Before he read the poem in Chicago last year at C2E2, Neil told us a little story.
Inspired by a book of myths and legends of Scotland by Otta F. Swire , Neil wrote the poem about a doomed saint, IN RELIG ORAN.
The grave of Oran…which is how the title translates from the Gaelic.
After reading some of the stories in the Swire book, he took his dog, Cabal for a walk.
“Sometimes, when you walk,” he said, “your mind goes into rhythms.....I found myself walking to along to the beat of the line ‘When St. Columba landed at the island of Iona.' ”
It is a thought-provoking piece and one of Neil's most beautiful word paintings.
You can listen to him read it here:
video shot by Saberkite at the opening program of the 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards--thanks Saberkite aka Other Kat!
Michael Zulli of Sandman stepped up to illustrate IN RELIG ORAN for Neverwear.
We are preselling it HERE, for the first week before we get the prints in, they will be $28.00, going up to $38.00 on March 19th, 2011.
Words by Neil, artwork by Michael, and layout and lettering by that steady rock Todd Klein.
A limited edition of 750.
Mr. Zulli is going to be here in LA next weekend for his art opening:
210 E. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
March 19th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
I will be there! the divine Barron Storey also featured in this exhibit... Word on the street? Mr. Kyle Cassidy will be attending, and come meet curator Ryan Graff...i am rallying the troops out to Alhambra.
More information here.
There is still time to get involved in the Eidolon Fine Arts Kickstarter drive, where you can help bring Michael's graphic novel to life --I did it--
eight days left!
Also this week: Pam "The amazing one" Noles is winding down her Kickstarter project, which I am so heart hopeful for:
Neil introduced me to Pam at Comicon 2007, and I have had a straight-up girl crush on her ever since.
Please, give her project a look-see, there are 4 days left, and we want this to happen. Neil got her a spot as an extra on the big film shoot of TRANSFORMERS and she has written a hilarious and heartbreaking one woman show on the events that transpired.
every American buck counts and for every $35 buck pledge, not only do you get 2 tickets to see her show here in LA, you get a piece of Austrian crystal and gemstone jewelry by yours truly...me...
see it here, modeled by miss Pam.