NEWS

7/5/07

 

TWO NEW GRENDEL T-SHIRTS PREMIERE AT SDCC

 

Featured here for the first time are two brand new Grendel t-shirt designs that will make their premiere at this year's San Diego ComicCon! Brought to you courtesy of Graphitti designs, the shirts help highlight two significant events for Grendel's 25th anniversary celebration and BOTH were designed and illustrated by Grendel creator, Matt Wagner. The first depicts all six major incarnations of Grendel from the title’s legendary first 50+ issue narrative. The second is to tie-in with the SDCC release of a special preview issue for the all-new Grendel storyline, BEHOLD THE DEVIL #0.

 

Keep checking back to this section for news of still another special GRENDEL item that will be offered exclusively at this year's SDCC,2007!

 

 

6/25/07

 

DC DIRECT UNVEILS TRINITY ACTION FIGURES

 

DC Direct, the product and merchandising arm of DC Comics has announced a March 2008 ship date for the first four figures based on my interpretations of their “Big Three” characters as featured in my 2003 mini-series, TRINITY. The initial line includes, of course, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as well as arch-Batman-villain, Ra’s Al Ghul. Check out the FIGURES section of the GALLERY for production shots of the figures (Ra’s is still in the prototype stage) and the SKETCHES section for my pre-production designs!

 

 

5/31/07

 

GET NAKED, BE FAT AND RAVE, BABY...RAVE!

For those of you that don’t already know, I'm finally escaping the same old Artist’s Alley routine at this year's San Diego ComicCon and bunking up with a group of fellow creators who have--for several years now--labeled themselves Naked Fat Rave! This mighty, mighty roster of
talent includes; Arthur Adams, Joyce Chin, Bruce Timm, Phil Noto, J Scott Campbell, JH and Wendy Williams, Amanda Connor, Gene Ha, Michael Golden and Renee Witterstaetter, Tim Sale annnnd...ME! As my dear old chum, Timmy (he and I are actually sharing a table) recently said on his web-site’s Message Boards, with such an overwhelming crowd of talent it, “beats me how the universe doesn't just split in half.” I couldn't agree more! For those attending the show, our enclave is located at the following spaces; 4601, 4603, 4700, 4703. Make sure you stop by and see us. Hell, with a line-up like this, you should maybe even just count on spending an entire day at the Rave!

 

GRENDEL SYROCO FIGURE UNVEILED!

As promised, a limited GRENDEL edition for Darkhorse’s charming line of “Syroco” figurines has been completed and will soon be solicited. Go HERE to take an advance peek at this swell rendition of the Anniversary Boy!

 

 

5/3/07

 

BEHOLD THE DEVIL #0 COVER!

This is the cover art for the special introductory comic that will lead-off the new series, slated to premiere this fall. This 50 cent comic will debut at this year's San Diego Comic Con. It features a six-page story that acts as a prelude to the main storyline and will also feature the first part of what Matt Brady of Newarama has dubbed "THE definitive Grendel interview". In addition to being one of the web's most noted comics journalists, Matt is a longtime Grendel fan and has threatened to do this interview with me for years now. Finally, it has come to fruition! The first part will run here in BTD #0 and the suceeding parts will post everyday on Newsarama.com for the week following the con. I will say, the interview lives up to Matt's description. He's a seasoned and insightful interviewer and his questions never fail to draw out perceptions and facts about the creative process that I often haven't even vocalized to myself. For any serious Grendel fan, this exchange is NOT to be missed!

 

BATMAN; B&W MINI STATUE NOW AVAILABLE!

Based on my designs, DC Direct has produced this lovely little statue (measures 7 1/2" high) which is now for sale at your local comic book shop. I'm extremely happy with how this turned out and would like to give a specail shoutout to the sculptor, Paul Harding. Paul and I are currently working on something new for DC Direct which should be announced soon.

 

 

4/20/07

 

LIST OF CONTRIBUTOR’S TO ART OF MATT WAGNER’S GRENDEL

The list is finally official and it couldn’t be sweeter! As an added bonus to this summer’s ART OF GRENDEL tome, an all-star roster of artists have contributed stunningly beautiful pin-ups of their various favorite versions of the centuries-spanning title character. The resultant pin-up gallery features a veritable Who’s Who of the comic book field’s hottest talents!

 

The feature artists (in no particular order) are:

Frank Miller
John Cassaday
Travis Charest
Paul Pope
Dave Johnson
P. Craig Russell
Eric Powell
Tony Harris
Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Darwyn Cooke!

