IC: Thank you Martin. First though, thank you and the wonderful people at Marathon Press for your support and amazing production values. Every person who gets their hands on one of those books ALWAYS makes note of the superior construction/production. Thank you! But to answer your question… the book took a couple years from the initial idea to the final printed product. I originally had no intention of printing the book. My plan was to send out PDFs of the book only, but like you mentioned, a physical copy in the hands of editors/publishers would go much further than a PDF. The impetus for the project was the day I first saw an IDW Artist Edition. IDW produces these gigantic 12 x 17″ (sometimes 15 x 22!) books with original comic art. The moment I paged through that Artist Edition, I knew what the next step was in my career. I wanted to design THAT!
MP: You had mentioned the images from Heritage Auctions where you got these from. Because you are not selling the book, you avoid copyright issues. Can you discuss any details further about that process?
IC:Yes, the good folks at Heritage Auctions (ha.com) have an amazing library of high-resolution comic book art which is easy to grab with just a right click of the mouse. I was more than happy to credit Heritage Auctions in the thank you section of the book. Selling the book was never an option because all of the imagery is copyright Marvel. My motto is “Don’t sue me, hire me.” So far so good! And yes, I had to fuss a bit with each image in Photoshop. While the images were higher resolution than what you can typically find online, they were all just a teeny bit small for my 9×12 format. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for enlarging images a bit. Most turned out great but there are a few clunkers in the book.
IC: I had a short list of industry editors/publishers in mind. I also had a short list of some YouTube influencers. Some of these people I heard from right away. Some I’ve never heard from. I followed up via email with everyone. And, I kept a stash of 20 or so books at the ready so if an opportunity arose, I was able to mail one out. Besides the five I kept for myself (one copy of each cover), they are all gone now.
Sure! Yeah, some projects came about from the distribution of my book. I’m currently working on a “CONAN Colossal Edition” book for Pan-Universal Galatic Worldwide, or PUGW. PUGW is run by John Nee who was the publisher at Marvel. This book is the same type of Artist Edition that IDW cranks out, which is the sort of book that led me down this path. CONAN is a character created by Ron E. Howard which Marvel Comics helped popularize in the ’60s and ’70s in comics. Some amazing artists have worked on the CONAN comics over the years and many of them are represented in this book. I’ve also received some book projects from Marvel, Dark Horse, Syzygy, and Abrams Publishing. Unfortunately, I had to sign non-disclosure agreements with all those folks, so I’m not able to chat about those projects. I will say that one of those projects focuses on one of the most popular characters in Marvel history, so that is pretty exciting.
IC: Yes, I have some other personal books in mind. Not sure when I’ll get to them as I’m pretty busy, but I will get to them.
IC: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find me on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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