Sneak Peek: New Project by Kurtis Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

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One of our first interviews here at G3 was with super-fresh artist John ‘Roc’ Upchurch. He was the talent behind my darling avatar. Since then, I have followed Roc’s art career because I think he’s great and deserves to be noticed. I was beyond excited when writer Kurtis Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust, Green Wake, Grim Leaper) teased a new project that Roc will be drawing. I am quite looking forward to it.

While the official announcement hasn’t been made yet – you can catch the first two teasers here and here. I’ve got the third one below.

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Stream of Comicsness – Week of 10.26.2011

Happy Halloween, lovelies. E. and I have been doing the blog now for two years. In that time, I’ve learned that I am what I would call a conversationalist. Because of this, I’ve found that bursts of whatever is on my mind seem to flow the best for me. In an attempt to capitalize on this little neurosis, and to have more interaction with you fabulous people, this is a new (hopefully regular) piece I am going to try. A stream of consciousness essay on whatever happened during the week in my world as it pertains to my most favorite thing IN the world … comics.

“Y” Did I Wait So Long?
I finally got around to reading Y: The Last Man this past week. I devoured all ten trades in three days. I’m obsessive like that, and it is so good. Y is a shining example to the non-geek world of what comic books are capable of.  I am so impressed by it that I’d venture to say it is probably one of the best things I have ever read, prose included. Continue reading

Keeping it Ill with Artist John ‘Roc’ Upchurch

If you follow this blog, chances are that you read a ton of comics and can name your favorite writers and artists. E. and I talk about ours all the time, and many of our preferred illustrators are well known and probably working for the big two. But there are so many undiscovered artists out there who are just as good, if not better than your mainstream people. One in particular goes by the name Roc, and he is the shit.

John “Roc’ Upchurch hails from “a little gutter” in Philadelphia called Hunting Park. Named after his father, who inspired him to become an artist, Roc began his career as a video game concept artist in Georgia. He graduated to freelance work in almost every industry, and he’s now an illustrator of whatever you can imagine. His tools of the trade are pencil, paper and Photoshop. He can do concept art, comics, storyboards and pretty much any commission assignment you throw his way. When our friends saw the fabulous Vanessa G. and E. Peterman avatars Roc created for Girls Gone Geek, they pretty much lost their minds. We certainly did. Continue reading