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Cary comes up with the coolest ideas. When I received an email from him asking me to do a cover for Dead Reckoning with EB wearing the Day of the Dead make up on half her face I immediately hit the drawing board and sent him a sketch. Below is the sketch I sent. Now normally Cary would be writing this update but the man wears a lot of hats and sometimes he needs a little help. So here we are, a new sketch, a new update, a new role for me. Who am I? Glad you asked. Scottie Watson, creator of Talon, co-creator/artist of the very soon to be released Dead Reckoning. As a matter of fact, Dead Reckoning is so close to being released, we’re asking for reviewers to contact us so we can send them a pre-release copy. We’re also asking any store owners to contact us and we will get a pre-release copy out to you as well.
Who doesn’t enjoy the behind the scenes stuff, right? I know I certainly do, so Cary and I thought it would be cool to include a bonus section in Dead Reckoning that would have a lot of my sketches, thumbnails, character designs and some of the original concept art as well as a few pinups from artists such as Mark Kidwell (Creator/writer of the ’68 Zombie Comic by Image Comics). We’re even including the original 10 page online story. You won’t want to miss out on this graphic novel! As soon as we have the actual release date we will post it for you guys. Check back often because we could have a release date set any day now.
That’s right folks, our current colorist on Dynagirl is moving on after issue 10, so we’re looking for someone to pick up where he leaves off and keep moving forward! The new colorist will start will issue 11 and we hope continue for a long time to come!
But is this a submission thing? Yes and no. We’re having a contest!
After talking it over Harold and I decided we’d try something fun to give back to the fans who’ve supported us so much over the years. So…we’re opening this contest up to anyone, no matter where you live or who you are. Have you ever wanted to color comics? Do you already color comics but need some more work? Think it might be fun to give it a shot? This one is for you! Welcome one and all to the Dynagirl Colorist Search!
This is a paying job, meaning you’ll be paid a page rate for your work. You’ll also be credited for the work you do, in the comics, the trades, or anywhere else your work is used. In exchange you’ll be expected to meet deadlines (trust me, it’s not that bad!) and be a true member of the team. You’ll be included in all the inside info, you’ll get to see scripts and such, so you will definitely be behind the scenes at Dynagirl central!
What we’re looking for:
Someone energetic, easy going, and fun to work with! It will of course help if you can sling color like crazy!
How does it work?
Simple. You click the link below, download it, and go to work. When you’re done, send a download link to the completed piece to this email address. We will respond to each and every entry, as well as post each one right here on the blog so everyone can see and join the fun. The contest officially ends on March 10, and all entries who wish to be included in the contest MUST be submitted no later than midnight on March 10, 2014. The winner will be announced that week. Good luck, have fun, and let’s see what you got!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably already heard, but the Austin Comic Con is finally here! This weekend is gonna be AWESOME with tons of guests and comic book pros coming out to meet people, sign autographs and sell their stuff! Red Handed Studios is no exception, because we’ll be right in the middle of the action! Dead Reckoning and Talon artist Scottie Ray Watson will be in the house signing and sketching for the fans alongside yours truly, Cary Kelley. You don’t want to miss this shot at getting both of us together in the same room because it’s going to be crazy! Here for your convenience is a hand dandy show map, giving you our exact location at the show! So come on out and check out the great stuff we have to offer, get a sketch, shoot the bull, and just have a great time! Comic conventions are awesome no matter if they’re your first or your thousandth. Get caught Red Handed this weekend in Austin! (Helpful hint: Click it to make it larger, and then print it so you can take it with you to the show!)
It’s been a little while, but we haven’t been idle I can promise you that! First off, how about our newest release!
That’s a 60 page perfect bound trade featuring a whole bunch of cool stories we’ve been itching to get out to the fans and just haven’t been able to before now. We’ve got Talon the way it was always meant to be, in FULL COLOR! Plus we’ve got Totem, Grace, and the original Dead Reckoning story reworked a bit with corrections and some minor edits! We’ve got a ton of stuff packed in there for you, and all for $12.95! You can’t beat that action! Head on over to the Indyplanet store and pick that baby up now! We will have limited quantities for sale at conventions, but when they’re gone they’re gone so make sure you don’t miss out!
