Way back in the ancient 1990s… there was a comics fanzine called Vantage Comics and Card Picks. As you might surmise from the title, they talked about comics and trading cards! 🙂 There were others too, like Wizard and Hero… but specific to this blog post, there was Vantage. My memory is foggy at this point, but at some point way back in the day they had a job opening. I can’t remember if they were looking for someone to do page layouts or creative writing, or perhaps both… but I worked up a couple of full-page samples of funny to submit to them. I don’t remember ever hearing anything back from them, and that fanzine is long gone… but I recently found my old samples again and scanned them in so that I could share them on the blog.
Some of the jokes still hold up, even if you might not get exactly the reason why I made them… probably the most obscure one is the Crypt/Moon Knight non-crossover joke, which basically pokes at the notion around that time that some characters at some companies were virtually indistinguishable from characters at other companies 😉 I also like the fact that the picture of Captain America is literally there for no real reason… I mean, nothing on either page makes any reference at all to him!
This is 20+ year old stuff from me, but I think my sense of humor is pretty much still in the same general place, so let me know what you think. Also, I kind of miss fanzines like we had back in the 1990s. We don’t really have that today. Sure, there are some Web sites, but it’s just not the same as a monthly magazine that you can hold in your hand.
And so we came to the second week of Inktober. You can take a look at what I did for Week One, or visit the Inktober Web site to learn more about the concept. I’m continuing to play catch-up as I didn’t get to post this during its intended weekend due to my recent Internet outage.
For Week Two, I continued with the 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustrations.
Inktober 2016 Week Two:
My easy favorite from this week was the Man-Thing! It was everything I wanted it to be. I probably like the Flaming Skull second best. FYI, the Masked Dude was going to be Green Lantern but I didn’t quite get where I wanted with it… similarly, the Flaming Skull was going to be Ghost Rider until I realized I didn’t leave enough room to draw any of his costume so there’s no way you’d know it was him. I also did a Fantastic Four subset this week. I mostly wanted to draw the Human Torch and the Thing, but felt like I ought to include the other two just to have a complete set! 🙂
Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.