Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Striking Work!

For the past year or so, the film industry has been rocked by threatened writer and actor strikes. This has meant a slowdown in film production. The resulting down time has allowed me to explore some more comic-related work.

Thus came the title of my new 2009 sketchbook, STRIKING WORK! It's making it's debut at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con. It's perfect bound, with 40 black and white pages. Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies. Some of the work has been seen here on the blog, but I've also added some oldies but goodies that you probably haven't seen, as well as 20 brand new sketches ( made exclusively for the book! )

So if you're in San Diego, please come by my table at Artist Alley ( EE02 ) and pick up your copy. In addition to STRIKING WORK, I'll be selling the 20 original art pieces I did for the book. There will also be copies of SECRET IDENTITIES and ROB HANES ADVENTURES #12 for sale. There are also very limited quantities of my four 24-Hour Comics and BABES IN SPACE.

And while you're at it, check out my brother Anson's cool new aptly titled color artbook, SHOW ME THE BODY! It's got figure drawings, monsters & robots, drawing tips, and even an animated flipbook! His table is right next to mine at EE01.

I will also be at two panels at the convention:

10:30-11:30 Film Illustrators— Films, graphic novels, and comic books: what does it take to work as an illustrator in this ever-changing, challenging world of imagination? Meet the professionals who work with the writers, directors, producers, and production designers in the dynamic craft of creating iconic images for films and comics from the words on a page. Panelists are Tim Burgard (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Trevor Goring (Waterloo Sunset graphic novel), Gabriel Hardman (Heathen Town graphic novel), Benton Jew (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), and Phil Saunders (Iron Man). Moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times. Room 10

2:00-1:00 How-To Session: Benton Jew— Benton Jew is a storyboard/concept illustrator and comic book artist from Los Angeles. He began his career in film at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic, where he provided artwork on The Mask, The Mummy, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has also done some comic book work and has recently contributed art to Secret Identities: The Asian-American Superhero Anthology, Rob Hanes Adventures and Marvel's Agents of Atlas and Hulk Family. Benton will present more information on the creative process from storyboarding on major motion pictures to independent publishing. Room 18

Below is a list of booths and tables you should visit. This list will grow, so if you want me to add you, drop me a line.

Anson Jew (Artist's Alley EE-01)
Benton Jew (Artist's Alley EE-02)
Sho Murase (Artist's Alley GG-01)
Wayne Lo (Artist's Alley LL-07)
Bosco Ng (Artist's Alley KK-04)
Steward Lee (Artist's Alley KK-10)
Vaughn Ross (Artist's Alley GG-02)
Dan Panosian (Artist's Alley II-15)
Gene Yang (Artist's Alley AA-04)
Gene Colan (Artist's Alley AA-16)
Russ Heath (Artist's Alley AA-14)
Tony DeZuniga (Artist's Alley BB-04)
Derek Thompson, Ted Mathot (#1215)
FLIGHT /Kazu Kibuishi, Sonny Liew(# 2329)
Pixar artists: Scott Morse, Jeff Pidgeon, Ronnie del Carmen, Enrico Casarosa (#4800)
Stephen Silver (#H6)
Sam Hiti (#1831)
Kevin Dart / Fleet Street Scandal(#1316)
Paul Briggs (#4039)
Martin Hsu (#G-02)
Secret Identities (#1735)
Randy Reynaldo (#S14)
Abismo/ Nerve Bomb ( #1329)
Dean Yeagle (#1037)
Christian Alzmann Studios (#4916)
Stan Sakai (#4906)
Steve Leialoha (#I06)
Sergio Aragonés (#I07)
Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (#2544)
Stuart Ng Books (#5012)
The Blvd./Trevor Goring, Bernard Chang etc (#1821)

More coming. And with links...