We’ve decided to go ahead and bang together a small … well, I guess we’ll call it an exchange project… and pulled Typo Ornamenty off the bookshelf (yet again) for inspiration. Way back in 1990, our dear friend Ewan McLaren decamped to the Czech Republic and, over the years, has generously shifted many an oddity and wonder our way (beer cheese notwithstanding). This particular object folder thingy has been invaluable. It’s Czech clip-art.
The folio is 9” x 13” and when you open it up, it looks like this
240 separate sheets and it comes with a separate index
that looks like this
It’s 240 pages of alphabets and frames, cartouches, machinery, farm animals, art nouveau ladies, horses, funerary urns, marmots and trout, complex borders and fingers pointing every which way.
Sure the internet’s great and all (not least of which because it tells me that Kopriva's tour de force is yet available) but clip-art… seriously.
Stuart Immonen draws for The Hero Initiative
Stuart Immonen will be doing a VERY limited number of sketches for charity. $100 head/bust sketches with 100% of the money going towards the Hero Initiative. If you’re interested, please contact us…
EXCLUSIVE! the cover to all New x-men 30 by Stuart, Wade and Marte
It only LOOKS like we’re trolling some of you :)
We Are Various
I’m a little behind but was extremely happy to find out that this contains, among a wealth of other things, the Lois Lane story that Tonci Zonjic and I did for the 80 page Supes giant.
We are very happy to be back on the Grade 4 pen pal circuit this year.
"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.