Monday, December 01, 2008

SEASON'S GREETINGS FELLOW EARTHLINGS



(Above) Rejected design for a magazine cover.

Home For The Holidays
Finally home after much globe-trotting and family time. Back to finish work on a couple of secret projects, some of which I'll share with you today:

Carlos Meglia's Sketchbook

I'm extremely proud to announce a project near and dear to my heart, the publishing of Carlos Meglia's first ever sketchbook. This is something Meglia, Humberto Ramos and yours truly had planned to release last year. Unfortunately, due to our combined crazy schedules, we kept on putting this book on the proverbial "back burner", something I regret to no end. Last I spoke to Carlos we had agreed on the overall format, it was to be a sketchbook of some sort, since he admitted he had never published one before.

Carlos was an incredibly prolific artist and was always working on several projects at a time, the challenge was to find the time necessary to gather and sort through the piles of previously unreleased material. mostly preliminary work done towards known projects. In the end, life conspired against us and death took Carlos from us at his prime. But his work is strong and his legacy is very much alive, this book is an attempt at preserving that legacy.



I've always felt (with good reason) that Carlos Meglia was not justly recognized for his outstanding contribution to the world of comics and popular culture as a superb storyteller and also, as the master draughtsman he really was, at least not in the American continent, so little of his work has been published in English and the few things he did for American audiences were, in my opinion and with a few exceptions, poorly handled (read promoted and explored further) case in point: Monster World, a major piece of pop work, which influenced a whole new generation of comic book artists, a beautifully drawn and written book which despite its enormous potential for greatness, went largely unnoticed. Carlos was a comics celebrity in Europe, mainly through his work on Cyber Six and his ongoing collaboration with Didier Crisse for the french publisher 'Soleil'.

This book will NOT be a "tribute" book or a biographical type of volume, (we will work on a retrospective book in the future) but rather, an insightful and candid look at Carlos' thought process, through some of his most powerful and beautiful pencil sketches, inked drawings and a few color paintings. Most of what you will see in the book is what I consider his most amazing attribute: his gift for designing compelling characters.

We are working diligently to release this book in late January. It bares mention that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to his wife and young child.

My Way of Saying Thanks
From now (December 1st) until December 20th 2008 I am taking $5.00 off any one of my books: "Confessions of a Process Junkie", "Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops", "Bocetto","ECFS Volume 1" and "ECFS Volume 1 part 2". The new price for these volumes is: $19.95 instead of $24.95, sorry for the confusion.

Edit: ECFS 1 (2007) was divided into two books ECFS part1 &ECFSpart 2, the 2008 annual ECFS AKA  ECFS2 is still in production. Hang in there!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Feliz Navidad a todos!


Abrazos,
Alberto