SHADOW HUNTERS has quickly become a fan favorite comic series, and with a new live action film being produced as well, it was a shock to learn that Benny Jordan (Artist on Shadow Hunters) had informed Scattered Comics that he would no longer be able to draw the series for the immediate future.
Benny stated, “I want to thank those of you who have followed my work in Shadow Hunters. I am sorry to say that the third issue will be my last, at least for now. I have decided to go back to school for 2D animation and it is taking up quite a bit of my time. Another reason I am taking this hiatus is my 18 month old daughter. At her age now she is quite a handful. I’ve learned a lot while working on Shadow Hunters and Jason has been a great boss. By no means am I leaving Scattered Comics and I hope to do some pin-ups and other “guest work” in the near future. I appreciate all the fans of my work in the comic. Thank you again.”
With this news, Scattered publisher, Jason Dube scrabbled to begin looking for a new artistic talent that would both capture the alluring characters and the over the top imagery that has been one of the staples of the series. Dube remarked, “We were about to put a ad out when it hit us, that we have a pool of artists that we use already at Scattered Studios. (A one stop shop comic book studio). And the first thing that jumped right out was Calvin Ellis’s new gallery work. In it were some of the most stunning images of dynamic warriors and sensual models covered in gorgeous colors. And so, with mush discussion with the company heads, Calvin was contacted.”
The first test to Calvin’s abilities to mesh with “Shadow Hunters” would be to draw up the 3 main characters. The next step would be to see how he would handle the script. And so, within a few hours the sketches of the characters came back. He was approved to try his hand at the script, and what came back made up everyone’s mind that we had found the right person for the series.
As Benny Jordan completes issue #3, Calvin will begin a short “Shadow Hunters” web comic. This is just something to give to the fans as they wait for the next issue to be released.
We asked Calvin how he felt about coming onto this series and he remarked, “I’m a little nervous, as well as excited about being apart of this project. I hope that I can live up to the expectations for this story. Overall I am honored that I was chosen to be that artist for this story, and I am looking forward to the work.”
The new “Shadow Hunters” creative team of Jason Dube (Writer), and Calvin Ellis (Artist) will be appearing for the first time at the 6th Annual A Nightmare to Remember International Horror Film Festival!
And though it saddens us to be losing such a great talent as Benny, we are very excited move forward with Calvin Ellis.
Be sure to be watching as new work emerges for “Shadow Hunters” both from Benny Jordan and Calvin Ellis!