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A Project That Rocks by Mark Heike

Rock Bakers GN cover sketchAs some of you may have heard, our star artist Rock Baker  is currently hard at work on a mysterious “outside” project. Though understandably tight-lipped about the details (since he has not finaliized negotiations with a publisher yet), Rock has disclosed that it is a graphic novel which he will be writing and drawing, the cover of which can be seen at left. We’re quite proud of the master storyteller and draftsman Rock has grown into (owing completely to hard work, study and dogged determination on his part). It seems only yesterday that he turned in the pencils for that first Marla Allison back-up story (in Femforce # 141), but it has been years now that he’s been turning out stellar work for us. We couldn’t be happier that he’s ready to spread his creative wings and take on a project of this magnitude. Rock has also assured us that work on his graphic novel should not impinge on his AC assignments. Check out the pages he’s just turned in on the BLACK VENUS story  that will appear in FEMFORCE #159, within the body of this post.  For our part, we’re going to try to give Rock assignments with plenty of lead-time to allow him maximum flexibility to make progress on his GN project while still meeting AC obligations. As Rock feels free to divulge them, we’ll pass on details regarding his graphic novel progress right here, including when, where and how to order it. Of course, you can follow this development on Rock’s Facebook page as well.  And don’t forget- if you haven’t already ordered  your copy of FEMFORCE #159 (which ALL Rock Baker fans SHOULD, as it contains not only the BLACK VENUS story mentioned earlier, but also the conclusion of the two-part DINOSAUR GIRL saga Rock started in FF #158; an 8-page ROWENA adventure also penciled by Rock, AND at least one chapter of the FEMFORCE lead story illustrated by the talented Mr.Baker ), you can still place an advance-reorder for it with your local comic book retailer. Simply wander into your favorite comic shop, and tell the proprietor that you’d like to order FEMFORCE #159, DCD item #JAN120781, from the December issue of Diamond Previews. That’s all he’ll need to know to get your copy ordered so you’ll recieve it as soon as the book ships to comic book stores in April.

 

6 Responses to "A Project That Rocks by Mark Heike"

  1. Mark Holmes  March 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to read and enjoy. Along with his artistic style Rock Baker has a keen sense of humor and an ability to tell a story.

    • Rock Baker  March 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, Mark, and Mark, much appreciated! I truly am blessed, and I shall do everything I can to live up to such a wonderful set of words! As of this moment, I’ve completed 131 pages and most of three chapters. Not having to rush the art back to someone else, though, gives me time to look back and see what needs fixing or refining! I’ve already tweaked the cover image seen above to reflect the characters as they’ve developed since I drew that first page!

  2. Eric Johnson  March 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Of course, wishing Rock all the success he can handle with his projects! It’s well deserved.

    Still impressed with how much work you’ve turned out for AC, and I’ll be forever thankful that your first comic book assignment was bringing one of my scripts to life!

    • Rock Baker  March 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Thanks, Eric, I’ve had a blast every page of the way!

  3. Garry Hardman  March 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Wow,this really is a project of grand proportions. Rock’s Citizen Kane. I hope he doesn’t end up doing magic tricks and wine commercials.

    • Rock Baker  March 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Better that, than end up in a vanity picture about incest starring Pia Zadora, having to hide behind a thick beard so nobody will recognize me!

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