Earlier sections of the article, recounting my visits with creators such as Phil Foglio, Steve Lieber and Richard Starkings, can be found here and here. I was able to meet numerous other talented artists and writers during the show, including notables such as:
Brandon Seifert and Lucas Kentner:
I had a chance to talk with Brandon Seifert, writer of the upcoming “Witch Doctor” mini-series from Image Comics. Promos describe it as a “medical horror comic”. They had a black and white issue #0 available for sale, an ashcan style precursor to their title. Drawn by artist Lukas Ketner, the artwork has a Berni Wrightson-esque feel to it that beautifully captures the gory storyline. Set in an asylum, the book has a steam punk feel to it and a protagonist that’s seemingly the intellectually driven amoral lovechild of Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. House. I’m very much looking forward to the next chapters. While I’d initially missed talking to Lucas, I did drop by later that day to relay my appreciation of his work. They both were very friendly and open guys, and I’d encourage fans of their work to meet them at future shows. I learned they are planning on doing a signing for the Free Comic Book Day event on May 7th, 2011. They are scheduled to appear at the Milwaukie, Oregon “Things From Another World” store from 4pm-7pm.
Artist Jonathan Case had an impressive collection of highly stylized, beautifully rendered prints available, as well as a preview copy of his upcoming book “Dear Creature”. Dark Horse Comics also just announced that Case will be the artist for their upcoming original graphic novel, “Green River Killer: A True Detective Story “, chronicling the hunt for the criminal who terrorized the North west for two decades, leaving at least 48 known victims in his wake. It focuses on the efforts of lead Detective Tom Jensen, and is written by his son Jeff Jensen (best known for his work for “Entertainment Weekly”).
Martin is a prolific inker whose work has appeared in numerous publications from Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, Malibu, Image, Archie, Harris, Disney and others. He’s best known for his time on “Nexus”, “The Moth”, “Blue Devil”, “Doom Patrol” and “Wonder Woman”. An extremely pleasant and amiable personality, he was more than willing to spend time discussing his past and current projects. He provided great insight into the work-flow between writers, pencilers, inkers and colorists at the major publishers. Having worked in the field since the eighties, his experience both before and after the digital revolution were great to hear. An excellent craftsmen, he had a huge portfolio of original pieces on display, much of which is also available for viewing on-line. You can visit his site here.
Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin:
The uber-friendly and welcoming husband/wife team appeared jointly to promote their upcoming book from Top Shelf, “Gingerbread Girl”. While it won’t be available to the general public until next month, they made a limited run of a hundred copies available to convention goers. Beautifully packaged and highly enjoyable, chapters are available in web-comic format at the publisher’s site, a great way to sample the storyline. Paul will be also be appearing at the Free Comic Book Day event on May 7th, 2011. He’ll be at the Sandy “Things From Another World” store in Portland, Oregon from Noon-3pm.
Best known as the artist and creator of the very popular web-comic “Dar!”, she is now putting out weekly additions to the consistently fun “Bucko” comic strip. Her work on “Dar!” is now available in two self-published collections, both of which were on display during the show. Highly recommended to me by my wife, who has since spent hours sharing her favorite strips with me, the collection is both very honest and very personal, all while being funny and a genuine hoot to read.
The well known web comic pioneer famous for his work on “PvP”, was also gracious enough to contribute a drawing and photo for my sickly wife. Along with Kris Straub, he hosted a panel on “Writing for Humor”, specifically focused on how to sustain a consistently funny web-comic. He wrote a great recap of his experiences on his site. It can be found here. In his recap, he assures everyone that he will be returning for next year’s show.
While I didn’t get a chance to speak with Crabapple, I did get to watch as the artist did a live drawing demonstration on the floor of the event. Totally unfazed by the throngs of people bustling by her as she worked, she did an impressive freehand ink illustration. She donated her work to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Its a valuable organization that has provided crucial support to creators that find themselves under fire from various legal entities that consider more mature themed comics to be offensive. Luminaries such as Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller have been longtime staunch supporters of the group.
You can use these links to access Chapters One, Two, Four and Five of this article, as well a preview published earlier. Links, as well as photos taken at the event, can also be found on my personal blog.