Sunday, November 14, 2010

Austin Wizard World Comic Con



Yesterday Joe Madureira was a featured guest at the Wizard World Comic Con in Austin, Texas. The local newspaper 'Austin Chronicle' had a small interview I'd like to share.
Austin Chronicle: On the game design front, it used to be that the approach was "what will the processors let us get away with?" Now it's "what will the ESRB let us get away with?" From an artistic perspective, how have you found working on video games?

Joe Madureira: ESRB hasn't really affected us one way or another. When we started on Darksiders, we made a pact that rather than choose a rating we were shooting for and try to shoe-horn the design, we would do what was best for the game and the 'franchise' and let the rating be whatever it was. We got an 'M' rating, not surprising … but I don't think that's necessarily a huge deal these days. Some of the highest selling games in the last 5 years were slapped with an "M" rating. I think development time is the biggest hurdle in game development. You can pretty much pull off anything now – the question is, how many people is it going to take to execute, and how long? Because time is money. Obviously it takes quite a bit more planning and organization than I was used to working in comics.

AC: How different is the experience of working for a large publishing house like Marvel to working with a big game published like THQ, or is having Vigil games more like having the creator-owned outlet of Cliffhanger?

JM: Vigil is fully owned by THQ, so we are definitely working for a large publisher. That could be really bad, but I will say, from the very beginning, THQ has never tried to wrestle creative away from the studio. If anything they've been really supportive about directional changes or when we've asked for more time. Publishers really only become a hassle if they hate what you are doing, so – in that respect, I think we've been incredibly lucky.

AC: Image has the Battle Chasers hardcover scheduled for Nov 10 (just in time for the Austin event): Are we likely to see the return of Garrison and Gully?

JM: I'm totally excited about the release of the Hardcover. Over the years I'd always hear from fans that had trouble locating some of the issues. This is the first time it's all been collected into one volume. We'll see what kind of reception it gets. I'd love to do something with the characters again someday, but it's a long way off. I have creative-ADD, too much stuff lined up before then!


Joe Madureira has made countless appearances this year at Comic Cons around the globe, it's great to see he's still going out of his way for fans and the comic community! I'll post more news later if anything comes up.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Battle Chasers Anthology out November 10th

Over at Image Comics website they have the Battle Chasers Anthology listed to be released next week on Wednesday November 10th! Here's the cover as well as the synopsis they provided:


BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY HC
story, art & cover JOE MADUREIRA

340 PAGES / FC
$100.00 / S&N LTD ED $150.00

Collecting every issue ever published of one of the most beloved comic book series of all time, this over-sized graphic novel is bursting at the seams with adventure! Follow young Gully as she searches for her missing father with the help of Garrison, a legendary swordsman; Knolan, the crafty wizard; Calibretto, an outlawed Wargolem; and the notorious mercenary Red Monika! Assaulted at every turn by a cast of memorable villains, Battle Chasers is packed with over-the-top action from cover to cover! Don’t miss this definitive collection, which includes never-before-seen sketches and new artwork, including a fold-out poster!

Collects BATTLE CHASERS #0-9


However, over at Amazon.com they have the Battle Chasers Anthology listed for a January 2011 release. They also have huge savings on it as well (37% off).... so I'm not sure what the story is there. I'll keep you updated if I can find out anything.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

New York Comic Con is here!


The 2010 New York Comic Con is going on as I type this and Joe Madureira will be there all day today and tomorrow doing signings. I've read he has the Red Monika Print, Battle Chasers Hardcover Print and the un-edited Vampirella Print for sale at his booth.

There should be a big announcement this weekend on what Joe Madureira will be drawing for Marvel next. During Marvel's CUP 'O JOE [QUESADA] Panel today Brian Bendis hinted that,

"two high-profile, awesome artists" are working on crossover events between the Avengers team, saying that they're "significant Avengers shenanigans."


