I recently had the opportunity to work with the legendary Dinco D from the group Leaders Of The New School. I’m a connoisseur of the Golden era of Hip-Hop music, so it was an honor for me to collaborate with this genius. His new solo album “Cameo Flows” is available now on iTunes.
Read all about it…
This weekend I will be doing an event with Timberland, inspired by Boston’s bi-annual ArtWeek Celebration. I will be drawing on the Timberland Classic 6-inch Wheat Boot this Saturday (10/8) from 11am to 5pm at the Timberland store on 201 Newbury Street in Boston. Come through. Buy some boots. I’ll draw on them.
About ArtWeek Boston…
ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 150 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Born in Boston, ArtWeek has grown so rapidly since its 2013 launch that it now serves communities throughout all of Eastern Massachusetts.
Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Today
Sensational Spider-Man no. 21. That was it. That was the issue that marked my first professional collaboration with Mike 10 years ago. As the “guest inker” on that particular book, it was a huge deal for me for 3 reasons…
1) It was a popular title that already had an established creative team in Todd Dezago, Mike Wieringo and Richard Case and I did not want to disappoint.
2) Mike requested me personally.
3) Mike was, is, and always will be one of my favorite artists. Not just from a professional aspect, in that he was an absolute joy to work with, but mainly because I was such a big fan.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the main reason any of us do what we do in this business is because we love it so much. Mike loved comics. It showed in everything he worked on from Impulse and The Flash to Spider-Man, Superman and Tellos. He was (like most of us) a fan himself. At times that can be a bitter pill to swallow, because in tandem with this ongoing love-fest are several outside factors that might cause one to question why we “love” this medium as much as we do. If I may borrow a quote from my friend Jeff Smith (I don’t think he’ll mind); “Deadlines can be brutal, but the day has not yet dawned that I put ink to paper without the same childlike enthusiasm and curiosity that led me to pick up a pencil in the first place. This drive may be part and parcel of being a cartoonist; certainly no one I’ve ever met in our profession pursued this bastard child of art and literature because they were encouraged to by the higher education system, or because they thought it would raise their social status. Comic books are a child only a mother could love. Fortunately, most of us in this corner of the cartooning world are huge mothers and regard every line with surpassing joy.”
I first met Mike back in 1994 at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. I became a fan of his work from the first time I saw it. We’ve worked together off and on over the years and recently re-connected this past year to do a few projects at Marvel. We’ve attended conventions together, traded artwork, and at times (especially while on the job) shared pleasant conversation. Comic books, for the most part, are a collaborative art form. If I were to look back on the books I enjoyed as a child, I would recall a sense of care and attention to detail in the visuals that got me hooked from the beginning. That’s no accident. In fact, it is the very same feeling I felt each and every time I worked with Mike. He had me hooked from the beginning. As collabs go, each artist is a complement to the other. The penciler complements the writer, the inker complements the penciler, and the colorist complements everybody. When artists work together, who have a mutual love, respect, admiration and appreciation for each other’s abilities, you get beautiful work. Period.
All that being said, thank you Mike (and Todd) for asking me to be part of TELLOS. If I were to hang up the brushes tomorrow and call it a career, then collaborating with you on YOUR very own project will have been the high point. I’m very proud of that work and I believe it showed in every single page we produced together. I have so much respect for you as an Artist, a Friend and a Human Being. Whether or not you truly understood or accepted it, your work touched many, all over the world and continues to do so. Godspeed to you my brother. I will miss you dearly.
(*Remembrance from August 15, 2007)
“What Are You Going To Tell Them?”
Jon Onye Lockard
Incredible piece by one of my favorite artists, the late Dr. Jon Onye Lockard. Timeless. I’ve been staring at it a lot these days, as I try to digest recent events. It’s important that we let our young people know they are valuable and have the power to change the world…because they are the ones that are going to do it. And they’re much smarter than we are. Educate. Uplift. Empower. Teach TRUTH.
Last week I spent the evening at ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge) in Boston. I was invited to be a guest critic for some incredibly awesome final presentations from students at the Boston Architectural College (BAC). “Skyscrapers & Superheroes” is an advanced design studio created by Mark Urrea and Richard Yeager. The studio explores what it means to introduce a small change in an ordinary system through utilizing the qualities of superheroes. It challenges the students to explore how a small design intervention can have the potential to radiate and change the perception of an existing context/host completely. Each student was given the task of creating an intervention for one of Boston’s most famous landmarks…the John Hancock Tower in Copley Sq.
Images from Kun An’s presentation incorporating Iron Man from Marvel comics…