Last week, we learned of Logan Riley, an artist who has dedicated himself to drawing a new comic book character every day out of his love of comics and desire to improve his skills. Well, that’s a noble pursuit we can appreciate around here. You can check out Logan’s art at http://literarybandit.wordpress.com/
I contacted him and he suggested we draw a Kirby Klassic — The Super Skrull. And, away we go!
Okay, so I’m excited about this one. When I really started looking at artist Web sites, one of the first … and favorite … sites I found was that of up-and-coming artist, Evan “Doc” Shaner. And, it isn’t just me … or Grace (she LOVES Evan’s rendition of the Agents of ATLAS) … the whole interweb is falling in love with this guy and his work. We expect great things from him. Check out his work at http://www.EvanShaner.com
You’ll understand why I was so jazzed to finally get 5 Minute Marvels from Evan, who visited his nephew last week. Here’s a fun passage from his e-mail:
“…Aaron’s 3 years old. There were some really funny conversations during the drawing, for instance Aaron was drawing Human Torch and accidentally filled in one of his eyes. He decided that the Human Torch now has to wear protective sunglasses “because the bad guys have laser beams”. There was a bunch of stuff like that but I can tell you the rest some other time maybe.”
Tonight, it was my pleasure to achieve a boyhood goal … I spoke with legendary penciler/inker Joe Sinnott for 45 minutes on the phone. He was everything I’d hoped he would be. Engaging. Charming. Kind. And, full of so many stories about his 60-year-old career in comics. And, at 84 … he’s not done yet. He and Stan Lee still create the Sunday Spider-Man strip in newspaper syndication together.
It was so much fun … Grace and I decided to draw the Silver Surfer (who he helped create with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee) for Joe … complete with lots of cosmic squiggels. (Psst … I may have spent 7 minutes.)
It’s been far too long since we had a submission from the Wahl girls and George, but it was well worth the wait! They took on Puppy from Chris Elipoulos’ Franklin Richards comic. And, they threw in a TARDIS for good measure. Love it!
And, speaking of pets, Grace felt Tigra was loneyly and needed buddy. So, she created Scratcher. And, she insisted he have a hat that was “like the guy on ‘Sonny with a Chance.'”
This one was a real treat for me … and I for you, too. Four sketches of Marvel’s Namor the Sub-Mariner … a character who, along with the Human Torch, established the modern Marvel universe. There is a lot to love in this offering from the Wahl family … from George’s playful “Speedo” on Namor’s trunks to Sue Storm on the Fish-O-Vision in Erin’s to the power of Mom’s and, let’s face it, the fantastic composition and talent Maddy used. And, from what I can tell from her e-mail, Maddy was the instigator of this sketch session … and her passion shows. Methinks we have not heard the last of the talented Ms. Wahl.
Wow. Seriously. What can I say. THIS is why we started 5 Minute Marvels. Thanks, Maddy. It was a privilege to put this up. Don’t be a stranger! PEOPLE, PLEASE TREAT YOURSELF & CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO EXPAND IT!
Okay, so … wow! This morning, I opened up my e-mail to find this beautiful note and drawing of Sue Storm from the super-talented Colleen Coover of Periscope Studios and Marvel’s new series, Girl Comics! Check out Colleen’s Web site here!
“This sounds like a great way to encourage your girls’ imaginations and creativity. Here’s a pic of the Invisible Girl (or WOMAN, if you want to be “in continuity”) I did just now. I offer the caveat that this drawing was done on my computer in Manga Studio, but hopefully, that will not count points against me. I had my timer on for five minutes (and I only cheated by 30 seconds or so…)
A big fan of Grace and Cate;
Scroll to see Colleen’s picture, but first … a word of thanks from Grace and Cate! (Umm … sorry about the “We love you.” They’re kinda’ forward like that.)