“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
Thursday, August 23, 2007
THE IRONMAN COMETH_update
"September," people keep telling me. "That's when Iron Man: Enter The Mandarin comes out."
"Oh, good," I think to myself. Then my stomach turns a little.
Here's the thing, I don't pay attention to when my work debuts because, well...to be perfectly honest, it's a nerve-wracking concept for me. At least I *try* not to pay attention. I used to - I mean, I loved the attention that Cybernary 2.0 got when I saw the ad in Wizard magazine! It was a hoot to see those same ads run in a lot of DC books. I thought, "This is it! This is SO awesome!" I was *so* about the hype. Ugh - I was such a kid.
Now I'm an old man and the hype scares the hell out of me.
IM:ETM was/is a project and an experiment to do something under the radar; to do something for my again-foray into the comicbook scene without the pressures of a mainstream title. At least that's what I thought in my head. I don't know what I was thinking. Marvel is obviously doing all they can to promote the book and with the new movie coming out I'm not sure how under the radar it's going to be. The good news is the response, from people I've met at the shows and online (message boards can be an evil, evil place sometimes) has been , overall, pretty favorable. The bad news is... actually, come to think of it, there is no 'bad' news, per se. It's all decent news. I'm just so much more aware that people are...aware, and I'm obviously no longer 'under the radar'. It's an odd feeling of wondering whether or not the book will deliver.
But you know who DOES deliver? Motherf*ckin' DAVE STEWART! Look at the work he's done on this page! IM is going to be launched like a bomb and the mood and feel of that experience is enhanced and captured perfectly by Dave's awesome palette. There's some good people I'm working for on the creative front - from Dave to Joe Casey - and between the two of them, I hope I'm not the weakest link.
The point is, the book comes out next month. Please help out my experiment by checking it out and picking it up. I'd be much obliged.
My stomach is turning again.
at 8:21 AM