Friday, February 26, 2010

The Guardians - Freelance

This is a pinup shot of one of the main characters in Johnny Canuck and the Guardians of the Northern Lights, from Moonstone Books, by Ty Templeton and myself.  Thought it might be fun to introduce the character and show off the update/redesign I did for him.  Freelance was created in 1941 by Ed Furness and Ted McCall, and he was the second Canadian superhero to pop up.  You can read a little more about the character here.

 Image courtesy of International Superheroes.
Freelance is a favorite of mine, and of all the revamped characters in the book, the one who sticks closest to the original design: blond hair, red shirt, L logo... We made him a little younger and a little more street-clothes, but the basic look has been retained, I think.

I started this as a warm up before doing a big Freelance heavy action sequence, but I kept going as it was pretty fun.  I'll probably do more of these as the release date approaches.


Scott said...


I just checked Moonstone Books' site for any updates on Johnny Canuck and the Guardians of the Northern Lights and there doesn't appear to be anything any more.

This link has all of your art missing.

Any news about what's going on and when we'll see this series?

David J. Cutler said...

July, I think. The page is just down temporarily as Moonstone's revamping the whole site to make it look a little less web 1.0 and the page is down in the kafuffle. In fact, Ty sent me a cover mockup just the other day with the trade dress and everything, and it looks fantastic. Can't wait to actually hold it in my hands!

I'll be a guest at both the Toronto Comicon in June and Fanexpo in August promoting the series, which should run monthly to September. The project's very much alive!

Scott said...
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David J. Cutler said...

Sorry Scott--didn't mean to delete your comment. I was having trouble posting and then a day later 3 of my posting attempts went up at once. I accidentally deleted yours while getting rid of mine.