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2019 May 31
As you probably know the E3 game show is right around the corner (June 11-13 at Los Angeles). Chances are very good that the second game of Airship Syndicate will be unveiled during the event... and this game may be... Darksiders Genesis! While all this has yet to be confirmed, what is certain is that Darksiders Genesis will be revealed by THQ Nordic at this E3 2019! In addition to that, just a few days ago Airship Syndicate updated their twitter banner with a dark art of some Demons and fallen angels as you can see below... coincidence?:
Airship Syndicate Darksiders Genesis game art teaser

Something not related and totaly different now, another cool thing that I didn't see coming is that the previously revealed "X-Men Gambit and Rogue art" done as a kickstarter backer reward will be also used as an official marvel comic cover for the upcoming (07/24/2019) "HOUSE OF X #1"! If you are interested by that variant cover, I recommend you to preorder it since that cover is 1:50!
Xmen Gambit and Rogue House of X #1 comic cover
And for this month update I decided to pick here and there some old and sometimes obscure arts that Joe Madureira did. I apologize in advance for the quality or size of them. This is the best that I was able to find and get. That being said the never released Battle Chasers #10 cover is really nice, I hope that we will see that issue for real before the end of the year!

Random old and obscure arts from the 90s by Joe Madureira:
That's all for this month, stay tune for more after the E3 ;)

@Ulkhror
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Bloodwyche
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Christian Lichtner
Red Monika
2019 April 30
Let's focus this update on the Inhuman #1 comic, the latest comic series that Joe Madureira worked on before jumping on Battle Chasers NightWar. For the record, Battle Chasers (the comic) is still planned but no date was announced yet.

For this month update, I don't have any recent sketch or art to share with you but I have something else, something a bit old and a bit special too. You all know that Joe is rather quiet, but in April 2013, Joe took his pen and wrote a long post intended in particular to Artists. That post is still accurate nowadays and will probably remain accurate for ages. So if you've never red it then I do encourage you to read it even if you aren't an artist yourself.

But since I know that some of you are more interested in "the product" then becoming "a producer" then ok!

Here are the first pencil pages of Inhuman #1:
Also, here is a little extra: I added to the site that beautiful "pencil variant page" of Avenging Spider-Man #1; Note: That one is one of my favorite pages of that comic! The black web zones are white on the original pencil page but here, panted in black the contrast is higher and the art look even stronger! Love it!

That's all for the arts but I let you know enjoy this very long and unique post from joe:

source: Joe Madureira post on Facebook (April 26, 2013)

Art Advice


Do you really want to be an artist? Or a successful working professional?
Believe it or not there is a difference. I’m not usually a soapbox type guy, I don’t like instructing people, and I think I’m a terrible teacher. But hey, it’s Friday and I’m in a strange mood. So here goes:

I’ve noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: “Where should I go to school?” “What classes should I take?” “What should I study for anatomy?” “What pencils and paper do you use?” “Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?” “How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?” “When am I going to develop my own style?” “Who were your influences?” “Teach me how to draw hands!” The list goes on… Here’s the deal. All of that stuff *is* important, and it may nudge you in the right direction. A lot of it you will discover for yourself. What works best for one person doesn’t work for another. That’s the beauty of art. It’s personal. It’s discovery. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT CRAP!

Instead I’m going to answer the questions that you *SHOULD* be asking, but aren’t. These are things that have only recently occurred to me, after doing this for 20+ years. These things seem so obvious, but apparently they elude a lot of people, because I am surprised at how many ridiculously talented artists are ‘failing’ professionally. Or just unhappy. The beauty of what I’m about to tell you is that it doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what your art style is.

In no particular order:

1) Do what you love. If you are passionate about what you’re doing, it shows. If you’re having fun, it shows. If you’re bored, IT SHOWS. Some guys are able to work on stuff they have zero interest in, and still pull off great work, but I find that when I do this my motivation takes a huge hit. And Motivation is key. Money is not a great motivator. It’s temporary like everything else. And honestly, I’ve gotten paid the most money for some of the shittiest work I have ever done. That may sound awesome, but it’s not. And here’s why…


2) You MUST stay Excited and Motivated. Have you noticed that there are days you can’t draw a god damned thing? And some days you feel like you can draw anything? It’s 4am but you don’t notice because you are in the ZONE. Your hand is racing ahead of your mind and you can do no wrong?! Maybe it’s some new paper you got. Or a new program you’ve been wanting to try out. Or you just found some amazing shit on DeviantArt, or watched some movie that just makes you want to run straight to your board. This relates to the above because while it is possible to involve yourself in projects you aren’t excited about—maybe you need the cash, or think it will look good on your resume, whatever it is—it’s not going to last. You need to stay fresh. Expose yourself to new things. New techniques. You should be getting tired of your own shit on a fairly regular basis. Otherwise other people will.


