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DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON INSPIRATION - THE BATTLE OF VARNA IN MINIATURE

Part of my continuing series on many images that have influence DRACULA, SON OF THE DRAGON, the comic book epic I’m creating with artist Salgood Sam chronicling the transfomation of Vlad Tepes from Impaler to Vampire.

We’re funding the book through KICKSTARTER and could really use your help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

The big set-piece battle in the first Volume of Dracula: Son of the Dragon is The Battle of Varna, which took place in 1444.  Vlad Dracul of Wallachia- Vlad Dracula’s father and older brother Mircea reluctantly joined a Crusade with the legendary Hungarian John Hunyadi and the Polish King Wladysws to push the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Murad II out of Europe.

The Varna crusade entailed breaking a treaty the Christians had with Turks.  This was a particularly dangerous thing for Vlad Dracul to do, because his sons Dracula and Radu were hostages of the Sultan.   Going into battle, he had to know that his sons lives were likely forfeit.  (Death might have been one of the best scenarios…two of the Sultan’s other child hostages were blinded with hot irons).

The Ottomans had overwhelming forces, consisting of their Sipahi cavalry and elite Janissary corps (shock troops who were comprised of Christian boys often taken from their families and forcibly converted to Islam at a young age) and cannon fire.

Nevertheless, the combined Wallachian and Hungarian forces of nearly routed the Ottomans and killed the Sultan…until Wladyslaws foolishly charged the Janissaries with his bodyguard in a failed attempt at personal glory.  He was killed, and is severed head was impaled on a spear.

That site caused the Europeans to flee in disarray.  That would cause a rift between The Draculas and Hunyadi that would lead to the deaths of Dracula’s father and older brother at Hunyadi’s hands, putting him as first in line for the Wallachian throne.  The Sultan spared Dracula, pitting him against Hunyadi and giving him the chance to reclaim his throne.

In DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON, we’re going to follow the model of mostly sticking to the historical accounts of battles like these, but with a supernatural twist.  The Janissary corps will be more (or maybe more accurately, less) than human…and will be the first use of vampire soldiers on the battlefield.

The above pictures show the battle depicted in miniature in a wargaming scenario.  I wish I could claim credit for painting and arranging those miniatures, but they are taken from the Vlad The Impaler sourcebook for the Warhammer Historical boardgame.  I thought it would be fun to show that, in addition to history texts and pop culture, wargaming is one of the other things Salgood and I are looking at to help capture the Medieval epic side of the equation.

Again, we could really use your help in bringing DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON to life as a comic book.  Please check out our Kickstarter page, make a pledge, reblog this post, share the link etc.:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

 

asuorez:



First page of the Harmontown D&D Adventures fanart comic I’m working on with Sam Davidson (http://samdavidson.tumblr.com/) who scripted it for me.



@harmontown is Community creator @danharmon & comic @jeffbdavis weekly comedy show @meltcomics and a podcast.  About 6 episodes into the podcast, they started doing a live Dungeons and Dragons campaign run by a real Dungeon Master named Spencer (who is pretty damn amazing). 
Anthony Suorez has started illustrating a graphic novel with writer Sam Davidson chronicling their adventures, and this is the first page.  It’s pretty damn great, and I love that the last panel includes the Dungeon Master from the Dungeons and Dragons animated series from the 80s. the wizard from the cover of “Unearthed Arcana”.

asuorez:

First page of the Harmontown D&D Adventures fanart comic I’m working on with Sam Davidson (http://samdavidson.tumblr.com/) who scripted it for me.

@harmontown is Community creator @danharmon & comic @jeffbdavis weekly comedy show @meltcomics and a podcast.  About 6 episodes into the podcast, they started doing a live Dungeons and Dragons campaign run by a real Dungeon Master named Spencer (who is pretty damn amazing). 

Anthony Suorez has started illustrating a graphic novel with writer Sam Davidson chronicling their adventures, and this is the first page.  It’s pretty damn great, and I love that the last panel includes the Dungeon Master from the Dungeons and Dragons animated series from the 80s. the wizard from the cover of “Unearthed Arcana”.

Reblogged from asuorez

prostheticknowledge:

DUNE II in HTML 5 

Dune II was a real-time strategy game developed by Westwood Studios in the 16-Bit gaming era, and a forerunner to the following Command and Conquer games.

While the controls don’t live up to modern RTS intuition, the game has been successfully ported to play on line, which you can here

One of the first games I played on my first PC.  It’s responsible for the Real Time Strategy genre as we know it, although I’d credit Herzog Zwei for the Sega Genesis with being the first RTS.

Reblogged from prostheticknowledge

Sam Humphries has a new comic out this week, and it’s great.   SACRIFICE is his follow up to OUR LOVE IS REAL, which was first a self-published sensation and then joined GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES at Image Comics.  It’s my favorite single issue of the year.  Now Sam has gotten all ambitious and moved on to a limited series.
I just read a PDF of the first issue of Sacrifice.  Even in reading in my Firefox browser where I couldn’t adjust the panel size, it blew me away.  Kieron Gillen, writer of Phonogram and Uncanny X-men, had this pull quote:
"What happens when two of history’s greatest death cults meet up?  Aztecs vs. Joy Division fans.  You haven’t an answer.  You haven’t even thought of such a thing.  Humphries and Rose have".
The Rose they are referring to is Dalton Rose.  His art is a revelation.  As much as I love the cover design, the interiors are full color and even better.  Here’s a teaser courtesy of ifanboy.

