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2017 October 20

Yes!
After 2 long years of development Battle Chasers NightWar is officially out!
And what is even better is that the game fulfilled all his promises... and even more!
A large majority of the reviews have the same conclusion: Battle Chasers NightWar is fantastic!

Yes indeed the PS4 version suffered from a very frustrating bug but it has been corrected now.
Also the game isn't available for the Nintendo Switch yet but it's just a matter of time.
I think that all the backers can be proud of what Airship Syndicate accomplished!

All that to say that this is of course another good occasion to share with you some excellent Battle Chasers arts! ;)

First let's start with some official Battle Chasers NightWar arts plus two special "Thank you" from Joe:
In addition, some previously added pieces of art were updated with some better versions:
THQ Nordic also released 4 new Hero Spotlight trailers, check them out:


And if you are a Steam user you can obtain some cards that you can use as wallpapers:
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Alumon
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Beastmaster Raha
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Calibretto
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Dogan
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Garrison
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Gully
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Knolan
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper arena master Lyko
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Mercuri
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Quall
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Red Monika
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper The Collector
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper The Fishmonger
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam card wallpaper Welt
Battle Chasers NightWar: steam wallpaper Mercuri and Grimbeard


For the release of the game, some excellent interviews of Joe Madureira were also done:
I suppose that many of you are already wondering: "And what's next after Battle Chasers NightWar?"
Well you can read the answer in the interviews above:
Joe will now focus on the comic of Battle Chasers with the #10, #11 and #12 that will continue the story where the comic #9 stopped.
Joe will also work on the next game by Airship Syndicate that isn't an RPG (But rather a Metroidvania game hum?)
Anyway, nothing is set in stone yet and an another Battle Chasers game could also come sooner than later if the first one is really a success.

Let me finish this update dedicated to Battle Chasers by those pages from the comic (#2):
A big "thank you" again to Tom McWeeney who sent me the scans of those inked pages!

I hope you will enjoy Battle Chasers NightWar and that you will spread the world about it!

Until next time!

@Ulkhror
Battle Chasers (BC)
Color
Game
NightWar
Airship Syndicate
Christian Lichtner
Liquid!
Tom Mcweeney
Ink
Image Comics
Comic
Interior
Gully
#2
Knolan
Garrison
Grace Liu
Calibretto
Sketch
Pencil
2017 September 28

I'm super happy to share with you some unique pieces of art that Joe Madureira did on Darksiders (and a little bit more ;))
Let me say a special and huge "thank you" to Pio Ravago III aka "Master P" for the long and very interesting chats we had as well as, of course, the arts he accepted to share with me :). Obviously that update wouldn't have been possible without his contribution!

Thank you Pio!


For those who don't know, Pio is actually Principal Artist at Riot Games and also the one that did most of the textures in Darksiders!
It can be said that Pio was the #5 guy at Vigil Games back in the days after Joe Madureira, David Adams, Ryan Stefanelli and Marvin Donald.
So just those few words to let you understand that I was very honored to chat with that very kind person.

Anyway, what interest you are the arts right? So here they are.

Let's start with some humble updates of some images in "even better" resolution: Note: That epic art was colored by Pio in only 3 days! Amazing!

Note: This is the first "official" version of War. This is the version that was first presented to THQ: "War1st"

Note: I searched for a good version of that one for a very long time in vain. I can now change the poor 416 x 609px version by a nice 1094 x 1576px! :)

Here are now some new arts or alternate versions: Note: Have you ever seen that one? To be honest, I only knew until recently the official version colored by Christian Lichtner and used as the Play mag cover of August 2008. Well here is a beautiful variant by Pio Ravago III

Note: Yes! at last! Like me you've probably searched that one without finding it! Except the title this is the official cover of The Art Of Darksiders published by Udon Entertainment. The other version on the site is a variant (And I don't even know who colored it...).

Note: Another exclusive art I've never imagined I would ever find. That "texture" version is the original version that was used to create that iconic Darksiders key art that you all know! You can't imagine how happy I was when I discovered that one! :)

Note: Another exclusive art! ... very creepy indeed!

OK that's all for Darksiders...
But since Pio also worked with Joe on Dungeon Runners while at NCsoft he also gave me those 2 arts:
Now to wrap up this update let me say a few words about Battle Chasers NightWar:
I'm supporting that project since day 1 and after playing for more than 30 hours already on the alpha and the beta I can tell you it's worth buying it!
In less than a week now on October 3rd, more than 2 years after the official kickstarter campaign, everybody will be able to discover a beautiful, fun and epic adventure created by the talented people at Airship Syndicate!

