Little Girl.

29 03 2019

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A terrifying, emotional powerhouse horror story about a haunting… told from the ghost’s POV.

Written by: Pat Shand

Art by: Olivia Pelaez.

Colors by: Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz.

Letters and design: Jim Campbell.

Published by: Devil’s Due.

 

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Cover artwork by Olivia Pelaez.

 

Probably you’ve read or watched a good number of ghost histories. So, you can think everything was told and there is nothing new to thrill, scare and, in a twisted way, entertain you. Well, if there is something great in the comic industry is the chance to keep finding interesting histories.

As a professional, Is great to be involved in one of the most personal horror histories I’ve read.

 

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“I’ve always been terrified of ghosts, since childhood — and that fear was tripled when the ghost in question was a child. From The Ring to The Grudge to all manner of horror movies, I found myself so terrified by the idea of small, cold hands grasping at my throat… that I knew I had to explore that fear with a story.” 

These are the words from the creator, Pat Shand. I worked with him on for Zenescope on the Helsing series and he gave me the chance to be aboard on such personal project. He wanted a handmade style for colors and, believe me, there is not another better way to work with the artwork and history.

It’s not only about a supernatural vengeance. Around Abby spirit, the reader will find people from her present and her past. People that, sometimes, are scarier than a ghost. Abby is searching for answers, looking for guilties in a world of daily people with hidden sins.

Little-Girl-1-preview-page-5The watercolor technique has a lot of meaning here. It remembers childhood memories in some way. Also, water is a crucial element in this scary and personal little universe. I used watercolor digital brushes, some watercolor paper textures made by a friend of mine some time ago and a special color palette where the cold tones are built into the narrative.

There are some hidden tricks. Abby spirit is from another place, so she is always colored in ash grey tones. But, if you watch the red hellfire on her eyes…surely is too late for you. Also, she never reflects lighting points and she has no shadows…until some events made her feel like the little girl she didn’t have the chance to be.

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interior-1The book is now in a Kickstarter campaign. A four issues TPB where you walk beside Abby spirit and a stuffed penguin ( you’ll have to read the book to understand ) in her path between reality and spirit world, the life and the death.

 

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Kickstarter campaign.

PopcultHQ review.

Horrornews review.

 





Grimm Fairy Tales vol 4. Issue 8. “The Wyoming Incident”.

17 01 2019

Published by Zenescope (October 2018).
Written by Billy Hanson
Art by Renzo Rodriguez
Colored by Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz.
Letters by Fabio Amelia

When a small town in Wyoming has their regular programming interrupted by a strange video, things begin to go from weird to worse. Is it a hacker having fun, a government conspiracy, or something entirely more sinister behind this transmission?

 

Long time no see, isn’ it? Well, my New year’s resolution is to share more of my work on Social Media. Probably I’ll talk less about each title but you’ll have posts more frequently. It will be a piece of cake, the last entry was a year ago!. There is a ton of pages I didn’t upload, so I’ll mix current and past launches.

I like urban legends, especially if they are referred to strange tv signals, distorted videos and so. I enjoyed working with a script based on one of the most unknown: The Wyoming Incident. Obviously, Billy Hanson script has a great and unexpected twist. So if you read the original myth, don’t worry. You’ll read something brand new.

 

 

I like very much to work with artist Renzo Rodriguez. He has a clean and detailed style with expressive characters and well-designed scenarios. When we work together, in some panels I feel I’m working as a photography director, working with lights on a real scenario.

 

 

History happens between 2006 and the present day, so I worked with different decades references, including clothes and furniture. Lately, I’m trying to make the Tales of terror issues a little bit darker, trying not to lose brilliant colors, trying to differentiate rooms, working with sun illumination and that kind of things a colorist try to do sitting in the back shop.

 

 

I hope you want the read the complete issue after seeing these pages, so I’ll put a link below. As the cover says “you will see such pretty things”.

