Wednesday, December 21, 2011

EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES!



We've been working on this for a while now I'm excited to announce EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES! It's a 4 issue sequel to our current Boom! miniseries BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Corinna Bechko and I will be writing it. I'm busy with my commitment to SECRET AVENGERS for Marvel so the excellent Marc Laming is stepping in to handle the art chores. He's been doing a fantastic job so far. You can check out his blog here. I'll continue to draw covers for EXILE. Also, the brilliant Declan Shalvey is returning to handle the variant covers. Look how awesome this one is:








We're thrilled that Boom! and Fox are giving us this opportunity. The story is a direct sequel featuring Dr. Zaius and characters we introduced in BETRAYAL. Well, the ones who survive, anyway. The first issue ships in March, 2012. We couldn't be happier to get the chance to tell a second story and build on our corner of the POTA universe.

UPDATE: The Diamond code for EXILE is JAN120955. Remember to pre-order a copy through your local comics retailer.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 ships this week!

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 ships on December 7th. That's this week!

Co-Writer Corinna Bechko and I have been honored and gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response to Issue #1. We hope you'll check out the latest chapter.

If your local comic shop doesn't stock BETRAYAL, ask them to order you a copy.



Click here for a preview.



Click here for an interview with Corinna and myself that just ran on the Robot 6 blog over at Comic Book Resources.







And finally, here's a preview of BETRAYAL #3:

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ships today!

Issue #1 of our new miniseries BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from BOOM! Studios ships today, 11/2! It's written by me and Corinna Bechko. Drawn by me and colored by Jordie Bellaire.

We're very proud of the book and excited for you to read it.



Here are links to a few advance reviews:

iFanboy

MTV Geek

The Outhouse








And here are a couple of preview pages from issue #2:

 

If your retailer doesn't have the book in stock, please don't hesitate to ask them to order you a copy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PREVIEW: BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

I'm having so much fun drawing this PLANET OF THE APES miniseries I wanted to share a couple pages:



Ask your retailer to order BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from BOOM! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

NEW YORK COMIC-CON SCHEDULE

I'm excited to be heading back to the New York Comic-Con this year. The show is October 13-16 at the Javits Center. It was a great show for me last year and a very hectic one too. Luckily this time my wife and BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES co-writer Corinna Bechko will be sharing the table. 


We'll be at Artist Alley table N12.


I'll be doing sketches throughout the show. Here are the specifics:



9x12 Inked Single Character Full Figure Sketch: $100


9x12 Inked Two Character Full Figure Sketch: $200

9x12 Inked Head Sketch: $50






I'll be taking a limited number of pre-orders. If you're definitely going to be at the show and are interested in a sketch email me here: gabrielhardman@gmail.com

I'll also be signing and sketching at the HERO INITIATIVE booth from 2:30PM to 4:30PM on Friday. They are booth #1059.

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: 

I'll be signing at the Marvel Booth (#654) on Sunday from 11AM-12PM. Please come by for a signature and a super quick sketch.

Also check out the Hero Initiative Panel info here. I won't be on the panel but you should really go and support those guys. 

See you soon!

GH



Friday, August 19, 2011

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!

I'm very excited to announce Corinna Bechko and I are writing and I'm drawing BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, a 4 issue miniseries from BOOM! Studios. The first issue hits stores in November. 


If you follow me on Twitter or have ever talked to me in person, you probably know how big a fan I am of PotA. So getting the chance to co-write and draw this book is a huge thrill for me. 


Our story is set just before the original Charlton Heston film in the classic Apes continuity. Yes, that means I get to draw Dr. Zaius! But the story stands alone. You don't need to know anything about Planet of the Apes to enjoy it. If you want to read a sci-fi political thriller with plenty action and adventure then you should check out this book. 


I'm having an amazing time working on this project. I'm lucky to have Jordie Bellaire as my colorist as well as variant covers by Tonci Zonjic, Declan Shalvey and Mitch Gerads.


