Artist Spotlight – Alex Horley!

The Purgatori of Devil’s Due had a lot of great things going for it. If they kept the personality of Purgatori, then maybe it would have survived. The writing itself was phenomenal and the art beautiful – particularly the gorgeous cover art of Alex Horley. His work blows me away and I adore the way he illustrates the Blood Goddess. I wanted to make a post showcasing his art for the series, because lets face it, the world should praise his talent. I have included some pencil sketches that Alex has posted on his website, which you can find here. I have also included completed covers and even those unpublished for issues 7 and 8.

Here you will find links to the artists Facebook and Website.

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Life Goal Complete – Meeting Jim Balent

Like I always say, when I think of Purgatori I think of Jim Balent. On account of this Jim has always been someone I was hoping to one day meet. I received my chance this past Sunday on August 2nd, 2015 at Beachead Comics in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

It all began with a post Jim made saying he would be going to the next Beachead anniversary party. For one reason or another I was not able to go previous years and so I was ecstatic when this new opportunity presented itself. I drove with my best friend (who is a Catwoman fan) two hours from our small state of Delaware.


Meeting Jim


When Jim finally arrived at Beachead, with his lovely wife Holly, we were overwhelmed with joy but calm. After he chatted with some familiars we walked up to him and introduced ourselves. I had previously messaged Jim and when he asked if he knew us I quickly and pointedly replied “I’m Purgatori and she is Catwoman” without thinking. He replied “Ohhh!!” and instantly knew who we were. We chatted with him for hours as he signed our comics and sketched our drawings. It was a fantastic and euphoric experience, this was one of my most pleasant meetings with someone working in the comic industry. He told us secrets and stories and we left after those three hours wildly happy and giddy. We had so many hopes in meeting Jim and it was everything we imagined and more.

Unfortunately we are not sure when we will next see Jim. Beachead Comics is closing at the end of the month because their owner passed away recently. It was sad to hear the news and it felt almost like being at a funeral when Jeff’s (the owner) wife talked about the shop’s end. We had never experienced a shop closing before and it was heartbreaking. The other cons that Jim wentΒ to in the past were Pittsburgh and San Diego. Sadly, he will no longer be going to Pittsburg and San Diego is a bit out of our reach travel wise. We counted ourselves lucky that we were able to see Jim this year and we hope to one day do so again.


Signing


I brought many things to get signed. There were The Vampire’s Myth comics (including my newly acquired Black Onyx edition!), two oversized chrome cards, two Lady Death centerfolds from Evil Ernie: Revenge, and two Purgatori posters. Needless to say I am a very happy person right now.


Free Sketch


Jim was also doing free quick sketches at Beachead. This was an amazing opportunity for me to get a sketch by one of my favorite artists and at no expense! I feel extremely grateful that he took the time and effort to sketch this beauty out. It actually took him roughly an hour to do mineΒ and I am honored that he put as much effort in this drawing as he did, I cannot thank him enough!

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Artist Spotlight – Jim Balent!

When the image of Purgatori comes into mind, Jim Balent’s depiction is what I usually imagine. There is something about his depiction of the Blood Goddess that is very sentimental and one I hold very dear to my heart. While I enjoy and love other artist’s working on Purgatori, Balent is my hands down favorite. I only wish he was able to do more with her, but I am more than content with The Vampire’s Myth.

Here is a link to his Facebook and Website.

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NOTE: This page will be updated when new works of art appear by the artist.

Artist Spotlight – Nei Ruffino!

Today I want to shine the spotlight on Nei Ruffino. I have come to really admire her portrayal of Purgatori and she, among the other cover artists, remains a firm favorite. I would love for her to continue doing covers for the Blood Goddess, she always manages to create new and unique portrayals that leave me wanting more.

Here you will find links to the artistsΒ Facebook and Twitter page.

NOTE: This page will be updated when new works of art appear by the artist.

Artist Spotlight – Joyce Chin!

Something I wanted to do for a while now is start doing Artist Spotlight posts where I highlight some of the phenomenal work done by artist’s who have worked on our favorite Blood Goddess! I want to start this off with Joyce Chin who has done an array of beautiful Purgatori covers from the old CHAOS! days to the new Dynamite line.

The Re-imagined Premium variant is my favorite Purgatori cover. When I heard Joyce would be working on Dynamite’s Purgatori covers, I was over the moon. Words cannot describe how big a fan I am of this extremelyΒ talented artist.

Below you will find all her covers for the Blood Goddess and some process art that can be also found on the artist’s Facebook page. You can also follow her on Twitter.

NOTE: This page will be updated when new works of art appear by the artist.