You may recall how I was giving away a sketchcard every day till #21 shipped. I fell a little behind around the 26th of last month, but I'm catching up! I have 22 in total to do, and here are the first ten catch-up cards!
The Victories #8
Michael Avon Oeming (W/A/Cover), Mike Hawthorne (A), and Nick Filardi (C)
On sale Jan 1
FC, 32 pages
The Advisors succeed in combining Champion DNA to turn themselves into
the powerful Posthumans in an effort to dominate the world. Heroes and
villains may stand in their way, but nothing will stop the Posthumans
from taking their “rightful” place ruling the planet until the return of
the Visitors. Featuring an exclusive backup story illustrated by Mike
• By Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming (cocreator of Powers).
• Ancient alien history and superheroes collide!
AND, here's a sneak peek at a page from the back up story.
Mike inked my back up, Nick Filardi handled the colors, so the result is pretty fantastic!
Do yourself a favor and support this unique creator owned book. Ask your local comic shop to carry the book. Mike is throwing everything he's got into this series, and it deserves a long life!
Due to cartoonist Tess Fowler's accusations towards writer Brian Wood, there has been a big discussion lately about how women are treated in the comics industry. I admit, I don't feel totally qualified to chime in since A. I don't go to conventions, and don't interact with many comic folk in person, B. I'm not a women, and C. I don't really know either person (other than their work) involved here and I have no idea of what happened.
However, I wanted to share my personal experiences mainly because the issue is being painted as an industry wide problem. I'm sure the problem is big, but I think painting the entire industry with a broad brush is unfair.
Let me share some personal stats.
My very first editor ever was Dark Horses' esteemed Diana Schutz. She edited Sin City and Grendel, to name a few. Not only did she give me my first gig, but she kept the door open for me to return to Dark Horse over and over.
The very first editor to give me a shot at Vertigo was the legendary Karen Berger. She started Vertigo at DC. Let that sink in.
One of two editors on the most important book of my career, St. Michael's Promise (unreleased), was Sarah Litt. She became the only editor on it, after Jon Vankin had to leave Vertigo, and she quite literally got me through this book when I wanted to drop it and take up drinking.
The first editor who offered me a DC Universe gig was Joan Hilty. I had to pass on it due to scheduling reasons, but we remained in touch and she was instrumental at Vertigo's graphic novel line when I was working on St. Mike's.
There is also my first French comic series ever, Oms En Serie. It's release was a big deal in France, and my boss there is Elsa Sztulcman. She guided me everyday through my first foray into the intimidating French market and helped make it a success.
My first editor at Marvel? You guessed it, a woman! Mackenzie Cadenhead gave me my first shot at cashing those checks with the Spiderman logo on them, and I'm eternally grateful to her for it.
If you look that over you'll see that these women are the roots of my entire career in comics! It's hard to imagine my career being as awesome as it is now without the guidance of these women. They were and are my bosses, but also they often became good friends. They are all tough, smart, and at one point in my career or another, my champions.
This is no surprise to me. My mother raised me alone without even so much as one dime or a minute of help from my dead beat dad. She got me through poverty, homelessness, and taught me how to be a man.
I guess my point is that there are some real life heroes in the comic industry, who just so happen to be women. So portraying the industry as a wall of misogynists is not entirely accurate.
Now, people have called on men in comics to stick up for women when they see nastiness happening. I agree with that, and on one occasion I have. This was years ago, when I gave cons a shot for a year, and a fan was harassing a co-worker at a booth. When I stepped in this dude went ballistic, but luckily he eventually stormed off. Afterwards my friend told me that she gets guys hitting on her often at the booth, but she handles it... without them going postal.
I felt a little silly afterwards. I was all "Macho Man" ready to protect her, and she'd already been doing that on her own all day. It makes me think of a quote from Kurt Vonnegut where he discusses something he told his wife, "I told her one time, 'I worry about women." She said, "Don't. '"
In closing, to every woman out there who ever gave me a chance at my dream job.... THANK YOU! I know you haven't needed me to get where you are, but God knows I need YOU to get to where I am!
