Saturday, September 26, 2009

Forgotten Bookmarks


Ball-Peen Hammer made an appearance today at this totally awesome site. It's run by the employee of a used bookstore, and it's photos of all the strange things he's found in the used books. Such a cool idea, right?

Gigantomachy in Color


I just got some printouts of Athena from First Second this morning and am very excited by what I see so far. To celebrate, here's my colorized version of a page I previously posted, the march of the Gigantes on Mount Olympus.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Turns out Cartoonists are Authors, after all.



It might be obvious if you're reading this post via the rss feed on my Amazon Author page, but Amazon has reversed their previous decision that I was not a prominent enough contributor to several titles that they had recently pulled from my page. Amongst the pulled-but-now-reinstated titles are the upcoming graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer, written by the amazingly talented Adam Rapp, but with artwork by yours truly. Comics are truly a collaborative effort (a comic without pictures is something entirely different) and I am heartened to see that my letter has played some part in having Amazon reexamine this practice of theirs.

Full text of Amazon's reply below:

Dear Mr. O'Connor,

My name is Sarah Beaudette of Author Central. I've reviewed previous correspondence with you, and would like to apologize for the misunderstanding. Normally illustrators are not allowed to add books to their bibliography, but we've researched these titles and have concluded that you are a primary contributor to them. Your example has driven us to re-consider our policy, and we appreciate your feedback as we continue to look for ways to make our service more useful to authors.

Your bibliography now includes "Alien Feast" and "Ball Peen Hammer," as well as "The Glass Cat of Oz." These changes will appear online within 3 days.

I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,

Sarah B

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Artist are authors too!



A while back I created an author page at Amazon.com. An author page is meant to facilitate fans of your work find other things that you have created.
Recently, I had written to Amazon to have a series of books where I was listed as illustrator added to my page. Upon review, they decided not only were these (totally unrelated) books not worthy of being added, but in addition they removed my new graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer and two other books that were already up on my page. The criteria for deletion they listed to me were: my name must be featured on cover (my name was on the cover of all the books in question) and I must have contributed a significant portion to the final book. Essentially, Amazon has decided, that as a cartoonist, I merely contribute a few pictures to the final work. We're only illustrators, it's the author who gets all the credit. I wrote them a very polite, yet angry letter (copied below), and also told the good folks at Roaring Brook and First Second. Let's see where this goes. A terrible precedent for graphic novelists.

"Author Central and Author Pages only support contributors who have
authored or co-authored a major portion of a work and whose name is
also featured on the title's cover"

My name is featured on the cover of all the titles that you have
flagged for rejection/deletion on my Amazon Author page, and I am
surprised that you would endeavor to make assumptions about the level
to which I contributed to the works in question without an individual
examination of the creative process behind each book.

On the graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer, currently featured on my page
but now flagged for deletion (in response to my unrelated inquiry), I
find it borderline offensive to be under-credited in this way. Comics
are a synthesis of word and pictures, both sides working together
equally to tell a story. If this is currently Amazon's standard
practice to judge graphic novels by, I recommend a reexamination of
those practices.

I hope to hear back soon. I've also contacted my publishers on the
matter.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Another page of Athena

Like the title says, another page of Athena: Grey Eyed Goddess.
This scene is part of the gigantomachy, the battle of the gigantes. Much Olympian butt-kicking ensues. Hope you all like.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Honking Big Whale Monster-- now in Color!

Remember, a while ago, when I posted my old Marvel samples of the Sub-Mariner fighting a giant whale monster? And remember then how I rescued that monster from obscurity and gave him a starring role in my new book Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess? Well, here's the next chapter in his story: Full Color!


I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, if I may say so myself. Also, I've noticed that I seem to get more of a reaction when I post my color work. Let's see if that holds true here too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Spectacular Spider-Woman

Way, way, way back before she became all cool again, I was an enormous fan of the original Spider-Woman, and secretly harbored plans to one day make it big at Marvel Comics and restore her to prominence. Obviously, that's no longer needed (thanks to Mr. Brian Michael Bendis) but I thought folks might get a kick out of seeing these circa 1995-or-so tryout pages I did.








My own personal critique? Some of the storytelling is a little wonky, and I'm not digging the 90's panel layouts, but the figure work hold up surprisingly well.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brooklyn Book Fest

Anyone interested in seeing me gab and maybe getting a few books signed should come by this Sunday to the Brooklyn Book Festival

I'll be appearing alongside Raina Telgemeier and Danica Novgorodoff at the Youth Stoop (which is in Borough Hall Plaza)at 3:00 pm. The official description is excerpted below:


3:00 p.m. Love, War and Adventures in Babysitting…Transforming Stories into Comics. How does a comic artist take a favorite story and make it new? Three new stars in the literary comics cosmos shine the light on their process, adapting award-winning fiction, found historical materials and one of the most popular teen series of all time into graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier (The Babysitters Club graphic novel series), Danica Novgorodoff (Refresh, Refresh) and George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country).


We'll all of us be signing immediately afterword. Stop by for one of your first chances to score a copy of Ball-Peen Hammmer. It should be pretty awesome!

Steve Doyle



Man, I'm going to miss you.

Nice Adam Rapp Interview at Graphic Novel Reporter


An entertaining and illuminating interview with Ball-Peen Hammer writer Adam Rapp at the Graphic Novel Reporter. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ball-Peen Preview in PW


Publishers Weekly's PW Comics Week features a nice, big 13 page preview of Ball-Peen Hammer. Go check out the pain.