NYCC’13: Dynamite Announces The Art of Jock Hardover

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming 2014 release of The Art of Jock, a hardcover retrospective celebrating the entire career of talented British illustrator, Jock (Hellblazer: Pandemonium, Savage Wolverine). The latest in Dynamite’s line of bestselling art books honoring such notables as Alex Ross, Sean Phillips, and Howard Chaykin (to name a few), The Art of Jock will include hundreds of gorgeous illustrations from his years as an artist for comic books, film, and more.

“When Nick at Dynamite approached me with the idea of publishing an art book, I felt honoured to be given the chance to put together the first comprehensive look at the work of my career so far,” says Jock. “It will include drawings and paintings from all of my comics projects from over the last ten years, including many sketches and unseen material, plus concept art and extensive promotional images from the various movies and posters I’ve worked on.  The quality of the books I’ve seen from Dynamite has been second-to-none, so I’m thrilled to have a home there for this retrospective.”

Jock is the award-winning British artist renowned for his edgy and dynamic style and gritty design aesthetic. He leapt to fame with his work on Judge Dredd for 2000AD, before collaborating with then-editor Andy Diggle on the futuristic crime caper Lenny Zero. This swiftly led to Jock being voted Best Newcomer at the National Comics Awards in 2001. In the decade since then, Jock has provided commercial art and graphic design for numerous internationally renowned clients including Pontiac, Sony, British Airways, Saatchi & Saatchi, Nintendo, Criterion, the NBA and the BBC. He has worked for every major Hollywood studio including Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, producing key art, concept design, and promotional imagery for Batman Begins, Hancock, Children of Men, Hanna, and Iron Man 3, as well as the big-screen adaptations of Dune, Dredd, and Battleship. He created in-game artwork for Army of Two: The 40th Day for EA Games, as well as cover art for Ubisoft’s popular Driver franchise.

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In comics, Jock is best known for co-creating the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series The Losers with Andy Diggle. His character designs were followed closely in the feature film adaptation, and his original art was integrated into on-screen transitions and the animated credits sequence. Jock’s promotional poster for The Losers was voted one of the Top 10 movie posters of 2010 by MTV. Previous work includes the original graphic novel Hellblazer: Pandemonium for DC Comics/Vertigo. His stunning covers for numerous titles including X-Men, Daredevil, and Scalped led to his being nominated as Best Cover Artist at the Eisner Awards. Jock and writer Scott Snyder recently won the Stan Lee Award for Best Series for their work on Batman: The Black Mirror. He is currently working with actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz on an original comic-book project, continuing to produce officially licensed screen prints for boutique poster company Mondo, and writing and drawing his first miniseries for Marvel Comics, Savage Wolverine. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives and works in Devon.

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite, says, “Jock is a modern legend, one of the most highly sought-after comic book artists of his — or any — generation. His design sense trembles the very walls of human perception; it challenges us to shake off the societal programming that comic art is mere commercial art, and raises it to a higher level and standard. We are damn proud to welcome Jock as the latest addition to our line of high-end art books.”

The Art of Jock will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Art of Jock with their local comic book shop or hobby specialty store.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.