Keep up the good work.
PS - If you want actual advice on the topic, look no further than G. Willow Wilson. She was at Vertigo with her series AIR when I was there on the The Un-men. She's much smarter than I can hope to be, so go read her post on the subject!
As you may have heard, it's soon time for my next arc on Deadpool to begin (which, you know, you should tell your local comic shop to pre-order for you). The Holiday season is also fast approaching. So, I thought I'd combine the two and make some magic happen!
Deadpool #22 ships January 8th, which is 66 days from now. I'm going to give out a sketch card a day till the day Deadpool 22 ships!
I'll be picking fans and followers from Twitter and this blog. I will also be dropping them in random places for people to find. Whatever strikes my fancy for that day.
So, sit back and enjoy!
PS - This is purely for fun, for me and all of you. I don't want anything from anyone. Please don't e-mail measking how to better your chances of winning. Really, it's more than likely just make me grumpy and want to lessen your chances. THANKS!
I'm going to write this down because it means something, but I don't know exactly what yet.
Besides my illustration work, I teach at an art college. It's a very, very good job. Which is par the course for me lately. My life is basically a string of very good jobs. This is lost on me some times, mainly because that's what we do as people. Take things for granted.
Anyway, my students asked me to bring some of my work in. We're half way through the semester, and I just now got to it. I admit, it makes me uncomfortable to talk about my own work in class, despite the fact that I got the job because of my work. So, I brought some art work and two books to class today. A student picks up one of my comics and says "Man, I saw this un the store! I picked this up and looked at it! I actually picked this up!"
It was so mundane, at least on the surface, that I didn't think about it much. I taught the class, we had a great time, then I left and thought about all the work I have waiting for me at home. I thought about deadlines, not getting to side projects I really want to get to, being tired, and so on. Boo hoo, bummer bummer, I gotta go draw pictures.
As I sat working tonight it hit me what this student was really saying. He was saying, I think, that he held something real that I had made (rather, I helped make). This thing he was looking at was real, and he'd love for that to be real for him some day. Then I remembered that there was a time where I felt that very same way. I recall holding a comic and thinking there were real life people behind those pages. This was a job one could actually have!
And it hit me just how sweet a trick I landed. Bam, right there and everyone sees it.
Fuck me, man. What a world.
I ate garbage once. Did I ever tell you guys that? Well, I did. I won't bother you with the details, cause it doesn't matter, but my mother and I were bad off when I was growing up. So, on a few occasions I ate garbage, or stole food, and she did the same. Now I draw things and people give me money for it. It's real. It's really happening, right here, every day.
People walking into comic shops every where and pick something up I drew.
PS - Forgive me if this all sounds sentimental. I am a little tired, and maybe tomorrow I'll think differently about all of this. Maybe I'll be tempted to delete this and replace it with a fart joke, my usual M.O.
I was lucky enough to be a part of this year’s 24 Hour comic Day at the
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. We had many greats artists on
hand making comics, and having fun.
My good friend Mike Manley
joined in to work with the students, and my pals Rick Remender and Mike
Oeming called in via Skype too! In addition to that, we spoke with
artists at schools in California, Colorado, Rhode Island, and even
If that wasn’t enough, reporter and illustrator Craig
Schaffer was with us for the entire 24 hours to cover the event, and
even made his own comic!
I just found this out today! "For
your information, the graphic novel "OMS en série" volume 1 has been
chosen for the 14th ADOlire prize for the 7th and 8th grade students for
the Morbihan territory. The “Centre Departemental de Documentation
Pédagogique” du Morbihan, in partnership with the regional assembly
offers several animations to young readers during the academic year
around the selected works."
I'm honored! Thanks to everyone who has supported the book. Volume two is in the works.
Don't go anywhere, because the very next day I'll be celebrating 24 Hour Comic Day at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design!
To kick off the day we will be having a open discussion panel with an amazing group of artists and friends! In addition to the guest listed below, we'll have Marvel mastermind Rick Remender on the panel via Skype and later that night POWERS badass Mike Oeming will be calling in to talk to the students about making comics.