For this occasion, Joe Madureira shared the official in game burst art for Knolan:
... as well as a nice Hero Spotlight trailer #1 dedicated to Knolan!



Stay tuned for more next month and Have fun with Battle Chasers NightWar! ;)

@Ulkhror
Game
Color
Pio Ravago III
Vigil Games
Concept art
Darksiders
War
Chaoseater
Darksiders 2
Pencil
Trade Wars
Exarch
Dungeon Runners
Gameinformer
Death
Play magazine
Dust
Cover
Battle Chasers (BC)
Knolan
2017 August 25

Hey!

If you red last month update, you know that the BETA of Battle Chasers NightWar will be live next week (August 29th)!
As a consequence, I decided to dedicate that update to the game and Battle Chasers in general.

So let's start with some Battle Chasers NightWar arts: Note: Indeed the concept images are old and in low resolution. As usual I hope to find some better versions later on ;)

Just in case you missed it, the official animated intro of Battle Chasers Nightwar (created by Powerhouse Animation) has been revealed this month.
Check it out!


Now let's go back to the 90's with Battle Chasers the comic!
I'm very please to share with you some HD image of the inked pages of Battle Chasers.
Those scans were given to me by Tom McWeeney himself! The official inker of those pages!
I thank you so much for that Tom!

Battle Chasers #1 comic pages inked by Tom McWeeney:
And thanks to Tom McWeeney again, here are some art updates with some HD scans! Note: I doubt you will ever find any better versions of those ;)

Also, here is another one that I wanted to add to the website for a long time now:
And to finish with the art updates, here is a HD version of the Thunderdome arena master Wallpaper! Enjoy!

Special Shout-out for Gameumentary!


To wrap up this update let me repeat the same shout-out as last month for Gameumentary and their project.
There's still 5 days left to reach their funding goal.
If you are eager to discover some behind the scene stories about the creation of the Darksiders and Battle Chasers games then follow the link and become a supporter: Gameumentary - Video Game Documentaries Kickstarter campaign

For the lucky ones like me who will be able to play the Battle Chasers NightWar BETA in 4 days I wish you to have fun!
With that big milestone I hope Joe Madureira will share some new concept arts he did for the game!

Let's see that soon! ;)

@Ulkhror
Battle Chasers (BC)
Color
Comic
NightWar
Airship Syndicate
Game
Ink
Liquid!
Interior
Tom Mcweeney
#1
Christian Lichtner
Image Comics
Gully
Red Monika
Calibretto
Cover
Knolan
Garrison
Cadaverous Mound
2017 July 30
Dragon kind part 2 !
Here is all the arts I have left from that canceled game by TriLunar Entertainment!
That being said I still have hope to find some better resolution versions of those later on. If you think you can help, you can contact me here ulkhror@joemadart.com... And who knows, maybe that game will do a comeback one day? ;)

12 concept arts for Dragon Kind by Joe Madureira:
In addition to that, I wanted to share with you some art updates related to Street Fighter.
Arnold Tsand (Lead Character Concept Artist at Blizzard Entertainment... Just for the record, he is the one who created that formidable concept of DOOMFIST for Overwatch!) sent me some new HD versions of the arts he colored for Udon entertainment over Joe Madureira’s lines.
I'm certain you’ve never seen those pieces of art with those resolutions! :)

Udon entertainment Street Fighter art updates colored by Arnold Tsang:
And to finish with the new arts in this update, let me share with you another exclusive art for JoeMadArt.com!

The pencil version of this Resident Evil Outbreak PSM Magazine cover of 2004 in HD: Note: You may have seen a photo of this art framed but this is the first time a clean HD scan of it in can be seen!
Thank you again for that Arnold!

Special Shout-out!


Gameumentary in partnership with Airship Syndicate and Gunfire Games will launch a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow July 31!
Head over to Gameumentary kickstarter campaign announcement to know more!

