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Every Apollo Launch From 1967 to 1972

It's something I had to share because it's just too cool. Back to QE soon.

Original Ultraman Episode 1

This really has nothing to do with Quantum Enigma in anyway, but, I thought Ultraman was cool when I was a kid and now the first origin story episode is on Youtube so I had to share it. Check it out before it's gone.

Quantum Enigma Storyboards

Here is a close up of the board below.

These are some of the storyboards used for the short film promoting the Quantum Enigma comic book.

Storyboards are essential in any film, video or animation shoot. I have been doing storyboards for years, and this little production is no different. It really helps everyone involved with the project to be on the same page. The storyboard above was originally going to use a lot of NASA footage from their archive for a short film contest. We later scrapped the idea for this part of the story.

It helps to explain not just the action, but the narrative as well as camera angles etc.

I will post more here once they're scanned.

Watch Cassini Dive Into Saturn: UPDATE!

On Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 NASA's Cassini spacecraft will conclude 20 historic years in space, collecting data as it crashes into Saturn's atmosphere and burns up like a meteor. Nasa is live streaming the event below. 

Check it out! You can read all about the history of this spacecraft and see the data and images collected here.

Below are some of the last images taken by Cassini before entering the atmosphere of Saturn.

Space X

Space X has published a video showcasing their explosive rocket failures, and it is awesome.

New Comic Book Panels From Black and White to Color

Here's a little update on some of the artwork panels in the Quantum Enigma book. If you don't see post's everyday, you have to know that these things take time. The panel above started off as a blue pencil sketch, then I ink it. From there I will do a little halftone wash on the shadows to get off on the right foot.

I am a really a traditional artist and I usually like to do everything by hand. In this case I needed to save a little time, because this is a big series for me. I scan the artwork in and digitally paint it. I will usually wait to do a final pass once all of the other panels are done, that way I can color correct everything to match throughout the book.

These panels are in no particular order. I chose these because they are interesting  and further along than some of the others.

It is interesting to see these images go from a 2d black and white illustration to almost a 3d looking image with just a little paint.

Here you probably recognize the ship from the live action Quantum Enigma teaser video.

Before I start on any paint, I create a mood board for the entire book. This idea gives the whole thing continuity so it looks and feels like it comes from the same place. A mood board really sets the stage for everything else down the line.

I started a whole tutorial series on How To Make Your Own Graphic Novel on my other comic book site Prisoner of the Mind if you are interested.

I will have more work coming soon...

Galaxy Magazine Collection Free Online

This has to be the coolest thing I have found in a while. The entire collection of Science Fiction Galaxy Magazines are available on-line for free. So you have no excuse to catch up on all of your vintage sci-fi on your commute.

Galaxy Magazine

Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.

Gold published many notable stories during his tenure, including Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman", later expanded as Fahrenheit 451; Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters; and Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man. In 1952, the magazine was acquired by Robert Guinn, its printer. By the late 1950s, Frederik Pohl was helping Gold with most aspects of the magazine's production. When Gold's health worsened, Pohl took over as editor, starting officially at the end of 1961, though he had been doing the majority of the production work for some time.

Under Pohl Galaxy had continued success, regularly publishing fiction by major writers such as Cordwainer Smith, Jack Vance, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Silverberg. However, Pohl never won the annual Hugo Award for his stewardship of Galaxy, winning three Hugos instead for its sister magazine, If. In 1969 Guinn sold Galaxy to Universal Publishing and Distribution Corporation (UPD) and Pohl resigned, to be replaced by Ejler Jakobsson. Under Jakobsson the magazine declined in quality. It recovered under James Baen, who took over in mid-1974, but when he left at the end of 1977 the deterioration resumed, and there were financial problems—writers were not paid on time and the schedule became erratic. By the end of the 1970s the gaps between issues were lengthening, and the title was finally sold to Vincent McCaffrey, who brought out just one issue in 1980. A brief revival as a semi-professional magazine followed in 1994, edited by H. L. Gold's son, E. J. Gold; this lasted for eight bimonthly issues.

At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced in the science fiction field. It was regarded as one of the leading sf magazines almost from the start, and its influence did not wane until Pohl's departure in 1969. Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction according to Pohl, who added that "after Galaxy it was impossible to go on being naive."[1] SF historian David Kyle agrees, commenting that "of all the editors in and out of the post-war scene, the most influential beyond any doubt was H. L. Gold".[2] Kyle suggests that the new direction Gold set "inevitably" led to the experimental New Wave, the defining science fiction literary movement of the 1960s.

Enjoy the read. Click here for the entire collection Free.