"i was killing time."
“you were killing something.”
(captain america and the first thirteen)
I can’t tell you how pleased I am that someone else, besides Ramon and me, has an affection for this story. It was such a pleasure.
First comic you remember reading: It’s all a bit vague. As a very young kid, I read a couple of Andy Capp collections, which I didn’t understand at all, and Marty Links’ Emmy Lou, hundreds of times. And then one year I started getting the Canadian Children’s Annual for Christmas. That was the first time I probably saw comic work that wasn’t strips. It was amazing. I think in 1980, they did a collection that was all comics and everybody showed up: Ian Carr, Ken Steacy. Bill Slavin. It was an incredible publication, “Hey kids! Here’s a massive book just for you with covers by Toller Cranston!” What a freak out.
April 8, 2014
First comic you remember reading: There are a couple of milestone comics I distincly remember, though I’m sure they are not the first comics I ever read. The earliest is probably Gold Key’s Uncle Scrooge #135, “The 24 Carat Moon” which I must have literally read hundreds of times. The first superhero comic I remember reading was Captain America Annual 3, which reprinted a bunch of Kirby-drawn Tales of Suspense stories. That was 1976, so I would have been nine—literally changed my life. Thanks Grandma!
Creators who have inspired you: John Byrne crafted almost all the seminal stories from my teen years, and he was able to effortlessly riff on dangling threads in older comics and create depth and personality in characters I came to care about profoundly. Ted McKeever, with his unique raw visual approach and wildly imaginative story concepts. Jaime Hernandez opened up a DIY Pandora’s Box for me, just as I was exiting my teens and wanting to find my own voice in comics… really the list could go on and on, and is certainly not limited to comics people.
Dream Project: Kathryn and I have a backlog of ideas, some in rough script form, that we are just trying to eke out the time to get to and then complete. Having to shoehorn them in between other jobs is tough; ideally, we’d be able to do our own projects full time.
Current Project: All-New X-Men and Russian Olive to Red King
Favorite Art Tools: I rely on Staedtler 2mm leads and a Stadtler Mars plastic white eraser daily, but I would not call these tools favourites. It is a constant challenge to get the line I want without breakage, fading or butchering the page. Digital tools have a different set of frustrations.
Pencils for the cover to Ultimate Spider-Man #122, as someone asked if the cover pencils differed from the those in the interiors. More examples (for sale) at Fanfare.
If anyone’s of a certain age and wondering, yes, it’s an homage to this magazine cover.
Vents D’ouest releases French-language edition of Moving Pictures. (link in image)
Stuart & Kathryn Immonen headline Arizona Comic Mini Expo
The Arizona Comic Mini Expo returns for it’s 3rd year and this time, ACME will be bigger than ever. ACME is a one-day event being held in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day at the Samurai Comics & Bookmans Entertainment Exchange locations on Country Club and Southern in Mesa.
On Saturday May 3rd, 2014, twenty top comic creators will be signing comics, sketching & interacting with fans of all ages. On top of all of Arizona’s amazing local talent, this year Stuart and Kathryn Immonen will be our guests of honor! Stuart is a well known artist currently working on All New X-Men for Marvel Comics while Kathryn is a writer known for her work on Journey into Mystery, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Wolverine and Jubilee, & many more titles for Marvel Comics.
Many great local businesses have teamed up with ACME to make this year’s event really special. Samurai Comics, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Acme Prints, Andrew Turk of Polsinelli & Associates, the National Theatre Company of Mesa, Cheba Hut & FilmBar Phoenix have all signed on to be proud partners for this special event. With their help, ACME is able to bring in the best guests in the southwest. Including Flash & DC Comics artist Scott Kolins; Invincible co-creator, Marvel and Image Comics artistCory Walker; Aspen Comics and Dark Horse artist Tony Parker; Boom Studios & Image artist Scott Godlewski; Image Comics colorist and creator Jay Fotos; Marvel and DC colorists Hi-Fi Color; Image Comics and world renown sketch card artist Ben Glendenning; Dark Horse and Image Comics artist Ryan Cody; Boom Studios and Big Dog Ink writer Eric Esquivel; Image and Tokyopop artist Armand Villavert; Contraband Comics’ Jim Hanna. Boom Studios designer Hannah Nance Partlow. Self publishers and independent creators Val Hochberg, John “Dadicus” West, Jason Gonzalez, Michael Macropoulos, Ryan Quackenbush andErnie Najera round out the list.
With a focus on writers, artists, & colorists that have done work for every major publisher in the country, ACME offers something for everyone, and it’s all for free. A one day mini-convention for the fans.
For more information please visit http://acmecon.wordpress.com.
Remember when one of us was lamenting the dearth of RMR fan fiction? The other one of us decided, apparently, to fix that.
You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke
Your bi-monthly reminder that this is happening. T-shirts and souvenir prints are available for sale as well, all proceeds help fund ACME. Signal boosts are super appreciated.
Stuart Immonen 2011: X-Men: To Serve and Protect #4 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors: Jesus Aburto)
In this X-Men anthology miniseries, the Immonens teamed Gambit up with Hellcat. Although the story is only a few page long, it was a wonderfully madcap return to the couple’s work on the character from a few years prior.
All day everyday, if we could. And for all those people that thought it was stupid that Hellcat would be carrying around a magical Fiji Mermaid in her purse for no apparent reason… you’re wrong. Because she would.
Stuart Immonen 2008: Centifolia I
In 2008, Immonen published pages from his sketchbook in a volume called Centifolia. Though he downplays the work within as "giving one’s houseguests a tour of the closets: here’s the dustpan, the toilet brush, the towels and sheets," this is nothing less than a book of gems. The non-commercial work gives the viewer a tiny glimpse into the artist’s personality and further solidifies his reputation of a master of diverse artistic styles.
I can’t get more than ten pages into this book without getting the urge to create. And I can’t think of a higher compliment. If you’re an Immonen fan, I strongly urge you to pick up a copy of this book from Maison Immonen before they’re sold out.