Winston Blakely – Immortal Fantasy

Immortal Fantasy by Winston Blakely

If you’ve followed my work you’ve heard about Winston Blakely. He’s the artist whose outstanding illustrations are bringing Changa to life. Unlike me Winston is not new to the fantasy field. His bio reflects the life of a talented artist who has made and continues to make his mark in the industry.

Winston, a native New Yorker, holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts which he originally put to use as a teacher. He taught art appreciation to inner city children and lectured at Four Towns College on comic book history and pop culture. Winston eventually found himself at Valiant Comics, where he inked for Visage Studios where he inked on titles such as Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, Bloodshot, Harcorps and Solar, Man of the Atom. Later he inked at Visage Studios headed at the time by the legendary Rich Bucker. As a result Winston traveled to many conventions where Little Miss Strange, his original creation and first black female alien character, was born.

Immortal Fantasy is Winston’s newest project. It’s a collection of past and present projects, including titles such as Little Miss Strange, Kotas the Dragon and Pozitron. Winston’s full range of talents are on display here. He wrote, illustrated, inked and colored each story. His style reflects his influences, artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood and Jim Starlin. His unique style is what drew me to his work and I was flattered when he asked to illustrate Changa. His skill and experience shows in each illustration.

Immortal Fantasy can be purchased athttps://www.createspace.com/3413513. Purchase Little Miss Strange at https://www.createspace.com/3357531.  Contact Winston  at pozitron45@yahoo.com. Check him out. You’ll be glad you did.

Imaro IV – A Review

Although I purchased Imaro IV a few weeks ago, the opportunity to read it came last week. I had a business trip to LA and it was the perfect time to read a good book. No let me change that. It was the perfect time to read a great book. By the time the wheels of the 767 touched the LAX tarmac I was almost done reading, and I was blown away.

I’ll preface my review by stating that Charles and I are good friends and fellow sword and soul writers. Having said that, the following words have nothing to do with the preceding words. I’m not a person to post a bad review because as a writer I know how much effort goes into creating. I take my grandma’s advice; if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. Well, I have plenty of good things to say about Imaro IV. This novel was the perfect conclusion to the Imaro story began in Book One. We finally get to  see Imaro confront his nemesis Bohu, as well as resolve the multitude of relationships that have encircled him. Imaro IV is a very emotional story, more an epic that your usual sword and sorcery book. Charles does an outstanding job blending action and drama, the individual battles just as exciting and engrossing as the large battles. He never forgets a detail. I was surprised at how I connected to Imaro on an emotional level in this book. I found myself laughing out loud at times and wondering if my eyes were glistening at others.

I was also impressed with how Charles drew you into the the lives of the other characters as well. Each character had his or her own story which Charles expressed efficiently. Even Bohu, Imaro’s nemesis, deserved some sympathy despite his intentions.

I’m not going to give a blow by blow evaluation of Imaro IV. I’m not that kind of reviewer. Besides, I don’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it. If you are an Imaro fan, you have to read this book. If you are not an Imaro fan, you have to read this book, after you’ve read the first three.  With Imaro IV Charles confirms his position as one of the great sword and sorcery writers. His works stand alone and shouldn’t have to be mentioned in comparison to other writers to define him. To purchase Imaro IV and learn more about Charles R. Saunders, click here:  http://www.charlessaunderswriter.com/

A Fast Start

Painting by Andrea Rushing

February has started like Usain Bolt. I’m barely two weeks into the month and well ahead of my expected book sales. I have one more event scheduled for the month, a book reading/question and answer session at The Grounds Coffeehouse (http://www.thegroundscoffeehouse.com/. I think this is going to be good one. The coffee house is located in the West End section of Atlanta, a few blocks away from the AU center. It has a cool vibe and I’m looking forward to being there. If your in Atlanta on the 27th come check us out.

Like the artwork? That’s a piece from Andrea Rushing, a very talented artist from San Diego. I met Andrea at the National Black Arts Festival (http://www.nbaf.org/) almost two years ago. His paintings were displayed at the Artists’ Market and revealed his Sword and Soul spirit. His work inspired a story, The King’s Man, a project I’m anxious to work on with him. My hope is for Andrea to paint the covers, which would be a true honor. You can view more of his work here: (http://andrearushingfinearts.com/)

Changa Sketch by Winston Blakely

Project Changa continues. Winston Blakely has begun work on the cover art. He’s doing an oil painting which I’m really excited about. The challenge will be digitizing it so we can use it. If anyone out there has a suggestion, please let me know. I’m editing the manuscript, aided by my friends at the Black Science Fiction Society. I got some good ideas from them; I just hope I don’t have to do too much rewriting to incorporate them.  I’m still on schedule on a May/June release date. Expect a Changa prequel story next month on my blog. I think you’ll like it.