“Sometimes (all times) I wish Marvel and DC weren’t so goddamned catty with each other.”
–Cameron Stewart, artist of Batman & Robin, Seaguy and many other great comic books, on the ongoing war of words between the comic industry’s two giants.
Yesterday, DC announced that frequent Grant Morrison collaborator Cameron Stewart has been replaced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight artist Georges Jeanty on the Western-themed fourth issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Post-solicitation creative-team changes are a dime a dozen at DC, but this is certainly one of the more high-profile examples of that kind of switcheroo I can think of. Amid all the say-it-ain’t-sos, Stewart took to his blog to offer a fairly circumspect summary of the situation:
Unfortunately, several weeks back I was forced to make the difficult decision to leave the book. It was a decision that I struggled with, but sadly conditions were such that I felt that my work would be drastically compromised and subpar should I stay on board, and so I felt that it was best that I walked away. I’d like to extend big thanks to my editors for trying to do whatever they could to make it possible for me to stay, but in the end it just wasn’t happening.
Stewart added that the only thing he’d drawn for the issue was the cover and a sketch or two, so the final product will be all Jeanty. He also promised a big announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con regarding a popular property he and Karl Kerschl will be working on. So while fans of his Bat-work (like me!!!) are no doubt disappointed, there are at least a few more Cam jams coming down the pike.
“Did the most terrifying commission of my life today at C2E2,” tweeted Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart on Saturday. What made it so scary? The guy who commissioned the piece — a drawing of Batman, to be specific — told Stewart he planned on immediately getting it tattooed on his body. No pressure!
Fortunately, the words “Cameron Stewart” are pretty much a seal of quality when it comes to drawings of Batman, and as Stewart revealed today, the tattoo came out bitchin’. You can click here to see the original art, too. “A busy convention is not my ideal environment to draw something that will go on someone’s body forever,” Stewart noted, but he really shouldn’t worry so much.
On his blog, artist Cameron Stewart shares some preliminary sketches of cowboy Bruce Wayne. Stewart will draw the third issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, featuring the time-hopping lead character in the Wild West.
On his blog, outgoing Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart has posted a selection of black-and-white pages from issue #9. Man, you could practically bathe in those inks.
Naw, I guess if it’d been on Seinfeld it would have been about Superman. Anyway, Cameron Stewart says via Twitter that this is a “rejected cover sketch for Batman & Robin #9.” Somehow I think he’s kidding. All I know is that if I were young Damian Wayne I’d be pretty pissed at Dick Grayson’s insensitivity too.
Happy New Year, everyone! Typically the first day of the new year is a time for reflection, for looking forward and looking back. And you might think that I would be tempted to do that very thing, especially since we just wrapped up our first full year here at Robot 6.
But I’m not gonna do that. Y’see, Robot 6 officially kicked off on Jan. 2, 2009. And tomorrow we plan to celebrate our first anniversary by bringing you a lot of really, really cool stuff — interviews, exclusive previews, countdowns and much more — as we take over the home page of Comic Book Resources for the day. It should be a lot of fun, so be sure to stop by in between football games and TV marathons.
In the meantime, after the jump you’ll find some links to other bloggers looking at 2009 and 2010. Enjoy, and we’ll be back in full force tomorrow. See you then!
Incoming Batman and Robin artist Cameron Stewart has posted a selection of sketches drawn for fans during his recent European tour with Karl Kerschl and Ramón Pérez, and the results are … uh, what’s the visual equivalent of “mouthwatering”? I don’t think it’s “eyewatering,” but this little gallery — heavy on the Bat-characters but boasting a few mutants and supporting Spidey castmembers too — may well bring a tear to your eye over the fact that you don’t live in Europe and thus couldn’t get one yourself.
Show of hands please! Who’s interested in seeing the award-winning Cameron Stewart draw a picture of Catwoman using Manga Studio? Ah, I thought so.
Artist Cameron Stewart posts the Catwoman print he’ll have in San Diego this week. You can find him most of the time at SplashPage Comic Art, booth #4400.
MySpace Comic Books has a five-page preview of Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye, the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 Vertigo miniseries by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.
There’s also a brief Q&A with Morrison, who teases the final Seaguy chapter, “which completes the trilogy with a voyage into the Thousand-and-One Islands of Lostralia, for a final confrontation with Ant-Dad, and the revelation of the true reality behind Seaguy’s world.”