worldsworstgrandpa:

Do you like GOOD superhero comics? Do you love Ostrander’s amazing Suicide Squad run from the 80’s. You know, the only good Suicide Squad run. Do you enjoy stories where a group of damaged human beings come together and things go from bad to worse? Do you love critically lauded indie comics being collected for the public for the first time in a print run larger than like 20?
Well you might be interested in Copra which is available for Preorder NOW!!! WOW NOW!!
Official description:

"They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, the men and women of COPRA have no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on every son of a bitch who ever looked at them funny."
Here it is, the first six issues of Michel Fiffe’s master class in self-publishing. COPRA: A superhero revenge machine.

worldsworstgrandpa:

Do you like GOOD superhero comics? Do you love Ostrander’s amazing Suicide Squad run from the 80’s. You know, the only good Suicide Squad run. Do you enjoy stories where a group of damaged human beings come together and things go from bad to worse? Do you love critically lauded indie comics being collected for the public for the first time in a print run larger than like 20?

Well you might be interested in Copra which is available for Preorder NOW!!! WOW NOW!!

Official description:

"They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, the men and women of COPRA have no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on every son of a bitch who ever looked at them funny."

Here it is, the first six issues of Michel Fiffe’s master class in self-publishing. COPRA: A superhero revenge machine.

All-New Ultimates #7 comes out today! I wrote it, Giannis Milonogiannis drew it, Jordie Bellaire colored it and David Nakayama did the cover. It’s a thing of beauty.

Villains: Vermin (created by J.M. DeMatteis & Mike Zeck) and Agent Crock (created by Ann Nocenti & Keith Giffen). Research was a blast.

Copra #17 is on sale! Our guy RAX leads this one, hoping you’re into prison stories. And I know you are!

Want some preview pages to go along with that? No problem, here you go.

Tags: Copra Rax

I had tons of Batman shirts as a kid, and that first one up there was my favorite. It’s a Miller swipe from DKR but with a new head, a crazy cape and a beautiful city. I love the chunky, plastic feel to it, like 8-bit airbrush.

The last image is of a shirt I only saw in magazines and I wanted it so bad. I mean, look at it. Bootleg Bolland Bats beating up Double Dragon punks? 

It fucking rules.

RAX. COPRA 17. SOON.

RAX. COPRA 17. SOON.

Tags: Copra

My Vulture had wings made out of blades in The Future of Spider-Man. This was a comic I made in 1991 that was kinda like an issue of What If?  Really, it was just an excuse for me to have all the Spider-Man villains attack him at once, driving him to a homicidal rampage. Cameo by the Punisher.

My Vulture had wings made out of blades in The Future of Spider-Man. This was a comic I made in 1991 that was kinda like an issue of What If?  Really, it was just an excuse for me to have all the Spider-Man villains attack him at once, driving him to a homicidal rampage. Cameo by the Punisher.

More punishment from The Future of Spider-Man one shot, 1991.

More punishment from The Future of Spider-Man one shot, 1991.

Punisher scene from The Future of Spider-Man one shot, 1991.

Punisher scene from The Future of Spider-Man one shot, 1991.

Jason Michelitch has some terribly nice things to say about Copra. I am so grateful to those readers who have jumped on the series mid-way through. Holy crap do I appreciate that. 
graphic-cult:

Copra #16 (Michel Fiffe, 2014).
Love this set of panels, love everything about them.  
I came to Copra pretty late, so I don’t actually know what the story is behind these characters.  (Been trying to track down back issues but limited edition artist-shipped comics get pretty pricey on the ol’ eBay, so I probably won’t get to catch up on the story until bergenstreetcomicspress prints both of the planned collections.) So, I’ve been just experiencing these last few issues as pure style (which I don’t mean as a pejorative at all) — just watching Fiffe (zegas) absorb and repurpose so much from so many different influences that I would embarrass myself if I even tried to list them off (though there’s obviously a huge chunk of Frank Miller in Fiffe’s work, and this particular sequence seems to stem from Eisner by way of Sim…but that’s only scratching the surface.)  
Fiffe strikes me as the action-comics equivalent of DeForge in alt-comix, in his ability to take on the best aspects of his progenitors (for DeForge it’s people like Ware and Burns) but instead of just re-purposing or repeating stylistic tics, actually expanding upon them and exploring new territory.  Just look at those panels…not only are we plunged into the character’s immediate mindset and experience (the bare minimum we should expect from competent adventure comics) but the staging goes on to create extreme and absurd experiences, unafraid to look silly, that elevates the sequence to a textural exploration of the scene’s ideas: waking up where you don’t remember falling asleep, being mismatched to your environment in ways that hurt you and hurt what’s around you, the absurdity of extreme physical movement…and this is just the bottom of one page.  Very excited to see what’s yet to come.

