My first comics, published like a Zine, if you are old enough to know what that is… I still have these, of course. Not bad. A little all over the place, but you can follow the story. Crazy black and white explosion! Click to enlarge, there is lots there. Each cover goes to a book with about 30 pages per issue. I have that too. Covers on the first three are in Korean, the next two are in Japanese. Contents in English, except for issue Five. Title on the cover reflected the language of the country where I was when I drew the book.
NUMBER FIVE – JAPAN EDITION
SECRET HISTORY OF NINJA, PART 2:
“Until I Understand Right and Wrong in my Own Heart.” (23 pages)
It isn’t being Japan’s Greatest Ninja – an origin tale. Tells the story of his greatest darkness, when a personal slump right before a major secret tournament threatened to upend everything our hero has been working to achieve. Will he lose the title of Greatest? Will he screw up the family legacy? Guest starring Japan’s greatest rock artist, in a journey to find one’s authentic self, on a beach at night in Kamakura with a Bosatsu of Rock and Roll. I am proudest of this one.
Free Copy (about 25 pages):
Secret History of Ninja, Part 2, “Until I Understand Right and Wrong in my Own Heart.” FREE PDF ONLINE
NOTE – this is the last of the already finished issues (there are four so far, with somewhat confusing numbering, welcome to comics. They force us. Meeting of Evil Doers (ridiculous!) is the next one as we launch into the modern day story (end of April), then big Ninja action issue, then getting closer to issue six (end of July) when the three heroes come together in one room and bitch at each other, x-men style. Should be fun! Update art, sample art, preview art, news etc., updated by me, here every week, so please check back. “Kyakusama wa kamisama” (means) “Audience is a god!” Cheers, -B.
Introduces the story of Japan’s Greatest Ninja, of the Ugamoto Clan. His background, hometown, the inspirational music close to his heart, and the reason why he is a demon killer. A little indy, a little action/adventure, a lot of Japan. Some color pages, with lots and lots of gorgeous, hand painted black, white and gray tones, like a gorgeous, old movie. This issue is 100% free of digital art. All by hand. This PDF (100.7 MB) is scanned from the originals.
The story (PDF) starts here:
SECRET HISTORY OF NIINJA (part one) FREE DIGITAL EDITION (100.4 MB)
PART TWO to be published here, online, in about a week. Or sooner. We’ll see. I am very busy before the comics convention tomorrow!
I drew this in the late 90s, then stuck it in a drawer. Now it pops up in the Ninja’s stories, part of a four page sequence. It’s based on real iife. One Friday night I went on a walk down Center Gai dressed like that (the kaiju) and felt like Brad PItt getting mobbed. A little intimidating….
UPDATE – august 28th, 2014 – For some reason I accidentally deleted the originall JPG. This is a finished page from Oberon Destroyers – Secret History of Ninja Part 1.
Version 2 Cover for the sixty five page first issue, advance copies going out in the mail tomorrow to a select list of readers. More details in the next few days.
UPDATE (1.19.14) This issue now being prepped for scanning and online distribution. Posted and ready ot go by early March when I go to Wizard World Sacramento.