Neil Kleid | Comics+Digital+BBQ+Baseball
Thirteen years ago I woke to a call from my Mom, making sure I was okay, asking if I’d heard what happened to the Twin Towers. Today, thirteen years later, the Towers and my Mom are both gone, along with over 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on that fateful day.
I wrote a comic about what I saw and felt that day. It was illustrated by the wonderful artists at Insight Studios, included the late Gray Morrow’s final sequentials, and was collected in a book titled 9-11: Emergency Relief. The comic, “Letters From a Broken Apple,” is archived by the Library of Congress and you can see the pages here. Scroll down and click on the individual pages.
I ended the comic with the words “I’m okay, you’re okay.” But thirteen years later, seeing how much we’ve lost and what the effects that day had on the world, I’m not quite sure that’s true. Instead, I’ll focus on my other words: “Stay in touch, stay safe.”
And never forget.

Thirteen years ago I woke to a call from my Mom, making sure I was okay, asking if I’d heard what happened to the Twin Towers. Today, thirteen years later, the Towers and my Mom are both gone, along with over 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on that fateful day.

I wrote a comic about what I saw and felt that day. It was illustrated by the wonderful artists at Insight Studios, included the late Gray Morrow’s final sequentials, and was collected in a book titled 9-11: Emergency Relief. The comic, “Letters From a Broken Apple,” is archived by the Library of Congress and you can see the pages here. Scroll down and click on the individual pages.

I ended the comic with the words “I’m okay, you’re okay.” But thirteen years later, seeing how much we’ve lost and what the effects that day had on the world, I’m not quite sure that’s true. Instead, I’ll focus on my other words: “Stay in touch, stay safe.”

And never forget.

The first piece of art I ever saw on the project

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Etta Candy, Wonder Woman and Deadman by Dean Haspiel [ Sensation Comics ] (via Sensation_Dino.sketch - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News)

The first piece of art I ever saw on the project

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Etta Candy, Wonder Woman and Deadman by Dean Haspiel [ Sensation Comics ] (via Sensation_Dino.sketch - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News)

Here’s the solicitation for the print version of the Wonder Woman story that Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua and I are doing, appearing in SENSATION COMICS #4 this November:
SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #4Written by NEIL KLEID, ROB WILLIAMS and OLLIE MASTERSArt by DEAN HASPIEL, TOM LYLE and AMY MEBBERSONCover by ADAM HUGHESOn sale NOVEMBER 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRSTWonder Woman appears in a trio of tales with some offbeat guest stars! First, Diana and her friend Etta Candy are captured by Ra’s al Ghul, but he’s not the most surprising soul they meet. Then, a Thanagarian menace returns to Earth, and you won’t believe what Diana must do in her battle with Byth! Plus, the London police are confused as to why they caught Catwoman so easily. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is in town to take charge of the situation!

Here’s the solicitation for the print version of the Wonder Woman story that Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua and I are doing, appearing in SENSATION COMICS #4 this November:

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by NEIL KLEID, ROB WILLIAMS and OLLIE MASTERS
Art by DEAN HASPIEL, TOM LYLE and AMY MEBBERSON
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman appears in a trio of tales with some offbeat guest stars! First, Diana and her friend Etta Candy are captured by Ra’s al Ghul, but he’s not the most surprising soul they meet. Then, a Thanagarian menace returns to Earth, and you won’t believe what Diana must do in her battle with Byth! Plus, the London police are confused as to why they caught Catwoman so easily. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is in town to take charge of the situation!

So, the news it out. I’m re-teaming with Dean Haspiel to do a SENSATION COMICS story (along with colorist Allen Passalaqua) this Fall. Our digital comic will put Wonder Woman, her pal Etta Candy and a special DCU guest up against the villianous forces of Ra’s al Ghul! It’s a fun, introspective Golden Age-inspired adventure that also explores notions of resurrection and the afterlife in the DC Universe. And it looks amazing.
Keep your eyes glued here for more news on the release, and perhaps some more kick-ass Golden Age-inspired art.
Okay. The special guest is Deadman. 
Happy?

