What's News With Ish?
Geof was brought in to storyboard a film for the younger set, The Mountain, with former actor ( from The Fall Guy), and now director since 1995 Douglas Barr. Geof also drew up the concept for the massive underground cavern, and the treasure map the kids will use to find the elusive Mask of the Aztec Sun God.
Geof appeared at the new and expanded Montreal Comic Con, meeting a large number of fans, and taking a few minutes to meet with artist Herb Trimpe, old friend Dale Eaglesham and also Lou Ferrigno, not tinted green for the occasion.
Sadly, Geof lost his wife Sonja Skarstedt, to the cancer she had been fighting for over two years. At the same time, he was hip-deep in storyboards on the movie Barney's Version, drawing exceptional praise from Richard J. Lewis, the movie's director (creator of CSI) for completing work even during these dire circumstances.
The month is off to a hot start, as Geof zips into storyboards
for made-in-Montreal comedy Fatal Bazooka. Geof is also
working on Part 3 of Lani the Leopard Queen and
adding fresh chapters to his Erox graphic novel.
Just as Geof wrapped his Fatal Bazooka
assignment, he signed on to do storyboards
for the film adaptation of Barney's Version,
the legendary Mordecai Richler's last novel.
Richard J. Lewis will direct the film
will feature such luminaries as
Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti.
Aside from a brief storyboarding stint on a chiller-thriller called
Beastly, Geof is putting the finishing touches on the second
episode of Lani the Leopard Queen for Zuda. He will soon be working
storyboards and illustrations for a new 'MOW' (movie of the week).
Between final illustrations and storyboards for the Phantom,
Geof is preparing the second episode of Lani the Leopard Queen
for Zuda. Part Two will feature solid action, which Geof
hopes will provide balance and insight into the
initial dream sequence.
The month has been hopping, from storyboarding and special illustrations for The Phantom movie, currently filming in Montreal. Geof also received calls from the legendary Cirque du Soleil to do illustrations whose energy resonated with the Cirque's upcoming extravaganzas.
Geof is also preparing the next installment of Lani the Leopard Queen for DC's Zuda Comics. The first installment received highly-mixed reviews due to its comprising a dream sequence. This was made all the more challenging by the need to convert traditional 11"x17" size comic pages into half-size, in tandem with the 8-page limit. Nevertheless, Geof is utterly delighted by the multitude of kind words and helpful suggestions by those who took the time to post their comments and votes on Zuda. And hopes that readers will be pleasantly surprised by the next installment of Lani.
Because of all the activity, Geof has not had the usual amount of time for bowling and was looking forward to a Strike 9 tournament on April 11th. However, the Rose Bowl's ancient computer system chose that Saturday afternoon to break down. "Next year!" he vowed with a sigh and valiant thumbs up.
The month is off to a hot start with Lani the Leopard Queen, who makes her premiere on DC's Zuda Comics. Geof is also working on illustrations and a very special prop for The Phantom, movie-in-the-making. On the extracurricular front, his bowling continues to skyrocket. Click here to watch Geof's Hot New Triples.
The Phantom lives! Geof will be working with director (The Last Templar) Paolo Barzman on storyboards and developing a unique style for a brand new Phantom movie to be presented on the Sci Fi Channel. Geof will also have input on the costume design for the revamped, modern-day Phantom.
Between completion of creative bursts of his GN Erox, Geof also returned to Lani. His bowling continues to evolve, as indicated in this video taken February 2nd.
Happy New Year, One and All!
Geof is steaming away on all four burners these days. He is in the process of wrapping Robert E. Sandiford's GN, Great Moves, a series of erotic tales.
Geof continues cooking up scene after riveting scene for
his Erox graphic novel between some of the most
dynamic Ish commissions you'll ever see. On the leisure side,
e also manages to maintain a 220+ average during his treks
to the bowling alley.
Geof's schedule is percolating, from his steamy GN EROX to concept art and storyboards for The Turk, a Montreal production still in development. He also inaugurated a new addition to his website, Commission of the Month, which will feature hot-off-the-drawing-table creations.
Geof's GN Erox is rolling along, from sensuous harem beauties to boisterous troll battles. Geof also enjoyed some brief storyboarding interludes with Montrealers Annie MacDonald and documentarian Paul Carvahlo, who is putting the finishing touches on a film on the formerly mysterious Quebec figure Paul Sauvé.
