Well, this is really dandy. Hat tip Robot 6.
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Most sincere sympathies to Dave Sim and his Cerebus High Society digital archive team. As many of you know, Dave enlisted aid in scanning and archiving his work for a new digital edition of Cerebus. This week, the home of his archivist, as well as the homes of others on the same block, were completely destroyed in a fire. Though it is a great relief no one was killed, the property was a total loss, and all of Dave’s negatives and digital scans were destroyed. It’s a terrible blow, both personally and professionally, for everyone involved. This is also an uninsured loss on the heels of a brilliant Kickstarter fundraising campaign.
While I do not mean to diminish the serious personal loss of anyone else involved, naturally, my past friendship with Dave, and my deep respect for his accomplishments as an artist and creator rights activist, has left me heartsick on Dave’s behalf.
Sincere hopes and good wishes to Dave and his supporters.
Only a few weeks left for my humble art shop sale. Thanks SO MUCH for the great support and incredible kindness. I truly appreciate it.
First, the original preliminary sketch for The Death Gallery Holocaust theme painting I did for Vertigo back in 1994.
And here, a Lord of the Rings Masterpieces Series I trading card portrait of Boromir. Regular readers know I am filled with Boromir love, so this is…sob…kind of hard to let go!
A twofer! Both sides of this paper are filled with sketches for VALOR, The Legion of Superheroes spinoff series starring Mon-el. Click the ebay sales link to see the other sketches.
Thanks so much!
More from the vaults now on sale in my ebay store. I will try to post one piece from each major project per week until the end of September. Then all my art and book sales MUST END until March 2012.
In addition to some nifty unpublished Sandman sketches, I’ve got this near 15 year-old cover sketch, unused, for an issue of Valor, a Legion of Superheroes series I used to draw for DC Comics.
For the background of Reign of the Zodiac, check out this previous post for story and more unpublished art.
Reign of the Zodiac, drawn by me, and written by Keith Giffen.
As you see, we put a lot of thought and background work into this gig, but things don’t always work out as we would like. The book got canned despite our best efforts.
Here’s another scan of my pencils for a double page spread. As I wrote before, large portions of Zodiac were inked by me, including most of issue #8. I got to keep all the art I inked, and Bob Wiacek got the page rate and credit.
The series was supposed to last 72 issues, with each eight issue story arc featuring a conflict between two houses of the Zodiac. I did a good deal of ghost writing on the final issue, because Keith was so despondent over the series getting the axe he had trouble bringing the book home. I take the hit for my clumsy job trying to tie the book up. Keith had the most incredible plans for this project!
One of our plans was to create Tarot cards and Zodiac themed items to tie in with the series. Here’s some sketches I did for these cards. Alas, my old scanner was very poor quality, as you see.
My final pencils were very tight. Nowadays, I suppose we could just scan and print from this.
In this scene, Romeo and Juliet lovers from the Zodiac world Eidelon step through a mirror into the basement vault of the Vatican archives.
A page of icon designs. At the same time, I was hired by a British magazine to do Zodiac icons and designs. However, the magazine had no idea that I didn’t have any digital skills, and when they asked me to do my colors “in layers” I had no idea what the heck they were talking about. After producing some thousands of dollars of work for them, I had to quit the job, but decided not to invoice for it so I could keep all rights to the work.
More costume sketches:
I was to do ten issues a year, but finding someone who could (or would) draw the clothes and sets as I designed them was a bit of a challenge. This was not the kind of job for someone who wants to crank out a monthly comic and collect a check.
I’m posting pages from this and other works on ebay for sale over the next few weeks. Here’s my shop. All my art will go back off the market after this series of sales.
I have lots more to show you. Be back soon.