Mike Grell Original Art Commissions

Scott Kress at Catskill Comics is the exclusive agent for Mike Grell commissioned art. Fans looking for comic art originals or wishing to commission a special piece for their wall can contact Scott at: www.catskillcomics.com

Convention Appearances [added: Secaucus, NJ]

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SKETCHES TO BE PICKED UP AT CONVENTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MANY SHOWS.  PLEASE CONTACT MIKE’S ART REP SCOTT KRESS AT www.catskillcomics.com FOR INFORMATION.

Letter to Kickstarter Backers

Hi, Guys –

First off, I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience as we stumble and bumble our way through this whole process. 

Yes, there have been numerous delays — some of them related to production, some due to a far steeper learning curve than anyone anticipated and some due to plain fumbling the ball. I take responsibility for all that–whether I was directly involved in that aspect of the whole operation or not–because my name is on it.

Meanwhile, I give you my word that the individuals who have already received their packages were not the highest investors, as some folks have assumed. Just the opposite. Due to production/printing issues, they were the folks who had pledged at lower levels because their packages contained far less material than the upper levels. We felt it important to deliver what we had on hand as soon as practical, rather than delay until everything was completed. I’m very sorry it gave the impression anyone was being singled out for favoritism. I swear to you that’s not the case.

My crew and I are working hard to get everything wrapped up and hoped to have everything shipped ahead of the holiday crunch, but that may not be the case as we’re still digging out from the double-barreled winter storm that hammered us this week. Fortunately, power has been restored and storm-damaged trees have been turned in to firewood.  We’ll be posting regular updates to keep you informed.

To show my appreciation for your patience, those of you who have not yet received your premiums will be getting an extra special bonus print in your package. Reproduced from the original art, the cover for JON SABLE, FREELANCE #2 represents my artistic epiphany, a dramatic turning point in my style. This image was offered briefly in 2018 to mark Sable’s 35th Anniversary and I consider it to be my all-time best. 

Again, I appreciate your support and welcome your feedback; it will help me avoid the same pitfalls going forward. And I apologize for not personally keeping everyone informed every step of the way.

Mike

UNBOXING THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES SKETCHBOOK AND SKETCH CARDS

WOW!

I wanted to share the excitement of opening the package of Legion of Superheroes sketchbooks and cards!The quality is amazing and I know these are going to be a hit with our Kickstarter supporters.

Mike

RULES OF THE HUNT

A taste of what’s coming your way In Jon Sable, Freelance “RULES OF THE HUNT”, the untold story of Sable’s first case… and nearly his last. 

An African hunter in the concrete jungle sets out after the deadliest prey.

MAGGIE THE CAT – The Presses Are Rolling

Well… this has certainly been an adventure. I’m pretty sure my MAGGIE THE CAT Kickstarter was plotted by the same guy who wrote RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK — it started off gangbusters and then took a bunch of unexpected twists and turns. Things are finally running smoothly and the presses are rolling. 

We’ll be announcing ship/delivery dates in about a week. 

Meanwhile, by way of thanking you for your patience while we crawled through the pit of snakes and ran from the giant boulder, I’m adding another exclusive print to the package for everyone who pledged above the PDF level. This one is my illustration for the cover of my SABLE hardcover novel which was published in July 2000 and features some particular architecture which were sadly destroyed a little more than a year later. This is the only time this print will be offered.
Thanks again for keeping the faith. 

Mike

KICKSTARTER UPDATE

Guys –

I want to thank everyone for your continued patience as we fumble our way through what’s turned out to be a far more complicated process than anyone anticipated, compounded by a tragic death in my family that threw me into a tailspin. 

Books and prints are going to press as I write this and our fulfillment team is standing by to pack and ship. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the PDF copy of MAGGIE THE CAT we’re sending along with this note.

To show my gratitude, everyone who contributed above the PDF Only level will receive a special MAGGIE THE CAT print which will only be available to backers of our Kickstarter. I hope this in some small way helps make the wait worthwhile.

Thanks again for all your support.

Mike

Digital Warlord Art

HOLY COW! That’s really amazing! — Mike

Art by John Gallagher, uncannyknack.com

For Mike Grell Original Art & Commissions, contact CatskillComics.com

MAGGIE DELAY AND PREVIEWS

So, this is what happens when you become a better writer.

When we first decided to launch a Kickstarter for MAGGIE THE CAT, I was excited at the chance to tell the story I really wanted to tell, which is to say the story that evolved over a couple of rewrites of my screenplay based on the original graphic novel. Along the way, I learned a thing or three about good storytelling and was blessed with input from some generous folks who pointed out that something was missing. That something turned out to be another character to give Maggie more depth and conflict (as if saving the world from a deadly terror plot wasn’t enough) in her personal life and her interaction with her SAS liaison Ryan James.

What began as a sort of female James Bond became an intricate web of dangerous relationships more Hitchcock than Fleming and a story that I’m very proud of. Then came the hard part: fitting all that new material and nuance into the 10 pages I had allotted myself.

It didn’t fit. I tried and tried to cram all the new elements of the screenplay storyline into 10 pages and just couldn’t do it and do justice to the material.

Then I realized that, with our new format of 64 pages, I didn’t have to worry about a break at a certain point and I could simply tell the story as it needed to be told in however many pages it took (within the 64- page limit of course). That’s the point where The Writer took over. I scrapped the condensed version and concentrated on good storytelling.

Unfortunately, The Writer didn’t consult with The Artist and I found myself faced with not 10 but 15 new pages of story to draw. Which brings us to this point.

I had originally planned to have the book in the hands of all our contributing partners by the end of June, but we now find ourselves pushing to get it shipped by then. Pages are at the colorist and letterer and everyone is working their… um… brains off, especially my team at MasterStroke Studios who’ve backed me from the beginning.

I apologize for the delay, but I think you’ll agree that telling the story right is more important. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Meanwhile, I’m sending along a teaser that will introduce you to a character who will challenge and tempt Maggie in ways she and I never dreamed possible.

Mike

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