Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tribute to Mike Wieringo


I immediately wanted to do a tribute to Mike Wieringo when I heard what happened. He was one of the most influential artists ever for me. I had his comics on my walls, I agonized over the little details in his work, and after meeting him, I decided that is the kind of "pro" I wanted to be.

So here is my tribute. While working on it I thought many times, "I don't have a great reference for this... I'll just email Mike." It's still a desperate feeling to think about the fact that we will never see new work from him.

To Mike, an inspiration!

M!

Monday, August 13, 2007

The passing of Mike Wieringo

I'm sure most of you have heard about the passing of one of comics greatest talents, Mike Wieringo. You can read the story here: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=125110

I spent most of my formative-art-years reading Mike's books. He drew my favorite spider-man of all time and I gleaned so much knowledge from watching him work. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike in O'Hare Airport when I was 15. I, many years later, sent him a PM on Drawingboard.org discussing the meeting that, for me, was an aspiring artist's dream.


My PM to Mike:
My buddy and I met you about 10 years ago... My friend moved away to North Carolina the previous year and came back to Chicago for the Chicago Comicon. After the con we took him to the airport and went to the gate with him (back when you could do that sort of thing). When we were there waiting we saw you flipping through an early copy of the next Wizards mag.

Like the fanboys we were (and still are) we approached you to see if we could glean any kind of tidbits of drawing expertise off of you. We didn't have the time to talk so much about art but what we DID experience was your incredible generosity.

You didn't give us custom drawings or offer to teach us all we wanted to know about drawing. You were just... nice! Lots of people when they are approached by fans become stand-offish and off-put (and other hyphenated words with "off" in them). You just talked to us like friends. You showed us your early copy of Wizard and chatted about general things in North Carolina.

Long story not quite as long, you were a real great guy to meet. I loved your art and you were cool to boot. Moments like that is what kept me working to become a good artist. Now I live in San Francisco and I am a concept artist on a new MMORPG.

Anyhoo, thanks for letting me waste your time.

Mike Henry!


Mike's response:
Mike,

I remember that.

Thanks very much for the kind words. Believe me-- no matter WHERE I am, if someone appreciates and enoys my work enough to approach me and let me know, it's thoroughly gratifying and not something I would ever take for granted. I feel so fortunate to have even broken INTO this business.... much less still be working steadily in it some 14-15 years later... so thank YOU for being such cool people.

It's one of the things I love about comic books....

Mike


This is a long ass journal, but to those who never really new a thing about him I wanted to illustrate how kind he was.

That is really all I can offer on the subject. He will be universally missed.

M!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

We Three Kings Finished!



I do not have much to say in this entry. I finished "We Three Kings" and will hopefully get some entries for the Hitote Project. That about sums up my last couple of days.

Hope you dig the new pic!

M!

Friday, August 10, 2007

We Three Kings


The lines for a pic I finally got down on paper. Colors to follow, hopefully tomorrow night!

These three are bounty hunters (actually just hired guns in general). They call themselves the Trigger Kings. No one likes their name but them and they have a long story to justify the name. It usually does them no good to explain. 8)

In other news, I have finally started to kick-off my little side-thing called The Hitote Project. You can see what it is all about here: http://hitoteproject.blogspot.com

Thanks as always for tuning in!

M!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fisherman, FINISHED


I fell into love and outta love fast with this pic. Luckily, after messing with it some more I slowly transformed it back into something I dig.

The Red Monika pic is still being worked on but I may finally post some brand new stuff tomorrow or the next day.

Woot!

M!