Jason Michelitch has some terribly nice things to say about Copra. I am so grateful to those readers who have jumped on the series mid-way through. Holy crap do I appreciate that. 

graphic-cult:

Copra #16 (Michel Fiffe, 2014).

Love this set of panels, love everything about them.  

I came to Copra pretty late, so I don’t actually know what the story is behind these characters.  (Been trying to track down back issues but limited edition artist-shipped comics get pretty pricey on the ol’ eBay, so I probably won’t get to catch up on the story until bergenstreetcomicspress prints both of the planned collections.) So, I’ve been just experiencing these last few issues as pure style (which I don’t mean as a pejorative at all) — just watching Fiffe (zegas) absorb and repurpose so much from so many different influences that I would embarrass myself if I even tried to list them off (though there’s obviously a huge chunk of Frank Miller in Fiffe’s work, and this particular sequence seems to stem from Eisner by way of Sim…but that’s only scratching the surface.)  

Fiffe strikes me as the action-comics equivalent of DeForge in alt-comix, in his ability to take on the best aspects of his progenitors (for DeForge it’s people like Ware and Burns) but instead of just re-purposing or repeating stylistic tics, actually expanding upon them and exploring new territory.  Just look at those panels…not only are we plunged into the character’s immediate mindset and experience (the bare minimum we should expect from competent adventure comics) but the staging goes on to create extreme and absurd experiences, unafraid to look silly, that elevates the sequence to a textural exploration of the scene’s ideas: waking up where you don’t remember falling asleep, being mismatched to your environment in ways that hurt you and hurt what’s around you, the absurdity of extreme physical movement…and this is just the bottom of one page.  Very excited to see what’s yet to come.

Captain Victory detail.
Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers credits, release dates & ordering info HERE.
Copra’s own GUTHIE as portrayed by Jeffrey Brown aka Tsujigo+Ink, creator ofthe Valkyrie Quartet. Dig that architecture!

Copra’s own GUTHIE as portrayed by Jeffrey Brown aka Tsujigo+Ink, creator ofthe Valkyrie Quartet. Dig that architecture!

Adam O. Pruett is a fuckin’ champ for helping out with this. “Helping out” — what a measly way of describing his incredible efforts. Anyway, THANK YOU, Adam!

goshisdead:

The COPRA: ROUND ONE trade paperback, collecting the first six issues of Michel Fiffe’s critically acclaimed superhero revenge series, is coming soon from the fine folks at Bergen Street Comics. Book design by Michel and me.

I’m looking over an advance copy and words cannot describe how happy I am with the finished product. 160 pages, lovely cream-colored paper, heavy covers with a nice toothy grain texture, nice inside flaps like on those Fanta Jason comics… I could go on and on. What Michel has done with Copra is pretty incredible, and I don’t think I’m overstating things when I say that this is a fucking cool book.

Updates to come as soon as a street date is nailed down.

Copra #16 exists — it is HERE! 

I’ll admit that this was one of the most difficult issues to produce. I basically knew what the story was, what the dialogue lines and general staging would be, but… I didn’t really know until I started to actually work on it. It was very odd. The process probably didn’t help: I wanted to invoke a little bit of Jack Kirby in this chapter (being that Guthie is based on one of his creations). I’ve been running on a Kirby influence in a spontaneous, gut level, get-it-done kind of way, but this time I wanted to try it a little differently.

I’ve  heard of Jack drawing a page by starting at the top left hand corner and continuing down to the lower right hand corner until the page was complete. The drawing sounded like it was more stream of consciousness and less obviously calculated. The planning was all in Jack’s head.

So in the spirit of that anecdote, I decided to forego any layouts whatsoever. I also didn’t break up the stages into workload batches the way I usually do. This meant that I woke up with two blank pages staring at me, equipped with only a vague notion of what I wanted to do. By the end of the day, my aim was to have two complete pages, fully colored and ready to scan.

Wake up, coffee, write, lay out, podcast, pencil, lunch, ink, coffee, walk dog, more ink, more podcasts, dinner, question life choices, stretch legs, more ink, color, pass out, repeat next day.

Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes I was too wiped out to even erase a page. This issue kicked my ass, but I’m really happy with the results. You’ll like it.

And of course, it’s about Guthie, whom last we saw crashing and falling through a window in some far off world. Looks like she survived and when you read the issue, you’ll know how.

Abandoned Dr. Strange panel. I rarely pencil this tightly.

Abandoned Dr. Strange panel. I rarely pencil this tightly.

Tags: Dr. Strange

I’ve never looked forward to August or September more than I do now. 

I’ve never looked forward to August or September more than I do now.