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2nd Mark of the Griffin #2

September 21, 2020 Leave a comment

2nd Villainy of the Vile


This story follows the first official mission of the Griffin with the AGENCI. Marcus Griffin thought he was working for the Agents of Central Intelligence. He will eventually discover the truth. Until then, he investigates a wonder drug that has been sabotaged. The source of contamination has been traced to a testing plant. The Griffin will be sent to uncover a sinister plot and will reflect on the larger plot that placed him in peril.

Available on comiXology.

https://www.comixology.com/2nd-Mark-of-the-Griffin-2/digital-comic/878341?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM

Mark of the Griffin, Vol. 1: Season I Man with a Gun

When evil cannot be punished enough by the laws of man, they will receive the Mark of the Griffin. Before he was marked, Marcus Griffin thought he could change the world with a gun. He was wrong. Drew Spence creates a graphic web series that follows the adventures of a vigilante turned special agent. One man cannot change the world. But a man can change himself and, if given the proper training and tools, make a difference.

Force Six Season II and III Wallpapers

September 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Desktoppers and Force Six propers

I saw the Griffin Avid profile on ArtStation and noticed the Force Six Season I Wallpapers product. I would have sworn I made, at least, a Season II package and had vague memories of creating one. A hard search led nowhere and maybe I was picking up on loose memories of creating the bonus art for the Seasonal collections- that’s the big book that combines an entire season’s worth (about 10 different episodes) of comics in one …big collection.

There’s always extra art left over- ideas that didn’t work out, alternate shots, panels I never used and renderings that have a different look when taken out of context. Re framed, they serve as wallpapers- little reminders of the season’s best moments and greatest adventures. We have a video trailer that shows off a few choice pieces. They can be purchased from our ArtStation store and of course the Patreon already received their packages. Thank for supporting The Dynamic Universe.

The Force Six comic series can be purchased on comiXology.

Force Six, The Annihilators episode 01 REDUX

September 4, 2020 Leave a comment

This is the new special 50th Redux version of episode 01 Trick Shot. We’ve collected some of the most striking material from episode 10, the Force Six Foundation Guide and The Dynamic Universe 001 to give the Annihilator journey a fresh start. We thank you for your support.

01 Trick Shot
It’s the opening shot of Force Six, The Annihilators. What happens when team Agility and LunStar-G are tasked with tackling a tricky…stationary.. moving… target? The tale takes a twist! Try twenty pages of full-tilt tints. Story and art by Drew Spence.

The Force Six comic series is available on ComiXology.

https://www.comixology.com/Force-Six-The-Annihilators-episode-01-1/digital-comic/884796?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM

The Destruction of Redder Coltrane Force Six 50th Redux

The Destruction of Redder Coltrane

Free to read for a limited time.

Force Six The Destruction of Redder Coltrane Redux cover
Reduxed and redone and done in.

The first story arc on the Force Six series is reduxed for the 50th episode celebration.  Force Six member Jackie-5 and her partner, the Beta One asset, are sent to the planet Fronterra to terminate the war criminal Tiber HenGemon. When the work order gets expanded, more Annihilators are called in to…annihilate.

The Destruction of Redder Coltrane presents a collected packaging of season I, the main story arc. We see Jackie-Five, Fire Destiny and Kojin Ahsaguri confronting Redder Coltrane and his band of criminal outlaws. When the smoke clears, you’ll be fully clear on what it means to be an Annihilator.

Available in print: Indy Planet

Force Six, The Annihilators #36

Episode 36: Boarding Pass Impasse
Jackie-5 will attempt to protect a young girl who carries vital information that is wanted by two opposing interests. Jackie’s only interest is keeping the girl alive long enough to download the data and get her name off the Work Order list. Time is running out as the final destination pulls near. Force Six starts the Lost Train of Thought story arc with episode 36: Boarding Pass Impasse. Tints and tickets will be punched by Drew Spence.

