Great news!! Copies of the Monomyth collected edition are in, and for sale!! More Great News!! For all you Art book lovers out there, Eric is happy to announce that we’ve finally been able to reprint, in an all new larger format, The Art of Eric Ninaltowski.
The Art of Eric Ninaltowski was originally printed in 2012, and after selling out, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to get more, but luck has won out, and Eric is proud to have this baby in print again. This book not only contains the Art of Eric Ninaltowski, but was designed by him, from cover to cover including art from his early days of drawing until today featuring some of favorite pieces, as well as never before seen drawings. It takes you on a journey, lead by Eric’s favorite quotes and verses from literature.
There are superheroes, sketchbook art, commissions, sure, but also his own personal person creations, like Batman sequentials that never saw the light of day, until now! Funny Batman heads, plus another page of just heads! 30 of them!! Oh, and let’s not forget a sneak peek at Eric’s own creation WARGUN, still in the works. Find out the history of how Eric came up with the story and idea, and see early, early concept drawing from when Eric was still in High School!
Don’t miss this fun-filled book! The Art of Eric Ninaltowski- Volume 1 (so we can add to the fun later…) 48 pages, over 100 illustrations, 8.5×11 Black and White. $20 + shipping. Signed before it ships! Check it out in the store.
Monomyth the collected edition not only includes the 3 issues from the sold out mini-series, but 6 all new pages of story and art by the original team. 190 pages of pure awesome, with a special section of bonus art to top it all off! Don’t miss this epic journey, brought to you by OSSM Comics! Read more here and see some of the new art!
$23 + shipping, soft cover, 190 pages, beautifully printed by Amazon! Written by Siike Donnelly, Art by Eric Ninaltowski, with colors by Peejay Catacutan, and Teo Gonzalez. Check it out over in the store!
About two years ago to the day, a new chapter in my life began. I remember the day because it was at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in LA which is always on Halloween weekend. I was there sharing a booth with my friends Mike Miller and Oly Pitman, and up walked two gentlemen, Omar Spahi, and Siike Donnelly. They were checking out our work, and I’m not quite sure if Omar knew Mike at the time or not, but I remember Mike mentioning that Omar wanted Mike to work on a new project with him. The nice guy Mike is, he told Omar, “you should check out Eric’s work”… and well, he did. The funny thing is, Siike saw some art of Hawkgirl on the table and immediately started telling me about his story involving angels, and demons, and he thought my style would be perfect! Little did I know at the time he saw Mike’s work not mine!! But it was meant to be.
So I talked more with Omar, and Siike, and the just beginning OSSM Comics company, and things started moving quickly. I was really excited about the story Siike had about this young guy Enoch, and his journey to becoming a hero, where the story gets its title “Mnomyth,” which is the hero’s journey. While the concept isn’t new and builds the foundation for all the films we love, Star Wars, Braveheart, etc, its setting and backdrop are what set it apart; it has a well-known source, with a whole new twist; and as I told him, [I think] I had gotten many scripts from well-meaning people thrown at me, and well, Siike’s topped them all. It was actually written from
someone who not only knew how to write, but was VERY familiar with comics. Which is very important, because you have to have some understanding of the medium, as say, compared to a novel. It’s not the same. Comics are unique; having pictures to guide the reader – not just words – opens a whole different rare dynamic. Not only that, but Siike told me how he had suffered from a Brain Aneurism and lost the ability to draw, remember peoples faces, and short term memory! He was now helping out Omar with his new company, and writing this awesome story; which writing was the one thing he could still do without too much trouble. This guy immediately amazed me! You’d never know what he’d been through just meeting him, sure, you may have thought he forgot his jeans, cause he’s always in pajama pants, but still! haha! His passion, wit, and sincerity are what makes him one of the coolest guys you’ll met. And Omar and Siike together, you have two of the most hard charging up-starts in the comic biz.
And that’s why I embarked on this journey with them. I believed in them. I quit my part-time job of serving at a downtown San Diego restaurant and got to work. By the New Year we had our concepts done, and were starting on pages. Oh, and I forgot to mention I had never worked on a “comic” before this. I did work on a Graphic Novel, but this was my first “comic” which would be published via Diamond, and be on actual comic store shelves. So you can imagine my excitement at the possibility. By July issue one had come out, and we had copies of issue #1 in hand at the San Diego Comic Con! Siike and Omar were lucky enough to land a booth in Artist Alley, and I was there signing with them. It was a dream come true for sure! Since then the rest of the story has been published, all three issues, 90 pages in all, and it’s been a bit of a wait, but now with the announcement of a trade to be made, Siike had one more ace up his sleeve. “Let’s add more pages to the trade,” he says!
