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Years ago I used to draw comics professionally. I was published in comics, graphic novels and even a RPG. I was always into spiderman and Batman and when Dark Knight came out I was wetting my pants in anticipation of the movie.

In 1992 I was working for an independant comic guy, as an apprentice, doing all of the inking and layouts he didn’t want to do. I learned a ton that year.

One day he handed me a graphic novel called “watchmen”. He told me that if I wanted to learn how to do comics better then this was my instruction manual. I went home and read it….3 times.

In 1992 I was handed a book that would forever change how I saw my art, forever change my understanding of sequential illustration, and forever hold a place in my super geek heart.

The movie is out….Sadly I have to wait till sunday to watch it.

I have been waiting 17 years to see this film…. They better not screw it up!

the watchmen

the watchmen

I want you to read this and get a good mental picture. The year is 1992. My friend Jon and I are both huge comic book fans and are trying to break into the industry as artists and writers. Somehow we met an industry pro who just become a “christian”. So we are sitting in this guys attic.

The two of us are sitting there trying to learn everything we can from this published comic book artist. The room is full of smoke and ash. Comics are strewn across the floor intermingled with trashy magazines. He has 4 shelves full of old comic book toys and figures covered in god knows what. There are things on the floor that resemble drug paraphernalia. The room is a total wreck and on closer instection so is our “mentor”.

We sat and listened to his crazy stories of comic book groupies and drugs and fame all the while wondering if this guy was really the guy we wanted to learn from. He told us he found God and was changing so we started working on a huge Christian comic book series. It was amazing and to this day I wish we ahd finished it.

He gave me one major piece of advice.

He said “dude before you do anything in comics…read this” as he handed me a well read copy of the watchmen.

I read tons of Spiderman and Batman, but what he handed me would change my comic world forever. I eventually did get in the comic book industry. Sadly it was short lived, but a blast. My story telling and art was forever changed because of that one sentence of advice from a stoned out, smoke smellin’, lust crazed man. ” Dude ……..read this”

I have since read it at least 25-30 times. I have been waiting since 1992 to hear that a movie was finally being made of this book. There have been rumors for years and years, but below is the trailor as proof that it will be here soon. Read this book if you haven’t already. You have some time before the movie.

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That’s right I used to be in the comic book industry. I loved it, but there was absolutly no way to make a living in that business without being a bigwig so I had to move on to other things. I will tell you some of the new things I will do with art soon. Here are some of my old concept art.

Captain America is back

January 31, 2008 — 4 Comments

Ok everybody knows I love the super heroes…Well last year Marvel killed Captain America. They are bringing him back, but He is a different guy. Check it out if you are a nerd like me.