Issue #26

By Guest Writer Jay Faerber

My name's Jay Faerber, and I'm here to tell you that Robert Kirkman is a genius.


Am I just saying that because he let me co-opt his column this week, and I'm trying to show my gratitude? Or am I saying that because BUY MY BOOKS is the best idea for a column since, well, ever…?

In Robert's first column, he talked about being the "luckiest guy in the world" because he gets to see all this amazing artwork come rolling in from his various books. And I can totally relate to that feeling. When I started writing comics, back in the late '90s, freelancers were still communicating with editors primarily through the phone, fax machines, and Fed-Ex. I was working at a bank at the time, and every day I couldn't wait to get home and see what artistic gems had been spit out by the fax machine. I still have all kinds of character designs and penciled pages and stuff, all on crappy fax paper. But the point is, I share Robert's sense of excitement over getting to see new artwork come in.

And now I'm going to share it with you.

I currently write two ongoing series at Image Comics. "Noble Causes" has been around for a few years now, quietly surviving in a market that doesn't seem to tolerate super-hero books from any company besides Marvel and DC. "Noble Causes" is all about the Nobles, a family of world-famous super-heroes who aren't quite as upstanding as their adoring public thinks. It's a super-hero soap opera, in every sense of the word.

My other book starts next month. It's called "Dynamo 5," and it's about five strangers who discover they're the illegitimate kids of the recently deceased super-hero, Captain Dynamo. They're gathered together by Cap's widow to protect Tower City from Cap's enemies.

I'm fortunate to be working with two fantastic artists. One is Yildiray Cinar, who takes over the artistic duties of "Noble Causes" with issue #27, on sale next week (Feb. 28th). The other is Mahmud A. Asrar, who co-created and draws "Dynamo 5," the first issue of which goes on sale the following week (March 7th).

Here are some pencils from Yildiray for issues #27, #28, and #29 of "Noble Causes." The amount of energy he packs into a page just amazes me.

Now here are some inks. Yildiray inks his own work. And he doesn't cut corners by doing any digital inking (unless he's running behind!).

I've been working with colorist Ron Riley for a few years now. He's my go-to guy for any color gig I can find. You can see why…

Here's a look at some inked pages from our first four issues of "Dynamo 5." That's right. Issue #1 hasn't come out yet, and we're already working on our fourth issue! We're actually ahead of schedule.

And some colors, from our first three issues. Again, these are colored by Ron Riley.

Lastly, the covers to "Noble Causes" #27 (by Khary Randolph & Ron Riley), #28 (by Khary Randolph), and #29 (by Yildiray Cinar & Ron Riley) and "Dynamo 5" #s 1-3 (all by Mahmud A. Asrar and Ron Riley)…

And there you have it. This is just a small taste of the artwork these talented guys are cranking out. To see more, all you have to do is … BUY MY BOOKS.

Jay Faerber writes comic books from his home in Gig Harbor, WA

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