Dan: “Wha… What?”
Jetta: “They’re breasts.”
Dan: “Oh! I’m so sorry.”
Jetta: Now, if we’re all finished gawking at my assets, answer my question. What did you call me?
From Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa – Defiance.
This is one of my favorite pages. Not because of the illustration. I can draw better now. lol. But, I love it because of what the page represents. When I first started illustrating Jetta and publishing books, I got a lot of flak for how I drew her. She is a well endowed, beautiful woman. People didn’t sit well with that. She railed in the face of fanboys who where uncomfortable with visualizing her build. So, I wrote this page in our first book in order to address the readers who thought that by reading the book, they would be sexualizing the character. In the page, Dan is the reader and Jetta acknowledges his “wandering eyes” thus clearing the air between the two characters and between me and the reader. Did it work? I don’t know. But it was sure fun trying to clear the air. And I think that Jetta is a stronger character for it.
What do you think?
How do you feel about the imagery of the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa books? Did this page make you feel easier about having a voulptous hero as the books lead character? I want to hear from you so post away!
I know things have been a little quiet over here the last few weeks. The summer has been a hectic roller coaster of deadlines, new work, and those pesky bills (yes, I have them too) that keep coming up. Life can really get in the way of productivity. So, I’ve had to work very hard and very quickly on things that are not directly Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa related. That’s a good thing. The more artwork that I do, the more eyes will fall back on everyone’s favorite raven haired ninja. The bad part about this is that, most of the things I’m working on now won’t be seen for months. That’s a bummer. But, know that I am working and when these new projects are released, it’s going to seem like my art work is everywhere. I’m really looking forward to that.
Back in the Jetta world, I have been working on the final graphic novel in the series and loving it. Things are heating up and I’m really proud of the work that has been coming out of me with these pages. The story is top notch and an excellent way to close this chapter of Jetta’s life. If you haven’t joined our facebook fan page yet, then please join. I have been putting up sneak peaks at the artwork for the new book over there.
Check it out!
Speaking of endings, let’s talk beginnings. As you all know, when one door closes another door opens. That can’t be more true with what I have planned for the readers in 2013. Be on the look out for a few MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS coming from me in the near future! I can’t wait to share the news with you. As well, I’m going to need ALL of the support from the readers once things go down. I hope you guys can respond in kind!
Thanks for bearing with me through this lull time. Your patience will be GREATLY rewarded soon. So stay tuned and be on the look out!
One of the best ways that I have found to try new books is digitally. And, there is no better jumpping on point to our stories than our digital omnibus that is out RIGHT NOW! Check out Action Lab Comics and Drive Thru Comics to begin your journey to ninja mastery!!
Shianndrea Toshigawa is “The Chosen One” of the Toshigawa Ninja Clan.
She is the only warrior powerful enough to save the world from the wrath of the Knave, a demonic samurai army led by her father, Terminus. Although Shianndrea longs for a normal life away from the weight of her destiny, she is hunted at every turn.
Taki Sato, one of the most deadly warriors in all of Japan wants Shianndrea dead and the monstrous tracker known as Desai would like nothing more than to restore his honor by breaking Shianndrea and returning her to Terminus.
Now this reluctant warrior must cope with the fear of her destiny, a battle to the death and a rumor that another clan member is traitor.
Created by Martheus Wade and optioned for a motion picture, “Beginnings” will be the first in a series of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa digital omnibus collections to be released over the next two years. “Beginnings” collects Jetta – Last Chances (first published in 2003) and Jetta – Crucible (first published in 2009) into one 120 page full color graphic novel.
With all new story additions, art and ending commentary, Beginnings brings an entirely new reading experience to these exciting books and provides an excellent jumping on point for new readers who have always wanted to check out one of the most popular female characters in independent comics.
Front Cover By – Martheus Wade
Written By – Martheus & Janet Wade
Art By – Martheus & Janet Wade
For Readers 15+ & Up (Mature Themes)
Check out the artwork from our first MAW Productions contest. The contest was to depict Jetta, Turra, Muley or any of the characters from our books in different spots in time! It could be anytime at all. The future. The past. Anywhere!! Check out the art below and vote by liking your favorite ON OUR FACEBOOK CHAT PAGE. All contest entrants are labeled Contest! Contest! Contest!
This MAW Productions contest entry is by the one and only Adam Shaw depicting Jetta in Feudal Japan offering up some samurai justice! Awesome piece!!
This MAW Productions contest entry is by Kenny Gordon! This one has both Jetta and Turra in the old west smack in the middle of a gunfight and ninja invasion. That’s a lot of action expertly done here! Sweet.
Take a look at all of the great art at our studio site at www.mawpro.com!
This is the LAST WEEK for the first official MAW Productions art contest! All contest entries have to be completed and posted to our facebook page by August 1st, 2012! ENTER YOUR ART HERE!
JETTA, TURRA AND MULEY – TIME BANDITS CONTEST
Here is your chance to show us your renditions of Jetta, Turra, and/or Muley in a different era in time. Steampunk, Futuristic, Feudalism, Ming Dynasty, whatever time your heart desires, we want to see your take on our flagship characters.
One thing that I have noticed over the years is that our female readership has grown tremendously. They are very vocal and very loyal. I really think that is cool! I love to see diversity in comics and comics readers and to know that women enjoy the character as much as they do, is a very good thing. So, I wanted to do something to celebrate that. Here is a piece that I did, called Girl Power, where I tried to get the most famous female fighters together in one awesome pin-up! From video games to comics, I tried to cover as much territory as I could. I still missed a few. But the martial arts power speaks for itself! Hope you guys like it.
See how I designed this piece from sketching all the way to finished art over at www.mawpro.com!!
Over at our tutorial site, www.mawpro.com, I’m always talking about progression in your artwork. It’s time to show you guys what I mean. Here is some of my very first Jetta artwork right before we published for the first time. This is also during a time when I wasn’t quite sure what she was or how I was going to tackle the book. There are some things that I kept and a good deal of stuff I tossed out.
Take a second and look at where I started. Compare that to where I am as an artist now. See what things are similar, what things are completely different and what elements I kept. Then pull out some of your own old work and compare. How are you progressing?
This is when I started to firm up on Jetta costume. Yes, cleavage became a part of the character as well. I purposefully wanted to make her a voluptuous woman. That was in direct contrast to how she was drawn before. I sometimes wish that I had reduced her breast size at the beginning. I think that it stopped many from taking the book seriously after all. Oh well. Live and learn.
To see more EARLY artwork form the Jetta series check out www.mawpro.com. I breakdown why I did certain things in my art and other things I should have changed in hind sight. While you are there, check out our tutorials on penciling, inking, coloring, idea generation and more.
See you there!