3) Check your Ego. If you think you’re the shit, you’re already doomed. You may be really, really good at what you do, but there’s someone better. Sorry. There’s always plenty to learn, even for us old dogs. So when I meet young upstarts who have this sense of entitlement, or a know-it-all attitude, I just have to laugh. Some of the biggest egos I’ve ever witnessed were from people who have accomplished the least. Meanwhile, most guys who are supremely talented AND successful, and have EARNED the RIGHT to have an ego and throw their weight around, don’t. Why is that? It’s because…


4) Relationships are important. This may be one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn. Early on, I didn’t value my relationships with people. Creatively or otherwise. I felt like I didn’t need anyone’s help and I could figure everything out on my own. Let’s face it, many of us become artists because we are reclusive, social misfits. We’d rather stay inside and draw shit than go outside and play. We like to live inside our own minds. Why not?! It’s awesome in there! And sometimes we don’t want to let other people in. But like I said—you can’t do it alone. I can honestly say that as much as I try to stay current, as much as I try to push my work and draw kick ass shit that will excite people, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for all the other people I’ve met and learned from along the way. Guys who pulled strings for me. Took risks on me. Believed I was the right guy for the job. You need to manage your relationships. You need to network, and meet people. Drawing comics is still a pretty good place for reclusive types—but if you want to work in big studios—Making games, Films, animation, basically any other type of job on the planet, you’d better start making some connections. Be likeable. Be professional. That doesn’t mean be an opportunistic ladder climber. Fake people lose in the end. Be yourself, but be professional. It’s no secret that when people are hiring, our first instinct is to bring in people we know. It’s human nature. I don’t like unknowns, even if their portfolio is awesome. If we have a mutual connection, if they have great things to say about you, you’re in. If you have AMAZING artwork to show, and I call your last employer and they tell me what a pain in the ass you are to work with, you’re done. Talent and skill only get you so far. I am literally amazed at how often I meet guys that are total assholes and think they are going to get anywhere.


5) Here’s the BIG ONE. The greatest obstacle you will ever have to overcome IS YOURSELF. And the Fear that you are creating in your own head. Stay positive. Stop defeating yourself. There are artists I know that are so damn good they make me pee my pants. I look up to these mofos. I study their shit and I want to draw like them. And they are almost NEVER working on their DREAM project. And—big surprise, they aren’t happy in their job. “Why NOT?! WTF is WRONG WITH YOU?!” is usually my reaction. And the answer is almost always “The market isn’t great right now” “Other stories/games/comics like mine don’t do very well” “The shit that’s hot right now is nothing like mine, It’s just going to fail.” “I’m not sure I’m good enough.” “I need the money.” “Too Risky.” “I tried it before and failed. ” It doesn’t matter what words they use, they are afraid for one reason or another. I know. I’ve been there.
But here’s the deal. YOU NEED TO TAKE RISKS. Guess what? YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO FAIL. If you want it—REALLY want it, that won’t stop you. You will learn A LOT. My good friend Tim constantly jokes about how I jump out of planes without a parachute and worry about the landing on the way down. You may think that I’m lucky, that it’s easy for me to say because I’m already successful, that I’m in a different situation than you all are. But it’s not true. Risk is risk, no matter what level you’re at. If you’re already successful, you just take even bigger risks. But they never go away. Everything in life is Risk vs. Reward. Not just in your career. LIFE. You’d better get used to it.
I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I got into comics. I left the #1 selling book at the time ( Uncanny X-men ) to work on Battle Chasers during a time when ‘Conan’ was about the only fantasy comic people knew. And no one was buying it. I wanted to work in games, so I started a game company. I had NO IDEA WTF I was doing. I just wanted it, really bad. We tanked. It failed. No big surprise. But the people I worked with got hired elsewhere and rehired me. I started ANOTHER game Company. We had 4 people and a dream, and some publishers wouldn’t even meet with us, because their ‘next gen console’ teams had 90+ people on them. I literally got hung up on. “Stick to handheld games, it’s smaller, maybe you can handle that...” one MAJOR publisher told us. I don’t blame them. But we didn’t let it stop us. Thank god we didn’t listen to them. Vigil was born. Darksiders happened, AND we got to make a sequel. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games in the industry, and the most elite and experienced game dev studios in the world. How is that possible?!!! Hardly any of us had even worked on a console game before. I’ll be honest, I was thinking we would fail the whole time. I just didn’t care. If I had to play the odds on this one, I’d bet against us.


