Todd McFarlane writes:
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:12pm
If you're going to make the effort...why not BE NICE ABOUT IT???
If you're going to be NASTY...stay home!!!
Decades ago when I use to go to my first comic conventions, I met lots of artists and writers. I was about 16 years old and would wait in line to get some autographs. But sometimes, I was really taken aback when I came across a creative person(s) who acted like they didn't want to be there. They wouldn't look you in the eye, or talk to you, or smile, or otherwise engage you like someone that was supporting their work. It was almost like they were pissed off that they even had to be there. And it always struck me as odd, that someone would pack their bags, drive to an airport, get on a long plane ride just so they could be a dick to you. My thought was "Why wouldn't you just stay home?" Sadly, there was a handful of these types that had reputations across the country for their mean-spirited interactions.
On the other hand there were some really wonderful people who made you feel very special, even though I would only have a minute or two of there time. George Pérez was one of the greatest for me at that young age. I marvelled at how much time and energy he gave to us and how he would answer every question we ever asked. The first time I met him, I walked out of that convention and said to myself "If I am ever lucky enough to be on the other side of that table, and people ask me for my autograph, then I want to act like him!"
A short time later I was in a Florida Holiday Inn, getting ready to come home from a baseball camp, when all of a sudden I saw a small sign in the lobby that read: COMIC BOOK CONVENTION THIS WAY.
So, I made my way down the hall and indeed there was a small convention going on. I met another couple of terrific artists who were also gentlemen (Mike Zeck and Pat Broderick), but the highlight was sitting at a table in the hallway was Stan Lee himself!!!!!!!!
Being a 16 year old geek, that had just fallen in love with comics, I waited in line to get his autograph and then later I asked Mr.Lee if I could sit next to him? Without batting an eye, he said "Don't know why anyone would want to hang out with an old man all day, but pull up a chair!" So for the rest of the day I watched and listened as he interacted with his fans with the grace and energy of a 20 year old (he must have been around 55 at the time). In between his fans,I peppered him with questions (since his lines weren't as big as they are today because of the Marvel movies). Obviously, Stan doesn't remember that day. But I do, like it was yesterday. (And now 35 years later Stan and I have become close friends. Actor Michael Rooker also falls into the 'classy' category too).
And ever since those early conventions, I have kept the memory that if someone can have an impact on my life because of their generosity and kindness, then I would forever more try to emulate that as I am now in a position to, perhaps, have some impact on others. The other option is to be nasty and only have people remember you for what you DIDN'T do instead of what you did.
I hope to meet all of you some day. And I also hope that I can make our brief time together as enjoyable as possible.
Avengers: The Vibranium Collection Hardcover – April 14, 2015
by Stan Lee (Author), Roy Thomas (Author), Jim Shooter (Author), Roger Stern (Author), Jack Kirby (Illustrator), John Buscema (Illustrator), John Byrne (Illustrator), David Cockrum (Illustrator)
The Earth's mightiest Avengers stories assemble in one super-sized slipcased volume! Witness the fateful day when five heroes unite! Cheer as Captain America lives again! Watch the old order changeth for the very first time, and learn that even an android can cry! See Ultron, Count Nefaria, Kang and the Red Skull take their best shots at the Avengers, and gasp as the Masters of Evil lay siege to Avengers Mansion! Welcome Spider-Man and Wolverine to a very new roster, then completely lose count as Cap and Iron Man expand the team to handle an Avengers World!
COLLECTING: AVENGERS (1963) #1, 4, 16, 57-58, 164-166, 273-277; GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS (1974) #2; AVENGERS (1998) #19-22, 65-70; NEW AVENGERS (2005) #1-6; AVENGERS (2012) #1-3
Dan Jurgens, el hombre que mató a SupermanAunque algunos parezcan resistirse a admitirlo, entre los grandes nombres de autores que han forjado el mito de Superman hay que incluir indefectiblemente el de Dan Jurgens. Si bien el autor de Minnesota no arrastra multitudes tras él como podrían hacerlo John Byrne o George Pérez, es imposible hablar de la historia de Superman de los últimos 30 años sin mencionar a este magnífico artista.
14 de octubre de 2014
GREG CAPULLO &
STEVE McNIVEN &
MARK BAGLEY &
GEORGE PEREZ &
that’s just the start…
AMAZING ARIZONA COMIC CON
February 13-14-15 2015
Phoenix Convention Center
Also, possibly will see Perez return to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2015:
AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON returns June 19-21, 2015!
Gary asks via Contact
Hi there. I'm wondering if you could help me out or point me in the right direction. George wrote a guest column for the Comics Buyer's Guide back in ... '94? '95? It was regarding his cover to Crisis #7 (the Death of Supergirl) and how its layout was eventually used by others, George's thoughts on Artists using his layout, etc. The article itself is shockingly relevant for today's audience and completely redefined me as an Artist. I was wondering if it was ever reprinted/put online. If not, is it possible to do so or do I have to accept the (perhaps unfortunate) fact that it's gone forever? Please, please advise?
