The Liberty Brigade - Graphic Novel - 100+ pages of action!!

Created by Michael Finn

A WW II story featuring Golden Age heroes/villains of the 1940s by Ron Frenz, Barry Kitson, Michael Finn & Mark Waid (editor)

Latest Updates from Our Project:

First Update of 2020
3 days ago – Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 11:46:03 PM

Barry Kitson continues to WOW us with his artwork -- check out this amazing splash page

Barry Kitson pencils - The Liberty Brigade Splash

Also, MORE GOOD NEWS - we have finally proofed the Villains pdf where we are now happy with it and it should be ready to go out to purchases in .pdf form in the next week or so -- we'll update you when that happens.  And, Right Behind that is the Encyclopedia.

As for the graphic novel, we are in the home stretch of the pencils but we then need scripting time, inking, etc.   I want to thank every single person for your continued patience.  I hope these very frequent updates show you how hard we are all working on this book.

Almost the End of Year Update
27 days ago – Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 11:10:13 PM

Ok - we are on the upteenth proofing of the Villains Book and believe it ought to be done this week - we jut have a few words on the cover and we are then done with this one and to bed.  

On the encyclopedia, we are doing a few rewrites on a few characters --

On the Heroes Origins - we still wait on a SINGLE artist to wrap his pages (and yes, this artist knows he is very very very late -- stay tuned) -- in the meantime, we are working on the cover and we wanted to share the raw pencils and the first step inks on the Heroe's Origins cover by Chris Malgrain - hope you love it.

And, the graphic novel - we are about 15 pages left - Barry is getting back on the saddle after a nice x-mas and I should have more to show shortly.  

And for everyone, I know the book is way late and a lot of that is simply underestimating what it took to do a 200+ page project -- we've learned a huge amount and every page screams quality (we think) so be patient and we hope to wrap it up as fast as we can..

Chris Malgrian - Pencils to the Cover
Inks Part 1

Almost X-Mas Update
about 1 month ago – Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 09:12:19 PM

Quick update for all -- the final (gosh, we hope so) round of edits were just made to the Villains Origin book so everything says we should get that out by Xmas to you in .pdf.  We are now turning the editing attention to the Encyclopedia and hope that is out quickly to each of you in .pdf as well.

In terms of art, Chris Sotomayor has colored 85 pages of the graphic (including the graphic novel bonus stories)-- here is a panel for you all to see -- and Barry just turned in pencils to page 73 and is now onto page 74.  Here is a panel for you all.

I'll be scripting pages throughout the holiday as we move into the final stages -- please do know that Barry has a several DPS pages that have 30+ characters per page so please be patient as his work is truly outstanding.

Ron Frenz & Joe Rubinstein
Barry Kitson Pencils

Liberty Brigade - Thanksgiving Update
about 2 months ago – Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 02:26:19 PM

Happy Thanksgiving all - we are in the final stages of proofing The Villains book and hope to have that .pdf out to you all very very soon -- we found a few typos and we are doing what we hope is the very last round of read-throughs before sending the .pdf out.  Lined up right behind that is the Encyclopedia and we are driving to get that .pdf done as well.  Both of these books will be at the printer in the next 3 weeks.

The Heroes book awaits 3 origins but the other pages in it are all penciled, inked, colored and await lettering.  We are doing all we can to chase the outstanding pages and are optimistic it will hit the printer by the end of December.  That leaves only the graphic novel -- we have 85 pages that are penciled and inked and colored; the last 8 pages of the bonus stories are being inked right now, and about 15 more pages in total to be penciled and inked/colored but these are some of the best pages in the book with some amazing double-page splashes and literally dozens of characters.  In the meantime, we are dialoguing all of these pages now so I hope we are not too late.  

Everyone has been patient and I'd ask that you just give us a bit more -- it is over 200 pages of material and it all looks amazing -- we've been showing progress pages all along so everyone can see how nicely the book is turning out.

Below are three more progress shots -- one is a group of folks that I would not want to invite for dinner and they are from the bonus story "Girls Night out" -- pencils by Garrie Gastonny (this is being inked as I type this) and after that, I wanted to show off our amazing colorist, Chris Sotomayor and his work on a page by Barry Kitson and Mick Gray and then again on one of the bonus stories featuring K the Unknown.

The Liberty Brigade Update
about 2 months ago – Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 11:57:23 PM

Thank you for your continuing patience -- we have proofed the Villains Origin book and await some technical file changes and then we will have this off to all of you.  Here is the interior front cover so you can see what is in store for you --d

Image by Barry Kitson & Mick Gray

I thought we'd show off a few more panels so here are Mick Gray's inks (over Barry's pencils) for the upper panel of Beat #10 page. 16 by Barry & Mick.

And the first panel to Beat 10 page 17 pencils by Barry Kitson. 

And, here is Barry's rough to Beat 10 p.18 -- 

Hope you can see all the progress and work going into the book -- we should have the Villain's Origin out shortly and are furiously work on the Encyclopedia as well.   Thank you for your patience - I think everyone will be very happy with the finished product.