This past weekend, 10/23-10/25, myself and a handful of other comics creators (Chris Giarrusso, Jacob Chabot, Brian Smith, Art Balthazar, Ian Flynn and Michael Watkins) were the guests of Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC. We were flown in, put up, fed and essentially made to feel like rock stars and all we had to do was sit around and draw and sign comic books. And boy did we ever draw. Holy cow. There were well over 200 sketches done by all of us in total. The crew at Acme scanned as many as they could and posted them on their site.
By my count, based on what’s on their site and what I can remember that wasn’t scanned, clocked in with about 38 sketches. I encourage you to check out the scans of everyone’s sketches here (I encourage you to check out Brian “Smitty” Smith’s takes on E.T. and “The Star Wars”), but for simplicity sake, here are 32 of the sketches I did:
The Acme Bat, Acme Comics’ “mascot”
(Safari Junior High School’s resident vulture)
a series of Baby Storms, a popular pick that day
a couple of Baby Wolverine sketches
The Silver Surfer
Captain America & Bucky
Batman, two times
Green Lantern (Kyle Raynor)
Harley Quinn vs. Poison Ivy (for the fate of Emily!)
(as a combo meal, with fries, tartar sauce, and a drink)
Iron Fist vs. Sandy Cheeks
Pix, Teenage American Fairy
(in her costume from the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon)
Conan the Barbarian vs. The Hulk
(based on the following piece by Art Balthazar or Conan v. Red Hulk)
And finally, here’s a Birds of Prey “jam” piece by Chris, Art, Jacob, and myself:
And that’s just the stuff that got scanned. Missing from this group, from what I can remember: Mega Man, Bomb Queen, The 5th Doctor (Dr. Who), another Pix, and a Hippopotamus.
But yes indeed, it was a weekend filled with comics, signing, sketches, handshakes, fist-bumps, Biff Burgers, bibimbop, biscuits, BBQ (Stamey’s and Country, both great), brownies, cookies, cobbler, cake, talking, laughs and hush puppies (you’ll note sleep is not on that list).
Thanks again to Stephen and Jermaine and the rest of the crew, friends, and customers of Acme Comics.