Friday, March 21, 2008

Justice League: the New Frontier Special



Here's a couple of pages of from an inking job I did for the Justice League: New Frontier Special comic that came out recently. They're from a 7 page backup story starring Robin and Kid Flash (two of my fav original Teen Titans). The entire comic was written by the maestro of the New Frontier, Darwyn Cooke, and this particular story was pencilled by none other than the director of the recently released animated feature film version of the New Frontier, "Dashing" Dave Bullock. Darwyn also drew the main story for the comic, while fellow Torontian J. Bone did the art chores on another fabulous backup story, featuring Wonder Woman (J. was BORN to draw Wonder Woman, I swear).

The entire comic is a treat to read but, honestly, my part in it is, like, infintesimal. I was after all, only the inker on a short 7 pager. However, it was an absolute joy to work with all the above mentioned talents. Darwyn, J. and I have known each other for a while now, but I only met Dave last year at the San Diego Comic Con (the biggest frikkin comic con thing you will ever see in your lifetime) . Meeting and hanging out with him was one of the highlights of that event -- apart from being incredibly talented, Dave is just a cool guy. The fact that he bears a passing resemblance to Jack Kirby made it all extra perfect, and I was hoping we'd get the chance to work together someday when we met.

Dave's art for this story was beautiful, and really made my job very easy to do. I don't get the chance to ink other people's work much, but when I do, my philosophy is to try and ink it "as if the penciller inked it himself" -- that is, I try not to put much of my own style into the art. Hence, I feel like I can only ink people who are in the same kind of artistic headspace as me. So, for this job, all the credit has to go to Dave for the art, since he provided such great pencils that made it very clear what I should do on each page.

16 comments:

Per H said...

These are fantastic! What a sense of black and white and shapes and lines as well.

mike said...

wow- those look really good, michael.

Jason Chalker said...

Looks great! Congrats. I'll definitely have to pick this one up.

littlebird said...

this looks SO awesome, great inking! i will have to go to the comics shop now...

CosmicPencil said...

Michael,

Sorry to hear about the ailments, but glad to see that you have posting frequently as of recent.
I have been a 'bad' blogger buddy and haven't had a whole lot of time to check out your blog on a more active basis, but I was excited to pick up the New Frontier special and see your name in the credits (which reminded me to flop on in over here).

-mat

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

picked that one up a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. awesome job on the inks!

Kyu Shim said...

Righteous! I hope I can still pick up a copy at my local shop. Thanks for the heads-up.

Mike M said...

GREAT TEAM!

I'll look for it in the shop.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Already have my copy. Nicely done!

rory said...

New Frontier Special was great, you guys should make it a monthly!

crylic said...

Just picked the book up today man, great stuff all around. It's the best thing I bought in ages.

RLS said...

Like I said in my last comment, these pages rock, man!

Michael Cho said...

Per H: thanks! The black spotting and compositional credit all have to go to Dave Bullock. Like I mentioned in the post, he did a pretty great job on the pencil art with everything all indicated for me to ink.

Mike: thanks, Mike!

Jason: thanks, Jason. I hear it's selling pretty well -- so you better hit the comic shop pronto!

Littlebird: thanks, littlebird. Much appreciated.

Matt: thanks for the concern, Matt. I'm recuperating nicely and am pretty much back to normal now. And it's always nice when I hear from you, buddy.

Onesickindividual: Glad you liked the issue. I thought the stories in it were pretty strong too.

Kyu: thanks, buddy. Always good to hear from you - now here's a nice reason for you to hit the comic shop! I dunno if you still buy many comics these days...

Mike: thanks, Mike! Loved that new 'back to school' issue of Draw!

Dominic: thanks, Dom. Glad you liked the issue.

Rory: sounds like a great idea! though, I doubt DC would approve a monthly series...its a good thought though.

Crylic: thanks -- that's pretty high praise.

RLS: thanks, Ron. Glad you liked the art -- hope your stuff is going well with you. I see the occassional drawings you post on the drawingboard and those look fab as always.

Paul Rivoche said...

Very nice stuff Mike. I just picked up the last lonely leetle copy of the book, hiding out in the rack at our local comics shop here in the Beaches...finally, comics are fun to read again.

Also bought a whack of those DC Showcase archive books--the black and white ones--man those guys were great, even the ones regarded as average or hack or whatever--craftsmen all.

Glad you're back at the board...!

Doc Shaner said...

I was pleasantly surprised to see that you were involved with that special. I was not however surprised about the quality of the inks, great work as always. The combination of you and Dave Bullock is really nice.

Xerox Phaser 8400 ink said...

These are great. I love that comic, and I’m glad that you are enjoying work there. That must be a great job. It takes a good talent to draw comic, and it also require imagination. Personally I prefer colorful comic, but you did a great job with black and white. I love the work with the shadows. I’m a huge fan of Darwyn Cooke, and I love the write he did in the comic Justice League: New Frontier Special. I also admire the director "Dashing" Dave Bullock, and the work he did in the animated feature film version of the New Frontier.