View Full Version : Crescent City Magick

10-20-2013, 09:50 PM
CRESCENT CITY MAGICK, by Michael L. Peters (me), is an urban fantasy graphic novel, set in New Orleans. Clayton Woods, on the run from forces he doesn't understand, is aided by Julia, a red-haired, self-described witch, who is convinced Clayton has the makings of a hero. Clayton thinks Julia just may be crazy.

With witches, aliens (if that's what they are...?), street musicians, a black cat, zombies (voodoo/folklore kind, not the trendy apocalyptic kind)... what's not to like?



Also available as a 4-issue digital comic, serializing the graphic novel (Kindle and others pending).

A sequel is in the works.

10-20-2013, 10:06 PM
A few sample panels...
http://mlpeters.com/Clayton-detail1.jpg http://mlpeters.com/Pluto-detail.jpg http://mlpeters.com/Julia-detail3.jpghttp://mlpeters.com/NewOrleans1-detail.jpg
http://mlpeters.com/streetcar.jpg http://mlpeters.com/Julia-detail4.jpg
http://mlpeters.com/Trio-detail.jpg http://mlpeters.com/zombie.jpg

10-21-2013, 01:53 AM
Dude your work is great! You've found a fan.

10-21-2013, 09:26 AM
The book looks great, Michael. Just ordered a copy and really looking forward to reading it.

Max Romaine
10-21-2013, 07:07 PM
You've just earned yourself a fan, Mr. Peters. I love your work. Am I seeing a Barry Windsor-Smith influence? The Frankenstein-ish looking creature reminds me of Wrightson. Both the colors and line work are gorgeous. Fantastic job on the girl's hair. I will most certainly be checking this out.

I do have one very minor critique to offer if I may. I love everything about the cover, and the Celtic banding in the lettering is a nice touch, but I just don't like that gold border. It looks kinda cheesy to me and I think it clashes with the red-haired girl. That image makes a powerful impact, so much so that I think the thick gold border is overkill. If it were me, I'd either make it silvery or maybe make it a bit thinner. Something like that. But it looks almost as if you may be underestimating the strength of your own work. The illustration of that girl is amazing and she shines bright enough to be the star of the show all by herself. Personally, I think you could remove the border altogether and it would look better.

Just my two cents tho. Overall I am thoroughly impressed. Love it! :w00t:

10-21-2013, 09:30 PM
Thank you, Angel and Gilby!

Max - - Thanks! Perceptive eye! Inside the book is a dedication page, which mentions Barry, Bernie, Mike and Jeff (those who know of the book, "The Studio", know that refers to Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Wm. Kaluta and Jeff Jones, who shared a studio for a brief period in the late '70s, resulting in a combined art book)

As for the cover... the book is in print, so... the cover is what it is. I like it. Maybe it'll grow on you? The whole frame thing is inspired in part by the elaborate frames around great works of Victorian art, often designed by the artists, themselves...by Art Nouveau posters (Mucha is among my favorite artists)... and a little by the wrought-iron work found throughout New Orleans (though black wrought-iron coloring doesn't really work for a cover).

10-22-2013, 08:58 PM
I'll be picking this up. Looks amazing!

Max Romaine
10-22-2013, 09:59 PM
Oh yea, now you're talking my language. I have a copy of "The Studio" from Dragon's Dream (Martin & Roger Dean fan? I love his work) that they published back in 1979 and it's one of my favorite books in the world next to my hardcover edition of Wrightson's "Frankenstein" which I treasure above all material possessions on Earth. Love all those guys. Some other favorites are Jon J. Muth, Richard Corben, Milo Manara, Druillet, Alan Lee, etc. I see the influences in your lines and it's fantastic. Great pencils and rich inking. I love that stuff. I'm one of those weirdos who genuinely enjoys a B&W comic if the inking is well-done. It's awesome to see someone else with the same influences doing great work like this.

Max Romaine
10-22-2013, 10:06 PM
Btw, a question if you don't mind my asking. How is the project doing? Are you getting a good response with this kind of work? Just curious.

10-23-2013, 12:22 AM
Thanks dlwdirector!

Max - - I'm a fan of all the other artists you just rattled off, too :) I'm not against color and did my best to draw CCM in such a way that it could work in either b&w and color, but it would have taken me a year to hand color (I'm just now learning computer coloring - - the digital versions "covers" are my first attempts) and the colorists I'd talked to didn't seem to get what I wanted (knowing who Maxfield Parrish was a touchstone), not that I had any money to pay them and I'd never ask anyone to work for free, or risky percentage.

I'm working on the sequel, second story of CRESCENT CITY MAGICK, right now and will be releasing digital "issues" before the collected graphic novel, this time. Publishing this first volume was in the wake of one of those "life is short, no excuses, damn the torpedoes" moments and proved to be a learning experience, with steep curve.

Reviews are great (not just on Amazon, and I'm working at getting more reviews)... sales... not so great, but then, I'm learning marketing on the fly...

10-23-2013, 12:54 AM
Here are the digital "issue" covers. It gave me a chance to show more in color, than on the graphic novel front cover (I should post the graphic novel's back cover, too) and to play around with variations on my logo. These were my first attempts at full, digital coloring.
http://mlpeters.com/CCMChapter1-digital.jpg http://mlpeters.com/CCMChapter2-digital.jpg
http://mlpeters.com/CCM-chapter3-digital.jpg http://mlpeters.com/CCMChapter4-digital.jpg

And the graphic novel's back cover - - the characters were colored with colored pencil for the back cover.

