Andrew Maclean is my favorite new artists, he's also many other artists favorite new guy too and that's for good reason- he's not just good, he's fresh.
I did a pin up for his new book Head Lopper- and I've donated it to the kickstarter so you can own it. Even if you can't, I highly recommend you giving a little something to support this creator and his vision.
The Victories are heroes fighting for and against humanity: for the innocent and against those who secretly rule it. My thought is if there were super heroes, there wouldn't be much need populate the world with super villains as the real world has enough villains already, including those who may be pulling the strings behind the scenes.
Conspiracy is something I'm obsessed with. Notice I didn't say "believe in", I said obsessed with. I think it is the extension of societies fears and anxieties. The way someone has been mugged may feel about walking the street alone, who someone who has been lied or cheated on repeatedly can no longer trust their surroundings or relationships, they are in fact convinced of the worst unseen factors, because now they know those factors are indeed there.
The JFK assassination really triggered this feature of an already untrusting country- untrusting of outsiders, foreigners and built on a gun culture. After Kennedy was shot, suddenly the assassin and the assassins assassin met quick deaths. The House Select Committee on Assassinations found there was likely a conspiracy, but no further investigations were done, E. Howard Hunt, C.I.A. player in the Watergate scandal writes and records a confession to his son that he was the #2 player in the "Big Event" the C.I.A. plan to assassinate JFK where he also names names- nothing was done and few reporters carried the story.
I don't mean to dwell on JFK, I'm just pointing out that when you look closer at these things, they only get you sucked in and make more sense in their spiderweb like mixture of fact and conjecture... add to that the factual history of MK ULTRA LSD mind control experiments, Nazi foundation of NASA and secret testing the government has done on veterans and citizens and its all too easy to begin to believe.
Wow, that was much longer than I expected! The Victories doesn't touch on JFK at all, but I wanted to explain what my interest are that have led to my villains in the Victories being those who may be secretly running or at least influencing the world for some greater sinister purpose. Filter that through the world of comics, add in tons of personal pain and you'll find who the Victories are really battling.
Dark Horse Comics releases the Victories MONTHLY. Our first mini series was called Touched, and the monthly series begins with Transhuman. You can order these through your LCS or directly from Dark Horse Comics here- http://www.darkhorse.com/Search/the+victories
This blog is going to be the new home base for my internets. I still have my old www.michaeloeming.com site, but most of that is linked to this more manageable blog, I was just never good with managing a full on website.
To the right, you'll find all the links you'll need to keep track of my work, my tumblr site, my twitter feed, commissions and my professional Facebook site.
But here is where you'll find any "announcements" or major updates on projects, and from time to time, just some general nonsense, but mostly work related. So lets get started:
POWERS the series at FX: despite rumors, the Powers show is still alive and very much being worked and reworked at FX, scripts written by Charlie Huston. As of this post, a new draft was just handed in. The Pilot was shot two years ago, it was good but not what we wanted so we've started over and continue to dedicate time and talent to making it what it should be. Fingers crossed.
POWERS will also be teaming up with DARK HORSE COMICS to bring you these neat PVC figures and this Retro Girl Statue!
UPDATE: THE VICTORIES
The Victories is my new creator owned series from DARK HORSE COMICS which I write and draw myself, colors by Nick Filardi of Powers and Takio. If you cannot find it at your LCS you can find it at the DH store here: https://digital.darkhorse.com/search/?q=the+Victories
There are currently two volumes of the Victories, the original 5 issue mini that explored Faustus origins and the new ongoing series which begins with Victories: Transhuman which explores my love of conspiracies and delves deeper into the other Victories team members.
UPDATE: THE FUTURE!
Brian Bendis and I have a new "secret project" we are working on. More on that when we can. Taki Soma and I also have a project or two we are developing, so keep track of her work through her site www.takisoma.com or her twitter handle @Takisoma
I have also just finished an issue of ABE SAPIEN written by Scott Allie for Dark Horse comics.