It's me, Dustin Weaver. I got back from the New York Comic Con the night before last and I'm still recovering. I had a fantastic time. I want to tell you all about it, but first I gotta talk about S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol2 #3.
I wanted to do a preview last week but I was so busy getting ready for the convention I didn't have the time. Better late than never though, right? Besides, if you haven't gone out and bought it (and I bet many of you haven't) then I'm not to late. So, for those of you who haven't seen it yet, this is a preview. For those of you who have seen it, this is a post-view, And for those of you about to rock, we here at Dustin Weaver's Blog salute you. Me and my staff, that is. And for those of you who stopped reading this paragraph a while back, well done. Good call.
Here's Gerald Parel's amazing cover. (side note: Met Gerald in NY and he is a really nice guy. I couldn't stop gushing over his work. He's got a new blog dedicated to his art at http://geraldparel.com/ Seriously, go check his stuff out.)
Here's Page 1
This issue was hard work. Nearly the whole issue is the Giant "Star Child" Celestial destroying the city with everyone trying to stop him. As you can see, this is detail heavy stuff. I was running myself into the ground trying to stay on top of the deadline with this one. On a few pages in this issue I ended up having to call in some back up. My buddy, Aaron McConnell, lent me a hand at drawing windows on buildings in a few shots. You're looking at some of Aaron's handy work in that second panel on page 3. I drew in all the buildings and let him put windows on most of them. It's not using his talents to their fullest. He's a talented artist and he was very cool for helping me out with such a tedious task. Check out Aaron McConnell's blog.
I've never used any assistance in my work. It's a new thing for me and it makes me a little uncomfortable. I think I only asked Aaron to help me on like 4 or 5 panels. I'm a control freak I guess. I should have used him more. Like on this shot.
I owe more than a little bit to Otomo.
Here are pages 5, 6, and 7
And here's page 10
If you're wondering what panels Aaron helped out with, they were Page 3 panel 2, Pages 6-7 panel 3, and Page 8 panels 1 and 2.
And finally here is my variant cover in black and white followed by the cover sketch.
Next time I'll do a post all about the New York Con which will include all of the commissions I did.