Legendary, Industrial music pioneer and all-around Rock Star Al Jourgensen has joined forces with British dark-artist Sam Shearon to create a series of comic books entitled MINISTRY: The Devil’s Chord – The Chronicles of Alien F. Jourgensen, a 13-issue comic book series targeted to premiere at next July’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Each issue in the series will be based on a Ministry album, including the Platinum-certified Psalm 69, the Gold-sellers The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, as well as Filth Pig, Rio Grande Blood, The Last Sucker and Relapse – all Top 20 albums on Billboard’s charts – among others.
The idea for a Ministry comic book was conceived by Al’s wife and Ministry manager Angelina Jourgensen. The story/script of the comic book, written by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon was inspired by conversations with both Al and Angelina Jourgensen about Al’s life, which provided the factual ingredients for Shearon to write this epic. Shearon has written the copy, created all of the characters and designed and illustrated the artwork for all 13 main covers as well as the inner illustrations throughout the entire series. According to Jourgensen, He’s, “been wanting to step away from music for a bit, switch gears…then I met Sam and then POOF! Sam turns me into a super hero. Yeah, I’ll sign up for that!”
I’ve interviewed Al on several occasions and have also dined and hung out with Al and Angie both in NY and LA, and I can tell you, based on my experiences alone, that they are endlessly engaging, charismatic and entirely charming people who have stories to tell beyond what you read in the media that would make your head explode. So, I know this comic book series is going to be amazing. Read the full press release and lots more quote from Al at This Link!
The legendary Stan Lee has created a brand new super-hero, Blood Red Dragon, based on rock icon Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation. The series debut issue will premiere at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, which runs from July 21 – 24 and is already completely sold out. As part of Comic-Con, Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane (whose Todd McFarlane Productions is publishing BRD) Yoshiki and book writer Jon Goff will take part in a panel discussion about the comic, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. If you’re already registered to attend Comic-Con, you should add this panel to your daily agenda, because it sounds awesome.
Yoshiki of X Japan With Stan Lee
Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music – the melodic heart of the human spirit – they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life – and possibly the face of the world.
The Los Angeles Times has a cool article on Blood Red Dragon at This Link.
The Blood Red Dragon Panel takes place at The Hilton San Jose Bayfront Hotel, Located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Jose, California.
Title Unknown by Greg “Craola” Simkins (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker)
In celebration of South Park’s 15th anniversary celebration, Comedy Central and pop surrealist painter and street artist, Ron English have joined forces to curate 15 Artists Interpret South Park at New York’s Opera Gallery. The show kicked off on March 28th, but i just had time to get over to the gallery today. You have one more week to see the exhibit before it closes so get yourself over to 115 Spring Street in Soho ASAP!
Ron English (who has several paintings in the exhibit) hand-picked the other 14 artists, who were drawn from the street and the pop surrealism movement to join him in displaying their South Park interpretations. The artists are unified by their love of the hit series and the passion they bring to their work. Their interpretations feature the South Park characters and the iconic moments throughout the series history. The featured artists also include: Travis Louie, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Beau Stanton, Kid Zoom, Dave White, KaNo, Kathie Olivas, Clark Fox, Greg Craola Simkins, Mark Dean Veca, Lindsey Way, Naoto Hattori and TrustoCorp. Also displaying his work is Mars English, Ron’s young son, who any fan of English‘s art would immediately recognize as the primary model for the majority of his father’s amazing paintings.
Kenny on Fire by Ron English
This summer the 15 Artists Interpret South Park exhibit will be traveling toComic-Conin San Diego for Comedy Central’s Ultimate South Park Fan Experience. In addition, South Parkfans can submit their own artistic interpretations at SouthParkStudios.com until May 15th. Ron English and the South Parkstaff will select the 15 best pieces and these will also be included in the Ultimate Fan Experience at Comic-Con.