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An Interview with Sean Joyce

  1. How has it been, working on The Phantom? Any surprises, or did you know what you were getting into with a character with so much history?

 

  It's been both a great pleasure and equally challenging endeavor to work on the Phantom so far.  It's great because the Phantom is the original costumed comic hero and being so his ambiance and presents is replete with that stature. There is for me a tacit awareness of that specialness; there is a inescapable power that the Phantom has as a non super power super hero which he imbues. It has been a bit difficult understanding some of the mysterious repercussions of his mythological qualities like not being able to make eye contact when he is dressed as Kit; even the audience!

 

  1. How did you prepare for doing a whole comic book series versus a storyboard or a painting?

 

  I prepared by studying the Phantom artist antecedents that have succeeded at drawing the Phantom so well in the past. Jim Aparo and Don Newton are my favorites. I studied the styles of my favorite comic artists from the 60s Kirby and Buscema and Frazetta. wanting the work to have a period, anachronistic aspect rather than it seeming contemporary. I collected photos of characters that resembled the various persons in the story. And I engaged in a daily drawing practice regiment on top of drawing the comic. It's tantamount to piano practice. Lots of repetition of ideal forms like scales.   

 

  1. You did traditional art prior to this, and so how has working on the first issue changes your perspective on the comic industry (if at all)?

 

This was my 1st comic so a lot was very new to me. I worked in the film industry for many years in animation and storyboarding at Bakshi and Disney Prod. as well as special effects designing and Matte painting at ILM so many parts of this art form are familiar to me. But the attention to detail and the diversity of skills needed is very challenging. One must not only be a character designer they must be a Production designer as well as a costume, and set designer as well as a Lighting director and cinematographer and Director. And the pace is at times feverish. It's the most challenging art job I've ever undertaken.

 

  1. What was the most challenging aspect of working on the project so far?

 

The most challenging aspect of working on this comic or any comic it to keep the strength of the drawing at it's apex. Also with a period piece like this the need for this plethora of necessary and appropriate detail is very engaging and difficult to say the least. 

 

  1. Who has (so far) been your favorite character to draw? Least favorite?

 

My favorite character to draw is usually one of the female antagonists. But of course I love to draw the Phantom! but I have especially enjoyed drawing Kit Walker. I really like to make him very handsome; so It was hard not to be able to show his eyes. Sexy girls good or bad, are my favorite to draw though.

 

  1. What software do you use for drawing? Or are you a pencils and inks guy, in which case what type of hardware do you prefer?

 

I don't use any software at all. I'm an aesthetic luddite.  So all I use is a pencil and not even a mechanical one. I use a Ticonderoga F pencil, boxes and boxes of them; with and old 1969 mechanical pencil sharpener.

 

  1. Are any of your women you've drawn in this based on real cheesecake? If so, who?

 

I love the pin-up girls from the 50s. I like the Monroe figure. So all my girls are a bit curvy. I like the Gabor sisters too. Hollywood makes all their girls too thin for me. Mel Brook's governor character in Blazing Saddles William J. Le Petomane's busty red headed secretary in Blazing Saddles is my ideal woman to draw.  

 

  1. Any comments to the Phans?

 

As to the Phans. I'm just beginning to get my grip on the style and look and impact I'm striving for. I'm working diligently to enhance and maximize the power and beauty of the characters I'm creating. So if I've done well enough so far the very much better is yet on the way.    

 

Coming soon from Hermes Press: Ron Goulart and Sean Joyce's The Phantom!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Phantom: President Kennedy's Mission

The year is 1962, and the Phantom returns once again in a new adventure! There’s a possible world war with Russia looming on the horizon, and newly minted President John F. Kennedy calls upon his old friend Kit Walker for help – let the action and intrigue begin! Learn how Kit first met JFK during his service in PT-109.

In this all-new Phantastic adventure, veteran Phantom script writer Ron Goulart returns with artist Sean Joyce, a new comer to the Phantom and to comic books, but no newcomer to the art world! Joyce is best known as one of Hollywood's most talented matte painters and storyboard artists, and he is lending his talents to comics for the first time, to bring The Phantom to life in this exciting new adventure!

This five book story arc (each issue to be released every month and a half) has something for every Phan- history with JFK, Russian femme fatales, espionage, lost U.S. astronauts on a secret mission, Singh pirates, and, of course The Phantom, Diana, and Devil!

Journey back to the swingin’ 1960s with The Phantom! Issue one boasts three original covers and one virgin variant.  Don't miss out!

Cover #1 was drawn by Scott Brooks, cover 1a and 1b was drawn by Sean Joyce.

 

 

 

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Damsels in distress, a mysterious volcano, and The Phantom? Who can ask for more? Pre-order The Phantom Avon: The Complete Series Volume 4 today! Or if you want to read one of these awesome novels TODAY, grab Volume 1 or Volume 2, as they are out now!





Or you could grab a copy of another classic title, Brenda Starr! We have the Pre-Code (Volume 1 and 2) AND the first volume of the dailies and Sundays available now! 


We also have Walt Kelly's Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics Volume 4 freshly available, as well as a host of other new titles! Check them out!



Finally, we're excited to announce that we are publishing another project in coordination with Paws, Incorporated. That's right, GARFIELD is back! Be sure to pre-order your copy of Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Art Daily and Sunday Archive today!



Or grab the SUPER limited edition, that comes with a variant cover and a signed plate!



