Ultimate Spider-Man #127 cover process; marker sketch, pencils, Photoshop tonemap. As often happens, in tightening up the finished drawing, I lost those contrapposto angles that came so easily in the sketch.
NOTE! AN IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE 2014 KEVIN CHURCH BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER TO HELP KIDS TO READ GOOD IS INCLUDED IN THIS REBLOG.
Next Monday is my birthday and, as I’ve done in previous years, I’m doing a fundraiser for classrooms and deserving charities. This year, since I’m turning FORTY on August 18, I’m going to go really big and offer up a piece of my personal comics art collection to one lucky donor, chosen randomly. That’s it up there.
The rules are simple: if you give $5 or more, you’ll be entered to win this original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art. Yes, really. I will give this to one lucky winner. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything.
Updated to add: Tom Fowler is now offering a commission to one lucky winner, just as he did last year! You can win a 9x12 commission of the character of your choice with a $5 or greater donation! (No art direction, you pick the character, he does the rest!) Since I want to make this fair and as even as possible everyone gets the same chance to win either piece! Everything is random!
All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is forward your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.
A winner will be chosen at noon on Tuesday, August 19th, giving you all through my birthday to give a few bucks to help kids.
This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.
I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be.
Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves.
More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be.
Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books.
Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world.
Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at email@example.com. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.
Reblogging is great. Please reblog. It’s the least you can do. Really, the least. It takes no effort. But you know what’s even better? Reblogging and then making a five dollar donation to one of these organizations. Literacy changes everything, EVERYTHING. We’ve seen what happens when these projects get funded; feeling like you’ve been seen goes a long way toward knowing that you also have the right, and the responsibility, to be heard.
We know how hard it is to get up to velocity on things but look, you’re already right now just dicking around on-line. You are halfway to clicking on a link and making a donation. It’s NOT HARD. Promise.
#74 on the list of the 75 Greatest Marvel Comics of All Time, because a Stan Lee / Moebius Silver Surfer story doesn’t cut it, apparently.
"Boy, if there’s some girl out there who’s had worse luck with men, I’d sure like to meet her. Here, Patsy! Marry Buzz, your childhood sweetheart! Why, that’s a great idea! Whoops! He’s crazy and a super-villain! And you’d think those two things were related, wouldn’t you? Once burnt, twice shy? Not me, sister! I go and marry the Son of Satan. But not actually Satan. Just some guy named Satan. Larry Satan. And what do I get for it? Dead!"-
Patsy Walker: Hellcat, written by Kathryn Immonen. (via love-and-radiation
When I close my eyes, me and David Lafuente are sitting in our treehouse, eating oreos and making Patsy comics on the back of tractor feed paper that we found in the dumpster behind your dad’s office.
Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience
Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience
I’ve been publishing comics for coming on twenty years now. It’s hard to pinpoint a start-date, as like many cartoonists I’ve just been drawing my whole life, but sometime around ‘95 would be when I began putting out ‘zines…
Honest F’n Advice.
Don’t say we never did anything for you. From Milan Kopriva’s seminal clipart folio.
Hey Stuart! I actually have a question…
I love the centrifolia sketch book releases. Wondering if there is any plans of releasing a third volume in the near future? Maybe feature some behind the scenes works while you were in X-Men or any runs on other comics you’ve done to justify a new edition? Your sketches are always fascinating and insightful into your creative process.
I’ve taken the liberty of copying your ask to a public post, but will gladly remove it on request.
Thanks for your comments regarding the Centifolia books and my process posts here. I’d be happy to compile a third volume at some point, but frankly, we are still sitting on quite a few copies of one and two, and I’d prefer to have those go away first. I wish I could say that sales were huge, but it’s actually been a pretty modest endeavour.
As to the possible inclusion of Marvel (or similar)-related work, despite being a possible sales hook, it’s a flat no-go as far as I’m concerned. Not only am I not legally permitted to publish that stuff, I’m not in the least interested in doing so. I think it’s a bad idea. It frustrates me to see members of the comic arts community take advantage of the publishers’ lax rights-enforcement stance by printing their homegrown Silver Surver t-shirts, their Ant-Man digital prints, their Wonder Woman sketch portfolios. They bite the hand that feeds and by example, open the door to imitators hoping to make a fast buck at conventions. Sketching an original for a fan is one thing, but profiting by printing multiples of someone else’s copyrighted material is wrong. Just because Marvel and DC are “big” is no excuse; if there is to be respect for smaller enterprises, personal works, creator-owned books, then the same rules need to apply across the board. You can’t yell about Redbubble or whomever stealing and printing your personal work and then turn around and print and sell a sketchbook filled with characters you don’t own.
I know a lot of people don’t agree with this and I expect there will be a lot of folks looking for anomalies in my own behaviour. I’m trying.
Again, thanks for your question. There may yet be a CENTI III— if and when it happens, you’ll be first to know.
Hello and thanks for the kind words.
1) I’ve never considered quitting per se, but I have periodically gotten very very tired, sometimes mentally, sometimes physically. I try to take more weekends off now, to get regular exercise and have recently cut way, way back on personal appearances.
About eight or ten years ago, K and I redoubled our commitment to create (or finish) the stories we’ve always talked about doing, and I have found that. despite the added workload of webcomics (Never As Bad As You Think) or OGNs (Moving Pictures, Russian Olive to Red King), the effort is worth it on its own merits as well as having a rejuvenating effect on work to which I am already committed. A change is as good as a rest, you know.
2) Oh, every page has some frustration, but I expect that’s due to my own limits, perceived or real. I find sci-fi environs in general very challenging and feel my efforts often come up short. Hair is hard. Explosions. Trees. Babies. Hats.
3) See above. Every new day, every new page is an opportunity to improve. Knowing there are people waiting for work to get turned in means sometimes letting less-than-perfect drawings go out the door. Tomorrow there will be better drawings. And free beer.
4) I could make something up, or you could take your pick of inspirational aphorisms by which to live, but I honestly don’t give the subject too much thought. My job is telling stories with pictures. That’s what I’ve committed to do, so I don’t waste a lot of time brooding about whether or not the muse is with me on a given day. I wake up and get to work. It was good enough for Kirby.
Thanks for your continued support.
We met at university. I was asleep in a hallway. Then we went and saw “Brazil”. Make of it what you will.
edited to add: asleep in a hallway… like a hobo. And Stuart was wearing a Cramps t-shirt.
Hello and thanks to you.
Most days I think we both feel like we don’t really belong in either camp, actually.
Our interests as far as consumption goes straddle the (arbitrary) divide, so I suppose it makes sense that we would find stories worth telling regardless of genre. I was in the video store (yes, they still exist) this week and the clerk asked what kind of movies I liked. I don’t think she believed me when I said I would watch anything, even when I came away with The American, Thirst and Kieslowski’s Three Colors. Stories are stories; why limit yourself?