Saturday, July 18, 2015

Entry 272: Blast from the Past- Part 17

In my last "Blast from the Past" entry I talked about working on The Tenth Circle back in 2003 to 2004.

In this entry I thought I'd give a little supplementary material to that last entry in the form of some concept art.

What you see above was my initial concept art for the Devil.

Here are some more concept pieces.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Entry 271: Infinity Gauntlet Covers 3,4,&5

That there is my cover for Infinity Gauntlet #3. That issue should be coming out some time soon, I think.

But that's not all! Here is my cover for Infinity Gauntlet #4.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Entry 270: Infinity Gauntlet #1

So, it's been a couple weeks now since Infinity Gauntlet #1 came out and I'm only just now getting around to posting about it. I hope you all picked it up.

Entry 269: Studio Paklis

Hi. Im Rudolf Chompff, and I'm here to talk to you a little about the exciting new blog entry here on Dustin Weaver's Blog that you are about to read. 
We here at "The D-We-B" pride ourselves with bringing you entry after entry of exciting blogtent. You'll probably remember such classic blog entries as "Entry 120" or "Entry 210." Now, in the tradition of those beloved blog entries, we bring you "Entry 269"

So, with only this perfect amount of ado, here's the new D-We-B entry... Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Entry 268: Gremlins & Blood Wulf

So I share a studio space with my pall, Ben Bates. Ben is a comic creator. He was my collaborator on Bebop & Rocksteady and he's done a bunch of Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtle comics. I spend a lot of time with him. Both of us just sitting in a little room drawing away. While we draw we often talk. Mostly we talk about things we've watched and read, but sometimes we challenge ourselves to conceptualizing and break a story. This is a lot of fun and often we come out of it with a lot of ideas. Sometimes those ideas are things that we can save for some future project. Sometimes we're actually talking about real work stuff. But sometimes we just have some fun thinking of how we would tackle an existing property.

Not long ago we got on a kick of brainstorming how we might handle a whole bunch of different properties. We came up with a lot of sketchy ideas for Predator and Aliens and Predator vs. Aliens. I actually started developing an idea that I think could be a pretty cool Alien on-going series.

None of this stuff will ever happen mind you. I'm never going to do an Alien comic. It's just too much work to pour into someone else's property. But it's fun to think about none the less. Plus a lot of these ideas can easily be transformed into an original concept.

Anyway, I asked Ben what he would do with Gremlins. "If you could do a Gremlins comic, you have complete control, no editorial meddling, what do you do?" I think because there has never been a Gremlins comic, this one got us a little more pumped than a lot of other. We ended up hashing out almost a whole Gremlins story.

I was enjoying the idea so much that I drew these Gremlins sketches you see above.

On the subject of creating your own take on an existing property, I was recently thinking about Brandon Graham's take on Prophet and Joe Keating &Sophie Campbell's Glory. Both of those are, of course, Rob Liefeld properties. I never read the original Prophet series, but it's clear that Brandon and company have really done their own thing with it. I find myself asking if it's even really the same thing at all.

The one Liefeld character that I think I could really sink my teeth into is Blood Wulf. I only ever read his first appearance in Darker Image, but I remember liking it. I like those old Lobo comics that inspired the creation of Blood Wulf and I think I know how that kind of character should work. Thinking a bout this inspired me to draw this Blood Wulf drawing. I wouldn't want to change what a Bood Wulf comic should be. My instinct when thinking about working on an existing property isn't to reimagine it, making one thing into something else, but rather to lean into it. Figure out what that thing was supposed to be, what it really wants to be, and then try to make it the best version of that thing. I think you can see this philosophy in Bebop and Rocksteady.

I'll end by saying that I can't imagine circumstances where I would be making an Alien comic, or a Gremlin comic, or a Blood Wulf comic... Who knows though. Never say never, right?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Entry 267: Preview The Infinity Gauntlet #1

What you see here are the first three pages of The Infinity Gauntlet #1

I'll just leave it at that.

Actually, I do want to point out that the young girl, whose name is Keeley, is wearing a Beelze Bee t-shirt drawn by Ben Bates. What and who is Beelze Bee you ask. Beelze Bee is a comic concept Ben Bates and I have been developing. It will be a totally unique kind of comic. The actual name of Beelze Bee was created by our buddy Ben Dewey, who threw out the name as a joke, but Ben Bates heard it and thought, "no, I got an idea for that."

For more about Beelze Bee check out this stuff from Ben Bates'

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Entry 266: More Infinity Gauntlet NEWS

Hellllllllo, my friends.

I have been hard at work on The Infinity Gauntlet, and let me tell you, I'm putting a lot of work into it... Too much work. I should just be hacking this thing out and getting on with my personal projects, but I can't do it. I guess it's because I care too much... Plus, I've sort of turned this into a kind of personal project.

So, what you see above is the cover for issue #2.

Here is a look at my sketch for this cover.