ROO NEWS – December 2012

Hi folks!

There’s been a lot happening behind the scenes on the ‘roo front, so here’s an update:

VELOCITY #3

If you’ve been wondering what the holdup was for this great book, look no further than… me!

The 12-page Killeroo story by Andrew Shaw, THE CAVE has been delayed purely by my not having finished drawing it yet. However I have made considerable progress with it, and have even got a top-class colorist onboard, being David Aravena Riquelme from WINTER CITY (with much thanks to series creator Patrick Purcell). Here’s a sample of his amazing colors!

sample panel from THE CAVE

sample panel from THE CAVE

KILLEROO: THE GANGWARS ANTHOLOGY

All the scripts have been completed and writers have been paid, so it’s over to the artists now!

Most of the stories have been thumbnailed by now, with a steady stream of pencils coming through, and a select few are nearing completion of inks and tones! It’s exciting to see fresh new pages come into the inbox, most of which are just about perfect with little changes required. The variety in style is terrific, it’s going to make for a great read with all stories flowing sequentially.

Given the final page count is over 200 pages now, current publishing plans are for TWO 128-page trade paperback format volumes, and possibly a 256-page hardcover as well. Tentatively scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2013. Hoping for Supanova Sydney/Perth in June, but can’t guarantee it at this stage.

A preview ashcan has been released in the last few weeks, showcasing the fantastic cover art of KRANBURN’S Ben Michael Byrne. It’s available in a few shops around the country, and also at the online store while stocks last.

Gangwars Preview ashcan

Gangwars Preview ashcan

KILLEROO: GANGWAR

This book is now officially out of print, with all 300 copies of the regular edition having all but sold out. It won’t be reprinted until YEAR THREE of the GANGWARS ANTHOLOGY in 2015.

However there are 2 copies of the B&W variant left in stock, and also a selection of sketch covers on sale at the discounted price of $30 a pop. Remember, these are one-of-a-kind artworks, drawn directly onto the cover of the book – so you better get in quick!

Gary Chaloner sketch cover

Gary Chaloner sketch cover

Alex Crowley sketch cover

Alex Crowley sketch cover

Dean Rankine sketch cover

Dean Rankine sketch cover

Click here to view ALL the sketch covers on sale.

KILLEROO: DEUS EX RUFUS

The much-anticipated origin story of Killeroo is progressing nicely. No scheduled release date at this time, it will be published when it’s ready. But for now, here’s a preview of some of Ryan Wilton’s terrific artwork:

Sample panel by Ryan Wilton

Sample panel by Ryan Wilton

YOUNG RUFUS ADVENTURES

A new project aimed at younger readers, this A5 full-color book will fill in some of the details of Rufus’ childhood, and the adventures he and his mates get up to. But it’s not an elseworlds tale, these short stories are all canon to the Killeroo mythos, and will feature the art of Dean Rankine, Edward J Grug, Michael Sandford, Matthew Hoddy & Caitlin Major and more!

Here’s a sample page by Michael Sandford:

Young Rufus page by Michael Sandford

Young Rufus page by Michael Sandford

No release date for this one as yet.

KILLEROO PRINTS FOR SALE

There’s some terrific new prints up for sale now at the Redbubble Killeroo page, take a look at them below:

Killeroo print by Simon Sherry

Killeroo print by Simon Sherry

Killeroo print by Ben Michael Byrne

Killeroo print by Ben Michael Byrne

Killeroo print by Xabier Sagasta Lacalle

Killeroo print by Xabier Sagasta Lacalle

For all the latest news, the best place is the Killeroo facebook page, or if you’re on twitter, check us out at twitter.com/killeroo

Hooroo for now!

 

Darren Close

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