Ed Ryzowski

COOL NEWS:

Not only is D4VE #002 available through comiXology today, but so is ULTRANOVA, a sci-fi-horror one-shot released earlier this year through Challenger Comics, from Chris Peterson (art), Ed Ryzowski (colors), and myself (script).

SYNOPSIS:

The Atlas II-a space craft designed to keep the supergiant star, Argus, from exploding-suddenly goes offline, diverting a nearby astronaut from a long, solitary mission. Once aboard the Atlas II, astronaut Cale soon discovers the crew violently murdered by an inhuman force. As the burning star swells closer to supernova, Cale finds himself in a race against time to save not only his own sanity, but billions of life forms. 

Click here to check out ULTRANOVA on ComiXology for just 99 cents. It’s 28 pages of Kubrickian space-horror in one solitary, all-you-need comic.

Multiversity just named ULTRANOVA best self-published one-shot of 2013!

Ultranova! Ultranova! Ultranova! 

Dynamite has been making a lot of announcements, and there isn’t even a con coming. Here’s the round-up:

• CEO Nick Barrucci is selling art from his personal collection by Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher from books like The Outsiders, The Punisher, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Order, Robin, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the CBLDF. Barrucci owns hundreds of pages of art, and fans can order by artist: orders will be filled randomly for $75 a page.

“Art collecting has been a passion of mine for years,” Barrucci explained. “For the past 30 years, I have been picking up pieces from my favorite artists whenever I can.  I look at my collection on a regular basis, as I love to appreciate the form, and I was looking at some of these pages by great artists including Mark Bagley, Patrick Zircher and one of my favorite contemporary art teams – Tom Raney and Scott Hanna, and thought that while I have a great collection, I couldn’t possibly appreciate it all properly, as with Mark, Patrick, Tom and Scott I have over 400 pages of these fantastic artists and a few other incredible contemporary artists.  I had contemplated selling these via auction houses, but realized that many fans may not have access to original art, and thought it would be cool to offer to the comics fan base first.  This is the ultimate one-of-a-kind comics collectible as there is only one of each piece of original art, which is why we need to fill each order randomly.”

• Reanimator, a character created by H.P. Lovecraft in 1921, is coming back in a four-issue miniseries written by Keith Davidsen and illustrated by Randy Valiente, debuting in April. Variant covers include Jae Lee (Dark Tower), Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and Andrew Mangum (Wilder).

In Reanimator, Dr. Herbert West heads to New Orleans to continue his life’s work: the revival of the dead by purely chemical means. To accomplish this task, he recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. Initially unfazed by West’s unorthodox practices (including how he funds his research – by selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic), Susan may regret her scientific curiosity as sinister forces – those aligned with Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo – begin to align against the Reanimator. Reanimator blends mad science, Lovecraftian tentacle terror, backwater Louisianan superstition, and fan-favorite elements of such television shows as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

 

• Jungle Girl is also coming back in April, with cover art and writing by Frank Cho. Frank Cho and Jungle Girls…it’s like peanut butter and jelly. The series is co-written by Doug Murray (The ‘Nam) and illustrated by Jack Jadson (The Savage Hawkman).

Jungle Girl: Season Three picks up where the previous series left off, following Jana’s escape from an underwater city and a gigantic, otherworldly creature. However, her father soon reveals that those actions have doomed the Lost World in which they all live, as a wormhole appears in the sky and flaming debris begins to fall through. As the jungle burns, Jana and her friends must contend with stampeding behemoths and displaced, murderous natives. Furthermore, the rift presents a new, fearsome threat, for the fire from an alien dimension was not the only thing to come through.

“I’m delighted to be back with my co-creator, Doug Murray, and finish out the final story arc of Jungle Girl,” says Cho. And surely many will be delighted to see him back. What is it people like about jungle girl comics anyway? Could it be…the themes?

“Jungle Girl appeals to readers for the same reason that other such stories do,” says Murray. “We are fascinated by the ‘Noble Savage’, the man or woman who, untainted by society, lives a life filled with the challenge (and pleasure) of the hunt as he/she fights for survival.  It’s a genre that has existed for over a century but was perfected by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan and associated books. The TV series Lost touched upon the same challenges and appeals.”

• AND the 2008 Shuster Award winner for “Outstanding Canadian Web Comics Creators” Looking For Group is getting an ongoing series. Written by Ryan Sohmer and illustrated by Lar deSouza, Hawk, Ryan Dunlavey, and Ed Ryzowski, with variant covers by Ty Templeton and Becky Dreistadt, and bonus stories from the Non-Playable Character and Tiny Dick Adventures spin-off series.

Looking For Group follows the adventures of Cale’Anon the elf and Richard the undead warlock, as well as their companions, through Fantasy, Pop Culture, and Gaming tropes, set in a reality and time unlike our own. It’s a place where the eating of small children is not necessarily frowned upon; where beings of extraordinary power can destroy entire villages with only “because I could” as an excuse; where magic and adventure are as commonplace as setting fire to, and then reanimating, a chipmunk into a skeletal minion (it happens more than you’d think); and an epic journey can begin by an accident of fate.

