PERILS ON PLANET X for sale at IndyPlanet!

Shameless plug this morning but it's also a great example of why I am on Patreon now. Creating Perils on Planet X took over a dozen years. And the simple reason is both of us, writer Chris Mills and I have other responsibilities in order to pay the bills. But we never let POPX die. And now it is done and ready to read! In Chris' words:

All three issues of PERILS ON PLANET X by Yours Truly and Gene Gonzales, with colors by Ian Sokoliwski, are available to purchase NOW!
They are only available by mail order from IndyPlanet. This is is the best way to support us and the book, as the profits go directly to Gene and myself. Each issue is 32 full-color pages, printed on high-quality, heavy paper stock. (You can also purchase digital downloads, if you prefer.)
Sales of these issues will help Gene and I determine whether there's enough demand for Volume 2: "Agent of Empyr," so if you'd like to see further PERILS ON PLANET X adventures, be sure to order your copies soon.
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You can order either print or digital downloads. Or both if you so desire.

I hope you will join us on Planet X!


PERILS ON PLANET X - IN PRINT (very, very soon)


Anyone who has followed me on this blog knows about PERILS ON PLANET X. If you don't, POPX is a series by writer Christopher Mills and myself. It is a swashbuckling sci-fi adventure done in the grand tradition of Flash Gordon and John Carter. It will be available through print on demand very very soon. And to celebrate, I have created a desktop wallpaper of the first issues wraparound cover. You can download it for free at my Patreon page:

There are more details on that page as well as the download. I hope you enjoy the wallpaper and I hope you will give our series a shot.


2013 Convention Banner - Perils On Planet X

Perils on Planet X © Mills & Gonzales
Artwork © Gene Gonzales
(Original colors by Ian Sokoliwski)

I thought I would unveil the banner I am ordering for the 2013 convention season. As you can see it is a big promo for PERILS ON PLANET X. This banner will see it's first use on Free Comic Book Day. I will be Fanfare Sports & Entertainment in Kalamazoo, Michigan for FCBD and I am really looking forward to it. More details as we get closer.

HeroesCon is coming up fast. A show I always enjoy attending. Once again I will be putting together an advance sketch list for the show. That will probably be announced here with details near the end of April. I like to have a few weeks to get rolling on them. So stay tuned.

This is Post #1956

Perils On Planet X - Odyri

Artwork © 2013 Gene Gonzales
Perils on Planet X © Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales

I have been extremely busy the last week or so. Which is good. But it has slowed down many personal projects and commissions I am finishing up. But every so often I just have to play a bit and draw something for fun. Odyri is a main character in Perils on Planet X. If you follow the free webcomic, you will meet her in a few weeks. If you don't follow the strip, why not?

This was done digitally on a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop CS5.

This is Post #1951

The Pirate Queen - Perils on Planet X

Perils on Planet X © Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales
Artwork © 2013 Gene Gonzales

I didn't mean for this blog to be so Planet X-centric but it has lately. Sorry about that. Next week I will shoot for something different. :)

I had a fun morning creating this piece. I had finished some commercial work and sent it for revisions/approval and had some time to kill. Not as much time as I put into this piece though. The Pirate Queen in POPX is a lot of fun to draw and I had this idea in my head that I had to put down on paper pixels. This was completely done in Photoshop, from rough idea to finished piece, on my Cintiq. Fun stuff!

Please join us tomorrow for a new page of Perils on Planet X. And tell your friends! Thanks!

This is Post #1947

Perils On Planet X - Chapter One Panel Process

I feel like today is Christmas Eve! And there is a great big present under the tree. The present isn't for me, it's for all of you and I hope you like it. And I hope it fits! :)

PERILS ON PLANET X (POPX), the webcomic begins tomorrow. Chris and I have been promoting it as much as humanly possible. I hope all of you will carry that torch for us and let others know about it. This has been a labor of love, sweat, and tears. I cannot express how excited we are about releasing it. And it's free!