I have to admit, Kieron’s quote scared me.  I love the work he and Jamie McKelvie did on Phonogram, but the words “Joy Division” made me think my musical tastes were not hip enough for the book.  While I’m sure if yours are you’ll get even more out of it than me, rest assured you don’t need to know anything about music.
SACRIFICE is an extremely smart, accessible book about a teenager that may or may not have traveled back in time to the Aztec Empire the end of Montezuma’s reign.  It’s is-he-really-time-traveling-or-is-he-just-having-a-mental-breakdown thing reminded me of Life on Mars (the great British TV show, not the horrible American remake, which had the biggest “fuck you, audience” finale this side of The Sopranos”).  The Aztec stuff is done well, and reminds of Civilization, my all time favorite computer game.
You might say I’m biased with my review here, as Sam is a great friend who not only shares my love for Civ but has helped me out tremendously.  But trust me when I say it actually pains me to praise this book, that’s how jealous of it I am.  It’s truly phenomenal and you’d never know it was only his 2nd creator-owned book…definitely no sophomore slump here.
SACRIFICE is available in select stores this Wednesday, December 14th, with print editions delivered from Things From Another World and digital download.  Below is the official announcement info, and clinking the cover above will take you to Sam’s website.
samhumphries:

Announcement
MY NEW COMIC BOOK COMES OUT DECEMBER 14
SACRIFICE
BLOOD WILL TEAR US APART
AZTECSFOREVER.COM

Sam Humphries has a new comic out this week, and it’s great.   SACRIFICE is his follow up to OUR LOVE IS REAL, which was first a self-published sensation and then joined GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES at Image Comics.  It’s my favorite single issue of the year.  Now Sam has gotten all ambitious and moved on to a limited series.

I just read a PDF of the first issue of Sacrifice.  Even in reading in my Firefox browser where I couldn’t adjust the panel size, it blew me away.  Kieron Gillen, writer of Phonogram and Uncanny X-men, had this pull quote:

"What happens when two of history’s greatest death cults meet up?  Aztecs vs. Joy Division fans.  You haven’t an answer.  You haven’t even thought of such a thing.  Humphries and Rose have".

The Rose they are referring to is Dalton Rose.  His art is a revelation.  As much as I love the cover design, the interiors are full color and even better.  Here’s a teaser courtesy of ifanboy.

I have to admit, Kieron’s quote scared me.  I love the work he and Jamie McKelvie did on Phonogram, but the words “Joy Division” made me think my musical tastes were not hip enough for the book.  While I’m sure if yours are you’ll get even more out of it than me, rest assured you don’t need to know anything about music.

SACRIFICE is an extremely smart, accessible book about a teenager that may or may not have traveled back in time to the Aztec Empire the end of Montezuma’s reign.  It’s is-he-really-time-traveling-or-is-he-just-having-a-mental-breakdown thing reminded me of Life on Mars (the great British TV show, not the horrible American remake, which had the biggest “fuck you, audience” finale this side of The Sopranos”).  The Aztec stuff is done well, and reminds of Civilization, my all time favorite computer game.

You might say I’m biased with my review here, as Sam is a great friend who not only shares my love for Civ but has helped me out tremendously.  But trust me when I say it actually pains me to praise this book, that’s how jealous of it I am.  It’s truly phenomenal and you’d never know it was only his 2nd creator-owned book…definitely no sophomore slump here.


SACRIFICE is available in select stores this Wednesday, December 14th, with print editions delivered from Things From Another World and digital download.  Below is the official announcement info, and clinking the cover above will take you to Sam’s website.

samhumphries:

Announcement

MY NEW COMIC BOOK COMES OUT DECEMBER 14

SACRIFICE

BLOOD WILL TEAR US APART

AZTECSFOREVER.COM

Reblogged from samhumphries

Star Wars and Sworcery

While I’m on a retro poster roll, artist Michael B. Myers Jr. has created some pretty cool Star Wars pixel art (hat tip to Kotaku).  Here’s a “poster” for Empire:

And here’s the Star Wars cast in pixellated (sp?) glory:

I don’t know whether it’s intentional, but both these images remind me of one of my favorite ipad/iphone games, Sword & Sworcery.  Here’s the protagonist.

Here are some screenshots:

Really though, you need to watch and more importantly LISTEN to this this preview video to do it justice.

Although it owes a lot to games like Zelda and King’s Quest, Sword & Sworcery is as much of an audio visual experience as it is a game.  The music is so integral, in fact, that it’s called an “EP” rather than a game.

But as a game, it really takes advantage of the ipad in in a way I have yet to see another game do.  Plugging in headphones is a must.  And it doesn’t just use the touch pad - you turn from landscape to portrait to draw your sword.  I haven’t played it on the iphone, but I can’t imagine the smaller version does it justice.

I’m posting this in part to recommend the game, but also because it occurred to me - how cool would a pixel-art comic be? I don’t have a particular story idea just yet, but I’d love to experiment with something like this.