So, now that I'm here...what a mad few months!
I had an interview with Alex Dueben of CBR recently, and we talked over what I've been working on *phew* Things are manic, but good. I also offered exclusive preview pages of Shadow Kiss! (due Dec 31st) Head there via the banner to see the whole thing.
Over on my tumblr account I've been posting a few bits and pieces, including a montage of the rough pencils from Alex Rider: Scorpia - which I have now completed and submitted, yay! Next step will be to get chatting with the publishers and move forward to inks.
And I've been attending a lot of conventions. A LOOOOOT of conventions. This last few months have seen me in: Derry, Melksham, Dublin, New York, Kendal and London. I've had such a great time hanging out with loved friends and also seeing lots of new faces and wonderful readers. Big thanks to each and every one of you who may have come and said hi, even if only to nag me about Dragon Heir #2, haha. It all means a lot to me. ^_^
Last up: I was actually trained in theatre and not comics...I know, weird! And now that comics is my job, it seems only fair that I try theatre for fun. So, ten years since my last production, I'm going to be starring as Nellie Forbush in Cambridge operatic's production of South Pacific . Should you be curious, do book tickets and come along for the fun!
It's all moving along nicely now, but if you want to keep up with snippets and news on VA and my other projects, check out my shiny new facebook home, linked from the banner above. ^_^
Next up: I rather excitingly got some special advance copies of Avalon #2 through from the wonderful Oni Press yesterday! It's due for official release in July, but these special copies mean that I'm able to sell a limited number of the book at some upcoming conventions while stock lasts. It's super shiny and gorgeous~! =^_^= So, where can you find me to get an early copy?
First up is the MCM in London, in just a couple of weeks. I always have a blast at this show. ^_^
And hot on Expo's tail is the fabulous 2D in Derry. Such a friendly show and I can't wait to get back there again. Also in that banner is mention of the brand new Lakes festival in Kendal! I mention it because news has just been released, and I'm excited about being part of the curated Comics Clocktower in this new and awesome-sounding event.
Last, but not least, I was a good half-way through penciling Alex Rider: Scorpia at the point when I switched back to finish up on Shadow Kiss, and I can't wait to share this new chapter in Alex's comic-life with you all. I've been blown away by Anthony Horowitz's response to my new designs and Antony Johnston's script is a great adaptation! I'll be back to Alex when inks on Shadow Kiss are done. ^_^
Blimey. I think my poor brain needs a spring-clean ^_~
Well, it turns out I wasn't! And the team have been the most amazing people to work with, and I've been more than thrilled to be a part of this incredible project. If you're watching the show, you may have spotted the sketchbook that young Norman finds beneath the floorboards? It turns out to be pretty important to the show's plot, and you can now download the whole thing for free to play along with Norman and Emma as they unravel its secrets. How exciting is that?
It's US only for now, I'm afraid. But hopefully not for too long.
So what's new with me? Gawd, so much I'd love to say more about! One particularly exciting job will come to light in the next few weeks. It's not anything to do with book publishing...or even Richard III...so I'll leave you with that for now. But yes, very soon, I'll be able to spill the beans. Some of you may even have seen it already without realising ^_^
Here's one I CAN tell you about. I've seen the lettered pages for the Avalon Chronicles #2 and it's lovely! I'm so excited about it coming out, and I hope you are too. You can pre-order the book RIGHT NOW! I do recommend you let your local shops know you want it to be sure it's in stock on release.
Meanwhile, there's a short pause in Shadow Kiss inks while I wait for notes, but I'm over half way now!
And if you click the banner of ink previews, you'll see that some French Vampire Academy fans have been super sleuths! Yep - looks like a French edition of the GNs is on its way in June! Passionnant!
Okay, that'll do for now. Look out soon for a list of my convention appearances this year. It's going to be a busy one!
Do you like fantasy? Do you like Elves? Do you like Unicorns? Do you like heroes? Do you like comics that girls can read?
Do you just like a bloody good story?
Of course you do...you're not mad! Well, this is your chance to get word out there that Avalon Chronicles Volume 2 is now available for pre-order from all good stockists! With volume 1 just recently making the Yalsa 2013 Great Graphic Novels list , The timing of book two's release has been pretty fortuitous! Scripted by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, with art and story input by me, and tones by Nana Li, the book will be out from Oni Press in June this year. Be sure to let your local shops know to order copies in! Here are just a few of the useful links that google offered up where pre-orders are already listed:
Previews - the details you need to give your local shops and libraries.
