Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • STEVE EPTING (A)
Cover by JOCK
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
• The Illuminati experience their first incursion since reforming.
• Can the loose brotherhood of end times trust each other enough to use the Infinity Gems in unison?
• And a new member joins the Illuminati!
Also - Black Swan eats french fries.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today, a mere two weeks after issue one was released, NEW AVENGERS #2 hits the stands. The Illuminati gather to plan for the death of everything. Infinity gems, old wounds, lies, agendas and universal incursions are all on the agenda! By Jonathan Hickman, Me, Rick Magyar, and Frank D'Armata. Cover by Jock.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Monday, December 03, 2012
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A few reviews have started turning up:
Here's another one
and yet another.
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Sleeping Girl by Roy Lichtenstein|
You may have heard about Roy Lichtenstein's painting Sleeping Girl fetching $44.8 million in a Sotheby's auction this week. I always find news about Lichtenstein's art interesting, not only because I am primarily a comic book artist, but also because I have the distinction of being one of the comic book artists that he swiped.
If you've ever taken an art history class (and probably even if you haven't) you most likely know the work of Roy Lichtenstein. He was one of a number of artists who rose to fame during the 60's pop art movement. As his Wikipedia entry says - "Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was a prominent American pop artist... his work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style".
Lichtenstein's most famous paintings were based on comic book panels drawn by such giants as Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr., Russ Heath, and many others, almost always without attribution. Though these pieces were not exact copies, they were undeniably based specifically on work that other artists had created. This practice made him a highly controversial figure among the fine art world as well as comic book fandom. Lichtenstein had pretty much given up copying comic book panels by the time the 60s had come to end, though later in his career he did return to the practice somewhat by incorporating comic panels into larger works.
This brings us 1994 and a piece by Lichtenstein called Large Interior With Three Reflections. Lichtenstein used an image from an issue of The Avengers that I drew early in my career and incorporated it into part of the large mural. Let's start with his original preliminary sketch for that portion of the image:
... and here's a detail of the panel from Avengers #358 (January 1993) from which it was taken (penciled by me and inked by Tom Palmer):
Notice that the headpiece does not appear in the sketch. Lichtenstein also made other changes to the source material as he progressed to the drawing stage, most notably the direction of the strands of hair:
Up to this point I think it could have been debatable whether my image was the inspiration for that section of the mural, but in the finished painting the headpiece is back in place, leaving little doubt:
More on the creation of this piece, including the confirmation of my Avengers art as the source material (for that small portion of it) can be found HERE.
This was all brought to my attention originally by David Barsalou, who has an ongoing project identifying the source material for all of Lichtenstein's pieces. The comparison image below is from Barsalou's Flickr photostream.
In school when I was studying Lichtenstein in Art History classes, I could have never dreamed that in a few short years he would actually be swiping some of my art. The whole thing is surreal to me and I'm not even really sure how I feel about it, but I've got to admit that part of me enjoys the notoriety of being able to say I was one of Lichtenstein's "victims". Would I be more outraged if the entire piece consisted of a single panel based on my work (like Sleeping Girl) and he had made millions from it? Probably.
The issue of how Lichtenstein produced his art and the money he made by appropriating the work of other artists without credit or compensation can become complex when looked at from various points of view - or, it can be as simple as black and white. I'll leave it for others to sort out.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Marvel's June 2012 solicitations have begun to leak out and among them are issues #6 and #7 of Winter Soldier - both of which I'm happy to say I did the covers for. I really enjoyed drawing and painting the character again and hopefully there will be more to come.
Here are the solicitations from Marvel:
WINTER SOLDIER #6
ED BRUBAKER (w) • MICHAEL LARK (a)
Cover by STEVE EPTING
ASM IN MOTION VARIANT ALSO AVAILIBLE
• Ed Brubaker is reunited with famed artist Michael Lark (DAREDEVIL) who joins for the Winter Soldier’s second arc “Broken Arrow” with original Winter Soldier artist Steve Epting taking the reins on covers!
• Winter Soldier finds himself on a twisted trail from coast to coast and past to present...
• ...chasing the insane man who will become his worst enemy.
• And an inciting incident you won’t forget!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #7
ED BRUBAKER (w) • MICHAEL LARK (a)
Cover by STEVE EPTING
• Part Two of “Broken Arrow” - The aftermath of a tragic and savage murder.
• A villain who knows Bucky is really alive.
• Winter Soldier and Black Widow on a hunt that gets personal!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In stores this week - the EXTRA SIZED Fantastic Four #604 by Jonathan Hickman, Me, Rick Magyar, Paul Mounts, and Clayton Cowles. The epic conclusion of a three year storyline and more Kirby Krackle per square inch than any other comic this month!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Out today - FF#12 written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO Cover by STEVE EPTING Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG 'ALL HOPE LIES IN DOOM' Part One The beginning of a 4-part arc that runs parallel with FOREVER in the Fantastic Four. We've teased it for years, now find out exactly how Doctor Doom and the Future Foundation will save us all. 32 PGS./Rated T+
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Today the massive FANTASTIC FOUR #600 goes on sale featuring 96(!) pages of all new material! In the words of Tom Brevoort "You'll need a forklift to carry it home! Chock full of 50 years worth of epic goodness!" So join me, Jonathan Hickman, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Leinil Yu, Farel Dalrymple, and MIng Doyle for the 50th Anniversary of the one and only FF! Panel mashup below!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I'll be at FanExpo Canada this Thursday through Sunday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Here's the rundown of my schedule for the show:
STEVE EPTING Table # P 15 (Full 4 days)
TEAM SPIRIT: FF
Thursday August 25, 7:00pm Room # 717
Sketch Duel EPTING AND MALEEV
Saturday Aug 27 – 11:30am Room #716
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER: THE COMICS
Sunday Aug 28 4:00pm Room # 716
Thursday Aug 25 Area CC 4:00-5:00pm
Friday Aug 26 Area CC 1:30-2:30pm
Friday Aug 26 Marvel Booth (#743) 5:00-6:00pm
Saturday Aug 27 Area CC 2:30-3:30pm
Sunday Aug 28 Area DD 1:30-2:30pm
Any time I'm not attending a panel or a signing I'll be at my table doing sketches (my table is #P15-look for the banners below). The sketch list fills up quickly so find me early each day if you want to get on it. Looking forward to a great show and seeing everyone in Toronto!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Hey! I'll be at FanExpo Canada in Toronto for the big 4 day show August 25-28. One of the exclusive premiums for the show is a variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man 666 which is an altered version of a splash page I drew in FF#1. By removing the Empire State Building, changing the distant background to Lake Ontario, and adding in the CN Tower and the Skydome (not mention the subtle Canadian flag draped across a skyscraper), New York is transformed into Toronto for the occasion. I've been to Toronto a few times, but this is my first time attending FanExpo and I'm really looking forward to it.