See you!- ( in a non-horrific way, I mean).

 

Tales of Terror vol.4 Issue 8 on Comixology.

 

 





BLOOD & GOURD 2

9 01 2018

Why I didn’t talk about this title before? I made a terrible mistake. I’m going to fix that, please don’t kill me Gourdfather!

It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, WA – and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins are ready…to pick US! You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to: Watch.You. Die!

 

 

Not always you have the chance to be part of a twisted comic you feel like a personal work. I have this sensation working on Blood and Gourd. There’s something more below this bloody-pumpkin fest. There are dark cults, strange imaginary, smart B’ series characters ( well, some of them are pretty dumb as well ). I feel at home everytime I work on this series. Well, a twisted Giallo-inspired home.

 

 

Imagine all the people running scared of a giant Pumpkin monster. Well, this is not the song sounds, right? Mix all these late-night B movies you barely remember because you went to bed. Remember those VHS you rent and saw three or four times. Remember those rare books you saw once in a second-hand bookshop. Remember the Eerie issues you have in a box in the attic. Now you have some idea about the Blood & Gourd spirit.

 

 

The first part of the issue presents us an ancient menace. This is not merely a killer pumpkin invasion. This has deep roots. As all our childhood fears, all those witches, all the ghost houses of all neighborhoods.  Blood & Gourd carry you from dark humor bloody deaths to brilliant characters you want to see surviving because they can defeat a teethed pumpkin with a gun or with a cooking pan. We’ll run away with three groups of survivors on the second part of the issue, having this spine-chilling sensation that the pumpkins will never stop and knowing on the last part that the Olympia invasion if only a tiny beginning.

 

 

If you reached this point, you can guess I feel this series as one of my most personal works. Also, my partner J.C. Ruiz work on lettering, adding his professional and carefully vision ( and his impressive talent doing onomatopoeias ). Also, Rocio Canteros works on this invisible side calling “flats”, helping me to focus on brights, ambiances and b-movies red blood. With Juan Antonio Ramirez on pencils and the twisted minds of Jenz K. Lund and D.H Sultis, trust me, you shouldn’ t miss this title.

Mainly because we are currently working on pre-production of the third issue! Successfully funded on Kickstarter. Thanks to all backers for helping us to keep spreading the evil-pumpkins seed!

 

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Pick up your copies at: http://bloodandgourd.bigcartel.com/products

Some cool reviews:

Horror and sons

Fanbase press

Comic Attack





ZENESCOPE SPIRIT HUNTERS #11

2 01 2018

Happy new year! As a part of my New Year’s resolution, I want to post more works on this site. So, why wait? Here are the first pages of, probably, one of my scariest works I can remember.

On this issue, Ellen will make a trip to the most horrible place: her own memories. She’ll discover some dark corners of her childhood, making contact with an unexpected ally and some of the most bizarre creations I’ve worked on until now.

The scenario needed to work on fleshy textures and dark ambiances, alternating with fall scenes in the real world. In the second half, Ellen will go through a couple of scary scenes, each one with a different color treatment.

The history is ready to finish on the final issue, so, stay alert, Spirit Hunters on the way!

Reviews at:

Scifi Pulse

The Fandom Post.

Digital issue available at:

Comixology

 





ZENESCOPE TALES OF TERROR Vol.3 #7

3 11 2017

I’m enjoying the experience of working on Tales of Terror series. Each issue is a horror single history with different creative members. It allows me to experiment, change colors styles on different issues and make each history unique. I’ve done several issues and I’ve done 70’s horror magazines tributes, some contemporary comic book inspired colors and personal and experimental choices always trying to chill the reader to the bone.

So here are the first pages of Tales of Terror 7, from the third volume of the series. The title, “Deal with the Devil” says enough about the history. Is a quite normal atmosphere, mixed with Lucifer apparitions trying to gain souls. The character clothes, the illumination, and the atmosphere changes from a sunny start to a stormy final plot twist. Working with Renzo Rodriguez ( Spirit Hunters ) is always a pleasure. His clean style lets the colorist big spaces to work on volumes and lights.

