I missed last week’s installment of Sketchbook Saturday and this week, I’m not continuing the chronological order I started with previous installments, instead carrying on this week’s theme of Preacher, which I talked about in great detail in this week’s Trade Post. Hell, I’ve even posted this image before, back when I talked about 2009’s Wizard World Philly. As I mentioned back then, I was dead set on getting a Steve Dillon sketch. I didn’t have a lot of responsibilities during the show (I was working for ToyFare at the time), but I would have shirked them all to stand in line for a Dillon Preacher sketch. Even though I didn’t have anything else I had to be doing, I was still paranoid that one of the big bosses would pass by and see me there. I’ve never been good at using what little name I have in the industry to get sketches and I have no problem standing in line for something I really want, but I was looking around like a hawk.
For the record, Dillon looks like a complete badass, like he just fought his way from wherever he was last week. He hurried in, sat down, pulled out some drawing materials and went to town. The missus was standing with me in line and I was losing my geeky mind waiting for my turn. I don’t remember how much I paid for the CBLDF donation to get the sketch, but it was completely worth it. Watching him draw one of my all-time favorite characters is one of my favorite comic-related memories. I still remember how he drew the hair! Actually, now that I think about it, this might have been the last sketch I got. I need to man up and start getting more!
Today I’m showing off a double whammy for Sketchbook Saturday featuring two super guys: Superman and Superboy. I got these sketches in 1999 at the Mid Ohio Con. See, that year, a group of creators including Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek and the above artists announced the creation of a brand new imprint called Gorilla Comics. It was pretty exciting because nearly everyone involved was there at one big long table signing comics and doing sketches. I got in line with the intent of getting Waid and Busiek signatures and kind of stumbled upon Immonen and Kessel who were both kind enough to hit me up with free sketches. I was a big Superman fan at the time, so this was super exciting. But, it wasn’t a perfect experience because of one huge missed opportunity: I walked right past Mike Wieringo because 16-year-old me didn’t know who he was. Once I really got to know his work I was regretful and today even more so for obvious reasons. If my hazy memory serves, he was really nice even as I walked by, as was everyone else. Stupid 16-year-old me.
Not sure why the scan on this turned out so dark, but this is the very first entry in my very first sketchbook. I believe it was done at the 1999 Mid Ohio Con. I remember being pretty nervous about walking up to Dan Davis, who was the inker on one of my favorite comics at the time Guy Gardner: Warrior. I went on to get most of the run signed by Davis and writer Beau Smith between that show and the next. I feel bad for not remembering much about Mr. Davis, but I do know he was a nice guy who did this quick headshot sketch for a 15 year old kid for free. Thanks to him! This is a great memory from a very specific time in comic history that I think I love more than anyone else.
I fully intended to post a sketch from my books every week when I laid out my calendar earlier this month. When I was at Wizard some of us brought our sketchbooks in to get scanned for the website. They never saw the light of day, but I thought I still had the files. Turns out I don’t, so I need to go through and scan again. Anyway, I do have these two non-book sketches that I put into an Ikea frame, so I snapped a quick pic to get things started.
On the left you have the very first sketch I ever got. In 1994 I had only been collecting comics for a couple years. I was 11 and I was completely blown away that an honest to God comic book artist was going to be signing and sketching at JC’s Comic Stop in Toledo, Ohio! To be honest, though, I didn’t know who Norm Breyfogle was, but I picked up a few issues of Prime and found a Batman or Detective Comics issue and got those signed too. I remember standing in line with my dad. I’m sure he wasn’t super pleased because nothing at JC’s ever happened on time. I saw the guy in front of me getting a sketch of Batman and I don’t remember if I asked for one when it was my turn or if my dad did, but I was amazed at how quickly he composed this Batman. We’re talking a minute. It was amazing.
On the right is Artemis as Wonder Woman by Mike Deodato Jr.. I think this is from the very first Mid Ohio Con I ever went to in either ’94 or ’95. As I mentioned earlier this week, I was a big fan of Artemis as Wonder Woman so when I saw Deodato I asked him for a sketch and he said yes. I can’t remember if I paid for it or not, but I dug how it came out. Still do. It’s kind of a weird relic from a time in comics that most other people don’t care about, though sometimes I wish I wold have gotten him to draw Diana at the time in that crazy costume.
After writing about the one and only Green Lantern sketch in my Green Lantern sketchbook which is, of course, green itself, in my MoCCA post, reader Gorilla Bandit asked me to post it. I’ve been kicking around the idea of posting images of my sketchbooks (I’ve got three, two of which are not themed) on the blog and even have the majority of them scanned from my Wizard days. Anyway, here’s Guy Gardner by Khoi Pham. I got this sketch from Pham at the 2007 Big Apple Comic Con which wasn’t such a great show and definitely not a good one to take the missus to for her first show. I paid for it, maybe $30 or 40? Being a big Guy Gardner fan, it made the most sense for him to open the book. Now I just need to man-up, regain interest and talk to more creators when I go to these shows. The combination of laziness and fear of strangers has really held me back from getting sketches over the past few years. As a kid I got a ton and even got a second sketchbook thanks to the advice of Dan Brereton who suggested it would be a good way to double my sketches.