The Iron Saint was the first comic book series I created and wrote. I started in mid 2005 and had written the six books by early 2006. I then set out to find the best artists I could find to bring it to life.
My first call was to Joe Madureira, who I had credited in game magazines with inspiring Jak and Daxter's art style. Luckily for me he remembered the compliments and took the call. A little coercing and I had the designs for the two main characters, Iron and Angel. To flesh out the rest of the crew Joe recommended Jeff Matsuda, whose sense of style really brings the cast to life. I love these guys, and I have collaborated with them many times since. The rest of the style book was created at Blur Studios under the direction of Chuck Wojtkiewicz. If you know comics, you will know that this is far more pre-production then most books go through, but I really wanted to hit it out of the partk. Chuck and his team did so
For actual books I was lucky enough to find Francis Manapul, who was already incredible but had not yet settled on his current style. To assist him with the backgrounds, which I insisted were far more detailed then most comic series, Joel Gomez kicked in. The establishing pages for each book, including a downshot on the city took him 3-5 days a piece! Finally, Danimation and Comicraft donated the colors and lettering respectively.
Finally, Aspen Comics took on the publishing. This introduced me to Michael Turner, a legendary artist and one of the most incredible human beings I have ever met.. Michael contributed some of the best covers for the books, and his advice was instrumental. Sadly, Michael succombed to cancer shortly after completing his work with The Iron Saint. Some of the covers he did were the last pieces of art he worked on.
I had an incredible time creating this series, which took over 3 years from first draft to TPB. I even did a short 3D movie test with Billy Harper and his team at the Dreamhive.