I’m going to take this opportunity to pimp one of my projects, because it’s my blog, damn it, and I’ll pimp if I want to.
Templar is a comic book mini-series I have been shopping around with my buddy and co-creator Ken Christiansen. It’s a grim swashbuckler about the descendants of the medieval Knights Templar, who battle the undead with automatic weapons and swords and stuff.
Templar has got everything you would want in a comic, aside from breasts: werewolves, helicopters, kung fu, possessed clergy, disembowelments, explosions, underwater zombies, swords, vampires, submarines, ancient prophecy, silver bullets, and blimps. Lots of blimps. It’s all very butch.
We’ve sent Templar out to a few publishers; we’ll see how it goes. Here are a few sample pages where our noble hero confronts the possessed Cardinal Rumic in the Vatican secret archives:
Artist and co-creator Ken Christiansen and I have been working on Templar in one form or another for longer than I would care to admit -- it has turned into a holy mission/labor of love for us. He has drawn damn near the whole series, and each issue's art tops the last in terms of bad-assedness.
A little about Ken: he is pure of heart, has an unerring internal compass, drives a Mach I, and has one fist of iron and the other of steel. Ever since that stormy night when he dragged me out of that burning dog, I owe Ken my life. Ken has worked for Nintendo and Disney, and currently toils as a freelance artist in L.A., Home of the Body Bag. OK, he’s actually in Glendale, Home of the Galleria. I encourage everyone to check out Bad Flip Productions for samples of Ken’s art, including a couple of dope Rocketeer comic pages that I love. Templar is his best work, of course.
Here’s more Templar fu – a werewolf attack on a French farming town:
“Where are you going?”
“To kill some werewolves.”
I don’t know, I think that’s pretty macho. I’m all about The Macho.
Finally, here’s a page featuring a squad of Templar knights hijacking a blimp. You cannot go wrong by putting a blimp in your story – any story, really. It’s what made Blade Runner so cool – the big billboard blimp thing. I submit to you that nearly any work of fiction or film could be improved with the addition of one or more blimps. Think how bad-ass Sense & Sensibility would have been with blimps. Armored Nazi blimps.
Anyway, with good fortune, Templar will be coming soon to a comic book store near you and we will make loads of money and become assholes. Wish us luck!