Wednesday, July 25, 2007
So I am writing this the late night before I have to board the plane to go to the annual San Diego Comic Con International. As this is the biggest pop culture show in the US, it is a fitting time to attend to pimp my work, meet friends and pros who I only see at conventions, and network for business reasons. I'm also pissed because I think I lost my digital camera. Can't find it anywhere!! If someone picked it up, I'm sure they'll find embarrassing sketches and pictures of hot girls in bikinis on it. Congratulations.
So Impact Books finally sent me my sweet advance copy of my instructional book, Incredible Comics With Tom Nguyen, and it is EVER SO NICE to hold the final product in my hands! Here is the evidence...
Check out my EXTREME farmer's tan--it fucking looks like I'm wearing a second shirt:
If you're at the big show this weekend, Impact Books (booth # 1415) is doing some sort of contest to give away the Superman piece I previously posted. But here is the final inked and colored version:
Monday, July 23, 2007
This weekend at Comic Con, IMPACT Books will be conducting a contest open to the public to win a piece of original art by me. Here's a pencilled preview of the art--the final version will in fact be inked.
I'll also have big, colored prints of this piece for sale at my Artist Alley table. I'll upload the final version here when it's done as well.
Also, the Trio will be reunited at this show. We were founded almost 2 months ago at Adventure Con in Knoxville, so it'll be great to hook up with Keith and Andy again. Read Keith's comics! Buy Andy's art and book! I'll be playing on the same team as these guys during the DC vs. Marvel charity softball game on Thursday...loads of fun!
Hope to see you guys there!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I can't believe a week from now I'll be on a plane again for another San Diego Con trip!
Wow! Time flies! It'll be great to see everyone and hang with the Taco Trio!
My event schedule so far is:
Thursday the 26th 3pm-whenever: the DC vs. Marvel charity softball game
Friday the 27th: 10-11am the Hero Initiative booth with Keith Champagne
Saturday the 28th: 2pm-3pm the Vanguard Publications booth signing copies of my new art book "Drawing American Manga Superheroes".
See you there!
Monday, July 16, 2007
This cover for ROBIN #167 was released in DC's October solicits today. I thought I'd share it. It was drawn by the talented Pat Gleason and inked by your's truly.
I haven't inked a great deal of Pat's work and I find it very tricky to work on. This cover was probably the hardest time I've had over his pencils. Sorry if I killed it, Pat, although if you email me over your address, I'll send you back the original.
The colors here are kind of flat so I'm pretty sure they're just a temp job that was slapped on their for the solicits. I would expect them to be much more eye popping in the final, printed version of the cover.
Friday, July 13, 2007
So some of you may remember my series of online drawing tutorials at Comicon.com's The Pulse last year. I took a long sabbatical from it because of work overload and my book taking up so much of my time. Well...IT'S BACK! And I aim to keep it regular again (biweekly, maybe even 3 weeks at the longest every now and then). It's great to get your emails of support and asking where it's been. Without further ado...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
If you've noticed the lack of updates over the last week and a half, it's because things have been increasingly hectic as the San Diego convention looms ever closer.
Which seems like a good segue to mention that I'll be bopping around the San Diego Convention Center two weeks from today--which is surprisingly soon, I didn't realize the con was so close.
I don't know my appearance schedule for DC yet and I won't be set up in artist's alley--although I'm sure I'll occasionally be loitering at Tom's table. I do know I'll be playing on the DC softball team in the charity game against Marvel on the 26th at Balboa Park. I'll also be appearing from 10:00-11:00 Friday morning (joined by Andy Smith) at the Hero Initiative booth, which is a great charity and worthwhile cause. Aside from that, it'll just be meetings and signings, catching up with my convention friends ( the guys I only get to see when I bump into them at a show), and trying not to get trampled by the 80-130,000 people converging for the convention.
In other news, I picked up the Eternals hardcover at Borders the other day, which has confirmed for me that John Romita Jr. might just be our greatest American Superhero artist. He just does everything right, plus has a 'power' to his work that can't be taught. It's either there or it isn't and JRjr's got it in spades. Danny Miki is an interesting choice to ink him and y'know, that Neil Gaiman guy ain't no slouch either. I read the first chapter so far and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
That's all for now...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
So I've seen the flick 4 times (3 in theaters, one off a bootleg), and I'm increasingly falling in love with the movie's score (done masterfully by Steve Jablonsky). The score is done by the same guy who did "The Island," and I loved that music as well. Looks as though Steve may become one of my favorite composers here. I extracted part of the score from a Transformers HBO special (the end credits), and made a short YouTube vid out of it. Check it out below, tee-hee:
Monday, July 2, 2007
Thought I'd post up a pic of me hard at work at the con! Also the painting I did for the art auction!
Sunday, July 1, 2007