(Cover not final)
All reblogs, retweets and general word-spreading would be wonderful and very appreciated, guys! It's easy to forget the sheer variety of comics out there as so many can slip beneath the radar. Avalon is a great, fun read for any audience, and I've had so much fun working on it. Please help us spread the word ^_^
I'm excited to announce that next year I'll be diving into the world of Alex Rider as the artist on the graphic novels. ^_^
Details can be found by clicking the link above. I'm very excited to be working with Antony Johnston on the books, and they are of course adapted by him from Anthony Horowitz's fantastic novel series. There are already graphic novels of the series out there, and I do urge you to go check them out because they're really lovely books, but I'll be jumping in at Scorpia; book five in the series.
I'm thrilled to be joining Walker Books on this series - what a great team I'm getting to work with! ^_^
This new and shiny tablet and software set combines Wacom and Manga Studio - two of my favourite things in the world.
Some photos of New York City - I'm already missing it!
My Vampire Academy signing at the comic con was amazing! Thank yooooo!
More to come, but I met and caught up with so many amazing people, my head is still reeling. A wonderful time, wonderful place, wonderful friends. ^_^
So, while I'm at the show, I'll be putting in a little time as well. I don't have a table this year, but you can find me at the following places and times:
Oni Press Booth:
Friday - 3pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday - 3pm - 3:45pm
Sunday - 2pm - 2:45pm
Penguin Books booth:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30
Comic News Insider booth (#3350 in the podcast area):
No set time yet, but I'll be around the booth a lot over the weekend, doing signings on Saturday and Sunday.
Do come and say hi! ^_^
I'm getting out the party pic again because I'm coming to New York Comic Con! ^__^
Can't wait to get over there again, meet new faces and catch up with less-new ones; not to mention finally putting a face to a few internet pals I've been speaking to for a while online. So, if you're heading to the convention, I hope to see you there!
I'll be spending some time at the Oni press booth for the Avalon Chronicles and the Penguin booth for Vampire Academy, more details when I have them.
Massive squidgy thanks to the amazing Jimmy Aquino and Ben Templesmith for offering to house me for my trip. You guys are amazing and I owe you many beers. xx
So, so, who's coming? PARTAY! ^__^
From what I'm hearing, there has been all sorts of a frenzy of confusion over at Penguin HQ in New York, with Frostbite copies actually selling out from the warehouse on pre-orders alone. You guys are all sorts of amazing *hug*
The book is currently being re-printed. As far as I know, if you pre-ordered a copy, you'll be getting yours on release, tomorrow. The rest of us, myself included, will have to wait for the reprint, haha! XD
I'll be at the MCM Expo event in London this Fri-Sunday. Alas, I'm not sure I'll have Frostbite copies with me to sell...but if you managed to get one, do feel free to bring it along and I'll scrawl something pretty on it What I will have is just 9 copies of a limited run A3 print featuring snippets of Frostbite.
After the show I'll be hopefully opening up online sales for posted copies of the print. Again, these will be limited, so if you want one reserved, let me know. ^_^ I'll post up the image when I'm back from the event.
I'll also have three new non-Vampire Academy prints at the event: The Mermaid, the Goggles and a limited Avalon Chronicles one! Not to mention the book of Avalon Chronicles itself - which is just gorgeous and shiny and gold! Plus some very funky postcards at just £2 each. So do come find me at the Sweatdrop area towards the back of the ComicVillage. Say hi and take a look at some shiny stock. ^_^
I'm already seeing some positive comments from readers and am just thrilled that you guys are enjoying the book. ^__^ If you're in the US, I'm afraid the release date will be on the 24th May, so just a little longer to wait, but the book is available for pre-order from all good stockists.
If you're in the UK, I am making efforts to have copies of the book at Kapow, MCM and 2D, but only in very limited supply, I'm afraid. I'll be at the Sweatdrop stand for MCM all weekend, and am signing at Kapow from 13:30 on the Sunday, following a panel on independent comics at 12:45. If you're attending one of those events and want to reserve a copy, drop me a line by email or over on twitter (@emmavieceli). Otherwise, the trusty internet will of course provide. How did we survive without online shopping, eh?
