Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Dreams, and dreams and the ghosts of dreams"

Back in 2008, we did an Adventures of Two-Gun Bob strip based on a dream described by REH (the strip ran in Solomon Kane #1). We felt that the dream imagery should stand apart from Bob's usual waking life, and asked our friend Gary Gianni to draw the dream sequence for us, while we drew the final panel with Bob waking up after having fallen out of bed (a tip-of-the-hat to the great Winsor McKay's classic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland).

In Conan the Avenger #12 (which hit the stands last week) Bob finds himself lost in another dream, and once again we followed the same formula, except this time we asked our good friend Mark Schultz to draw the dream! We were thrilled when he agreed, and Mark turned in his usual beautiful job -- see the two panel sample below.

We should also note that Mark Schultz is this year's Guest of Honor at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas! If you're a Howard fan, we can't recommend it highly enough. REH Days is always a lot of fun! Mark has also illustrated a special postal cancellation stamp featuring Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft that will be used to stamp all mail sent out from the Cross Plains Post Office on June 12th! So, if you can't make it to REH Days, but know someone who is attending, you might want to ask them to send you a postcard!

If you're a fan of Mark's work, you should also pre-order his upcoming book, Storms at Sea. Mark has been working on this book for years and the result is way beyond outstanding. To paraphrase Carl Denham from 1933's King Kong, "They'll have to think up a lot of new adjectives once this book hits the racks."

Storms at Sea will be released by Flesk early this summer, and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.

Check out this link at Comic Book Resources, which features an interview with Mark, along with several illustration samples.