Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nyssa sketches

Got all the sketches to date on my end scanned in tonight. I'll start working on them with the wacom tomorrow. Also got some of the early watercolors from Olga.

A few to w(h)et your appetite. In the meantime, why not buy a book?

(Small head, I know.) 



Monday, January 30, 2012

Free eBook Editions

Making myself blind reading on an iPhone
I wanted to make an offer to those purchasing hardcopies of the following 2011-2012 releases: Fallen Nation Party At The World's End, Apocalyptic Imaginary, and 404 Documents.

If you bought any of these books, hard-copy, and would like the eBook gratis, just contact me personally. I get order info from Amazon pretty frequently, but in general I'll take your work for it. As much as I like to make a living from my work, it's more of a drive to get the material read in the first place.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Busy Bees (Update)

If you haven't noticed, I've been busy churning out the content.

The 404 Documents and Apocalyptic Imaginary: Best of Modern Mythology 2011 both made it to Amazon distribution today. They are also available as ebooks. Check them out on my writing page

There you'll find a little about each of them--and as soon as I have a second, a link to a sample for each will join the lineup. Only so much time in the day.

Nate (aka Rusty Shackleford, aka Bradley The Buyer, aka ...) and I are presently working on solidifying the album, "Used People Using People," which is the companion piece to the 404 Documents. Did someone say transmedia? It's also some of the raunchiest music I've worked on in a while, and that's probably saying something.

So, yeah. Help out some independent artists and give some of these things a whirl. At this point there's a little bit for everyone with a bit of ideological adventure and an attention span. Some people still have those, right?

Next up after the album looks like full-tilt on Bedlam Stories and possibly a day job gig working in social media. I'll keep you posted. For now, I'm going to give my needy kitty Princess Galadriel some love. (Siddhartha is a bit more self-reliant.)

-J

Monday, January 16, 2012

Contextualizing Social Media (and Marketing)


Doug Rushkoff is pretty spot on here, as he often is. (Though it's a little disjointed at first.)

Instead of adding another layer of commentary... just check out the video.



Douglas Rushkoff: Branding Doesn't Work! So Now What? from Portland Oregon on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

404 Documents eBook


Adam Jones was living the life: good job, sweet girlfriend (a redhead to boot), car, house. But in just one year, he will be incarcerated for participation in a vast terrorist conspiracy. It all started with Bradley the Buyer, calling him from the annals of their sordid past. Bradley, a first-rate freak and self-proclaimed criminal mastermind. Maybe it was boredom or curiosity, but he took the call. Soon, Adam is doing "Ops" with his psychotic friend. When a reality prank goes too far, he tries to get out. But it is already too late. There is no way out but through. By the end, he finds out how deep the rabbit-hole goes, but not before sacrificing his body, soul, and his cozy suburban dream in the process. Written off the headlines, this modern myth blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

 From the Fallen Nation world.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cover for 404 Documents



The rough cover for the conspiracy fiction novella I have been working on with Nate. It'll probably sit on the slate while I'm hammering out Bedlam Stories, and then will be polished and shot out into the world. It is a return to some old themes in a new way.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nyssa Update

As some of you know, I've been moving forward with issue 1 of Nyssa, a modern dark fairy tale. (Unillustrated text here.)

Drawing concept sketches, or material that can be scanned in and use as an underpainting of sorts in Photoshop.

I have also had some other artists signing on. Here's the first: Alex Andreev and Olga Sukhotinskaya.



A few of their pieces:




I intend for issue 1 to be something of an artist notebook, produced by the protagonist in his obsession of Nyssa.

Issue 2, which is mostly plotted but not written, I am hoping to produce in a more graphic novel style, as the story I intend to tell with that issue would work better in that format. This is what I love about transmedia as a concept, though of course sometimes we can't match medium with vision based on budget or other "real world" concerns.

Here's to trying, however.




Bedlam Stories Mad Hatter

Some pre-production buzz from Quiet Earth:
We recently announced that director Pearry Teo was hard at work on Bedlam Stories, a twisted new take on Alice and Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. We were excited.

Now, to add to the first two horrifically beautiful pieces of character art for the film (Cheshire Cat included), we've just been passed the first look at The Mad Hatter from the film. This is classic Teo stuff here, folks. Like if Hellraiser went to Wonderland.

Synopsis:
Set in the 1920s, in Bedlam Asylum, the story revolves around Dorothy of Oz and Alice from Wonderland as they are brought into the asylum to treat their fantasy land delusions. But doctors soon realize that the patients' imaginations may actually be real.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nyssa, Part 1: Love Notes To A Stranger


Issue 1: Love Notes To A Stranger

Issue 1: Full Color, Ilustration
Paperback, oversize, full color
$9.99 (28 pgs)

Credits:
Author: James Curcio
Primary Illustrator: Alexey Andreev.
For additional credits see book

"Beautiful!" -David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil.) 

A dark, modern fairy tale. Issue 1 provides a view of Nyssa through the eyes of a lonely video store clerk, and hints at what is to come. (Note: Issue 1 is also included as one of the stories within Words of Traitors: 7 Lives In Transition.)

Photo: James Curcio, Rachel Reynolds.

Issue 1: Journal verion, unillustrated

eBook (text only)
$2.99 // Pick it up for $.99 on smashwords!

I am beginning work on putting together this piece as an illustrated story, but have released the text online eBook for those that want this (cheaper) version.  It'll be showing up in Amazon's store in a week or two. It's live on Amazon's Kindle store as well.

Update Dec 2012: the illustrated version is complete and will be live on Amazon soon. Look for it.

It exists in all its full colored glory along with 6 other similarly dark mythical stories about heartbreak and death and love and ill-conceived sex: Words of Traitors. 

That is LIVE and ready for your consumption right now. I seriously suggest you pick it up