Results tagged “sketchbook” from kwc blog

Comic-Con Sketches: Ninja and Pirate

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Scott Morse: Ninja Pirate

Phil Craven: Ninja

I was saving these as they are my favorites from Comic-Con 2008... and ended up not posting them at all. Now that I have pets, its important that I take every opportunity to immortalize them in art.

The painting is by Scott Morse, who also did the art in the previous entry on APE. Morse is a great artist and also great with his commissions.

The sketch is by Phil Craven, of Flight fame. He's done ninjas for me before, so he was the first I went to when I got the idea of collecting sketches of my pets.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: xkcd kwc

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Randall Munroe showed extreme patience and goodwill to fans as he endured a long line of fans waiting for sketches and didn't skimp a bit. Stick figure art may not be trying, but try drawing Sierpinski's Triangle to five levels of recursion and tell me whether or not you feel like doing that all day. He humored my request for a 'KWC' doodle, ala his doodle he did for Google. The W and C gave him pause until he tied it together as a person climbing up on to something (W) and then jumping off (C). He also did a quick handwritten note for a colleague simply stating, "Python: It Works Bitches."

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A crazy looking Leeroy Jenkins drawn by Mike Krahulik (Gabe) of Penny Arcade and, for good measure, a 2007 sketch as well.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Cheeks

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I love Cheek's (Sean Galloway's) character designs for the Hellboy and Spectacular Spiderman. I picked up a copy of his new art book, "Spread the Cheeks," and he did a sweet Hellboy sketch for me.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Axel 13

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This sketch by Axel #13 is my second-favorite sketch from Comic-Con (my favorite will be posted later and is of a similar subject matter). It's easy to see why I like this sketch: who doesn't think their pets are superheroes?

Comic-Con Sketchbook: KMNDZ

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KMNDZ's (Command Z) work stood out immediately to me as I was flipping through my issue of Hi Fructose. Perhaps it was because his art features awesome robots, but I like to believe that it's more than that (they are really awesome robots). When he's not busy doing art he's busy working on ARGs (Alternate Reality Game), which I'm a huge fan of but never have enough time or patience to fully engage in. The company he worked for did the popular I love bees game, among others.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Dave McKean

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Dave McKean, master of many artistic media, did another quick sketch for me at Comic-Con this year. I've been the fan of how he can find the surreal in whatever medium he chooses, whether it be photography, 3D graphics, or illustration. I felt bad as I accidentally caught him as he was running late, but he kindly received my request.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Tara McPherson

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I really liked Tara McPherson's art for the Fables: 1001 Nights special collection. Her style of cute grotesque seems well at home in the Fables universe.

Sketchbook: James Jean

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One of things I wanted the most from Comic-Con was to get something from James Jean. He's the cover artist for Fables and picked up even more Eisner awards to add to his collection last Friday. I love his work and decided: I must have.

Process Recess (1 & 2) continues to be too hard to come by, so I went for a piece of original art -- a mockup for a New York Times science piece that he did. Actual finished pieces were at least $1000, but thankfully this little rough was much cheaper and I like it enough that I hope to find some artistic use for it.

But as James Jean art was at the top of my list, I was hardly going to be satisfied with just one piece, so I asked him for a Snow White sketch and he kindly obliged. I left to pick up more sketches... and came back almost immediately to ask for another sketch, a tiger. He did the sketch using a blue pencil, so I decided that inverting the scan to make it orange-on-black (blue original). That sketch cost me $20, which seemed a bargain considering that a sketch from Scott Kurtz of PVP now runs you $10. Thankfully for my wallet, I was more than satisfied to leave with three sketches in hand.

Michel Gagne (Comic-Con 2006)

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Michel Gagne recently put all of Frenziend Fauna: A to Z online:

Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z has been sold out for a couple of years and it doesn't look like it will be back in print anytime soon. Since I'm always eager to please, I thought I'd put the whole book on line for people to enjoy. [Go here](http://www.gagneint.com/Final%20site/books/fauna/Faunafullbook1.htm.