Available on comiXology in digital format

Mark of the Griffin on ComiXology

Comic Series: Mark of the Griffin

Mark of the Griffin comic book cover

When evil cannot be punished enough by the laws of man, they will receive the Mark of the Griffin. Before he was marked, Marcus Griffin thought he could change the world with a gun. He was wrong. Drew Spence creates a graphic web series that follows the adventures of a vigilante turned special agent. One man cannot change the world. But a man can change himself and, if given the proper training and tools, make a difference.

Mark of the Griffin artwork

1st Mark of the Griffin #1

1st Failure of an Angry Man with a Gun
It’s a fast-forward and flashback to the earliest days of Marcus, the Mark, Griffin. Before the Mask, there was the rag and the gun. One man sets out to change the world- one house rush at a time. This story was originally created as episode -1 and is now presented here as the opening chapter of the Mark of the Griffin comic series. Thank you for your support.

Mark of the Griffin pagePull

Available on comiXology in digital format

Daz Studio start up Course Part I Saturday July 18 2020

DETAILS

Start: PART I Saturday July 18 @ 8:00 pm BST

PART II Saturday July 25 @ 8:00 pm BST

3:00 PM EST (New York, East Coast)

each part runs approx hour and a half

Cost: Free (introductory course) – $67 (Full course + Material)

This course explores the learning of DAZ Studio for new users, with the objective of visual storytelling.

If you’ve had a story in your head for years (perhaps decades) and have always wanted to illustrate it, you may have considered using DAZ Studio.

This virtual studio has everything at your disposal to illustrate your characters – in any scene you can imagine. With tens of thousands of supporting assets, there’s an unlimited set of possibilities to create your visual stories.

But there is a learning curve to go through. Have you had these types of questions when beginning to learn with DAZ Studio?

  • Where do I start?
  • How do I create dynamic poses for storytelling?
  • How do I apply clothing and props?
  • How to avoid the most common 3D artistic mistakes?
  • How do I use my virtual camera effectively?
  • How can I improve lighting in a scene?
  • What render settings should I use?
  • How do you organise so many assets?

Drew Spence has logged hundreds of hours using DAZ Studio to illustrate volumes of comics, including “Force Six The Annihilators”.  All of the questions above and more were experienced by him during his DAZ Studio learning journey.

In this two part webinar series, Drew provides his insights and learning journey in overcoming the most frequent hurdles in using DAZ Studio for storytelling. Save time and money by utilising a more efficient workflow and getting more out of your DAZ store purchases.

This course explores the learning of DAZ Studio, looking through the lens of an artist that tells dynamic stories.

In this webinar class you will learn:-

  • The beginning of Drew’s journey with DAZ Studio
  • Drew’s first struggles with DAZ Studio : only know what you need to know
  • Drew’s first (disastrous) renders and what he’s learned since
  • Winning with the virtual camera
  • Lighting tips and shortcuts
  • Render settings that work
  • Creating a learning diary
  • Posing – Drew’s two greatest mistakes to learn from.
  • Applying clothing
  • Characters interacting with props
  • Scene optimisation tips
  • Mindset : Overcoming the artist’s hurdle of perfectionism
Force Six artwork

Who is this Course for?

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Force Six, The Annihilators #35

35 Road Rage Blues

Force Six cover comic book

Memories return and the Fire starts to burn! Force Six member Ace Cavalier finds himself lost in her house of horrible horrors. Can the man with a forgotten yesterday and a hopeless tomorrow find his way back?
Force Six comic page

Find out in Episode 35: Road Rage Blues as the Remember to Forget You story concludes.
Cut and Crafted by Drew Spence.

Available on comiXology in digital format

Force Six, The Annihilators #34

Force Six new episode 34 Alpha Male Red


The Force Six agent Fire Destiny will discover his Alpha status as he tangles with a twisted temptress and finds trouble when he’s entangled in a terrible triangle.
Join us for the start of the Remember to Forget You story arc starring Force Six member Fire Destiny as Ace Cavalier. It’s episode 34: Alpha Male Red

Available on comiXology in digital format

Force Six Season III Review by Nextframez

Force Six Season III cover

Force Six, The Annihilators Season III Review

by Walid Djidjeh, Nextframez Comic Media Reviews

Force Six, The Annihilators” is a comic series written and illustrated by Drew Spence. Oh boy …where do Istart? reviewing and reading this comic series was quite the ride but I’m glad to say it was an enjoyable one. As a fan of unusual comics and stories I felt welcomed.

