Wednesday, 19 September 2007

color me purply brown.

Iwrote yesterday's post after uncovering a pile of old artwork while looking for something unrelated. I looked over the pages of art I drew for the X-men thinking to myself: this isn't as bad as I remember it. It was during that phase when Marvel's colorists were doing everything in purple and brown, for reasons one cannot hope to guess. Here's my rendition of Wolverine:

An here he is in muscular purples and browns:

Here's a shaman character coming form the wilds, whom I modeled on Alan Moore. For those following my recent notes on markmaking, I smeared the ink into a thick gel medium and laid it on with a one-inch broad bristle brush for the effects of the tree bark (click to enlarge for closer detail.)

And here it is in foresty purples and browns:

More shimmering hues tomorrow. Watch for them.

Mother sues doctor over twin birth

Graphic novel a brilliant way to tell a disturbing story- The Ottawa Citizen- Monday, September 17.- Yann Martel, the Booker Prize-winning author of Life of Pi, is sending a book and letter every two weeks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.: "Maus by Art Spiegelman. Don't be fooled by the format. This comic book is real literature..."

Mini-comic vending machine.

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Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

I do believe that was the X-Men story I did the colour guides for and I don't remember putting purply brown anywhere.

19 September 2007 at 04:05:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Ah! I forgot you were playing a part in Campbell Industries around that time.

19 September 2007 at 04:55:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knocked up a great big feature for the website showing Hayley's OG guides vs the muddied mess that they got printed as, but you wouldn't let me run it in case it stopped up the tap of endless Marvel money that you expected to begin flowing forthwith.

19 September 2007 at 06:31:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

do you still have that stuff?

19 September 2007 at 06:34:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More words and pictures in a feature in The Guardian today about Boris Akunin, creator of the very popular Fandorin detective novels which I'd not heard of before. At the end it says this:

"Akunin is working on a new project - Cinema Novel - a cycle of 10 short novels combining words and pictures. A TV series will follow.",,2172275,00.html

19 September 2007 at 07:18:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Andrew Hawthorn said...

Harper can read now?


For all the Canadians in the audience.

19 September 2007 at 18:06:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

Damn. I was out of the comic book scene for so long, and so completely, that I had no idea you'd been doing that superhero stuff. I'll try to search it out.

19 September 2007 at 18:58:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no idea if I still do - I have to take the hard drives out of the last two expired computers next week, then after I get back from OS see if I can put them into some kind of USB shell to transfer into whatever I buy once I've got a place to live. so in, ooh, the next five months or so I'll hopefully be able to see what we've still got out of all the old Campbell's Corners and suchlike. the original campbellcom machine has been in a coma since early 2003, I think.

19 September 2007 at 20:15:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Tim Hamilton said...

You drew Wolverine?

19 September 2007 at 20:26:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, you're going overseas?

20 September 2007 at 03:36:00 GMT-5  
Blogger ted mills said...

What issues of X-Men are these? All respect to the colorist, but I would have like to seen this in just black'n'white...

20 September 2007 at 14:18:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Joe Casey wrote a script for the celebratory #400 (dec 2001) that had four or five different artistic contributions. I had eight pages, but not consecutively. if memory serves, it was broken into sequences of five and three. Wolverine was the only regular character in my pages, but not 'in costume' though he does show his claws. it's set in snowdeep Canada, or Alaska, where he is interrogating a prisoner in a wooden mountain hut. The prisoner spins a story that goes back over a hundred years, so Joe gave me some period stuff to do. It was clever how he he gave each artist particular stuff. But don't go looking for it unless you already read that kind of thing. I drew two issues of Captain America (Marvel Knights) in 2004 to a script by Bob Morales who sometimes pops up in these comments. That's the limit of my contribution to the Mighty Marvel Universe. Over at DC I drew three pages in a Neil Gaiman one-off titled the Flame is Green, which was the first thing he wrote for Dc but not drawn and published till ten years later. I got to draw Blackhawk coming down some old steps into a bombed out bunker which is implied to be Hilter's last hangout. Plus the five page Orion job, see three days back, wrote a couple of Bizarro things (Batman, Flash) and a Batman Elseworlds 48 page prestige book (art and story, co writ by White). Also wrote four consecutive Hellblazers and co-wrote with my pal White what was meant to be two issues of the Legends of the Dark Knight but was all put in one book for the double sized #200 last year, art by Bart Sears. All that and a Sandman painting for one of those 'gallery' specials. there you have it. 13 items altogether I think. What larks, pip!

20 September 2007 at 16:23:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

p.s. click the 'comic books' label at the foot of the post to get a glimpse of some of this stuff.

20 September 2007 at 16:26:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

And Hi to Tim Hamilton, above, who illustrated that superhero series I co-scripted for Dark Horse (four or five issues before I fled... '93/94). Didn't realize I'd wasted so much of my life till i started keeping a tally just now. All that time and I could have been drinking beer!

20 September 2007 at 16:51:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dazzlin' - yeah, just for a few weeks, but am moving out three days before I go. I've had a CD on my desk waiting to be sent to you since May, incidentally...

20 September 2007 at 19:09:00 GMT-5  
Blogger ted mills said...

Thanks for the info, Eddie!

26 September 2007 at 01:13:00 GMT-5  

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