Thursday, March 16, 2017

Critters Cover . . . & Kim Thompson.

Someone in the comments mentioned this Critters cover i did, which was a nod to Donald Duck artist Carl Barks. 

My original black and white art for this is kinda boring, but i hand painted the color for it myself, and it came out kinda interesting, texture wise. Five o'clock shadow, bullet holes in the hat, small details were fun to paint.

The late Kim Thompson was the editor, and he was a big funny animal and Carl Barks fan, so in a way i was partly trying to impress him.  Kim was super supportive of my efforts to break into comics, and a short wile back, he passed away quite suddenly. 

I'll miss him.

So here's the awesome Barks version, which inspired me to do it in the first place.


Anonymous said...

Love the background connection.
You are very gracious to give
Banks credit for inspiring you.
Also a thoughtful remembrance.
Great post.

The Frog Queen said...

I really want to interview you Sam! I know that's likely very impossible.... But if you ever want to check out my site, hey this is it! you can find me easily. I've been a long time fan and reader so I thought I'd throw it out there again! I'd love for you to come on my show for an interview.

Fernando Valencia said...

This one is definitely in my top 5 favorite covers of yours. Love that back story. Thanks for sharing.

juvinwo said...

Sam, wonderful story about Kim....he sounded like a great guy. I'm sorry for your loss. If he saw such talent and skill in you, we have him to thank. For without him, you may not be gracing us with your just never know. I'm sure Kim is very proud of the work you have done and the stories you have given all of us. So much influence and emotion in your work. A wonderful tribute to Kim.

Mike DeStefano said...

Wow this is one of my favorite covers and is hanging on my wall. Its so amazing to have a story to go with it now and I never new it was inspired by another comic.

Thanks so much for sharing this.