Very nice of him. More adventures of Rex will be coming out in Flight 4.

Dave McKean (Comic-Con 2006)

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Dave McKean of MirrorMask, many Neil Gaiman covers, and other fame.

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Mike Mignola - Hellboy (Comic-Con 2006)

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It took about a dozen trips to Mignola's booth, but finally there was no one in line long enough to get a quick sketch.

APE led me to rediscover my Comic-Con sketchbook, with its many unscanned drawings

APE 2007

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I try to make it to APE every year so I can buy some indie comics from the creators themselves and find stuff that would often fall below the radar at my local comic shop. There are panels -- this year included Art Spiegelman -- but I find that I really only have energy to do those once a year at Comic-Con. This mostly makes APE a shopping experience for me, so without further ado, here's what I shopped for:

Ancient Book of Myth and War

This was the only item I went in intending to buy. It is a themed art book that Pixarians Scott Morse, Lou Romano, Don Shank, and Nate Wragg put together. I had read about it on Scott Morse's blog and figured that at least Morse would be in attendance. It turned out even better than expected as Morse, Shank, and Romano were all on hand to do free sketches (in the case of Morse, a painting) in the inside cover. The result is pretty awesome:

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A great book and what you see above for only $20.

Kitosan Tea . an Eastern Beauty Tea Brewing Instruction Book

I know a fair bit about tea already, but this clever packaging of a tea bag was too good to pass up. Contained within is a single tea bag plus cute illustrations that take you through the proper steps for brewing tea, including how to brew the same leaves up to four times. I don't see how you can order them online, but I'm sure if you e-mail her arrangements could be made (only about $5). Afterworks 2 features the story of Kitosan.

Too Much Coffee Man

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Friends of mine are fans of the book and I couldn't go yet-another APE without buying an issue -- I was lured by the Too Much Coffee Man guitar picks.

Gallery Nucleus/Christopher Appelhans: Last of the Unicorns shirt

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Who knew unicorns could be so big, ugly, and cute? I picked one of these shirts up for d.

Super7 T-Shirt

Super7 had at least 3 t-shirts I wanted. I ended up going with an camo-silhouette of a AT-ST, Star Wars dork that I am (not listed on Web site right now). I almost got the Star Wars spaceship lineup or the Godzilla lineup instead (also not listed on Web site).

Kazu Sketch

left: APE 2007 sketch, right: Comic-Con 2007 Amulet sketch

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Kazu Kibuishi of Flight/Daisy Kutter/Copper fame does amazing sketches. I didn't buy anything this time around as I pretty much own everything, but Kazu was kind enough to do this sketch and also let me read through an Amulet draft -- there were some amazing pages in there (as expected). Amulet is an epic effort for Kazu. Book 1 will come out in Spring 2008 and will weigh in at 200+ pages. If I recall correctly, five whole books are planned, though Scholastic has only committed to two so far.

Bean's Song (Book 1)

This was one of those books that just caught my eye. Artist Travis Hanson was working on inking a print, it caught my eye, and next thing you know I have a book to read. It is an illustrated novel (think Stardust). Book 2 is coming out in a couple weeks, so if I like what I read I'll have even more to read. I was told by a Super-Con organizer that Travis Hanson will be there.

Tour de Comic-Con: Sunday's Stage

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Sunday is a day to explore the floor, break out the wallet, and fill up the bag. Yes, today is the day that Team Uni goes out in search of a high ranking in the Credit Ruining Accountrements Classification (CRAC).

Before getting started in the CRAC, there was some loose ends with schwag and sketch points to get out of the way. Team Uni started off with a quick stop by the Wizards of the Coast booth to see if they had restocked any Attack on Endor sets. They hadn't, but there were new prizes and Team Uni managed to pick up some Magic starter and booster packs. Then it was off to Scott Morse's booth, where I got a Triplets of Belleville-style sketch of Tom Danielson drawn with sharpie and honeyfield's water brush. The sketch combines a bit of the alien-ness of time-trial cycling gear with impossible Spiderman-like body positioning and the elongated Triplets form. It'll be posted soon with the other sketches I got. I didn't commission a painting this time around as I got one at APE and I wanted to wait until I've had a chance to hang up the ones I have in my new place before I decided what I want next. Morse should have a new book out with Lou Romano and others at APE, which I'm looking forward to.