And so we did. Six more pages to be exact! And if you didn’t already know, Siike is a genius. Once you read the story with the new pages you’ll see why. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, IT DOES! It’s been a blast drawing the characters and revisiting the story after a short break, but it was amazing to add a little more closure to some scenes, and I know Siike wracked his brain to get things truly where he wanted them. You’ll be pleasantly amazed at what he’s done with only six pages. Here we’re showing you where some of those new pages will fit in with the originals, only pencils though, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but you can see where the gaps where filled and things start to button up.
On the whole, It’s been an amazing experience working with Omar and Siike, they are beyond professional, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have met them and have had the opportunity to work with them. I am sad that this will (most likely) mark the end of my Monomyth journey, but I couldn’t be more happy with it, and I’ll be looking forward to one last time seeing Monomyth occupying space on my local comic shop shelf. I know you will be too! And if you’re new to Monomyth (I know I’ve created some new fans at conventions, who will most likely be picking up the story for the first time!) you’re in store for an Epic comic experience, one that make you an OSSM Comics fan for life!!
Stay tuned for dates, and be ready!! I know it will come fast!
In about a weeks time the epic conclusion to Monomyth will be hitting the store shelves and we couldn’t be more proud!
From Siike’s writing, to my artwork, to PJ’s colors, we’ve created something really special for you and we’re super excited to get this book into your hands! It marks the end of the series but we’re sure it’ll leave with you with something to remember and have you anxious to read it again all the way through! (Which you can do by the way, when the trade releases early next year!)
Thank you to all of those who have supported us thus far and have been buying our book, and have been bugging your local shop to carry it! We appreciate it to say the least! And we can say without a doubt that you won’t be sorry! Siike has really pulled out all the stops on this ending, and spent literally days and nights, and rewritings and rewritings and rewritings to make the ending spectacular!! I’ve read other endings that just fizzled out rather than went out with a bang… You know, the kind of book where you’ve invested 5-6 issues into it and then the conclusion finally comes out – and you’ve been drooling for a month and super excited- and when you start reading, half way into it, you realize they spent two pages on the battle between the hero and the villain and the rest of the book wrapping up the story, and you’re like, That’s IT?? REALLY?? NOOOOOooooooo!!! Not this ending! Siike has created an ending that is as iconic as it’s characters. I hope you’re ready for a thrill ride!
“Imagine a young Jim Lee drawing Prophecy meets Gilgamesh and you get Monomyth; an amazing book.” -Adam Glass (Exec Producer of Supernatural)
Monomyth 3 will be hitting the store shelves on Oct. 22nd, and in case your local comic shop doesn’t carry it, issues will be available on the OSSM comics website soon! (Not to give Siike more work, Lord knows he’s doing tons! But they will be available)
Before I go, here’s a little sneak peek to wet your palate… and don’t forget to send us your feedback via Facebook or Twitter after you read it! We love hearing from you and what you think of our stuff!!
Wizard World Portland was a blast this year to say the least. I got to meet some great people, new artists, did some really cool commissions, and all the while managed not to get sick! It seems I always get something when I come back home but not this time! HA! (I beat you this time!) But it was a great weekend! For all those who stopped by the booth, thank you so much, and to those who bought some of my art, thank you even more! 😉
Feel free to post any original commissions I did for you over on the facebook page, I know I forgot to get pics of some! I did manage to snap a few photos of a few I did though, so I’ll post them down below.
Those of you who did have a chance to stop by, I probably mentioned the new project I’m working on with OSSM comics, and the talented writer Siike Donnelly, called MONOMYTH! If you want to check out more of that you can go to a few places,; here are a few links for you…
It’s a really cool project to be working on and it will be published in 3 thirty page issues! So lots of bang for your buck! Keep checkin’ in to get more cool previews and stuff and to see some cool art! Hope you dig it so far and hope you check it out down the road as well!
Until then, check out some art! Here are a few pics of Commissions I did at the Con. Enjoy!
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