Could this be what Joe Madureira is working on? Hopefully we'll find out over the next few days!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Joe Madureira's Vampirella Cover Pencils

Here's a special treat straight from Joe Madureira's facebook page. He's posted the pencils of his Vampirella cover for Dynamite publishing.

Joe:
Guys, check out the original, unedited version of my recent Vampirella cover. *Warning, it's a little...racier...*

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Joe Madureira's Vampirella Cover revealed

Over at CBR.com they received the final Vampirella cover by Joe Madureira. The monster on the left looks quite similar to the "Harvester" design from Battle Chasers... coincidence?

Enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Joe Mad to draw a Vampirella #1 variant cover

Joe Madureira is one of four artists contributing to the re-launch of Dynamite's Vampirella with a Dynamic Forces variant cover. He joins J Scott Campbell, Alex Ross, and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic. Unfortunately his cover doesn't seem to be finished yet as there are only preview images of the other 3 artists covers. I'll post it as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Dynamic Forces

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chicago Comic Con Panel

This past weekend Joe Madureira attended the Chicago Comic Con and spoke in a small panel as well as hanging out in Artist Alley signing a new Red Monika sketch.

Over at the JoeMadFan.com message board a lucky few were able to check out the panel and here is what they had to say.


For those who couldn't go, I wanted to post some quick things about Joe's appearance at Wizard World Chicago (or the Chicago Comic Con, as they're calling it now).

I only went to the show on Saturday, but he had two tables set up in Artist's Alley and was selling prints of a pretty new (?) Red Monika pencil pinup, which was an awesome surprise. I don't have a pic/scan of it yet, but you can find one floating around on ebay.

During his Q&A panel, Joe mentioned Darksiders 2 and let slip that he's close to coming back to comics for a stint with Marvel (to be officially announced in a couple months). He said it'd be a title he's wanted to work on for a while (if I remember correctly), which got me thinking Spidey for some reason. Either way, it'll be great to get some Mad comics again. And new Battle Chasers comics are at least a couple years out because of the Marvel work and video game development.

Post by: skizzoid


Pretty exciting news on the Joe Madureira front! I'll keep you updated with any news in the near future. For now check out the amazing sketch by Joe Mad!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Battle Chasers Collection this November

Over at ign.com they got news from the San Diego Comic Con that Joe Madureira is going to release Battle Chasers issues 1 through 9 in an oversized Hardcover collection. Published by Image the collection will include development sketches, new artwork but no new story content.

An interesting bit of information came out of Joe Madureira when IGN asked if there were any plans to continue Battle Chasers from issue 10...
"Currently, there are no such plans. I wouldn't have time to draw it, but I have entertained the idea of releasing the book with another creative team on it. I haven't ruled out the possibility, and I'm actually in discussions with some publishers about that very idea. So we will see."

I for one would be very excited if Battle Chasers continued even without Joe Mad! as the main artist. I'll leave you with this amazing new Battle Chasers piece by Joe Madureira.



**Update**
I've found Diamond Publishers price listing for the book... it's quite steep so I'm hoping there will be a ton of extra goodies in the book. It also looks like there will be a signed/limited edition for $50 extra. I'll post more details once they become available.

SEP10 0443 - BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY HC - $100.00
SEP10 0444 - BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY HC S/N LTD ED - $150.00

Friday, June 25, 2010

THQ and SOTA Partnership and Comic Con

It's been announced that THQ and SOTA (State of the Art) Toys are partnering up to release multiple Darksiders figurines. The first figure will a 14" War riding Ruin and the prototype will be shown during Comic Con on July 22nd. For more info check out the news on SOTA Toy's website.

Joe Madureira, Creative Director at Vigil Games commented.