Why am I telling you all this shit? This is not me patting myself on the back. It’s just stuff that has somehow only dawned on me recently when it’s been staring me in the face for so long. I feel like I need to wake you guys up!!! I’ve been limiting myself. I’ve gotten afraid. I’ve taken less risks. I saw my career going places I didn’t want to go. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t excited. And I’ve realized, that all that stuff I just talked about is the reason I am where I am today. Not because I have a manga style, or I draw cool hands, or there’s energy in my drawings, or all the other things people rattle off to me. There are other guys that do all that same shit, and do it better. And amazingly, those same guys constantly tell me “Man, I wish I could do what you are doing.” “SO DO IT!!!!!” PLEASE listen to me—because I want you guys to make it. I want to look to one of you people for inspiration some day when it’s 2am and I need to keep drawing. Stop worrying about all the other stuff—the pencils, the paper, the anatomy, all that shit. It will only get you so far. You’ve already got most of what you need. I hope this helps some people. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the support over the years. You are all one of the greatest motivating forces in my life and my career. Sappy but true. Ok, let’s go draw some shit!!!

Joe MAdureira / Joe Mad!
I hope that those words will help some of you. One personal side note to that post and in particular about that last "BIG ONE": That big advice is aligned with the values that you can find in the speeches of some fantastic motivational speakers. If you haven't heard any, I do encourage you to correct that. Search for some speeches by Eric Thomas or Greg Plitt(RIP) those guys can inspire you.

Sorry for that difference but that last advice also means a lot to me and also because I know many great artists that will recognize themselves into those words.

I will now wrap up that update with that quote by Greg Plitt:

"Even if you fail, you get back up... and you continue to try and fail ,continue to try and fail... and ensuring you never fail to try".

@Ulkhror
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Elejea
Inferno
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Bloodwyche
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Ferran Daniel
Avenging Spider-Man
Spider-Woman
Spider-Man
2019 March 31
After the formidable "Gambit and Rogue" art that Joe Madureira did for a Kickstarter backer, no new kickstarter reward has been unfortunately revealed... however, Joe shared the preliminary sketches he did for that beautiful art! Enjoy!
X-Men Gambit and Rogue concept pose 1
X-Men Gambit and Rogue concept pose 2
X-Men Gambit and Rogue concept pose 3

Joe has also shared a "lost" Gully sketch that he did during the production of Battle Chasers Nightwar: Note: I say "lost" because Joe said that he found that one on his phone while scrolling back lol. I'm certain that Joe has many arts and sketches here and there waiting to be revealed lol ;).

Apart those recent news, here is the part 2 of the pages for the Ultimates 3 issue #2 comic:
And to complete this update here are 2 art studies done back in the days:

I keep my fingers crossed to discover many cool new JoeMadArts soon!

@Ulkhror
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Color
Comic
Interior
#2
Christian Lichtner
Ultimates3
Marvel
Iron Man
Sketch
Sabretooth
Captain America
Hawkeye
Wasp
Black Widow
Blob
Airship Syndicate
Concept art
Gully
Battle Chasers (BC)
2019 February 28
3 years already! Each additional year that JoeMAdArt.com lives on make me so happy and proud. I hope that things will go on for many years and that the best has yet to come! I know there's no connection to that but I have many cool things to cover in that update! ... just as if it was a birthday present ;).

OK so let's start with that beautiful UNNATURAL #8 variant cover that Joe Madureira did for Mirka Andolfo in collaboration with Grace Liu.
Coming just next is that Gambit and Rogue art that did a nice buzz on twitter!:
Another Kickstarter Backer art was revealed just a few days later, a Joker head sketch:
But that's not all! Udon Entertainment on its side announced the release of a 2nd edition of The art of Darksiders and Darksiders 2 in addition to The art of Darksiders III HARDCOVER. While the cover of The art of Darksiders III was done by Edwin Huang (lines) and Gonzalo Ordoñez aka GENZOMAN (colors) the artbook for the first Darksiders get an alternate cover compared to the first edition with the reuse of a key art of the first game by Joe Madureira.
All those who missed the very expensive 1st editions can now buy them for 50$ each! Go grab them!

Something else now that I didn't see coming is the announcement of an official 7" Batman Black and White Limited Edition Statue (5000 units) Based on the DC Comics "Justice League Rebirth #1 variant cover" that Joe did in 2016. That statue was revealed during New York Toy Fair 2019. It was sculpted by Paul Harding (HardingStudios) and painted by Michael Cowart. (Release date: November 2019 / Price: 62-80$)
Here is the original pencil cover used as the reference for that Batman statue:
You can buy that DC Collectibles Batman Black & White: Batman by Joe Madureira Statue on Amazon.
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white sculpt profile
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white official pic
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white sculpt front
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white New York Toy Fair 2019 pic 1
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white New York Toy Fair 2019 pic 2
DC Collectibles Mad Batman black and white New York Toy Fair 2019 pic 3

That's all for the news but that only the beginning for the regular monthly addition of arts to JoeMadArt.com!
And since that update is a bit special I decided to share some really good stuff!

