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Artist Ryan Ottley has been knocking it out of the park for the past eight years on Invincible with writer Robert Kirkman. No disrespect to original artist Cory Walker, but Ottley quickly made a name for himself in a world of super-heroes who aren’t afraid to pull punches. Despite his busy schedule he’s found time here and there to do one-shots like Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark, and now he’s unveiling something he’s spent the past two years working on — his sketchbook!
Titled Violence & Pinwheeels, it mixes the gruesome and bloody details from those “special” moments of Invincible with some of the more innocent moments the artist is capable of. This hardcover book clocks in at 72 pages, and includes one-off sketches as well as character designs from Invincible and Haunt. The book is priced at $25 with an additional $7 for shipping inside the U.S., and Ottley is offering an additional signed Invincible comic to offset those charges.
To check some of Ottley’s sketches and to order a book for yourself, head over to the artist’s website for more details.
In what may be an incredible coincidence, an unlikely bit of last-minute dialogue rewriting, or a terrifying example of Robert Kirkman’s precognitive abilities, this week’s Invincible #80 offers a bit of commentary on the hot topic of conversation — comic-book renumbering. It seems the trend doesn’t end with DC’s superhero line and Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men. Even Dead Stuff is affected!
Multiversity Comics catches the panel in which Mark Grayson, aka Invincible, swings by his local comic shop after spending time in space only to discover every series has started over with a new No. 1. “Why do they do that?” he asks. “It doesn’t help sales long term and they always go back to the numbering for the next anniversary issue. What’s the point?!”
“Anything for a quick buck, man,” the clerk responds. “These companies have no integrity.”
Update: And while this doesn’t require prescience, the sequence also takes a perhaps self-effacing jab at a creator pledging to release work on time for a year. Check it out after the break.
C2E2, the new Chicago convention brought to you by the makers of the New York Comic Con, will hold its inaugural convention this weekend at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. If you’re exhibiting at the show, debuting a new comic or just have some exciting plans for attendees you’d like to share, drop me an email and I’ll run it in one of the many round-ups we’ll be doing between now and Friday.
Also, I probably wouldn’t get anything good for Boss’s Day this year if I don’t mention that Robot 6’s own Brigid Alverson will be on a panel Friday night, titled “Old Media, New Media, Comics Media.” It’s moderated by Heidi MacDonald of the Beat and features several other comics media/blogging folks. So go say hi to Brigid at 7:45 p.m.
Michael May will also be at the show, and both he and Brigid should have some reports to file from it over the weekend. So be sure to check back for those if you aren’t in Chicago yourself. And if you are attending the show, here’s some stuff to check out …
Artist Ryan Ottley will have some cool stickers at the show to promote the upcoming Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark: They Got Mixed Up! one-shot he’s doing with Jason Howard. Choose your side:
Last weekend Image Comics officially announced a one-shot with the utterly delightful title Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark: They Got Mixed Up! The book features two separate stories — “Sea Bear” by Jason Howard and “Grizzly Shark” by Ryan Ottley. There’s also an origin story written by Robert Kirkman. If you’d like to know more about the book, the creative duo behind it has set up a blog where they’re posting early concept art and additional info on the book.
No doubt an announcement about Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark joining the Guardians of the Globe will hit in the next day or so …
Invincible artist Ryan Ottley shares a pin-up of the Hulk he created for his four-year-old son with the only tools he had on hand — “two big fat crayons and one pencil that was cinnamon scented, which was odd but pleasing at the same time.” If you follow the link, you’ll also see a page from Invincible 70, which probably wasn’t created with a cinnamon-scented pencil.