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Old 09-26-2005, 06:31 PM   #16
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posting in a bit, just didn't want to fall off page three...
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:05 PM   #17
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just a quick piece of art for now...i've got lots to say about working through crisis and the thrill of the spx show but i'm damned tired and will get into it tomorrow afternoon.

here's a look at the cover to street angel #5. the first piece of original art i've ever paid for....stumbling to type purchased leads to 'pure chase'...if you type like me, that's ironic...

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Old 11-10-2005, 11:02 AM   #18
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Hey Chris, this stuff looks amazing.

One of these days I'll be able to say "I worked with Chris Stevens before he was famous." (even if the work I did was amateur at best).

If you ever need a letterer just shoot me a line (though I see you have John Workman lined up, so there's no way I can compete with that, congrats), I've improved immensely since the last Marvel Love Story.

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Old 11-24-2005, 06:50 PM   #19
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hey, ja, long time no talk. Happy thanksgiving. you should shoot me an email, man.
anyway, thanks. i guess famous would be a headstart on poor. but comics fame is reserved for the flamboyant, the niche-dwellers, or the truly great. not sure i'll fit in any of those three categories.

and let me tell you, i like your lettering on that story. it was never less than lively, which was important in terms of tone, and i thought you served me and the script and the scenes well. you did a great job bandying that dialogue back and forth and you never crowded the artist. i remember some of the letterers around here cracked on the letter size but i liked the fact it looked human and not just punched in and printed out. for the ease of any new readers here's an example of what we're talking about...








imagine that inked and colored? it would work just fine, i think.

i mentioned spx and crisis in my last post, which was well over a month ago.
i'll start with spx...

well, that's not right. it's hard to start there without a trail of facts leading to the planned escape of spx.

i've mentioned crisis. well, for me, that’s encompassed having a new marriage develop alongside this damn book and trying to make them both work set against the backdrop of a strange year tightly wound between a deteriorating family dynamic involving my mother and grandmother and me. that's the book i'll make once i get my footing.

but for the last three months, in a nutshell, it's been nursing homes, mental units, social workers, police, paperwork…constant not knowing what happens next...

things are a bit more calm now. I’d meant for this thread to be far more expansive than it has been, a daily journal, not monthly. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more consistently.

Spx.

Love the show.
Ate dinner with Jason Rodriguez and josh fialkov the first night, good times, good dinner. Jason’s one of my favorite comics buddies and josh was funny, very active and a good soul kind of chap. Later that night I had fun drinking and talking comics and dw with ron Phillips and his wife, Kelly. Poor ron probably thought I was crazy by the end of the night.

The next day I met up with my friend jasen lex, I caught up with him and jim rugg and bought some art from ‘street angel’, talked with all-around good guy rich henn and picked up a shit load of Carla mcneil’s trades…after that I spent most of the day with my wife, including a funny encounter with Harvey pekar that left me feeling the guy was a lout. he does good comics but Christ he acted like no one would recognize him at an indie comic con…any sense of being a martyr that enters pekar’s realm undermines his particular art. At his best his work quashes those notions easily. Hopefully that continues.



As far as my book, I can say i’m happy to announce james jean will be handling the design for the book. He’ll be pulling it all together, providing title pages for each story, endpapers, a wraparound cover, logo, etc.

Time to baste the turkey.
Yes, we get at it late. But happy thanksgiving to all!

As it’s just about holiday time, the season of wish lists, I’ll leave you with my personal wish list for pin-up/concept pages for my book…

I’ll keep a scorecard as it goes as to who I do and do not get. I’d like to hit 65%.

Anyone familiar with the material or just thinking they’ve got better options, throw them at me. Thanks!