So, to start off, what is “Force Six, The Annihilators” ? To put it simply, it’s a sci-fi comic series mixed with some science fantasy and drama about an unusual squad of superheroes trying to do good in their world. Yeah, pretty sure that doesn’t do it justice as it is much more than just that.

This review revolves around the 3rd season of the series, going in fresh without having read the first couple of seasons made me experience it exactly like a new reader jumping in would.

The Force Six , The Annihilators Season III Includes :

First Arc:  Wheels & Cogs

Second Arc : The Misused Muse

Third Arc: Challenge Of The Champions

Fourth Arc : Crash and Burn: Speed Kills

First Impressions :

After reading through the comic, I felt as if I had to write down quite a few first impressions and decided to do so with the ones I deem to be the most important as that may be useful to know for readers who are thinking about joining the ride.

Here Goes:

-I liked the inclusion of a dedicated page at the start that gives you just what you need in order to go forward without getting lost or overwhelmed.

-I liked the fact that there is another dedicated page revolving around the main characters , giving you a brief “Bio” which helped in making them feel familiar enough to me and not like “complete strangers” ,it also gave me this thirst of knowledge to get to know more about them along with this “mysterious” feel to it, I would also assume that to those who have been following the series since the start it feels like a nod of respect & acknowledgement.

-At first, I wasn’t quite sure of how “good” the art style & the illustrations can get, but oh was I glad that I was wrong about that.

-While I initially thought that the “Acronyms” (Abbreviations) were a bit overused, I’ve come to welcome them and see them as something that makes it unique & scratches a certain itch for me being a tech nerd.

-To me personally, the characters can sometimes feel emotionless as I don’t feel like their faces portray what they’re feeling from time to time. Yeah, it’s not always the case, but it happened enough times for me to acknowledge that it’s there.

Characters:

Force Six comic character Mr Agility

So..First up,Characters :

Readers would be happy to know that despite the characters being literally “Out of this world”, they still seem relatable and believable enough given the setting the series has.

The characters are diverse enough with many features, personalities and abilities setting them apart from each other, making them feel completely unique. Season III uses the latter in a great way offering variety from one arc to another.

“The Series has some really well fleshed out characters …with tons of interesting backstories. ”

The characters’ designs were for the most part spot on for me, the “force six” team itself is handled really well , I suppose the only issues I had with that were mostly during the first arc of this season (“Wheels and cogs”) where some characters felt “bland” at times, luckily , that did not remain to be the case as I kept going from one arc to the next , the characters kept getting more interesting and better and better as a whole which felt quite satisfying to see.

The Universe it’s set in (The “Annihilator Universe” as it is called in the series) feels vast with tons of opportunities for the “Force Six” team to explore , it basically opens up the door for an unlimited supply of fresh adventures which is always a good thing. My only concern is if is the universe is “too big” for its own good, for even if much of it is left unexplored in my opinion , it starts to seem less and less believable to exist even given its sci-fi setting, yet that is obviously still not the case , the series introduces new stuff all the time from one arc to another keeping it fresh ,but it still feels like it hasn’t reached its full potential just yet ,however, it certainly feels as if the series is going uphill from where it’s at all the time.

Art Style & Illustrations:

Next up, the art style & how good are the illustrations:

It is no surprise that when it comes to comics ,most people choose what to read based on the cover art & how well the illustrations & the art style look overall , because that is what you’re going to be exposed to the most. In short, how good the illustrations are can easily “make or break” a comic for readers.

So how are the illustrations in this series (Season 3) ?

Well, I wish it was as simple as saying they’re “Good” or “Bad”, in my opinion, it sometimes can be a hit or miss as the art style’s definitely unusual. The comic definitely doesn’t follow in your usual comic art style’s footsteps …It screams “Unique” at you, it definitely went above and beyond and got to uncharted territories. So, is that good ? is that bad? Well…

“Some readers may like it, others not so much …but you can’t deny, it definitely is UNIQUE.”

In my own personal opinion, some of the illustrations used in some panels straight up wowed me. You can feel the hard work that has been put into these panels, the dedication and everything in between. Every fight is executed almost to a “Perfection” degree. I’ve always had a hard time visualizing the details of a fight, that seemed to happen less & less often with “Force Six” especially the arcs toward the end which is always a good thing in my opinion. For the most part everything is “visible” and not confusing…

If I had tocomment about the illustrations alone as a whole I would say that the first arc is probably my least favorite which kept me on the lookout for a while ,but luckily that didn’t remain to be the case because the second and the fourth one knocked it straight out of the park for me. Of course, some may prefer the first arc over the other ones which would be completely fine. I just find a form of irony in seeing the second arc (“The Misused Muse”), an arc that speaks solely about “Art” having my personal favorite “Art” in the entire series as a whole.

Force Six comic character Jackie-5

Honestly, I can easily keep writing more paragraphs talking about the art style alone for the rest of the review, but seeing that that won’t be practical, I’ll end it on this note:

The UNIQUE art style captures the action in ways traditional art cannot.”

while personallythe art style is not always hitting the mark for me, it certainly blew me away when it did hit it. Besides the aforementioned personal favorite of mine, there were more than afew pages from the final arc which were also great examples of showing how good the illustrations can get.

Force Six comic panel

Story:

At last but certainly not least, the “Story” …

I’ll just start off by saying the second arc of this season (“The Misused Muse”) takes the cake for me once more when it comes to the story with the final arc (“Crash and Burn: Speed Kills”) being a close second.

So , how well does it “story” ? I was surprised by how well it does that actually , while sometimes it may feel too simple and straight to the point , it actually does its best to not miss a beat and the story always seems to fall in place towards the end which makes up for a very enjoyable reading experience. There’s always something about seeing everything come together and ending on a high note, and the third season of “Force Six, The Annihilators” certainly delivers when it comes to that.

Each arc adds its own tone and theme to the series, making this a very “diverse” story, aside from it being a sci-fi story about a group of superheroes, it actually has a great deal of sub-genres it tries and succeeds to be throughout its arcs. “Action”? “Drama”? “Mystery Solving”? you get all of that in one package when it comes to “Force Six, The Annihilators”.

While some arcs may feel too “bland”, the series definitely has just the “opposite” of that in some of its other arcs. I feel as if there is definitely room for improvement, but I’m sure that with enough time it’ll get better. How much better? We can only wait and see.

“If you’re a Sci-Fi tech nerd, you’re going to feel right at home. ”

Force Six The Annihilators comic panel

The attention to details is present, I could definitely see that they went all out trying to make sense of every Sci-Fi tech you may come across while reading, explaining it seemed to scratch that itch I have as Sci-Fi fan. A small example would be what I mentioned in my first impressions, those being the “Acronyms”, having an entire page just for those from time to time felt like a great addition along with the occasional “Epilogues” that were present in some of the arcs.

Conclusion:

While the series is definitely far from perfect and it certainly is not going to be winning any awards soon, It is brave enough to try to reinvent the wheel in more than one way. 

Force Six issue 24 cover

I can still clearly see that it hasn’t reached its full potential just yet, but still I would definitely RECOMMEND it to everyone that is interested in the Sci-fi Superhero genre or even those who are into Fantasy and Drama. While reading it, I haven’t felt as if I was wasting my time and found myself genuinely interested and intrigued by the many things it tried to accomplish.

“Force Six, The Annihilators” Season 3 can be purchased through here:https://www.comixology.com/Force-Six-The-Annihilators/comics-series/100447?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy