Dustin Weaver here. It's time again for another Blast From The Past entry, and this is an important one. In this entry I'm going back to 2003, back to when I quit my job at Blockbuster, moved from Dallas to San Diego, and started my intern ship at Wildstorm studios. This period of time was exciting, surreal, and, well, frustrating. Sounds like fun, huh? Let's do it.
Wildstorm studio now no longer exists, but at that time it was the home for many comics creators. In a space that conjoined several offices were artists Carlose D'Anda, Ali Garza, and Lee Bermejo, inkers Rich Friend, Sandra Hope, and Trever Scott, and Jim Lee, who's real office was elsewhere but chose to work in the company of other artists. Also in the building were Scott Williams, Whilce Portacio, Alex Sinclair, and editors Scott Dunbier and Ben Abernathy. There were also a bunch of colorists.
When I came in I got a space in the conjoined artist offices. I was a little familiar with Carlose's and Ali's work, but not very. I was a big fan of Lee Bermejo's and of course Jim Lee was Jim Lee. Actually, at first Jim wasn't around that much, which gave me a chance to get comfortable with the place without his intimidating presence. Amazingly Carlose, Ali, Lee, and Rich excepted me right away, and treated me like I belonged there. I'm so grateful to each of them for being so cool to me.
At the same time, I kind of wish they hadn't been so nice. I think I was a bit too cocky coming in. I thought that this is where I had been working to get for so long and I was meant to be there. I had even become a little snobby about comics at that time. In some ways I thought, on a taste level, Wildstorm was beneath me and that I could really elevate things. The guys there were cool for encouraging me, but I think in some ways they were feeding a monstrous ego. And, guys, I was not NOT as good as I thought I was. And this fact would continue to slap me in the face throughout this experience. I'll get more into that later.
I'm not going to be able to cover my whole internship in one entry. I drew a lot of stuff during this period and there's kind of a lot to say about it. I'm not only going to have to break it up but also heavily edit it.
So getting to the art. At the top of this post is a piece I did early on. Having been a fan of Wildcats, I thought it would be cool to do a Grifter comic. (I had always intended for it to say"Cole Cash is Grifter" but only now have I slapped it on there)
In that vein, some of the guys in the production department had an idea to do a prequel series to Wildcats all about the war between the Daemonites and the Kherubim. I drew a bunch of concepts for this... It never went anywhere.
Here are a few of those concepts.