Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 - the year in review


A little look back at some of the things I did in 2014. All in all a pretty good year.

Comics and books


Panel from Scarlet Star 

Scarlet star, written by Sam Read, art by me, letters by Colin Bell. This project was a long time in production, but it finally emerged in 2014 in Comic Review magazine.

Panels from upcoming graphic novel 'Lord'

I completed a new graphic novel, Lord, which should be out in 2015. From initial script to finished painted art, it was a lot of work so it took up a considerable amount of my year.

Panels from 'Law of the Paw' graphic novel
The graphic novel 'Law of the Paw' was released digitally through Boathouse group. Written by Glen Doyle, art by me, lettering by Fonographiks. Although it was completed quite a while ago (when I still lived in England) it only saw release this year so I'm counting it as 2014 book.

Art from 'Laffnatter' children's book.

Also with writer Glen Doyle, I did a series of children's book. The first two 'Laffnatter' books are available from Boathouse group.
Art from 'Laffnatter' Children's book

I worked on quite a few collaborations this year which have been delayed or are waiting to be published. I've had great fun working with wonderful writers such as Greg Parker Needham and Erik J. Avalon and I'm very hopeful for future projects.
I'm currently working on a new graphic novel as well as a slew of scripts which I am pitching. I will be focusing a lot more on writing next year.


Exhibition and art


I'm so glad I found Creature Features in Burbank. As well as being a cornucopia of wonders, it also hosts great events. I was thrilled to be included in their annual Halloween exhibition.

I also went to a lot of inspiring exhibitions this year. Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is one of my favourite galleries, they've had some excellent shows this year, and the fact that it's next to Grill Em All doesn't hurt either.

Raven on skull pillow 
This year I opened a Zazzle store, it currently just has some Christmas items but I will be adding skate decks in 2015.
I also added some new designs to my Society 6 store.
And I started a facebook page, still in it's infancy but I'll try and make more out of it in the new year.

Comic conventions

I went to a few conventions this year. I made it to SDCC for the first time. It's truly crazy. Now I know what to expect I can hopefully be a bit better prepared for next year.

Me with Laura and Mike Allred

Longbeach comic con was great! One of my favourite conventions ever. Why? Because a lot of my comic creator heroes were there and it was really quiet so I got to actually talk to them. Mike and Laura Allred (some of the nicest people you will ever meet!), Mike Mignola, James O'Barr, Dan Brereton. Too much talent for one room! As you can tell from my enthusiasm for that line up, the early 90's was when I seriously got in to comics. Although it was a busy convention, the main focus seemed to be cosplay, (and there were some impressive costumes there), and the talks / panels were spread out over other floors so the area around the comic tables was mostly quiet. Perfect if you're attending as a fan.

Monsters love conventions too.

I went to two Monsterpaloozas this year! Monsterpalooza is an amazing convention that happens in Burbank. If you like horror, sci-fi and special effects then this a dream come true. Industry greats and newcomers set up stalls with all manner of physical effect wonders, there's exhibitions, there's actors and actresses from classic and cult films, and there's all sorts of crazy things you can buy. It's a lot of fun.


Tricks of the trade




Martial arts

Artwork for Esfinges apparel - Esfinges is the first female international HEMA  (Historical European Martial Arts) network. 

I've tried to get back in to training, but it hasn't been easy. This year I started learning some Irish Stick Fighting, something I've wanted to do for a long time. I managed to do bits of Filipino Martial Arts here and there, but I'm really hoping to get back in to it properly next year. I was really getting in to European arts (especially Longsword) just before I left the UK so I'd like to get back to doing that too.

Celebrity

Living so close to L.A. it's not unusual to bump in to the odd celebrity now and again, but this year was especially celeb filled.

I went whale watching in January and LeVar Burton was on the same boat as us, filming for a Reading Rainbow app. We got to watch him filming (they were doing a thing about Moby Dick) and we had a good chat with him. He's super nice! I didn't mention how much I'd loved Star Trek, but he could probably tell. I'm sure his nerd senses were tingling as soon as he saw the 20 sided dice t-shirt I was wearing.

Geena Davis, October Crifasi and me.