Seven seas

Geoff darrow
Ryan ottley
Jim calafiore
Mike turner
Paul rivoche(the cockpit)



Auto

Eddie Campbell
Jim rugg
Tomer hanuka
Teddy Kristiansen
Dave sim


Jane

Ed mcguinness
Jeff Campbell
Mark Shultz
Skottie young
Jasen lex

Castles
John totleben
John cassaday
Dave gibbons
Tommy lee Edwards
Sean mcmanus

Heaven

Senk chhour
P craig Russell
David mack
Miguelanxo prado
Mike mignola
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:07 PM   #20
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comics tattoo...



i've seen the full-on repros of ff#48 on guy's backs, or girls with kabuki sleeves...this is mine. got it when i was 20. anyone know the artist it's based on? or where it comes from? with age and my yo-yoing weight the once exquisite detailing has blurred a bit, sorry.

when i was younger i kept a journal on comics...not creating them, but little book reports on the titles i read, with each title assigned a score at the end. i did this for years and then i stopped. eventually i started again, 95 or 96, and kept doing it until 2002. the scoring system awards points, up to ten, for story, art, and cover. the top cumulative score is a 20. very few books will ever achieve this number. the books are graded against themselves as much as anything. big creators are expected to bring big results, a great reading experience, a want of more...

anyway, i read a bunch of books lately and figured i'd try my hand at them here...



"wildsiderz #2"

lots of fun but not as engrossing as the first issue. cute characters like pixel are part of the appeal of a jsc book but hopefully each kid from the 'team' will get some solo time soon, if they're not developed properly the book can't work in the long run. i like campbell's backgrounds here, especially in establishing scenes for the kids. very alive.
story: 5.5 art: 7.5 cover: 6.5 overall: 13

"lost squad #1"

despite losing me at times in terms of recognizing the characters this was a solid read. dw's chris kirby handles everything easily, introducing the cast and establishing the tone of the series in one issue. alan robinson does a lot with b+w for a book obviously better-suited to color. he lost me at times following the cast of the lost squad around but all in all he delivers. i like the major. loads of potential for this book.
story: 6.25 art: 6 cover: 6.75 overall: 12.25

"batman & the monster men #1"

very good bat period piece that should fit right in there with year one and long halloween. i love wagner's bruce wayne, he handles that side of the character as well as anyone has. it's ashame wagner doesn't draw as tightly as he once did, his storytelling is impeccable but there's no denying a loss of finish to the work compared to his original bat classic batman/grendel.
i remember this cover was torn to shreds a few months back here in the creator section. i don't know, i thought it was one of the best on the stands that day. looking very forward to this unfolding...
story: 7 art: 7.5 cover:8 overall: 14. 75


"infinite crisis# 1 & 2:"

when did phil jimenez become such an ugly artist? before his x-men run?
after? he was beautiful with john stokes on 'invisibles', nice on 'titans/jla',...but here, like most of his morrison x-men work, he's just plain ugly. he composes good panels, pulls off a few big shots, yes. but god his women are hideous. in a lot of ways he's become his idol, george perez, just for our generation. i'm being hard on phil here because this guy has all the tools but i can't get into this art, harsh and mean as it is.

as for the story, cool epic in the making. it's entertaining and we'll leave it at that. it's very hard to compare reading something at ten and at 30, but they're trying. although i think i'll wind up enjoying dc one million more in the long run...
story: 6.5 art: 6.75 covers: 7 overall: 13

"all star superman #1"

breezy but still brilliant. somehow superman and all his concepts seem fresh, there's a feeling of possibility here, of seeing new things, of digging deeper into the myth. brilliant opener, a lesson in concision and ummph all at once.
wonderful depiction of clark, quietly nails the christopher reeves body language that is so iconic. the only thing i thought was boring was lex, hopefully morrison's got lots more to do with him. the cover is dazzling, such depth!
story: 8 art: 8.5 cover: 9 overall: 16.75

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Old 11-26-2005, 03:05 PM   #21
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i've been asked a bunch of times, especially via dw, how i got to work with the artists i work with.
it's tricky to really get into the exact details due to exclusives, contracts, promises, etc...