In other book news, Avalon Chronicles is also doing its thing and I'm so happy to see people enjoying it. I'm working on book two of the series right now, and hooo boy it's going to be fun! Some brilliant new characters and lots of surprises in store for our heroes ^_^ You should be able to get Avalon part one from all good bookshops, but you can of course also order it online or even pick it up on Comixology - where the panel-by-panel reading system works really well on portable platforms.
(Click the banner to see a post on my own blog with links to each event.)
April 14th/15th - Alt.fiction- Leicester
April 21st - Comica - London
May 5th - Cambridge Union Japanese Art exhibition - Cambridge
May 12th - Camcon - Cambridge
May 19th/20th - Kapow - London
May 25th/26th/27th - MCM Expo - London
June 1st/2nd - 2D Festival - Derry, Ireland.
Some of these events I'll have a table at, some I'll be with Sweatdrop (my comic posse) and some I'll just be speaking or signing at, but whatever my capacity I'll be happy to say hi! I just hope I manage some sleep, haha. If I do happen to look like a zombie, be kind! At most events, I'll have copies of my brand new Oni Press book, Once in a blue moon: the Avalon Chronicles 1 available, and should even have some Frostbite by the later events! ^__^ Happy con season, guys!
I am very excited to announce that part one of the Avalon Chronicles will be released this very month from Oni Press! Together with writers Nunzio Defilippis and Christina Weir, I am very chuffed that the book will soon be out in the world, in pretty hard cover format, no less! Already available for pre-order from bookshops and online.
Once Upon a Time...^_^
Slots are full for now, guys! Thanks so much for the requests. *hug* If you've had a response from me to confirm a slot, I'll be working through the list as fast as I can. To anyone still interested: I'll let you know when new slots are open. You guys rock!
It's the start of a new year and I find myself able to finally open limited, casual commission slots, huzzah! ^_^ I'm working on the basis of taking on just 10 slots at a time, as I can't be sure when things will kick in again and I'll need to pause.
The slots I tend to offer here on DeviantArt are not at my professional rates and are on a much more casual basis. For larger or corporate projects, please visit my professional site at www.emmavieceli.com ^_^
These slots will mostly limited to sketches, but please see further down for details. I don't work on them to a deadline and, as such, although I try to work as quickly as I can, I can't guarantee a time scale. Because of this, I don't take payment until the image is submitted, however.
As these are casual slots, I tend to let the commissioner guide me, so you choose a price and I work according to that price. Your payment covers only the hours I can spend on your image. My average fee for a sketch at what I call fandom-rate (ie, fanart/personal/non-profit-making) falls between $40/£30 and $100/£80 but can go higher depending on the image (eg, amount of characters, colour etc).
So essentially, you can choose a price and I'll work according to it. ^_^
Once I know a price and what's required, I can set to work. If you're interested in reserving a slot, just drop me a note here and we can take it from there.
Happy new year, guys! ^_^
For me and the Vampire Academy crew, Christmas came a little early when we learned that the Vampire Academy graphic novel had won the GoodReads graphic novel and comic prize for 2011! We were overjoyed, so thank you so much to anyone who voted for us. To be up there amongst such incredible titles was an honour. To win was just...well, thank you! ^_^ Click the frostbite preview banner to see the full category and where VA sits in it; it's keeping some amazing company there!
It certainly gives us yet more enthusiasm as we dive into Shadowkiss! You guys rock *hug*
I have been all over the place recently. Convention season really knocked me for six, but I met some amazing people. Massive thanks and hellos to everyone I met in Malta comic con and Komix in Melksham. I've been looked after so well - thank you! ^_^
Now, I'm back to working hard on Avalon 2 and, soon, shadowkiss. You may see more of the chappie in the banner appearing over time, as my wind-down sketches have been largely featuring him recently. I won't dive into who he is exactly just yet, but he's a character I'm certainly hoping to do more with at some point. Yes, another one. I have a stable out back...but I keep them all well fed until their moment to shine, honest! '^_^
On the Saturday evening I shall be heading along to the fabulous Travelling Man comic shop for signing shennanigans from 7pm onward, so do head along and say hi if you're in the area! ^_^
Then on the Sunday it's off to the Doki Doki festival, where Sonia Leong and I will be there with tables, selling books, offering sketches and representing Sweatdrop. Hope to see people there!