The Geena Davis Institute is something I've been interested in for quite a while. This year I got the opportunity to attend their 'Reel v. Real' discussion (thanks to Christina Martin) and their annual fundraising event (thanks to October Crifasi). And I got to meet Geena herself! She is every bit as awesome as you'd expect.

I also got to visit E! a few times and watch the Soup being filmed (thanks to Cold Steel). Joel McHale is hilarious and so much fun to hang out with. I have a lot of respect for anyone who can make live television look so effortless.
Thanks again to October, I also got to see Craig Ferguson film his show at CBS. Great to catch it before he stepped down.

Then, thanks to Joel McHale, a visit to see the new season of Community being filmed. I'm a huge fan of the show! It was very surreal walking around the sets. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, it was amazing.
And if you're a fan of the show too, you'll know why being on a boat with LeVar Burton seemed even crazier. I am Troy.

Me and Andy hanging out with Dean Pelton and Jeff Winger. Go Human Beings!











So, this year has been filled with projects, some fun, some tough, most of which I can't share with you yet. A lot of random run ins with celebrities. Quite a bit of travel. But most of all it's been a ton of fun.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Greendale's the way it goes...


It's been a crazy week.

I attended the annual fundraiser for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (thanks October for making that happen!) and I got to meet Geena herself. She is an amazing person. The institute is doing much needed research in to gender representation and the effects of it, on and off screen. I also recently attended a panel discussion they hosted on diversity in television and it was hugely informative. You can find out more about the institute here: http://seejane.org/




Then I got to see The Soup being taped (which is always a blast) and Joel invited us to the Community set. 
Community is one of my all time favourite shows, so it was very surreal being on set and meeting everyone. The cast and crew were all so friendly and welcoming, it was amazing! I was geeking out the whole time, we saw some scenes being shot in the study room. THE STUDY ROOM! (If you're a fan of the show you'll get it). And I'm still geeking out that we got to meet pretty much everyone...Britta, Annie, Abed, Chang, The Dean, Leonard, Garrett and a new character (shhh!), and of course Winger, who invited us there. They were all so nice!
It happened to be an episode directed by Rob Schrab, who's also a comic creator and animator as well as a director. I've been in to his work for years (since I first saw a copy of Scud: the disposable assassin) so it was wonderful to meet him too and talk comics. 

Speaking of comics...


It's been a while since I mentioned comics, and it may seem like I haven't been doing much but it's actually because I've been doing a lot, working very hard on some new projects.  



'LORD'

Lord is my new graphic novel, it's currently being lettered (thanks to the wonderful Colin Bell!) and should be available next year. It's a horror /drama set in Ireland in the 1970's. 





I'm working on a new graphic novel, I'm just finishing off the initial pitch at the moment. It's another horror book but with a very different tone. Above are some of the character sketches. I'm going for a heavier inking style with a light wash over the top, it'll be quite different from my other work. 


I've also been working on a few other projects this year, collaborative pieces, which have yet to emerge. Hopefully they'll be out next year so I can talk about them. 

Meanwhile, here's some stuff you can buy...


I've added new art to my Society 6 store, which has promotions running all this week (check out my facebook page for promotional discount links) Also, I've got a new store over at Zazzle for greeting cards (I'll be adding other products in the new year, such as skate decks).

Friday, 21 November 2014

Elf trees and Krampus!

My 2014 range of Christmas cards and ornaments is now available: http://www.zazzle.com/leonieo








Laffnatter Book 1




The first in a series of children's books now available for digital download.
Laffnatter - the guy with wheels on his feet. Written by G.G. Doyle, art by Leonie O'Moore. Published by The Boathouse Group.

Laffnatter is based on a character from the 'Land of the Eternals' stage show produced by Beau Idéal.

Welcome to the world of Laffnatter, The Guy With Wheels On His Feet!
He has a secret to share with you about why he wears skates instead of shoes.
So before he goes away on his next adventure, introduce yourself to his world and not only learn his secret... but make a new friend... and share a wink and a smile!
Available now from Amazon
and from Payloadz


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween art

Samantha and Endora - Bewitched (1964-1972)
Week of Witches is over! Visit my Facebook Page to see all the witch art as well as other Halloween themed work: Hallowe'en 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Toil and Trouble!


