Happy Holidays and See You Later!

     Well, the holidays are upon us and so is the snow! I, for one, love it -- but soon I'll be off to visit my brothers in Europe (England and Italy), where it's more likely to rain, and when I return -- I won't be writing any more blogs! It's been an interesting experiment ... almost, but not interesting enough for me to continue it. Meanwhile, I've just finished working on a show for Copernicus Studios, which I expect to resume in the New Year. Since my last post, I've also finished teaching and I expect to resume that, too, in January. Work on the Houdini graphic novel is in the client's court at the moment, so now it's clear sailing until I leave ... tomorrow! So, with that ... farewell, so long, arrivederci, etc., etc.  Thanks to anyone who bothered to read this. May we all have a better next year than we had this year. Cheerio!

Summer '16 and What's Been Going On.

Hi, folks,

    Well, it's the summer of '16 and it's been good, so far. I'm a few days late with this post, but so what? Sue me.

     Since my last post, I've completed a storyboard job on a t.v. pilot called 'Sea Change' - being filmed as I write this - by the producer's of SyFy's cult-hit series, 'Haven'. Film and television work has picked up this year, in Nova Scotia, since last year's Liberal govt. film tax credit debacle. I've also completed the "thumbnail" layouts of 87 pages of a graphic novel called 'Houdini: The Bullet Catch'. That project's on hold, for the moment, while the editors catch up on other work. Meanwhile, this month's thumbnail image is from the penultimate storyboard page of the 'Sea Change' teaser. I'll see you next month in about 4 weeks.

Happy 75th Birthday, Neal Adams!

     That's right, friends - it's the 75th birthday of My Favourite Comics Artist, Neal Adams! If you haven't heard of him (!), he's only The Greatest Comic Book Artist Of All Time, that's all! Get thee to thy nearest comics dealer, post-haste, and pick up the latest issue (#5) of his current series, 'Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen', from which this week's thumbnail comes. You can tell 'em Dave Cullen sent ya - or not, if you wish to maintain your credibility.

Good life!


Don't Shoot "The Burning Messenger!"

Good evening,

     Thus far, I'm making every effort to update this blog every two weeks. So far, so good.

     This is this week's update, in the form of a thumbnail image of my latest drawing - an illustration for a story called "The Burning Messenger", by Halifax writer Matt Sullivan. This story was published, last year, in 'Swords Against Cthulu', an anthology of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired stories, published by Rogue Planet Press and it has since been re-edited and submitted for publication in 'Skelos', a magazine celebrating the life and work of famed fantasy author, Robert E. Howard.

     I've done a private commission for Matt before and was happy to do so again, when he asked. I'm not positive that his story has been accepted yet but, given the quality of his work and his dedication to the source material, I have little doubt that it soon will be.

     Matt's work can also be found in Horrified Press's Lovecraft-inspired anthology, 'The Fall of Cthulu'. MY work can be seen HERE - at my website: www.quinlinegraphics.com .

     So there you go. Remember to never underestimate the pernicious sway of The Elder Gods from The Nether Realms ... particularly when wiping Your Nether Regions.




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The Return of The Element Men (and Quinline Graphics' Blog Post!)

Good day, gentle reader!,

     Welcome to February 2016 -- and my SECOND blog post (just to prove that the first one wasn't a fluke!). Let's try not to kill any more aging musicians this month, shall we? Never mind. My ruminations on the recent deaths of musical celebrities will only lead to a rant about my personal life and how terrible it was last month. I'd rather not bother with that any further, if you don't mind (and even if you do!). Anyway, that was LAST month.

     THIS month, I'm moving forward or, at least, laterally. I'm teaching drawing classes for children and adults at a nearby recreation centre and, on Wed., I'll be returning to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (and how is a college also a university, you ask? Don't ask me and, while you're at it, don't ask NSCAD U either - they're far too busy trying to run the joint back OUT of the ground to answer fool questions -- unless, of course, you've a got a spare few million lying about. Then, they'd very much like to hear from you, I'm sure!) to teach a course in Comics & Visual Storytelling. That should be good.

     On Thu., I begin doing a tutorial for someone else who couldn't make it to my Wed. course. That may be a better way to make money, actually. I'll just schedule future courses at 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning, teach the ONE drunk guy who shows up at that time and then also get paid for all the sessions that I teach on separate days, for all the people who couldn't attend the Sunday morning course. Brilliant! I should go into business for myself. Oh, wait ....

      Meanwhile, I continue to draw for a living, as well. I recently finished a storyboard job for Current Studios, who are shooting a series of commercials for the NSCC (that's the Nova Scotia Community College, to you -- NOT a university, but likely your best bet for post-secondary education in these parts) and, just last night, turned in some character designs for Devo FX, for some Los Angeles-based production, about which I've been told almost nothing. Both of these projects are so fresh, that I'm probably not allowed to divulge anything, including pictures. That's right - I'm TELLING without SHOWING! Not very good at Show & Tell, am I? Distressing, isn't it? Don't fret, dear reader (and put that chainsaw down!) -- it's going to be okay. We'll get through this together, you and I. Just take my hand and breathe deeply into my eyes. That's it ...

     ... okay, you can let go of my hand now.

     Besides, I DO have something to show you, after all! Hurrah! It's the first page of a Top Secret comic book project on which I've been working for more years than I care to admit. Just as a journey of a thousand steps begins with a first step (and stark incredulity -- Note: NEVER tell them how many steps it is at the starting line), so too does a comic of a thousand pages (or 80 pages) begin with but a single page ... and that's what this image is. Enjoy.

David Lewis Cullen - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada                                                                                                                                  

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