Showing posts with label Neil Gaiman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neil Gaiman. Show all posts

Thursday, August 1, 2013

SDCC, 25th Years Sandman Panel, Tons of Fans, and a little Closure.

( Okay - this is a little confusing.. but i'm thanking Donnovan, Proxy and Ramon Kool for retrieving the Sandman post i lost, which i've edited down a little bit. Also Hey to Random Toxy. Also to Jenn: Yeah, the SDCC edition of Worlds wrap around cover swallows up the 'stick bird' on the back, but luckily the majority of fans will see the sticky bird in the regular edition.  Thanks to Adam S. and Amy B.. thanks and i'll try to sign some more copies soon... also have fallen behind on tons of old comments.. but thanks to my old small press pals John Holland and Tom Stazer for saying 'hey'.. and to anyone else i've missed. THANKS...!!! )

San Diego was NUTS... as expected, but the con crazies was all made worth it by everyone who stopped by! Praise to Ted Adams and the IDW folks for bring me out in the first place too! I'm afraid i was too bus signing to take more pics of myself signing, but there's enough of those online.

An old pal Joseph Melchior showed me his Sandman page (above), which I drew some 25 years ago. Way back in the day, Neil asked for the Sandman's cape to not go outside of the circle, so they shrunk Morpheus down on a state, which Joseph removed and had put on a stat.

After the Sandman panel Both Neil and I stared at the page.. so weird to see it after all these years...

Todd Klein took this cool pic of Neil checking the Sandman page.

I've always tried to keep a respectful distance from the whole Sandman thing. As I've said 
before, was less that proud of my brief contribution to it all. Also I struggled to have a career on my own after the Sandman too, without dissing Neil or the book itself. Fear of always seeming like Neil's little brother caused me to hermit away and I failed in staying in touch with him for too many years. Working together on the Charity Book for Heros.. helped mended those fences.


Above is a short video.. you may have to use headphone to hear what we're saying. 


Below is how the panel must have looked to fans in the audience.

Below how it felt inside...

Okay, I have no evidence Dave Mckean was checking out a hot babe, but J.H. Williams did tell me after the panel he was nervous too. Who wouldn't be? - it was a friggin' huge crowd.

But to jump back for a sec, when I finally saw Neil in person back stage for the first time in almost 20 years, and was intense. I sensed the PURE appreciation and love of all his fans flooding the audience with cheers and support even before we got on stage, it was damned near impossibly not to be moved. Yeah, it was Neil's night, righty so. And he proved he's an awesome verbal storyteller too.. and sure, i was proud for the small role I played in the book. Towards the end of the panel, I got kinda of flustered and started to ramble, but I thanks to Neil's graceful assurance that I was helpful in bring the Sandman to life. .... hopefully I didn't make too big a fool of myself.

Here's a big wolvie... and a little one. 

Seeing everyone, Neil, the fans.. kinda overwhelming, in a good way. 

For a guy who's often told he's often too hard on himself... was an kinda of emotional moment, 

and it sorta was a kind of 'closure' of sorts for me. 

ps: Thanks to my pal Tal Vigderson and Justin Eisinger for the sandman pic up top. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Interview, Part 3, & some Emotional Blockage.

Check out Part 3 of Josh Jones' wonderfully comprehensive Comicattack Interview -- sorry it's turning into The Never-Ending-Interview.  Josh told me this is STILL' just the first side of tape one' too - long winded interviews are the fault creators who... do't know when to shut-up, (which sums me up pretty well.)

Also, apologies I'm partially posting using this interview in lieu of more art this month.

I have some pics I snapped as I as I worked on that Gaiman-Me-Dringenberg Landlady story we did for the Heros Charity. We did what we could, but Mike and I STILL aren't satisfied with it, (the published version isn't the final version.. at least in our minds), thus we're both still tweaking it. But ignore us. Artists are never satisfied, and are best ignored when it comes to whatever they think of their own work (like my interview above proves).  So, I'll try to throw up some ' finished ' (or ' abandoned ') version of it soon.

Plus some photos of a short little cartoony story called "Once upon a Time.." --  I drew it myself, using the e-mails Mike Neil and I exchanged where we talked about how we'd actually DO the Landlady story... this story is also published in the same Heros charity comic. (plug plug)

But these will have to wait.  To say noting of the mountain of mixed media 'Dana-Nola-Magic Trout' paintings I do for my own personal pleasure.  Point is, yeah, There IS stuff in the wings to post, when I can swim my way over to it.  Still slugging my way through some interior 'stuff'... however, tons other people folks out there have it MUCH tougher than me.  So enough bellyaching.

Here's the monolith from 2001,

.... or a black square,

...which is kinda where I'm at.. emotionally.  At least for right now.