Here are some pages and a great review. Enjoy!

Issue review at The Fandom Post.





SPIRIT HUNTERS #9 REVIEW.

9 08 2017

Some months have passed since my last entry. I’ve been thinking about the structure of this blog and I have some ideas. In the meantime, I’ll start to post news under a new tag so the visitor can read news, reviews and previews of my current works.

This month I find some cool reviews about Spirit Hunters #9, published by Zenescope. This is the series I’m working right now ( I worked on issues 3, 4, 9 and I’ve finished issue 10 ). Voodoo, the bayou, jazz clubs and the spirit world appear. I’ve tried to use vibrant colors, based on Louisiana night life, mixed with the green tones of the menacing dimension.

Here are a couple of cool reviews…

http://www.snappow.com/comics/comic-reviews/spirit-hunters-9-review/

http://www.fandompost.com/2017/08/02/spirit-hunters-9-review/

And here are the first pages. If you like this kind of paranormal histories you shouldn’t miss the entire series.

 

 





Helsing #3

26 08 2016

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Publicado por Zenescope en Junio de 2014. | Published by Zenescope on June 2014

Guión/Writer: Pat Shand
Dibujo/Artwork: Tony Brescini y Andres Esparza (flashbacks)
Separación de color/Flats: J.C. Ruíz, Rocío Canteros.
Rotulación/Lettering: Jim Campbell
Editora/Editor: Nicole Glade

Niebla.

Helsing está cerca de averigüar la verdad sobre la muerte de su pader. Ella y Harker están unidos en su búsqueda de una profesora llamada Mina. Con la ayuda de los dos, Helsing viaja a Inglaterra, sin saber la horrible sorpresa que la espera entre las sombras de su ciudad natal.

Fog.

As Helsing gets closer to finding out the truth about her father’s death, she and Harker are joined in their quest by a schoolteacher named Mina. With the help of these two, Helsing travels to England, unaware of the horrific surprise waiting for her in the shadows of her hometown.

 

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Continúan los homenajes del guionista Pat Shand al terror clásico. Si el anterior número estaba relacionado con el Giallo, este nos recuerda a las películas clásicas de la Hammer. Londres entre la niebla, un tenebroso colegio y un desgarrador flashback nos esperan en este número donde una cazavampiros y dos estudiosos deberán enfrentarse a un sicario de Drácula y a su hueste en desventaja.

Writer Pat Shand continues making tributes to classic horror movies. The previous one was related with italian Giallo and this one remember us the classic Hammer productions. Foggy London, a dark school and a heartrending flashback wait us on this issue where a vampire hunter and two bookworms must fight at disadvantage against a Dracula’s thug and his followers.

 

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Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa

 

He seguido usando texturas como seña de identidad de esta colección. El viaje de Roma a Londres y el título de este número me llevó a experimentar con ambientes de niebla, con luces sugeridas en la profundidad. Admito que disfruté mucho de la escena en el interior del colegio, con los personajes iluminando el oscuro interior con linternas. Usé como referencia subconsciente aquellas horas de miedo frente a la serie Silent Hill. La atmósfera cambia por completo en el flashback que nos conducirá a la morada de Drácula.

I kept using textures as a distinguishing mark of the collection. The trip from Rome to London and this issue title lead me to experiment with foggy ambiences, with evoking lighting on the background. I must admit I enjoyed the school scene, with characters at  the dark corridors with flashlights. I used as a subconscious reference all those freaking hours playing Silent Hill series. The atmosphere changes absolutly on the flashback, who guides us to the Dracula’s hideout.

 

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Enlaces | Links.

Helsing #3. Comixology.

Preview. Comic Book Realm.

Review. Unleash the fanboy.








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