Sorry for the sparse posting lately…we’ve been busy doing that working-for-a-living thing around here, some Simpsons, some Mad Mag stuff, doing some final corrections on my Harvey Pekar/Marvel comics story, and a little superhero-ing production work, FINALLY sending off the Johnny Canuck comic for the printers (out in a couple of days now!).
Since there won’t be any new top lists for at least another week or so, I thought I’d devote a couple of days to some of my many unseen pages…things for projects that were never published, or thing published in small runs, art for private commissions or projects not really comics related, amusing things you’ve probably not seen, and some of them turned out rather nice.
I think I was having such a good time NOT drawing in the animated style for that Bat-Mite piece up above, that I overdid it on the “Bolland-isms” in the inking. I forget who ended up getting that piece, but I still have a xerox of it, so you get to see it.
Next, a commission I did a few weeks ago (but took forever to actually get out to the fellow who asked for it, sorry Christopher
Christopher Matusiak has this wonderful collection of Green Lantern sketches on all green paper, often drawn by the artist who created that particular Green Lantern. Well, I happened to have created an obscure Green Lantern from an annual or a Quarterly (I don’t recall which), written by Mark Waid, named Breeon, and Christopher asked me to contribute to the collection. I hadn’t drawn on coloured paper since I was a kid, and I had so much fun I’m going to do lots more. There’s some blackboard chalk in there as a highlighter…I had some in my pocket from earlier in the day when I’d been teaching my cartooning class, and figured “why not?”.
This is ancient, one of the first things I ever drew and got paid for:
A commission for a local comic store in Toronto, (The Dragon Lady…and they’re still around after all these years, too!) for their newsletter, highlighting the “Direct Sales” comics that were taking the world by storm in the mid-eighties. I started working professionally about a year after this piece, I don’t think I’d even thought of Stig yet.
Coming up in the next while: Unseen pages from a never-published issue of Legion of Superheroes I drew. Pages from the yet to be published Batman: Brave and Bold cartoon comic I drew a year or so ago and has been on a shelf, unseen production work for the DC direct figures I designed, rejected covers, and more!
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your unseen and pulped comic book moment of zen: