On this episode of Pages and Panels, Kyle and Nikki are joined by writer/letter/all around comic book wizard Ryan Ferrier. Ryan joins the cast to break down the second issue in his series with artist Valentin Ramon , D4VE from Monkeybrain Comics. D4VE is a story of a robot suffering from a mid life crisis who wants to relive the glory of old and because of an alien invasion, he can. Ryan talks about shitty jobs, poop/fart humor, oh and comics. Ryan provides great knowledge on writing comics and how personal struggles can inform characters and stories. One of the funniest episodes of Pages and Panels so a big thanks to Ryan for coming on and breaking down the wonderful series known as D4VE. All five issues of D4VE are available to read and now download on Comixology. Don’t be a poo-breeze and go read D4VE and all of Ryan’s work whether is be Tiger Lawyer, Ultranova, The Brother James, Southpaw, and much more. For more from Ryan check out these links! D4VE Challenger Comics Ryan on Tumblr Ryan on Twitter
Kyle and Nikki of PAGES AND PANELS had Ryan on the podcast to talk about D4VE. On the show, we go through D4VE #2 page by page, and talk about process, the amazing work of Valentin Ramon, and also bathroom habits and superior movie sequels.
It was a real good time, so give it a listen.
So Tumblr’s being weird and wouldn’t let me reply or comment on our last post, but HOLY DEAR LORD IN HEAVEN DID YOU ALL SEE THAT?! A 3D D4VE?! IT’S REAL?!
Huge, huge, huge thanks to Mr. Grant Miller—a genius, a sculptor, a wizard, a true artisan—for doing that and showing us all just how freaking amazingly cool and talented he is.
Grant, thank you. WOW!
Hi Ryan and Valentin! I am a huge fan and sad to see the series done. I am a 3D modeler and printer and just HAD to make this tribute figure of good ‘ol D4VE! It turned out so good (thanks to the amazing art I used as reference!) I will be using it as a portfolio piece to show clients. I loaded a multipage PDF of my portfolio on the removable USB/head!
Hey, Portland people! Do you like comics? Do you like quality comic art? Well, have we got news for you! Head on down to the Sequential Art Gallery tomorrow night and check out some dandy comic art from some fantastic comic artists, who you might recognize from some of your favorite Monkeybrain Comics titles!
Here’s the PR from the gallery, with all the details:
WHO: MONKEYBRAIN COMICS GROUP
WHEN: Thursday, August 7th, 6-10pm; Exhibit on display through August 31st
WHERE: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, 328 NW Broadway #113, PDX
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Sequential Art Gallery is excited to have a group show featuring the artists of Monkeybrain Comics, assembled by publishers Chris Roberson and Allison Baker. The exhibit opens on First Thursday, August 7th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm-10pm. The Monkeybrain exhibit includes work by Nick Brokenshire (Amelia Cole), Colleen Coover (Bandette), Dennis Culver (Edison Rex), Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Gabriel Hardman (Kinski), Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes), and Jen Vaughn (Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective).
Chris Roberson and Allison Baker launched Monkeybrain in 2012, to be a haven for creator-owned comics made available in digital format through the ComiXology platform. Named the “premier destination for high-quality digital comics” by The Onion AV Club, Monkeybrain has lived up to that reputation with Eisner-nominated titles “Red Light Properties”, “High Crimes”, and the Eisner-winning “Bandette”. Monkeybrain titles are also frequently cited in critics’ year-end surveys. Roberson is a New York Times-bestselling writer, co-creator of “iZombie”, “Memorial”, and “Edison Rex”. Baker is the Director of Operations for IDW Publishing, and producer of TV commercials & film.
The Monkeybrain group exhibit will be on display throughout the month of August, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of the business on Saturday, August 31st.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe, with assistance from Rich Mackin and Jessica Olinger. Open for regular viewing hours on Mondays (2pm-6pm), Saturdays (11am-5pm), and by appointment.
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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway #113 PDX OR 97209
Hi there, I love comics with robots, and I'm currently reading all of IDW's Transformers series, as well as Atomic Robo. Any other suggestions for good robot comics? (Other comics I like include Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel, Gail Simone's old run on Birds of Prey, and the current Guardians of the Galaxy, if that helps.) Thank you!
Robot Comics, eh?
(and here’s a robot dancing gif for good measure)
D4VE #4 page 2 - 5COTTY GETS N4UGHTY (again)
Art & Colors by Valentin Ramon
Script by Ryan Ferrier
You can see that Valentin absolutely KILLED this page. The final lettered page differs slightly from the script—on D4VE we were lucky to have total freedom to make edits to dialogue and placement in the final lettering phase. On this page it’s not incredibly substantial, but there were a lot of jokes throughout the series that were added after the script was done.
Along with the biting self-reflection and fantasy-induced catharsis, one of the real pleasures of making D4VE was getting to write a lot of masturbation gags and funny insults. My only regret is that we didn’t go for the hat-trick when it comes to 5COTTY jerkin’ it at inappropriate times/places.
We’re filthy, and we’ve come to terms with that.
How cool is this? Comixology announced today at SDCC, that many of their titles—from select publishers—are now DRM FREE! This means you can download those precious issues in glorious PDF or CBZ formats.
But the most coolest thing is that D4VE is among those titles—as are all of the amazing comics from Monkeybrain.
So if you haven’t yet checked it out, head on over there and get the entire five-issue series of D4VE for less than #5—and you can download them, DRM free.
Show NotesDark Horse Addiction is back again!Leo and Charles get back into the swing of things by discussing White Suits #4 as the main topic, and getting a discussion of non-Dark Horse D4VE in as well, thanks to some
Big, huge thanks to Leo and Charles for all the D4VE love on their newest episode of Dark Horse Addiction*. Super freaking cool. Give it a listen, it’s a great show, and there’s some much deserved love for Monkeybrain in there.
*Note: D4VE has no affiliation with the fine folks at Dark Horse, but we appreciate it so much nonetheless—we’re invading the airspaces muahaha.
Sketch: Magnus Robot Fighter VS @ryanwriter’s D4VE cc @_corysmith_ #comics #art #illustraton
This is mind-blowingly awesome. Sean is a triumph of humanity. Thank you!
Monkeybrain Comics launched on July 2, 2012 with six titles and a simple dream: to make good comics. Two years later we have more than four dozen titles available digitally on ComiXology and trade collections out from publishers like IDW, Image, and Dark Horse, with even more fantastic stuff in the works.To celebrate, we’ve got two special offers this holiday weekend.First, ComiXology is offering a special “Monkeybrain Independents Day" sale. Enter the code "INDIE" at checkout and get 50% off over 200 individual issues from 33 different series.
As if that weren’t enough, this weekend ComiXology will also be offering a Monkeybrain Bundle. Priced at $24.99, the bundle contains all of the following issues:Amelia Cole #1-6Anti Hero #1-3Bandette #1-6Edison Rex #1-12Code Monkey Save World #1-4High Crimes #1-6Kinski #1-4D4ve #1-5
The offer expires on 7/6/14 at 11:59 EST, so don’t delay.
And thanks to everyone for a great two years! Looking forward to many more to come!
Happy birthday, Monkeybrain! What an honor to be included in the family. This bundle is incredible! Pick it up and spend your holiday weekend with some of the best comics around. D4VE ain’t too bad either.
Are you shittin’ bolts? Day job got you down? Battling a midlife crisis? We’ve got the cure.
3. Party on.
D4VE #5 by Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon is some of the most fun action comedy I’ve seen in comics in ages. I loved every second of this one and hope to see so much more from both these talented storytellers. Kickin’ Ace!