For this episode I talk about what got us into sCrypt comics, the process of it all, and how it evolved. At the end I included a slideshow with samples of the art.
Special thanks to the artists. They are: Dan Pipito, Leanne Wiedmeyer, Asher Humm, Joe Parisi, Angela McQuillan, Fred Loeffler, Tiff Pugliese, TJB, Phillip Allie, J.C. Spence, Jacob Greenawalt, Sakura Jones, Ivy Duffy, Scott Modrzynski, Vince Pipito, Kelly Swann, Mike Coppolecchia, Ken Hensley, Michael Garard Jr, Kristie Vanderzee, Muhammad Nurul Islam, and Mao Estheim
Typically, we’ve chosen an artist of the month each month since the beginning of sCrypt Comics. Well, for the past 3 months we took a hiatus with it. Think of it as an end to season 1. Season 2 is about to start with more amazing artists. If you are an artist (that includes writing or any type of art), and would like to be considered for an artist of the month spotlight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” in the subject line. We will discuss how we present each artist and what info we need from you. Spread the word too! Here’s a recap of past artists we’ve featured (with links to the spotlight page). Click on the name listed to see their work:
FEBRUARY 2012 – DAN PIPITO
MARCH 2012 – LEANNE WIEDMEYER
APRIL 2012 – ASHER HUMM
MAY 2012 – JOE PARISI
JUNE 2012 – ANGELA MCQUILLAN
JULY 2012 – FRED LOEFFLER
AUGUST 2012 – TIFF PUGLIESE
SEPTEMBER 2012 – TJB
OCTOBER 2012 – PHILLIP ALLIE
NOVEMBER 2012 – J.C. SPENCE
DECEMBER 2012 – SAKURA JONES
JANUARY 2013 – IVY DUFFY
FEBRUARY 2013 – SCOTT MODRZYNSKI
MARCH 2013 – VINCE PIPITO
APRIL 2013 – KELLY SWANN
MAY 2013 – MIKE COPPOLECCHIA
JUNE 2013 – KEN HENSLEY
JULY 2013 – MICHAEL GARARD JR
AUGUST 2013 – KRISTIE VANDERZEE
SEPTEMBER 2013 – JACOB GREENAWALT
OCTOBER 2013 – MUHAMMAD NURUL ISLAM
NOVEMBER 2013 – MAO ESTHEIM
DECEMBER 2013 – RICK PIPITO
Mao was born in Japan. She went to an art school from the age of 5 to 15 years old. The Japanese culture surrounded her with a lot of good arts, comics and animes, so it’s no wonder she dreamed of being a comic artist. Later she found pursuits elsewhere and stopped drawing, which didn’t resume until film school in Tokyo. Now her passion for working on comics has been reinstilled through her work with sCrypt Comics on their graphic novel “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.” She plans to continue working in the comic realm in the future.
As a side note, Mao is also a professional cosplayer. She can be reached by email at email@example.com
Born in the Netherlands and later grew up in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, Muhammad Nurul Islam or “Roel” was always scribbling on the back of his school books and later making comics for his high school magazine. Failing the exam for Graphic Design university he went on to study Economics where he met his fellow ‘cast away comic artist’ and went forming Komik Karpet Biru (Blue Carpet Comics) publishing more than 14 indie compilation, taught comics in schools and joined dozens of exhibitions and comic Cons. Later his comic making experience brought him to designing book covers, illustrations and web design.
Currently Roel is a regular contributor for “Cns Magazine” in Jakarta, making comic strips explaining about English idioms also maintaining “Jampang & Eneng” a strip on Facebook. Roel is also taking his Master degree in Art and Design at the Bedfordshire University, UK where he has been residing for 4 years. He is one of the artists for sCrypt Comics’ fourth graphic novel spinoff entitled “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings”
Jacob Greenawalt has been drawing his entire life. This meant his Father’s hopes of having a Baseball All-star in the family dried up and withered away at the sound of Saturday morning cartoons. After many bowls of cereal, Jacob graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a BFA in Animation. Character Designing and Storyboarding are what started his Freelance career. Along the way Jacob has also been an Illustrator, and Animator, a Director and even a Sign Artist at Trader Joe’s. However, cartoons and comics have always been his true passion.
Jacob continues to breath life into his art career by screening his animated short cartoons at film festivals, drawing comic book art for sCrypt Comics (he has contributed to issues 3 and 4 “Bones At Breakfast In Case Of Werewolf” and “Souls 4 Supper Ghostly Hauntings”), and Speaking to students about Freelancing, maintaining his art blog, and posting Caricatures of Celebrities on his Facebook Page!
Jacob’s long-term goals include working in the Animation Industry full-time, but he wouldn’t say ‘no’ to working his butt off as a Comic Book Artist either. He currently promotes his Animation work under Whatever Jake Makes Animation, so check it out! As long as Jacob is doing art, you’ll find a giant smile on his big, meaty face.
More of Jacob’s work can be found at the following links:
Hey folks, just wanted to say that I apologize for the lack of posting as of lately. Things have been hectic and my projects have all piled up. So with that being said, I’ve been throwing around the idea of making this a more sCrypt comics oriented site. Does this mean I will not be doing posts involving other works? NO… I plan to continue doing that, but on a more laid back level. Here’s my idea for the future of this site:
1) I will continue (as I mentioned) doing reviews of certain comic books, comic book movies, and my crossover character versus battles. These will just be fewer in frequency.
