Sunday, October 15, 2017

Original Marvel Two-in-One artwork!

A few weeks ago, I picked up a signature piece for my original art collection - a page of artwork from Marvel Two-in-One #45!

Marvel Two-in-One #45 features a team-up between the Thing and Marvel's original Captain Marvel.

Artwork on this page is from Alan Kupperberg and Mike Esposito.

There's a lot going on in this page, with the Thing riding a flying...ghost car...about what appears the be the Brooklyn Bridge.

What I love about this page is that the Thing appears in technically every panel...including (I guess) the last panel, in which he's splashing down into the river.

The back of the page has a couple markings on it, including the name of the pencil and ink artist, and the original cost of the page, a minuscule 25 bucks! (I paid slightly more for it.)

Some of the legal information appears at the bottom of the page, which lets us all know that this page is currently 39 years of age.

Here's a sign of that age: one of the word balloons - which was originally added in after the artwork was completed but before publication (I guess the Thing needed another quip) - is loose. I'll need to think of a safe way to reattach it so I don't lose it.

Until then, though, I have the opportunity to do this whenever something bothers me. Works for now!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pictures from the 2017 Comic-Con International, part 5: Saturday, 7/22

Here are some pictures from Saturday at Comic-Con! This was another big day, as Saturdays tend to be.

The day started out at the New England Comics booth, where Ian Nichols and I signed some books and waited for the big guns to arrive. Other people hung around, including the Mad Bomber What Bombs at Midnight, which is such a cool costume that I can barely wrap my head around it...

Not too long after the hall opened, Ben Edlund and Griffin Newman came to sign at the booth. Ian and I got a quick picture with Ben before clearing out. This was such a big weekend for The Tick, and I'm glad that I got to see Ben briefly to tell him how excited I was for everything.

A few other Tick luminaries came to the booth around this time, like the wonderful Yara Martinez, "Ms. Lint" on the show. Ms. Lint steals every scene she's in. What a fantastic character.

I also had a chance to chat for a few moments with Michael Cerveris, who plays Ramses IV!

There was a nice crowd at the booth, so eventually I headed elsewhere and saw some more great costumes. Here's Wonder Woman with Etta Candy!

I wonder how Hela managed to fit through doorways with that headpiece on. This was a really impressive costume.

Samurai Iron Man and regular Shredder, who I guess is also a samurai.

Here's movie Thor and Loki!

I spent some time at the Bongo booth tying to talk to some people there when I ran into Patric Verrone, writer and producer on my favorite show of all time, Futurama! I had talked with him a few times before, but this was the first time I was able to meet him in person. He had just bought some original Dr. Seuss artwork(!). At the end of our conversation, Patric did me a gigantic favor, which I'll write about soon.

Stormtrumpers. All right.

It wouldn't be Comic-Con without at least one really monstrous costume. Hulkbuster Iron Man always attracts a crowd.

This absolutely wins "best group costume" for me. Krang is the icing on the cake.

Here's original Gamora, complete with weird skull codpiece.

I'm always impressed at anyone who can make Leela's giant eye work.

Soon after seeing Leela, Phil Lamarr, who voiced Hermes on Futurama, walked by. I was able to leap over the table (almost) and grab a picture with him.

The show ended for the day soon after, and it was off to Petco Park for a special Rick and Morty screening.

Everything about this Summer Smith costume is incredible. She got a picture with the voice actor who plays the character later on this evening.

I waited in line for a long, long time to get into the stadium. The Rickmobile had closed down and Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland were addressing the crowd. They screened the first episode of the third season this night to a boisterous crowd.

These inflatables, positioned in the "park" section of the ballpark, were bigger than the picture seems to indicate.

Inflatable Morty was getting pulled away by a tentacle monster. People soon used them to sit on.

Afterwards, it was time to walk back across the bridge to the convention center parking lot. A nice opportunity for a panoramic night shot of the convention center and surrounding area.

I don't know why I get one of these every year - the convention center looks exactly the same - but I do.

And here's the other angle, back toward Petco Park.

This movie Batman had a light-up costume. Cool.

One more day to go for Comic-Con. I'll post again soon!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Let's look at some Tick original art!

I've managed to get a few pages of Tick original art this year, so the time has finally come to post some images. 

First up is an inked page from The Tick Local Comic Shop Day 2016 Special #1, which came out last November. Jeff McComsey helped ink the first few pages of the book, and I grabbed the first one from him.

This might be my favorite panel from any of the Tick stories I've worked on.

Jeff inked over a blue line printout of Duane Redhead's pencils. I think they look really good together.

The next page is, I think, pretty impressive - it's from the second issue of Tick: Karma Tornado, the Tick's second series.

This page was written by Jackson Publick of Venture Bros. fame, and it features a whole lotta characters. It was pencilled by Bill Neville and inked by Dave Garcia. I was surprised to see that the word balloons weren't hand lettered, as the previous series had been.

The first post-Edlund story had The Tick being whisked away to participate in some intergalactic games with other Earth luminaries.

These included, naturally, a tyrannosaurus rex.

Next up is a page from the new Tick series, with art by Douglas Paszkiewicz! I met Douglas this year at Comic-Con in San Diego, and I was lucky enough to purchase my favorite page from the new series.

The Tick and Arthur are on this page a total of six times each! A Tick for every season!

The page is slightly smaller than a regular comic art board. And I enjoy the ink around the border, too! Douglas obviously spent a lot of time with this page.

Next are two pages from Bob Polio, long-time art director on The Tick. Bob drew a two-page backup story for the 2017 Comic-Con Special, and I was able to talk him out of both pages.

Bob created these characters, "The Tick and Artie", a while ago. This is the first story of theirs in quite some time.

Bob also painted this lovely piece for me, featuring the whole Tick and Artie cast. It really came out well.

Lastly, I grabbed this page from Ian Chase Nichols at the end of the show. This is one of my favorite Tick pages from any story I've drawn. It appeared in the 2016 Free Comic Book Day Special.

This is the first page of a three-page story, "Tick, P.I.". For anyone taking notes, this is the first appearance of about a dozen characters.

I have a special place in my heart for See-Through Tick.

This poster doesn't really fit into the original art category, but what the heck - I'm posting a picture of it anyway. This is the poster I got at the Tick cast signing right before the panel at Comic-Con. Everyone signed it! How neat!

A lot of people at the show were asking about buying some original Ben Edlund Tick pages. Get in line, folks. Maybe one day.