Let's start with 2 Battle Chasers Nightwar art updates:
Let's continue with some more Battle Chasers Nightwar arts:
And to wrap up that special update, let me share with you the final pieces of art that Arnold Tsang sent to me!
Thank you Arnold!

Have a look in particular to that Thundercats and Darkstalkers comic covers in HD!
Until next time!

@Ulkhror
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Arnold Tsang
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Udon
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2019 January 31

Let's start this year 2019 with one of my favorite comic that Joe Madureira did: The Ultimates 3!
I really love all the great poses and expressions in that comic!

Here are the first 11 pages of the issue #2 with lines by Joe Madureira and colors by Christian Lichtner: Note: if you have the pencil version of that double pages 02-03 with Spidey, please let me know! ;)

OK, that's all for that first update of 2019.
While I would like to share more arts and news about Joe, I have to admit that during the last few months Joe and Airship were very quiet... I really hope that this year will be more dynamic. I keep my fingers crossed that we will see Battle Chasers #10 and maybe the new game Airship Syndicate is working on!?

Anyway, there's still one cool thing that has been announced in December: Joe will do a variant cover for UNNATURAL #8, the comic of Mirka Andolfo. No image has been revealed yet but Mirka said that the cover was finished already and that it will be revealed "Sooooon ;)". The release date is planned for March 6, 2019.

I expect a lot from this year! Fingers crossed!
Talk soon!

@Ulkhror
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Marvel
Ultimates3
Christian Lichtner
#2
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Interior
Spider-Man
Hawkeye
Sabretooth
Captain America
Quicksilver
Wasp
Madrox
Blob
Mystique
Iron Man
Thor
Scarlet Witch
2018 December 28

As you know, Darksiders 3 is now available and even if you consider I'm a bit biased already I still would like to tell you that it's an awesome game! I'm not going to do a review but I simply would like you to know that all the key aspects of the previous 2 Darksiders games are in that one. Being able to make Darksiders 3 better than the previous 2 was in my opinion a humongous challenge but Gunfire Games and THQNordic overcame it perfectly! As a result, Darksiders 3 is for sure an excellent game choice for the holidays despite some glitches that should be solved anytime soon (Gunfire games has already released 2 patches).

OK, all that isn't another "simple" shout out for the game, but if you can remember it, I announced more than 1,5 years ago in the JoeMadArt.com update #15 that I decided not to include to the site the Darksiders 3 sketches that Joe Madureira did because I was expecting to see some better quality versions sooner or later... Well the time has come for those sketches to be added since some good versions were recently revealed by Joe!

You can enjoy below those Darksiders 3 sketches done by Joe Madureira: Note: The "Deep Lurker" concept art was done for Darksiders 1 and was eventually included in Darksiders 3

Another big news for this month is the opening of the preorders for the Battle Chasers Red Monika 1/7th scale statue by Ihaztoys! That statue was sculpted by Jon Troy 'Hazardous' Nickel and designed by Joe Madureira. You can choose between the "Lite" Edition or the "Signature" edition. The second one is limited to 50 pieces (Soon sold out) and contains a "signed and numbered edition of the collectible and an exclusive signed print of a brand new pencil sketch of Red Monika from Joe Madureira!". Both versions are "expected to ship late 4th quarter 2019 early 1st Quarter 2020"!

Here is the official preorder page of that Battle Chasers Red Monika statue + some preview images!
battle chasers red monika statue profile view by joe madureira and Jon troy hazardous nickel ihaztoys
battle chasers red monika statue face by joe madureira and Jon troy hazardous nickel ihaztoys
battle chasers red monika statue top view by joe madureira and Jon troy hazardous nickel ihaztoys
battle chasers red monika statue front view by joe madureira and Jon troy hazardous nickel ihaztoys
battle chasers red monika statue back view by joe madureira and Jon troy hazardous nickel ihaztoys

With the end of the year coming I was expecting to see many Battle Chasers NightWar sketches popping up on the internet... That was not the case but still one has been shared by Justin Violanti in the Joemadart.com: Joe Madureira Fan Group on Facebook, Enjoy:
The situation should change in January since Airship Syndicate announced in the Battle Chasers Nightwar Kickstarter update #47 that the new upgraded art book has now been printed and that the rewards will now be sent again (they were on hold until the book and the tees got printed).