And that’s not all we’ve been up to! This last week we debuted the Dynagirl digital store! That’s right, you can grab each complete issue of Dynagirl right off our website in PDF form ready to rock on the iPad and other tablet devices, no middle men, no fuss, no muss! In addition to our own digital store we’ve partnered with the great folks at Cloud 9 Comix to get Fallen Justice up and available in its entirety as well! No matter how you prefer to get them, Red Handed books are out there for your enjoyment!
We’re also running what’s called SKETCH Friday over at the Dead Reckoning site, whereby we offer a new sketch every week and donate the full proceeds to charity! We make absolutely nothing off of this promotion, it all goes to needy military families folks. It’s a great cause and you’re getting some awesome artwork!
So we’re getting close to printing our first trade edition of Dynagirl, and we figured why not have some fun with it along the way. So we’re opening up a contest in support of that event!
An original drawing of Red Handed Studios’ flagship character Dynagirl. She can be flying, fighting, looking sexy, whatever. (Nothing X-rated, and no nudity.) We prefer full color, but black and white inked is cool too. And understand that the more dynamic the shot, the greater weight it carries with the judges!
1. One entry per person.
2. Permission must be granted to print your entry in the Dynagirl trade.
3. Harold and I will be judging and our decision will be final.
4. May the best entry win!
The top three entries will score some cool stuff!
1st place: A signed copy of the Dynagirl trade paperback Reap the Whirlwind, one of our limited edition fine art prints, and a Dynagirl T-shirt!
2nd place: A signed copy of the Dynagirl trade paperback Reap the Whirlwind and one of our limited edition fine art prints.
3rd place: A signed copy of the Dynagirl trade paperback Reap the Whirlwind.
In addition the top ten entrants will be printed in the Reap the Whirlwind trade. (with full credit of course!)
How to enter:
Produce your entry and email a download link to cary at redhandedstudios dot com before the deadline date.
The Deadline for entry:
June 30th, 2011. Get it in before then or you’re out of luck.
We’ll announce the winners July 1st! Good luck!
Creator Owned Publishers Join Forces to Release Free Digital Crossover Comic!
To celebrate this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day event, creator-owned publishers ComixTribe and Red Handed Studios have joined forces to digitally release a crossover between their flagship titles.
What happens when a teenage superhero whose only weakness is his libido teams up with America’s hottest supermom? Find out as EPIC joins forces with DYNAGIRL to take on the incomparable threat of INDESTRUCTOTRON!
In addition to this never before seen crossover, the FREE 54-page comic also includes:
• A Dynagirl solo story by Cary Kelley and Harold Edge.
• An 8-page inked preview of EPIC #1 by Tyler James, Matt Zolman and Vic Moya.
• A preview of The Standard by John Lees and Jonathan Rector.
• A preview of Runners by Steven Forbes and Mac Radwanski.
• Additional pin-ups, previews, and more!
Or read it online right here:
Thanks for reading and if you like the book please share!
ComixTribe is a new publisher of creator-owned comics, including EPIC, Tears of the Dragon, and The Standard, with several new titles debuting this fall. In addition to being a publishing imprint, ComixTribe is also an online community, with the mission statement: Creators helping creators make better comics. Visit ComixTribe.com or email publisher Tyler James (email@example.com) to learn more.
About Red Handed Studios
Red Handed Studios has been an independent publisher of comics and graphic novels since 2009. Its titles include the hit mini-series Fallen Justice and the ongoing superhero series Dynagirl, with several new titles debuting soon. Visit the Red Handed Studios website to learn more, or contact publisher Cary Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
About Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. This year, Free Comic Book Day is May 7, 2011. To find out more about Free Comic Book Day, or to find a participating comic shop in your area, head to the official FCBD website.
Please support your local retailers!
Have you seen the new shirts yet? If not, why not?! Red Handed Studios just got a runner-up nod in the recent Kablam T-shirt contest with the truly awesome Dynagirl shirt!