10-23-2013, 01:03 AM
The digital covers weren't planned out, the way the graphic novel cover was. I had taken panels within the book and the logo and arranged them, for chapter pages in the GN and colored those for the digital version (now available on Kindle).

Max Romaine
10-23-2013, 12:51 PM
Oh WOW...I love the illustration for the cover of book one! That is just gorgeous. I want a poster of that! I'm sorry your sales haven't been better, but I will be buying a copy of this ASAP and sharing it on my Facebook page. Admittedly, I don't have many friends there, but the few I have will know who you are, sir.

I love Parrish! Did someone clone me when I wasn't paying attention?? :blink:

10-24-2013, 02:15 AM
Thanks, Max! I'm learning how to try and push sales, as I go... I'm new to this whole self-publishing thing. I'm pretty happy with the reviews, though. I just wish I could get it reviewed on more actual comics review sites - - not just Amazon and Goodreads and one review site (though it's a GREAT review!) http://whatgraphicnovelsshouldiread.com/crescent-city-magick-review

10-26-2013, 09:50 AM
My copy arrived yesterday and I read it cover to cover in one sitting--great read. Congrats on a fantastic book, Michael. The artwork was beautiful and CCM pulled together a number of elements into a really unique and enjoyable story.

Looking forward to reading more...any ETA for the next installment?

Max Romaine
10-26-2013, 10:51 AM
I have to wait til Friday to buy mine. :man:

10-26-2013, 08:50 PM
Gilby - - THANKS! More sales on Amazon will speed up my ability to write and draw the sequel (it's outlined, a number of pages have been thumb-nailed out and scripted... and I'm currently drawing page 1). Readers writing a review on the amazon site, helps, as I can use a new review as an excuse to flood Twitter and facebook, with a round of promotion :)
I honestly hate doing so much shameless self-promotion, but am slowly learning that without a big company behind you, running house ads in their line of books and getting it into comics shops... shameless self-promotion is just a reality (something those planning to self-publish should know).

10-26-2013, 08:54 PM
BTW - - I will be releasing the sequel, as digital "issues" first, then collecting it as a print graphic novel... kind of did that backwards with this first volume... :)

The sequel story-arc is planned as a larger story than the first. I'm not sure how big, just yet.

10-31-2013, 08:25 PM
Just an update - - work on the sequel is progressing and I'm drawing pages. I''l be posting art on my "Art of..." facebook page, as th story progresses.

Ray Dillon
10-31-2013, 11:26 PM
This all looks REALLY awesome! Love the art style. Really intrigued. Keep it coming! :D

11-02-2013, 05:01 AM
Thanks, Ray!

Max Romaine
11-02-2013, 12:58 PM
Just ordered my copy! :w00t: Very anxious to read this.

11-02-2013, 10:33 PM
Thanks Max! If you like it, please consider writing a review.

Max Romaine
11-11-2013, 02:38 PM
Got it. Read it. Loved it! Glowing review on Amazon written. :thumbs: Now I must have them all! Oh yes...they shall be mine...

11-20-2013, 12:20 AM
Thanks, Max! Much appreciated!
Here's the first page of the sequel - - just finished inks on it, today. 1 down... approximately 131 pages to go LOL!

12-10-2013, 02:49 AM
Another page, in the sequel graphic novel - - CRESCENT CITY MAGICK Vol. 2
Vol. 1 available, here

12-10-2013, 08:00 PM
I really like the first issue, I'll definitely be ordering the rest of the series!

12-10-2013, 11:19 PM
One, two, three, you have another fan here mister.

The thing is we see something interesting, with good artwork and dedication and
we want to have it. We want to get into it. At least as inspiration.
Tell me about thousand excuses. What is in the page is what counts.

BTW, your artwork could be a good suit for the Game of Thrones series.
Just saying it.
I hope the Editors and producers of the comic version may see your art soon.

12-13-2013, 04:19 AM
Thanks, MistValkyrie and Scribbly! Hard at work, right now, on a commission (have to keep the lights on), then back to drawing the sequel...

01-11-2014, 05:46 AM
Another page in the sequel.

Vol. 1 available, here

02-27-2014, 10:56 PM
More art from volume 2 - - this is a dream sequence/vision, so a little change of pace....

Vol. 1 available, here

03-14-2014, 12:47 AM
New 5-star review of my graphic novel, CRESCENT CITY MAGICK, up on Amazon! That makes 11 great reviews!


03-26-2014, 02:45 AM
New review of my graphic novel, CRESCENT CITY MAGICK! Right now, unfortunately, it's not in comics shops, but is available at Amazon ( http://mybook.to/CCM-v1 ) and other book sites (saw it on Barnes & Noble) and signed copies, directly from me.

03-26-2014, 02:46 AM
It's picking up, as far as good reviews go - - now if only sales would match... :)

03-05-2015, 11:54 PM
A lot more art for Volume 2 drawn since my last post (You can check it out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CrescentCityMagick - - in an album) and today a new review of the published graphic novel went live!!! http://fanboycomics.net/index.php/blogs/madeleine-holly-rosing/item/4809

03-18-2015, 04:12 AM
Wow, congrats! I do think you have given the world something beautiful with this book. Very well done!