Peace Out 2018

Howdy friends! I recently got back from a nice little holiday break, and am already back in the studio gearing up for something really cool and exciting in 2019. I can’t say much, other than it’s a new creator owned comic book series and I really think it’s going to be the best work of my career. When I can share more I will. For now, I’d love to talk about all the great things I experienced in 2018.

2018 was an excellent year for me creatively. I worked on a variety of different projects for many different companies. In comics, I continued working with Marvel on several books. I also did a project with DC, Suicide Squad #50, which will be out in January 2019. Also coming out in January, is a story written AND drawn by me, in WWE: Forever #1. It was a blast to be the complete storyteller on this project and I hope to keep making strides in being both the writer and artist. I continued to do covers for Boom! And Dynamite and also did work with Kodansha Comics on a Ghost in the Shell, as well as work for Dan Harmon’s new company Starburns Press.

Outside of comics, some of the companies I did illustration work for were Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Random House, the NFL, and Metallica. Quite the diverse batch of clients there! Going to a Metallica concert and seeing my work at the merch tables and on the jumbotron was a pretty darn cool feeling I have to say.

Traveling wise we hit several new comic book conventions and had a blast. It was great going to places like Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Louisville. I did a total update on my convention set up. Adding a new banner and new merchandise like enamel pins, sketchbook, magnets, sticker sets, and prints. It was a nice change and a financial success.

We also spent time and energy expanding my retail items into more bricks and mortar stores and starting a Brent Schoonover newsletter, The Schoony Scoop. My shirts can now be found at many locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as online at http://www.chuxprint.com/schoonover/. You can sign up for The Schoony Scoop here: http://eepurl.com/dkj1an

The saddest part of 2018 was losing our bulldog, Matilda in early February. We were and still are pretty heart broken about it. We were lucky to have her in our life for eleven great years. Two weeks before she passed we had added a new dog, Agatha to the family. Aggie was a puppy mill mom for four years before she came to us. She loves the kids and every person she meets. She’s not the biggest fan of other dogs but we are working on it.

Our daughters Josie(8) and Millie(4) are doing great. Both are in school and loving it. Josie is becoming quite the reader and is a huge fan of the Captain Underpants books. Millie’s favorite thing is to tag along with Josie and play with her babies. They are pretty inseparable.

My amazing wife Nicole had a pretty big 2018. She started up a new company, Beck & Call. After years of helping me on everything from contracts, invoicing, book keeping, and anything else that isn’t drawing- she’s decided to help other small businesses and artists with the same needs. Beck & Call was formed to help out freelancers and small business owners who need someone to get to those small tasks they just can’t seem to find time for. If that sounds like you, I suggest reaching out to her at https://www.beckandcallmpls.com/

I am really looking forward to what 2019 has in store. Outside of a few concert posters the main focus is going to be on the new comic book project. I’m really excited to be putting all my focus on that. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year.

-Brent

Astonishing Ant-Man Ominibus

This June, Marvel is releasing the largest book edition they print for it’s tiniest hero, The Astonishing Ant-Man. Collecting writer Nick Spencer’s entire run on the character, it contains several issues I had the pleasure of illustrating. It was a blast working on this book and I am very excited to check out this gorgeous collection. Perfectly released just in time for the new Ant-Man and Wasp movie later this year.

Hope you check it out! Here’s the ordering and product information DWq5vxVW4AADr1L

 

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Under COVER Lover

Really running out of titles for posts about doing comic book covers. Yet here we go again. Here’s a run down of some covers I have been up to lately for various books.

For Marvel I did a Deadpool variant cover for their X-Men:Red series. This is for issue number four out this June. Colors by Nick Filardi.

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Also you can buy the original cover art here at Cadence Comic Art.

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Over at Dynamite I did a cover for their new Barberella series. Based more on the European comic series than the famous movie.

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Finally, here’s a few more covers for the WWE series at Boom Studios. Covers for issues #17 and #18. Colors by Nick Filardi. WWE_Raw2018_05 WWE_Raw2018_06

 

Lending a hand. Or a cover

Recently I had two friends ask me to help them out by doing a cover for their creator owned comics. Local Minneapolis creator Dave Wheeler and fellow Ape Entertainment alumni, Steve Bryant.

Dave publishes a few books, The Misadventures of Wonderboy and The Bolt Strikes. Here’s the cover for an upcoming issue featuring both (Though the Bolt is a little ominous in the background.)

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Athena Voltaire has been the labor of love from comic creator Steve Bryant for almost 15 years now. I met Steve when I first got started in comics and was hustling my portfolio around Wizard World Chicago right out of college. He’s been relentless in keeping Athena going and it’s very impressive. The comic is currently being produced at Action Lab Comics and this cover below will be on a future issue. Colors by the awesome Alberto Silva.

 

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2018 Con Schedule (For now)

I wanted to post my 2018 convention schedule as it stands right now. There may be an addition here or there but for now, these are the ones that are locked in. Hope to see you out there.

Indiana Comic Con

March 30th-April 1st, 2018- Indianapolis Convention Center- Indianapolis, IN 

Comic Card- Comics, Card, & Collectables Show

April 14th, 2018 -Bloomington VFW 311 W 84th Street -Bloomington, MN

MSP ComiCon 

May 19th & 20th, 2018-Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Tampa Bay Comic Con

August 3rd-5th, 2018-Tampa Convention Center- Tampa, FL

ID10T Festival-

Saturday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 4- OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA

Louisville Super Con  

November 30th- December 2nd, 2018-Kentucky Expo Center- Louisville, KY