ORIGINAL ART, you say?

Remember when I used to do Spider-Man recaps? Ugh. I’m sorry, once again. I’m working 5 days a week and so the project is, let’s say, on hiatus until I have alittle more free time.

In the meantime, here’s a GORGEOUS page of original art I got at the Baltimore Comic-Con back in August!

Incredible Hercules #134, Page 17 (Pencils by Reilly Brown, Inks by Nelson DeCastro)

I just got it framed today (it’d been sitting rather precariously on my dresser until now) and, man, what a great purchase. Incredible Hercules is, easily, one of the best titles Marvel’s put out in the last decade and “The Mighty Thorcules” is, for my money, one of the title’s best story arcs.

The page itself shows the (now de-aged) Zeus in the library of the Dark Elves and reading over the exploits of Thor (who Herc has currently disguised himself as). What I love about this page is, not only is it a fairly important page in terms of what goes on in the story, it works beautifully on its own.I also really dig how the inks are very heavy on the page, which gives it some real atmosphere and weight. Of course, the thing that instantly drew me to the page is the insanely cool storybook illustration of Thor, Odin, and Sif.

The finished, published page

If you’ll notice, there’s no dialogue in the finished page; the action on the page is so clear that it doesn’t need it.

All in all, I’m glad I was able to buy the page. Reilly sold it to me for a more than fair price and it looks fantastic in my living room.


Look what I got framed today…

Suicide Squad Volume 1, issue 27, page 2

This is the only piece of original art I own, but I got it pretty cheaply and Suicide Squad is one of my all-time favorite comics. It’s a great page and as a huge Amanda Waller fan, it’s great to have a page that shows off how much of a stone cold badass she is. I got this page at last year’s Baltimore Comic Con from J.K. Snyder, who drew the page and was nice enough to even personalize it for me. I’m pretty pleased to hang this above my bed.