Creator Owned Day: Empress Purandokht

Belfast-based artist Stephen Downey came up with the idea of designating March 1st “Creator Owned Day”

As he explains on his blog:

“A lot of reader and creator focus is on characters owned by larger corporations. Let’s bring a little spotlight on creating brand new, creator owned concepts.”

So in that spirit, here’s another look at a character from my upcoming graphic novel series Persia Blues, created in partnership with my friend, artist Brent Bowman:

Empress Purandokht and bodyguards

Empress Purandokht was one of only 2 female rulers of the Persian empire, and she will play a prominent role in the series.

More to come…

Indie Cover of the Day: Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #1

I recently featured a page from this series over at my Ferret Press blog for the “Guess the Artist” feature, so now’s a good time to spotlight Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #1:

Painted cover by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Published by Bongo Comics, 1995.

This yearly anthology is chock full of various indie and mainstream writers and artists showcasing their versions of the Simpsons. From Peter Bagge to John McRea to Patton Oswalt, half the fun is seeing the venerable characters interpreted by decidedly non-Simpsons creators.