Starting tomorrow I'll be sharing witch inspired illustrations daily on my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/leonieomooreartist

Week of Witches runs from 22nd October - 28th October 2014. Why start a week of witches on a Wednesday? Well, maybe it's because I like alliteration. Or maybe it's because I was looking at the wrong month when I announced the dates. Either way, it starts tomorrow! Cackle Cackle *witch laugh*

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October Shadows VII exhibition


Creature Feature's annual Halloween show 'October Shadows' is now open! I had a great time at the opening reception on Saturday.


This is the shows seventh year. Curator Stephanie Anne Joens has brought together an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D work from a diverse range of artists. Previous artists exhibiting here have included Rick Baker, Bruce Timm and Dan Brereton.


I have two pieces of work in the show, both inspired by old witch films. I'll also be sharing them on my facebook page as part of my 'Week of Witches' which begins next week.



Although there's tons of great work on display, the stand out piece for me was the amazing life size Witch Hazel model.
I was also happy to see Abbybelle's work on display. I first came across her work at Monsterpalooza (where she had the cutest Creature from the Black Lagoon models) and it fits perfectly with the Halloween nostalgia theme of the exhibition: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Abbybelle#

There's a wonderful variety of work on display, so get along to it if you can.
The show runs until 2nd November.

Creature Features at 2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hallowe'en 2014



Do you like Halloween? If so, join me on facebook as I'll be sharing Halloween and monster themed artwork throughout October.

I will also be doing a full week of witch inspired art. My 'WEEK OF WITCHES' runs from 22nd Oct. to 28th Oct., I will be posting witch art daily. 
Remember to 'like' the page so you don't miss out on all the horror: 




I am also very happy to announce that I have two original paintings in Creature Features "October Shadows' Halloween show.

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, October 11th from 6pm - 10pm, please come along if you can. The show runs until 2nd November.

If you haven't been to Creature Features, I highly recommend it. 
You can find Creature Features at 2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Facebook



I have a new public facebook page for my art and writing. There'll be updates with new projects as well as sketches and plenty of work in progress shots, but there'll also be some old projects popping up on there too!

https://www.facebook.com/leonieomooreartist

Monday, 21 July 2014

Posta di Donna




I recently did an illustration of a woman with a longsword. The painting was based on a character from a comic book idea I've had floating around in my head for a while which I know I won't get to explore for a long time because I've got a full slate of projects.  But, this particular character was haunting me so I decided to do a little painting of her. 

I do martial arts and I've previously had the good fortune to train in longsword at the Hotspur School of Defence (I need to get back to training it again, it's amazing!).  So, I posed her in one of my favourite guards, Posta di Donna (Guard of the Woman) also known as 'Guard of Wrath' in German schools.
This illustration is now available on t-shirts, sweatshirts and vest tops through the wonderful Esfinges store. Esfinges is the first female international HEMA network, created to unite and support women martial artists, and to encourage and assist more women to take up the practice of Historical European Martial Arts.
Thanks to Claudia Krause for making it happen and thanks to the Esfinges network for being such a great supportive group for women martial artists.
Check out their store here, and their facebook page (which is open to men and women)

Friday, 16 May 2014

Law of The Paw


Law of The Paw

An Original Graphic Novel

Written by Glen G.Doyle
Art by Leonie O'Moore
Lettered by Fonographiks
Logo design by Mike Stock



SYNOPSIS:
 Well over two thousand years ago, Fenrir and his werewolf clan were living at the top of the global food chain -- but destiny changed in a heartbeat and the clan found themselves abruptly banished to a then “undiscovered” North America by three immortal sorcerers, never allowed to kill humans again. It was decided by these sorcerers that should even a single drop of human blood be drawn by any of the werewolf clan in the future - the entire bloodline would be exterminated without mercy.
For thousands of years these werewolves abide by the “Law of the Paw", but in present day America their survival is at stake when the elders of the clan become divided on how best to ensure their continued existence when they suddenly realize that they are now the hunted.

