The Crossover Novel: The Story of the Art

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I started writing Gotterdammerung back in late 2013 and during the course of its creation I had a  number of different artists attached to it. The cover was drawn by Chris Batista, one of my favorite comic artists, and was completed long before the writing was finished. He nailed our three leads perfectly and then Tom Smith added colors to it, making it one of my favorite Reese Unlimited images.

Mark Propst was originally going to do interiors for the book but had to bow out for personal reasons – though he later returned and did some sketches for it. I also considered my long-time collaborator George Sellas, of course, and even had a complete newcomer that would have made his professional debut with some of the interior pieces.

In the end, though, we were lucky enough to snag Mitch Ballard! Mitch has a style that’s clearly influenced by George Perez and that’s hardly a bad thing. Perez is the master of the crossover comic and Mitch brought that sensibility to this, my own little Crisis on Infinite Earths pulp novel. Mitch contributed solo images of Gravedigger, The Peregrine, The Black Terror and Lazarus Gray – and he’s also working on a group Assistance Unlimited shot that will probably appear in volume 7 of that series.

While I hope that the story will find approval from all of my fans, I have no doubt that the artwork will please even the most jaded of pulp readers. Batista and Ballard knocked it out of the park and – along with the excellent design work provided by the Pro Se staff – the book LOOKS gorgeous, no matter how it reads!

 

One Comment on “The Crossover Novel: The Story of the Art

  1. And it reads awesomely, so the art really fits 🙂

    Though it would really be cool to see a proper, monthly or bi-monthly comic book series about Gravedigger, or The Peregrine…

    And here is the review of “Götterdämmerung” I promised before:

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R1DG7IN0KNOTTW/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    I would love to write a more detailed one that this book deserves, but it is kinda hard to write about the coolest things without spoiling anything… 😦

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