Along with a number of fresh mesmerizing commissions, Geof is back on the boards with Pierre Gill, Québec cinematographer, putting his magic touches into a film-in-the-making called Turk: "When a gifted engineer's comfortable life is ruined by a rival, the chess-playing automaton he invents gives him and his family a chance to start a new one. Inspired by the true story of Baron Von Kempelen, who traveled through Europe to play against famous historical figures, from Catherine II of Russia to Benjamin Franklin."
Covert as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's own Caractacus Potts hammering away in his late night garage, Geof has been silently but surely penciling and inking more of his long-awaited Erox epic.
Geof is now officially underway with the full illustration of his
much-anticipated sizzler of a graphic novel, EROX
Lani the Leopard Queen is undergoing minor changes, from
a new character to a nefarious plot twist.
Geof is back on track with a stunning array of sizzling fresh commissions.
Finally—Geof's long-trusted assistant, Colleen McCool, updated Ish's Ultimate Gallery. Feast your eyes on Geof's hot new commissions:
GEOF ISHERWOOD'S ULTIMATE GODS HEROES & VILLAINS GALLERY
GEOF ISHERWOOD MISCELLANY
Geof's lucky bowling streak continues: on Canada Day (July 1st), he happened to be holding that evening's winning ticket. However, in order to collect the whole pot, he had to first bowl a tricky spare shot set up by the lane organizers. His wife Sonja captured the action and placed the vid on her YouTube Skarwood Channel.
Geof continues with a fascinating mix of new commissions and the Soul Arch Saints graphic novel.
Sweetest surprise of the month took place on June 4th, during a three-game evening with the local bowling league. There was a sudden explosion of wild cheering as Geof pulled off
a rare 7-10 conversion. "Wow," he exclaimed, "the only way I could top that would be with a perfect game." To everyone's amazement,
he did exactly that, bowling 12 strikes in a row during the third game. Geof's wife Sonja pulled out her camera in time to capture
the tenth frame of Geof's very first 300 game, complete with rousing follow-up, and has posted
her latest mini-film
on YouTube's Skarwood Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chCYZe-mbPQ.
The Rose Bowl Lanes are notoriously tough, due to a combination of factors (from archaeic pin-setting machinery to unpredictable lane conditions).
Following his big game, one employee told Geof that she has not seen anyone bowl a 300 within a league during her 8 years of working at the Rose Bowl Lanes. [However, phenomenon Jean Lafaurie has bowled at least 2 perfect games during non-league sessions,
one of which, witnessed by Geof, Sonja and manager Tony,
took place in March 2006].
Geof has been deeply immersed in the Soul Arch Saints graphic novel,
as well as some smashing new commissions (which will soon
be available for public viewing on his Webshots Gallery). He and his wife Sonja finally made the decision to join a bowling league at Montreal's Rose Bowl Lanes, and on Tuesday, May 27th, he pulled off the league's highest men's score to date:
a wopping 270. Way to go, Ish!
On Saturday, April 26th, at Montreal's Rose Bowl Lanes,
Geof teamed up with the one and only 'RoboJean' Lafaurie for
the first Strike 9 Tournament of the year. Geof and Jean rolled three
220+ games to win second place, only 13 pins behind the winner!
Despite one of the most non-stop schedules he has ever experienced, Geof managed to slip off to Montreal's Rose Bowl Lanes and keep his average well above the 200 mark. We have added a few new clips to the Skarwood Cool Bowling Webshots site: click here to enjoy!
Skarwood recently updated
its Webshots to include a video album. Watch Geof bowl a strike here! Please excuse the present primitive appearance of the film clips until
we update equipment.
Geof continues with Soul
Arch Saints. He also wrapped a brief storyboarding stint for The
Factory, Aussie dynamo Morgan
O'Neill's provocative new film. On the personal front, Geof and
Sonja are looking forward to the happiest, healthiest New Year's
Eve in their thirty years together.