 Available to Download exclusively from Boathouse Group:

Boathouse Facebook Store


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Scarlet Star

I'm excited to announce a great new comic. Comic Heroes magazine and Comic Review digital magazine will be running a series of new strips based on old DC Thomson characters, thanks to a project developed by the Glasgow League of Writers(GLoW).
I've been working on 'Scarlet Star' which is based on the Red Star Roberts (1930s - The Wizard) and Red Star (1970s - Hotspur) strips.
Scarlet Star is written by Sam Read ( http://samreadwrites.com ) and lettered by Colin Bell, with artwork by me. We'll be introducing Scarlet Star this week with a 6 page strip in Comic Review issue 9.

Here's a list of the other strips they'll be running:

The Smasher by Gordon Robertson (writer) and Cuttlefish (artist)
 
General Jumbo by Gordon Mclean (writer) and Andrew Docherty (artist)
 
Invisible by Gary Chudleigh (writer) and Graeme Kennedy (artist)
 
Johnny Jett by Luke Halsall (writer) and John Grieve (artist)
 
Supercats by J T Mirana (writer) and Fanny Bystedt (artist)

An article over on Comic Buzz about how the project came together:
http://comicbuzz.com/2014/03/a-new-future-for-old-heroes/

And a preview article in Comic Review:
http://www.sfx.co.uk/2014/03/07/comic-review-6-on-sale-now-just-99p/

Thursday, 20 March 2014

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Rocket Raccoon

So I decided to do a drawing of Rocket Raccoon. 
Partly because he's all over the place right now (what with the new movie and all) but also because I've been drawing and looking at a lot of raccoons lately and thought it'd be fun to draw one with a gun. There's a lot of road kill raccoons in our area, they really could do with guns. 
Not a character I'm hugely familiar with, mainly just through a passing look at Mignola's run. But he is a lot of fun to draw.

 Costume notes and initial sketch.
Finished painting
Grrrr!!
Sadly, Rocket Raccoon's co-creator, writer Bill Mantlo, is in need of ongoing care after being struck by a hit and run driver. There is a donation set up to help with the costs of his care. If you'd like to contribute there's more info on Greg Paks website: http://gregpak.com/love-rocket-raccoon-please-consider-donating-to-writer-bill-mantlos-ongoing-care/

Monday, 3 February 2014

I watched all the Hellraiser films and here's a blog post about it.


We decided to re-watch the Hellraiser movies recently. I'd seen three of them and hadn't realised that the franchise had continued on. And on. And on. But since Netflix had all the movies I decided I'd watch ALL of them. All 9.

If you aren't familiar with Hellraiser, here's a useful link.

I have met Clive Barker (creator of the original book / film) twice. Once briefly at a signing and then a second time at a talk he did in Dublin in the early 90's. He wasn't what I'd expected from a horror writer. He was hugely enthusiastic and positive. He is also super creative, turning his hand to all sorts of projects across many media. I found him to be a very inspiring person. As far as I can tell he was only directly involved with the first installment, and that's probably a big reason for the marked decline in quality as the series progresses.
Doug Bradley (the actor who plays Pinhead in the first 8 films) does a marvelous job and eventually becomes the only thing worth watching. Much like Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger, he manages to create a likable evil character.

Here's my overview, it's not too spoilery as I'm sure you'll immediately want to do your own Hellraiser marathon:


Pinhead, in happier days.

Hellraiser: A pretty solid 80's horror film. Original concept with great effects. Clive Barker wrote and directed this one. Skinless people, a puzzle box, a spinning column that looks like a student art project and of course the Cenobites. The revelation that the Cenobites are demons to some and angels to others is a really great idea that doesn't get the attention it deserves in later films.
This sets the standard by which all future Hellraiser films will be judged.

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2: This starts off strong and then loses it toward the end. The relationship between Kirsty and the cenobites is interesting and there's a lot of nice ideas in this one. Julia returns to be fabulous and evil. We also get to see the Cenobites on their home turf and meet Leviathan which is oddly never mentioned again. Like all good franchises, the first two set up some pretty straight forward rules and elements to the Hellraiser mythos, however, subsequent films will choose to ignore a lot of it.