but the simple answer is i contacted them. i called them or i emailed them and i explained my case and, for good or for bad, we went from there. some guys were paid well, some guys did it at half-price bless their hearts, some actually wound up working for free...james jean, arthur adams, nick bradshaw, nate powell, max velati studios, farel dalrymple, jae lee, june chung, and john workman. one of those guys made fair market price, one wound up working for free? can you guess who?

and i've obviously lost out to guys and girls i wanted, folks i contacted the same as the above. almost any artist you'll contact is super busy. so i knew that, and accepted not being able to get ryan ottley and kevin knowlan or paul pope...

usually i'll ring some one and we have a nice conversation and go from there.
it's worked for me so far.

usually...

one particular artist, his wife actually, this took the proverbial cake. it happened wednesday, day before the bird.
i won't name names but man what a huge disapointment, i never heard the word 'fan' used so disparagingly, like i had a black sharpie for a handshake and posters to sign as a hello. this woman talked down to me for about 20 minutes. at a certain point i wasn't angry and just listened...she never relented...

i found it very odd and insulting to be judged as i was; her husband's a beast as far as superheroes go, but he could be so much more. what's worse, given her behavior and my explanations, was the fact i was guided to contact this artist at this time through his agent and fellow cartoonist. i'd sat on this guy's contact info for over a year, until i had something real to offer him...and was basically treated as a fanboy...

no big deal, i'll hit 65% of my dream list for supplementary material and be free..

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Old 11-30-2005, 03:10 PM   #22
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jack kirby made me cry.

here i am, working through revisions, looking to blow off a little steam by checking out some new-to-me comic sites. my friend and word-machine jason rodriguez mentioned this site, buzzscope, on his blog. i check it out. cool piece on kelley jone's batman run. then there's eric shanower's column. i guess it's a column, i didn't check. but here's sweet, sweet shanower talking from the heart about the life, the comic book life, and he's focusing on the key old timers like siegel and kane and kirby...he's being realistic, not just reverent, which makes it even more engrossing...and then, while putting kirby's later career into relative context, he makes this observation...

"I see the strangeness of Kirby’s 1980s work as the overreaction to a system that so often made him feel worthless behind the scenes while publicly riding his brilliance."

and that, folks, made me cry.
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Old 12-06-2005, 01:47 PM   #23
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so once or twice a year i get together with my friend farel dalrymple. i look forward to this, especially since i got married a little over a year ago; this is the one occassion my wife will generally tolerate my debauched ways and just accept it as 'business'. so i take advantage of it.

later i'll post some shots of original art and get into yesterdays amusing tidbits.
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Old 12-10-2005, 01:05 PM   #24
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thought i'd throw this up real quick before getting into things deeper tomorrow. right now we're off to nyc to see r. kikuo johnson's art show. very excited and i'll be back later with more...

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Old 12-14-2005, 02:15 PM   #25
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saturday night in nyc was refreshing. giant robot proves just how different a comic store can be from the run-of-the-mill wankfests filled with racks of infinite x-men. this store was a completely seperate animal.

kikuo johnson, whose 'nightfisher' is a knock-the-breath-out-of-your-chest experience if you take making these things seriously, radiated such a sweet and easy exhuberance i couldn't help but imagine being 24 and having my debut book signing in manhattan on a saturday night. i'd be a wreck.
watch this guy in the future, buy his book now.



so i got to meet david mazzuchelli that night. wow. david mazzuchelli. i tried to act like it was no big deal later on in the night when we were talking about it, but for ****'s -sake this guy drew two of the best comics ever and his own work since is universally acclaimed...in fact, at dinner that night, farel asserted that no one has done what mazzuchelli has done, be great with one style in the mainstream, then develop as a whole new artist and be great on a higher, more complex level, like mazzuchelli's rubber blankets or paul auster work...i don't know, any takers?

also met the cartoonist leland purvis. enjoyed his company immensely, it's a pleasure listening to intelligent, passionate people talk.

more soon...

oh, for any aspiring taskmasters out there, here's how to feed your artists...



