Velvet #1 cover

Pipeline #1007: Velvety Goodness

This week, over at, I review “Velvet.” I noticed something in doing my research for this one.  (And by research, I mean “I read the series.”)

13 out of 15 covers feature Velvet posing with a gun.  One of the covers even has her posing with a gun twice.  There’s one issue’s cover that Velvet doesn’t appear on.  It’s a different spy character, also holding a gun.  The last cover is a closeup of a hand wielding a blade.

And I love all the covers.  Steve Epting’s photorealistic style doesn’t look forced and clumsy.  There’s a lot of inking work in there to create a believable and interesting look.  And Elizabeth Breitweiser’s colors are something worth studying, as much for her color selection as her technique of wielding various brushes to create interesting effects.  I mean, just look at what she does with colors on the cover to issue #12:


Velvet #12 cover

Love that stuff.

Anyway, it’s a great series.  Basically, it’s over now.  Assuming Amazon is right, there will be a hardcover collecting the entire series in February that I’m looking forward to now.  If you don’t want to wait, the whole thing is available digitally or in three trade paperbacks, the third of which is due out in September. You can support this site by ordering through Amazon:


(A quick cover image check: Yup, three more poses with guns. I love this book!)

Now, head over to to read what I wrote.


  • Carl September 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Augie, I believe Epting does the Velvet covers all by himself. They’re digital paintings, rather than colored line art.

    Breitweiser, of course, provides fantastic colors on the interiors.

    • Augie September 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Interesting, I did not know that. Heck, I didn’t even realize he was inking (partially) digitally these days until I saw a video clip of him on a Cintiq on Instagram this morning…

  • Inktober 2016 Days 12 and 13 - Domino and Velvet - Pipeline Comics October 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    […] Again, I had to deal with the impossible to draw black leather costumes. ARGH!  I did my best.  Probably should have gone simpler, and more cartoony, but such is life.  Live and learn. Experience and remember.  Hope for the best.  And if you haven’t read “Velvet” yet, let me tell you why you should. […]


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