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth: I remembered this being so much better. Why? It has one of those really annoying plots that needlessly sets rules only to break them. And Joey is stupid, bring back Kirsty! Seriously, Joey, what is with that giant bow on the back of your nightdress? Pinhead has lots of fun in this one, and we get more about his back story too. He seems like a nice man.
Kids watching it today will enjoy the outdated technology cenobites.

Pinhead meets Adam Scott

Hellraiser: Bloodline: In Space! In the future! And also the past.
This could've been a great movie, if it had been more about the building featured in the 3rd installment. There are glimpses of great ideas but the whole thing is a mess. When you see Alan Smithee in the credits you know there'll be problems. It was clearly pieced together from a variety of story lines and reassembled to make a nonsensical film needlessly book ended by a piece set in the future on a space station. The most amusing thing in this film is Adam Scott (of Parks and Rec fame) in a truly horrendous early role. This movie also features a Cenobite dog and I would rather have seen a film about its back story.

Pinhead and his faithful hound, Pickles.


Hellraiser: Inferno: A terrible straight to DVD movie about a detective that stumbles in to a Slipknot video. This film tries to be really clever but unfortunately neglects a major plot hole right at the start that brings down the whole concept. Pinhead is barely in it and it doesn't fit at all with his much established M.O., so it feels like this was written as a different film and then the Hellraiser elements were tagged on. The story seems very small, unlike the far grander scope of the earlier films, and I think it would've worked better as a comic. Except I think the idea has already been done before in a million other comics.

I know, right?

Welcome to the Rick Bota era of the Hellraiser films. Easily identified by their un-Hellraiser related plots and his penchant for filming in Bulgaria. Also, rather than renounce the idiocy that was Hellraiser 4 : Bloodlines (much like the Highlander franchise did with Highlander 2) they decided to embrace the Lemarchand storyline and keep it going. So, stuff from 'Hellraiser in Space' is now canon while elements from the original movie have been forgotten.

Hellraiser: Hellseeker: Starring Dennis Duffy from 30 Rock and Kirsty from the first two films. As with all Bota era Hellraiser movies the Hellraiser elements are so peripheral that you get the sense that there's a better story just out of reach. They're essentially the negative space of a Hellraiser movie. The original actress is in this movie kind of as an aside. C'Mon!

This movie would have been much better with Dennis Duffy and Liz Lemon.


Hellraiser: Deader: As the title suggests, this film makes no sense. Very little was done to reformat this story in to a Hellraiser film and it could have been done so easily! There's even a much featured mattress (like in the first two movies) that could easily have become a plot point but instead they decided to go down the far shakier Lemarchand route, yet again.

Hellraiser: Hellworld: This film tries to be many things at once but succeeds only at being terrible. Based around the idea of a Hellraiser game it focuses on supposed Hellraiser uber-fans. So postmodern! So meta! Don't get your hopes up, it fails to explore either of these plot points properly and instead descends into some ridiculous house party thrown by Lance Henriksen. Sorry, I'm making this sound so much better than it is. Also stars the Man of Steel. **Disclaimer: I was mostly disappointed that this movie did not feature an 8-bit Pinhead because for some reason I'd assumed it would**

Something's not quite right...

Hellraiser: Revelations: Possibly the most frustrating of all the Hellraiser films. On the surface it seems the franchise is finally back on track with an actual original Hellraiser based story which follows the established rules of the Hellraiser universe. But the script is shoddy, the acting is terrible and everything about the production is just weak and sloppy. Worst of all Pinhead is played by someone else. Like a weird cosplay version. It's all just wrong. I was so upset by the new Pinhead, I wanted to know why this had happened. There are two reasons floating about. The first states that the entire film was shot in a couple of weeks simply to keep up the licence, it didn't even have a proper release. Having watched this film I can easily believe it. The other one states that Doug Bradley turned it down because the script was so bad. Having watched the preceding films I find that hard to believe.

Future Hellraisers:
Apparently Clive Barker and Doug Bradley have signed on for a new Hellraiser movie. There's also talk of a tv show. It seems we're due a Hell-renaissance. Best get on board now so you can say you liked it after it was cool and before it was cool again.

If you'd like to watch these and don't have Netflix you can buy them here :
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