Friday, March 18, 2011
Entry 112: Blast From The Past Part 9
I'm overdue for a new blast from the past post. So lets all step inside the time machine and take a little trip back to 1999... Or maybe it was 2000. I gotta be honest I don't know what year we're going back to. I thought that the first year that I went to the San Diego comic con with my portfolio was in 1999, but when I count backwards each year, it has to be in 2000. I'm missing a year!
You know, it doesn't really matter. At that time I was living by myself in Dallas TX, working at Blockbuster during the day and drawing all night. I was lonely, generally sad, and I had roaches. There was a period there when I listened to all of Anthony Robbins's tapes, and you know what, they helped and I felt better and was more motivated. But my point is that these years were NOT great and if I have somehow lost one of them I'm really not that sad about it.
So this must have been back when I was 20 or 21. I had gone to the San Diego Comic Con for the first time with a fully armed portfolio. I had a lot of stuff to show and I got a lot of really good reactions. I also made some contacts that would eventually lead to some major steps in my career.
Easily the most important contact I made that year was with Dark Horse Artist/writer/editor/rocker Chris Warner. Chris was doing the portfolio reviews for Dark Horse. He really liked my stuff, and was very encouraging. At the time I didn't know this but I had actually copied some of Chris's Predator art back when I was 13 years old. I might have acted a little more like a fan boy, had I known who he was. He gave me his card, which I believe I still have. This would lead to my first payed work almost a year later.
After the convention when I contacted Chris he told me to do some "Star Wars-y" pages and some Buffy the Vampire Slayer pages because Star Wars and Buffy editors were always looking for new guys. So I set to it.
I started by doing some "Star Wars-y" pages. I guess you can't do Straight up Star Wars pages because then the Editors can't even look at it for legal reasons. It has to do with them being accused of stealing your ideas.
At this time I was really into Jodorowsky and Gimenez's Saga of the Metabarons series. I was actively absorbing that into my influences and I feel like you can see that here. Posting these blast from the past pages is like a chance to revisit old stuff, and in the spirit of that I've gone in and added the stars and planets I always wanted there but until now have just been blank spaces that said, "black with stars."
After I did those pages and sent them off I did some Buffy pages.
There is some wonky weirdness with this stuff. That 2 page spread is crazy.
And last: I'm not really sure when I did this, but I believe it was around this time. It might have been before I did the Star Wars-y thing. Anyway, it's a couple Darkness pages. I believe the editor at Top Cow that I showed my stuff to gave me some sample script to try my hand at and send back to them. I think it was the first couple pages of a Darkness issue. I wanna say it was issue 34, but I have no idea. I've never read that series. Here's a 2 page spread from that batch.
That fish eye shot felt super ambitious to me and I struggled so much with it. Looking back on it now, I don't think I really got it, but I can tell you, I learned a lot on this.
Well that's it for now. I now return you to the year 2011. Till next time.
OH WAIT! I keep forgetting.
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