MORBID TALES! A Tribute to CELTIC FROST!

Posted By Mark on August 28, 2014

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Finally I’m able to share this new anthology that many have been feverishly working on for the better part of 9 months. The second in a trilogy of metal-centric books (see 2012’s Satan is Alive: A tribute to Mercyful Fate), Morbid Tales! is a less literal take on the subject matter than the Mercyful Fate book, this time documenting fictional/factual history and delving into the world created from Frost’s music instead of translating lyrics.

This time around we have work from Justin Bartlett, Jason McGregor, Bruno Guerriero, Lars Krantz, Chuck BB, Shawn Knight, J. Bennett, Eamon Espey, Ed Luce. Jeremy Baum, Johnny Ryan, Josh Bayer, Jacob Hamrick, J.T. Dockery, Kelly Larson, Kim Holm, Michael Hacker, Mike Erdody, Slasher Dave, Tim Shagrat, Mark Rudolph, Sam Wolf, Tim Sievert, Mark Thompson, Scott Murphy, David Liljemark, Kevin Cross, Rob Mills and a few others to announce soon.
Forewords from Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and Ivar Bjornson (Enslaved) with other pieces from Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), Flo Swartz (Pyogenesis), Ben Ash (Carcass), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth), Jeff Wagner (author of Mean Deviation), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Greg Macintosh (Paradise Lost), Trevor Peres (Obituary), Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo (Repulsion), Orvar Safstrom (Nirvanna 2002), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Chris Reifert (Autopsy) and John Paradiso (Evoken). It’s a great mixture of musicians and artists this time around.

And I’m partnering With Kenneth McNabb at Corpse Flower Records (a new vinyl only label) to produce the book and a limited edition LP of covers (to be announced soon) to be released later this year. Stay tuned for more information about preorders (coming up next month) and more peeks inside the book.

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COMIC PREVIEW

Posted By Mark on April 22, 2014

Here’s a preview of a comic I’m doing for the band Green Death. They are doing a Kickstarter to raise funds for a vinyl version of their fantastic record, The Deathening HERE. I’ve done a bunch of art for these guys and they put out some really high quality stuff. Consider contributing to their campaign.
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CARCASS TOUR POSTER

Posted By Mark on April 21, 2014

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Sanctioned poster for the Chicago date of the 2014 Decibel tour. Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Noisem. Only available at the show or from the artists online.

18 x 24″ 4 color screenprint (Red, Yellow, Black, and Gloss) on limited edition Vivitone Plum Punch 100lb cover stock. Collaboration with Shawn Knight.

Hand numbered edition of 106.

BUY IT HERE!

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MULLIGAN’S RUN (An Old Comic)

Posted By Mark on April 9, 2014

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Back in 2006, when I was more focused on sci-fi stories I self-published a few mini comics about three space explorers that got into ridiculous adventures. Why am I talking about this? Well, recent rumblings with another older project have me going through all my older stories from this time and this one has never been seen online before and only sold about 100 copies, so here’s a primer into the world of Mulligan’s Run.
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More Original Art for Sale

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 3 of an 8-page story I did for Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #2. 11x 14 ink on Bristol.
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Original Art for Sale

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 8 of the 8-page story I did for Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever #2.
11×14″ ink on bristol.
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Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever Original Art!

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 1 of the 8-page story I did for Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever #2.
11×14″ ink on bristol.
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Free Comic Book Day Sketching 2

Posted By Mark on May 5, 2013

Another sketch from FCBD 2013.
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Sketching at Free Comic Book Day

Posted By Mark on May 4, 2013

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ANOTHER UNFINISHED COMIC

Posted By Mark on April 22, 2013

While preparing for new projects I seem to always go through old sketchbooks, notes, files and random papers in some sort of attempt to mine them for any residual value. In one such exploration (today actually) I ran across a five page story called The Ticket. It was originally going to be part of an anthology that I had been working on called City Yarns, which was very Eisner-esque, in the sense that it was just a bunch of human stories all centered around the city. How it could be a source for bringing people together, tearing them apart and everything in-between. I actually finished the first volume, Closing Doors and other City Yarns, which the main story focused on a failing record store and how it brought people together. The second was Through the Cracks, which upon later reading is very schmalzy, focuses on an old musician that has as the title suggests, fell through the cracks. The final story, Say it in Slugs (taken from an Entombed song) followed a young reporter as he began to uncover the truth about shading politics and business. That was a rather pedestrian take on noir, but still has some good moments. Anyway, the Ticket was meant to be included in the further volumes of the City Yarns series, but at that point I had burned myself out on those types of stories and it stayed on a hardrive for 8 years until I found it again today.

The story focused on a very lonely main character who lived in a flophouse motel in the city. He filled his days with drinking and sleeping and the highlight of his night was listening to the lottery numbers on the radio. Each day was a celebration leading up to that event, which always brought his hopes crashing down around him. At this time I was reading an watching a bunch of Rod Serling projects, so the O Henry endings were really doing it for me at that point, so it ended as most Twilight Zone episodes did… with a cautionary tale about human greed or something.
The reason I’m not explaining the whole plot is I’m actually considering  redoing this story again and don’t want to just put it all out there. So go through your old junk! You may find something worth a shit.

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