These guys have all turned in BEAUTIFUL renditions of Grendel and have really helped turn the publication of this book into a very special event!

 

 

4/5/07

 

GRENDEL SILVER ANNIVERSARY print now available!

Show you’re part of the Devil’s Crew and help support the Comic Legal Defense Fund!

 

The CBLDF has made available on their website a commermorative print that I recently produced with them and which made its debut at this year’s Wonder Con in San Francisco. The print features the cover art from the upcoming GRENDEL ARCHIVES volume and comes in two versions—a normal s&n edition of 150 that goes for $25, and a more limited version each of which comes with an original inkwash head sketch for $100, editions A-Z.

 

Here’s the link to the page where you can order them:
http://cbldf.safeshopper.com/10/cat10.htm?798

 

These are printed on a beautiful watercolor paper stock and the featured scan for the “regular” edition is closer to their actual appearance.

 

Thanks in advance to anyone who purchases one for helping to support The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. In a time when our civil liberties seem to be more threatened with every passing day, the Fund’s cause and their hard-fought efforts to preserve our freedoms of expression are now more important than ever!

 

 

3/16/2007

 

The new Hunter Rose Grendel series, BEHOLD THE DEVIL, will debut in a specially priced
#0 issue that will premiere at this year’s San Diego Comicon International! This 50¢ book features; a six-page all-new story that will act as an introduction to the upcoming eight-issue series as well as part one of what Newsarama’s Matt Brady promises will be “THE definitive Grendel interview.” The subsequent parts of this lengthy dialogue between Matt and I will be serialized on Newsarama. Check back in the coming weeks for a special preview of the cover art.

 

In honor of the character’s silver anniversary, Darkhorse has begun production on a
GRENDEL Syroco figure to be released later this year. For those unfamiliar with these
quaint little figurines, go to Darkhorse’s web-site (www.darkhorse.com) and just type Syroco
into the search bar. These are Darkhorse’s clever recreations of an old style of toy statue and
part of their charm is their crude, almost folk-art sort of depictions of pop culture characters.
In fact, here’s links to two of their line that I find particularly cool.

 

http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=19-161

http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=10-254

 

The Dark Horse Syroco figures also come in an attractive tin box that features decorative artwork of the character inside.

 

 

2/15/2007

 

Welcome to the newly revamped version of MATTWAGNERCOMICS.COM! Please check back here regularly for breaking news and updates on all my various projects and appearances.

 

Of course, the big news for this year (2007) is the 25th anniversary of Grendel! As such, we’ve got a lot of projects, press and just general goodness planned throughout the year. To kick off this auspicious event, we’ve got an all-new, hardcover edition of DEVIL BY THE DEED (link to cover art here), which has been freshly color re-mastered to fit the Black, White & Red milieu that has since become Hunter Rose’s domain. This sweet lookin’ volume comes with a new introduction by me and is restored with its original edition’s introduction written by Alan Moore! Look for it on your store shelves the first week in April.

 

Next on deck is the first-ever reprinting of the hard-to-find original B&W issues of Grendel. These are not only the very first appearances of Grendel, but also my first professionally published work and have been much-sought-after collector’s items for years. Until now, I had avoided re-issuing this material due to the fact that it’s an unfinished story. The story of Hunter Rose was later revamped and re-presented as DEVIL BY THE DEED, making the material covered in these original issues somewhat obsolete by my own narrative standards. This collection, titled GRENDEL ARCHIVES (link to cover art here), includes Grendel’s first appearance in Primer #2 as well as the three issues of his eponymous title that eventually saw print. I finally decided that the silver anniversary of my flagship character was a suitable occasion to have these puppies see print once again.

 

I’m an official guest at this year’s Wonder Con festivities and will have a table in Artist’s Alley as well as a special signing at the Darkhorse booth on Saturday, from 1-2 pm, as well as a Grendel themed panel, also on Saturday from 6-7 pm.

 

APPEARANCES

 

Emerald City Comicon

May 10-11, 2008 • Seattle, WA

Emerald City Comicon Web Site

 

Heroes Con

June 20-22, 2008 • Charleston, NC

Heroes Con Web Site

 

San Diego Comic-Con

July 23-37, 2008 • San Diego, CA

San Diego Comic-Con Web Site

 

Baltimore Comic-Con

Sept. 27 & 28, 2008 • Baltimore, MA

Baltimore Comic-Con Web Site

 

 
 

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