Perils on Planet X © 2013 Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales
Artwork © 2008, 2013 Gene Gonzales

On the eve of the launch I thought I would share another bit of the process. Originally POPX was going to be in black and white. There was no money for color at the time. So I started playing with grays and textures. Above is a panel featuring our Pirate Queen. The first panel is my original rough done in pencil on Bristol Board. After I inked the panel, I erased all my construction lines and then went back and shaded the panel with a 4B pencil. I didn't smooth it out because I wanted the texture to show through for the second part of adding gray tones in Photoshop. By putting a light source right across her eyes, I was going for that old school Hollywood lighting on her to make her more seductive in this panel. Later a search for a colorist introduced us to Ian Sokoliwski and he colored the entire first issue.

I hope you join us tomorrow for some fun and adventure on Planet X.

This is Post #1946

PERILS ON PLANET X - Chapter 1 Cover Process

Hopefully everyone who visits this blog knows that Christopher Mills and I are releasing the first chapter of PERILS ON PLANET X as a webcomic. If not, you do now. Each Friday beginning February 1st we will release a new page in the exciting adventures of Terran Donovan Hawke on the mysterious planet of Xylos. You can find out more about it here:

I thought I would share the roughs and comps that helped developed the first chapter cover. I can't tell you the exact thought process that went through it all because it was several years ago. And frankly I had completely forgotten about the comps I did. But they will still be fun to look at. I hope.

Below is the first rough. I started with pencils and the sketch is only about 4 inches tall, if that. The idea was to introduce our main characters and some elements of the first chapter. I took the movie poster approach here. 

The next step was to do a basic color comp. I didn't get that far really. I just blocked in what I thought would be a nice warm contrast to the logo. We quickly moved from there.

Rough #2 was a bit more dynamic. And at some point we decided to make the image a wraparound cover. It was all the rage back then. Our hero Hawke in an action pose with the other characters around him. I gave our "bad girl" the lions share of the back cover strangely enough. Funny that at the time I had thought of her with long red hair, both in the first rough and this one. The color comp followed.

Below we have the beginnings of what would be the final idea. Still a wraparound cover. The publisher at the time had agreed to it. Some elements of the first and second roughs have come back in a slightly different form. While it still retains a movie poster look, it has also taken on the look of sci-fi/fantasy novel cover. Something I know I was shooting for in the end. During all these stages Chris was providing feedback and constructive critiques, making this a true collaborative effort.

At this point in my career I was using a different painting process. I would do complete finished art in pencil (see below) and seal that with a fix-a-tif spray so it wouldn't smear. I would then block in the color with an airbrush, not using any stencils so as to avoid hard, cut edges. When that was completely dry, I would go back and define everything with paint brush and color pencils. Since moving to Florida I never replaced my air tank for airbrush work and have since moved on to other processes. But I still like this process quite a bit.

Below is the digital color comp I used for creating the final image.

And then the final image.

Perils On Planet X © Christopher Mills and Gene Gonzales
Artwork © Gene Gonzales

If there is a continued interest in this type of post, I will share some other behind the scenes art and design for the series in the future.

Be well.

This is Post #1945

Conventionless Convention Sketches - Extra Innings

Okay, so I might be a junkie. Or at least a creature of habit. I was going through withdrawals from this blog. That went away. Sometimes I would have a moment of panic in the evening: "I didn't post!". That too has calmed down. I have been busy though and that was the plan. If you want to hear from me and what I am doing on a daily basis make sure you follow me on Twitter. There is a link in the right column. More info after the art...

Below are the remaining CCSs. First up is one for Steven. He requested a young lady in a Cheongsam dress. Thanks Steven!

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Roxy © DC Comics

Sean asked for the one next two. Gen 13s, Roxy in a Slave Leia outfit and Rogue in her current uniform. Both fun pieces. Thanks Sean!

Rogue © Marvel Entertainment

The next one isn't technically a CCS but I finished it with the rest. Gary saw the rough pencil version of this when I posted it. He commissioned me to finish it. Thanks Gary!

Goblin Queen © Marvel Entertainment

News: PERILS ON PLANET X is a web comic series by writer Chris Mills and myself. We are  are serializing the entire 90+ pages, one page a week, at It launches February 1st. You can read more about the series there. We have also set up a Facebook page for the series at We are both very excited to finally be able to share the comic with everyone. It has been years in the making. Really. Years. And you can start reading the first chapter February 1st. I hope you will join us. And I hope you will get the word out to everyone you know. :)

In the week I will be finishing up a couple of commissions and then adding another project to my list of things to do. 2013 is going to be very productive!

