Maine comic book artist Jay Piscopo is now booking school and library visits for Spring and Summer 2011.
DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY: In this interactive drawing workshop, comic book artist Jay Piscopo uses simple geometric shapes to teach kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Check out Jay in the CLASSROOM. Go behind the scenes in JAY'S STUDIO where he creates The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli graphic novel series.
Contact Tami Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-838-0816 to book.
Spring appearances include:
JMG Career Development Conference -- Augusta, ME
Orono Middle School - Orono, ME
May - Date TBD
King's Highway Elementary - Westport, CT
May 21 - 22
Maine Comics Arts Festival - Portland, ME
4:30 - 7:00
Wenham Museum - Wenham, MA
Space explorers celebrate the opening of the Blast Off! Space Toys exhibit with a moon bounce, games and sundaes that are out of this world! Get a free sketch from comic book artist Jay Piscopo, creator of the heroic Golden Age space traveler, Commander X. Tour the galleries during extended Museum hours.
Artwork featured in Blast Off! Space Toys exhibit at the Wenham Museum.
Jay Piscopo's The Sea Ghost #1 hits the shelves in March! Ask your local comic shop to order this for you. Check it out at KidsComics.com.
Sea Ghost #1
Publisher: Nemo Publishing
Diamond Code: JAN111269
In Shops March 30, 2011
“Sea Ghost #1 is a very fun read. Think Space Ghost but underwater. The art looks like it was taken from a cartoon. This a great all ages read for kids and those of us who will never grow up.” Ric Croxton, First Comics News
February 8, 2011
Read Stefan Blitz's review of The Sea Ghost #1 on Forces of Geek at this link.
Next month, Nemo Publishing will be releasing their newest comic, The Sea Ghost, written and illustrated by Jay Piscopo.
The character, who originally appeared in Piscopo's The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli graphic novel series, is a testament to the magic that super-heroes once had and in many ways is a love letter to classic Marvel and DC comics and Hanna Barbera cartoons.
But unfortunately, it's also the kind of books that most comic book stores overlook, which is why you need to be proactive and tell your retailer that you want it.
After the jump, check out the cover and press release for The Sea Ghost #1, as well as a phenomenal video that Jay created for retailers, but really does a fantastic job capturing his philosophies on both his work and the industry.
The Sea Ghost #1
36 Pages | Full Color | $3.99
DIAMOND CODE -- JAN111269
The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli: A Review
Comic Books Examiner
By Robert Sodaro
February 4, 2011
If you are looking for adventure, the kind that can only be found between the covers of a book, then you’ll thrill to the epic Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli (Nemo Publishing), an ongoing story from the exhilarating, and engaging imagination of writer/artist Jay Piscopo comes a graphic novel series cut in the tradition of Jules Verne, Herge, and classic comic strips like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. “Capt'n” Eli is actually a young lad of mysterious origins (who, like that young lad from the planet Krypton, arrived in a futuristic pod to be raised by an elderly kindly couple). Accompanying Eli on his outstanding adventures is an eclectic cast of truly delightfully oddball characters, including Jolly Roger(a 200-year-old parrot), Eli’s faithful seadog Barney, the seafaring Seasearchers, the equally mysterious Commander X, Sea Ghost, and many, many others (including an entire undersea kingdom of mer-people), and, well, aliens.
As a comic, Capt'n Eli takes readers into a compellingly exciting world that comes complete with time travel, high-tech ships, flying mini-subs, robots, lost civilizations, and undersea empires in conflict. Capt’n Eli is a truly delightful comic that tells a more entertainingly dense story than you can find in most mainstream comics. Piscopo has an uncanny knack to capture the “educational” storytelling of Julie Schwartz heavily flavored with the wit and style of Stan Lee. His stories are fast-paced, informative, breezy, and move forward with the rapid fire syncopation of well-tuned Jazz.
These are stories that grab your attention right from the get-go and draw you in. His art is clean, sharp, and delivers a photorealistic 3D effect that will keep you coming back for more. Plus his comics are the epitome of what an all-ages comic should be. They are easily accessible for younger readers as well as engaging enough for older readers.
In the first of the two currently available digest-sized comics we meet Capt’n Eli, his family and several of his friends, as well get treated to some of his back story, plus meet the mysterious WWII hero apparently turned villain, Commander X. In some 100 pages Piscopo lays the groundwork for everything that is to follow, by hinting at some things, while shrouding others is mystery, he even treats us to a number of celebrity illustrated pin-ups and a 10-page “Golden Age back-up featuring Commander X and other Ultras (or Mystery Men), from the ‘40s. The second volume throws us pell-mell into an undersea war, court intrigue time travel and well, so much that you’re simply going to have to buy both issues to find out what is happening. Then when you’re done, head on over to the Capt’n’s website and see all of the other very cool things that Piscopo has prepared for you, you’ll be glad you did.
"This was the kind of book I loved to read as a kid...and reading it with my own kids it inspires "oohs" and "whoas" with each turn of the page." ~ Jeff Marsick, Newsarama
The Sea Ghost #1
Written and Drawn by Jay Piscopo
Published by Nemo Publishing Group
Review by Jeff Marsick
February 1, 2011
Read full review below or at this link.
I've raved about the first two volumes of Jay Piscopo's The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli in the past, especially what wonderful kid-friendly fare they are as digest-sized roller-coaster rides of thrills harkening back to the days of Hanna-Barbera animation (y'know, the Golden Age of cartoons). Jay's back, this time with a one-shot of the Sea Ghost, an Aquaman-type with Space Ghost inspirations and arguably one of the best characters from the second Capt'n Eli book.
The Ghost is living in the ruins of Atlantis with his two children, Triton and Coral, when he discovers a dimensional displacement doohickey that pinballs him around the universe to another aquatic somewhere, smack dab in the middle of a war between the underwater people called the Phlan, and land-dwelling humanoid simians called the Simas. Turns out both sides pledge fealty to a Lovecraftian supreme being called Vorrgoth and Sea Ghost smells something fishy about the whole thing. It’s up to Sea Ghost to reveal the truth and get the two warring factions to end their violent ways.
Jay Piscopo’s minimalist artwork is inspired by Kirby and with its bold colors the action practically leaps off the page. This was the kind of book I loved to read as a kid (before I got older and fell for grim-and-gritty), and reading it with my own kids it inspires "oohs" and "whoas" with each turn of the page. The Sea Ghost carries with him good messages for kids, about how choices shape our destiny, and how blind violence is not an acceptable means to an end. I only wish Sea Ghost had a little more going for him other than the cool costume and the ability to re-direct energy used against him.
Still, for thirty-six pages of book, it’s well worth the money. And that’s before I mention the guest artist pin-up of the Sea Ghost by Ramona Fradon, who, back in the fifties, used to draw Aquaman for DC and co-created Aqualad. Very cool indeed, and bravo to Jay for including her in this book. If you’ve got a little one who loves comics and you find acceptable material hard to find, look no further than The Sea Ghost #1.