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Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Art Daily and Sunday Archive coming soon from Hermes press!

Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Art Daily and Sunday Archive

ISBN: 978-1-61345-133-5; $95; Archival reprint — using the rare original art printed in full color (to show blue and red pencil indications, white out, and production details unseen in the printed strips) compilation of the Garfield daily and Sunday strips by Jim Davis; Introductory essay by Jim Davis; 12x16 inches; 144 pages; hardcover; all color; endleaves; limited edition has a special dust jacket (different from the regular edition) as well as a specially prepared signed plate Jim Davis is doing just for this book; limited to 125 Diamond Previews Exclusive only.

Hermes Press is proud to announce their second major collaboration with Paws, Incorporated producing another unique title featuring everyone’s favorite orange cat, GARFIELD! Hermes and Paws have come together to treat the world to a compendium of the greatest examples of original artwork from classic Garfield daily and Sunday comic strips in their original size, including rare unpublished material, that has never been seen before (the Sunday strips will be reproduced in a slightly smaller format due to their huge size)!

This historic archival reprint will feature hundreds of pieces of original production art from the comic strip, with an introductory essay from Jim Davis himself! If you love Garfield and want to experience the strips as they were originally drawn, this is the book for you! From the very beginning in 1979 to the last non-digital strip in 2011, this purrfect book shows you Garfield like you’ve never seen him before!

Jim Davis’ Garfield: The Original Daily and Sunday Art Archive dives deep into the treasures contained in the vaults of Paws, Inc. See how Garfield has evolved over the years! See gags with characters that no longer appear in the strip (We miss you Lyman!) in the original inks, with notations galore from the man behind it all, Jim Davis! Garfield, Odie, and the rest of the gang come to life in this full-sized archival reprint.

 

All new pre-orders up from Hermes Press!

We've got some great new pre-orders up, so make sure to grab them today!

As we're sure you know, The Phantom Avon Volume 2 just came out...but we're on a roll, so pre-order Volume 3 and Volume today!


For all those Jim Aparo fans...the time is upon you! Pre-order The Complete Jim Aparo Charlton Phantom, available soon for the first time ever in one hardbound edition!


We're also excited to announce our newest reprint: Sky Masters of the Space Force: the Complete Dailies 1958-1961! This exciting series was drawn by Jack Kirby, Wallace Wood, and Dick Ayers- pre-order your copy today!


And while we're announcing cool new items...We have a new graphic novel we're printing! These Machines Are Winning Presents: Slaves for Gods is our newest graphic novel, written by Jason Godi, Dylan Silvers, and Ryan Hartsell; art by Aaron Minier. Pre-order this sci-fi thriller today!


Be sure to check back to our website regularly for more exciting news! We've got some great stuff coming up soon!

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December 22, 2016

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Hermes Press! Get 35% off your entire order starting December 25 to December 29! Use code HERMES2016 at checkout!

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Hermes Press!

Get 35% off your entire order starting December 25 to December 29! Use code HERMES2016 at checkout!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Hermes Press!

 

It's been a great year, and we'd like to share some highlights with our fans! We've come out with a lot of great titles this year, starting in January 2016 with Alex Raymond: An Artistic Journey: Adventure, Intrigue and Romance. It's such a beautiful book, and a personal favorite of our publisher Dan Herman.

 

We also added to our reprint line with Mandrake the Magician The Complete King Years: Volume TwoThe Phantom the Complete Newspaper Dailies and Sundays: Volume TenWalt Kelly's Pogo: the Complete Dell Comics Volume Four, and many other great books! You should check them out!

 

Our BIG adventure this year was having the wonderful Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, come to the San Diego Comic-Con and premier his amazing book, The Art of Jim Davis' Garfield! We did a signed and numbered limited edition (with some copies still available) and a regular edition, both of which we loved working on!

 

We also continued to produce the art book for the Infected by Art series of books, our most recent being Volume Four.

 

And (finally!) we printed The Phantom: Danger in the Forbidden City, the culmination of our Peter David and Sal Velluto six volume series! And, of course, we recently announced that we'd be reprinting all 15 Phantom Avon pocket books, with Volume One being out already and Volume Two coming in January 2016!

 

We have plenty of books and other great stuff coming next year, so stay tuned!

 

Remember, when you're checking out, use code HERMES2016 to get 35% off! What are you waiting for?

Interview: Publisher Dan Herman speaks on Walt Kelly's Peter Wheat!

Westfield Comics recently conducted an interview with Hermes Press publisher Dan Herman on our new  Walt Kelly's Peter Wheat...Check it out and make sure to pre-order your copy today! http://tinyurl.com/glupyse

Brenda Starr for Christmas? You bet!

We've made it on quite a few Christmas lists this year...Check out the Rebateszone's list of Christmas ideas for 2016, and pick up a copy of Brenda Starr today!

http://www.rebateszone.com/christmas-gift-ideas-women-2016

Ed Catto's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Ed Catto, a marketing strategist with a specialty in Pop Culture, has once again come out with his Holiday Gift Guide, and Hermes made the list! Check out all of the titles he LOVED, from Zorro: The Complete Dell Pre-Code Comics to The Phantom: The Complete Avon Books Volume 1, both available now!

 

Check out the complete list here!

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ALL DAY MONDAY get these great deals! We have some GREAT books and comics for your Christmas stockings!

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Grab these deals by the end of the day before we go back to our regularly scheduled programming!

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