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Trevor Thompson
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 3:28pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

And I STILL wouldn't be happy with it!!
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I sometimes think you're a bit hard on yourself but I guess most artists will find some fault in their work even if I find it very hard to find any real faults in this piece.
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Casey Sager
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 4:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Beautiful piece, an absolute stunner.
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 5:14pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Uh. May. Zing!
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Jeremy Simington
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 5:18pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My 2 favorite things: Kitty in her school uniform and Havok in full blasting action.
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Conner Dinkins
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 5:27pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Storm face looks like Dave Cockrum.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 5:41pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Spectacular !
Love the Wolverine ,compy tussle .
Nice to see Thunderbird done by JB.
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stephane LIENAFA LIENAFA
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

This piece is INCREDIBLE !!!!!
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 6:02pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

There's so much to like here, that I could wear my fingers down to nubs
typing it all.

Has anyone else noticed how great the perspective on Iceman is?
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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 6:12pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

This is..wow.  I'll just sit over here and be speechless.
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Brad Hague
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 6:17pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

All the dinosaurs are really cool and really well done.

Storm, Kitty and Wolverine are definitive here.  Banshee looks very different than when he was in the books but then I thought to myself, maybe this was intentional.  Sean was supposed to be a lot older than the other "teens" and maybe his face is now depicted with that intent: to make him older.  Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I'm interpreting.

Also, and this is sometimes an old point of contention I have had with other old X-Men fans.  Professor X.  Is he or isn't he an X-Man?  Now, I do not know how in the heck you could get the Prof into such an awesome commission unless perhaps it was an astral projection of his head, but still.  Should I assume that our illustrious host here is also of the opinion that "all the X-Men" up to his time did not include the Professor because he was not one?  Is the teacher not part of the class?  Just curious as to what people's thoughts are about this.

And whoever gets this commission is the luckiest person this side of whoever got that Fantastic Four commission.  Hard to pick between the two. 
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 7:46pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Just that Cyclops would be an amazing commission!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 7:48pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I view Professor X as a hugely important character in the title, but not a member of the team.
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Steve Adelson
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 8:19pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Wonderful piece!!!!!  This is the team (well, parts of several teams) that I greatly miss.
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Charles Nelson
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 8:51pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Many things jump out about this piece ( this amazing piece), but I'll mention two of them. The first is Nightcrawler. When he is in action pieces, I think he is usually shown after the teleportation, as if he is just arriving. I usually notice another "bamf cloud"  somewhere showing where he teleported from. When I didn't see one in this commission, I looked at Kurt more closely and realized that the small dinosaur was attacking from the viewer's left wouldn't have been able to react that quickly to his appearing there. It then occurred to me that he was just starting to teleport. If JB is reading this, did I read that right?
The next thing I noticed was the absence of Sunfire, who I know didn't really join, but who I always think of when I see Thunderbird with the X-Men.
Anyways, these commissions are bittersweet, but I'd rather have them than not have them. Thanks to JB and the commissioners for letting us in on the fun.  
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Jovi Neri
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Posted: 22 September 2015 at 11:51pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

As a huge JB fan with a couple of his commissions, I always check this forum regularly to see what he has done new.  Lately, commissions haven't been as frequent so in the back of my mind I tell myself that "JB's productivity must be diminishing as he gets older!"  Boy oh boy, how wrong I am! It's a 30 x 40 commission for crying out loud!  These things take weeks (or even months) to complete.  My conclusion - JB hasn't lost a step in his productivity at all.  What a great piece here!
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John M. Jackson
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 5:04am | IP Logged | 16 post reply


Holy Mesozoic!  Congrats, Jim.
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John Byrne
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I view Professor X as a hugely important character in the title, but not a member of the team.

Chris and I saw Xavier as a team member. That's why we gave him a solo issue!

But including him in this piece would have been a stretch. Didn't want anybody to be carrying him, or to put him in a more formidable chair. Or, even, to go for the astral projection.

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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 8:51am | IP Logged | 18 post reply



I can't stop looking at this one -- just amazing.  



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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 8:52am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

It's a really awesome piece. X-Men vs. dinosaur stampede--what's not to love?
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 9:00am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

"Is that a Triceratops, over Logan's right elbow? It seems to fade in and out, very hypnotizing.


The ones with the bigger frills are called something else, aren't they?"

Looks like a Torosaurus, which had a frill about 50% bigger than Triceratops, but smaller horns.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 10:36am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

In an alternate reality, JB would've started this memorable run on X-MEN with his artistic skill at THIS LEVEL!!!

And I STILL wouldn't be happy with it!!


Well, JB, most artists are their own worst critics!! Most of us ol' fans would LOVE to live in that alternate reality.

Another question to ponder, "WHAT IF Claremont had left UNCANNY X-MEN instead of Byrne?"

-C!
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Bryan White
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 11:33am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

JB,

Even if you aren't "happy" with a piece, do you get satisfaction knowing that the person you made it for is going to be ecstatic?
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Another question to ponder, "WHAT IF Claremont had left UNCANNY X-MEN instead of Byrne?"

That wasn't really an option.

I felt that Chris was mishandling the characters most of the time. He'd give them dialog that fit how he wanted the scene to play, but not really dialog that fit my concept of the character, or how we'd plotted the scene. Eventually, I found myself realizing that it was Chris' versions that readers were seeing and embracing, and if I didn't like those versions, I didn't like the characters.

Not long after that epiphany came "the stump scene" and I'd officially had enough.

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Kevin Ricci
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 2:44pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Phenomenal commission!

And happy (belated) birthday to Matt from me and my son KJ!
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Brad Hague
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Posted: 23 September 2015 at 3:45pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

"Chris and I saw Xavier as a team member. That's why we gave him a solo issue!
But including him in this piece would have been a stretch. "

That was rather my thought too.  I always thought the teacher was part of the class.  And I agree that it would have been difficult to include the Professor in the action as portrayed.  Cool.
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