In addition, Airship Syndicate also added some new rewards:
  • A Bigger Artbook in size (format) with more pages (152 up from 64)
  • A physical Instruction manual
  • Some Battle Chasers Nightwar stickers
battle chasers nightwar kickstarter update 47
Last cool thing this month is that Joe Madureira shared some cool exploration sketches he did some years back about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) and the Inhuman comic:
And to finish this update, here is 2 excellent covers:
I wish you to have some fantastic holidays and I wish you a bit in advance a Happy new year!

See you soon in 2019!

@Ulkhror
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Fury
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E.V.E Protomecha
Rocket Raccoon
Tim Townsend
Guardians of the galaxy
#2
Liquid!
2018 November 30

Doing an update about the art of Joe Madureira during his "Pre-Vigil Games" period (1991-2005) is always very difficult for me... Joe did so many arts and comics that it's even difficult to get a precise list of everything. In addition to that, many original arts have been lost and no scan has surfaced for years. In those conditions, being able to get a consistent set of original arts (IE: a specific comic) is nearly impossible. As a consequence, I tend to focus more the JoeMadArt updates on what came after that "Pre-Vigil Games" period... but at the same time I know I can't omit all those early years of Joe Mad's career because this is clearly during that period that Joe became famous...

During those last 2 months I spent a lot of time trying to find some old original pages as well as contacting many art collectors or artists with the expectation to get some good scans to share with you all. As of today I got a few answers and some scans too but it's far from covering even one comic. All that to say that I apologize in advance for not being able to share all the original arts I would like. Also if you possess a scan or an original art by Joe then please, try to make a good scan of it or try to take a good photo and send it to me at ulkhror@joemadart.com. Thank you!
That being said, I won't quit searching for more! ;)

So, here is the part 2 of the art of Joe MAdureira for the Uncanny X-Men #312 comic:
And in addition to those, please enjoy that beautiful Thor art (with a HD ink version!)
And let's finish this update with a special Shout-out!
Yes! At last! After after so many years (more than 6) Darksiders 3 is out!!

Epic Congratulations to THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games for the release of Darksiders 3!

You can watch the beautiful Darksiders3 release trailer below:
Note: While the trailer is super cool, there are many spoilers in it... But you don't need to watch it anyway, simply go buy it!


And for those who lived in a cave during the last 2 years, if I mention Darksiders 3 here it's not only because Joe Madureira created the series but also because he contributed a bit to Darksiders 3 by updating the design of Fury! (But not only) ;).

OK, that's all for now. I wish you all to enjoy the holidays season and obviously to play Darksiders 3!

Until next time!

@Ulkhror
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X-Men
Uncanny
Interior
Steve Buccellato
#312
Gambit
Storm
Ink
Yukio
Iceman
Professor X
Sabretooth
Bishop
Thor
Harry Candelario
2018 October 31

This October 3rd was the first birthday of Battle Chasers NightWar!
To be honest, I was expecting at least 1 new art from Joe Madureira to celebrate that event but... well maybe next time ;)
I was also expecting to find many new backer sketches but I found only few of them...
Fortunately I have a few pieces of art left that I can share today to celebrate this first year anniversary of the first Battle Chasers game! (Because it's certain we will get another Battle Chasers game isn't it!? ;)

So first, here are 3 backer sketches that I found:
And for the record, Joe has already done some similar sketches back in 2015:
Cliffhanger Reunion monochromatic print battle chasers Calibretto sketch by joe madureira
Cliffhanger Reunion print battle chasers Calibretto sketch by joe madureira
Cliffhanger Reunion print battle-chasers Gully and Garrison sketches by joe madureira

A small update of that beautiful Gully art done for the first mookup of the game:
And also, that beautiful pencil version of Red Monika that I was super happy to discover!
And below many concepts that Joe did for Battle Chasers NightWar:
And to finish that update, a final note from Joe regarding the upcoming comic of Battle Chasers:
Yes, new BC issues 10-12 are STILL happening! I's my next priority after getting the few remaining sketchy rewards out the door! I'll follow up in more detail in a KS Backer email soon. Thanks for your patience!
source: Joe Mad's tweet about Battle Chasers the comic #10 on twitter

Happy Halloween to all of you and Stay tuned! ;)

@Ulkhror
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NightWar
Battle Chasers (BC)
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Concept art
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Gully
Grace Liu
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Calibretto
High Captain Blothe
Red Monika
Ink
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Alonso Espinoza
Weapon
2018 September 30

It's been a while that I wanted to dedicate an update to all the PSM (PlayStation Magazine) covers done by Joe MAdureira. That magazine was very famous and the covers that Joe did contributed a lot to... sell more magazines :D but also to spread the world about the art of Joe ;). At last I consider I have enough "good" arts to do a fair update today!

