Posts Tagged ‘pencil’

batman – tanino libertore

July 25, 2011

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adolf von menzel

July 4, 2011

 

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marseille – benoît guillaume

June 1, 2011

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to pretend is to lie/ souvenir – dominique goblet

May 17, 2011

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ellen page: juno – simon gane, rob davis, kev hopgood, matt timson, lee o’connor, dylan teague, ian culbard, dom reardon, paul duffield, al ewing, matt brooker, dave taylor, adrian salmon, seb antoniou & aneurin wright

May 16, 2011

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These ‘sketches’ were all made on the occasion of the Bristol Comic-con, this last weekend in the UK. Thank you very much to everyone who made  a drawing and those who are in the process. It is a beautiful set of work, and without exception I think shows what each artist can do well. I’d go so far to say that in some instances the pieces are a really outstanding bit of the artist’s entire output. There were many more artists present at Bristol: these are just an example. Others (Mark Buckingham being a prime example) had too long a queue, or (Alan Davis) had sketched for hours over what they’d planned to do, or (Dave Gibbons) was up too early, or whom I quite simply didn’t get to ask (Henry Flint, Katie Green, Thom Ferrier, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, amongst others). Thank you to everyone who was there, for being generous and welcoming and showing your work.

Bristol was a good con, friendly, intimate and sociable and if you are in the UK and new to comics, it is good place to look- there are artists here who will not be seen anywhere else, whose work is particularly accessible. I’d like to have seen everyone in one venue, as I don’t think some of the artists in the Mercure especially benefitted from the attention they should have had, but that’s something that I hope can be addressed. Another differentiating point was the high standard of discussion- although there was some talk about how Kapow had taken some of the visitors, this event could not be more different.

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The Lovecraft panel (covering SelfMadeHero’s new anthology) showed that the contributors knew their material, the literary background and brought an appropriately literary slant to the proceedings. Reference to films to see and books to read came alongside the discussion and showed what the writers (e.g. David Hine, who made a strong contribution) could really do. This is appropriate and enjoyable. Bristol knocked Kapow into a cocked hat in terms of content, both during the panels and afterward in the bar discussions following up and hence should be taken quite seriously by those who want to see more than action heroes in their reading matter. With reference to the above sketches, some people have asked me ‘why Juno?’. I’d answer, simply that that is who I’d rather see in comics than say, Hit Girl. The breadth of interpretation here shows the depth of her character and what could be possible. No sooner said, than done: Bristol also saw the UK release of the sampler for Nelson, previously mentioned on this blog, and hopefully showing what can be done in terms of bringing more in-depth stories into comics.

Another first for Bristol: Serge Pelle came from France, with the children’s publisher Cinebook. He sketched and signed ALL weekend, delivering beautiful drawings, in his books, to all comers and brought a level of cool to the event that I’d like to see more of* (Go Cinebook!). In a way, it could be said that the Bristol con is the most BD leaning comics event in the UK, to an extent because of the sympathies of the artists who are guests there. I hope the curators will make more of that, inviting more story-based comic artists and writers, especially given BD (and related UK-made work, for example, Simon Gane and Andi Watson’s Paris romance) is accessible to so many demographics.

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There is no Bristol Juno yet drawn by a woman, for various good reasons. I’m aiming to redress this balance on the next post of Junos, to be timed alongside the next UK con, MCM Expo in a couple of weeks time. Kate Brown, Alice Duke and other talented artists are already looking to address Juno in their own way (???exciting) so look out for that soon, here. I will be asking all the female guests of MCM that I meet to draw Juno, if they are drawing (Becky Cloonan? Emma Vieceli?), amongst others, so we’ll see what happens.

*a hint to SelfMadeHero that I’d like to see them bring Moebius to the UK, alongside their forthcoming launch of The Incal. Please.

twisted savage dragon funnies – jason thibodeaux

April 28, 2011

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via Michael Fiffe (thank you!).

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robert weaver

March 25, 2011

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sketches – juillard

March 23, 2011

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sketches: spiderman – lee garbett

March 9, 2011

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mystery girl – glyn dillon

January 18, 2011

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hellboy: buster oakley, pg 9 – kevin nowlan

January 10, 2011

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Mike Mignola: Nobody can draw cows like Kevin. It’s a very, very odd story. I’ve never done anything like it. The setting is something I’ve never done in Hellboy. Even down to the title, I was kind of stumbling around with how – I knew the story, but I didn’t quite know how I was going to spin the actual scripting of the story. And when I came up with that title, which I believe came to me in the shower, as these things tend to do, that title made me realize ‘Oh! Ok, I know what this story is.’ I knew how the action played out, but I didn’t really know the tone of the story, if that makes sense at all. Once Kevin started turning in artwork, and we all overcame the shock of seeing Kevin draw comics, it became a matter of, ‘How am I going to write this?’ Because I work plot-style. From the plot, you see what the action is, but you don’t really get the voice of the characters. You don’t get the tone of the story. So I adjust that tone based on the artwork. What we came up with here is something really different from what I’ve done before.

text from the mike mignola interview at comicbookresources, 17.12.10, and another cover for buster oakley, this time by mike mignola, himself:

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dmitry izotov

December 23, 2010

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