If you'd like to read more, here's an interview with me and Corinna about BETRAYAL: 


www.comicbookresources.com


It's solicited in this month's Previews so ask you comics retailer to order you a copy. 


Apes!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

THE LIAR in Double Feature

THE LIAR is a creator owned Action/Sci-fi/Espionage short story co-written by me and Corinna Bechko. Obviously, it's drawn by me as well.

Want to know more?


Vera Brant is a liar. In other words, she’s a spy. She specializes in freelance assignments that skirt the edges of what governments and corporations can do on their own.


When she’s called in to investigate a mysterious explosion that killed the head of a multinational company she finds more than she bargained for. Not only is a high-level
Russian Mafioso involved, but more attacks are planned unless Vera can stop them.

Also, lots of stuff explodes!


It'll be released Wednesday August 10th in Double Feature:Action #2. Double Feature is an innovative comics app from Four Star Studios that presents two brand new stories by top creators in every issue for just 99¢. The issues are loaded with extras including commentary and behind the scenes process work. You can read more about the app with a link to download it here:

doublefeaturecomics.com



I'm normally very reticent to show my creative process out of context but this app is all about context. You can see my pencils, inks and colors all on separate layers or simply read and enjoy the story. It's a stand alone story so you're not on the hook for anything. But we'd love to do much more with this character.

Check it out!


Monday, August 8, 2011

SAKI MONKEY

This sour looking guy is a Saki Monkey. 


 The sketch is my contribution to Ben Towle's weekly Twitter project: the Animal Alphabet (hashtag #AnimalAlphabet)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

THE LIZARD

Via Netflix Instant I recently watched several episodes of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series that I fondly remember from syndication in the late seventies. The episode that had the most impact on five year old me detailed Peter Parker's trip to the Florida Everglades to cover the story of an alleged Lizard Man who turns out to be sympathetic, one armed scientist Dr. Curt Connors. I my mind this episode was a thrilling mix of terror and pathos. Did it hold up on rewatching? Um...no. It was terrible. I have no idea what the appeal was for my younger self. But it does speak to a kid's ability to fill in meaning where there isn't any. 


Well, I didn't let watching the show dissuade me. I put all those childhood feelings of fear and pity into the above Lizard sketch!


Recent interpretations of the character have skewed toward a grim and gritty dinosaur like approach. I chose to go back to the Steve Ditko design with a bit more grounding and atmosphere. 


Hope you like it! 

BALTIMORE COMIC CON - Cancelled

Unfortunately, I have to cancel my appearance at this year's Baltimore Comic Con. Work commitments have made it impossible for me to fit the con into my schedule. Corinna and I will miss catching up with our friends and meeting fans.

I'll do everything I can to make sure I'm at Baltimore Comic Con 2012.

We will definitely be at New York Comic Con in October. Hopefully east coast people will find us there in Artist Alley.

Thanks!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Animal Man

Another nostalgic comics sketch today. This one is based on the late eighties revival of Animal Man by Grant Morrison, Chas Troug and Doug Hazlewood.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

DOOM PATROL

The 1960's Doom Patrol series by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani is among my favorite comics of all time. I discovered cheap, beat up back issues when I was about 13 and was blown away by the craziness of the series. But it was Premiani's art that had an even bigger impact. I hope some day I can get my hands on one of his original pages.

Here is more info on Premiani. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Golden Age Sandman - One Minute Later

This is a commission for Michael Finn's One Minute Later series. He has artists depict what would have happened one minute after the events in an iconic cover. I chose Adventure Comics #40 featuring the Golden Age Sandman. In a lot of ways my piece is as much a reinterpretation but I still think it fits the mandate.

I've always loved Golden Age comics characters but this piece also gave me the opportunity to draw in a noir-ish, textured style that I love. Ironically it's the kind of material I haven't gotten the chance to work on in comics yet. I hope to change that if at all possible.

You can find more of Michael's One Minute Later commissions here.