Some of them were already posted but now the list is complete! Enjoy!
ALL PSM PlayStation magazine covers by joe madureira


All the PSM Magazine covers previously present on JoeMadArt.com: Note: That last Resident Evil 2 PSM cover has been upgraded with a slightly better version ;)

And here are the remaining 5 PSM Magazine covers:
Special note now, and a great extra too:
Arnold Tsang accepted to share that beautiful unused Sub Zero PSM cover... in HD!! Thank you Arnold!
While I was unable to find some better versions, I share with you below some photos taken by Joe of the original pencil versions of the Final Fantasy covers. I expect to get access to some better versions in the future... as usual, this is a special message for you Joe if you read me ;)
Final Fantasy 8 PSM 26 variant cover squall vs seifer by joe madureira
Final Fantasy x PSM 43 cover tidus and yuna by joe madureira
Next is... some original Battle Chasers Nightwar sketches that Joe Madureira did for the Kickstarter backers! Yes! After a long wait, some backers received their sketches! A few more have already surfaced on the internet and you can count on me to add them to JoeMadArt.com in the next updates... as well as all the others that may appear later on!

Enjoy those first 3 Battle Chasers Nightwar Garrison sketches: Reminder: if you are the owner of an official Joe Madureira art please share it! You can send it to me directly at ulkhror@joemadart.com or you can also share it with the growing community of the Joemadart.com: Joe Madureira Fan Group on Facebook!! ;)

And now some extras:

I was particularly happy when I discovered that obscur one:
The original art inked by Harry Candelario of the hologram card that Joe did for the comic Excalibur #71:
And since Joe is also the cover artist of that Excalibur #71 comic then I decided to add it too: Note: Unfortunately I was unable to find any better version than this cover scan... but still that one is awesome! ;)

Last extras are:
That old DV8 cover inked by Sandra Hope (1998):
...And that sad tribute to what happened that morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001... #NeverForget 9/11:
Final note: contrary to what was planned for months, Joe didn't attend Trojan Horse was a unicorn event because of "A perfect storm of work and family obligations". Not only that but also Joe won't attend New York Comic Con (NYCC) this year :(. But let's be positive, as Joe also said: "cool things are happening" ;)

Let's discover more Battle Chasers Nightwar sketches next month! Stay tuned!

@Ulkhror
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PSM Magazine
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Liquid!
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Capcom
Garrison
Battle Chasers (BC)
Sketch
Airship Syndicate
NightWar
Marvel
NetherRealm
Comic
Arnold Tsang
X-Men
Nightcrawler
Sub-Zero
2018 August 29

As announced in the previous update, Joe Madureira was at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year!

In addition to the recently released 3 connecting variants covers for Batman #50 that were on sale, some prints were also available.

You can find the reference of those prints just below: Note: Hey that Savage Wolverine #8 cover has just been added to the site for that occasion! An extra art! ;)

Also, some very rare and lucky fans were able to buy some "remarques" (sketch signatures)!
Joe only shared 2 of them on social medias so I suppose that only 2 were made.

Here are the 2 Batman #50 "remarques" comics done by Joe Madureira at SDCC 2018:
Batman 50 comic with Catwoman face remarque done by joe madureira at SDCC 2018
Batman 50 comic with Batman face remarque done by joe madureira at SDCC 2018

This SDCC 2018 was also a good opportunity for JoeMad! to meet some friends and famous artists!

Enjoy this photo gallery of Joe with some of those VIP:
From left to right with:
  • J Scott Campbell and Humberto Ramos (Cliffhanger Reunion)
  • Bobby-Chiu
  • Marcelo Matere
  • Mirka Andolfo (Mirkand)
  • Misael Diaz
  • Pio Ravago
  • Renaud Galand
  • Stanley Artgerm Lau
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And to wrap up that update...

The remaining 9 pages of Savage Wolverine #7:
Reminder: Joe will be a "Knight" at the Trojan Horse was a unicorn in Malta (Valletta) this coming September 24-29, 2018! (See Update #24). I you have the chance to go there and meet Joe, please take some pics! ...In particular what he will draw ;)

Have fun!

@Ulkhror
Comic
Color
Pencil
Marvel
X-Men
Peter Steigerwald
Savage Wolverine
#7
Interior
Wolverine
Elektra
Cover
Kingpin
Red Hulk
Ferran Daniel
Avenging Spider-Man
Spider-Woman
Battle Chasers (BC)
Red Monika
Mark Taduran
2018 July 16

For this month the big news is... Joe MAdureira will be at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this July 19-22!
Go meet him at the J Scott Campbell booth #4601 and get a signature from him! Some prints will be available for sale!
And if you go there, please share your pic in the Joemadart.com: Joe Madureira Fan Group on Facebook!!