Geof's work on Soul
Arch Saints continues, along with some challenging, imaginative
local (Montreal) film scene assignments. Killer
Wave, a Montreal-made thriller storyboarded by Geof's in 2006, aired
on November 23-24th. On the personal front, Geof is
amazed by the miraculous outcome of what had been a dark prognosis
for his wife Sonja back in May. Following several courses of chemo, her
surgery took place in late October, resulting in complete eradication of
the nasties—thus a total success. Both are still catching their
respective, highly-thankful breaths.
Geof recently agreed to
proceed with the illustration of Soul Arch
Saints, a brand-new
large-scale graphic novel. The story centers around an indie rock band
and its leader Maddox, who engages in extreme sports. Every time there
is word of disastrous weather, Maddox and company race to catch the
storm so that he can take full advantage of wild winds and wicked
waves. Shades of death-defying snowboarding off thousand-foot
rocks, tidal wave surfing and catch-the-clouds dirt-biking.
Geof continues full-tilt
on a number of projects, including the Great Moves Sandiford GN, his own Lani and a sizzling variety of commissions. He also
wrapped another storyboards gig for David Winning's horror extravaganza,
Swamp Devil, whose production is now underway in Montreal.
Geof managed to take some
time out between graphic novels and commissions to check out the
Worlds 2 exhibit down at Montreal's Old Port. His conclusion:
this show is a must for any artist who seriously respects
anatomical accuracy! He also bowled three 250+ games in a row one recent
Amid the occasional steam
but for the most part comfortable temperatures, Geof is forging ahead on
all four burners. Between graphic novel input and sizzling commissions,
he will be storyboarding with director David
Winning on a demi-reprise of the cult classic Killer Bees.
Despite an unexpectedly
hectic month of May, Geof continues on course with the
slowly-progressing yet thrill-a-minute Lani the
Leopard Queen. He has also been drawing some hot new commissioned
art as well as Robert
E. Sandiford's saucy graphic novel, Great
Geof continues along on a
diverse whirlwind of activity, from storyboarding an episode of the
Zone to continuation on the development of Turk, to completion of his own Erox and Witches and Goddesses Collector
Card Series, some rollicking commissions and of course, Lani
Leopard Queen. On the recreational side, Geof's bowling
particularly enjoys bowling with local anomaly Jean
has been on a consistent upswing: in late April he rolled his first
triple, including two games that each totaled 257.
back to the realm of storyboards for Geof—from Turk, a fascinating figure from 1760 who invented the first mechanical
chess game, to a brief return to Corto Maltese, between glimmers
E. Sandiford's new graphic novel, Great
wrapped up a scintillating selection of commissions, including the most unique
portrait of Cat Woman he has ever painted; the inking and
colouring of an electrifying Tiger Shark pencilled by M.C. Wyman; a bombastic
Thor. These and other treasures soon to be uploaded to Ish's Ultimate
delved into some preliminary storyboards for Remstar's new adaptation of Hugo
Pratt's Corto Maltese, the wayfarer of a nonchalant sailor who lands himself
in all sorts of globe-trotting adventures. The first book in the film series, "The Fable of Venice," is slated for pre-production this summer.
New Year, All!
this month's juicy line-up of assignments is a series of concept illustrations
for a new Canadian TV show in the works. Kikitronic
centers around an all-girl pop group whom aliens suddenly transform into
the Leopard Queen is
stealthing along between a wide range of assignments, including a brief
storyboarding stint on War
Games 2, currently set to
start filming in Montreal.
will be participating in Wonder
Woman Day — check out this gorgeous fund-raising auction. Meanwhile, Lani
the Leopard Queen is
pouncing along between autumn leaps and bounds. This lushly-illustrated, high
octane adventure for kids features Geof's most spectacular art since Lincoln-16.
the Leopard Queen is
pouncing along —a nasty new wildcat and heart-stopping storm scene having been
added to the action-packed cast and story—between brief yet sizzling stints
for the local film community, some rather unique commissions and an eye-popping
cover for an upcoming issue of Maisonneuve magazine.
Following two unexpectedly hectic
months, Geof's fascinating adventure
of a young teen lost on a big island wilderness run by a secret feline society—Lani the Leopard
Queen—is back on track toward
Geof is also happy to relay that
another project, his ULTIMATE
GALLERY, is now up and
Next phase: a section featuring some of Geof's famous Marvel
covers, along with some eye-popping pin up art.
