It’s been awhile since I posted about Comic Twart, the comic art blog collective that includes Chris Samnee, Mike Hawthorne, Andy Kuhn, Mitch Breitweiser, Tom Fowler, Mitch Gerads and many others. They’ve been regularly posting art based on various themes, so let’s see what they’ve been up to recently …
It’s Shelf Porn time, where we take an intimate look into somebody’s home to see what their books, statues, action figures or even their drawing desk looks like … which is the case with this week’s submission. David Paccia, who works for a financial institution as a Web QA tester, is also an artist and sent in some pictures of his workspace.
We can always use more Shelf Porn, so if you’d like to see your shelves featured here, drop me an email with your write-up and pictures.
And now here’s David …
Yildiray Cinar, artist on the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes relaunch from DC Comics, has been sharing all sorts of Legion-related artwork on his blog, including this really nice Dawnstar piece. He’s got a lot of other cool stuff up there, too, such as Cloak & Dagger, Adam Strange and a Legion vs. Trigon piece, so go check’em out.
Artist Darren Rawlings, whose “Agent Orange” appeared in the most recent Popgun anthology, decided “to let loose some drawing rage” in celebration of March Madness. All month on his blog, he’s posting drawings of the Hulk smashing his way through the Marvel universe. Already the green-skinned Goliath has taken out the X-Men, Reed Richards, Iron Man and Venom. Who will be next?
After two years of posting their award winners on their website, the Inkwell Awards — which recognize inkers for “their quality work and contribution to the comic book industry and sequential art process” have found a venue to present their awards live. This year they will present their awards at the New England Comic Con in Boston Oct. 1-3.
The award recipients will be presented their trophies and then take part in a Q&A session with fans. Voting for the awards will begin in August.
“Previously the voting has taken place in June but due to the later in the year date of the show event, the ballot will be posted at the site on Aug. 1, so please bookmark the address”, said Bob Almond, founder and director of the Inkwell Awards. “There will be a lot of new developments coming from us this year and having Wizard’s support will be integral to increasing the awareness and exposure of these and future developments of the organization.”
For more information on the awards and to view previous winners, be sure to check out their website.
Jim Rugg, Joe Infurnani, Geoff Grogan and several other artists have formed Pood, a new … something. Actually, they’re having a contest now to decide what exactly “pood” is, so head over there and leave your guess.
Over at the relatively new art blog Comic Twart, the various artists who contribute have spent the week drawing DC’s G.I. Robot character, and the results have been pretty awesome. Above is Evan Shaner’s rendition, but head over there to get a look at everyone else’s.
The Emerald City Comicon, scheduled for March 13-14 in Seattle, is once again putting together a charity art book featuring pin-ups of “Monsters & Dames” by some of its very impressive guest list. Proceeds from the book benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Artist Glen Brogan shares his rendition of the White Violin, from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Umbrella Academy.
“…the brilliance of her design is so iconic that it’s hard to not want to draw her,” he said on his blog. “I’m sure even if many of you haven’t read the books you’ve seen her image looking at you from a comic store shelf and found it hard not to think ‘What is that?’ Her design makes the comic look like something that has already long been established, even when it was brand new, so I give many kudos to the artist and writer for that.”
The Eclectic Micks are a group of Irish comic artists who have set up a group sketch blog featuring all kinds of cool artwork. And this week, with the launch of IDW’s new Tranformers miniseries, Last Stand of the Wreckers (collective member Nick Roche draws the series), they’ve temporarily changed their name to Eclectic Wrecks and are running sketches of characters from the series. If you’re into the Transformers, go check’em out.
By the Power of Grayskull! Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 has the power! Beginning tomorrow, Friday January 8, they’re hosting “Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” an art show featuring various reinterpretations of my all-time favorite action-figure/cartoon line ever. You can check out a Snake Mountain-sized pile of art for the show here and here.
Mark Andrew Smith linked to this on Facebook, so big props to him for pointing me to Paperwalker, the blog of artist Florian Satzinger. Satzinger is a production designer, character designer and writer for S&H Features; among other projects, he’s working on a graphic novel called StarDucks.
“Every day until the 25th, we’ll be posting a new illustration from a comics creator at Periscope Studio that reinterprets the days of the traditional carol as comic book parodies,” writes Laura Hudson. Today’s post features the above image by Andreas Schuster — which is kind of an “Oh my god, are they really doing what I think they’re doing?” moment — while yesterday’s featured Ben Bates replacing the fabled partridge with another type of bird. Be sure to check back between now and Christmas to see what the rest of the Periscope crew comes up with.
If you found out your kid was possibly going to be born with super powers, you’d probably want to do a little research into what exactly that meant. For fictional journalist James Stanley, that means conducting 45 different interviews about super powers and how they’ve changed the lives of the people who have them.
This December Com.X is publishing an illustrated book that collects those 45 interviews called, naturally Forty-Five. Written by Andi Ewington, each interview includes an accompanying page of art illustrated by a different artist, with no “predetermined brief” given — just the written page as guidance. Artists for the project include Jock, Fiona Staples, Liam Sharp, Dan Brereton and many more.
My thanks to Andi, who was kind enough to share some additional details on the book.