Crimson Empire III, Issue 1, Dark Horse Comics
Cover painting in oil and acrylic by Dave Dorman
Armour reference modeled by Thomas Spanos
In 2010 a half dozen costumers, including myself, were asked to join the Dark Horse Comics panel at the Star Wars Celebration V Convention. For all the years of inspiration this institution has provided, I considered the the request to be an honour.
This panel served as the public announcement of Dark Horse's return to the Crimson Empire series. (In the Star Wars tymeline the Crimson Empire tale chronicles events after Dark Empire, which occurs after the battle of Endor, ROTJ.)
I felt privileged to be on hand for the revelation. The cover artist, the person responsible for the first impression of the original Crimson Empire series is Dave Dorman. Dave is a traditional painter whose name and work has been an intrinsic part of the Star Wars world for decades.
I was stoked when Dave invited me to his studio to model for the Crimson Empire series. While the Imperial Knight armour I wear (and made from scratch) is different than that of the Crimson Empire Imperial Guard, it bares enough similarities for Dave to reference in his creations. And I am happy to play a small part in the process. Look for additional cover comparison as the series unfolds. (I will not be sharing anything that has not yet been publicly announced.)
Dark Horse Comics Crimson Empire III, Issue 1 announcement
Imperial Knight Ganner Krieg, costume project
PS; I'll be meeting with Dave again today to shoot reference for the cover of Crimson Empire III, issue 2.