Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:30 pm

Limited Edition Sonic Print Now Available

Remember this cover?

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It's one of two pieces of cover art that were actually airbrushed, and both were done by yours truly. The original hangs on a wall in my home, and it's always a topic of conversation whenever someone drops in for the first time.

In answer to a number of requests by those who have seen it hang in my home or displayed at comic conventions, I'm now releasing an extremely limited first come-first serve print edition approximately 11" x 17" in size, limited - that is - to 50 copies, each signed and individually numbered. Once the 50 are sold out, that's it. The only way anyone else gets a copy is if someone else makes theirs available for sale. This is for the fans interested in adding something special to their collection not available anywhere else.

The cost for a print will be $50 plus $10 shipping & handling charges in US funds. If you live outside the continental US, please ask for a shipping rate.

In the US, the print will be delivered via 2-day Priority Service, and shipped guaranteed to arrive in the condition you expect.

In order to acquire a copy, simply EMAIL ME with your request to purchase a print. This will lock in the numbered print you will receive. Once I receive your request, I will invoice you with a link for which you can make payment via credit card, which will be a secured transaction that even I will not have access to your credit card info.

Should you wish to use other means of payment, such as a personal or bank cheque or money order, please state that as your means of payment when placing your order, upon which you will receive info where to send payment. Bank cheques and money orders will result in a 24-hour turnaround for your item to ship. When paying by personal check, a 7-day waiting period will be required for the check to clear the bank.

Once payment has been processed and your print ships, you will be notified by email that your item is making its way to you.

Should the print sell out by the time you place your order, you will not be issued an invoice, but instead an emailed notice that there aren't any more prints available.

If you want the signature on your print to be addressed to a specific individual, such as yourself or the recipient of a gift, you must state on your order that you would like the print personalized "To (state the name) -". Otherwise, I will just sign my name if you don't notify me of your intent when placing your order.

One last item: I will begin selling the prints at the Long Beach Comic-Con being held this weekend at Long Beach, CA on February 28 through March 1, so you can pick yours up in person if they haven't yet sold out. Thanks.

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:19 am

An Apology For Being AWOL From Here

I’m more than aware I haven’t been paying attention to a lot of things online outside of my Twitter account these days. The simple reason reason is something had to give, as I just didn’t have all the hours in the day I need to get things done. But the actual reasons have more to do with my private family life, which I seldom if ever discuss beyond the superficial level. But it became apparent recently that I need to discuss some of these issues, because in dealing with some of you online, I was lacking certain information, which resulted in my making an unexpected discovery, and probably me not on my best behavior.

Perhaps the main reason I've been so hard to communicate with since this past October is the fact that Bernie and I have had two senior citizens under our care, one longer than the other, and things took a change for the worse as October rolled into November. Bernie's mom had to be hospitalized and the resulting diagnosis was anything but promising. If anything, we had been told she had something along the lines of three to six months left to live, and her health during the next couple of months more than supported that prognosis. Just a few days after this past Christmas, I would be calling for an ambulance for her. Had Bernie and I not reacted when we did, that initial prognosis would have looked optimistic. She's now more stable these days but far from out of the woods.

Every day presents its own new set of challenges. Some as a result of our whole routine here at home having to be totally readjusted to allow for the circumstance of her mother moving in with us on a permanent basis until the end. I could spend paragraph upon paragraph detailing what we've been dealing with, but it's not sympathy for me or Bernie I'm interested in.

Which brings me to the other senior citizen under our care. Chris is in his mid-70’s, and was a bear of a man when I first met him back in September of 2008. I hired him as the cinematographer of both my LOST ONES and THE REPUBLIC projects. And since then, he has become more than a friend to both Bernie and I. He is family. Chris ran into some hard times, which resulted in Bernie and I taking him into our home. What hurt Chris was his age. As someone who earned a living from project to project, Chris was able to support himself in a manner he was happy with. A free spirit who took his cameras and equipment with him wherever opportunity presented itself anywhere on the globe. Around 2012, that began to change, and the work dried up. Since then, Chris has been battling cancer. It's now in remission, but he still has a long way to go to say he's fully recovered. In his current state, he lacks the energy to do much of anything that is physically demanding in the slightest.

He still has a sharp brain, and is able to assist other filmmakers with his advice based on over 50 years of experience. But recently, however, despite how open he has been with me through everything we've experienced together, I learned something new.

Chris is a proud man who has never depended on anyone for anything until recently. So when I asked if he could assist me with the French translation of the script for my story THE STORM, he happily accepted. For him, it was one of the few things that gave him purpose. Any benefit I derived was a bonus. Like Bernie’s mom, Chris was also diagnosed with cancer. Unlike Bernie’s mom, he was able to undergo treatment and is now in the recovery phase. But it hasn’t been easy and will be ongoing for quite some time.

So where am I going with this?

Earlier this week, I posted a sneak preview of the following work, the completed first page of the story I wrote and am currently illustrating titled THE STORM.

Here is the English language version:

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And this is the French version:

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Or rather, that is the CORRECTED French version.

When Jean-François Thébé made me aware of a few errors contained in the original, I should not have been so quick to respond he was the one in error. However, having known Chris for over six years, I had yet to encounter anyone who embodied the essence of your quintessential Frenchman as Chris did every day. He was well educated, spoke in a very proper tone, and was deeply proud of his heritage, so it would never occur to me to doubt the work Chris had done for me in any way, shape of form.

But when others agreed with Jean-François, I wasn’t so stuck in my thinking that I couldn’t make leap to believe Chris had erred on one point, and this is a point I believe most Americans would err on as well, and that was on the detail of military rank. Since Chris had never served in the military, I could easily believe this would be a point he would miss. In fairness to Chris, Jean-François wasn’t so well-versed on French military ranks either, as he cited French translations of STAR TREK episodes for the French spelling of the word “Ensign”. In practical terms, the rank of Ensign can found within the French Navy, but it doesn’t exist within the other branches of the French military. The correct equivalent rank for the purposes of the translation would have been “Sous-lieutenant”.

It was during our conversation that Chris admitted he has a hard time focusing these days, which is how he missed several of the accent marks in the translation, and expressed how sorry he had let me down. Needless to say, I told him I appreciated what he did, as I wouldn’t have had the translation without him.

I was wrong not to treat Jean-François’ comments as serious worthwhile criticism. On the other hand, and this is the problem when dealing with others on the internet, when one hears nothing but constant criticism from certain quarters, it’s hard to treat any criticism coming from those individuals as serious and worthy of consideration. I only have so much time to deal with anyone on any level that I have to ruthlessly prioritize how to spend it. (It’s one reason I’ve preferred dealing with people on Twitter as opposed to even this web site, as having to keep one’s message to 140 characters tends to result in needed brevity, as opposed to spending more time than I have composing detailed responses that go on for several paragraphs.)

I’m especially aware these days I can seem abrupt and sharp-edged, but it’s not from ego or a lack of feeling and/or empathy. It’s simply a matter of time more than anything else. I appreciate all the kind words that many have expressed to me over the years but especially in recent years, so I do my best to reciprocate. But as I said, these last few months have been especially demanding. So if you were one of those I may have unwittingly overlooked or in the case of someone like Jean-François whom I was brusque with, I apologize, and simply ask for your patience and understanding of me during this time.

As for those who think I shouldn’t be doing what I am doing with my characters, I ask you to wait and see what happens. I never set out to upset anyone, but I also know I couldn’t accomplish what I needed to without upsetting the apple cart. Doing things just to stir the pot for no reason is not my style. If you don’t like the work I do for whatever reason, that’s a fair opinion to make. But if you’re upset because you want things back the way they were, I’m not the only party you should be taking these complaints to. Basic fairness is all I ask these days.

In the meantime, I ask for patience and consideration when communicating with me these days. More than likely I can't respond as quickly as I'd like, but I am always trying to do the best I can with the time and resources I have at the moment. And I'll try not to be such a stranger here.

Thank you.

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:39 pm

THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES Cover Art and More...

