Friday, November 17, 2017

Brad Lansky Audio Series Episode 7

Protophonic has released a new episode in its excellent series of science fiction audio stories: Brad Lansky and the Result War.

Read the press release (with an image of the cover art), or visit for links to buy this and previous episodes. The protophonic website also has much more about the series, with interviews and extras, and the CD inserts, including the cover art.

We did things slightly differently for the illustration for the cover for episode 7--this time, I was provided with the image of a spaceship and integrated it into my painting. The finished cover reflects the attention to detail, the focus on science, adventure, and characters, and the willingness to experiment that have distinguished the stories in the series so far.

Earth was left at a critical turning point at the end of Brad Lansky and the Rogue Era. Find out what happens next in The Result War. Trailer on SoundCloud

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Abina and the Important Men film wins awards, screens at more festivals

The animated film of Abina and the Important Men, directed by Soumyaa Behrens, has won in the animation category at the San Francisco Black Film Festival awards.

It has just been shown at Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Feature Film.

It will be screened at International Images Film Festival for Women in Harare (26 August-2 September 2017) and at Raindance Film Festival in London (20 September-1 October).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New graphic history: Perpetua's Journey

The latest book in the Oxford University Press series of graphic history books has just been released.

Perpetua's Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire was written by Jennifer A. Rea, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Florida. It presents a new translation of The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity in the form of a graphic novel alongside essays which place the Passion, a prison diary written by Vibia Perpetua before her death as a Christian martyr in Carthage in 203 CE, in historical and social context.

The story is not only fascinating because of the complex, challenging choices made by Perpetua and her fellow martyrs, and the personal and societal impact of those choices, but also because it allows us access to the words of a 22-year-old woman who lived during the time of the Roman Empire, yet whose experiences still feel immediate and relatable.

You can find out more about the book at the Oxford University Press website, or on Amazon.


Artwork from Perpetua's Journey:
Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire

Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: 9780190238711
232 pages
Artwork copyright Oxford University Press

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Abina at the San Francisco Black Film Festival

The animated documentary of Abina and the Important Men, adapted from the book by Professor Trevor Getz, the Documentary Film Institute, and many talented people at San Francisco State University, has been selected to be screened at the San Francisco Black Film Festival 2017. The film, directed by Soumyaa Behrens, with lead animation by Daewon Kim, will be screened on 16 June at 6PM at the Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. Read more about the event and see the film poster on the SFBFF website. You can watch the trailer below:

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Foreign Shore: Rain of Fire, Rain of Blood news

The second novel in Forrest Johnson's trilogy has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Foreign Shore: Rain of Fire, Rain of Blood wins award

Rain of Fire, Rain of Blood has won second place in the fantasy category of the Reader Views Literary Awards.
Illustration from A Foreign Shore: Rain of Fire, Rain of Blood
Copyright Forrest Johnson