Some very interesting documentaries will be produced:
  • The Story of Gunfire Games Gameumentary Studio Profile
  • Developing Battle Chasers Nightwar Gameumentary short doc
  • Darksiders Gameumentary short doc
Note: Gameumentary if you read me, please make those documentaries as long as possible and not short! ;)
Developing Battle Chasers Nightwar Gameumentary short doc
Developing Battle Chasers Nightwar Gameumentary short doc
Darksiders Gameumentary short doc


And on top of that Joe Madureira even did a short video to support that Kickstarter campaign! (See below)

"August 29th. Mark your calendars!"


The BETA of Battle Chasers NightWar will officialy start next month on STEAM!
Read more about the announcement and Battle Chasers NightWar in the last Kickstarter update
Battle Chasers Nightwar BETA announcement August 29th


Can’t wait! :)

Stay tuned for next month update as I will try to do another focus on Battle Chasers!

@Ulkhror
Game
TriLunar
DragonKind
Concept art
Color
Arnold Tsang
Pencil
Udon
Capcom
Comic
Street Fighter
Ryu
#1
Sagat
Grail
Interior
Cover
Chun-Li
Kavian
Vultorture
2017 June 24

In December 2001, after the cancellation of the comic Battle Chasers #10, Joe MAdureira, Tim Donley and Greg Peterson decided to form a game development company called TriLunar Entertainment.
The only game announced was Dragon Kind. It was planed for PS2 and XBOX but was canceled in 2002 after the studio came out of business (I suppose the game didn't find any editor...). The main hero was named Grail, he had the ability to control dragons and was evolving in the world of Vermilion.

Of course Joe did many key arts and concepts for the game, here are some of them:
Note: I know some of those arts are ridiculously small but those are the best I was able to find...
and I can tell you I spent a lot of time searching for them! If you have some better versions, please share them! ;)

That being said, you may have noticed 2 of those key arts are in very big resolution!?
Yes! I got some help for those since they are simply impossible to find on internet!
Epic thanks to Arnold Tsang who colored those key arts and who accepted to share them with me!
... but not only! Stay tuned for more very soon! ;)

OK now something else.
I don't know if this is related or not but following the release of Wonder Woman in theaters last month...

Joe shared on social media that beautiful concept art he did in collaboration with Grace Liu: ... "Just an exercise really" ;)

Let me use this occasion to share another beautiful Wonder Woman art Joe did a long time ago.
Personally, I searched that one for such a long time. Of course it's an old and well known art but finding it a decent resolution was impossible until just a few months ago. I was so happy when I found it, I really love that one! :)
And now to finish just a few art updates in better resolution that I was able to find on internet:
Until next time!

@Ulkhror
Color
Game
TriLunar
Concept art
DragonKind
Pencil
Udon
Arnold Tsang
Wonder woman
Comic
Grail
Cover
Marvel
#1
Ghost
Nova
Wizard magazine
Justice League of America
Sketch
StarCraft
2017 May 28

Random stuffs for that late update (sorry) and some good things for the next updates ;)

We all know that Joe nearly never does any commission in particular during conventions.
But in some rare occasions he does some exceptions.

So here are a few of them (probably the best ones) Joe did over the years:
You are already probably aware of it but and epic event occurred this month (On the 2nd of May to be precise)
Darksiders 3 logo

After so many years Darksiders 3 has officially been announced by Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic.

If you want to know more about it, IGN did many coverages/updates throughout of this month: And of course the official website of Darksiders has been updated: darksiders.com

But you probably have the question: is Joe Madureira involved in Darksiders3!?
Well as of now it has been officially said that Joe Madureira wasn’t involved in the game.
But, in a recent AMA (see link above), Gunfire Games kept some doubts about it: "While we are close with Joe and he works also with THQ Nordic on a project we can’t confirm anything here."
And that being said, Joe Madureira was contacted to create some brand new sketches of the new Horseman: Fury the rider of the black horse!

OK let’s stop the blabla here are the sketches:
Darksiders 3 Fury concept by Joe Madureira Fury in action
Darksiders 3 Fury concept by Joe Madureira Fury whip attacks

Note: I decided not to include officially those sketches to the site (index page) because I’m expecting to see some better quality versions sooner or later ;)

Now something else related to Battle Chasers NightWar:
As you may know, The Alpha began the 17 Of April.

