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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 May 2011 at 6:42am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

OK, first... the recent variant... wow! The shape, structure, and detail on the Beast's foot alone... wow!

Second, while I can at least judge (easily!) that the newer work in every single aspect is so comparatively excellent that the older is merely good (perhaps at best only fair?), to my non-professional eyes I still don't see the old drawing standing alone as out-and-out bad. I could conjecture what's objectively "wrong" with it, but... overall, it still looks good to me. I don't mean to say only that I like it, which I do, but that it seems to me to be good comicbook art.

Maybe the standards of the ordinary reader can't be as high as that of the artist? Don't give the fans what art they think they want to see?
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Posted: 18 May 2011 at 8:05am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The first JB drawing was brilliant, and the second version was even more brillianter.  'Nuff said.
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 19 May 2011 at 1:24pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Flipping through a box of old X-Men comics last night. Kitty sure had some odd costumes after JB left the book.



...they should have kept her in the school uniform!

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 31 May 2011 at 7:25pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply


X-Men #100 (2000) had a number of multiple covers -- and Marvel did a fine job finding artists for the job! However, the final outcome was a bit of a head scratcher for me. Some of the artists drew "their" X-Men...






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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 31 May 2011 at 7:26pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

...and some did not...




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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 31 May 2011 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

My question for JB,

Did Marvel ask for the characters on your cover?

I very much like your drawing, but I would have loved to see you and JRJR draw your own teams.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 31 May 2011 at 8:00pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I was strictly art robot on that job. They wanted a representation of people who had worked on the characters, but they told me who and what to draw.

Struck me as a bit pointless, but I'd already agreed to do it.

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 31 May 2011 at 11:25pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Missed opportunities drive me crazy.

 

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 01 June 2011 at 10:17pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Here's the cover for an upcoming Star Wars collection... wonder if the artist was inspired by JB's FF poster?

 

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John Byrne
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Missed opportunities drive me crazy.

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What was particularly frustrating about it, for me, was that I had no idea who the other character was. They sent me reference, but since I had not been following any of the X-Books I had no "feel" for the character. Guy with a sword -- so that's what I drew. No personality to it at all.

Really annoyed when I saw the coloring, too. This was during that long period (which in some respects has yet to pass) when everything had to be rendered as if made of glass or plastic -- such as Kurt's trousers.

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Here's the cover for an upcoming Star Wars collection... wonder if the artist was inspired by JB's FF poster?

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The way the figures are arranged is more evocative, to me, of the Perez/Ross CRISIS cover.

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 02 June 2011 at 7:38pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Yeah...I can see that...

The composition for the FF poster is pretty unique! The entire cast of heroes and villains in a "class photo" arrangement... you don't see that often in comics, right? I did a google search... and I can't find an example of it before the FF poster...

 
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 04 September 2011 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

It's insane that this X-cast shot feels small next to JB's Silver Age grouper...

 

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 04 September 2011 at 7:12pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

The Silver Age Grouper could be an Aquaman villain! 

Nathan...we need to see all these framed eventually you know?
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 12 September 2011 at 3:00pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Much of my collection is framed -- and a good chunk of it is up for display... (check the thread called "JB on the walls")



I have another room to hold art -- but I need to figure out what to do with that room first...

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 12 September 2011 at 4:05pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Nice!  Bright colors are great for displaying framed art against.  I'm digging the yellow.
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 12 September 2011 at 6:54pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

The walls of the house are kinda neutral overall... contrast works well on the walls... and comic art is ALL about contrast!
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 1:46am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Trying to figure out my next commission... it's been too long...
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 4:17am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Trying to figure out my next commission... it's been too long...

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Need some ideas....?

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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 5:43am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Great Zot!! Has it really been almost TWO YEARS since this one???
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Adam Hutchinson
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 7:53am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Hand still tired JB?
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 7:02pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Hand still tired JB?
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LOL!!

I love these mega commissions. And I also love how JB is consistently up to the challenge of raising the bar each time. I think I'd crack under the pressure!
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 7:59pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Joe: Need some ideas....?

=0)

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Sure! I keep circling around a few ideas... but nothing seems to stick yet...
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 08 March 2012 at 8:03pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I keep wanting something interesting with tone...

I haven't gotten a toned commission yet... and JB does a pretty awesome job on them.

I mean, you could put tone on any drawing -- but I'd like to come up with a request that would REALLY put tone to use. Know what I mean?


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Carlos Mucha
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Posted: 02 May 2012 at 1:32am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Back in Argentina when I was a child I did not knew who the X-Men were! without comics and just with a few Marvel merchandicing I knew that The Avengers, the F4, Spider-Man, Hulk, and a few others were the "Big" Heroes of Marvel but not sure why the X-Men were unknow characters without even know if they were heroes or not.

Because of this I'm not a big X-Men fan, but of course this piece is great.

 

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