Thursday, March 03, 2011

BODHISATTVA re-offered






In 2004 I published my first graphic novel BODHISATTVA. My next big project THE DRUDE will start appearing later this year. In the meantime, I have created a new Slip-Cover for BODHISATTVA. I always felt my original cover didn't serve the book well so 7 years later I am making it available with the cover I wish I had published with to begin with!


The cost is $15 postpaid and will come with some bonus comics.



The Story:

BODHISATTVA: One who willfully turns back from the very gates of Nirvana and returns to help all sentient beings reach enlightenment.

In San Francisco, there is a madman who sees into other dimensions, a hospital orderly whose karmic corruption makes him prey to dark powers, a middle-aged man from India unraveling under the guilt of having murdered his wife in a "cooking fire." What is it that links these men? Who is the mysterious Many-Eyed Man who appears to them to steer their lives on their appropriate karmic course?

More than three thousand years ago, in the Katmandu Valley, a group of religious mendicants is visited by the gods they worship: Brahma of the four faces; Kali, with her belt of human skulls; Hanuman, king of monkeys; and Ganesha, the elephant-headed Lord of Hosts. The young monks are taken in strange, colossal serpents of steel to the ruins of the ancient civilization of Harapa; and there they are transformed by the technology of the gods into beings more than merely human. But even the gods themselves have human liabilities, and Kali, goddess of destruction, plants a vile murderer among the mendicants. It is the legacy of this betrayal by Kali and her servant, Rahula, which plays out over the centuries and finally comes to a climax in modern day San Francisco.

The forces of good and evil, represented by Bodhi and Rahula, converge to battle in the present. Vengeance, disillusionment, karmic retribution, and trickery--these are the themes that play out in Bodhisattva.

Created, written and illustrated by Omaha Perez. Co-scripted by Richard Raleigh.

A bit of praise:

"Unique and boldly imaginative, BODHISATTVA is infinitely more enlightened

--and enlightening-- than the average fantasy graphic novel."

- Midwest Book Review

"Great fun...and a wonderful fusion of classic

Indian mythology and Kirbyesque cosmicness."

-J.M. DeMatteis

Monday, January 03, 2011

CBR/Robot 6

My favorite albums of 2010

  1. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk

This pairing sounds like it should be a repertoire of duets. In fact Isobel Campbell writes nearly all the songs and produces the whole album then for most of the record takes a back seat and sings back up to Lanegan’s powerful lead vocal. A selfless act? Great tunes, great record.

  1. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society

Her debut album, 2008’s “Esperanza”, was simply outstanding. Her music is more traditionally rooted in jazz than my usual preference but there is just no denying her talent. From her singing, to her songwriting, to her bass playing (she was considered a prodigy within months of picking up the double bass at age 15) – she is incredible. This album while not as instantly likable as her previous collection (it is a bold move not trying to recreate past success) is equally as impressive.

  1. Foals – Total Life Forever

I only recently picked this one up so really, I’m still absorbing it. So far “Blue Blood”, “Total Life Forever” and “After Glow” are my favorite tracks. The sound is dense and dream-like.

  1. Eels – Tomorrow Morning

I’ll probably always compare E’s records to my favorite Eels record, 2009’s Hombre Lobo. He actually released 2 Eels records in 2010, this one and End Times earlier in the year. Both are fine albums (though neither as good as Hombre Lobo!) but while End Times was a bit of a downer Tomorrow Morning is more optimistic and altogether a happier record. Favorite songs on this one are “The Man” and “Baby Loves Me”.

  1. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Another recent acquisition, I am just beginning to soak this one in but I like it! Known as one of the pioneering noise-rock groups, this finds Michael Gira not so much “noisy” as heavy and atmospheric. Surprisingly, this album occasionally reminds one of Nick Cave – another plus in my book.

  1. BRMC – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

This album has been seen as a kind of return to form… really I think it’s kind of compromise between the more acoustic sound of their (best) album Howl (2005) and their more Jesus & Mary Chain rock sound. Both of these sides of the band are well represented on the album. Favorite songs include the title track, “Bad Blood” and “Sweet Feeling”. Great record, their best since Howl.

  1. Hotrats – Turn Ons

More than a simple covers album, Turn Ons finds the singer/guitarist and the drummer from Supergrass (occasionally joined by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on fuzz bass) interpreting a dozen of some of my favorite songs. Velvet Underground (they give a hooky groove to “I Can’t Stand It”), The Kinks (a fantastic “Big Sky”), The Doors, Beastie Boys, Gang Of Four, Roxy Music, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Cure, Bowie (a rocking “Queen Bitch”), Sex Pistols (“E.M.I.”, an acoustic take that improves on the original!), and Squeeze (“Up the Junction”, my favorite Squeeze song slowed down for full lyrical effect). Now that Supergrass is sadly no more I’m hoping Hotrats will continue – with original material next time!