This wouldn't be the letter regarding the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7; that letter may have seen print in Comics Buyer's Guide #954 .... but he may find this other letter by George, from CBG #943, of interest:
In the 17-plus years since I've been in the industry, this is the first letter I've ever written to any fan or trade publication. While there have been many controversial discussions to which I wanted to submit my opinion, I've usually let my more fluent and articulate contemporaries handle the sometimes bellicose banter that often prevails in these pages. In these times where our industry is hurting and many professionals see themselves forced into figuratively taking arms against one another, I'd just like to pass on a recent experience I had with an editor that shows that there is still such a thing as integrity in this four-color business.
A while ago, I received a phone call from DC editor Mike Carlin regarding a cover he and artist Jon Bogdanove were working on for Superman: The Man of Steel #10. It was to be one of those ever-increasing numbers of what we now call "Homage Covers," covers which are patterned after another artist's cover of years past and usually acknowledged as such. This particular cover was to be based on my "death of Supergirl" cover for Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. Mike thought that, since the actual design for the cover was originally mine, then I was entitled to the cover design fee.
Now, for the sake of the uninitiated: Total payment for cover art is usually divided into three parts: The Design Sketch, The Pencil Art, and The Ink Art. In the major companies, many covers are designed by specific cover editors and/or art directors, although these days many more are being designed by the pencillers themselves. When I worked for Marvel in the 1970s, practically all my covers were designed by Marie Severin, John Romita Sr., or Ed Hannigan. While I designed a few, it wasn't until I went over to DC in 1980 that I started designing all my own covers as well as some for other artists.
Anyway, Mike's offer both flabbergasted and embarrassed me. It turns out that this was a regular policy for him, and that other artists had been similarly remunerated in like cases involving the Superman titles.
With all the fuss that we artists, myself included, make and have made about the rights, worth, and value of any individual artist in this business, the fact that such an obvious means of expression has escaped most of our notice is pretty unpardonable, at least for me.
I know of two instances in my career when I deliberately used another artist's design. I used Nick Cardy's cover for Teen Titans #23 as my inspiration for my The New Titans #55 cover. Since his cover introduced the new Wonder Girl, it seemed fitting to use that layout to introduce Troia, Wonder Girl's newest incarnation. I added backgrounds and changed and added characters, but the layout was definitely Cardy, as I indicated on the signature.
More blatant was my homage to Joe Shuster's cover for Superman #1, which I lifted with nothing more than stylistic changes for my cover of Action Comics #643. While, like the Titans cover, the source art was acknowledged, I never even thought of paying the original artist for the use of his design. In the case of that Action Comics cover, DC used it as a promo, and it even appeared as accompanying art for one of the Superman Action Figures for which I received further payment. Plus, I made money on the resale of the art, while neither original artist saw a penny. I am ashamed that I had not thought of this myself and am taking steps to reimburse Messrs. Shuster and Cardy for the use of their work.
The reason I am writing this letter is to rally other artists to consider doing this, as well, if they haven't considered it already. (Who knows? Maybe I'm the only guy who's been so inconsiderate all these years.)
I've seen homage covers everywhere, to artists past and present. We are all beneficiaries of the legacies these men and women have left, many of whom could never have imagined just how much impact their work would have. Nor could they ever foresee just how lucrative comic book art could be. Much of our success we owe to them. They need to know, as all us artists need to know, that the creative spark that individualizes all artists is worth something. It's a simple matter of respect. Homage is fine. Tribute is better. These artists deserve the design fee, if nothing else. It isn't much, but it is right.
While I'm blowing off so much wind, this is a good time to give a much-belated public thank-you to another man who early on showed me that there was more to creating comics than just lining one's own pocket. At a time when artists and writers seldom crossed over into one another's turf, Marv Wolfman, acknowledging plotting contributions to The New Teen Titans, totally on his own volition insisted on giving me half his plotting fee straight out of his own pocket. This, at a time when most artists' contribution to a comic-book story was seldom acknowledged. The idea of co-plotting credit and payment (which was unheard of then) has since become an industry standard. Marv made me feel like I was more than just another artist -- I was his equal partner.
To Marv Wolfman and Mike Carlin: Thanks for reminding me, both yesterday and today, that there's always room for integrity in this beleaguered world."
George Perez writes:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:41am
IMPORTANT CONVENTION UPDATE:
Hello all. It is with deep regret that I must announce that I will not be attending the NYCC after all. All the time and energy I've had to spend taking care of my father's medical issues as well as keeping my mother's spirits up during all this--not to mention my own medical hurdles--, has left me a bit drained and I'm just not up to another convention appearance this year.
I also need to catch up on my SIRENS work, which has fallen a good deal behind due to all these unexpected complications. I am truly sorry for this last-minute announcement and I sincerely apologize to all my fans and friends for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.
Thank you for your understanding. GPz