Untitled Project Playlist

For that new creator owned book I mentioned, I put together the following play list.  The book’s got a weird inner city 70′s vibe to it, despite being modern, but, it’s not in the Parliament/Chi-Lites mold, so much… there’s a sense of history and decay to it that most 70′s stuff doesn’t quite capture.  So instead, I built it mostly from blues and jazz from the mid 50′s to the mid 70′s, the kind of music that you might hear on a small power AM station back in my hometown.

The key song, from where I built the entire playlist, and mood of the book, is one that I’ve been moderately obsessed with every since the first time I heard it used, which was on a production of a couple of Richard Wright One Act Plays that I was the Assistant Director of as a teenager.  The song was David “Fathead” Newman’s version of Ray Charles’ Hard Times.  It’s a song, that as performed by Ray is a sad, solitary little song about the shit life can throw at you.  The Fathead version (from the album “Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman”) is the opposite.  It’s about triumphing over adversity and telling it to go fuck itself.  For a simple little blues song, it really drives it home.   You can actually listen to it on Newman’s Myspace Page.

Here’s twenty of the tracks, after the jump. Continue reading

Tony Lee interviews me and a bunch of other folk…

about how to make it in the comic business.

 1. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PITCH?

JHF: It’s important. I think having a good relationship where your editor (or the publisher) trusts you to actually execute on that pitch is probably more important. Having a great idea is easy, executing a great idea is the hard part.

2. WHAT DO YOUR PITCHES CONSIST OF / EDITORS – WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A PITCH?

JHF: If it’s for a creator owned property, I tend to do a one sheet with the basic concept, the format, and any imperative information, along with some art. Then I’ll try and put together a few pages of art (ten is probably best), and include a three or four page synopsis of the whole story.

And so on.