“I am happy to see Darksiders brought to life with such a wide range of high-quality collectibles, and look forward to meeting the game’s fans in person at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego.”

source: PR-Inside.com

Joe Madureira will be at the San Diego Comic Con July 22nd-25th signing copies of a limited edition hardcover version of the art book. If anybody wants to ship one to me I'd greatly appreciate it :)

The Art of Darksiders Preview

Over at Udon Entertainment they have some preview pages of the upcoming Darksiders Artbook. It's going to be 288 pages of hundreds of full-color illustrations, character & environment designs, development sketches, unused concepts, promotional artwork, and more. I'm pretty excited to get my hands on this art book, the game was really well done for Joe Madureira's first published work. The book will be released October 2010!







Thursday, June 17, 2010

Darksiders 2 to be released in 2012

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is currently underway in LA and with it comes some big news from THQ. Over at 1UP.com they had an interview with Core Games VP Danny Bilson who revealed that the sequel to Darksiders will be released in 2012!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Darksiders Art Book coming in October

I've got some great news for Joe Madureira fans. Udon Entertainment (Publisher of Street Fighter comics and other art books) will be releasing a 288 page Art Book for Darksiders!

You can pre-order the book at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Joe Madureira to attend Philadelphia and Chicago Comic Con

It's been announced that Joe Madureira will be attending the Philadelphia and Chicago Comic Con's this year. You can get more information at wizardworld.com. The Philadelphia Comic Con runs from Friday June 11th until Sunday June 13th while Chicago Comic Con will be from Friday August 19th until Sunday August 22nd.

Get Philadelphia Comic Con Tickets
or
Get Chicago Comic Con Tickets

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Ultimates 3 Hardcover Collection

There's a new collection being released in July that contains Joe Madureira's Ultimates Vol. 3 issues 1-5 and Ultimatum #1-5. Here's hoping it's a large format.


ULTIMATUM HC MADUREIRA COVER
Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by DAVID FINCH & JOE MADUREIRA
Covers by JOE MADUREIRA & MICHAEL TURNER
The complete Ultimatum event packed into one massive hardcover! For what they’ve done, they must pay the ultimate price! Eastern Europe is frozen over in a new Ice Age. The Amazon is on fire with volcanic eruptions. A massive tidal wave drowns Manhattan. Heroes will rise. Heroes will fall. All will face the Ultimatum. Also, plunged into a world of shifting alliances and unknown motives, where few are who they appear to be and all are on edge wondering what will happen next, the Ultimates must feel their way through the dark maze of a conspiracy that will inevitably rock the entire world!
Collecting ULTIMATUM #1-5 and ULTIMATES 3 #1-5
272 PGS./Parental Advisory...$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3434-3


Joe Madureira to pencil a story in Wonder Woman #600

Over at Newsarama.com they've revealed that Wonder Woman is getting a new creative team in July (Don Kramer and writer J. Michael Straczynski) beginning with the 600th issue. The Oversized issue will also include stories by Gail Simone and Geoff Johns, with art by George Perez, Phil Jimenez and Joe Madureira!

Here's DC's solicitation:

DC just announced Joe Madureira's name in their new solicitation:

WONDER WOMAN #600
On sale JUNE 30
56 pg, FC, $4.99 US
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, GEOFF JOHNS, GAIL SIMONE & others
Art by GEORGE PÉREZ, PHIL JIMENEZ, JOE MADUREIRA & others
Cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
1:25 “DC 75th Anniversary” variant cover by ADAM HUGHES
1:75 “DC 75th Anniversary” variant black and white cover by ADAM HUGHES
You’re invited to the gala celebration featuring WONDER WOMAN talent from the past and present to commemorate this landmark issue! Renumbered to reflect Wonder Woman’s starring role in 600 issues, this book features the industry’s top talent – including Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Gail Simone, Joe Madureira and more! Plus, readers won’t want to miss a chance to check out the exciting, all-new direction for the Wonder Woman universe as new ongoing writer J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN, BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Amazing Spider-Man) provides a story of his own!