On Friday July 7th, Darren Aronofsky and his entourage made a
to Montreal for a sneak preview of THE FOUNTAIN. Geof attended the
special presentation along with cast and
crew, after which Geof met
briefly with Darren, reiterating the universal response to
date: from breathtaking story to brilliant directing,
The Fountain is an indisputable
just launched into a storyboarding/concepts assignment
with director Bruce
MacDonald on a new thriller called Killer
Wave being filmed in
Montreal and Nova Scotia.
steaming ahead on Lani
the Leopard Queen and other
Geof is designing and laying out the cover for
joy ride of a first novel,
Elvis Interviews. Long live
that he has cleared two storyboarding assignments for upcoming TV commercials,
Geof is gung-ho back on the trail of Lani
the Leopard Queen.
has also been dipping into the Erox narrative, concocting new
twists and turns
what will be a most sizzling ride.
is currently working on a hot new graphic novel called Johnny
Repeat. What if you got to
re-live the future knowing everything that happened in advance?
is turning out to be another bustling month for Geof. Among his various
projects, he is doing storyboards for a new sci-fi flick being produced in
Montreal, called Race to Mars.
Surprise! Geof just completed
the first four pages of UBI, one of his many
simmering projects. Thus UBI will make his debut in Suley Fattah's Drawing the Line 2. Stay tuned for details.
2005 wraps, Geof is deeply honoured to learn that multifaceted writer,
thinker and Jeopardy champion Michael Rankins named him Artist
of the Year. On his Swanshadow web
site, Mr. Rankins presents an insightful entertaining graphic/textual analysis of Geof's
2005 has been
one of Geof's most productive years. In addition to completing the layouts
for his children's graphic novel,
Leopard Queen, last summer marked his return to painting (oil on canvas). Do
take a moment to view his new web page featuring his four most recent
Geof is back on
track with the polished panels that will comprise the final 142 pages of his
graphic novel, Lani the
Leopard Queen. He is also
close to completing a commissioned oil painting featuring felines. A new page featuring Geof's oil and acrylic paintings will soon be added to this site.
Above: a brand new Isherwood creation
and graphic novel in the making! Glydia and Krugall
follows the adventures of a beautiful, faerie who is
followed by Krugall, a lonely, hyper-protective troll.
Geof is working with
Harlin (DIEHARD 2, CLIFFHANGER) on a ghoulish
new chiller called THE COVENANT, slated to film
in Montreal this month.
Geof is completing the third of
three new oil paintings.
TREK's 40th ANNIVERSARY, Geof has been chosen by Rittenhouse to do
the portraits of the nine main Voyageur characters—from Captain
to Seven of Nine and of course, Neelix—for a special set of commemorative cards slated for publication
Geof is into the home stretch
of layouts for his 140-page graphic novel,
LANI THE LEOPARD QUEEN.
He begins each day drawing
the finished panels of this spectacular story.
Geof is completing two new
paintings. One, acrylic on canvas, depicts a jungle warrior overlooking the
Serengeti. The other, in oil,
depicts a tropical garden filled with
of EROX, his
sizzling graphic novel in progress, Geof
launches his very first Collector Trading Card, featuring
with documentarian Paul Carvalho to discuss scene recreations
for The Geometry
of Love. Based on Margaret Visser's book about the life
of Saint Agnes, the story of a twelve year old girl who challenges
Roman marriage law dispels many religious myths.
Geof is slowly
returning to Lani the Leopard
assignments, including a brief stint back on The
Fountain, as well as
the cover art
for a new literary project.
his assignment on The
Fountain, doing concept
illustrations and storyboards for Darren
on as storyboard artist for The
Fountain, a new Hollywood
mega-production filming in Montreal. This science fiction fantasy stars
the inimitable Hugh Jackman.
Geof met with
independent film maker Paul
Carvalho during the
editing of Paul's new film exploring the tumultous, victorious
life of artist Norval
will appear on CBC's Life and Times.
storyboards for Montreal filmmaker Annie MacDonald's
new production, The Tarnished Piano.
completed storyboards for two made-in-Montreal films:
Moi, C’est L’Autre — directed by Alain Zaloum. A comedy
involving a small time thief forced to impersonate a cop & changes
his life because of his heroic deeds.
the Barn is a 40-minute docu-drama about
terrorists who steal materials
to build a nuclear device and then then must deal with reprisals
from The White House. Directed by Ben Godard.
adventures of Lani continue—
here is the
young heroine with her
best pal Ini.