Joe Madureira at SDCC 2018 JScottCampbell booth 4601 promo pic

OK back to the arts! ;)

Let's focus on the comic Savage Wolverine #7 (2013):
I wish you all to enjoy this summer season!

@Ulkhror
Comic
#7
Peter Steigerwald
X-Men
Marvel
Pencil
Color
Savage Wolverine
Interior
Wolverine
Elektra
Cover
2018 June 27

The last time Joe Madureira worked on a comic cover it was in December 2016!
1 year an a half later this June, Joe didn't revealed 1 new comic cover but 3 connecting variants covers for Batman #50!

Not only that, Joe also officialized the website www.JoeMad.com!
It seems you will now have an official place where to order some exclusives comics and prints! ;)
When you will read that update there will still be some comics for sale so head over to www.JoeMad.com and grab yours!
Cover A can be bought alone while the other two can only be acquired by buying the full set of three:
  • Cover A: Batman and Catwoman limited to 2,800 copies
  • Cover B: Wonder Woman, Superman and Batgirl limited to 1,850 copies
  • Cover C: Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy limited to 1,850 copies
Here is the direct link to the order page of this DC Comics Batman #50 Joe Madureira exclusive covers

... And the full picture with the beautiful colors by Grace Liu (Link to her Artstation page):
For those who particularly love the traditional pencil pages, Joe shared some "teaser" photos:
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set1
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set2
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set2
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set2

OK, that was THE big info!
But I owe you more for a single JoeMadArt.com update isn't it ;)
Now that Battle Chasers Nightwar is available on all the major video game platforms, the Airship Syndicate team shared more of their work on social medias and on my side I also had a few art left...

So here are some more Battle Chasers Nightwar arts to enjoy!

Let's start with some "upgrades" of some pieces of art already present on JoeMadArt.com

And as usual here are the new Battle Chasers additions to the site:
Note: Steve Madureira recently announced on the official Airship Syndicate forum that they were "boxing up and sending all of the signed goods to Tiny Fish" and that "Everything should be shipping soon". So if you are one the proud owners of any of the sketches that Joe did, then please share it on social medias!
... And if possible send me a HD scan or photo directly at ulkhror@joemadart.com please.

Special message to Joe: you are welcome to send me all the scans directly, it will be a lot easier for me than chasing them down on the Internet ;)

Stay tune! More JoeMadArt is coming! ;)

@Ulkhror
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NightWar
Airship Syndicate
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Color
Grace Liu
Garrison
Sketch
Skeleton
Alumon
Calibretto
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Knolan
Lycelot
Bulgrim
Variant
Batman
Wonder woman
2018 May 20

Last month I announced some exclusive arts by Joe Madureira. The title says it all!
I had the great privilege to exchange a few emails with Jason Rubin (Vice president Content OCULUS, Co Founder of Naughty Dog and creator of The Iron Saint / Iron and the Maiden). Jason was super kind, he sent me all the sketches that Joe did for his comic project in 2006/2007! You may have seen some of them in the comic but never with that quality! If you want to know more about that IP you can visit the official website of The Iron Saint.

I'm super happy to add those 14 concept arts done by Joe Madureira for The Iron Saint:
So that's all for the new arts. Well... In fact not ;).
But first just a few words regarding the website: You may have noticed a change in the menu and in the size of the font. I'm actually adjusting a few (many) things in order to make the website more "responsive" and pleasant to use on mobile. One big step was to remove the menu at the top and to replace it by some more "dynamic" menus triggered by some buttons (and no more an "onMouseover" event). Also, I red that the recommended font size for a website is "16px" (not on mobile but on a PC). That's a lot more than before so let's first have a try with 14px! ;)
Those changes are just one step forward a "responsive design" so be advise more adjustments will be made.

OK, back to more Joe Mad arts! ;)
The big event of this month is of course the release of Battle Chasers NightWar on Nintendo Switch (May 15th)!

Congratulations to the whole team at Airship Syndicate!

To celebrate that event and just as Joe is used to do sometimes he drew a fan art in collaboration with Grace Liu (colors)!
So here is Red Monika showing her Triforce tattoo to Link from Zelda breath of the wild:
And that's not all! As you probably know, all the kickstarter backers that pledged at a high tier will receive a sketch card penciled by Joe. The last Kickstarter update revealed 2 photos of the beautiful sketches those proud backers will get:
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set1
Battle Chasers Nightwar backers physical rewards: sketches set2
In addition to that event another one took place early this month thanks to Gameumentary! The long awaited Battle Chasers NightWar Documentary is available! Have a look, it's full of very interesting interviews!

