Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Shadow Knows

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'm still out here on location in Wilmington, North Carolina. Last week I took a little roadtrip
and visited Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Greensboro. While in Greensboro, I visited John Hitchcock's "Parts Unknown" comic book store. Last year, John wrote a book collecting his correspondence with comics legend Alex Toth. The book, "Dear John: The Alex Toth Doodle Book" is published by Octopus Press and is nominated for an Eisner award. If you haven't got this book yet, go out and pick it up. It offers great insight into the mind of one of greatest comic artists ever. John showed me ( and my friend and fellow artist Alex Tavoularis ), some great pieces from his collection of original art. He then introduced us to some great, authentic, North Carolina barbeque. I did this little Sharpie sketch of "The Shadow" for John. I've always thought "The Shadow" was one of the most visually interesting characters to come out of the pulps/comics. I loved Frank Robbin's version for DC in the 70's. I've heard that Sam Raimi is planning a new movie version of the character. IMHO, they MUST get Adrian Brody to play the lead. He's definitely got "The Shadow Nose"