This is Post #1944


You are invited to join Christopher Mills and I
as we jump into the first chapter of...


A new page of this adventure on a lost world will be presented every Friday beginning February 1st.

I hope you will join us!

Perils On Planet X © Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales

This is Post #1943


Though I have been extremely busy today with advance sketches for Pittsburgh, including a very cool Kitty Pryde Canson Cutie for Carlos, I don't want to show those just yet. Sooo...

These are the roughs for page 15 of PERILS ON PLANET X I did today. This I can share. :)


The only thing I did today that I can share is this page from POPX #2 that I just finished within the last hour. I thought I would show the progress of the page from the blue line roughs yesterday to the pencils today.

This is as far as I take the pencils when I ink myself. They are not all that tight but I know what I am doing on the page. And if anything is needed, I will figure it out in the inks. :)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Please be safe out there.


Today we have one of two new pages for the otherwise finished Perils on Planet X #2. Giving the reader 28 pages of story! These are the roughs for the new page 14 I am working on right now while watching the Tampa Bay Rays play. Earlier today I was working on some design jobs and I finished two advance sketches for Pittsburgh. But I won't be showing those to anyone yet. :)

Side note: While I am home watching the game, my wonderful and beautiful wife is actually at the game at Tropicana Field. The company she works for has two suites right behind home base and a dozen or so people went to the game. Employees only. My view of the game is the TV. Deena's view of the game is below. Taken with her iPhone. I think I need a new career. ;)


I spent the morning inking a page of Perils on Planet X #2. I can't wait to see this page in color. I am down to 7 pages to ink plus two pages we added to the middle of the story that still has to be drawn and inked. When I get the script for the third and last issue I will be digging into that as well.


More Planet X goodness! I've been inking all day and will continue for another few hours. I am working on a full page splash of our heroes escaping the floating city. It will take at least another day of inking the city. Since I haven't drawn anything else, I'm hoping no one will mind if I just share a panel from the page I did finish inking today.

PERILS ON PLANET X - more inks

I'm working on a couple of jobs that I can't show at this time. And keeping busy. All I can show from today is an inked panel from PLANET X that I did at lunch. I thought I would show the whole tier and not just the panel, just to show the roughs too. Another thing that ate up some time tonight, (but I didn't mind at all) is...

Today is the 13th birthday of Dakota Jean Gonzales. Deena and I could not be more proud of our daughter Dakota. Not only is she a stellar student, a terrific musician (viola and guitar), an outstanding artist, and a html & css whiz, but she is also any incredibly wonderful person. Must take after her mother. :) Happy Birthday Kota!

Bet he didn't see that coming!

Today we have a couple of panels from PERILS ON PLANET X. I am trying to squeeze inking the second issue into my schedule. Chris is planning to have the third and last issue script to me this month and I would like to start on it by the new year. These two panels are from a page that is almost done. I spent a few hours on it late last night and early this morning.


Managed to squeeze in a page of inks today on PERILS ON PLANET X. Our hero, Donovan Hawke is having a conversation with Aeon, his teacher/guide on this strange world. The area they are in are the docks. A section in the lower levels of the floating city of Nymbis Freehold

For this scene I wanted to establish they are in the air by showing the ground below. Our foreground are the tubes and pipes, our middle ground Hawke and the dock area and our extreme background is the terrain below. If this was a black and white book I would have done more to establish the depth here in the inks. Since the book will be in color, the only thing I did was vary the line thickness (line art is thicker in the foreground and get thinner as things are farther away) and will leave notes for the colorist to punch it up with color. Because I have worked on so many black and white books, I tend to try to do everything in ink, I have to remind myself to let the colorist handle some of it as well. Especially if it will make it look better. In a book like this, with a scene in the bright day,  the colorist can bring a lot to the page. I just have to get out of the way. :)


Inked another page of POPX today and I thought I would share it here. Our hero is in his flight gear for the first time on this page. Yeah sure, he wore it on the first page of the first issue, but that was just a photo shoot, not an actual story page. :)