The wandering gets a bit more difficult-to-remember from there. We won some hats from Viz Media, I got a sketch from Adrian Tomine and Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Push Man), and we got some sketches at the Flight book from the always super-nice and talented Johane Matte as well as Dreamworks storyboardist Phil Craven.

The big purchasing came when honeyfields picked up nearly every book in First Second Books catalog -- and I do mean nearly every (five out of the six spring catalog books and two out of the six fall catalog books, the latter were only available as gifts for buying the spring books). I also picked up a bunch of New X-Men issues for daveextreme, which was fairly easy to do for cheap once the Sunday fire sale began in earnest. It's always fun to see what you can buy on Sunday because some dealer doesn't want to ship stuff back.

Sunday ended earlier than normal as I wanted to get back home at a more reasonable time given the dearth of public transit options on a Sunday from San Jose Airport. m and I took off at 3, tired and happy.

Tour de Comic-Con: Saturday's Stage

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I spent most of the morning killing time until Quick Draw, which is really the highlight of every Saturday for me. More will come on the Quick Draw panel later, but for now I'll say that it was as fun as expected. A bit more repetitive than usual with the types of prompts, but this panel always delivers year after year.

Next up was the Brisco County panel. Due to poorly managed long lines I got into this panel late, but I got to see a lot of the Q&A with Bruce Campbell, Carlton Cuse, John McNamara, and Julius Carrey. There weren't as many entertaining verbal ripostes as the Bruce Campbell one-man Q&A show, but it was full of plenty of fun moments in the semi-reunion. I may actually try to get the DVDs, though $65 ($100 list) is a bit steep to try it out.

After failing to get into the Spiderman 3 session, the day ended with watching the Masquerade on the projection screen in the Sails Pavilion. I don't know who won, but I think our favorite was the Nintendon'ts, which featured humorous interactions between various Nintendo characters, punctuated by the decapitation of Pikachu in a Highlander showdown.

Inbetween this was the usual schwag and sketches, as well as my first big points in the Credit Ruining Accoutremonts Classification (CRAC). I got a doodle from Dave McKean and sketches from Chris Mitten and Ben Templesmith -- the Oni booth is always fun to stop by and dangerous on the pocketbook, as I picked up three more comics: Julius (Antony Johnston), Past Lies (Weir and DeFilippis), and Wasteland (Johnston and Mitten).

Team Uni picked up some of the last available Attack on Endor sets. After winning two in the morning, we went back to the booth in the afternoon to discover that the prize heap had been reduced to worthless figurines. We considered it a job well done, walking away with seven sets by my account, for a total retail value of $140.

The big CRAC points came from buying an Usagi Yojimbo original drawing that has Usagi jumping up into the air. Next year I might commission a drawing from Sakai as it's the same cost, though it's not very important as I'm really happy with what I have. I'll scan and post it in a later entry.

Tour de Comic-Con: Friday's stage

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I haven't really posted about yesterday's stage, but today's stage was so awesome that let's just leave it at my "Tired" entry for now and move onto this morning and afternoon.

Entertainment along the route picked up throughout the stage. After Snoop Dogg and Lando failed to show up for their session, things picked up dramatically with a rollicking Battlestar Galactica session. They probably gave away too many Season 3 spoilers, but Edward James Olmos and Lucy Lawless added a lot more entertainment to this year's panel. The day ended with the New Line Cinema event. Kenan Thompson was a hilarious host and things got great once the Final Destination 3 promo was done. They showed a clip from the upcoming Tenacious D movie (hilarious rock opera clip with a Meat Loaf and Dio) and then, what we were waiting for, Snakes on a Plane, featuring Samuel L. Jackson, live snakes (anaconda!), a 10-minute clip, and a hilarious mashup of some of the fan parodies. Samuel L. Jackson played his bad-ass part well, kinda like a Bruce Campbell session but with a lot more muthafuckas thrown in.