In other exciting book news, it seems that my Oni press title, Avalon Chronicles, has now been solicited! It liiiiives! It's been a little while since I finished up work on the book and can't wait for you guys to be able to share it. Writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are just amazing story weavers and I'm proud to be helping them weave this one ^_^
Talking of Goodreads, don't forget to vote in the choice awards! Vampire Academy and Richell Mead are making a show in the nominations, with Richelle's work getting three categories - including my own contribution in the graphic novel category for mine and Leigh's adaptation of book one ^_^
Follow the link to cast your vote, for Vampire Academy or otherwise, now!
So, round one of voting is open now! If you want to see Vampire Academy (or one of the others!) move forward into round two, then head over by clicking the link above and cast your vote now. ^_^
Also well worth clicking on is the link to the now fully launched The Thrill Electric! (banner here from Becky Cloonan's amazing cover to issue 1) I've mentioned it before, but you can now view the first two episodes (and episode 3 launches today) completely for free thanks to channel 4! A new episode launches every Thursday and the reaction we got at the MCM expo was so positive, with Resonance FM and Bleeding Cool really jumping into the action; we're all excited about it ^_^
A big thank you again to the wonderful readers who've been sending messages, reviews and comments for the first book. You're all amazing ^_^ Frostbite will be released in April 2012 and you can already pre-order it on Amazon!
So, where am I now? Well, as well as Frostbite's release, next year will also see the release of the first book in the Avalon Chronicles from Oni Press!
That's in March, so what a busy couple of months that will be! (I have recently received a script draft from Nunzio and Christina for book two and it's very exciting!)
In just a week's time HatTrick and channel 4 are finally revealing the very exciting enhanced comic project,The Thrill Electric, written by Leah Moore and John Reppion and drawn by Windflower Studio. I was the designer for the project and it's been amazing watching it all come together! So that's a project to look out for in the very near future.
I'll also be embarking on a few adventures in the next couple of months and hope to see people at some of the following events:
London MCM Expo - 28/30 October, London
Signing at Travelling Man, Manchester - 12th November
Doki Doki Japanese Festival - 13th November, Manchester
Thought Bubble - 19/20 November, Leeds
Malta Comic Con - 26/27 November, Malta
Signing Party at Komix! - 10th December, Komix comix shop, Melksham Wiltshire (With Paul Duffield & Kate Brown)
Phew! So, hope to see you soon, guys. Don't be shy. If you're at one of these events, do come and say hi!
- Mood: Joy
But the big news is of course that Vampire Academy the graphic novel was officially released last week, yay!
And Rose has no need to look quite so scared! I can't tell you how nerve-wracking it has been getting ready for the release of this book. I know how much Richelle Mead's amazing characters mean to readers; I love the novels myself, and I know that no adaptation will ever fit perfectly the images we build in our heads whilst reading something we love...but the response I've seen so far to the book online has just blown me away. I want to offer an absolutely MASSIVE thank you to every one of you who has offered support, feedback or general squeeing - it's just SO appreciated! *hug*
Clicking that banner above will take you to the amazon.com page for the book, but you can find it in most book shops and online sites.
So - big love goes out to my cohorts: Leigh Dragoon (script), Caravan Studios (colours), Ching Chan (art editor), Rob Valois (editor) and of course Richelle herself - who has just recently given birth to her first non-book baby; a real life flesh and blood one! *confetti*. Many thanks to Penguin teams all over the place, including the amazing BetweenTheLines run by Penguin Australia, where you can see a version of the first book told via facebook! So much fun. ^_^
And, once again, MASSIVE thanks to the Vampire Academy community. You guys have been so welcoming and supportive and I could not have hoped for more.
Now, back to Frostbite inks!
On the commissions front:I'm keeping slots shut just for now as I have a heavy month ahead of me, but I hope to open up slots again as soon as schedule allows. Don't cry, Sebastian, we will have time for bioware love very soon!
- Mood: Joy