Really exciting news for Joe Madureira fans! Here's a sketch Joe Mad did for Wizard Magazine ages ago of Wonder Woman to warm you up.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Joe Madureira is NOT attending Toronto Comic Con

Unfortunately Joe Madureira is not attending the Toronto Comic Con this year. On the wizardworld website it says:

"Due to professional or personal commitments, the following recently confirmed guests have had to cancel their appearance at Toronto Comic Con:

Ted DiBiase; Christian Serratos; Peter David; Margot Kidder;Joe Madureira; Eliza Dushku"


Thanks to Julian for the heads up.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Wizard #221 Joe Mad Cover

Here is a high quality picture of Joe Madureira's Wizard #221 cover thanks to Saejin Oh who did the colours for the piece. Check out the rest of his artwork on Deviant Art; it's really good.

Joe Madureira Interview with IGN about Darksiders Movie

Here's a new interview with Joe Madureira about what's next for Darksiders with Joe's thoughts on a possible movie. Enjoy!

Joe Madureira at Toronto Comic Con

***UPDATE**
Unfortunately Joe Madureira is not attending the Comic Con....


Wizard 221 hit stands on Wednesday featuring a darksiders cover by Joe Madureira. Unfortunately I can't find Joe Mad's cover anywhere... only the Iron Man 2 movie cover. The interview inside is short and sweet, nothing really new to talk about... However the very last page of the magazine has an advertisement for Toronto Comic Con...



As you can see on the page Joe Madureira is advertised to be a guest! Wizard World Toronto Comic Con runs from March 26-28th and you can get tickets here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Darksiders Updates

I've had the chance to play Darksiders and I'm really enjoying it so far. The graphics are really sharp and the gameplay is a lot of fun. I hope it does well for Vigil Games first release and that they'll be working on a sequel ASAP.

There has been plentiful news on Darksiders today after it's release yesterday... here's the rundown:

First it sounds as though Hollywood is interested in bringing Darksiders to theaters as Joe Madureira told VG247,"We've gotten some interest from Hollywood, we've talked about doing a comic series." and Joe added "It's really a THQ thing, but I know they are definitely talking to people and I would be surprised if some of that stuff didn't happen." The movie interest is a no brainer, it usually comes with every major video game release. I would love to see a comic series if Joe Madureira would be the artist behind it.

Second, Eurogamer had an hour long fan Question and Answer with Joe Madureira where he talked about his career and even about Battle Chasers.
"Question: I know you probably hear this a lot but what on earth happened with Battle Chasers? It was such an awesome comic, that just seemed to fizzle out. Any plans to finish the story of Gully and Co off?

Super Moderating Hero: I would love to some day. I am amazed how many people ask me this. It's somehow managed to live in people's minds all these years. I feel like I HAVE to finish it some day.

Super Moderating Hero: In a videogame perhaps?

Joe Madureira: That would be amazing. But I'm so possessive of it, I would demand it be done by Vigil. And we have too much on our plate these days to take on another project. So we'll see!"


Third, it seems there won't be any Downloadable Content for Darksiders as Joe mentions in his Q&A, "Sorry, we aren't currently planning any DLC content for Darksiders." But over on the Darksiders Official site they have a 'Mysterious Redemption Code' but it won't be unveiled until later in the month. Could it be a weapon download?

I think that is all for now, I'll try and keep you updated on any other exciting news. Enjoy Darksiders!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Art of War

Game Informer has just put up a fantastic article on the character development of War. There is a TON of artwork, some not seen before. I highly recommend checking it out.

*Thanks to Rene for the link









Darksiders: Wrath of War Releases Today



Time for a breath of fresh air, Vigil Games (Joe Madureira's Video Game Company) has released their first game to market. After 3 years of development Darksiders is officially out on store shelves today.

Being a Joe Madureira fan for so many years and witnessing his up and downs in the video game industry with games such as Dragonkind, Exarch, Dungeon Runners and Tabula Rasa it's nice to see him be successful with the release Darksiders. He's poured his heart into this game and has fulfilled his dream of creating a video game from concept to reality. I'm really excited to get my hands on a copy in the next few hours.

Do yourself as a Joe Madureira fan a favor by going out and buying Darksiders: Wrath of War today.

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