For that occasion Joe revealed 2 burst arts of the game:
Also a little bit later Airship Syndicate revealed a new element of the game:

the "Thunderdome" arena with a bunch of new wallpapers:
And to celebrate the release of the Alpha I have something great to show!
Many of you just like me were probably waiting for the official Battle Chasers NightWar key art colored by Johannes Helgeson to be released in HD (like the other version colored by Grace Liu)

Well... I was able to find it on the internet! here it is:
Note: this is an update of the previous version from 1920 x 1045px to 4000 x 2185px!

And now to wrap up that update of May I'm very pleased to announced that I’ve recently received the contribution of multiple VIP!
They provided me with some new pieces of art and some better quality versions of those already present on the website!
So stay tuned for the next updates of JoeMadArt.com! ;)

And just to give you an example what about that Battle Chasers comic #1 page11:
Note: I know that one isn common, but looks at the resolution of the inked version! That one was given to me by Tom McWeeney!
... And there are many more! ;)

@Ulkhror
Color
Sketch
Battle Chasers (BC)
Game
Grace Liu
NightWar
Airship Syndicate
Pencil
Wolverine
X-Men
Batman
Fan art
Gully
Calibretto
Wonder woman
Lycelot
Wendy Williams
E3
Lycelot Chieftain
Image Comics
2017 April 17

So happy to add those pages of the Inhuman #3 comic that Joe Madureira did in 2014.
The reason is simple, I think the cover is one among the best Joe did (That's why it's in the banner of the site ;))
Both Joe and Marte Gracia (colors) did an amazing job on that comic and that cover.
The way Dante/Inferno draws attention is fantastic (Colors + pose & face expression)

Simply follow the links below if you want to follow Marte Gracia on social medias: Have a look below to the first 9 pages and the cover of Inhuman #3:
You can buy Inhuman #3 digitally on Comixology.com
Or you can buy Inhuman #3 digitally on Marvel.com

Also, prior to working on Inhuman #1, Joe revealed back in 2013 three fantastic exploration drawings of Medusa:
That "Hair shield" and "Hulk hands" concepts are epic!
I regret they weren't used/included into any of the 3 comics Joe did for the Inhuman series.

Important reminder: this Monday (in a few hours) is the release of the Alpha of Battle Chasers NightWar!
Check your mail box and the social medias for the official update! I can't wait! ;)
As a reminder, here are the links: That's all for now!

@Ulkhror
Marvel
Comic
Pencil
Inhuman
Marte Gracia
#3
Color
Interior
Medusa
Lash
Korvostax
Concept art
Lineage
Sketch
Inferno
Elejea
Mother Bones
Kacy
Gorgon
Grove
2017 March 27

Let's go back to the roots of Joe MAdureira!
The comic Uncanny X-Men #312 was the first of a very long series (24 comics).
That series wasn't of course the first work of Joe but was probably the experience that made him become so famous as a comic penciler.

As of today, it's very difficult to find some good quality scans of the ink or even rarer pencil versions of those pages. So I apologize in advance if the quality of those I found isn't always good.
And again, if you have any better versions, I would be very pleased to add them to the site! ;)

Ok so here are the first 12 pages of Uncanny X-Men" #312:
You can buy Uncanny X-Men" #312 digitally on Comixology.com
Or you can also buy Uncanny X-Men" #312 digitally on Marvel.com

And now something totally different but very fun! :)
Ryan Stefanelli shared on twitter "how to fix a wine stain on your desk: have a comic legend nearby to mock you."
I found that one excellent! Plus, not only that fix gives a nice touch to that desk but I think it has probably increased its value a lot! :)
And I like that wise comment from Joe: "Drink responsibly!" ;)

Here is the Spider-Man doodle by Joe Madureira and he signed it!
To finish, just like in the last 2 updates I have a new video to share! Chris Brooks (Technical Director at Airship Syndicate) and Anna Maree presented a pre-alpha version of Battle Chasers NightWar at Pax East 2017 (12 March 2017).
You can discover many aspects and mechanisms of the game as well as some brand new pieces of art by Joe Madureira!
Battle Chasers NightWar: Hagatha the BeastMaster
Battle Chasers NightWar: The collector
Battle Chasers NightWar: Quall
Battle Chasers NightWar: Dogan
Battle Chasers NightWar: UI Dungeon help
Battle Chasers NightWar: UI Combat help
Battle Chasers NightWar: Victory crest
Battle Chasers NightWar: Dungeon screenshot
Battle Chasers NightWar: Combo wave art
Battle Chasers NightWar: Team UI
Battle Chasers NightWar: MAP
Battle Chasers NightWar: Dungeon difficulty select screen

For the information the Alpha of Battle Chasers NightWar has been announced for April 17th in the Kickstarter update of March! Save the date! ;)
The Alpha access will be given to all the those that backed the project at the "Personal Edition" pledge level and above.
And if you missed that opportunity during the Kickstarter campaign you can still pre-order a "Personal Edition" on the official Battle Chasers store.