The schwag points in this year's Tour have been much more difficult to come by: the movie studios aren't giving away schwag at their presentations, there's a lot less t-shirts, a lot less posters, a lot less of everything, which doesn't make much sense as this is the biggest Tour de Comic-Con ever. Or perhaps it's so big that companies don't want to give out that much anymore. m and I are probably going to save some crucial weight tomorrow and leave our poster tubes behind as they are fairly empty.

Nevertheless, this year's Tour has some of the best schwag booths ever -- so good that I hestitate to call it schwag. After trying yesterday and only coming up with a Magic Booster pack, Team Uni got five Star Wars Attack on Endor sets that retail for $20 each. Team Uni also picked up three Boba Fett limited edition Bust-Ups, which non-limited versions retail for $4-5.

The sketches also went very well for kwc, who has been working since Thursday to get a Mignola sketch but has failed repeatedly. Today, success, as I now have a Hellboy sketch to add to my collection as well as a Stephen Silver sketch. honeyfields and my sketch books are much less full this year, but the focus has been much more on getting sketches from specific people and it has paid off. kwc has gotten sketches from Mignola, Kazu, Silver, Sakai, Guenoden, Kurtz, Aragones, and Gabe, which is a happy haul.

For both the schwag and sketch point competitions, this year's strategy has been much more in the style of Michael Rasmussen and Richard Virenque: ignore the piddling Cat 4 and Cat 3 climbs, go hard on one of the stages and take all the big climbs. Today's stage was that stage for us. With over $100 in retail with about an hour's effort each, Team Uni can coast to the finish, though we may pick up an extra Endor set or two just in case.

Fighting hamsters

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purringtonposterjwz did a scan of the Purrington poster I bought back at APE. Behold it's hilarious glory, then checkout the Fighting Machine Super Variant sketch that Purrington drew for me.

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The Drawing Board/Zowie/Sketchbook Sessions artists did some great sketches for me and honeyfields. I don't know the proper way to refer to them: they were promoting drawingboard.org, an artist's bulletin board they use, as well as selling Zowie 2, an anthology of "Tiki Terror"-themed stories and art. Sketchbook Sessions is an LA-based subgroup that meets regularly to draw.

It's a little difficult to draw a line between this group and the Flight folks as Guenoden, Matte and Kazu have done work in both Zowie and Flight. Kazu discussed the competitive nature of these anthologies during the Flight panel. They are both mediated by the Web, with some contributors as far away as Singapore, and the artists are able to view each other's work posted online. Individual pages for Flight are posted as they are completed, causing some artists to scrap their existing story idea or redo completed pages in an attempt to one-up each other.

I like how both groups have coupled Web-based community, local community, and community-produced physical product, with each layer serving to improve the others. These aren't Web comics anymore than photos posted to Flickr are Web photos, but whatever label you want to apply to this Web-enabled community process, it produces beautiful and creative works.

Sketches: Rodolphe Guenoden, Keith Holven, Shane Corn/maizekid, Ed Reynolds

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I picked up a copy of Zowie 2 (compiled by Ed Reynolds) and honeyfields, ln m, and I all picked up some of Rodolphe Guenoden's sketchbooks. Ed Reynold's sketch below is one of two he drew of honeyfields as we sat there and chatted -- mine is the first, the second is captioned, "Why does this guy keep drawing me?" honeyfields showed some of them her own drawings while I eavesdropped and got sketches.

