Week-end doodles starring INTERTWINED

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So, as the New York Comic Con is looming on the horizon, I started drawing more and more to offer as many pieces as possible to people who’ll visit my booth (Q12 in Artist Alley). As with my previous appearances, I’ll give the choice to people interested in buying those originals: either letting me trace over the original and get an “inked original” for a limited price (20 to 40 dollars, depending on the size) OR asking me to ink directly on the original (then, it’s more expensive, 80 to 100 dollars, depending on the size).

I’m drawing every character, but I have to say, with Intertwined being released that same week, I’ll do a lot of those. You’ll find here a couple of examples. Hope you’ll like them…
And see you there!

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GET READY FOR INTERTWINED#3

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Dynamite Comics just announced their solicitations for December 2016, so I can officially tell you all about Intertwined#3. And let me tell you this issue is simply UN-MISS-ABLE! Reviewers will tell you that usually, in the third issues, nothing happens. This couldn’t be farther from the truth here: a new Spirit of the Earth is in the house, it’s the long-awaited debut of Long-Huo (the Chinese-Jewish girl posing as a man, Yentl-Style), Juan Jin discovers social injustice in America, the Triads threaten to start a war in Chinatown… And more! Here’s the official solicitation text from the Previews catalog :

INTERTWINED #3 (OF 6)
Cover: Fred Pham Chuong Writer: Fabrice Sapolsky Art: Fred Pham Chuong

Things become really spooky for Juan Jin. Nature starts acting really weird around him…as if plants, flowers, vines, trees or land were listening! His destiny is about to be fulfilled: he’ll soon become the new Spirit of the Earth! Meanwhile, the Ghost Daggers, the gang led by the nefarious Nei Chang, are putting everyone in Chinatown under pressure. They want to find the Golden Dragon statue at all costs! Kung-Fu action, crime and mysterious, new characters all mixed up… The Kung-Fu Noir series has never been so aptly named!

Release date : December 14th, 2016 (right before Star Wars Rogue One… no relation).
PREVIEWS ORDER CODE: OCT161464

 

IT’S BAT(WO)MAN DAY!

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I don’t remember who had the idea of the Batman day, but it’s a cool occasion for all creators, fans and retailers around the world to pay homage to one of the best selling and most popular characters of all time.

Seriously. Batman rules.

But since everyone will be all about Batman today, I chose to draw… Batwoman.
This is a fascinating character. One that I’d love to write one day. And since it’s not in the cards right now, I can draw her. In this scene, Batman’s not far, but he’s not in the picture. And Batwoman is standing above a crime scene. She was there before Bats. Is Bruce too late to the “party”? That’s a good question. I’ll leave everyone interpret this drawing as they want. I just had fun drawing it.
By the way, whoever wants to buy this one piece once it’s inked, please send me a message. I’ll carry it in my portfolio at New York Comic Con if not sold by then.

And enjoy your Batman Day! Go to a comic shop and buy non-Batman comics for a change😉 I know. I’m incorrigible. But creator-owned stuff is as important as Batman is for our industry.
To be continued…

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INTERTWINED BEHIND THE SCENES

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I love interviews. For many years, I was the one asking questions. So having to answer them now, as a creator, always feel weird. But I enjoy it when the interviewer has really done a good job preparing it. Byron Brewer really does his homework. He interviewed me for issue #1 (that was published on Bleeding Cool), and came back for another round for issue #2.

This time, I didn’t want to do it alone. So I asked if Fred could also be interviewed. Byron agreed and Fred and myself ended up talking as much about Intertwined as about ourselves.
You can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/zb95uek

Enjoy!

F.

SETTING INTERTWINED ON FIRE!

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The Spirit of Fire. This is the second pinup drawn by fan-favorite artist Gerald Parel for my Dynamite Comics series Intertwined (always with Fred Pham Chuong and Veronica Lopez).Which led me to think about a few things (as always)…

This piece of art came as a complete surprise, as Gerald only committed himself to draw one character of his choice. But he loved the designs and the series so much he had to play a little more with them. When so many wonderful creators contribute to your own little comic book project as did the artists we managed to get, it says a lot about what drive comic book people: passion.

Gerald, Olivier, Nick, Roland, Danica and others… They all chose to become artists for the love of art. For the love of the medium. These days, creating comics has become an easy and an increasingly hard thing to do. Because so many other people create wonderful comics everyday. Because the quality of the competition is incredible. Because the market has no soft spots for the underdogs. It’s a rough and tough business.

And all creators will tell you this. We enter the arena with everything we’ve got. We’re not sure we’re going to touch people. We’re not sure we’re going to be relevant. We’re not sure our voice is going to be heard. We’re not sure of anything!

I remember when I launched One-Hit Wonder at Image Comics two years ago. Two years. It seems like an eternity in comics. The landscape has changed so much. Marvel and DC are putting out more comics each month. Dark Horses still had Star Wars. Aftershock didn’t exist. IDW only dreamt about bringing back Rom SpaceKnight, Black Mask Comics was looking for their big breakout hit. And so on. It felt easier to launch a book back then.
I had a secret weapon: Ariel Olivetti. The superstar artist has pencilled the first two issues of my series and did all the designs. When I signed with Image, they wanted Ariel. I gave them Ariel.

