Known as much for its stunning covers as it is for the Genre Fiction and New Pulp it publishes, Pro Se Productions announces today that artist Rick Johnson has joined the ranks of the company’s cover artists.
“The cover,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is as important on many levels as the pages inside it, at least for Pro Se. We have a reputation of putting out the best looking books as well as the best written ones in Genre Fiction and Rick coming on board is only going to insure that continues. Rick’s unique style blends comic book technique with a stark, almost gritty line art that sets his work apart, makes it stand out from the pack. Whether or not it’s fantasy or straight up hard boiled stuff, Rick has not only the talent, but also a taste for the sort of stuff Pro Se produces and our fans like to read. Plus, the man’s got enough personality to more than fit in with the rest of us at Pro Se and that’s always an added benefit.”
Rick Johnson (aka The World's Smallest Giant) is a writer/artist living in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Having grown up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies, he naturally thought he could earn a living in one of those fields. Much to his surprise, life often throws curve balls. So Rick took a “real” job and became a productive citizen. But he never outgrew his love of all things macabre. A few years ago, Rick began self publishing his own brand of horror and science fiction under the banner Phat Daddy Studios Presents. With stories like Bune’s World, LMC-1 and Hard Luck, he continued to refine his approach to graphic storytelling.
A comic Project, Operation Silver Moon marked a turning point. Teaming with award winning writer Bobby Nash gave Rick the opportunity to revamp his drawing style. Taking cues from E.C. comics, Warren Publishing magazines, and 40s film noir, Rick injected a new mood into his art.
Currently, Rick is providing artwork for the horror film Upyri and collaborating with writer Sean Taylor on the science fiction tale A Stitch In Time: The Return of The Invisible Man for IDW. He is also working on a followup to his Phat Daddy Fable Hard Luck and the long awaited “story that will make him famous”... Birthrights.
"I'm excited,” says Johnson, “to be working with Pro Se Productions. Pulp has a long a storied history in this country. I'm proud to (hopefully) add to the tradition."
Johnson’s first work for Pro Se Productions will appear as a cover for The Disintegration of Dragons, a Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series by Author Mark Bousquet debuting in the next one to two weeks.
For more information or to interview the artist, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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