  1. Darker My Love – Alive As You Are (Pretty Things-like)

This album has entirely abandoned their previous debt to the Jesus and Mary Chain and instead sounds like a San Francisco band circa 1970. There is often a similar vibe as the Dead’s American Beauty and Working Man’s Dead yet they simultaneously remind me of my favorite should-have-been-huge 60s UK band The Pretty Things. I loved their previous JMC sound and while this is a quieter album, it is just as good. Favorite tracks include “Backseat”, “Rain Party”, and “Trail the Line”.

  1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

The third great album by The Arcade Fire. When they first came out a few years ago, I held them with a certain amount of suspicion because of what I initially perceived as hype. Once I gave them a chance I realized that I genuinely like their material. I think they owe a huge debt to Echo & The Bunnymen, but then I love the Bunnymen! Anyway, great record! Favorites include “The Suburbs”, “Rococo”, “Modern Man”, “Suburban War” and the highlight “We Used To Wait”.

  1. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman kicks ass! (Have I complained recently that not enough modern groups ROCK?!?) Great material played to the hilt. My favorites include, “Mickey Mouse and The Goodbye Man”, “Worm Tamer”, “Heathen Child”, “Kitchenette” and “Bellringer Blues”. I was lucky enough to see them live a few weeks ago and it was easily the best show of the year for me. At this point, Nick Cave is second only to Iggy Pop as far as raw and mesmerizing live performance.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PITCHES 2010 - get it now, only 75 copies exist!






I am back from APE and ready to sell off my remaining copies of PITCHES 2010. PITCHES features my character designs and teaser art for a project with legendary comic writer JM DeMatteis, a scene from a sci-fi project with writer Richard Raleigh, plus scenes from HOLMES VS. HOLMES (yes, a sequel!) and my latest project, THE DRUDE. This is a 32 page comic with color and black & white pages.

The $6 cover price may seem steep but only 75 copies exist and even at that cover price I will not be turning a profit. You can order your postpaid copy (US only) for $10 here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Appearing at APE - San Francisco October 16th - 17th


Hello everybody,

I will have space at Table 304 at my favorite comic book convention, San Francisco's Alternative Press Expo, on Saturday October 16th and Sunday October 17th. The show is at The Concourse, 635 8th Street, San Francisco. More info here: http://www.comic-con.org/ape/.

I will have a small selection of original art for sale as well as books and comics, including this little comic which will only be available directly from me. PITCHES features my character designs and teaser art for a project with legendary comic writer JM DeMatteis, a scene from a sci-fi project with writer Richard Raleigh, plus scenes from HOLMES VS. HOLMES (yes, a sequel!) and my latest project, THE DRUDE. Please swing by and pick one up!

Monday, October 04, 2010

new stuff


I guess I really dropped the ball on keeping this blog active through most of 2010. Here is a recently completed page for an anthology that will be out next year. I'll post more when I have the release details. I will be posting again before APE next week... Enjoy!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Introducing Drude Studios

Hi there,

Many of you know me for me for my occasional Illustration or Comic Book work. For many years now I’ve offered all sorts of Art and Design services most of which I haven’t actively promoted until now. Last year I formed Drude Studios to encompass a wider range of work than what I am generally known for.

Drude Studios is me plus a host of talented Artists, Animators, Designers and Programmer friends – brought in on an as needed basis. Between us this talented crew has years of experience in the Advertising, Animation, Design, Comic Book, Technology, Video Game, and Web industries.

Services available include After Effects Animation, Character Design, eBlast Design and Coding, Flash Animation, Game Art and Production, Illustration (Digital and Traditional), Graphic Design, 3d Graphics and Animation, Vector Art, Web Banner Ads, and Websites (Design, Programming and Maintenance).

Please visit http://www.drudestudios.com to view a large sampling of Projects. Please pass the link along to anyone who may need our services.

Thank you,
Omaha

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Favorite Albums of 2009

An annual tradition...

Honorable Mention:

Ian Brown – My Way
Lead track “Stellify” (supposedly written for Rihanna to perform?) is a great start. Other highlights for me include “Always Remember Me”, “Just Like You” and “So High”. I’ve seen a number of reviews calling this Ian’s best solo album and while I wouldn’t go that far - this is another great album from my favorite Stoned Rose. My only reservation is the album is too synth heavy for my taste. On his previous album The World Is Yours the highlights were the two tracks he recorded with Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook with Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder on bass – if only Ian would record a whole album with that line up!