That shirt, and several other really cool designs are now available for sale over in our Indyplanet store! These are high quality shirts folks, and they’re really comfy, so grab em up now! We’ll have more shirts coming out periodically as time allows, so keep on the lookout! Psst! We also have some kick ass comics over there for sale too!
First off, check this out!
Cool, huh? That’s Scottie Watson and Troy Boyle! I think you’ll be seeing some more of these two here very soon around these parts!
Next, have you heard the latest news? As we have begun to grow things around here, we’ve added another sub-site to the Red Handed stable of websites! This time Dead Reckoning is breaking out with a website of its very own, and doing it in fine fashion! Get on over to the Dead Reckoning site and check it out! That’s where you’ll find all the most up to date news and links for Dead Reckoning. We’ll be adding a gallery here soon, sprucing the place up with some crazy custom graphics, and generally making it just as cool as the rest of our sites. That’s also the place you’ll find a free ten page intro story to the Dead Reckoning universe, and our main character Ellabeth Parker! This thing tosses you right into the story and gets things going at hyperspeed, so you don’t want to miss it!
If you were paying attention you’ll remember just a few days ago when I showed you the inked piece Scottie Ray Watson did up starring Dead Reckoning’s EB Parker. It was totally hot in black and white, but now we have it for you in color! And even cooler than that, we have it in TWO versions! The first is by Dynagirl cover colorist and international man of mystery, SPLASH!
WOO! That’s just scary cool right there! Next up a totally different yet still kick ass version by the multi-talented and all around good egg, Troy Boyle!
Yikes! Isn’t it amazing how cool both versions are and yet how vastly different at the same time? Talk about a study in the use of color! A huge thanks and well done to both of these guys! You’ll see SPLASH! as he continues rocking our covers on Dynagirl over at the Dynagirl Website. Troy, on the other hand, is going to be doing some work for us here at Red Handed here very shortly, even if we have to add something just for him!
Have a great week out there folks, more to come shortly!
Yes, I realize we’re a full two weeks into the new year, but hey, better late than never! Plus I came armed with artwork, so cut me some slack!
Where to start…Dead Reckoning is kicking ass! We’ve got two stellar versions of the cover, and Scottie is sending me crazy new art on almost a daily basis! When we get this graphic novel done people are gonna lose their minds! Check out the first version by Dynagirl cover artist and all around man of mystery, SPLASH!
HOT, right? SPLASH really nailed it I thought, capturing the sci fi feel, plus just nailing the various cover elements. The dude is a deft hand at this stuff, believe me.
Not to be outdone, the beautiful and talented Carly Spade turned in her version this week:
That’s just SICK! Check out how vastly different it is from version one, and yet how cool in its own right! I like the almost dirty feel it has to it, bringing back a feeling of the old spaghetti western flicks I used to watch as a kid. It still has the sci fi feel to it as well, which I think really brings it home.
And remember when I said Scottie has been sending me new art? hehe
Ouch. Now consider she’s holding a still beating heart in her left hand. How sexy is she now?
And what else? How about Dynagirl? Have you been keeping up with the series? We’re already digging into issue 4 at this point, we’ve got some crazy action going on, and we’re building a world every single week. Come check it out! The latest and greatest stuff coming off the amazing pencils of Harold Edge is…Jungle Dynagirl!
It’s funny really, because I just got off the phone after a deeply interesting conversation that will, if it bears fruit, completely alter things as we know them around here. To say changes are coming would be putting it very lightly folks, so hang in there and hold on tight, because Red Handed is about to do some things that will blow your minds!
Meantime, are you a fan of podcasts? If you aren’t, get out from under that rock you’re living under and start listening to this great stuff! Comic Related has an excellent array of podcasts which offer something for just about everyone. The one you REALLY want to listen to is Zone 4. Those guys are just crazy! I know them pretty well, and not only are they really good people, but they have some really interesting stuff on the show. right now there’s even a trivia contest going on where you can win some kick ass prizes! So yeah, get over there, subscribe, and start enjoying you some Zone 4!
Just a quick tease of our newest book, Dead Reckoning! I figured since I’ve been getting such great artwork to look at, I’d share!