It's time for more Thing sketches...because I said so. I did! I just said it. This is a fantastic bunch, with what might just be my favorite related story. I imagine which one I mean will be obvious. Take a look!
Erik Larsen - Wizard World Los Angeles 2005
This is apparently Erik Larsen's stock Thing image, as people have told me they've seen it before when they look at the book. It's fantastic either way.
Chuck B.B. - Wizard World Los Angeles 2004
Most people draw the Thing smoking a cigar, which was the norm in the 1960s and '70s. A cigarette doesn't really have the same effect.
Talent Caldwell - Pittsburgh Comicon 2005
This was the most awkward sketch in the book. Talent Caldwell had a sign on his table that read "I will not sketch Supergirl." I asked him why, and he said "because I hate drawing Supergirl."
I gave him my book and he made it look like it was the most painful thing he'd ever done. He stopped several times and shook his hand like it was cramped (who knows, maybe it was) and would make "aagh" noises under his breath.
To break the silence of me just standing over him watching him draw, I said "your art reminds me a lot of Michael Turner's", at which he took offense. He said "it doesn't look anything like his!", but here's the thing: he studied under Turner, worked in his studio, and would do backgrounds for him. Anyone who's seen their art side by side has to admit that there's at least a resemblance. But he would have none of it.
As he was drawing, a handful of people gathered around, each getting his or her sketchbook out in anticipation. When he was done, I took the book back from Talent back and thanked him. He shouted out "twenty dollars!!", at which point, everyone else put their sketchbooks away. I handed him the Andrew Jackson (or the equivalent thereof) and he said "I probably should have told you that before I started drawing."
Darryl Banks - Pittsburgh Comicon 2005
Darryl Banks might be best known for co-creating the Kyle Rayner version of Green Lantern. In 2005 he had been out of comics for a little while, but was looking to break back in with a Cloak and Dagger pitch. The writer at the table with him wanted everyone to sign a petition to send to Marvel saying that they should be allowed to produce the book (which seemed like an odd way to go about things).
The writer went into his pitch on what he would do with the characters. "Most people don't know how to write teenagers," he said, "but I do!! I've lived it!" He was very adamant about that fact.
I asked Darryl why he incorporated the dollar sign into his signature, as he had started doing about half way into his Green Lantern run. "It's when I starting making lots of money", he said.
Casey Jones - Pittsburgh Comicon 2005
How does someone get a name like Casey Jones? In any case, he's one of the nicest creators I've met, and draws the Thing with two eyebrows as opposed to the Kirby-esque unibrow. He drew a couple fill in issues of the FF in '04 or '05, and I've since become a big fan.
Plenty more to come!