Last November, I spent 10 days in Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts for a 10 day artist residency, along with Joshua Dysart (he’s the Helmetgirls graphic novel writer). It was a really cool experience, especially to be there during the Edo Pop exhibit. I taught, gave talks, did live drawings, and spent a lot of time with staff in the institute, and met many, many people that came just to see us. I can’t wait to share my new art with everyone, since it’s been profoundly affected by this residency!
You may remember that Camilla teased that Helmetgirls: Origins was being developed in an MTV video at Emerald City Comic-Con earlier this year. Well, it’s now official – Helmetgirls: Origins is scheduled for a release in 2012!
Fellow Eisner-award nominee Joshua Dysart (B.P.R.D., Unknown Soldier) will write the new original graphic novel, and Camilla d’Errico will provide art for the 140-page book inspired by her Helmetgirls portraits. As a sneak peak, here are some behind-the-scenes sketches of the characters!
[Click either sketch page for a larger view.]
We’ve recently launched a new Helmetgirls website that features information about the characters and features an interactive fan wall, and finished a very successful event at the University of British Columbia where several Helmetgirl cosplayers turned out.
Full details of the Helmetgirls: Origins graphic novel will be revealed at this year’s New York Comic Con, where more announcements for the Tanpopo series, which recently began running on MTV Geek, will also be made public. To see more images of Helmetgirls, please visit the Facebook gallery.
A special art print of the Helmetgirls: Origins teaser poster called “Caverns”, seen above, is now available for purchase in the online store, and is a part of the limited time 2 for $30 print sale going on now until August 31st.