Ty the Guy OUT!
I was at a comic convention in Kitchener, Ontario yesterday, where I was asked to do a sketch of Mr. Spock. This was about twenty minutes or so, magic markers on cardboard from a photo on a smart-phone.
It turned out not bad for a marker sketch.
I’ve drawn Nimoy/Spock a zillion times over the years. He was one of the faces I used when I first auditioned for Mad Magazine a lifetime ago…
Here’s Spock’s first appearance from issue #1 of the Star Trek miniseries I wrote for IDW a couple of years back: MISSION’S END. The pencils are by the delightfully skilled Steve Molnar.
I loved the “alien” look on the character, looking down on Gary Mitchell and another crew-woman as they first encounter him. One of my favorite moments from a script I wrote brought to life perfectly by Steve…
The “Spock Five” did, in fact, start with me. I’ve been drawing these on Canadian money since the late seventies, and some time in the nineties, a TV producer friend of mine named Mark Askwith asked me to demonstrate the trick on TV. Shortly after that, I started getting them back as change, which freaked me the f*** out the first time it happened. Apparently, they’re still around, and a few folks did up some new ones in hounour of Leonard’s passing. (the bill up above is not one of mine, btw, but I can’t find an original bill anywhere and had to settle for one found online).
Leonard Nimoy was a phenomenal person and much more than “just” Mr. Spock. A talented writer, director, photographer, yes, even musician (despite the jokes about “Bilbo Baggins”). I was watching you draw this rendition of Leonard Nimoy as Spock, I think it’s a wee bit better than “not bad”. A very awesome drawing!! And it was a genuine pleasure meeting you yesterday, I am thrilled with the sketches you did for me. Peace and long life.
The “Spock Five” appeared in today’s Daily Mail in the UK.today. I was going to leave a comment there about its origins but since their article is about how unhappy they are about it in Canda I thought better of it.
I’m looking to spike my journalistic career and thought that a blog might be a good idea. But I also know that there are ways to set up a paypal account attached to the blog for payment to read it or donate. I guess I was inspired by the movie Julia and Julie and I want to do it on my own. Any ideas on how to get started?.