Battle Chasers NightWar: The Documentary:


Now something else totally different but also very rare and maybe even more interesting for all the comic artists.
This month, Joe Madureira was asked a great question on twitter and he took the time to answer it in details! Enjoy!
Iria Riven / @Iriadescence on twitter: Joe do you have any tips or pointers for drawing dynamic panels for comic pages? I don't think i'm doing terrible, but I feel like I could be more creative with some of these, but I keep wanting to do "box on top, then fill in the rest" and it feels stale.

Joe Madureira: Lol.
Whew, the answer to this may be too long for Twitter. Page layouts are one of the things I enjoy the most (way more than actually filling them in most of the time)! In general, I think of it as a film. So, choose your shot.
- What's in the frame?
- How important is this panel? If it's important I'll go big, minor action, small.
- Is it a sweeping wide shot?
- A cramped vertical sliver?
The amount of information you convey helps create an immediate reaction from the reader.
In general tight, close in or cramped shots create some stress. Wide roomy shots offer some relief.
If you tilt or skew the panel, it creates energy, so use those for action shots.
Conversation stuff, I generally leave pretty static.
One last thing, and I got this from @robertliefeld early in my career--it stuck with me to this day, so thanks Rob! Pick one panel on the page to be the MOST important, and make that the 'money shot'. Every page should have one. If someone flips through your book in a comic shop, and just lands on 2 or 3 pages, any page they land on should have a money shot that makes them want to see more (webcomics are a little different but still a good rule). No opening to a 'dud'.

I hope you enjoyed this update!
Stay tune for more!

@Ulkhror
The Iron Saint
Jason Rubin
Comic
Iron and the Maiden
Pencil
Sketch
Concept art
Angel Chase
Mickael Iron
Color
Tattoo
Liquid!
Christian Lichtner
#1
Cover
Grace Liu
NightWar
Red Monika
Zelda
Fan art
2018 April 25

Yeahhhh! The wait is over! Well... soon.
A release date for Battle Chasers NightWar on Nintendo Switch has been announced at last! So save the date:

MAY 15th!

Battle Chasers Nightwar Nintendo switch cover

I hope that all those who waited for that Nintendo Switch version will really enjoy the game! :)
And for that update, let's keep Battle Chasers as the main theme:

Here are some comic pages inked by Tom McWeeney
A big special "thank you" to Tom McWeeney for sending me those scans!

And to finish, a simple reminder that the documentary about Airship Syndicate will soon be released by Gameumentary
But before that, Gameumentary released a short interview of Joe Madureira, Ryan Stefanelli and Steve Madureira a few days after the Darksiders documentary: Darksiders: The Documentary - The Many Elaborate Pranks of Vigil Games | Extended Interview. Enjoy!


Stay tune for more next month! Some good and exclusive stuff is coming! ;)

@Ulkhror
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Image Comics
Interior
Ink
Tom Mcweeney
Liquid!
Christian Lichtner
Battle Chasers (BC)
Color
Knolan
Cranius
Calibretto
Gully
#4
#3
Garrison
#6
King Vaneer
Red Monika
2018 March 29

Hey all!
Here is the second part of the Inhuman #2 comic released in 2014!
You will probably notice that 2 pencil pages are missing... sadly... yes. I did everything I could but I was unable to find them.
But it's only a matter of time! I'm certain they will appear one day and you can count on me to solicit those that may have them (Joe, Marte if you read me) ;)
So if you see the pencil pages #14 & #15 contact me! ulkhror@joemadart.com

Here are the pages 10 to 20 of the Inhuman #2 comic:
Apart from that, the great guys at Gameumentary stroke again strong with an epic 90+ minutes long documentary dedicated to Darksiders 1 & 2! That documentary features many admirable former Vigil Games employees now working at Gunfire Games and Airship Syndicate: Joe Madureira of course but also David Adams, John Pearl, Ryan Stefanelli, Steve Madureira, Jeremy Robins, Colin Post and Jesper Kyd.

Watch now Darksiders: The Documentary | Gameumentary:

Note: Keep and eye on the productions of Gameumentary since you can expect even more great documentaries!

And to finish here is an excellent surprise, a comic blank cover sketched by Joe Madureira that I found on ebay (The auction is still opened! ;))
That's all for now!

@Ulkhror
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Marvel
Color
Inhuman
#3
Interior
Marte Gracia
Pencil
Lash
Medusa
Korvostax
Lineage
Gorgon
Kacy
Mother Bones
Inferno
Triton
Grove
#1
Wolverine
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