2) Artist of the Month selections will never go away. I feel that I owe it to each artist who completes something toward my works to have an Artist of the Month spot. I want to get their names and talent out there to show how great they really are.
3) sCrypt Comics graphic novels: We already have 3 published issues and a 4th coming in September 2013. These titles are available at www.indyplanet.com and I will have some previews posted of the next one soon. Please visit the “COMICS” section of this site to see which titles are available and what they are about.
4) Novels by Rick Pipito: The novels and books that are the reason sCrypt Comics exists are becoming more impressive each time, and the fans love them. They are a series yes, but not all are required for reading, as they each deal with something different. In other words, if you don’t like zombies, then go to book 2 and read about my vampires or choose another topic. The plan is to never do the same thing twice in novel form. These books can be purchased in print at www.lulu.com as well as www.amazon.com for the kindle.
5) A new comic strip has been in the works for two months now, and we are about to release the first one within the next week. It will be a “sCrypt Comics Presents:” title and will stray quite a bit from our normal horror oriented works. This will be a family friendly comic strip that will be enjoyable and funny. Here’s the best part… it’s free for everyone. I will post them up here on this site for your viewing pleasure and feedback. Our first series will be entitled: “The Adventures of Munchies and Deedoos.” More details will be released in the coming days as well, and we are looking for artists who may be interested in presenting their talent toward one of the many written stories for this series.
6) Books in the works: “TECHNO FEAST” is the next installment in the Flesh and Leftovers series, and it strays far from the format that began it all. There will still be ten short stories that tie into the overall plot, and if you want a teaser I’ll say this…. No one is safe from cyberspace. This book will wrap up my second trilogy, and pave way for a third trilogy that will take place decades later… Basically an all new cast of characters will be introduced for the next trilogy which will give it a fresh feel. Of course, there are other novels planned out in addition to this, but Techno Feast is my main concentration right now.
7) Comics in the works: Following next month’s release of “S4S: Ghostly Hauntings” we will take a month break and get right into finding artists for our next graphic novel, which will be a spinoff of book 5 and involve Angels, demons, Heaven and Hell. If you are an artist interested in being a part of this, please feel free to contact me. The spots fill quickly, and it is a first come first serve basis.
8) other online freebies: I placed my M.U.T.S. (Military Underground Tactical Specialists) Files spinoff series on the back burner for a little bit, but I plan to work that into early 2014. These will be a series of short stories that will be published on this site, and will feature a single sketch by selected artists to accompany my story. Occasional contests will continue as well for opportunities to win autographed copies of my works and more.
9) Other goals: I’ve got a lot of great things in the works in addition to these, I’m just sorry that I can’t spill them all now. In addition to my novels and the sCrypt Comics graphic novels, I am cohost to a fun and humorous podcast called THINK ABOUT THIS. We can be downloaded for free from itunes as well as from our site: www.thinkaboutthis.podbean.com Please, check us out, as we touch quite a bit on what I’ve got going on as well as my wife’s rising success and fame with www.homemadedelish.com . I’ve been working alongside her each day and night to accomplish her goals, which will help with mine as well.
Finally, I want to say that if you are interested in an interview with me, my brother Dan Pipito (cofounder of sCrypt Comics) or any of the artists we’ve worked with, please email me. I’m more than happy to answer questions and have fun conversation for your site or personal inquiries. And don’t forget to review my books, comics, and podcast episodes. I try hard to spread the word about other talent out there, and would love to have feedback about my own works.
Thank you for being such great followers. I can’t wait for the next big thing that I get to share with you all.
Kristie Vanderzee grew up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – “The City of Brotherly Love” and the home of possibly the best cheese steaks known to man.
Her childhood love of Disney and Dreamworks films ignited a desire to create expressive characters that would entertain future generations in the way it had impacted her. Eager to pursue a life of animated design, Kristie attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she was blissfully thrown into a vortex of creative minds, peers and teachers alike, before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts and Animation in the Winter of 2010.
Upon her graduation from The Art Institute, Kristie quickly secured her first professional career position as an Animator at ToonUps, a small gaming company with altruistic goals for what they termed “Cause Gaming”. ToonUps became an exciting learning experience for Kristie, giving her the opportunity to glean new animation and illustration techniques alongside fellow animators, who shared Kristie’s dedicated passion for creating and animating a new world for gamers to experience.
Kristie is currently exploring the world of freelance Illustration, Comics, and Story-boarding, eagerly in search of her next exciting project and occupation. With sCrypt Comics, she has been a part of “Bones At Breakfast: In Case of Werewolf” as well as “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings”.
The amazing summertime art keeps coming. Check out our latest installment.
Michael Garard Jr. studied media art and animation at the art institute of Los Angeles and always had a passion for comic book art. He is an accomplished freelance artist with multiple art showings and artwork commissions. He specializes in comic book style artwork but am also well versed in still life, landscape and graphic design.
I didn’t even realize how fast this summer was going. I apologize for not posting this sooner, but here is June’s artist of the month.