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So here it is, the art that will be seen on the cover of Book One of THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES. I tossed out a "draft" of the cover a couple of days earlier on Twitter more to provoke a reaction to see what the comments were, if anything said would alert me to something I missed. Naturally, the text on that version sparked most of the discussion, which I anticipated. But overall, I didn't see anything to dissuade me and if anything was encouraged by the positive response I did receive. Thus, this is the official cover art.

I'm not going to comment on the various elements composing this piece, as it is a combination of both the literal and metaphorical aspects of the story within its covers. To discuss it now would give too much away. Suffice it to say, I expect longtime readers of my Knuckles stories should be very pleased and new readers will find it easy to climb aboard and follow along.

In the meantime, besides working on further character design, set design, data files and other material for both the graphic novel and website, I've committed to doing an appearance for charity on behalf of the National Ataxia Foundation. The details of which can be found here:

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Hope to see you there as it's all for a good cause. Thanks for checking it out.

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:48 am

CMDR MYKHAL TAELOR FIGURE REFERENCE FOR FAN ARTISTS

BobR here posting for Ken who's a guest at the Florida Supercon in Miami Beach this July 4th weekend:

I thought I’d get the ball rolling on this aspect of fan relations. This is the first of what I anticipate to be a line of reference videos so everyone can be on the same page when drawing these characters.



I had planned to do something similar if Larry and I had gotten our Sonic film project off the ground, providing fans with reference material that I thought would be helpful. While it may not have come to pass with the SONIC film project, it will certainly come to pass on THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES, with Lien-Da, Lara-Su, the Praetorian and Geoffrey St. John scheduled for similar treatment. As I said, I anticipate a library of characters when all is said and done.

A 720x480 version is available in the Lara-Su Chronicles section of the forum message board. As usual, any and all comments are welcome. Thanks.

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:33 pm

Introducing... CMDR Mykhal Taelor

As story and art take shape on the first book of THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES, it's time to meet a pivotal character in the saga, none other than Commander Mykhal Taelor of the Alpha Centauri Astro Force.

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That's right. He's not from the 3rd Planet from the Sun, but he is front and center trying to figure out what's going on with Lara-Su and her people. His story is the entry point for all new readers to get on board the adventure of a lifetime...and beyond.

In related news, the first book has had a title change, which henceforth will be known as THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES: SHATTERED TOMORROWS. As the story has come into sharper focus, I felt the change was warranted. Stay tuned for more info. I'll have more to say as we get closer to Florida Super-Con. Thanks.

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:56 pm

Lien-Da Is Now Ready For Her Close-Up

Before I get to my latest reveal, I'd like to introduce two names who already are and will continue to play a big part in helping me launch THE LARA-SU CHRONICLES.

First up is Patrick Luque, who has been working with me on a number of projects, including being part of the production crew on THE REPUBLIC. I've known Patrick since he first visited me while he was a young boy when I attended the San Diego Comic-Con in the mid-90's with my family. Since then Patrick has gone on to pursue work in the video game industry. Patrick's main responsibilities until lately have been focused on developing the app for TL-SC, which promises to be more advanced than other comic apps I've seen. Recently, however, he's taken on the task of creating a Lara-Su 3D CGI model from my drawings, and I'm excited by what he's accomplished on both the app and CGI model so far.

The second member of Team Lara-Su is a new discovery, Kevin Knowles, who was responsible for taking my drawings and creating the resulting 3D CGI model of Lien-Da which you can see below:

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Kevin has more than exceeded my expectations and proven to me that just because he's located on the other side of the world from me is no reason we couldn't collaborate.

The model Kevin built will be used as the reference standard for all things Lien-Da. I'm hoping to have the 360º view of her ready when I post the Lien-Da Data File on TL-SC website which is currently being assembled.

On top of that, a well-known actress will be the voice of Lien-Da as we assemble the video presentation, to say nothing of Costume Designer Mike Philpot putting on the finishing touches to the Praetorian's Hat for unveiling, as well as a couple of other goodies to be announced shortly.

The main focus, though, is on the story and art. I'm hoping to wrap the story very shortly which will then allow me to focus exclusively on the art going forward.

As usual, I will try my best to respond to questions and comments. All I ask is a little patience as I juggle my schedule. Thanks.


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