Lesley Vamos - Comic-Con International 2013
I found Australian artist Lesley Vamos on the last day of Comic-Con at a table shared with Jimena Sanchez. As I had mentioned before, Lesley and Jimena had collaborated on a number of projects, notably a book a postcards, and I was impressed with the work that each of them did - and really, isn't it great that they could collaborate on comics from different continents? It warmed the cockles of my heart. Anyway, both ladies added their renditions of the Thing to my sketchbook and I'm happy to have 'em. This cartoony Thing is a real treat.
Rafer Roberts - Beyond Comics signing 2013
I'm always happy to join in on some FUBAR-related events, but it's an extra treat when those events produce new Thing artwork. Beyond Comics in Frederick, Maryland held a big FUBAR signing that I was able to join in on. In between signing books and meeting with fans, I was able to harangue a number of talented folk into drawing sketches in the book. First up was Rafer Roberts, he of FUBAR, Plastic Farm and Thanos and Darkseid fame. I asked Rafer to draw a helmeted Thing, and he immediately knew just what I was talking about. The Thing wore a helmet for a while after getting his face slashed up by Wolverine (whatever) as opposed to, I don't know, seeing a doctor about it or something. It was a strange look for the character but it was a notable one. Rafer did a great job all around.
Steve Becker - Baltimore Comic-Con 2011/Beyond Comics signing 2013
Steve Becker, art director of the FUBAR line, started sketching the Thing at the 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con, but ran out of time. Since then, I've had a mostly blank page saved in the book in hoped that I could wrangle Steve into finishing the sketch, and he took up the baton at the Beyond Comics signing. The result is an angry Thing that stands out among the others. I'm loving the emotion with this one.
M. Giles Crawford - Beyond Comics signing 2013
Giles Crawford is another FUBAR contributor who added his take at the Beyond Comics signing. Giles, a native Australian (that's two for this post), asked if he could do something goofy for the book, and of course I told him to go for it. I added in one caveat - I wanted this drawing to be the first image drawn horizontally. The result is a watercolored Thing mermaid. Brilliant.
John Shine - Beyond Comics signing 2013
John Shine took the sketchbook after Giles had his way at the Beyond Comics FUBAR signing, and, unbeknownst to me at the time, started drawing his own rendition of the Thing. He decided to go with the original "lumpy" Thing, though this is more reminiscent of John Byrne than, say, Kirby. It's a beautiful, moody piece that does the most with the space available. This here is a classic Thing with a lot of heart, and I'm thrilled to have it included.
That's it for now, but there's more Thing sketchbook to come. Hooray!