Leopard Queen is the story of two sisters who must survive in a mysterious
jungle world, while searching for their parents
how to use their magical feline abilities.
on storyboards with renowned actor and director CHAZZ PALMINTIERI on a
new Susan Sarandon/Robin Williams film, NOEL.
storyboarding scenes for Noel, whipped up an Anime
style poster for Quebec TV show 15-Love and
also worked on the bio-pic Ma
Vie En Cinemascope, which chronicles the
life of legendary
Québécoise chanteuse and survivor, Alyse Robi, creating
a series of circa-1940s fashion illustrations.
into a most unique assignment, creating reproductions of canvases
by such masters as Cezanne
and Monet, to grace the set ("White House"
& "Oval Office") of the mini-series First
Family: The Reagans, starring
and Judy Davis. The production
in Montreal during the summer and fall
and is set to air in November-December.
Geof is currently
doing storyboards for After Death, the new
Claude Van Damme action flick directed
by the one and only Ringo Lam. Geof is also doing concept illustrations
for a new YTV series 15-Love and creating
a new graphic novel for kids called Lani the
Geof is working with production designer Graham 'Grace' Walker (Crocodile
Dundee, Mad Max 2 & 3, Ghost Ship) on a scary new flick called Gothika starring Halle
Berry & Robert Downey Jr.
work on Harmonium, a four-part fait-en-Québec mini series
about the famous folk-rock group which will air in February on TQS (Quatre
Saisons), Channel 35. Geof's contributions to the film include graphic
design, posters and scene transitions. Far freakin'
Geof has been
working on the Quebec-made mini-series bio-pic Harmonium,
which recounts the journey of the seminal 70s folk rock
group. Geof's work can be seen throughout the movie: from illustrated
scene transitions to mock-posters of that era, including
a giant sidewalk painting.
at work on director Richard (Lethal Weapon) Donner's Timeline
'beats' and storyboards, working with production designer Dan Dorrance
(Coppola's Dracula) & Second Unit Director Alan Graff
(A Knight's Tale).
a stint doing storyboards and illustrations for TIMELINE,
the RICHARD DONNER blockbuster!
released a new series of Star Trek collector trading cards.
Geof's portrait of Uhura is one of the hottest sketch cards,
already fetching high bids on the auction circuit. See www.scifihobby.com.
work on an ambitious series of paintings and illustrations
entitled GREEK MYTHS 1: Fatal Ladies. He is also
for an upcoming kids' OGDEN AND
THE ERC. Geof's art is now
sale on eBay.
No. 59 is in print! Check out Geof's provocative
portraits of Greek gods.
Geof is produced
storyboards and concept art for Hysteria,
the Def Leppard bio-pic, which features the inside story of incredible
drummer Rick Allen's survival.
Gods paintings will be featured in the spring issue of the Montreal
spring, Geof continued work on his series of oil landscapes,
as well as designing the covers for four new books, including
Ann Diamond's sizzling new soft-boiled detective novel, Dead White
Males. According to an official from the CHAPTERS book store chain: "This is the most
exciting book cover I've seen in the last thirty
Ann Diamond and DC Books
Geof did concept
illustrations for THE CROW: LAZARUS. He also wrapped a stint doing illustrations for Chuck Barris (yes, the one and
only Gong Show king)' CONFESSIONS
OF A DANGEROUS MIND.
In early spring
Geof worked on Allan Moyle's hot new film, EXCHANGE,
for Allan as well as award-winning
of Photography Pierre Gill. Geof then produced
for John MacTiernan's much-talked
Geof journeyed to Ouarzazate, Morocco to work on a
production called THE VISUAL BIBLE (visualbible.com)
for special effects whiz Mark Lasoff (who
an Oscar for his work on Titanic).
The year threw Geof some
cinematic new curves. From August through October
he produced illustrations and storyboards for the TNT movie
RACE AGAINST TIME, working with production designer DAVID (BLADE RUNNER) SNYDER. In September Geof wrapped
a penciling stint on
PETER PARKER SPIDERMAN # 12.