So anyone that hasn’t visited the link to Jason Strutz’s homepage on the right of this blog should go ahead and do it, because the man is awesome. The artwork on the site itself was enough to pump me up about working with him, but the stuff I’ve seen from our upcoming projects really rock my world.
For those of you that don’t know Jason, he’s a sort of freelance/whatever he happens to want to draw guy with mad skills. Right now we’re working on two things:
First is Jason’s baby, Monsters of Rock. Monsters of Rock is a kids book about a group of young monsters who form a rock band to compete in the local Battle of the Bands. Jason had been kicking around the idea for some time but was having trouble making it what he wanted it to be. He gave me the script and I put my shoulder to it and pumped out a fun little script (which I am quite proud to say rhymes). I’ve been watching it come together as Jason sketches it out and I finally got a finished rough pencils draft to take home and make marks on. The pictures are going to be awesome and I finally made it sound just the way I wanted.
The second project is still its fledgling phases, so I’m nervous to talk too much about it. Suffice to say, it’s based in the concept of the current knights of England being called to take up their posts and defend the country from threatening magical forces. Jason got a nice finished and colored version of the first page done and I am psyched. It’s beyond what I could have hoped for when I wrote it. I hope we get to keep doing this, cause I really feel like this could be a huge success.