Monday, July 15, 2013

"Worlds Or Sam" Art Book IS HERE!!!!!

Obviously i seem to have needed a break for the last couple of months.. but a bunch of New 'non-sucky' things have happen to re-inspire me.. one of them is that i got a copy ***THIS*** little sucker (see above, or below) from IDW a few days ago!!!!   

I like how the cork in the painting kinda matches the wood on my art table. I'm not usually proud of anything I do.. usually I'm so dismayed by my work in the printed comics I just dump the comp copies in the garbage.. 
But this book I'll actually keep. I don't mean it as if "my works so great".. i just always under estimate how appreciate how much pleasure can come from feeling and touching a nice fat art book. 

Here's the endpapers.. which hold the book together, i used this montage of a bunch of stuff. In the beginning, I intended to do a sort of 'look back" Bernie  Wrightson style book... but i realized it had to be more funky, personal, more reflective of my personality.  

There will be books of my work for hire stuff, like the museum book too. But this one's a little different. 

I've seen youtube videos where someone takes a new product out of the box or unwraps it.. seems weird to do it for something you yourself drew. 

I'm not trying to plug it.. if it seems too pricey you know soon enough it'll comedown in price, 30 % off, these things always do. Art books never sell avery much. This was a labor of love for me and IDW.. if other better selling comics helped pay for this, then cool beans. 

I always liked this page.  

Here's the trailer from the Bimbo comic, back when i was planning the whole mini series to be painted. 

I even threw in a few comic pages.. poking fun at some fans who prefer my old classic art with the tiny little lines. I liked those too, or I wouldn't have done them way back when..

But people change.. if fans dig the old stuff, great. I'm flattered. They don't have to all like the new stuff. But i'm always inspired by how many blog fans seem to just like ALL of it.. here's a distorted potbelly pic. 

Btw, Kim at Threezeros will have a Potbelly Figure on display so you can see what it looks like in color.. Not sure where his booth is.. but we have some more surprises planned, toy wise for this year too! 

Loved how this 'eye page' came out from the Bimbo. For some reason, it's probably my favorite eye that i've ever drawn in all the comics i've done.  

Couldn't resist grabbing a distorted angel photo of this spread, like i do on the blog. Only now the distorted photos of the eyes from a printed book.. is swallowed up and posted on my Blog, - eek! Gotta stop - it's blowing my own mind! 

Seriously though... how do you admire a book of your own art without seem like a total snarky little dork? Probably not possible. It's not the art I'm admiring, i've seen that stuff lying around my studio for years.. 

maybe it's the shiny paper. I dunno. 

Below are some more color variations of pages from Bimbo..'s the original cover, where the bimbo was born in a dumpster, amid what looks like combination of pink cotton candy and bubble gum? 

a rough sketch of one of the Bimbo covers..  

Here's several variations of the cover.. Nice to see these original art sized at last. 

You'll recognize this one from the blog.. i managed to grab a few pics of myself working on it.. 

Probably looks better here than on the original paper, which is kinda buckled and rough looking.. 

If your bored you can zoom in and read some of my comments, or better yet, don't strain your eyes.. 

There's a lot more than this.. here's that dissolving dude.. 

Almost done. The flash washed this one out a little too much. sorry. 

If your at San Diego you can check this book out in person.. if not, no worries. Just wanted to throw some of it up to give you guys a peak. I have two more years of these suckers which are 80 percent finished, so at least THIS time it will come out!  


Here's a little bonus if your at the IDW Booth on Wed.. I'll be signing a Limited number of Worlds (with this variant cover) at comic con.. Here's the alternate cover. 


If your not coming Wed., don't worry.  i'll be there Wed. thru Sunday, so you'll have a nice window each day for me to sign, but more on that in my next post.

Thanks for all your patience. I'm sorry when the 'undertow' grabs my ankles and pulls me back out to sea.. i eventually always managed to swim back to shore and throw up a new blog post.  Eventually the ocean gets us all. But not today. 

Also thanks to everyone who's been worried about me.... or was afraid i may have croaked. 

For better or worse... yes I am still alive. 

- Sam 


Ramon Kool said...

Really, really nice! I've been waiting a long time for this to come out. So how do we, people from the other side of the world (The Netherlands in this case), get our hands on one? :)

Derek Oberg said...

Is this for sale through IDW yet??

Derek Oberg said...

Ah, there's a pre-order on the site, which is already sold out. Curses! (And it's not THAT expensive! I was expecting way worse. Absolutely worth $50.)

the danman can said...

I'm ready to arc ropes of jism over this post.

the danman can said...

Not sure what's different about the IDW site version because there are no details, but it's up on Amazon:

jlosacco said...

Really excited for this, I've been waiting a long time.

I'm really bummed I can't make SDCC, you should come out to Chicago.

jennifer kraska said...

This is just awesome Sam! Can't wait to get my paws on one someday! Seeing this made my day, very inspiring. (Completely gutted that I won't be at the Con and that I missed out on the preorder of the book). Don't feel weird, be proud! Very impressive body of work. Makes me want to go make a book.......

Be well. Happy you are back.


citizen clean said...

I can't wait to have this! Thanks for everything Sam, keep at the awesomeness.

David Crowell said...

I love your work. I am very happy to see there is such a nice hard cover I can finally get to enjoy it forever. I ran a comic shop for 8 years and should you work to so many and it has been ten years since and everyone of them people still love your work and collect it. Thank you for giving us something worth buying.

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Derek Oberg said...

Sam, have you heard of Kevin Smith's podcast "Fat Man on Batman?" Every week he sits down with someone who has touched the Batman franchise in some way and they talk about the path that led them to the job, and what about the character is so intriguing, etc. I want to start a Twitter campaign to get you on that podcast, if you'd even be willing...

Adam Messinger said...

Holy crap, Sam! That looks amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on one. Between the Museum Art Book and this, I'm going to be happily broke in no time! Getting to see the evolution of you as an artist is a special thing and I can't wait to see that with your commentary & thoughts attached to it.

cody said...

so psyched can not wait to see it, barnes and noble has it for order too.

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Casey Crowe said...

The book looks fantastic! Hopefully I'll catch ya at SDCC!!

Jeff Lafferty said...

Looks awesome Sam, nice job!


gubia said...

i rarely buy artbooks since i'm broke all the time, but i'm so going to buy this now. i live in ecuador ! greeeetings

sasori said...

I was already going to preorder the book, but this post made me even more excited about getting it.

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