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John Byrne
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Oh -- and something funny of which I was reminded when I checked the issues for reference.

Northstar was my first Gay character, but he was almost beaten out of the gate by Pyro.

Yes, I originally intended that character to be Gay, and drew him very, uhm, flamboyant in his civilian dress. But for some reason (I no longer remember just what it was) I decided not to tell Chris of my intent -- and not knowing the character was meant to be Gay, Chris wrote him as BRITISH.

Hmm.....

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Nathan Greno
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JB,

Where did you start on this one? Who was the first character you drew? Who was the last?

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Wow. Love these huge group shots. Like the FF one (which I hadn't seen before) even better.
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Yes, I originally intended that character to be Gay, and drew him very, uhm, flamboyant in his civilian dress. But for some reason (I no longer remember just what it was) I decided not to tell Chris of my intent -- and not knowing the character was meant to be Gay, Chris wrote him as BRITISH.

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You know those Brits, they're so gayly flamboyant....

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John Byrne
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Where did you start on this one? Who was the first character you drew? Who was the last?

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I started with Xavier's wheelchair, as I knew that would establish my perspective grid. Working a little bit backwards there, as normally the grid would go down first, but I wanted the large visible wheel to be absolutely spot on, perspective-wise (knowing if it was not, it would ruin the whole piece for me), so I selected the appropriate elliptical template and worked outwards from there. Once the chair was done, I added Xavier, then Scott, then Phoenix, then. . . the rest!

The last character added was the smallest of the Sentinels.

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 8:48am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Interesting you say that, JB... Xavier's wheelchair is one of my favorite parts of the drawing!
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Nathan Greno
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I just got an email from a friend of mine who saw this piece-- he wrote, "The only character missing from the drawing is Popeye"

...I thought that was funny :)

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Mmmmm....... You know it was Terry who added those Popeyes, right? Also a couple of Phantom Strangers.

I prefer the in-jokes to be more. . .   IN!

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Nathan Greno
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Yeah, I know it was Terry :)

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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:01am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Being envious of Nathan Greno is now a full-time occupation.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Next time in L.A., I'm showing up at your door to see this in person, Nathan. Jesus, that's a hell of a thing. Shaman is my favorite so far.
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:07am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Being envious of Nathan Greno is now a full-time occupation.

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Whereas I am trying to figure out how to be in his will.

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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:28am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

... WOW.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:28am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

The X-men could be pretty downbeat at times -- and Jean's death was downright tragic -- so it's nice to see a retrospective that is generally full of such unbridled joy. There used to be happy tradition at Marvel of including the occasional 'pin-up' that had a similar feeling. Back when Marvel comics were a bit more...fun.
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What is that thing Arcade is holding up to Snowbird's cape?


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Nathan Greno
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I agree, Peter. I have long been a fan of smiling heroes!
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:41am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Dazzler's left hand is another favorite spot on the drawing for me.
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:41am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I hope there will be an Avengers-themed group shot someday.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:46am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Wow. Just...wow!

 

Y'know, it occurs to me that this is a perfect compliment to the old FF piece JB did with all of the Lee/Kirby characters.

Intentional, Nathan?

I'd also love to see an updated version of that with all of the FF characters from JB's run!



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Dan Avenell
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:49am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Paulo - it's a box of birdseed.
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Steve Adelson
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:51am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I'm a big fan of the original (being a die-hard FF'er), but in many ways this surpasses it.  Truly amazing piece.

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Paulo Pereira
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 9:55am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Thanks, Dan.
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Eric White
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 10:00am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

If I had the money I would commission Superman and Batman versions! 
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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 10:00am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Wow so much going on here.  Not sure really where to start but it is amazing.  Amazing work, JB!  Congratulations to Nathan.
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Lionel Faure
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Posted: 24 May 2010 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

WOW! That's certainly a huge dream commission for most of us here! Lucky Nathan indeed (being loved by Aurora)!
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