Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I love my Pulp and Noir.

A fictional cover for a fictional book. A work of fiction in every sense of the word. Frank Solomon's my chosen pen name if ever I become a 10,000 word a day pulp novelist. Jack Tallahasse's someone I'm going to have to work with some day. Just playing around here with textures and light really as my work seems to be increasingly moving in this direction as can be seen in my latest Round Robin contribution (I got pretty obsessed with the number 3 while I was working on it, see how many references to three you can spot and what they all mean).

It's funny. The way I work just leads and I follow. I've no idea where it will end up but that's all part of the fun. Walt Simonson gave a talk at the Bristol comics expo this year about the X and Y axis of creativity and how your work changes over time and you're in constant pursuit of getting it right. There's certainly an importance in never attaining that goal. It's all about the journey. As I was working on Dorian, I learned a heck of a lot about myself as an artist over the course of 119 pages. I'm sure anyone would. And the next project Edginton and I are hopefully doing with SelfMadeHero will certainly reflect all that.

Got a lot of work to do over the coming week or so. Pitches galore.


paulhd said...

Some beautiful textures in the Robin strip. Love the pulp cover too.
Good luck with the pitches

Anthony Schiavino said...

That is just fantastic. If you like pulp that much check out We'd love to hear what you think.

Keep on this. I look forward to reading more.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Many thanks to you both and welcome to Strange Planet, Anthony.

Ghost Zero looks fantastic! "My guns are useless against the BURNING DEAD!" indeed! Just my cuppa tea. Fantastic work.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Been loving Who Killed Round Robin? !!

Steve May said...

Was just internet grazing - love this extract! How's tricks?

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Oh, you know, ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing. same old same old. Great to see you too have a blog up:)