“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Sunday, May 14, 2006
This was a few years back - in my time in comics when I finally had the opportunity to work with the incomparable writer Warren Ellis (The Authority, Ultimate Extinction/Annihilation, Next Wave). It never came to be. I was so very much slower in my output back then and the idea of 90 minute sketch was laughable.
I managed to produce six pages (of which these are the first five) before I had to step away from comics all together. And even through the good graces of my bosses Jim Lee and Scott Dunbier the project just didn't materialize with my participation. It eventually *did* get made with Steve Rolston (Queen and Country, Pounded, The Escapist) handling the art chores (with Warren's writing) and from my understanding it's been collected in TPB form. It went in a different direction than what I had started visually and that's just the nature of things. It's another one of those '...almost did that' projects that never came to pass. Oh, well...
*On a small side note: Look at all that damn detail! I could never do this again even if I tried! The guy who drew this was young, full of life, and could stay up for hours on end. I'm an old man with brittle bones and the bedtime of 6PM. I could never draw this again.
at 1:11 PM