Bells’ Art Collection, Part 4

My collection. Eight pieces. Seven weeks. Part four.

Old posts here.

Whole thing on Tumblr.

This week:

  • Joker by Lee Bermejo
  • Juggernaut by Declan Shalvey
  • Kabuki by David Mack
  • Loki by Olivier Coipel
  • Madame Masque by Annie Wu
  • Magneto by Leonard Kirk
  • Magneto by Alex Sanchez
  • Magneto by Walt Simonson

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See you next week. Same Bells place, same Bells channel.

New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con was … decent this year. Good guest list. Placing Artist Alley in its own aircraft hangar was nice. But there were so many people. And so many people stopping in the middle of aisles to take pictures. And so many swords bashing me in the face. Thanks Deadpool.

The only thing I can show you that no one else on the internet can is my new art!

Let’s go!

In the seven years since the current volume of X-Factor started, there have been a lot of artists on this book. Like dozens. So I’ve seen a lot of interpretations of the characters. Some artists draw Rahne Sinclair really well in human form. Some draw her really well in wolf form. But Emanuela Lupacchino does both. I was talking to Peter David and his only reply was “You don’t have to tell me.” Lupacchino lives in Italy, so seeing her at an American con is rare. So when I saw she was going to be at the show, she was the #1 (and possibly only) commission I needed.

Wolfsbane by Emanuella Lupacchino

My first convention was the 2008 Baltimore Comic Con. One of the commissions I wanted was Mike McKone, who had a great Teen Titans run. The character? Raven. Unfortunately, he was behind on his pages, so he wasn’t drawing at the con. But now, four years later, I caught him early in the show.

Raven by Mike McKone

No disrespect to Mark Brooks, but I was actually in line at the Marvel booth to see Kieron Gillen. While in line, Brooks was doing sketches. I like his work, so I said my standard “your favorite villain.” Almost always, the artist has to think about it. I’ve gotten Two-Face, Captain Cold, Dr. Doom. But never Sabertooth. Until now.

Sabretooth by Mark BrooksLee Bermejo is just awesome. At the DC Booth, he was doing sketches for fans. His favorite villain? A common one, the Joker. Sick, dude.

Joker by Lee Bermejo

And to finish of this post, I’ve got an older piece of art. Back in April, I saw Katie Cook at the Boston Comic Con. This was my only piece from the show and I guess I never got around to scanning it. For those of you who don’t know, Katie draws a webcomic called Gronk.
“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the New England Patriots have a player called Rob Gronkoski. We call him Gronk. So I was wondering if you could draw Gronk in Gronk’s jersey.”
Gronk by Katie Cook

Before Watchmen

Real Clever BellsDon’t act surprised. You saw this coming.

Yeah, you love Watchmen. You have the collection on your shelf, maybe even some big deluxe edition. You lived with those characters for 12 issues, plus the backup features. You’ve seen the movie, regardless of what you thought of it.

You think about the story all the time. You wonder how Eddie and Sally ended up in bed together. You’ve thought about the days of the Minutemen. (Dollar Bill!) You’ve explained to non-comics readers about the intricacies of the story.

There have been rumors.

There have been concept sketches.

So, admit it. You saw this coming.

In case you forgot what was coming (or willingly blocked it from your mind) here it is again.

  • THE COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • THE MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
  • BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE (One-shot) – Writer/Artist:Various


And now, you want to be upset. You want to fill the internet with Alan Moore levels of indignation.

And yet, those creative teams are intriguing. Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have a great partnership. And Darwyn Cooke is the best writer/artist in mainstream comics today. And then you’ve got Amanda Conner, Jae Lee, Adam Hughes, and J.G. Jones all doing interiors.

There have been complaints that these characters had their stories told and there is no more to say. But that’s bullshit. That’s like saying if you met someone tomorrow, there would only be a few stories in their past worth hearing about. Everything else is superfluous. Or in this case, sacrilege. It’s not as if someone ever felt the need to tell the story of Wendy Darling’s life years after Wonderland. Oh, wait.

But you don’t know much about the actual crimefighting careers of the first Night Owl or Silk Spectre. Based on solicits and cover images, the Darwyn Cooke series (though not the JMS) seems in that time period. If DC wants to fill in these secondary characters (and yes, cash in), let them.

And you know what? That book from 1986? That book that you love? It’s still on your bookshelf. Untarnished by the roleplaying game. By the action figures. By the movie. And now by these new comics. So shut up. You have no right to complain.

After all, you saw this coming.