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.