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Following Joe the Barbarian and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, artist Sean Murphy is priming himself for his biggest work yet: writing and drawing his own series. Although he’s done it in the past with the graphic novel Off Road, the upcoming limited series Punk Rock Jesus from Vertigo is by far more ambitious in terms of plot and potential. DC/Vertigo has yet to “officially announce” the book, but Murphy has already penciled the first issue and is working up some standalone art to accompany the project… and he needs your help.
Murphy’s created this dynamic piece of art and he’s looking for fan input on whether to sell the print in color or black-and-white. What do you think?
Murphy talked with CBR about Punk Rock Jesus way back in 2009, and according to his DeviantArt postings has turned down a number of high-profile projects at Marvel and DC to finally get the chance to pursue more of his own material like this.
Artist Sean Murphy has been tearing up the fringes of mainstream comics. Although he’s yet to make a big splash in the super-hero genre, he’s found his own path with a string of projects at Dark Horse, Oni and IDW. For the past few years he’s called Vertigo home, and his first major series for the DC imprint, Grant Morrison’s Joe the Barbarian, just finished.
But for people who have followed him over the course of his career, or just followed his active DeviantArt account, you can easily tell he’s got a lot on his mind and an itch to get it out. Right now Murphy’s prepping to begin a spinoff miniseries for Vertigo’s American Vampire as well as writing and drawing his long-gestating series Punk Rock Jesus (which he talked about with Comic Book Resources in December). But besides that, he’s been prone to just draw whatever’s on the top of his head — like the amazing pin-up to your right. Murphy’s got a lot more, from a stellar Carl Sagan pin-up (who ever thought you’d see those three words together?), as well as an exclusive early look at Punk Rock Jesus, which isn’t due out until 2012.