For Intertwined, I didn’t have an “Ariel”. I have Fred. His talent is incredible. He needs to shine. We had a successful Kickstarter campaign. One we only owe to ourselves. After One-Hit Wonder, I didn’t publish another book because all my energy was sucked up by my relocation to the US. Intertwined feels like a new beginning. And that book can make a difference.

Nobody asked for it. Nobody wanted it. But it’s there. Dynamite Comics believes in it. Fred, Veronica and myself believe in it. And the Kickstarter backers trusted us too.
Now we’re about to enter the arena with that in mind. We’re ready to rumble. To set our world on fire. We’re giving new heroes to a world that has a lot and never asked for ours. But it’s worth betting on Intertwined. The book IS our secret weapon.

Behind the Kung Fu story, there’s a human story. There’s a tale about diversity. A tell about differences. About consequences for our actions. About life.

On October 5th, Intertwined will be out. We’ll share it with the world. And nothing will ever be the same*!

To be continued

*Sounds dramatic? Yeah… Well, what were you expecting, I’m a writer! ^^

 

 

[This just in…] GERALD PAREL IS AN INTERTWINED MASTER TOO!

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Fred and I have known Gerald Parel for years. Fred has even a closer relationship due to the fact that they are both from French area of Alsace and Gerald gave  tips to Fred as he started in the comic book business (they also both love Transformers which is very cool too). So when we started putting together a list of artists for our Intertwined Portfolio (the one the Kickstarter backers will ultimately get), Fred immediately suggested Gerald, who now works mostly in video games within the Marko Djurdjevic owned studio, SixMoreVodka.
Long story short… We waited for Gerald’s pinup for a long time. But it finally came this morning. And boy… It’s beautiful. He chose to draw Lady Xia, a pivotal and incredibly powerful character in the series. Lady Xia is the Spirit of Water.

Oh, and for the retailers who order at least 25 copies of Intertwined#1 (AUG161525 or AUG161526) or #2 (SEP161565) this illustration might be a part of the potential cards you’ll receive for FREE and will be allowed to sell. Today’s the last day to order issue #1 before our publisher, Dynamite Comics, sends to print. And our little contest ends on Sept. 30th. All you have to do is send me a copy of your orderform at Intertwinedmasters@gmail.com.

So… Are you in?🙂

#Letskickass #JointheKungFuNoirrevolution

BEHOLD THE INTERTWINED MASTERS!

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The #Intertwined Masters are among us! 12 creators who joined us on our #KungFu #Noir journey! Olivier Coipel, Nick Bradshaw, Moritat, Karibu, Roland Boschi, Mateus Santolouco, Patch Zircher and more. They all signed to help us put together a portfolio during our Kickstarter campaign. Now, we’re sharing these masterpieces with the world.

#comicsretailers can get this #oliviercoipel card and many others from hot creators for every 25 copies ordered of issue #1  (AUG161525/aug161526) or #2 (SEP161565)! We’ll sign them and It’s FREE!

Fans can have them too is they share the Intertwined teaser with 25 of their friends. The comic is from @dynamitecomics (and we love our publisher) but this offer comes from the creators directly. More info at: intertwinedmasters@gmail.com
We want#more for the #comics #fans ! 🙏 Now#share!

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INTERTWINED#2 solicitation

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Hi all!
Dynamite Comics has released the text and cover for Intertwined#2. Don’t forget to go to your LCS to order it.

INTERTWINED #2 (OF 6)
Price: $3.99
Rating: Mature
Cover: Fred Pham Chuong
Writer: Fabrice Sapolsky
Art: Fred Pham Chuong
Genre: Kung Fu, Noir
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 Pages
ON SALE DATE: 11/9
MARKETING DESCRIPTION: Give in to Kung Fu Noir! Juan Jin’s nightmare has only just begun. Not only he’s been drugged and brought from Hong-Kong to the United States illegally, but he now has to go through humiliation, rudeness and brutality of New York’s Sing Sing Prison guards. And if it wasn’t enough, everyone’s after him and the Golden Dragon statue he’s mysteriously connected to. Darkness calls Juan Jin… Will he give in?

SEX, SALES, CONS & COMMISSIONS!

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That first word got your attention? Good. Now, you’ll have to read more to understand what’s at stake here!😉

SO… This Fall (hey, it’s soon, times flies when you’re having fun), I’ll tour a lot to promote my new comic book INTERTWINED. But not only.
I’ll also draw a lot. I’m selling original pieces that I’ve been drawing for a year (some are shown below), art prints and comics (mainly some One-Hit Wonder).
Original art can be purchases for a very reasonable price (between $25 and $80).

I’m also open to commissions. You can either write me before the cons here: fabricesapolsky@gmail.com or show up at my table and request a commish.
Prices are:
• Head Sketch (pencils/inks): $25
• Full character sketch (pencils/inks): $50
• Original inked piece (from a previously drawn original): $30
• Blank cover: $50

And of course, the classics will be back: we’ll talk comics, I’ll probably have candies and you’ll be able to bash the French😉

Looking forward to seeing you there:
BALTIMORE COMIC CON, September 2-4th, 2016
NEW YORK COMIC CON, October 6-9th, 2016
URBAN ACTION CON, November 12th, 2016
JEWISH COMIC CON, November 13th, 2016
NEW JERSEY COMIC EXPO, November 19-20th

Please drop by and let’s get to know each other!🙂

A few recent examples of my work, taken from my portfolio (visible here: www.fabricesapolsky.myportfolio.com):
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