Monday, December 12, 2011

Entry 136: S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol2 #4

That's another great cover by Gerald Parel.

After this issue there are only 2 issues left and then we are done! SHIELD will be over. No more of Newton's shenanigans or Tesla's hijinks. I know it's sad, but it's true what they say: "all good things must come to an end" because if they don't come to an end they become bad things. Indeed, ALL things must come to an end, but the good ones knew when too.

But we're getting ahead of our selves. We still have 3 issues before it's all done, and the first of those 3 is out this week. S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol2 #4!

It's preview time, my babies.

This issue was done weeks ago, and, as I understand it, went to the printer weeks ago. I'm not sure why it's taken this long to come out. Is this issue coming out late or not? I honestly have no idea. All I know is that I worked super hard to get this issue done on the deadline. It was the hardest I've ever worked. Not because this was a hard issue to draw, but because the month of October was a complete cluster fu... love making... sesh. (I decided to clean up the language there. no reason) First of all everyone in my family was getting super sick. Lauren, my fiancee, got laryngitis. She actually couldn't talk for 8 DAYS! Then there was the NY Comic Con. This took up a big chunk of time. There was also my birthday. Lauren's kid's choir that she runs did a couple performances which means those are days I spend watching Lucy. Script for 15 of the 20 pages was late. Then I got sick again. It was horrible. There came a point when I had 2 weeks left on my deadline and very little drawn. I drew faster than I ever have and worked very long hours. It was hard!

Despite all that, I think it came out pretty well.

You may have noticed that I didn't put my variant cover at the top of this entry. Well that's because I didn't do one. It doesn't have anything to do with time constraints. It has more to do with not enough people wanting variant covers to justify creating them. It was kind of a bummer, but ultimately not that big a deal to me. It means I have some more time to put into the issues themselves, and we've already done a cover for almost all the characters in the book. Really the only person left to put on a variant cover is Leonid. I was saving him for last. There is still a possibility of there being a Leonid variant for the last issue. We'll see.

I did, however, do a sketch of a variant cover for this issue. Here's that sketch.

This would have been fun to complete, but it's still a lot of fun like this.

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  1. Whoa! I had no idea you had all that going on. The work certainly doesn't seem rushed. I saw that double page spread in the studio, but I doubt I reacted as dramatically as I should have. So, let me reiterate how impressive and epic I think it is. Something with that much mind-numbing detail shouldn't read as well as it does, but the progress of the orb design works brilliantly in that regard. Well done, I look forward to the life-size poster (I'm winking/nudging at you, Marvel;). I hope this month is easier for you, because everyone knows the holiday season is a cake walk...Right?!

  2. Thanks, Aaron. I appreciate the kind words. I have been doing much better since finishing this issue. I've actually had almost the opposite problems I was having before... I'll be explaining that more in future posts.
    I hope you're having a happy Holiday season.

  3. AHEM...**I** HAVE been buying the D. Weaver Shield variant covers,,
    love-making Marvel!!

    Anyway, I just spent about 14 minutes staring @ that double-page spread, & I kept thinking of Steranko's History Of Comics. Nothing in particular, just the positioning of the figures & how it's way crowded but still clear.
    I love the three Avengers over the thawing Cap.
    Anyway, glad you made it through Oct.
    (And I thought issue #3 was the one that almost killed you.)
    Have a great Holiday season, man.

  4. Hey, Mr Weaver. When's #5 coming out? Just wondering. Couldn't find out anywhere.