Lots of Dynamite news: Art sales, Reanimator returns, Looking for Group and Jungle Girl by Frank Cho Dynamite has been making a lot of announcements, and there isn’t even a con coming. Here’s the round-up:

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Looking For Group, the hilarious fantasy-themed webcomic with a readership of millions, will be released as an ongoing comic book series, representing all strips from the very beginning. Written by Ryan Sohmer and illustrated by Lar deSouza, Hawk, Ryan Dunlavey, and Ed Ryzowski, the upcoming Looking For Group series includes bonus stories from the Non-Playable Character and Tiny Dick Adventures spin-off series. The debut issue will be released in April 2015, featuring brand new cover editions by industry veteran Ty Templeton and Becky Dreisdadt.

Looking For Group follows the adventures of Cale’Anon the elf and Richard the undead warlock, as well as their companions, through Fantasy, Pop Culture, and Gaming tropes, set in a reality and time unlike our own. It’s a place where the eating of small children is not necessarily frowned upon; where beings of extraordinary power can destroy entire villages with only “because I could” as an excuse; where magic and adventure are as commonplace as setting fire to, and then reanimating, a chipmunk into a skeletal minion (it happens more than you’d think); and an epic journey can begin by an accident of fate.

Since its launch on November 26, 2006, Looking For Group has garnered significant media and industry attention and won the 2008 Shuster Award for “Outstanding Canadian Web Comics Creators.” The webcomic is read by millions online every week, along with its two spinoff comics Non-Playable Character and Tiny Dick Adventures, both of which launched to rave reviews in 2014.

Looking For Group #1 will be slated for release in April.

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Dynamite Brings Looking For a Group from the Web to Print in April #comics Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Looking For Group, the hilarious fantasy-themed webcomic with a readership of millions, will be released as an ongoing comic book series, representing all strips from the very beginning.
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF WEBCOMIC SENSATION LOOKING FOR GROUP

DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF WEBCOMIC SENSATION LOOKING FOR GROUP

DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF WEBCOMIC SENSATION LOOKING FOR GROUP AS A MONTHLY COMIC BOOK SERIES, DEBUTING APRIL 2015 January 12, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Looking For Group, the hilarious fantasy-themed webcomic with a readership of millions, will be released as an ongoing comic book series, representing all strips from the very beginning. Written…

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Happy colorist appreciation day! I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many great colorists. I dedicate this post to the awesome Ed Ryzowski, whom I’ve worked with on a few projects now, including my first published comic Terminals. Ed brought his beautiful work to over 120 pages, and is one of the most talented, versatile, and professional artists I’ve known.

This is just a small sample from Ed’s staggering body of work.

If you want to see Ed’s work on Terminals, there’s seven issues of goodness all online and free-to-read right here. Also stay tuned for Ultranova, an upcoming one-shot by Ed (colors), Chris Peterson (art), and myself (story).

Check out Ed on twitter @geektragedy.

Here’s to you Ed, thanks for everything!

Captain Ultimate #6

Writers: Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito
Artist: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman
Colorist: Ed Ryzowski
Price: $0.99
Pages: 23
Rating: 9+

It’s Christmas in July! Find out the TRUE story of last Christmas as good ol’ Kris Kringle crash lands on Christmas Eve and turns to Captain Ultimate and Milo for help! Plus: Trouble in the Super Revenging Society?!

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A preview of Captain Ultimate #6. It’s Christmas in July! #comics Captain Ultimate #6 Writers: Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito Artist: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman Colorist: Ed Ryzowski Price: $0.99…

The Gutters:

I can admit, as far as X-People go, Cyclops has always been  a bit of a head-scratcher to me.

On paper, he seems like a really interesting character. His childhood was a mess, he’s suffered (arguably) more emotional pain a loss than most and as far as powers go, laser-eyes aren’t the worst. But time and time again, I find myself somewhat ambivalent towards him and the way he is used as a mopey, angsty-type guy who seems like he should really be writing in his journal a lot.

Cyclops is always the one that pops into my head when I start thinking “what’s so bad about being a mutant?” I mean, there’s cool jets, superpowers, girls everywhere and this is a cat who bagged Jean Grey and Emma Frost for MODOK’s Sake! What’s he got to be bummed about?

So, upon hearing that Greg Rucka was going to tell a story about All-New-Cyclops-From-The-Past and his father, Corsair (in space no less!)  this spring, I thought “Aha! It’s daddy issues that are weighing him down! So now he’ll be able to work those out…um, in space?”

At least that’s what I assume, because I won’t be reading this book. Truthfully, the fastest way for me to put down an X-related title is to send the mutants to space. Now, if they did a shot-for-shot retelling of Field of Dreams starring Cyclops and Corsair… well, there would be a book for the ages AND they’d get to work their issues out.

Also, how f*cked up is the Summers Family Tree? Seriously, it must look like one of those cork boards with pictures and strings going every while way like they use on Criminal Minds.