...just be sure to let them out of the cage first...
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Old 12-15-2005, 09:22 PM   #26
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Hey Chris. Wow! I read all your entries so far and enjoy them. Can't wait for your next post.
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Old 12-16-2005, 09:53 PM   #27
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well thanks, matt. thanks very much.
what a small world it is, i'm thinking, as i see you're from ashville n.carolina.
i am talking to an artist now who's living where you're at. i'd never heard of the place before. but that's twice in a week. this artist, tom herpich, is a flat-out undiscovered country and i'd urge everyone to check him out. i'm buying some original art from him and once i have it i'll post it here for everyone to see. this guy is special.

pictures...

here's the b+w pg. 1 from my story with farel...


here's a shot of the colored page in close-to-finished form.


close-up from the last panel of pg. 1, i love what farel did here with color, adding so much with so little, just that drunk-red nose...those are the genius strokes as far as i'm concerned...simple, worldbuilding things like this.


work area...


one of my favorite pages...


paints, a $3.99 set...great stuff.


traveling kit. that sketchbook there is packed with the kind of stuff that i've pasted here from farel's website. lovely and pure.
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the artist...
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more later...
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happy holidays to all!

that there deer is a james jean illustration. i know thumbs are the rule here but i thought maybe just for the holidays this one could hang here in all its glory. anyone who doesn't know james' work, he's one of the finest illustrators working in comics today. i think he's won the last two eisner awards for best cover artist. this reindeer knocked me on my ass and cheered up an otherwise shitty christmas. anyone interested should check out www.jamesjean.com

coolest comic gift you ever got for christmas?

for me, it would be the miracleman vol. 3 hardcover back in 89 or 90. my mom came through like a champion on that one.

richest fictional character?

this was a debate farel and i listened to on npr as we drove to nyc a few weeks ago to see kikuo johnson. santa was the winner as determined by the radio. farel insisted on scrooge mcduck.
i don't know. unless you're discounting santa as a magical creature, he sure as shit would have to have bill gates bucks to pay for labor, materials, transportation...

scrooge had a vault the size of a museum full of gold coins, $1000 bills, and jewelry. santa's got all the gifts to go around the world and he never misses a deadline.

santa wins.
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when i can't write i write things like this...


1 /1

first in a tier of three. Small box panel. close on a dead dog. The dog, right side of its head blown-off, is staring directly at the reader.

1 /2
wider panel making up half the tier.
A man and a woman facing each other, the woman with a gun in her hand.

1 /3

the dead dog, staring out its one eye..

1 /4

wide panel fills the tier. we’re pulling into the second panel. The woman, holding the gun aimed at the man, has a lost, go-for-broke look on her face, her eyes are empty, tears making her face wet, anger gathering in the veins in her neck. The man is sad, deflated, reeling from the moment.

Man
****…jesus christ what the ****…

1 /5

close on the woman, pointing the gun at the reader…

Woman
you. You were supposed to protect me.

1/ 6

close on the woman again but swing the shot around. She’s in the full fury of her moment…

Woman
To protect me, chrissy.

1 /7

the woman in close, gun pulled up eye-level and aimed off-panel at the man.
Her eyes are swelled with tears, her nostrils are black holes in her face, the wrinkles in her forehead filled with roadkill…

Woman
Like I protected you.

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that's my barebones comic-scripting style.
probably shouldn't publically state that since i've gone with that on actual projects with fine artists.

happy new year.

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Old 01-07-2006, 06:01 PM   #30
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the new strokes album, with the enviable title 'first impressions of earth', is so good it makes the rest of the scene they helped usher in look like high school cover band equivalents...but they've been doing that for 4 years now...the strokes have made three albums and no bad songs. they've spawned a 'resurgence' in 'rock'n'roll' but have little in common with their contemporaries.

the strokes are like frank miller when he first moved to manhattan...then he first found his feet on dd, then breaking through wiith a masterpiece like ronin...
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