10. Elvis Costello – Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
This was a great kind of acoustic country swing album. The style works great but is almost irrelevant – the important thing being that this is a superb collection of songs. My favorites include “My All Time Doll”, “Hidden Shame”, “I Dreamed Of My Old Lover”, and “Sulphur To Sugarcane”. I just wish he had included his excellent version of “Friend Of The Devil”.

9. St. Vincent – Actor
I had never heard of her before I caught her on Letterman one night early in ‘09, but I was very taken with her song “Marrow” – very angular, multi-layered, unusual (I love the horn chart!) – just my cup of tea! I downloaded the album off eMusic and was very happy to find the whole album to be excellent. I expect many more great albums from her.

8. Band Of Skulls – Baby Darling Dollface Honey
The debut from this English trio finds this group occasionally sounding like the White Stripes (“Death By Diamonds And Pearls” and “I Know What I Am”, both great) but most of the album defies comparisons. My favorite track, the album closer “Cold Fame” is just outstanding and possibly my favorite song of the year.

7. Cage The Elephant – Cage The Elephant
Another act I caught on Letterman, I was immediately impressed with their live performance. The single “Aint No Rest For The Wicked” is a great aggressive rock song and I really like the album. I’m still trying to remember which Iggy song “Soil To The Sun” sounds like… Another band to watch.

6. The Church – Untitled #23
Is it laziness when the press resorts to calling a veteran band’s latest album a “return to form”? That’s the reception this album received, when in fact this is just YET ANOTHER great album from The Church – they’ve never stopped producing great work. I seem to catch them live about once a decade. I was fortunate enough to make it for this tour and they were just stunning – really better than ever! Favorites on this album include “Space Saviour”, “Happenstance”, “Anchorage”, and “Sunken Sun”.

5. Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
There’s many more reasons to love Jarvis than for being that guy who drunkenly crashed – and mocked – Michael Jackson’s Brit Awards debacle in the ‘90s… the best being his band Pulp was one of the greatest of the ‘90s. With his solo records he continues to show that he’s right up there with Ray Davies and Morrissey for his ability to write incredibly witty/funny/clever lyrics set to catchy tunes… Standouts on this album include “Leftovers”, “I Never Said I Was Deep”, “Slush”, and “Hold Still”.

4. The Von Bondies – Love, Hate And Then There’s You
Sadly, I think I knew this band best because the singer Jason Stollsteimer is the guy who famously got his ass kicked by Jack White (that photo of him with his eye swollen shut was all over the place at the time.) To be fair, I did really like their “Come On, Come On” single a few years ago (Rescue Me uses it as the theme song). Anyway, I heard the single “Earthquake” off this album and was immediately intrigued. It’s just the kind of propulsive (great drummer!) off-kilter rock I’m a sucker for. This is an album I kept coming back to all year. Other favorites include “Pale Bride”, “This Is Our Perfect Crime”, “Shut Your Mouth”, “I Don’t Wanna”… great album!

3. Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
Yet another act I discovered watching Letterman! The single “From the Hips” is blistering and the whole album - combining aggressive tunes, dark lyrics, and spacey instrumentation - is excellent. Other favorite tracks include “In the Now”, “Donkeys”, and “Mama, I’m Swollen”. I guess a lot of Cursive fans felt this album marked an unwelcome change in direction, I love it.

2. Eels – Hombre Lobo
This album really took me by surprise. I’ve liked E and his Eels in the past so I was interested to hear the new album. Initially I may have dismissed it as a mellow collection of tunes but boy did those tunes sneak up on me! “In My Dreams”, “My Timing Is Off”, “That Look You Give That Guy”, “What’s A Fella Gotta Do” – this is classic stuff! I’ll be coming back to this album for years and years.

1. Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
Original Manics lyricist James Richey disappeared, presumed dead, in 1995. The band soldiered on, becoming massive everywhere but here in the States! 14 years later the band released this album the first since 95’s excellent The Holy Bible to feature Richey lyrics. The material certainly inspired them. This is the finest Manics album in many a year, easily standing up as one of their best. My favorite tracks include “Jackie Collins Existential Question Time”, “Peeled Apples”, “Me And Stephen Hawking”, “Facing Page: Top Left”… lyrically I have no idea what most of these songs are about. Singer James Dean Bradfield has admitted to not understanding all of Richey’s lyrics and he’s got to sing them! Whatever he was on about, this is an outstanding album!