Somewhere in the heydays of 90's indie cinema, QUENTIN TARANTINO and JOHN WOO teamed up to make this blood-soaked anachronistic tale of revenge based on Joan of Arc. It starred the likes of Winona Ryder (as the titular heroine), Robert Patrick, Antonio Banderas, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Wesley Snipes. It was Miramax Film's first attempt at a star-power crossover from both the East and the West.
Unfortunately, the film went over budget (75 million USD - the amount estimated for Independence Day) and Woo would abandon the project and move on to the military thriller Broken Arrow and the sci-fi actioner, Face/Off. Meanwhile, Tarantino would find further success in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk till Dawn (1996) and Jackie Brown (1997). It was the film that got away and the one least referenced in interviews for both artists as it was the dream project polluted by executive greed and star egos. Rumor has it, B-movie director Albert Pyun has the only 45-minute footage that exist and screens it privately with his friends.
And I'm also totally bullshitting :)
Joan's a weird one - a total left field project born out of the frustrations of a career going nowhere in the bustling town of sunny Los Angeles. If I learned anything from being there it was asking myself just exactly what I was doing art for.
I'm grateful for getting paid to do art, but sometimes you gotta have room for self expression. Joan is exactly that: a passion project that mashes up all the genres I love (Chanbara, Westerns, Heroic Bloodshed movies, etc) and mixes them up into this strange anachronistic medieval fantasy comic book. Some will love it, some will hate it - but hey, that describes just about everything in the world :)
Here are the first three intro pages of the first issue, Verse 0. Second book, Verse 1 is on it's way. In the meantime you can find it available at Comixology and my Gumroad.