thing I feel like doing after drawing comics all day is draw more comics. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing comics. But after spending five days stuck in a chair, going to the park with my son is slightly more inviting at the end of the week.
But here’s the thing, I don’t want to give up on this comic completely. I had an entire beginning, middle, and end planned for this story and I’m SO CLOSE to that end. So instead of trying to update weekly, missing those updates, and then you having to read this story in gaps, I’ve decided to simply work on the webcomic whenever I can. Once it’s all done, then I’ll start updating the comic again–either weekly, bi-weekly or maybe even every day. I have no idea how long that’s going to take, but am going to do my best to finish it. And hopefully, a few of you will still want to read it.
So that’s that. Sorry that it’s not the news a lot of you probably wanted to hear. Life is what it is and I’m just trying to enjoy every bit of it.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by at Baltimore Comic-Con last weekend! I had a great time and really enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some wonderful new folks too. And great hanging out with all of of my pals as always. Wish a lot of you lived closer.
I didn’t do a lot of sketching at this show, but a few that I did are below. Except that last one of Concrete which I drew while waiting for my flight back to Tampa. Sorry about the bad images. They were all taken with my phone. Apparently the Baltimore Convention Center had some weird green lighting I wasn’t aware of.
Oh- and new Cleo pages start again on Monday!
I will be at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend, September 8th-9th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Once again I’ll be sharing space with some of the best kid and all-ages comic creators in the business at the Kids Love Comics pavilion- Booth 2403. Map and info below.
Along with Heroes Con, BCC is one of the best kid-friendly shows on the east coast and there’s going to be a lot of events and activities going on. So if you have children, make sure to bring them by. My attendance was something of a last minute thing, but hopefully I can squeeze in some sort of activity or demonstration as well. Maybe show the kids how to draw space cats or sumthin. At any rate, should be a fun time and I look forward to seeings some of you there!
Also, don’t hurt me, but since BCC is this weekend, I’m going to take just one more week off of CiS. But I promise it will return the following monday, Sept 17th, with regular updates.
I had a few requests to make a wallpaper sized image available of this week’s page so some sizes are linked below. If there is a more specific size you need just let me know and I’ll try to get to it when I can.
Web Studio D caught up with me again at last month’s Heroes Con and edited together this little video chat. As is typically the norm at shows, I’m in a complete mental state of exhaustion, so watch at your own risk. ;)
Just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone who stopped by my table at Heroes Con over the weekend! I had a fantastic time (as is par with the show) and was floored by the amount of people who follow Cleopatra in Space. I mean, it’s cool that people love my Batgirl & Supergirl or my Adventure Time art, but there’s a certain thrill about having someone excited about your own creation. One young girl said she had been waiting FOREVER for the second Cleo book (which, being a year between cons, is not far off). Kids are the best.
Anyhow, here’s a few sketches I did during the show. If yours isn’t here, it’s not because I didn’t like it. I just forgot to take a picture of it is all. Hope to see a bunch of you next year!
Heroes Con is this weekend, June 22-24 in Charlotte, NC. I’ll be in Indie Island table AA-530, surrounded by friends, as indicated by this awesome map:
I’ll have Cleo books, a ton of new prints, an Oliver Prime (although he’s not for sale), and I’ll probably be doing some sketching as well. You’ll also have a chance to bid on this Batgirl/Supergirl piece I painted for the Heroes Con annual art auction. That’s usually held Saturday night.
So yeah! Should be great time. Hope to see you there!
If you woke up today thinking, “Boy, I sure would like to know more about that Mike Maihack guy.” Well, today is that day!
First up, I talked all about CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (its origin, influences, where it’s headed) over at NEWSARAMA.
And for those more interested in well… ME, I was interviewed by the designer of the card game I’ve been busy illustrating about my humble beginnings as an artist, why I seem to be drawn toward female characters, and all various sorts of other things. That’s over at the Goblins Drool, Faeries Rule Kickstarter site.
For those possibly interested in all of those things, I recommend reading BOTH those interviews! I think there’s some fun, new tidbits in each of them.
Just received this adorable fan art from Amanda Dell’Aringa:
Make sure to check out her DeviantART gallery if you get a chance. At only 14, she’s already drawing circles around a lot of artists in there. Thanks so much, Amanda! I love it!