So, the news it out. I’m re-teaming with Dean Haspiel to do a SENSATION COMICS story (along with colorist Allen Passalaqua) this Fall. Our digital comic will put Wonder Woman, her pal Etta Candy and a special DCU guest up against the villianous forces of Ra’s al Ghul! It’s a fun, introspective Golden Age-inspired adventure that also explores notions of resurrection and the afterlife in the DC Universe. And it looks amazing.

Keep your eyes glued here for more news on the release, and perhaps some more kick-ass Golden Age-inspired art.

Okay. The special guest is Deadman.

Happy?

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There’s nothing quite like your first finished page, is there? 

kingsandcanvas:

There’s nothing quite like your first finished page, is there? 

They say research is the hardest part of the job. I humbly disagree.

They say research is the hardest part of the job. I humbly disagree.

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TODAY’S BOXING INSPIRATION #KaC



He turned to face Betty, offering an arm in support. Two men lowered Ned’s coffin, now strewn with flowers, down into the grave. Betty remained calm—almost unnaturally so—and Peter wondered how she might feel knowing that Spider-Man, the man responsible for her husband’s death, was standing by her side. She’d probably scream, he decided. I should know; I’m Spider-Man, and I want to scream.
The mourners drifted back, allowing the men to finish lowering Ned into the grave, giving them room to cover the coffin with dirt. Peter bent his head, whispering to Betty.
"Are you okay?”
She held two fingers to her lips, closing her eyes once more. “Shhh. I’m listening,” she replied. 
Peter cocked an eyebrow. “For what?’”KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, the prose adaptation I wrote of the seminal Spider-Man storyline by J. M. Dematteis and Mike Zeck. hits stores this October. Preorder the book at your local comic book store from Diamond using item number JUL140722. Also available for preorder via Amazon or Barnes & Noble

He turned to face Betty, offering an arm in support. Two men lowered Neds coffin, now strewn with flowers, down into the grave. Betty remained calmalmost unnaturally soand Peter wondered how she might feel knowing that Spider-Man, the man responsible for her husbands death, was standing by her side. Shed probably scream, he decided. I should know; Im Spider-Man, and I want to scream.

The mourners drifted back, allowing the men to finish lowering Ned into the grave, giving them room to cover the coffin with dirt. Peter bent his head, whispering to Betty.

"Are you okay?”

She held two fingers to her lips, closing her eyes once more. “Shhh. I’m listening,” she replied.

Peter cocked an eyebrow. “For what?’”

KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, the prose adaptation I wrote of the seminal Spider-Man storyline by J. M. Dematteis and Mike Zeck. hits stores this October. Preorder the book at your local comic book store from Diamond using item number JUL140722. Also available for preorder via Amazon or Barnes & Noble


kingsandcanvas:

Wanna hear a story? Here’s the story of a city.
"Welcome to GAOL.
"The largest prison city on the Exiled Coast, the smoking, burning, steel metropolis of Gaol houses millions of murderers, thieves, cowards and former champions within it’s sealed walls. Built on the bones of an ancient metropolis, Gaol exists outside the sphere of any royal influence, nothing more than a guarded cage in which prisoners toil in frustration and tear one another apart both physically and emotionally. There are no tournament rings in Gaol, for life itself is a  contest pitting man against man, each doing their best to survive another day. There is work, and for those who work there are wages , allowing the purchase of goods and services…but it’s a cage, nonetheless, and once inside, there’s no way out. 
"No way until now, that is.