Tour de Comic-Con: Friday's Stage

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Friday's stage was a ride through Hollywood: Goblet of Fire, V for Vendetta, The Fountain, Corpse Bridge, Battlestar Galactica, and Jim Henson's 50th Anniversary (thumbs up, down, up, up, up, up). The biggest challenge for Team Uni was conquering Hall H, a Hors Category hall holding over 6000 people. The line of people entering the hall stretched over half the length of the entire convention hall. The most painful Hall H challenge was listening to Natalie Portman during the V for Vendetta preview. Her only honest answer of the entire session was:

Q: How has your liberal arts education influenced your acting?
A: It made me good at not offending anyone and being very PC about my answers to 6000 people.

Portman could use some lessons on how to answer questions the Bruce Campbell way.

jamesq went on some breaks through the several portfolio reviews and stayed close to the top, but not as well as hoped. parakkum joined him for a final attack on Disney that netted the most positive results on the day, getting a business card from the editor and specific interest in Inhabit. Only one portflio review remains, a final sprint for Marvel on Saturday.

h.o.b. rode in support of neverthere, who has picked up an impressive collection of sketches that have to be seen to believe. neverthere commissioned a Grendel sketch on black paper that's darkly beautiful, and kwc commissioned a Yojimbo sketch from Scott Morse that will be framed as soon as he gets a chance.

kwc was disappointed with his performance in the schwag classification. The Lego Star Wars booth professed to be out of Lego Mini schwag and the Battlestar Galactica panel gave out no schwag, instead raffling off a chance for one person out of the one thousand plus people there to meet the cast. kwc did pick up a V for Vendetta mask that appears to have monetary value to some and will be sold at first opportunity, as well as some lightsaber letter openers, a Goblet of Fire mini poster, and some pins that are curious.

Team Uni is very tired after yesterday's ride, but they will have to dip into their energy reserves to survive today's hectic stage. Saturday is the day in which the convention floor is most packed with fans. Team Uni riders will have cut through crowds and lines all day in route to the final climb up to the Masquerade. The Masquerade is always good for a surprise or two, so let's hope that Team Uni is up to the task on this penultimate stage. They're heading off now for their daily Irish breakfast to build up as much energy as possible, with coffee and Guinness for kwc for that extra punch.

APE 2005

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APE 2005 (Alternative Press Expo) was a good warmup for Comic-Con: < 1/10th the size, ~ 1/10th the cost, ~ 1/10th the time. It's also a good time to give more love to the indies that generally look a lot more lonely during the full-scale Comic-Con.

I picked up a print, a poster, and a t-shirt, and got a sketch from each artist that I purchased something from. My favorite item is a PETA-be-damned "How to Create a Fighting Machine" poster print by Jared Purrington, which is a visual instruction manual for turning a roll of tape, a knife, and a hamster into your own instrument of death (update: jwz did a scan of the cartoon). Purrington's sketch for me can be viewed as a sort-of appendix:

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I also picked up a samurai rabbit shirt ("The Cursed" by Duzty) (no, not Usagi/Sakai). Haven't read the comic, as there is not much posted online yet.

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My last item is a print by Attaboy, which looks like this without the text. This is a quick sketch he did for me, which is appropriately twisted:

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Gallery Nucleus had a bunch of stuff that I wanted, but did not have the fund$$$ for, so I thought I would buy their stuff online instead. I made the mistake of not getting this "Ninja in the Snow" piece, which is $50 instead of the $20 I could have paid.

Comic-Con: Bendis, Oeming, Mack

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The Image booth was one of the first booth's I visited. Bendis, Oeming and Mack were all there. Bendis did a really funny drawing for pqbon, and honeyfields managed to talk to Oeming for so long (~30min+) that he broke out the brush and did a really cool Batman for her (I believe her request was for something "bad ass").

I didn't get a chance to talk to Mack until much later in the convention. We briefly chatted about his Alias covers (which I really like), and he ended up handing me a generous stack of his Kabuki works for free. I'm looking forward to reading the Kabuki works, because with the Alias covers at least, I've found his artwork to be a good transition from real world into the story itself. Also, unlike most comic books that feel like they take place in complete fantasy, his mixed media style makes you feel like you're in a slightly altered universe, only different enough to allow a fantastical story to take place.