Have a look to that Battle Chasers NightWar presentation:



That's all for now.

And don't hesitate to reach me on Twitter @Ulkhror or by email (ulkhror@joemadart.com)
Thanks for reading! ;)

@Ulkhror
Comic
Color
Marvel
X-Men
Uncanny
Steve Buccellato
#312
Interior
Storm
Yukio
Ink
Cover
Double page
Gambit
Spider-Man
Airship Syndicate
2017 February 25

Hey! I know this month update is a little bit late but that's because it's a special day today!
Yes! Today JoeMadArt.com celebrates his first year anniversary! :)
Even if the website hasn't evolved that much during that first year I'm very happy by what it has become.
The number of visits keeps growing month after month and it's very grateful!
With that update, JoeMadArt.com contains about 340 unique illustrations of Joe Madureira and more than 500 images!

And for this month...
Let's begin with the art that was revealed last month during the 12 Hours Livestream of Crowfall:
Followed by some random stuff (Battle Chasers and X-men):
And to finish... Special anniversary! ;)
I added all the remaining Darksiders sketches I have:
Special thanks again to John Pearl that gave me those sketches some months ago!
That's everything I have about Darksiders until some new pieces of art come out of nowhere (I know there are some!) :)

Also, even if it's a little bit old now I know...
I uploaded on Youtube a video of Joe and his brother Steve at E3 2016 (June 17, 2016) doing a demo of Battle Chasers Nightwar:



Enjoy! :)
And don't hesitate to reach me on Twitter @Ulkhror or by email (ulkhror@joemadart.com)

@Ulkhror
Game
Sketch
Vigil Games
Concept art
Darksiders
Color
Pencil
Ink
Death
Abaddon
Environement
Darksiders 2
Comic
Battle Chasers (BC)
Print
Image Comics
Cliffhanger
Nei Ruffino
New York Comic Con (NYCC)
Danger Girl
2017 January 22

Happy new year!
Let's start this new year strong with many pages (colors + pencil versions) of the Savage Wolverine #6 comic that Joe did in 2013!

That update completes the set of pages of that comic:
I'm very happy and excited by this new year because Battle Chasers NightWar is just around the corner!
Joe recently revealed that the game is planned to be released in July of this year!
And for the backers that pledged enough during the Kickstarter campaign, the alpha should arrive in February or March!
Speaking about Battle Chasers the "December Battle Chasers: Nightwar Update!" by Airship Syndicate revealed 2 new characters in the lore!

Find below the arts (Good resolution) of the Beastmaster(mistress) and the tavern keeper Dogan:
I also added a new unofficial coloured version of an NYCC 2013 Battle Chasers print.
The famous Markovah Taduran (The one that colored multiple gorgeous Red Monika prints in 2012/2013) decided to color that old print.
The result is beautiful (See the "Other" version)!
In addition to those pieces of arts, I decided to create a Youtube Channel for JoeMadArt.com.
I decided to do that because I wanted to find a place where I could collect some videos of Joe Madureira (obviously ;)).
I will try to gather as many videos as possible as long as I have the agreement of the author to do so or if there is no copyright on them...
And who knows, I may be able to create my own exclusive videos from time to time!
Have a look to my humble Youtube Channel dedicated to Joe Mad!! ;)

And to introduce my Channel I propose you to watch that recent video of Joe invited at the Crowfall 12 Hours Livestream:

If you want to know more about Battle Chasers NightWar or CrowFall games click on the links below:
Let's now finish that first update of 2017 with the list of the events where it should be possible to meet Joe in 2017 (Unconfirmed):
I wish you the best for that promising year! ;)

@Ulkhror
Color
Comic
Pencil
Interior
Savage Wolverine
Peter Steigerwald
X-Men
Marvel
#6
Elektra
Wolverine
Spider-Man
Game
Lady Bullseye
Battle Chasers (BC)
NightWar
Airship Syndicate
Grace Liu
Concept art
Beastmaster