"The de-factor mayor of Gaol, a man named Warden, is a skeevy be-spectacled former monk who betrayed his vows of service for a shot at the big time. Now exiled to Gaol, he has shown great initiative in forming a loose affiliation of ‘prison guards’ to bring  order to the chaos of the  city—his Cut Men, skilled bravos and assassins who vow to serve the Warden, keep his peace and keep  scum in line—even if it means hunting them down and bringing them back.”
— KINGS AND CANVAS Bible—REGIONS, CITIES, KEY FIGURES & ARTIFACTS: Chapter 8, Section D

kingsandcanvas:

Wanna hear a story? Here’s the story of a city.

"Welcome to GAOL.

"The largest prison city on the Exiled Coast, the smoking, burning, steel metropolis of Gaol houses millions of murderers, thieves, cowards and former champions within it’s sealed walls. Built on the bones of an ancient metropolis, Gaol exists outside the sphere of any royal influence, nothing more than a guarded cage in which prisoners toil in frustration and tear one another apart both physically and emotionally. There are no tournament rings in Gaol, for life itself is a  contest pitting man against man, each doing their best to survive another day. There is work, and for those who work there are wages , allowing the purchase of goods and services…but it’s a cage, nonetheless, and once inside, there’s no way out.

"No way until now, that is.

"The de-factor mayor of Gaol, a man named Warden, is a skeevy be-spectacled former monk who betrayed his vows of service for a shot at the big time. Now exiled to Gaol, he has shown great initiative in forming a loose affiliation of ‘prison guards’ to bring  order to the chaos of the  city—his Cut Men, skilled bravos and assassins who vow to serve the Warden, keep his peace and keep  scum in line—even if it means hunting them down and bringing them back.

KINGS AND CANVAS Bible—REGIONS, CITIES, KEY FIGURES & ARTIFACTS: Chapter 8, Section D

A tease for something BROWNSVILLE artist Jake Allen and I are dreaming up. Cross dem fingers, sports fans

A tease for something BROWNSVILLE artist Jake Allen and I are dreaming up. Cross dem fingers, sports fans


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Inspiration for the Day: ONLY PAIN IS REAL

kingsandcanvas:

Inspiration for the Day: ONLY PAIN IS REAL

kingsandcanvas:

Here are several sketch studies by Dan, exploring the world of Kings and Canvas. We’ll post more as we get close to releasing the first installment. In the meantime, enjoy!

My #SDCC announcement — check out my new digital series, starting soon…
kingsandcanvas:

Once upon a time, after ten years of trying, an exiled boxer  punches his way out of prison. Walking across America, he trains a grassroots army of pirate champions, irritable sea dwarves and talking, boxing polar bears to dethrone an unjust king and the evil councilor who’d exiled him years before. 
What happens to a man whose life and purpose leave him behind, and how might he create new purpose in an ever-changing land in order to win back his family and punish the unjust? KINGS AND CANVAS—a tale of dynasties, boxing, family and revenge—explores a new world where honor is gained with fists and wits, and one exiled boxer must prepare himself for a war in which he will raise his arms in triumph…or taste canvas in defeat.
Coming soon from Neil Kleid, Dan Glasl & Monkeybrain Comics
Follow us on Twitter: @KingsAndCanvas

My #SDCC announcement — check out my new digital series, starting soon…

kingsandcanvas:

Once upon a time, after ten years of trying, an exiled boxer  punches his way out of prison. Walking across America, he trains a grassroots army of pirate champions, irritable sea dwarves and talking, boxing polar bears to dethrone an unjust king and the evil councilor who’d exiled him years before.

What happens to a man whose life and purpose leave him behind, and how might he create new purpose in an ever-changing land in order to win back his family and punish the unjust? KINGS AND CANVASa tale of dynasties, boxing, family and revenge—explores a new world where honor is gained with fists and wits, and one exiled boxer must prepare himself for a war in which he will raise his arms in triumph…or taste canvas in defeat.

Coming soon from Neil Kleid, Dan Glasl & Monkeybrain Comics

Follow us on Twitter: @KingsAndCanvas

““If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation. Failing that, change the world.”

“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation. Failing that, change the world.”

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE GRAPE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE GRAPE APES

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