Detail from art by Jesse Hamm
A couple of weeks ago, my friend and Periscope Studio-mate Jesse Hamm posted the ULTIMATE incarnation of the meeting of Wolverine and Freddie Mercury in an epic three-page strip . Take a moment to head over to Jesse’s blog and click through the pages. Go on, we’ll be here when you come back.
Ha! Awesome, right? But what is MORE awesome is the following exchange on a Facebook comics group (click to embiggen):
That’s right! Rob Marsh came forth and revealed himself as the artist who created the original Wolverine/Freddie Mercury page submitted to Marvel twenty years ago! The page that would eventually inspire me and others to explore the mystery of the meeting of those two great men; one a fictional anti-hero archetype, the other a larger-than-life rock icon lost too soon.
Thanks, Jesse Hamm. Thanks, everyone who participated in this exercise in comics storytelling (See here and here). Thanks, Steve Bunche, who first posted the original page that got this ball rolling in my head.
And a very heartfelt thank you to Rob Marsh for loving the art of comics enough to keep submitting samples in the face of rejection letters, without which dedication none of this would have been possible.
It’s a kind of magic.
Art by Steve Lieber
So you have both episodes of Bandette by Paul Tobin and me, and you’re patiently waiting for more, right? I am working hard to bring you episode three, but in the meantime…
Take yourself on over to MonkeyBrainComics.Com and help yourself to a FREE short comic featuring Inspector B.D. Belgique, written by Paul with guest art by the lovely and talented Mr. Steve Lieber!
First of a series of projected shorts by guest artists featuring the many side characters from Bandette! Because we love you!
Available TODAY from MonkeyBrain Comics!
And if you haven’t yet read Bandette #1, don’t worry! Just go here to buy it for 99¢ from ComiXology!
I’m going to be a guest at the Jet City Comic Show this Saturday, September 22! I’ve never been to this one-day show before, and I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re in Seattle, come on by!
Layouts/rough digital “pencils” for part of a page from Bandette #2, available soon from MonkeybrainComics.Com!
More Wolverine/Freddie Mercury pages! This one comes to us from MC Wolfman’s blogspot!
art by MC Wolfman
Alejandro Bruzzese posted this non-traditional bit of comics storytelling on his Tumblr. I like how he represents music visually!
art by Alejandro Bruzzese
And on Jason Wills’ Twitter, Freddie does not take any shit from Zombie Wolverine. POW!
art by Jason Wills
Bandette has been up and available for purchase for three weeks, now, and the Internet buzz has been mighty! We’ve had rave reviews from Comics Bulletin, The Weekly Crisis, Newsarama, The Comics Reporter, CBR, and lots of other places too numerous to list.
And now there’s an interview with Paul and me talking about our little thief over on the blog at SFX.com.uk!
If you haven’t checked out Bandette yet, go on over to ComiXology and check it out! It’s only 99¢! And if you already have spent your buck-less-a-penny, please take a moment to leave a rating so other people will be encouraged to do so as well!
Harley Quinn! Ink and watercolor on paper. One of several pre-ordered con sketches I did for Heroes Con 2012 in Charlotte.
I’m at San Diego Comic Con right now! Tonight you can find me at Monkeybrain comics panel at 7pm in Room 4.
Wonder Woman! Ink and watercolor on paper. One of several pre-ordered con sketches I did for Heroes Con 2012 in Charlotte.
I’m on my way to San Diego Comic Con right now! You be able to find me tomorrow at the Monkeybrain comics panel Friday at 7pm in Room 4.
This week on the Sindiecate:
Los Bros Hernandez—Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario—changed my life in the late 1980s. Their work in Love & Rockets showed me how the aesthetics of the kids’ comics I had grown up on (Archie, Harvey Comics, etc.) could be used to tell sophisticated, adult stories.
The original, self-published issue of Love & Rockets #1 was first sold by mail-order and at San Diego Comicon in 1982, thirty years ago. This week Los Bros are special guests at Comic-Con, and a panel celebrating their work will be held on Saturday!
1:30-3:00 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets— For 30 years Los Bros Hernandez have entranced comics readers around the world with their adventures of Maggie, Hopey, Luba, and the entire Love and Rockets cast of characters. Comic-Con special guests Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, and Mario Hernandez join with Fantagraphics Books co-publisher Gary Groth to talk about this award-winning series of comics and its decades-spanning durability. Room 24ABC